Experience a unique and magical wildlife adventure in Zambia! In this adventure, you will walk and be with the wild side by side as you stay in places such as Luangwa, Lower Zambezi, Livingstone, & Liuwa Plains. This is your time to relax under the starry night with sundowners as you hear stories from the locals and learn about their heritage. Wonder into the national parks and rivers to discover the many types of wildlife and fauna. The first place you will visit is the South Luangwa, regarded as the home of walking safaris, certainly they were commonplace in this Park long before anywhere else and with the high quality of guiding found at most of the safari operations there are few places better suited to this most exciting way of experiencing the African bush. Next stop is Lower Zambezi, located on the northern bank of the Zambezi River, the Park stretches back through the hills to the north but most of the game is found on the fairly narrow strip of land between the river and the hills. You will then make your way to beautiful Livingstone. Livingstone has earned itself a reputation as the adrenalin capital of Southern Africa there are numerous exciting activities from bungee jumping to helicopter or microlight flights over the Falls, gorge swings and arguably the best commercial white-water rafting in the world. Livingstone Island sits in the middle of the river at the top of the Falls themselves offering unparalleled views to the few guests that are able to venture there. Spent the last few days in Liuwa Plains, one of the first to protect areas with wildlife and conservations! There is a great journey ahead of you, begging to be traveled!
Welcome to Zambia! You will be met by your guide and assisted with baggage before your domestic flight to Mfuwe in South Luangwa. The flight to Mfuwe will take a little over one hour. Upon arrival, you will drive one hour and take a boat to your camp. Enjoy the rest of the evening by relaxing or planning your activities for the next few days!
Considered as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, South Luangwa is the best park in Zambia and one of the most majestic in Africa. The 9,050-sq km park is centered around the Luangwa River and is home to one of Africa's largest concentrations of wildlife from herds of buffaloes, pride of lions and the highest density of leopards in the world. The animals may be less used to vehicles and slightly harder to find, but there are fewer visitors in these areas and watching the wildlife is immensely rewarding.
Venture into one of the most game-rich areas of the national park with our award-winning guiding team. The South Luangwa is renowned for its world-class predator action, with especially especially strong sightings of the elusive leopard. In the South Luangwa, expect large herds of elephants and rivers packed with hippos and crocs. Diverse habitat supports a wide variety of plains game and birdlife alongside the predators attracted to the abundant. After a day exploring the beautiful bush, unwind with an in-villa spa treatment. Take advantage of everything Chinzombo Camp has to offer such as, day & night game drives, walking safaris, sleepout under the stars, boating safaris (seasonal), and many spa treatments to keep you feeling relaxed!
After a wonderful time in South Luangwa, you will be picked up at your camp and transferred to the airport. You will fly directly to Jeki Airstrip in the Lower Zambezi. Upon arrival, you will transfer to Chongwe River camp using a mixture of driving and sailing on a boat! The journey will take approximately 45 minutes, sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Lower Zambezi National Park is nestled between an impressive mountain escarpment to the north and the mighty Zambezi River to the south. The escarpment acts as a natural barrier for the wildlife, keeping it on the plains and in the rich woodland on the bank of the river. The park is over 4,000 square km in size and occupies 120 km of river frontage.
The Lower Zambezi is a haven for wildlife and bird lovers with 60 mammal species and 378 bird species. Elephant, hippo and diversity of plains game are abundant throughout the park. It also boasts a healthy lion and leopard population with sightings of hyena and wild dog common. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of game viewing in the Lower Zambezi is the sheer variety of activities on offer. In addition to the traditional game drives and walking safaris, the Zambezi River allows for a variety of additional river-based activities and experiences that few, if any, other destinations can offer.
There are relatively few camps in and around the park. With the absence of mass tourism, the region remains a pristine wilderness, free from overcrowding. Come face to face with giants in a land of colossal elephants and ancient baobabs while you glide quietly in a canoe along the reeds.
Chongwe’s impressive variety of safari activities provides the ultimate exploration of this magnificent African paradise. By land, enjoy game drives and walking safaris, or take to the rivers and explore with boat cruises canoeing safaris and fishing. Back in camp, the new wildlife hide is great for photography, especially rare nocturnal creatures. This is one of the most beautiful regions in Africa, with rivers winding through the forested valley, creating a haven for wildlife and birdlife. Lions, wild dog, elephants, and hippos abound - to name just a few!
After a morning drive, you will be picked up at your hotel in Lusaka and transferred to the Jeki Airstrip. You will then take a domestic flight to Livingstone and transferred to one of Zambia's most romantic camps, Tongabezi. Tongabezi lies on a large bend in the Zambezi River and 20 KMs upstream from the majestic Victoria Falls! This evening, relax and watch as the river flows slowly.
Livingstone is a historic colonial town, most famous for its proximity to Victoria Falls. The town has experienced a revival in the last decade, to feature a more modern charm. The old colonial style buildings that once decorated the main avenue, have been renovated into housing shops, cafes and a variety of local businesses. Livingstone offers a wide range of activities, from the thrill of white water rafting and bungee jumping, to the awe-inspiring elephant back safaris and sunset cruises. Livingstone has something for everyone.
The days at Tongabezi have no set pattern and can be spent exactly as you wish. Choose simply to relax at the lodge or make the most of the wealth of activities on offer in and around the Victoria Falls area. Options include riverboat trips, picnic lunches on islands, visits to Livingstone and both sides of the Falls, birding, white water rafting, bungee jumping, horse riding, elephant riding, or, my favorite, a visit to the stunning Livingstone Island which hangs seemingly suspended in midstream halfway across the falls themselves. At the end of the day, enjoy sundowners at the beach!
After a fun time in Livingstone, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport. You will take a short flight to Kalabo Airstrip where your guide will be waiting for you. Liuwa Plains is waiting for you with its unspoiled, exclusive, and rare game plus rich heritage. This evening, sit back and enjoy yourself by the fire pit as the locals share fascinating stories of the magical Liuwa Plain.
Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia has one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa, dating back to the 19th century where the King of Barotseland, Lubosi Lewanika, appointed his people to be the custodians of the park and its wildlife. They maintain that sentiment today. With over 12,500 people legally living within the park, Liuwa is a prime example of how people and wildlife can co-exist and benefit in a shared landscape. Each year, Liuwa hosts the second largest wildebeest migration on the continent – without fanfare, this is one of the most glorious spectacles on the planet.
Liuwa now employs 123 full-time employees and 104 seasonal workers, making it the largest employer in the region with over 90% of its workforce being local residents. Liuwa supports 28 schools that provide education to more than 11,000 students and covers 89 scholarships a year. Liuwa’s carnivore population is on the rise; the cheetah population is recovering with the addition of 16 cubs in 2018, and the spotted hyaena population is thriving with an estimated population of over 500.
Together with your local award-winning guides, step into a world full of intimate safari excursions! King Lweanika, brings unrivaled access and absolute exclusivity to the region. Experience the magic of the Liuwa Plain, home to Africa's second-biggest wildebeest migration, magnificent birdlife, a growing cheetah population, and the famed Lady Liuwa lion pride. The region offers spectacular photographic opportunities. The broad grass canvas has annual floodwaters, sprawling wild wildflower blooms, and dramatic thunderstorms - the perfect backdropfor capturing the beautiful wildlife. Every day you can enjoy day & night game drives, walking safaris, sleeping under the stars, and canoeing & fishing (seasonal). While you are living life in the plains, make sure to stop and touch the earth, breath the wild air unlike any other you will ever experience.
Although your adventure must come to an end today, you will be leaving with new friends, amazing experiences and memories to cherish for the rest of your life. Once you have checked out of your hotel in Liuwa Plains, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Kalabo Airstrip to catch your domestic flight to Livingstone Airport. Upon arrival, you will be in good time to board your international departure flight.
We wish you safe and happy travels home!
Situated on a sweeping curve of the Luangwa River, Chinzombo brings style and sophistication to the Luangwa Valley. This wildly luxurious camp retains its bush authenticity with grass and canvas walls and spacious living areas that melt into the exquisitely tranquil riverside setting. Colonial accents complement organic textures, creating an authentic feel that harkens back to the early days of exploration. With soaking tubs and feathertop beds, every villa is a haven for relaxation. Relax by your villa’s private pool, watching the river’s frequent wildlife visitors. Under the shade of ancient trees, listen to the bellows of hippos echoing across the river.
Dotted along the forested riverbanks, Time +Tide Chongwe Camp is surrounded by wild beauty. Set at the confluence of the Chongweand Zambezi Rivers against a beautiful mountainous backdrop, the camp has the best views in the Lower Zambezi. Sit outside your tent, listening to playful vervet monkeys scampering in the winterthorn trees overhead. Before you, an elephant wades across the languid river, dwarfed by the mountainous escarpment beyond. The resident hippos bellow their displeasure at this intrusion, breaking the tranquility. A warm breeze drifts past, carrying the earthy aroma of the river.Lean back and breathe deeply, letting the energy of this extraordinary, wildland revitalize your mind and soul.
Tongabezi offers a variety of accommodation styles, there are 4 river cottages, although these are the standard accommodation units they are quite stunning, each with its own private verandah and great views across the Zambezi River. The Garden Cottage is set away from the river, it has been recently renovated and with 2 rooms and it’s own plunge pool it is ideal for families. For those in search of something a little special, there are 4 individually named and designed open-fronted houses and finally, the Dog House is a very luxurious family unit comprising 2 large bedrooms a separate living area with extensive deck and private pool overlooking the river. Each house and cottage at Tongabezi has its own valet who will attend to you throughout your stay to ensure that you make the most of all that is on offer around the camp. The swimming pool at Tongabezi is landscaped into a natural cliff and meals are usually served on the deck overlooking the river or in the “boat house”, a stunning addition to camp which over-hangs the river.
The plains are unspoiled and exclusive with the rare game and rich natural history. A natural extension of the vast landscape, the Time + Tide King Lewanika villas have an effortless flow between the in and out. The golden hue of the plains is reflected throughout the design, contrasting again masculine accents of vintage leather and burnished metal. Lounge on your private verandah, taking in the panoramic views and watching birds wade in the lily dotted lagoon. Gather around the evening campfire, swapping tales under the stars. Hear the calls of whooping hyenas as you drift off to sleep. top, slow down and fully immerse yourself into this wild land
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