12 days touring Zambia's most popular sites
Day 1 and 2
This Safari starts in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. On the morning of day one we collect you at your accommodation within Lilongwe and head towards the Zambian border. This is more or less a 2-hour drive, and from the border we make our way to South Luangwa. If you need accommodation withing Lilongwe before the tour commence, we are happy to assist. Depending on the time we spend at the border we arrive at the lodge during, or just after lunch, in time for our first game drive.
The Luangwa valley is one of Africa’s prime wildlife sanctuaries, with concentrations and varieties of game and birdlife that have made it world famous. This is the landscape of the ‘real Africa’, with herds of antelope roaming the plains, predators stalking through the shadows, and primordial flora in every vale. Sunset over the Luangwa River Vegetation ranges from dense woodland to open grassy plain, where oxbow lagoons act as natural water holes. The list of animals that frequent the park is endless. Mammals include zebra, buffalo and lion, as well as endemic species such as Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest. South Luangwa successfully supports one of the largest concentrations of elephant in Africa and also has an expanding population of leopard.
On day 2, leaving after an early breakfast we have the opportunity to explore South Luangwa on our own. In the afternoon we can venture back into the park or join the lodge-rangers for another open vehicle Safari (Optional)
Crock Valley Lodge (Bed and Breakfast)
After breakfast we say our goodbyes and make our way south. Winding through mountains and crossing lazy rivers we get lost in the beauty of the Zambian landscape. To ease the long journey, we overnight at Petauake
Chimwemwe Lodge (Bed and breakfast)
To reach our next safari destination we will have to overnight in the vicinity of Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. If time allows, we can explore this vibrant and ever developing city.
Pioneer camp (Bed and breakfast)
Kafue. The next 3 nights we stay within the Kafue National Park. Found in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. It covers a massive 22,400 km2. First established as a National Park in the 1950’s by the legendary Norman Carr, Kafue is one of the largest national parks in the whole of Africa. Camping at Kafue for these 3 nights will give as the opportunity to experience African nature first-hand. We will make use of our own 4×4 vehicle to explore the wilderness of Kafue and surge for that perfect photo. Open vehicle safaris can be arranged from our accommodation as an optional activity.
Mayukuyuku Lodge (Camping – interactive)
Day 8 and 9
Leaving Kafue behind we find our way, via Lusaka to Lower Zambezi. En-route stocking up on supplies for the next few days stay at our self-catering accommodation.
This Park is still relatively undeveloped, it’s beauty lying in it’s wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular. The Park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the Zambezi River is a massive wildlife sanctuary.
The River’s edge is overhung with a thick riverine fringe, including ebony and fig trees. Further inland is a floodplain fringed with mopane forest and interspersed with Winterthorn trees and huge Vachellia. The hills which form the backdrop to the Park are covered in broadleaf woodland.
Lower Zambezi Lodge (Self Catering)
Day 10 and 11
After a full day of driving via the scenic landscapes of Zambia we find ourselves further upstream of the Zambezi river. Staying not far from the Victoria falls we have the opportunity to visit this spectacular landmark the following day.
Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.
Livingstone also offer a variety of activities to choose from, including bungee jumping, white water river rafting and many more. This can be arrange the day of arrival or beforehand, on line to secure availability.
Waterfront (Bed and Breakfast)
This marks the end of the service for this tour. We will gladly assist with transport to Livingstone airport on this day. If a further accommodation or Safari is required from Livingstone we can also help in this regard
- Meals as per itinerary
- Entrance to South Luangwa on day 2
- Open vehicle game drive in South Luangwa on day 1
- Entrance to Kafue National Park
- Entrance to Victoria Falls
- Sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi
- Meals not indicated
- Any flights
- Visa/travel documents for various countries
- Travel insurance
- Gratuities’ (Guide, local guides, porterage, restaurants)
- Activities not indicated
- Open vehicle safaris at all the National Parks
- Walking Safaris – South Luangwa and Kafue
- South Luangwa
- Lower Zambezi
- Victoria falls
1 person – $4100
2 people – $3700
3 people – $3500
*Accommodation are subject to availability