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From the mighty Victoria Falls to the floodplains of the Zambezi River and the iconic South Luangwa National Park, this trip covers all of the highlights of Zambia. The range of places you visit and experiences you enjoy make this the perfect introduction to this most captivating of safari destinations.
When visiting any country for the first time visitors want to take in all of the key highlights, which is exactly what this trip delivers. Iconic landmarks, game-rich national parks to explore by vehicle, on foot or in boats, this really is the best of what Zambia has to offer and is an amazing way to explore the country.
Start off by flying overnight in to Livingstone which is on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. From your base, a delightful homely lodge on the banks of the Zambezi, just half an hour upstream from Victoria Falls you will be able to explore this amazing area and enjoy everything that it as to offer. Walking tours of The Falls, boat trips on the river, museum visits, helicopter flights and trips across to the Zimbabwean side are all possible and your days will be filled with activities. Next up is the beautiful Lower Zambezi National Park, a huge expanse of wildlife rich terrain sandwiched between the mighty Zambezi River and the mountains to the north. Here you can enjoy a wonderfully varied safari experience, with game drives, canoe trip, boat safaris and guided walks all on the agenda. Activities focus on the area around the river, which is where the bulk of the wildlife congregates, especially in the dry winter months. The final stop on your odyssey through Zambia will be the jewel in its crown, the incredible South Luangwa National Park. Renowned for its excellent predator sightings, as well as excellent walking terrain, this really is a safari-goers paradise with so much to see and do during your stay. Undoubtedly one of the finest safari spots in Africa, the South Luangwa is the perfect place to round off your adventure.
This quintessential Zambian experience is the perfect introduction to this gem of a safari destination and will doubtless leave you wanting to go back to explore some of its less well known, but equally alluring and beautiful parks and game reserves.
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Day 1: Flying to Zambia
Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg with British Airways.
Day 2: On to Livingstone & The Victoria Falls
Connect through Johannesburg on to Livingstone, landing there in the early afternoon. A short transfer will take you up-river to Waterberry Zambezi Lodge, your home for the next 3 nights. Enjoy a late lunch on the deck overlooking the river and towards Zimbabwe on the other bank. After some time to relax you will be able to enjoy one of the lodge’s afternoon activities, with a gentle boat cruise on the Zambezi the perfect introduction to your time in the region.
Day 3: Exploring from Waterberry
Naturally you will want to visit the Victoria Falls and this morning will be an opportunity to do so. Accompanied by a guide from the lodge you can enjoy a walk around the network of paths that surround The Falls and marvel at the sheer size of them as the Zambezi plunges in to Batonka Gorge below. Head back to the lodge for lunch and then enjoy an afternoon relaxing by the sparkling swimming pool.
Day 4: Explore or relax – the choice is yours
Aside from visits to The Falls, the lodge offers a range of inclusive activities such as fishing and birding trips, visits to local villages and guided tours of Livingstone town and the David Livingstone museum. If you are looking to explore further they can also arrange helicopter or microlight flights, bungee jumps, gorge swings, rhino tracking in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and visits to the Zimbabwean side to get a totally different perspective on Victoria Falls.
Day 5: To the Lower Zambezi
Enjoy breakfast on the terrace before being transferred back to the airport for a flight up to the Lower Zambezi National Park. From the airstrip you will be transferred through the park to Baines’ River Camp where you will be spending the next 3 nights. After some time to settle in you will enjoy a game drive to orientate yourselves with the area, enjoying amazing predator sightings as your guide takes you through this incredibly beautiful park.
Day 6: On safari from Baines’
One of the great joys of visiting the Lower Zambezi is the sheer variety of activities on offer. As well as game drives, they offer boat cruises along the river, which are especially popular with birders and photographers but are also ideal for late afternoon sundowner drinks trips. Canoe safaris and guided walks certainly appeal to more adventurous guests who want the thrill of exploring the park and getting as close to nature as they can – a truly exhilarating experience.
Day 7: Enjoying the camp
Of course, safaris aren’t all about being out and about spotting wildlife – they are a great time to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the area that you are visiting. Baines’ is perfect for this with is riverside location offering dramatic views across the Zambezi and on to Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park on the far bank. The secluded swimming pool is the perfect spot to soak up the afternoon sunshine and the food at the lodge is exquisite.
Day 8: On to the South Luangwa
After breakfast in the camp enjoy a game drive transfer back to the airstrip for a flight up to Mfuwe airport on the edge of the South Luangwa National Park. A guide will be waiting to transfer you in to the park and on to Kafunta River Lodge, a delightful lodge on the floodplains of the Luangwa River where you will spend 4 nights. You will have some time to relax this afternoon and enjoy the sunshine before heading out to enjoy an afternoon game drive in this most beautiful of parks.
Day 9: Exploring from Kafunta
Kafunta’s remote location is one of its biggest attractions, meaning guests staying here can enjoy a truly exclusive experience, as well as a wider variety of activities than camps in the busier parts of the park. As well as game drives they offer guided walks through the park, the opportunity to spend time in their specially designed photography hide as well as the Chipembele Wildlife Educational Centre which is just 20 minutes from the lodge.
Day 10: Abundant wildlife and beautiful landscapes
The variety of wildlife that lives in the South Luangwa has to be seen to be believed. It is renowned for its excellent predator sightings, with evening leopard sightings especially common. Huge herds of buffalo and elephant roam the plains and guests can also see endemic species such as puku, delightful little antelope that congregate in large numbers to keep them safe from predators. The birding is also outstanding, so bring your binoculars and bird book.
Day 11: Make the time to relax as well
Beyond offering an incredible wildlife viewing experience, Kafunta is renowned for having a superb variety of leisure facilities which make it one of the most desirable camps in the South Luangwa. The large swimming pool commands amazing views over the surrounding plains and staff are always on hand to serve drinks who are relaxing there. The small spa offers a variety of treatments and there is even a gym for those who are looking to work off the excellent food for which Kafunta is renowned.
Day 12: The journey home
After breakfast you will set off for Mfuwe airport, taking the time along the way to visit Project Luangwa, a charity which Kafunta supports and helps to improve the lives of people living around the park. You can also pop in to Mulberry Mongoose, a delightful jewellery workshop selling handcrafted pieces. From Mfuwe fly to Lusaka and connect on to Johannesburg for your overnight flight back to London.
Duration: 12 days
Location: Zambia, Africa
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