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Romance and adventure intertwined: The real Zambia, a wildlife spectacle, a hot air balloon safari and the iconic Vic Falls.
This itinerary was created for a newly wed couple, who wanted to escape the ordinary on a romantic Zambia safari, experiencing the country's stunning scenery and wildlife. A highlight is the hot air balloon safari low over the floodplains of Kafue National Park, with the morning mist rising, creating phenomenal photographic opportunities. The journey starts with a relaxed overnight stay in Lusaka, so you can get a little rest at the tranquil Pioneer Camp, before your light aircraft flight to the wildlife rich Busanga Plains in Kafue. After your safari proceed by light aircraft flight to Livingstone, where you’ll stay at Royal Chundu Island Lodge to experience safari by riverboat on the Zambezi River, 30km upstream of Vic Falls. The perfect romantic getaway in a private villa on a Zambezi River island, decorated with luscious splashes of colour, overlooking the river rapids – create memories that’ll stay with you for the rest of your married life. Feel rejuvenated after 8 nights, 10 days on honeymoon:
- 1 night Pioneer Camp
- 4 nights Busanga Bush Camp
- 3 nights Royal Chundu Island Lodge
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Depart: Flight to Lusaka
Fly overnight to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city.
Day 1: Lusaka Pioneers
On arrival into Lusaka International airport, you’ll be met by a Pioneer Camp guide who will transfer you to your chalet in an oasis a short journey from the airport. Just hours since you left home, you’re in a real safari atmosphere, with an incredibly relaxed feel. Here you can rest by the pool and read a book, or take a taxi into town to visit the Lilayi Elephant Nursery or local markets.
Day 2: Experience Western Zambia
After a lovely breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your light aircraft hop across to Kafue National Park. Enjoy the fantastic aerial views of this beautiful part of Zambia. On reaching the National Park, you will be met by your guide and enjoy a short game drive through to Busanga Bush Camp.
The secluded location of this camp introduces a truly exclusive, yet charming and unpretentious experience in the heart of the Busanga floodplains. You’ll stay in a room built with reed and canvas, giving a sense of adventure and safaris of the past. Your meals and activities are included in the rate.
Day 3-5: Kafue National Park
You’ll wake up to birdsong, with over 500 recorded species in the Park. Over the next few days, at your own pace, you’ll explore the fascinating area by day and night game drives, walking safaris and a spectacular hot air balloon safari (hot air balloon safari optional and $200 pp payable direct at the camp). Look out for tree-climbing lions, cheetah, hippo and dashing lechwe, a native wetland antelope.
Day 6: Flight into Livingstone
This journey is not simply one to get you from A to B. This light aircraft flight from Busanga Airstrip to Livingstone airport will give you a unique perspective of the landscape below you, differing again from those you just experienced on your hot air balloon flight.
Upon arrival at Livingstone, you’ll be met by a Royal Chundu driver who will transfer you in approximately 50 mins by road to Royal Chundu Island Lodge. The final leg of your journey is a boat transfer to Katombora Island, wrapped in the watery embrace of the Zambezi River. Your rate includes all your meals and daily sundowner river cruises – it can’t get much more romantic than this.
Day 7-8: The Royal Treatment
Life at Royal Chundu Island Lodge will be a change from life in the wild bush of Kafue National Park. The luxurious riverfront suites are decked out with modern, stylish amenities and splashes of bright, luscious colours. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the Victoria Falls, watch elephants and hippos on your river safari, try canoeing and tiger fishing on the Zambezi.
We love that you can experience a guided island and community walk, where you can gain insight into the local traditions, as well as the plants and herbs used for traditional medicine, cooking and soaps. End your days relaxing in the infinity pool or your candlelit riverfront bathtub.
Day 9: Return to mainland
After breakfast enjoy the return boat and 50 mins road journey from Katombora Island to Livingstone airport for your return flight home.
Day 10: Home again
Arriving in the early hours of the morning, a happily married couple.
Location: Zambia, Africa
This Zambia Safari Moon idea costs from £7756 per person for two adults sharing and includes: All accommodation, meals, non-premium drinks at Busanga Bush Camp and Royal Chundu, activities as described, domestic flights in Zambia, road transfers, and park fees.
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