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Your 13-day adventure has all the ingredients for an exceptional safari holiday, with a selection of luxurious lodges set in three of Southern Africa’s greatest wilderness areas.

Begin at Londolozi Pioneers Camp, where the only thing that will compete with the incredible Big 5 wildlife sightings will be the sumptuousness of the lodge and its service. Next, you continue to Zambia, where The Royal Livingstone is perched grandly on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River, just a stone’s throw from the thundering Victoria Falls. After taking in the sights and activities of the Falls, you fly to Lower Zambezi National Park, where Chiawa Lodge hosts you as you explore this extraordinary region by 4x4, boat, canoe and on foot. Finally, the adventure takes you to Chinzombo Camp in the epic wilderness of South Luangwa National Park, where the elegance and beauty of the lodge is only matched by the thrilling wildlife encounters that make this park famous.

Perfect as an indulgent family getaway or a deluxe honeymoon with a difference, this journey is all about impeccable service, exceptional cuisine, gorgeous lodges and, of course, absolutely amazing wildlife in primal, pristine environments. 

Itinerary Highlights

  • Some of the best luxury accommodation
  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing
  • Day & night game drives
  • Private plunge pools
  • Canoeing & guided safari walks
  • Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls
  • Special photography hides
  • Secluded honeymoon suites
  • Family-friendly accommodation

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-4

Welcome to South Africa!

On landing at Johannesburg, you will be whisked off by private charter plane to Londolozi.

Londolozi is located in the Sabi Sands region of the Kruger National Park that, when combined, creates an area of over two million hectares of unspoilt wilderness where a multitude of animals freely roam.

Londolozi Pioneers Camp is the epitome of style, sophistication and luxury, which is astonishing considering its remote and wild location. You settle into your exquisite suite, admire the view, and prepare for the excitement of the afternoon’s game drive.

Venturing out in the cool air of late afternoon, you encounter a plethora of animals and birds. While the Big 5 are sought-after, there is so much more to experience than a mere checklist of species. The leopards here are renowned for their relaxed behaviour, as they go regally about their lives. And nothing can prepare you for the awe you will feel at your first sighting of a pride of lions - the sheer presence of these magnificent cats, coupled with rippling muscles and their haunting amber eyes, will send a shiver down your spine.

Each day features early morning and late afternoon game drives in the care of your experienced guide and expert tracker. After your early morning drive, the generous breakfast that greets you on return is very welcome, and this indulgent dining is best followed by a guided bush walk, which provides a refreshingly close-to-nature perspective of the fauna and flora.

African afternoons are designed for rest and relaxation: lounge beside your plunge pool or pamper your senses at the spa. That night, Londolozi’s fine dining combined with an exceptional wine cellar completes each day with a romantic, candlelit dinner under the stars.

Days 5-6

Into Zambia

Enjoy a final brunch before boarding your chartered plane to Livingstone in Zambia.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel oozes old-world charm and bygone sophistication. Set on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River just upstream from the Victoria Falls, you are able to see the spray rising from the gorge as it plunges over the edge.

The perfect introduction to the Zambezi is to take a sunset cruise. Gliding across the water in the golden light, you watch animals come down to drink. Pods of hippos jostle and chortle in the deep channels, and African fish eagles sound their characteristic calls from the tall trees on the bank. As the sunset paints the sky in an otherworldly palette of colour, you drift along in a state of serenity, surrounded by a wilderness of water and woodland that exudes a magical intensity.

From this idyllic location you are perfectly positioned to enjoy the variety of activities on offer, such as a helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls. Named ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ by local tribes, these falls are a wonder of the natural world, where millions of gallons of water pour over a great crack in the earth’s crust into a boiling chasm below. The spray from the falls is visible for miles around, and the noise is a deep rumble that makes the ground tremble, a truly awe-inspiring sight that lives up to its name, and the view from the air above it is nothing short of spectacular.

If water levels permit, a boat can get to Livingstone Island, which sits in the middle of the river practically on the precipice of the falls, giving a unique perspective of this phenomenon. More adrenaline-fuelled diversions include bungee jumping from the bridge over the gorge, or white-water rafting along the various exciting rapids downstream.

Days 7-9

The Lower Zambezi

You bid The Royal Livingstone farewell and return to the airport. Soon, the enormous Zambezi Valley opens out below you: edged by a towering escarpment, the river glistens in the sunlight, beset on either side by its wide floodplains and dense forests. Landing at the airstrip, your next guide collects you for the game drive to Chiawa Camp.

Perfectly positioned in a grove of evergreen mahogany trees, Chiawa blends into its surroundings effortlessly. Built on raised timber decking, the flowing open space of the thatched main building leads out to the broad sweep of the river beyond, framed by tall trees and the cobalt arch of the sky.

Activities at Chiawa are varied and exciting, with a choice of game drives, guided walks, canoeing and boating to allow you total immersion in the Zambezi Valley experience. Located in the centre of prime wildlife habitat, the animals are never far away, and often visit the camp itself! Game drives with extremely knowledgeable and experienced guides offer you an unprecedented insight into this fascinating ecosystem, where the diversity of topography, habitat and vegetation provide a wealth of biodiversity. The dense woodlands support a great many herbivores, like kudu, impala, giraffe and zebra, and these are always followed by the large cats and hyenas. With the help of your guide’s eagle vision and years of experience, the flick of an ear or a tail suddenly reveals a supine leopard where once there was only a tangle of vegetation, or a lion pride deep in the shade of a thicket.

You effortlessly settle into the rhythm of the wilderness for the next two days, where rising at dawn you enjoy a light breakfast looking out at the mist rising off the river before setting off on your morning’s activity.

Safari walks are a speciality of Chiawa and an experience that is not to be missed. Following game trails worn smooth by the endless passage of hooves, feet and paws, you have only the sounds of the wilderness around you, only the aromas and sights of your surroundings. This leads to an engagement of the senses that can be extraordinary in its intensity – your vision becomes clearer, smells and sounds sharper, the earth below your feet more grounding.

Canoe trips afford you the opportunity to drift silently downstream with the current of the river as you observe the life that depends on it. From this unique perspective, the sight of an elephant bull becomes all the more impressive as he meditatively slurps up water with his enormous trunk. Never mind the welter of hippo, crocodiles sunning themselves on sandbanks and the absolute profusion of bird life…

Days 10-12

The South Luangwa

Departing Chiawa, you return to the airstrip for your flight to Mfuwe, on the outskirts of South Luangwa National Park. Your guide meets you there and takes you for a game drive to Chinzombo.

A seamless blend of simplicity and sophistication, Chinzombo takes the South Luangwa bush-camp experience to an entirely new level of luxury and sophistication. Set in a grove of trees at a bend in the river, the lodge has embraced new technologies to minimise environmental impact, and utilises recycled or locally sourced sustainable materials in its construction. But there is still a spirit of the old Africa inherent in the design and use of local crafts and building methods, which create a delightful sense of antiquity and modernity combined. With the teeming wilds of the Luangwa Valley literally on your doorstep, there couldn’t be a more unique destination from which to enjoy an extraordinary wildlife experience.

Open yourself up to the experience as you travel through a primal landscape, unchanged in millennia, where hippos crash and grunt in the river and fish eagles utter their enigmatic call from the trees above. The world-renowned abundance of game in the region ensures a thrilling experience. Your guide reveals the secrets of this incredible ecosystem as they unfold around you, such as where the chattering of an agitated monkey could lead you to an enormous tree, where he shakes the highest branches in a frenzy of aggravation. Following his sharp-eyed gaze with binoculars, all you might see is dense woodland, scrub and trees, until suddenly a shadow detaches itself from a horizontal branch and the unmistakable silhouette of a cat appears. Black against the background and far away, a leopard moves with liquid grace from branch to branch, then on to the ground before melting into the bush…

Day 13

Leave your heart in Africa

Finally, the day arrives when you have to bid this extraordinary corner of Africa farewell. During the drive back to Mfuwe and your flight to Lusaka, you mull over the incredible adventures you have had: the sights, the smells and the sounds of a primal land, where nature still reigns supreme, as it has done for millennia. 

Inclusions

  • 4 Nights at Londolozi Pioneer Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • Road transfers as per the itinerary
  • Flight from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to Livingstone Airport
  • 30 minute Scenic helicopter flight whilst in Zambia
  • 3 Nights at Chiawa Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • 3 Nights at Chinzombo on fully inclusive basis
  • 2 Nights at The Royal Livingstone on bed and breakfast basis
  • Shared light aircraft flights as per the itinerary
  • Selected park and conservation fees and levies

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 $15960
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $14040

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

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