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Overview

For seasoned safari goers and those who like authentic adventure, the small country of Zambia packs a mighty punch. Not only does it offer access to the magnificent Victoria Falls but it is also home to two major national parks, South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi. If that still is not enough to entice you, then throw in superb birding, down-to-earth accommodation and endless opportunities to leave the 4×4 at camp and set out on foot or by boat or kayak. Walking and paddling you give you a completely different perspective on wildlife sightings, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in Africa.

This 11-day trip sees you undertake a comprehensive journey through Zambia. Starting at Victoria Falls, you make your way by light aircraft to not one or two but four different camps in South Luangwa National Park, walking between each one during the day to savour all that this astounding park has to offer. Look out for puku, giraffe, elephant and smaller animals like monitors, honey badgers and tortoises.

After giving your hiking boots a good workout, your legs get a welcome break on the next part of your safari, which takes you to Lower Zambezi National Park. A pretty park fronted by the Zambezi River and a small escarpment, the Lower Zambezi offers exciting activities like boating amid the hippos and crocodiles, as well as canoeing the channels in search of shy elephants and energetic vervet monkeys. Your home here is an idyllic lodge river on the water with fantastic staff, lovely views and a laidback atmosphere.

Set up to be seamless, this itinerary includes light aircraft flights between each of the major destinations, which gives you more time on the ground, savouring your safari.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • See the wonder that is Victoria Falls
  • Stay in luxury accommodation in South Luangwa & Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Sunset boat cruises on the Zambezi River
  • Walking safari through South Luangwa
  • Explore Zambia’s best locations on foot, safari vehicle or boat
  • Excellent big game viewing
  • Spectacular views of bushland & Zambezi River
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Summary

Tour Duration: 11 Days
Start: Victoria Falls, Zambia
End: Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Accommodations visited

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Victoria Falls, Zambia

The River Club
2 Nights
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Tafika Camp
1 Nights
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Chikoko Tree Camp
1 Nights
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Big Lagoon
1 Nights
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Chamilandu
2 Nights
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Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Chiawa Camp
3 Nights

Itinerary

Day to day

After touching down in Livingstone, the small town named after the first European to see Victoria Falls, you are whisked off to The River Club, a waterside lodge that is almost a time capsule of a more gracious past. The wide verandas of the common areas are lined with black-and-white photographs of Livingstone’s storied past, the polished dining-room table groans with burnished silver and the library’s shelves are adorned with all sorts of memorabilia of the British royal family.

But down in your suite, modernity is allowed to intrude with air conditioning, extremely large beds, bathrobes made up in jaunty African fabric and – the highlight of any stay – views of the broad Zambezi River. Some rooms even allow you to lie in a clawfoot bathtub and watch the birds and monkeys as they live out their lives on its banks. There are multiple-bedroom units for families and even two stand-alone villas, one of which was built for a visit by the England’s Princess Anne. Some have private plunge pools and there is also a large swimming pool with river views.

The River Club is a wonderful place to unwind after a long-haul flight and a great destination to recalibrate to the rhythms of Africa. After a tour of Victoria Falls, return to play a game of croquet on the lawn, run the self-guided trail, play a game of cards or simply sip an iced drink under the trees as you watch the world go by. The hotel has a special separate kosher kitchen so Jewish guests are completely catered for, especially on high holy days.

Expert Opinion

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

Experience Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park by combining two sister camps with different activities, wildlife and overall experience. This is on my personal bucket list!

What's Included?

  • All road & airport transfers between Livingston, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi & Lusaka
  • Park, conservation and community fees

What's Excluded?

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

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