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Overview

The birthplace of the walking safari, Zambia’s illustrious savannah plains and vast woodlands are enhanced by its added natural wonder of the mighty Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. A landscape like none other, this safari getaway offers an itinerary that will leave you ticking off many must-sees from your bucket list.

Your journey starts in one of Zambia’s most popular reserves, the South Luangwa National Park. Fondly referred to as ‘the Valley of the Leopard’, it has become home to the highest density of these shy and graceful predators. You’ll experience your first four nights at the intimate and remote Puku Ridge Camp, situated on the edge of the Kakumbi Dambo floodplains. The camp opens to panoramic views of long ranges and offers stunning sightings of large herds of elephant and braying zebra as they migrate across the landscape. With morning and night game drives aplenty, you’ll meet some of Africa’s most beloved creatures, including the Puku antelope, from which the camp derives its name.

Next up, jet off to the multi-award-winning Chiawa Camp where you’ll stay for four nights at one of the finest African safari lodges. Located along a stretch of the formidable Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park, you’ll behold the sight of elephants and hippos as they meander across the channel. Chiawa Camp prides itself on dedication to community and the environment. Eco-friendly practices and conservation efforts have resulted in the camp’s carbon-neutral status and a resurgence of game to the region. A celebration of cultural heritage can be seen in the lodge’s blend of Afro-fusion cuisine and locally crafted furnishings.

This itinerary offers an exhilarating Zambia adventure that effortlessly melds wildlife-rich game drives with paddling along the Zambezi river for a sensational canoeing safari. All this is offered amidst ‘African-chic’ luxury lodgings. An ideal choice for holiday-makers seeking traditional safari staples while making a tangible difference to communities and the preservation of wildlife.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Luxurious canvas tent accommodation
  • Night drives with innovative red spotlight
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Excellent endangered wild dog sightings
  • Canoeing along the Zambezi River
  • Catch & release tiger-fishing
  • Popular sightings of the rare Leopard
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Summary

Tour Duration: 9 Days
Start: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
End: Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Accommodations visited

uku Ridge Camp, Zambia

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Puku Ridge Camp
4 Nights
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Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Chiawa Camp
4 Nights

Itinerary

Day to day

Upon arrival in Lusaka, fly to Mfuwe Airport where you’ll be greeted by a friendly driver for a private road transfer to your chic semi-tented canvas luxury lodgings. Puku Ridge Camp is situated in the vast and remote South Luangwa National Park, offering an exclusive nature retreat. Expansive sliding doors open to a private multi-level dark wood deck for sights of free-to-roam wildlife migrating along the Kakumbi Dambo floodplains.

You will spend four nights here with ample opportunities to explore the diverse landscape, aptly named ‘the Valley of the Leopard’, as it is abound with leopards, as well as the camp’s namesake, the Puku antelope. This modestly-sized park offers a largely unexplored terrain for a remote safari experience. Your days will be filled with informative guided walking safaris and game drives, with an option to spot the rare African wild dogs.

An afternoon is also well spent on the deck of your private plunge pool where you can cool down with delicious cocktails without missing out on exciting wildlife sightings. Enjoy ‘happy hour’ on a safari sundowners’ excursion. A hide under the main observation deck provides close sightings of zebras and elephants congregating at the water.

For those honeymooners, no itinerary is complete without indulging in a romantic moonlit dinner followed by a night out on a private star bed tower under the stars. Evenings can also be spent driving through the endless savannah plains, with award-winning red light protocol optimally designed to enhance nighttime game viewing for photo opportunities.

Rates

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Date Price
2024-04-01 - 2024-04-30 €11,100
2024-05-01 - 2024-06-30 €9,110
2024-07-01 - 2024-07-31 €12,275
2024-08-01 - 2024-10-31 €15,085
2024-11-01 - 2024-11-30 €9,110
2024-12-01 - 2024-12-31 €8,225

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What's Included?

  • Scheduled activities as specified
  • Meals and accommodation as specified
  • Flights and transfers as specified

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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