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Romantic Kruger, Falls, Zambezi & Luangwa

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tour iconTours & Safaris|12 days

Romantic Kruger, Falls, Zambezi & Luangwa

Highlights

  • Some of the best luxury accommodation in the area
  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing, especially from mid-year
  • Day and night game drives
  • Private plunge pools
  • Canoeing & guided safari walks
  • Optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls
  • Secluded honeymoon suites
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Overview

Your 12-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 Thorntree River Lodge is perched grandly on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River, just upstream from the thundering Victoria Falls. 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.

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Summary

  • Tour Duration: 12 Days

  • Start: Johannesburg
  • End: Lusaka

Accommodations Visited

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Chinzombo

4 Nights
'A 12-day safari combining the Kruger National Park in South Africa with the Zambezi River and South Luangwa. Stay at three luxury lodges set in three diverse areas of Southern Africa for an adventure-filled safari. From game drives, river trips, guided walks and fishing to African culture and relaxing spa time, this safari has something for everyone.'
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Natasha Wilmot

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Itinerary

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Days 1-4: Welcome to South Africa!

Kruger National Park, Kruger Private Reserves, South Africa
Detailed breakdown

Days 1-4: Welcome to South Africa! | 4 Nights

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Kruger National Park, Kruger Private Reserves, 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 5-8: Into Zambia | 3 Nights

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Zambia

Enjoy a final brunch before boarding your chartered plane to Livingstone in Zambia and then onto Thorntree River Lodge.

Thorntree oozes personalised charm and contemporary sophistication. Set on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River upstream from the Victoria Falls, you are able to have the best of both worlds - close enough to be driven into the hustle and bustle of Victoria Falls Town and far enough to have endless peace and tranquillity.

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 an optional 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 8-12: The South Luangwa | 4 Nights

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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Departing Victoria Falls, your flight heads 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…

Finally, the day arrives when you must bid this extraordinary corner of Africa farewell. During the drive back to Mfuwe and your flight home, 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.

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Inclusions

  • 30 minute Scenic helicopter flight whilst in Zambia
  • Flight between Kruger, Livingston, Lower Zambezi & Lusaka
  • Road transfers between all camps and airports
  • Selected park and conservation fees and levies
  • Shared light aircraft flights as per the itinerary
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Exclusions

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

Rates

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DatesPrice
2018-06-05 — 2018-07-09 $17,730
2018-07-10 — 2018-08-13 $17,910
2018-08-14 — 2018-09-17 $17,910
2018-09-18 — 2018-10-22 $17,910
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. Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.