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Zambia and Zimbabwe tour - 13 day small group lodge safari, experiencing the best of Zimbabwe and Zambia including Kariba houseboat

Zambezi Valley and Beyond map
 
From: US$ 3,950 per person sharing
Single supplement: US$ 939
 
Sometimes these rates are reduced for some departures so check with us when you have your dates.

Start: Livingstone, Zambia
End: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Embark on this unique safari featuring the sights and sounds of two spectacular countries sharing the great Zambezi River. Follow in the footsteps of the daring discoverers at Victoria Falls, experience excellent game viewing in Hwange and uncover the tracks less travelled in the Kafue and Lower Zambezi National Parks. Kick back and immerse yourself in the relaxed Kariba Lake lifestyle on a luxury houseboat.

Vehicle: Fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, 12-seater 4×4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing, a music- and PA-system and air-conditioning. All luggage besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle, trailer or roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle. For transfers between Victoria Falls and Hwange (or vice versa), 2×4 vehicles may be utilised.
 
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1: Livingstone, Zambia                                               
On arrival at Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone you will be met and transferred to your lodge. Referred to as the tourist heart of Zambia, Livingstone offers an appealing combination of colonial character, African charm and incredible scenery.
 
We will stay at the Victoria Falls Waterfront which boasts magnificent views over the Zambezi River. Meet your guide and the rest of the group at the lodge, before embarking on a cruise up the river to enjoy sundowners and the magnificent sunset in the late afternoon. Upon our return to the lodge a pre-departure meeting will be held.
 
Accommodation:    Victoria Falls Waterfront or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
 
Victoria Falls

Day 2: Livingstone to Kafue National Park, Zambia (BLD)
This morning we head off to the Kafue National Park, which is not only the oldest and largest national park in Zambia but also one of the largest parks in the whole of Africa. It remains largely unexplored and therefore offers authentic game viewing possibilities. Due to its size as well as a variety of habitat types it offers a great diversity of mammals and bird species. Our accommodation is located on the shores of Lake Itezhi Tezhi, offering you a truly unique African wildlife experience.
Distance:    433 km    Departure: 07h00    
 
Accommodation:    Musungwa Safari Lodge or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, & bar)
 
Day 3 & 4: Kafue National Park, Zambia (BLD on both days)
Today we continue our journey and travel to the northern region of the Kafue National Park where we will spend the next two nights. On the morning of day 4 we embark on a guided game walk in the Kafue National Park where you will have the opportunity to spot lions, leopards, antelopes, zebras and other game by foot.
 
After this incredible wildlife experience we have lunch at the lodge and head off to a natural sand bottomed hot spring for a relaxing and rejuvenating dip in the pool, game driving in the national park en-route.
Distance:    290 km    Departure:  08h00
 
Accommodation:    Hippo Lodge or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar & swimming pool)
 
Lion on safari in Zambia

Day 5: Kafue National Park to Lusaka, Zambia (BLD)
On this day we drive east to Lusaka, Zambia’s busy capital and largest city with around 3 million inhabitants. Our camp is located on the outskirts of the city and is secluded from the hustle and bustle and instead offers you the possibility to take a short walk on the property or relax at the swimming pool.
Distance:    280 km    Departure: 08h00
 
Accommodation:    Pioneer Camp or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar & swimming pool)
 
Day 6 & 7: Lusaka to Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia (BLD on both days)
This morning we drive towards the Lower Zambezi region where we will stay for the following two nights. Our lodge offers breath-taking views over the Zambezi River and is located within the Chiawa Game Management area which is well-known for its elephants, hippos, zebras, buffalos, crocodiles and zebras.
 
The next day will be a long day spent on a full day game drive in the Lower Zambezi National Park experiencing the sights and sounds of this magnificent location.
Distance:    120 km    Departure: 07h00
 
Accommodation:    Kiambi Safari Lodge or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar, gym & swimming pool)
 
Day 8 & 9: Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe (BLD on both days)
Our journey today brings us to Lake Kariba, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes and a place of outstanding beauty. At over 220 km long and 30 km at its widest point it is no wonder it is referred to as an inland sea! After an early morning departure and border crossing, we head to Kariba harbour to embark on a relaxing two-night cruise aboard a luxury houseboat.  

Firstly we cruise to the far end of the lake’s eastern basin near to the Matusadona National Park where we moor on one of the islands or the shoreline for an afternoon of wildlife activities and sundowners from the tender boats.
 
In the evening we commence with a dinner cruise through the night to the Sengwe River Basin.
 
The next morning and afternoon, we explore the beautiful and remote Sengwe River system with its great birding in search of wildlife. Our day ends with sundowners and a barbecue on the beach under the starry African sky.
Distance:    110 km    Departure: 07h00  
 
Accommodation:    Umbozha Houseboats or similar (cabins with en-suite bathrooms, lounge, bar and swimming pool).
 
Day 10 & 11: Lake Kariba to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (BLD on both days)
After cruising from Sengwe to Mlibizi, we disembark from the houseboat and make our way to Hwange National Park, one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra as well as a very large concentration of giraffe. Many predators and endangered species are also found here including a large and varied birdlife.
 
We spend two nights at our lodge in a private concession, enjoying a view over an ever abundant waterhole. Upon arrival we have the opportunity to visit an African homestead to catch a glimpse of the local lifestyle. The next day is spent exploring Hwange National Park on a full day game drive in search of the Big 5.
Distance:      125 km    Departure:  08h00
 
Accommodation:    Sable Sands or similar (chalets with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool & bar area).
 
Day 12: Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (B)
Before continuing our journey, we visit the Painted Dogs Conservation Centre to learn about the efforts made to protect the endangered African Wild Dog.
 
Wild dog
 
We leave the beauty of the Hwange National Park behind us and drive to Victoria Falls. In the afternoon we embark on a guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known locally as the “Mosi-Oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). The rest of the day may be spent at leisure or to partake in optional activities.
Distance:      190 km
 
Accommodation:    A'Zambezi River Lodge BB or similar (chalets with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool & bar area)

Day 13:  End of tour (B)
Our safari ends after breakfast and you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight. We highly recommend staying an extra night or two in Victoria Falls.
                    
Included
12 x Breakfast
10 x Lunch
10 x Dinner
Accommodation as per itinerary (or similar).
All transport in appropriate vehicles.
Game drives and activities as mentioned in itinerary.
Park entrance fees.
Experienced guide.

Excluded
Travel Insurance.
Flights.
Pre and post tour accommodation.
Optional activities.
All drinks, tips and curios.
All personal expenses.

2018 Departure dates:
This safari runs from March - November on scheduled dates with English guide. There are also certain dates that will have French and/or German speaking guides. Please let us know when you are looking at traveling and we can find the most suitable date for you.

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