Zambia Suggested Itineraries
 
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Zambia Suggested Itinerary - This safari covers two of the premier parks in Zambia (South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi) plus Livingstone, home to the spectacular Victoria Falls. A selection of good value properties has been used, so one can explore the very best Zambian experiences at a fair budget level.

 
The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. The Luangwa River flows into the Zambezi River – just below the Lower Zambezi National Park. This park, scenically bordered by an impressive escarpment, has excellent game, which can be viewed from either the river or by land. Quietly drifting past a huge elephant feeding is a great experience. Livingstone is home to one of 7 natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls, and offers many opportunities, both adrenaline filled and more sedate, to view this amazing site. There are game viewing opportunities too, with a chance to see the white rhino in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and river trips on the Zambezi River.
 
Lioness with cub in South Luangwa

Tips on activities on offer:
South Luangwa: walking, game drives (day and night), Kawaza Village Tour, Tribal Textiles tour (for souvenirs), Chipembele Wildlife Orphanage visit.
Lower Zambezi: boating, game drives, walking, canoeing, fishing.
Livingstone: Victoria Falls visit, Livingstone Island lunch/high tea, cultural tours, sunset cruises, walking with lions, elephant rides, canoeing, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, microlighting – this list is continuously being increased, contact us at time of booking for more.

Day 1 : Nkwali Camp
Nkwali Camp - South Luangwa accommodation
 
On arrival at Lusaka International Airport, you will be met by a representative who will have a name board with your names. He/She will assist you with immigration and customs clearing then check in for your flight to Mfuwe, South Luangwa. The flight is on average one hour. At Mfuwe International Airport a guide from Robin Pope Safaris will meet you. The drive to Nkwali Camp is 1 hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. On Robin’s private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, Nkwali is ideally situated for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

Day 2 : Nkwali Camp
At dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after, entering the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon. The game in the area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken at a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Following tea you will go out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world, returning to camp about 8pm with dinner generally at 8.30pm.

Day 3 : Nsefu Camp
After an early breakfast, a transfer game drive through the park into the Nsefu Sector of the park and onto Nsefu Camp. Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area and it still is. Robin Pope Safaris owns the only two camps in this sector of the Park. There are six round rondavels with luxurious en suite facilities and each room has a clear view of the sweeping bend of the Luangwa River through large windows and from the wooden verandahs. On arrival you will be shown to your rondavel and then lunch will be served followed by a well deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive. (Note: option of booking Tena Tena for the 3 nights).
 
Nsefu Camp - South Luangwa walking safari
 
Day 4 - 5 : Nsefu Camp
You have a chance to drive or walk through the ebony groves. Or you may decide this is an ideal day, depending on the heat and time of year, to explore the Nsefu Sector of the National Park possibly with an all day picnic drive to the salt pans that will cover different habitats and is an exceptional day’s safari.

Perhaps a visit to Kawaza village. This community tourism initiative is a great opportunity to meet local people and experience life in a real non-tourist village. If you wish to visit, then it is best to mention this when booking your holiday or with Robin Pope Safaris on arrival.
 
Day 6 : Chiawa Camp
After an early breakfast, transfer to Mfuwe Airport (1.5 hours) for the flight to the Lower Zambezi. As you fly into the area, you will see the wide Zambezi River, dotted with islands. Buffalo and elephant are always seen feeding along with the pods of hippos that rest on the edge of the sandbanks. The transfer to Chiawa Camp is through the park and there is the chance of game viewing along the way. Resting on the banks of the Zambezi under a lush grove of mahogany and acacia trees, eight spacious tents on elevated wooden platforms with en-suite facilities offer Chiawa's guests ample comfort and stunning views. Game-viewing in the pristine Lower Zambezi National Park is superb and big game, such as elephant, hippo, buffalo and the big cats are even seen regularly in and around the camp! After a late lunch there will be a chance for an afternoon activity – be it on the river or by vehicle.
 
Chiawa Camp accommodation
 
Day 7 - 8 : Chiawa Camp
At Chiawa there are various activities to choose from. Not only on offer are exciting day and night drives and bush walks, but Chiawa's guests can choose their own day's itinerary from a selection of canoe trips, river safaris on safe, stable pontoon boats and catch & release angling for the infamous tiger fish.
 
Day 9 - 10 : Tongabezi Lodge
Today (usually in the morning) you will take a flight transfer onto Livingstone via Lusaka (1.5 hours’ flight). On arrival you will be met and transferred to Tongabezi Lodge where you will settle into your accommodation and be served a delicious lunch. Accommodation at Tongabezi Lodge is set in a tranquil grove of ebony on a sweeping bend of the Zambezi River, and consists of colonial-style river cottages and spacious open-planned stone and thatch houses. There is a wide range of activities on offer at Tongabezi including fishing, canoe trips on the river, game drives in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. For the more adventurous, Livingstone boasts a whole host of adrenaline filled activities including whitewater rafting, bungee jumping and microlighting. Or you may just wish to rest in camp and enjoy the spectacular scenery and peaceful atmosphere.
 
Tongabezi River Cottage deck
 
Day 11 : Transit
After breakfast you may have a morning activity, time permitting or a transfer to Livingstone Airport for your onward connection.

Rates from Rates from US$ 7963 per person sharing in 2018.

Includes all safari activities in South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi (see below for included activities in Livingstone), meals, bar (premium drinks extra), laundry, airport transfers plus domestic flights.

Included activities at Tongabezi Lodge:
Accommodation, all meals, drinks, house and sparkling wine (not champagne, premium wines or liqueurs), laundry service and the following activities:
 
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE ON STANDARD RATES
Sunrise and sunset boat trip on the Zambezi
Lunch on local Island with guided walk
Fishing (equipment provided)
Visit to the Victoria Falls on the Zambian Side (Falls entrance fees are extra)
Game drive in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National park (Park fees are extra)
Walk in the gorge below the Falls
Cultural visit to the museum (Museum entrance is US$ 5 per person – subject to change)
Local village visit
Mountain bike trail to local village
Shopping trip on the Zambian side of the Falls

Excludes international flights, visa fees, gratuities and items of a personal nature.
In Livingstone, Park fees are charged at US$ 10 per person per visit (subject to change) and Falls Entrance Fees are US$ 20 per person per visit (subject to change)

Valid April to mid-November.

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