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Essential Zambia Itinerary

Zambia

Overview

Zambia’s rugged terrain and diverse wildlife are showcased in this terrific tour of this central African country. Arriving at Livingstone International Airport, you will be taken to your accommodation, leaving you plenty of time to explore the spectacle that is Victoria Falls, take a cruise on the Zambezi or even go white-water rafting. From here you will take a flight to South Luangwa National Park and Kapani Lodge, just in time for an evening game drive. The next four nights will be spent in two different bush camps where a mixture of driving and walking safaris will enable you to see as much as possible of Zambia’s considerable wildlife. Your last three nights will be spent in the incredibly relaxing and luxurious Chongwe River Camp, after a spectacular flight over the hills bordering the Zambezi River. Activities here include fishing, walking, canoeing, day and night drives or simply relaxing and taking in the bush views, before catching your flight back to Lusaka for your flight home.

Safaris

Day 1, 2 (Tongabezi Lodge or Sindabezi Island)
Arrive at Livingstone International Airport where you are met by your driver for the transfer to Tongabezi. Depending on the time of your arrival you will be given lunch or afternoon tea and then you may have a chance to head out on an afternoon activity before returning for dinner. Depending on your mood, you can spend your day at the Victoria Falls, go for a morning boat cruise on the Zambezi or ask the team to assist you in organising white water rafting or a swim in the Devil’s Pools (both seasonal activities). With so many activities on offer, you could go canoeing, visit the nearby local village, fish, have lunch on a private island or participate in a game drive in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya NP.

Day 3 (Kapani Lodge)
You will catch a flight from Livingstone to Mfuwe for the South Luangwa National Park and your safari with Norman Carr Safaris and be transferred to Kapani Lodge. You will have a late brunch and a bit of down time before the evening safari during which you will have the opportunity to view some of the nocturnal inhabitants of the bush.

Day 4 and 5 (Luwi / Nsolo Bush Camp)
You will move from Kapani to the first of your remote bush camp accommodations from where you will experience your first proper walking safari. Game viewing activities from Luwi and Nsolo bush camps are mostly on foot although game drives and night drives are always an option. 
A typical day in the bush will see you enjoy a sumptuous continental breakfast after your wake up call and then head out on your game activity, stopping en route for a morning tea/coffee break. Return back to camp late morning after enjoying the sights and sounds of the South Luangwa, to enjoy brunch in camp. A couple of hour’s siesta will await you before enjoying tea and cake before heading out on your afternoon walk/drive. As is an African tradition, you will stop during your afternoon activity for sundowner drinks before continuing your evening drive to spot some of the nocturnal creatures of the bush. Returning to camp you can enjoy a drink, or shower before dinner. Dinner is then served, allowing you an opportunity to enjoy a nightcap before your well -earned sleep. 

Day 6 and 7 (Kakuli/Mchenja Bush Camp)
You will transfer to your next bush camp this morning, either walking or driving (or a combination of both). You will arrive in time for brunch. You’ll have two full days here exploring the South Luangwa and all it has to offer. Kakuli and Mchenja offer both walking and driving safaris.

Day 8, 9 and 10 (Chongwe River Camp) B, L, D
This morning you will enjoy one final hearty breakfast at Kakuli Bush Camp, and then make your way to Mfuwe Airport for your domestic flight back to Lusaka and onto Royal Airstrip in the Lower Zambezi. Enjoy spectacular views from the air as you fly over the hills bordering the Zambezi River. The flights take just over 2 hours including your Lusaka stop over. On arrival at Royal Airstrip, you will be transported to Chongwe River Camp idyllically set on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers. Arrive in time to enjoy a lunch. Spend time relaxing at the camp taking in the sounds of the surroundings before meeting later in the afternoon for afternoon tea and cake.
Activities at Chongwe are varied with the choice between fishing, walking, day and night drives or for the more adventurous a canoe trip along one of the many channels of the Zambezi frequented by hippo and elephant. You can decide what you’d like to do each day in consultation with your expert guides and camp hosts. Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy a sunset drink on their activity before heading back to camp. Dinner is served and the day concludes with a nightcap served around the camp fire.

Day 11 (Departure)
The flight from Royal will take you to Lusaka from where you will connect to your onward international flight.

Location

Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighbouring the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west.

Experiences

The South Luangwa National Park is said to be the birthplace of walking safaris and you'll still find some of the continent's best on-foot experiences here. Victoria Falls – one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world - is a huge draw for visitors and it’s a truly amazing sight, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. The Zambezi River is Africa’s fourth largest river system, after the Nile, Zaire and Niger Rivers and it runs through six countries on its journey from central Africa to the Indian Ocean. The river’s majesty has attracted tourists from all over the world and provides opportunities for a huge variety of water sports and game viewing. The Zambezi is home to hippo, crocodile and elephant, as well as amazing birdlife. Considered one of the best stretches of commercially run river in the world, Batoka Gorge is heaven for white-water rafting. Its 23 white-water rapids are run in large rubber rafts launched from just below the Falls and you can do a half-day trip, full day or two days. It’s also a terrific place for kayaking, river boarding and jet boating. Zambia is a safari enthusiast’s dream with over 30% of the country’s land allocated to National Parks. Kafue National Park’s Busanga Plains are famous for lion prides while plains game such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi and buffalo can be seen. Cheetah and wild dog are also present and there is a resident herd of rare roan antelope. Birdlife in Zambia is prolific, with over 750 bird species found in the country. 

Accommodations

Luxurious riverside lodges, 5* hotels and stylish tented safari camps.

Useful Info

Capital: Lusaka

Money: Zambia’s currency is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMW).

Time: Zambia is two hours ahead of GMT and five hours ahead of EST.

Health: Zambia is a tropical country and vaccinations for typhoid, polio, hepatitis, tetanus and possibly meningitis C are recommended. Malaria is common and you should take anti-malarial tablets.

Water: Tap water in Zambia is generally not drinkable, at least unless boiled. Bottled water is widely available in cities, but not necessarily in rural areas.

Weather: Zambia has a tropical climate, with a wet and dry season. 

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