The thought of booking a safari in Zambia might cause your heart to skip a beat. But Zambia safari tours like no other represent the ultimate adventure that will leave you with some of the best memories of your life. Safaris in Zambia can too be a “rewarding experience” in this country which is home to some of the planet’s most sought after wildlife, including the so-called ‘big five’.
Zambia which is a landlocked country has so much on offer including the magnificent Zambezi River. This river is the fourth largest in Africa after the Nile, Zaire and Niger and it runs from the centre of this huge landmass to the Indian Ocean. It holds particular appeal among many of those keen to experience a wilder side to this part of the world because it has been less developed than a number of other waterways and there are plenty of areas along its banks that enjoy protected status. This makes it ideal for those keen to spot some of the continent’s wildlife. Among the creatures that are commonly seen along and near to the banks of this life giving water source are buffalo, elephants, hippos and big cats, among other beasts.
A safari holiday in Zambia is not complete without a visit to Lower Zambezi which is another outstanding national park in Zambia. This park gives greater opportunity to get close to the animals. Various safari activities available in this area of the country include river safaris, canoe trips and fishing. During such activities it is extremely common practice to see elephants, zebras, impalas, buffalo, baboons and hippos. Just a reminder, those planning to set off on Zambia Safari Holidays should take with them a sturdy pair of hiking boots as walking safaris in Zambia are very popular. This helps ensure that individuals can make the most of any guided walks provided. As long as people prepare properly for Zambia Safari Tours they should be able to get the very most from them.
Named after the famous Victorian missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone, who explored this area extensively, Livingstone Town was established in 1905. As a capital, it enjoyed excellent facilities far superior to anything elsewhere in the country, as can be seen from the surviving Edwardian buildings that line the city’s main road. Livingstone even had the distinction of having the country’s first newspaper. The capital was moved to Lusaka in 1935 and the bustling city has become a quiet town, but still retaining a special charm. Depart Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city on a scheduled flight to Livingstone. On arrival at Livingstone Airport, you will be met and transferred to Tongabezi Lodge from where you will take a boat trip to Sindabezi Island Camp.The Sindabezi Island Camp is three kilometers downstream from the lodge and accessed only from there by either motorized banana boat or canoe. The birdlife is outstanding and game is often seen around the Island Camp. Overnight
Sindabezi Island Camp
was, until 2012, the capital of the Southern Province of Zambia. Lying 10 km (6.2 mi) to the north of the Zambezi River, it is a tourism centre for the Victoria Falls and a border town with road and rail connections to Zimbabwe on the other side of the Victoria Falls. A historic British colonial city, its present population was estimated at 136,897 inhabitants at the 2010 census. It is named after David Livingstone, the British explorer and missionary who was the first European to explore the area.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. The day will end with a relaxed dinner served either in the main dining area or as a private meal outside of your room. Overnight
Sindabezi Island Camp
Breakfast and transfer to the airport for flight to Lusaka. Connect onto the onward flight to Royal Airstrip in 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. Overnight at Chongwe River Camp. The camp is located only 20 minutes from the airstrip on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers and directly opposite Mana Pools. The Chongwe River is the boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park. Set under a canopy of Albida thorns and surrounded by cool lawns, the 8 chalets are large, well appointed safari tents under thatch, with luxury ensuite open air bathrooms. The bathrooms are an experience on their own.
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. Overnight
Chongwe River Camp
The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular. The Park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the Zambezi River is a massive wildlife sanctuary. The River’s edge is overhung with a thick riverine fringe, including ebony and fig trees. Further inland is a floodplain fringed with mopane forest and interspersed with winterthorn trees and huge acacias. The hills which form the backdrop to the Park are covered in broadleaf woodland. At Chongwe River Camp there are many activities to choose from. Not only on offer are exciting day and night drives and bush walks, but 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. Overnight
Chongwe River Camp
Enjoy another full day of activities in Lower Zambezi. Lower Zambezi is set between a vast escarpment and the mighty Zambezi river and is without doubt one of Africa’s most magnificent places. This amazing game park is Zambia’s most spectacular and surprisingly the remotest with a number of stunning sceneries along the river bank. A wider range of activities is available here than anywhere else on the continent that include day and night game drives, boating safaris, canoe trips and fantastic walking safaris.Overnight
Chongwe River Camp
After breakfast and farewells, a drive through the park to the airstrip to board a scheduled flight to Lusaka for your onward international flight.