Explore the very best of Zambia on this unique safari combining the pristine South Luangwa, spiritual home of the walking safaris, with the Lower Zambezi, a picturesque region bordering the mighty Zambezi River rich in wildlife and scenic beauty and Victoria Falls. This itinerary offers you the most stunning landscapes, amazing scenery and outstanding game viewing opportunities including walking safaris, boat cruises and canoeing.
You will be met at Livingstone International Airport by your safari guide and transferred to Royal Livingstone Hotel for check in. Livingstone acts as Zambia’s gateway and is situated near the mighty Zambezi River and the breathtaking Victoria Falls. Royal Livingstone is set on the Zambian side of Zambezi River in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park overlooking the Zambezi River and with direct access to the Victoria Falls. The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is situated along the Upper Zambezi and includes Victoria Falls. Herds of elephant cross the Zambezi and freely walk through the Park. Royal Livingstone is named after the legendary African explorer and missionary, Dr. David Livingstone and captures the grace and spirit of the yester years. Late afternoon enjoy a sunset cruise down the majestic Zambezi River. This is a fantastic to observe wildlife as they come down to the river for their last drink of the day. You slowly make your way along the Zambezi River and witness one of the most beautiful sunsets on the African continent. You can experience nature’s beauty and splendour with a refreshing drink after which you will be dropped back at your hotel.
After a hearty breakfast depart for a guided tour of Victoria Falls to witness one of the greatest shows on earth, the raging waters of the Zambezi River crashing into the Batoka Gorge. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. This world wonder is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world. The immensity of the falls and its huge height and vast width have gained the site a UNESCO World Heritage recognition. Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. This experience takes you through parts of the Victoria Falls Rain Forest to the cliffs opposite the massive cascade. From here, you get the best view of the main falls. Your local guide will share some interesting facts about the geology, wildlife and history of Africa’s most famous landmark. Witness this remarkable power of nature and a spectacle that will create memories of a lifetime. Time allowing, this afternoon explore the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park which is home to a big variety of animals including elephants, giraffe and zebra.
Early morning departure from Victoria Falls and head to Chobe National Park in Botswana. You will be met at the border by your Botswana guide and proceed straight to Chobe River to begin your morning game viewing along the Chobe River. Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be provided during the cruise. After lunch, board safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park. Chobe in the north of Botswana is home to Africa’s largest elephant population and comprises of rich ecosystems, diverse landscapes and an almost unparalleled abundance of wildlife and birdlife all centred around the stunning Chobe River. Chobe National Park was the first national park in Botswana and has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife. It is the third largest park in the country and famous for its huge herds of elephants and Cape buffalo which converge along the Chobe Riverfront in the dry months. Lions, buffalo, antelopes and hippos inhabit the woods and lagoons around Linyanti Marsh. After this delightful game viewing experience, drive back to Kazungula Border to meet your Zambia Guide and head back to your lodge arriving for dinner and overnight stay.
Transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Lower Zambezi. Arrival transfer to Sausage Tree Camp which offers some of the finest game viewing in natural habitats anywhere in Africa. It's location within the Lower Zambezi National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River means that game viewing activities take place both on water, by boat and canoes and on land by 4x4 safari vehicles and on foot. Sausage Tree Camp is a chic safari camp and overlooks an expanse of narrow channels with the magnificent Zambezi escarpment as a backdrop. Sausage Tree is nestled amongst massive winter thorns and mahogany trees. Each tent has its own personal butler to attend to your every whim and the main areas stretch along the river bank. The view from the glamorous infinity pool is stunning. The camp's game viewing vehicles, boats and canoes make it easy to cater to personal and individual needs of all the guests. At Sausage Tree, you will find very knowledgeable and experienced guides ensuring the highest quality of guiding and safety standards. All of the camp’s boats and vehicles are fitted with VHF radios for direct communications with camp.
Whole day in Lower Zambezi which is still relatively undeveloped and remains in it’s original beauty and wilderness state. Here, the opportunities to get very close to wild animals wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular. The Park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, making the whole area on both sides of the Zambezi River a massive wildlife sanctuary. Lower Zambezi offers a wide variety of land and water based safari activities in and around the Zambezi River. Game drives here are designed to take you close to the wildlife rich spots to give you an opportunity to view wild animals in their natural habitat as they go about their daily activities. Lower Zambezi is home to strong populations of all the big game. Buffalo and elephant move freely between Zimbabwe and Zambia often grazing on the islands in the middle of the river. You will also find herds of impala, good populations of kudu, eland, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck and bushbucks. In the river, crocodile and hippo are always present as well as the major predators in the Lower Zambezi, lion, leopard and spotted hyena.
Breakfast and transfer to the local airstrip for your departure flight to South Luangwa National Park which is a true wilderness area and one of the great remaining unspoiled regions of Africa. You will be met at Mfeki Airstrip and transferred to Chinzombo Camp for welcome refreshments and check in to your luxurious room. Chinzombo Camp is located in one of the pristine areas of private Luangwa River frontage in South Luangwa National Park. Chinzombo being one of the new generation luxury bush camps, is nestled under a shade of ancient trees in a wildlife rich edge. Its the most perfect base to explore South Luangwa and discover stunning landscapes, unspoilt wilderness, wildlife and spectacular scenery. From the camp, guests take a short trip across the river in one of the camp's own boats before meeting game drive vehicles on the other side. This offers easy and private access to the national park for daily game drives and nature walks. With Chinzombo' s unique location on the banks of a river teeming with wildlife and direct access to the national park, game drives here are exclusive, breathtaking and very outstanding.
The Luangwa Valley has today become world famous as one of Africa’s prime wildlife sanctuaries with concentrations and varieties of both game and birdlife. The ‘Valley’ lies at the tail end of the Great Rift Valley.
As the Rift reaches Zambia, it divides into two, with one arm to the east encompassing Lake Malawi and the western arm becomes the Luangwa Valley. At the centre of the valley flows the Luangwa River which is fed by dozens of sand rivers. Near Luangwa River and its many tributaries, a lush riverine forest occurs that is green all year round. And flanking the river's western banks are the North and South Luangwa National Parks. The most fertile area of the Luangwa Valley is the wide plain and riverine area where South Luangwa National Park is located. The park marks the end of the Great Rift Valley and is one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It is through this that the great meandering Luangwa river runs with its ox bow lagoons, woodlands and large open plains all of which play host to huge concentrations of wildlife many different species of birds.
South Luangwa National Park is a world-renowned game sanctuary and supports large populations of wildlife. Luangwa River which is one of the longest remaining free flowing rivers remaining in Africa is home to crocodiles and hippopotamus. The now famous ‘walking safari’ originated in this park and is still one of the finest ways to experience Africa’s pristine wilderness. Here, both day and night game drives including walking safaris can be done in the private concession and in the national park on the other side of the river. Guided walking safaris offer a thrilling experience and a unique way to experience African bush and observe its wildlife. Game drives from the camp in open-sided 4x4 safari vehicles enable close wildlife encounters. Morning game drives depart at sunrise while evening game drives depart just after the afternoon tea with a sundowner stop at sunset. The game drive continues into the night to observe nocturnal animals. This morning, your most rewarding adventure in Zambia comes to an end. You will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport to board your departure flight back to Lusaka to connect your onward flight.
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