ZAMBIA & ZIMBABWE: SOUTH LUANGWA & VICTORIA FALLS

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USD $ 9,890 / pps*

*pps=per person sharing

Min 2 pax 

8 days

WHY YOU’D LOVE IT!

Zambia today is a pristine African wilderness, making it a wild and spectacular destination! It is a landlocked country that has only recently begun to appear on the international visitor’s itinerary. With thousands of square miles of bushveld and 19 National Parks, it is a premier safari and big game viewing destination. River cruises and activities on the Lower Zambezi, walking safaris in the South Luangwa, and game drives in the Kafue all provide excellent opportunities for tracking Big Game

Highlights include:

OVERVIEW

Itinerary at a glance

◽️ DAY 0        | Travel

     Departure

 

◽️ DAY 1-3     | Zambia

     South Luangwa NP

 

◽️ DAY 4-5     | Zambia

     South Luangwa NP

 

◽️ DAY 6-7    | Zambia

     Victoria Falls

 

◽️ DAY 8       | Travel

     Return / Onward travel

 

MAP

MAP

Visualize your journey!

DAY 0  |  Dates to be updated

YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS NOW!

📍 Depart home

DEPARTURE

Your adventure starts now!

Embark on an African safari and anticipate witnessing breathtaking landscapes, encountering diverse and majestic wildlife in their natural habitats, and immersing yourself in the rich cultural experiences of the continent.

* See your safari itinerary for transfer logistics

DAY 1-3  |  Dates to be updated

SOUTH LUANGWA NP

Safari days

📍 Mchenja Camp

SOUTH LUANGWA NP

Area Overview

Welcome to South Luangwa National Park! Considered by many as the most unspoiled and intact safari park in Africa, South Luangwa National Park is probably Zambia’s biggest hidden gem. Its inaccessibility and wild natural conditions make it a less popular choice for first-timers. At the same time, safari experts and wildlife lovers try to keep quiet to protect its beauty. game-viewing in South Luangwa is simply outstanding. Here you can see four out of the big five (white and black rhinos disappeared due to poaching in the area), and for many safari experts, South Luangwa National Park is the best place to spot the elusive leopard.

The South Luangwa National Park is famous for its guided walking safaris.

Leopard are particularly common in the South Luangwa, though not so common as to be routine encounters. With habitats varying from dense riverine forests to large open savannah woodland, the concentration and variety of wildlife is astonishing incl. 3 Luangwa Valley sub-species: Thornicroft giraffe, Crawshey's zebra and Cookson's wildebeest.

A walking safari is a unique way to experience the African bush and observe its wildlife. A typical walking safari  a duration of approximately 3 hours. A large part of a walking safari revolves around tracking animals – from big cats to a multitude of wildlife such as Kudu, Eland, Elephants, Giraffe, and the endemic Cookson’s Wildebeest. Of course walks bring you closer to the smaller things, the incredible flora, bird life, and arthropods.

You will see most of the big game, but not always necessarily as close as you will from the vehicle. The wonderful thing about being on walking safari is you get to touch, feel and smell the environment that the wildlife inhabits, including looking closely at tracks and droppings, nests, insects and particularly a good look at our native flora including the majestic old trees that are found in the riverine areas of the Luangwa.
 
Setting out from camp, a group of no more than six guests are escorted by a professional walking guide and an armed ZAWA scout. This system of two people leading the walk has proved to be very safe over the years, makes it possible to make sure our guests get the most out of the experience while maintaining the highest possible levels of safety.

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Activities

The South Luangwa National Park is famous for its guided walking safaris

South Luangwa National Park is Zambia's biggest hidden gem and is considered by many as the most unspoiled and intact safari park in Africa. Here you can see four out of the big five (white and black rhinos disappeared due to poaching in the area), and for many safari experts, South Luangwa National Park is the best place to spot the elusive leopard.

Activities in camp consist of walking safaris and day and night game drives in a variety of environments, including riverine forests, Mopane woodland, and open floodplains. These attract a diversity of wildlife, from plains game such as Crawshay's zebra and impala, to wetland animals like puku and waterbuck, as well as the shyer species that prefer the riverine thickets, like kudu and leopard

Another highlight of South Luangwa NP is the opportunity to do night safaris, and this activity is quite popular among safari lovers and not possible to do in every national park. Here, your chances to see a leopard have increased significantly, but you can also see other nocturnal animals such as the spotted hyena, genet, bushbaby, and porcupines.

 MCHENJA CAMP

Camp Overview

A stylishly tented piece of heaven, Mchenja camp is located in the game-heavy central region of the South Luangwa National Park. Nestled under huge ebony trees on the banks of a broad section of the Luangwa River. A friendly, relaxed atmosphere with sweeping river views that will seduce even the most seasoned safari-goer.

Between the baboons chattering above you in the beautiful ebony branches, and the herds of elephants who like to pop into camp for a visit, you’ll stay entertained throughout your unforgettable time here. The beautiful central lounge, built around a fallen ebony tree, is the perfect spot to share your sunrise coffee with other guests while you enjoy birds’ songs calling across the picturesque Luangwa River. Satisfy your palate with brunch in the shade of that charming lounge. Later in the day, enjoy a delicious dinner served on crisp white linens by the scenic river bank.

Be sure to alert the staff if your trip includes a birthday or anniversary celebration, and let them pamper you with a special treat, like one of Chef’s delightful soufflés! The attentive and pleasant staff is dedicated to accommodating your needs and ensuring your satisfaction, whether you’d like a romantic candlelit dinner set for two under a bright blanket of stars, or just need a cool towel to refresh you after a game drive.

With only 4 uniquely spacious octagonal chalets, and one two-bedroom family unit, canvas and thatched chalets are as intimate as they are luxurious.

Recharge after the excitement of your afternoon drive in your uncluttered and meticulously maintained chalet, with its large honeymoon size bed gently draped in mosquito netting and private open-air outdoor facilities featuring flush WC, basin and shower. And when you’re not using those open-air facilities, the local monkeys will jump in and give you a show! If you’re in the mood for something more indulgent, have a soak and a sundowner in the Victorian-style bathtub with a charming view of the river through your own private screened window.

ACTIVITIES
Guides at the camp are known for their dedication to both the guest experience and the well-being of the local wildlife. Whether you come across a herd of elephants or a pride of lions, their expert skill and calm response will ensure your safety and enhance your fun, while leaving the animals undisturbed. If you prefer to watch wildlife from the comfort of a hardtop Land Rover, you’ll enjoy it even more when you pause your adventure for a bit of tea and scrumptious cakes served on the hood of the vehicle. Evening drives are as exciting as those in the day, so you night owls will have plenty to keep you entertained.

If you wish to view wildlife on foot, you won’t be disappointed by the educational experience, which might include a chat with your guide about the intricacies of the park’s ecosystem, learning to read animal tracks in the sand, or stepping within a few yards of raucous hippos.

*Please see your safari itinerary for transfer logistics.

 

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FULL BOARD

TENTED CAMP

GAME VIEW

DAY 4-5 | Date to be updated

SOUTH LUANGWA NP

Safari days

📍 Chamilandu camp

SOUTH LUANGWA NP

Area Overview

Welcome to South Luangwa National Park! Considered by many as the most unspoiled and intact safari park in Africa, South Luangwa National Park is probably Zambia’s biggest hidden gem. Its inaccessibility and wild natural conditions make it a less popular choice for first-timers. At the same time, safari experts and wildlife lovers try to keep quiet to protect its beauty. game-viewing in South Luangwa is simply outstanding. Here you can see four out of the big five (white and black rhinos disappeared due to poaching in the area), and for many safari experts, South Luangwa National Park is the best place to spot the elusive leopard.

The South Luangwa National Park is famous for its guided walking safaris.

Leopard are particularly common in the South Luangwa, though not so common as to be routine encounters. With habitats varying from dense riverine forests to large open savannah woodland, the concentration and variety of wildlife is astonishing incl. 3 Luangwa Valley sub-species: Thornicroft giraffe, Crawshey's zebra and Cookson's wildebeest.

A walking safari is a unique way to experience the African bush and observe its wildlife. A typical walking safari  a duration of approximately 3 hours. A large part of a walking safari revolves around tracking animals – from big cats to a multitude of wildlife such as Kudu, Eland, Elephants, Giraffe, and the endemic Cookson’s Wildebeest. Of course walks bring you closer to the smaller things, the incredible flora, bird life, and arthropods.

You will see most of the big game, but not always necessarily as close as you will from the vehicle. The wonderful thing about being on walking safari is you get to touch, feel and smell the environment that the wildlife inhabits, including looking closely at tracks and droppings, nests, insects and particularly a good look at our native flora including the majestic old trees that are found in the riverine areas of the Luangwa.
 
Setting out from camp, a group of no more than six guests are escorted by a professional walking guide and an armed ZAWA scout. This system of two people leading the walk has proved to be very safe over the years, makes it possible to make sure our guests get the most out of the experience while maintaining the highest possible levels of safety.

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Activities

The South Luangwa National Park is famous for its guided walking safaris

South Luangwa National Park is Zambia's biggest hidden gem and is considered by many as the most unspoiled and intact safari park in Africa. Here you can see four out of the big five (white and black rhinos disappeared due to poaching in the area), and for many safari experts, South Luangwa National Park is the best place to spot the elusive leopard.

Activities in camp consist of walking safaris and day and night game drives in a variety of environments, including riverine forests, Mopane woodland, and open floodplains. These attract a diversity of wildlife, from plains game such as Crawshay's zebra and impala, to wetland animals like puku and waterbuck, as well as the shyer species that prefer the riverine thickets, like kudu and leopard

Another highlight of South Luangwa NP is the opportunity to do night safaris, and this activity is quite popular among safari lovers and not possible to do in every national park. Here, your chances to see a leopard have increased significantly, but you can also see other nocturnal animals such as the spotted hyena, genet, bushbaby, and porcupines.

CHAMILANDU CAMP

Camp Overview

A small and intimate camp set in the shade of some tall African ebony trees, perched on the bank of a winding section of the Luangwa River!

Only 3 spacious chalets, each set well apart, with uninterrupted views of the river and to the Nchindeni Hills beyond. Each is thatched, and raised about 2 yards off the ground on a timber platform. There are reed walls on three sides but the front of the bedroom is completely open, leading to a private viewing deck where comfortable chairs face the river. Although still very African in style the interiors are both contemporary and chic. Black mosquito netting works well with the neutral color scheme and high-quality but simple furniture. Each room has a king-size bed, or two small double four-posters A curtained doorway leads through to an open-air, en-suite bathroom.

At the centre of camp, just yards away from the riverbank and enclosed on three sides by a waist-high reed wall, is the main area. Here you will find contemporary furniture, such as hanging wicker chairs, molded wooden stools and low-slung sofas, is set on sandy floors, reinforcing the camp's rustic feel.

A dining table is surrounded by directors' chairs, and there's a well-stocked bar and small library, too. The high thatched ceiling provides a convenient roosting place for epauleted fruit bats, which you'll often spot hanging from the rafters.

Overlooking the river, the campfire is lit in the mornings to cook porridge and toast at breakfast, and in the evening as a gathering place for pre-dinner drinks. Away from the river, a thatched building on stilts serves both as a hide, with a vantage point overlooking a small lagoon where animals often come to drink in the heat of the day, and as a shady lunch spot.

B&B

TENTED CAMP

GAME VIEW

DAY 6-7 | Date to be updated

VICTORIA FALLS

Explore

📍 Tongabezi

 VICTORIA FALLS

Area Overview

Victoria Falls visit, Elephant encounter & more!

Experience the awe-inspiring majesty of Victoria Falls, a natural wonder where the mighty Zambezi River plunges dramatically, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of roaring waters and ethereal mist that embodies the sheer power and beauty of nature.

Take a guided walking tour of breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, and explore the surrounding rainforest. See rainbows and clouds of spray as the mile-wide Upper Zambezi plummets into the Lower Zambezi.

Named after Scottish explorer Dr David Livingstone, Livingstone’s culture and history is intriguing – as is evidenced by the arts and craft producers, museums, colonial architecture, traditional village life, local food and the general African lifestyle.

 TONGABEZI LODGE

 Lodge Overview

Welcome at Victoria Falls- Livingstone, Zambia side!  The Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, offers breath-taking views that are almost too spectacular and majestic to describe. Unique attractions on the Zambian side include the Boiling Pot and The Devil’s Pool.

Set under shady trees, the secluded camp mixes romance and exclusivity and makes for an excellent honeymoon or romantic holiday retreat. Sit back and soak up the magnificent views of the Zambezi River gliding by.

The ultimate destination for romance and bespoke travel, the real beauty of the Tongabezi experience lies in its ability to set a scene and inspire a truly magical adventure.

The lodge has an extensive variety of cottages and houses catering to all guests and groups. The River Cottages feature high ceilings, giant bespoke wood and glass windows, and doors leading onto expansive sustainable pine decks. The signature African fusion Tongabezi style has been distilled to the best of 'Made in Zambia' in both the interior and outdoor spaces.

Sindabezi Island is a castaway dream on a white sand beach surrounded by the Zambezi, just a short boat ride from the main jetty. Tongabezi also offers thrilling boat trips to the incredible Livingstone Island in the middle of Victoria Falls.

Enjoy doing as much or as little as you want, although there are plenty of activities on offer. This secluded camp combines exclusivity with the genuine warmth and hospitality of Zambia and its people.

ACTIVITIES
A wide range of activities are on offer during your stay, for example: an early morning game drive, drifting down the Zambezi River on a Sunset Cruise, or a romantic Sampan dinner floating out on the river. Enjoy a private Sand Bar lunch. Community minded?

Did someone say fishing? The Zambezi make a serene and angling destination
The lavish accommodation caters for guests of all persuasions, with en-suite river cottages and open-plan stone and thatch houses suited for families, couples, and friends. Several houses include infinity plunge pools and open-air sunken baths on terraces with mesmerizing river views, perfect for dining and unwinding

*See your safari itinerary for transfer logistics and details.

B&B

LODGE

TOURS

DAY 8 | Date to be updated

RETURN

DEPARTURE

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end! Goodbye to the safari life, feeling relaxed, mesmerizing scenery, great food, family time, and romantic memories.

Morning road transfer back to the airport for your outbound flight... dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!

TRAVEL INFO

  • Health & Vaccines, Visas & Passports, Connectivity, Power adaptors, Travel insurance, Credit Cards, Tipping guide,Packing list and more

INCLUDED*

  • Experience of a lifetime
  • 24/7  support before & during your safari
  • Accommodation
  • Road transfers
  • Tours & Activities
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Tour Guide (where applicable)
  • Airport & airstrip transfers
  • Park fees, levies & taxes (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Inter-Africa commercial & light aircraft flights

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* As indicated on your detailed safari itinerary

EXCLUDED*

  • International airfare
  • Personal gifts & purchases
  • Incidental charges
  • Travel insurance
  • Conservation fees*
  • Visa fees
  • Balloon safari* (if applicable)
  • Laundry*
  • Tips

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* Unless otherwise indicated on your itinerary

GORILLA TREK PACKING LIST SUGGESTION

Kindly note that the packing list below is just a mere guideline as you may have your own preferences

  • 1-2 long sleeved shirts
  • 3 short sleeved t-shirts
  • 2 –3 pairs of light weight slacks/trousers – that can dry quickly (if wearing on treks)
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 sweater or sweatshirt
  • A waterproof and windproof jacket
  • 1 skirt ( for women)
  • Gloves – gardening or similar (for gorilla trekking)
  • Strong waterproof walking boots – pants should be tucked into socks and boots while trekking
  • (heavy soled rain boots also work well)
  • Pair of sports sandals like Tevas
  • Hat-wide brim or with a visor for sun protection
  • Sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight wool socks
  • Swimsuit (and a plastic bag)

 Miscellaneous

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with neck strap
  • Insect repellent with DEET
  • Small day pack
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Extra batteries
  • Camera and extra lenses
  • Film particularly fast film for the gorillas.
  • Personal toiletries
  • Prescription medicines and possibly prescription itself

First Aid Kit including rehydration sachets, anti-diarrhea medicine, aspirin, cold medication, antiseptic cream, band-aids, motion sickness pills, lip balm, eye drops and personal medication.

What to Anticipate on a Gorilla Tracking Adventure

PAPERWORK

PASSPORTS

  • Email or Whatsapp a clear color copy of your passport
  • Expiration date valid at least 6 months past return dates
  • Please check the number of blank Visa pages required by each country

CONTRACT

  • Download the Safari Contract
  • Take a picture with your phone of the first & last page and email back
  • A signed APPENDIX C / Indemnity is required for each person going on the safari.  Click here to print more copies if needed)

GUEST INFORMATION