Our 9-day Zambia Safari through South Luangwa, the Lower Zambezi and Livingstone offers a manageable but intense few days of wildlife experiences. On this trip we use small intimate tented camps located in prime areas of southern Zambia, an area characterised by being relatively undeveloped, and visited by few tourists.
This safari is a perfect way to explore this gem of a country in a relatively short time, either in its own right, or as an extension to a longer African safari.
On arrival into Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka, you will board an internal flight to Mfuwe Airport where we will meet you and transfer you by road to the camp in South Luangwa.
Today we will venture out on game drives to explore this stunning part of South Luangwa.
The Luangwa River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life blood of the parks 9,050 square kilometres. The park hosts a wide variety of wildlife, birds and vegetation. There are 60 different animal species and 400 different bird species. One special mammal is the Thornycroft giraffe which is found only in the Luangwa Valley. Some magnificent trees grow in the valley and among the more common are the mopane, leadwood, winterthorn, baobab, large ebony forests, vegetable ivory palm, marula and the tamarind tree.
Today we will spend time exploring the park by foot on a guided walking safari. The now famous ‘walking safari’ originated in this park and is still one of the finest ways to experience this pristine wilderness first hand. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a night game drive.
After a morning activity and breakfast we will transfer by road to Mfuwe Airport for an internal flight to Lusaka and on to Jeki Airstrip. We are met and transferred by road to our next camp.
The Lower Zambezi is still relatively undeveloped, and its beauty is a result of this. The opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are manifold. The park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the river is a massive wildlife sanctuary. While at the camp, we have access to the finest game viewing possible.
The river’s edge is overhung with a thick riverine fringe, while further inland is a flood plain fringed with mopane forest and interspersed with winterthorn trees. The Lower Zambezi National Park covers an area of 4,092 square kilometres, but most of the game is concentrated along the valley floor. This gives us a variety of activities through which to explore, including game drives (both day and night), walking safaris, canoeing and boating. Fishing for tiger fish is also an option, with fly-fishing, bait and spinning being the three most successful methods of fishing practiced. With personalised guiding, we can decide exactly what activity we would like to take and when.
After breakfast, we will be transferred by road to Jeki Airstrip for our internal flight to Lusaka Airport and on to Livingstone Airport. We are met and transferred by road to our next accommodation.
Livingstone is an historic colonial town most famous for its proximity to the Victoria Falls. The town has experienced a revival in the last decade with the renovation of old colonial-style buildings which line the shaded main avenue. Today, we choose from a wide range of activities including white water rafting, bungee jumping or, later in the day, a sunset cruise.
On our final full day we will enjoy game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where Zambia’s only white rhino can be spotted. Also available are early morning or sunset river cruises. In addition we have an option of a cultural tour of Livingstone, including a visit to the Museum and the Simonga Village as well as a guided tour of Victoria Falls and rainforest on the Zambian side. A shopping tour in Livingstone town also provides an opportunity to experience the local flavour.
After breakfast we will transfer by road to Livingstone Airport, for your international departure flight.
Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp is a tented camp in a remote, private location in the South Luangwa National Park. It is named for the puku antelope that abounds here.
Blending into the background, each of the seven tents are huge, and come complete with indoor and outdoor showers, a bath and a private viewing deck not for removed from the plains beyond. Gourmet meals can be taken in the central dining area, or in the privacy of your own room. The camp’s elevated position on a hill overlooking a floodplain means that the daily drama of the African bush is never far away.
Puku Ridge Camp is renowned for its service and food. Combine this with its location and outstanding game viewing, and you have the makings of a real gem. The camp does the South Luangwa justice, and a quick review of the game sightings reveals that two or three days here can be some of the most memorable you have enjoyed on safari anywhere in Africa.
Sausage Tree Camp is a luxury tented camp located on the northern bank of the Zambezi in the Lower Zambezi National Park.
The Lower Zambezi is notable for two things: the low traffic the park encounters, and its large variety of diverse habitats close to each other. The resulting wildlife encounters can therefore be very exciting indeed. The camp celebrates this through its collection of outstanding in-house guides, all personally trained by the management, and known to be among the best in the park.
At this camp, you very much get the sense that you are a guest in untramelled African bush. Guests are issued with radios should they need to call for help if an elephant is blocking a pathway. There is no compromise on luxury though, with huge Bedouin-style tents housing teak 4-poster beds, and excellent attention to detail in every department. The honeymoon suites are some of the best available, and a family room makes allowance for small groups requiring privacy.
A stunning lodge located right on the bank of the Zambezi, Sussi & Chuma comes complete with the legendary service that one would expect of a Sanctuary Retreats property.
Located right in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on a bend in the Zambezi, the lodge is 12 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls. This takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Livingstone and allows you to enjoy the serenity of an outstanding riverside spot. The cries of fish eagles and the bellicose grunting of hippo provide a perfect backing chorus to your stay here.
With just 12 luxury tree houses, the lodge is one of the less busy accommodation options near Victoria Falls, and one that is decidedly non-urban. It is the only property that offers guided bush walks in the park. The elegant deck makes for great views, and the spa offers further avenue to spoil yourself. It’s a place that just slows you down and give you time to reflect – the perfect end to a Zambia safari.