The South Luangwa Valley and lower Zambezi offer an unparalleled range of daily activities with something to suit everyone, but always with an emphasis on wildlife. Bush walking, game drives and canoe safaris, perhaps followed by a sunset boat cruise to watch the elephant and buffalo at the river’s edge. Then, fly to see the amazing Victoria Falls for a stunning finale to your Zambia adventure.
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
Fly from Lusaka to Royal Airstrip in the Lower Zambezi. If possible try to get a window seat as the views are simply spectacular as you fly over the steep escarpment that shields the Zambezi River. On arrival at Royal Airstrip you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to Chongwe River Camp that is idyllically set on the confluence of the Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers. Depending on your arrival time, you may go out for your first game activity, giving you your first sense of what the area has to offer.
Chongwe River Camp is located in a Game Management Area (GMA), just a few km from the unfenced park boundary so is in a very productive wildlife area with elephants regularly seen in camp. Whilst at the camp you have a range of activities to chose from including, walking, day and night drives, fishing or if you are feeling adventurous, canoeing along one of the many channels - relax or be as active as desired.
After breakfast, transfer to Royal Airstrip for flight to Mfuwe Airstrip, where you will be met by your safari guide who will drive you to Mfuwe Lodge for two night's stay. After enjoying some tea and cake you will head out for an afternoon game drive in a hope of spotting your first leopard, for which the park has become famous. After sundowners in the park you’ll search for nocturnal species such as civet, porcupine, honey badger and genet, rarely seen in daylight hours.
On the morning of day 7, transfer from Mfue to Bilimungwe Bush Camp for a further three nights. A typical day here will see you enjoy a delicious continental breakfast after your wakeup call before heading out on your morning game activity. You will return to camp late morning having enjoyed the sights and sounds of South Luangwa, to enjoy brunch in camp and escape the heat of the day. You will have a couple of hours free in the afternoon to either read a book, enjoy the wildlife that frequently wanders into camp or have a well deserved siesta. Before heading out on your afternoon walk or drive you will be treated to tea and cake. As with early morning, the evening game drive is often the best time to see the wildlife. The predatory animals begin to stir from their slumber, and their prey become ever more active and alert as darkness falls. As is an African tradition, you will stop for sundowners drinks before continuing your evening drive to spot some of the nocturnal creatures of the bush. You usually return to camp in time for a shower, pre-dinner drinks and then dinner, with the evenings being rounded off with a few drinks around the campfire swapping safari stories.
After breakfast you will take a flight to Livingstone International Airport where you will be met by your driver and transferred to the beautiful Waterberry lodge. Depending on your time of arrival you may have time to visit the magnificent Victoria Falls today or simply choose to relax with a sunset cruise on the almighty Zambezi River before dinner.
Depending on your mood you could spend the day at the Falls sampling some of the adventure activities that are offered including bungee jumping, white water rafting, helicopter rides or swimming in Devil’s Pools’. Or perhaps you would prefer to do a game drive in the Mosi-Oa- Tunya NP, famous for its large rhino population or simply visit a local village or have lunch on a private island. With so many choices at hand this really is the perfect place to end your African safari.
At your leisure you will be transferred to Livingstone Airport for onward or return flight.