Best of Zambia - 10 night safari experience

Best of Zambia... Victoria Falls, Kafue and South Luangwa

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A great opportunity to explore the best of Zambia, you will stay in 4 superb safari camps, see the fabulous Victoria Falls, tree climbing lions, a variety of birds, phenomenal wildlife and be led by highly experienced guides.

This 11 day safari (plus your flight times) provides a fantastic introduction to one of Africa's lesser-explored countries - a country which prides itself on its nature reserves and superb guides.

Sample itinerary

Day 1

On arrival into Livingstone a short road transfer will take you to the bush location of Stanley’s Safari Lodge overlooking the Zambezi River. Activities can be booked at the lodge that include trips to see the Victoria Falls, town museums and markets, sunset cruises or action packed activities such as white water rafting, bungee jumping or a helicopter flight over the Falls

Day 2

Continue to explore Livingstone, take a game drive in Mosi oa Tunya National Park or simply relax by the lodge’s pool.

Day 3

A new day and a new adventure – take a light aircraft flight north to Kafue National Park to Shumba camp. You should arrive just in time for refreshments and an afternoon and evening game drive.

Days 4 & 5

The focus at Shumba is on 4 x 4 game drives to discover the plains game and predators of the Busanga Plains. Tree climbing lions, roan, puku and diverse habitats revealing spectacular birdlife.

Day 6

After breakfast take a light aircraft flight to Lusaka for your onward connection to Mfuwe, gateway to the South Luangwa National Park. Your guide will meet you and drive you through lively villages and remote bush to reach Luangwa River Camp where you will spend the next 2 nights.

Day 7

Activities are based on your personal preferences, so options include a game drive, guided walk or both. Visit the local traditional Kawaza Village or even take a trip to Tribal Textiles to buy locally printed fabrics as a souvenir.

Days 8, 9 & 10

After breakfast a game drive through the park and across the river takes you into the Nsefu sector where you will spend the next 3 nights at Tena Tena. Days will be spent on safari either in open 4×4 vehicles or with your guide and armed scout on foot punctuated by morning coffee breaks, magical sundowners, drinks around the campfire and delicious dinners.

Day 11

Time to bid farewell and a 1.5 hour transfer to Mfuwe airport for your flight to Lusaka.

Highlights

  • Livingstone – home to the magnificent Victoria Falls
  • Tree climbing lions in northern Kafue
  • Fabulous variety of birding opportunities in Kafue
  • Incredible wildlife in South Luangwa
  • Experienced guiding
  • Personal level of service

Your Best of... Zambia experience includes

  • Internal flights and transfers
  • Accommodation (full board, including most drinks)
  • Game drives, walking safaris as described in the itinerary

Price, per person, from £4870

The cost of international flights will be in addition to the price shown above. Please contact us for details.

Accommodation

Stanley Safari Lodge (nights 1 and 2)

The Victoria Falls is where the wide Zambezi River simply drops some 100 meters into a narrow gorge. Called “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, (the smoke that thunders) the Falls are one of the seven wonders of the world.

West of  Victoria Falls with great views of the Zambezi and the sunset Stanley Safari Lodge can be found.

The atmosphere at Stanley Safari Lodge is tranquil and intimate, and with only 10 private cottages or suites we are able to give you an unmatched level of entirely personalised service.

The main area is a double storey open area set up with lots of old nicknacks dating back in time. It has an old colonial African décor.

The swimming pool is located in the front lawn and is a feature of the main area.

The rooms spread out either side of the main area and  from every room you are able to see the spray of the Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and the African sunset.

The ten rooms are each unique, individually designed and with an eye for detail that will make sure you will enjoy your African experience to the utmost.

Rooms have en suite facilities. 3 rooms are closed in and are air conditioned.  Two of these closed rooms have a small plunge pool in the front. The open rooms have fans and 2 have small plunge pools.

Shumba Camp (nights 3, 4 & 5)

Shumba Camp is located in the centre of the Busanga Plains, home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan and the diminutive oribi.  Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo all move onto the Plains as the dry season progresses.  This wealth of game is a big attraction for predators, including wild dog, cheetah and prides of lion.

The camp is situated within close proximity to permanent water and having easy access to a mix of seasonal and permanent floodplains.

Shumba Camp comprises of six spacious luxury safari tents on raised platforms with spectacular views of the surrounding plains.

The rooms are large, en-suite with both indoor and outdoor showers.

The dining and bar area is elevated so as to take in this vista and each morning’s sunrise.

Dinner takes place either here or in the cosy boma where guests can also enjoy elements of local Zambian culture.

A maximum of 12 guests can be accommodated at any one time and great emphasis has been placed on the “guided” experience; being led by qualified, enthusiastic people with in-depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife.

Guests have the option of game drives in and around the Plains.

Night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area.

Luangwa River Camp (nights 6 & 7)

This is a 10 bed camp, (5 chalets only), situated opposite the Luangwa Wafwa in the Upper Lupande Game Management Area. 

It has all the creature comforts of a five star camp yet with all the intimacy, tailored activities and flexible mealtimes you come to expect from a bush camp. 

Luangwa River Camp is quite like nothing else on offer in the Luangwa Valley. The camp is unique with its décor of locally crafted and handmade details. 

All chalets have private decks with covered Bomas affording great views over the river and park.

The five brick and thatch chalets are individually named and all feature unique decorative themes.

The chalets can accommodate either a double bed or twin beds.

The main area is elevated between 1-3 metres on wooden decks affording great views to the park and river.

The swimming pool is sunk into the deck on two levels with a waterfall adjoining the two pools (one for swimming and the other for seating).

Seating areas are all elevated and open plan with a bar area as well as a dining and reading area.

Tena Tena (nights 8, 9 & 10)

This remote and small camp lies within the Nsefu Sector of the National Park and enjoys a stunning location on a wide bend of the Luangwa River. A grove of mahogany trees shade the large custom-made tents.

On a double tiered river bank each room enjoys its own private view onto a long stretch of the Luangwa River.

The five tents are very private with plenty of space between them and each with its own window onto a magnificent stretch of the Luangwa River where the hippos wallow and the lions roam.

En-suite bathrooms are spacious and open to the elements, designed to copy nature with curved walls around the trees and simple subtle colours and a view from every facility.

Each tent is specifically located to maximize privacy both in the rooms, bathrooms and on the verandas with comfortable sitting areas and excellent views onto the river.

The main area is moulded around a large termite mound and mahogany tree, and an old hippo run has been incorporated into our path between the different levels. It is shaded by an enormous tent strung up between leadwood poles.

With plenty of different seating areas there is space to relax and unwind whilst reflecting on the days safari.

Dine on the banks of the Luangwa, under the stars enjoying the sounds of the African night.

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Lions relaxing in Zambia
Victoria Falls, near Livingstone
Sunset over Victoria Falls
Elephants on the African plains
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