On this 15-day Zambia safari, you will explore Zambia’s unspoilt landscapes, wealth of animals, and natural wonders that are off the usual path. Start at South Luangwa National Park, where you’ll stay in a remote camp that can only be reached on foot. Then, proceed to North Luangwa, where there are only a few walking safari operators and no permanent sites. Lower Zambezi National Park is the next stop, and it offers breathtaking riverfront views. At Victoria Falls, where you’ll stay on a private island, your journey of Zambia comes to a conclusion.
After arriving in Lusaka, you’ll board a domestic flight to Mfuwe, where a private driver will meet you and transport you to the first stop on your safari, South Luangwa National Park. Tafika Camp will serve as your home away from home. It is tucked away by the river in the upscale Nsefu Sector of the national park.
Start your exploration of South Luangwa with walking safaris, which are a specialty of Zambia, as well as morning, evening, and night wildlife drives. Discover the endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe, lion prides, elephant, buffalo, and some of the best leopard watching in Africa with professional guides. You’ll have plenty of options for wildlife-watching activities thanks to South Luangwa’s diversity of wildlife, which includes over 60 animal species and almost 450 bird species. Don’t pass up the chance to go on a night wildlife drive so you can view some of Zambia’s nocturnal animals, like hunting lions and prowling leopards. During the day, you can take a micro flight where you can sit in an open cockpit or go on a mountain bike adventure along one of the park’s biking paths. Another choice is to travel to the nearby community of Mkasanga, where you may interact with residents and discover more about their way of life.
The walking safari originated in South Luangwa, therefore going on an adventurous bush walk is the perfect way to take in wildlife watching in this remote area of the national park. Without the security of a safari vehicle, feel your senses sharpened. As your guide and park ranger illustrate how they track wildlife, you will get a closer look at the tiny animals and plants that inhabit the wilderness.
After leaving South Luangwa, a private transfer will take you up to North Luangwa. You’ll be staying at Mwaleshi Camp, a semi-permanent, seasonal camp that blends in with the surrounding landscape on a bend of the Mwaleshi River. You may enjoy stunning views of the Zambian wilderness from your basic thatched cabin, which is constructed entirely of natural materials.
True wilderness exists in North Luangwa. Despite being designated a wilderness area, the park is closed to the public and has no long-term lodgings. Thus, the only way to experience this untainted wildlife paradise is through a walking safari with a licensed safari tour provider. With a knowledgeable guide by your side, you’ll venture out into the jungle where you can observe hippos gathering by the river and take in the peace of an almost empty park. You’ll be treated to sightings of the endangered Cookson’s wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, lions, hyenas, and a variety of vibrant birds on your walking safaris. The secretive black rhino, which was reintroduced to Zambia in 2003, can only be seen in North Luangwa, however sightings are few. Don’t pass up the chance to go on an expedition upstream to the stunning Mwaleshi Falls, where you can also go swimming.
As soon as you check out of Mwaleshi, you’ll take a private transfer to the airport, which doubles as a game drive because you’ll be passing various animals. In Lower Zambezi National Park, your next safari stop, you’ll stay at the exclusive and exclusive Old Mondoro Camp, which has just five chalets with outdoor bathtubs overlooking the Zambezi River. Additionally, there is the renowned “loo with a view,” an outdoor restroom with breathtaking Zambezi River views.
Beginning your exploration of Lower Zambezi with a wildlife drive will give you the best chance to see lions, the uncommon and severely endangered African wild dog, zebra, bushbuck, hippos, crocodiles, and more than 400 different bird species. In addition, the area around Old Mondoro has among of the highest rates of leopard sightings throughout all of Africa. Utilize the available night game drives to the fullest to observe these amazing animals in their natural habitat. The opportunity to witness hyenas, genets, civets, porcupines, and honey badgers is another benefit of night drives. The Lower Zambezi can be explored by boat in addition to wildlife drives and walking safaris, and there are a variety of river activities available. Enjoy a canoe safari as you float downstream with hippos and crocs to observe wildlife congregate at the water’s edge to drink. Take a picnic lunch with you and visit the stunning Chongwe Falls for an outdoor meal. To understand more about the local Goba culture and the incredible work done by Conservation Lower Zambezi, you can also visit a nearby Goba village.
Leave Zambia’s national parks behind and travel to Livingstone, a picturesque town that is home to the magnificent Victoria Falls. You will be residing at the Islands of Siankaba Lodge, a premier accommodation spanning two sizable islands in the Zambezi. You may take use of the stunning scenery, swimming pool, and spa amenities, as well as a sumptuous supper at the on-site restaurant and bar, which is surrounded by the Victoria Falls and Botswana’s Chobe National Park.
Victoria Falls, which has a height of 108 meters and a width of 1,708 meters, is the tallest and widest waterfall in the world. Locals refer to it as Mosi Oa Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders). It is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. White-water rafting trips, helicopter tours, or exhilarating swims in the Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool right on the edge of the falls, are all great ways to experience the falls. Other enjoyable activities in this region include crossing the border into Zimbabwe, where there are even more stunning views of the falls, purchasing trinkets at the curio market, going on a guided nature walk, going on a mokoro canoe excursion, taking a sunset cruise with sundowners, going fishing on the Zambezi, having a picnic lunch on an island, or taking a bamboo bike or on foot cultural tours of the nearby villages.
Today is your final day of your safari, you will wake early in the morning have breakfast and then wait for your guide to transfer you to the airport to catch your flight.
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