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Zambia Safari & Victoria Falls

Break Available: May to November
10 Night Break

Price per person: From £5,590 (Excluding International Flights)

Zambia is the connoisseur’s safari destination!  Experience two of Zambia’s premier wildlife reserves.  First the South Luangwa National Park – the birthplace of the first walking safaris.  Track lion and leopard on foot with your ranger who will introduce you to the thrill of getting close to wildlife and maximise terrific photographic opportunities at the same time.

Then journey to the scenic Lower Zambezi National Park. Embark on exciting riverboat and canoe safaris, then climb aboard your 4×4 vehicle for both day and night game drives allowing discovery of diurnal and exciting nocturnal species.

After the adventures of the bush fly to Livingstone, named after the legendary explorer and gaze in awe at the magnificent Victoria Falls, visit the small but charismatic museum, enjoy island picnics, enjoy or horse back safari of simply relax on a private island for four glorious days.

 

Highlights

  • Two of the Finest Wildlife Parks in Zambia
  • Highly Knowledgeable Guides
  • 4×4 Game Drives & Bush Walks
  • Luxury Camps
  • Explore the Zambezi River by canoe and river boat
  • The awe-inspiring Victoria Falls
  • Sunset Boat Trips down the Zambezi River
  • Idyllic Island Hideaway
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 

Days 1 to 3 - Arrive Lusaka, Fly to South Luangwa for 3 Night Safari

Days 1 to 3 - Arrive Lusaka, Fly to South Luangwa for 3 Night Safari

On arrival into Lusaka airport you will take a flight to Mfuwe Airport and from there a road journey into the South Luangwa National Park.

Your destination is Mchenja Bush Camp, a luxury authentic bush lodge set high on the banks of the Luangwa River and located in a top notch game viewing area. It is one of our favourites!

You will spend 3 nights in a Luxury Tent.

This exceptional park is renowned for its prolific wildlife and in particular its leopard sightings. Expert guides will enthral you with their encyclopaedic knowledge of Luangwa’s flora and fauna.

Norman Carr was the original pioneer of walking safaris in South Luangwa and this activity for many is the draw to this pristine wilderness. Walking aside, there are also exciting day and night game drives which play a large part in discovering what this park has to offer.

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Days 4 to 6 - Fly South Luangwa to Lower Zambezi for 3 Night Safari

Days 4 to 6 - Fly South Luangwa to Lower Zambezi for 3 Night Safari

Depart South Luangwa by road and air to the scenic Lower Zambezi National Park to arrive at the luxury bush camp of Chiawa on the banks of the Zambezi River.

You will spend 3 nights in a Luxury Tent.

Multi award winning hospitality and flexibility is the Chiawa Camp hallmark. This family owned and managed camp will exceed all expectations.

A relatively undeveloped national park and the youngest in the country, the Lower Zambezi lies across the river from Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools, and together they form a massive wildlife sanctuary.

Bigger mammals, predators, elephant herds and plains game are attracted to the valley and game viewing is particularly good during the winter months (June – September). Crocodiles and hippo dominate the waters, and along the Zambezi banks, the canopy of ebony and fig trees are alive with the constant movement and calls of numerous avian species.

Summer offers avid birders sightings of the Narina Trogon and an array of brightly coloured birds and the area is known for its superb birding.

Although not a Big Five destination (no rhino) the Lower Zambezi National Park offers an exceptional safari experience, with walking safaris, fantastic tiger fishing, game drives, canoeing and sunset boat safaris adding to the allure.

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Days 7 to 10 - Fly to Livingstone, then Boat to idyllic Island on the Zambezi River. Visit the Victoria Falls, Island Picnics, Game Drives, Museum & Village Visits

Days 7 to 10 - Fly to Livingstone, then Boat to idyllic Island on the Zambezi River. Visit the Victoria Falls, Island Picnics, Game Drives, Museum & Village Visits

Depart Chiawa with a flight to Livingstone on the shores of the Zambezi River.  Transfer to the idyllic Sindabezi Island, a private isle on the Zambezi River and round off your day with a sunset cruise.

This is a bespoke experience for every guest, meals can be taken in a variety of locations ranging from your bed to the middle of the Zambezi River, at Sindabezi Island the ultimate in romance and eco-friendly travel meet!

The activities at Sindabezi include sunrise and sunset boat trips on the Zambezi, guided canoeing excursions depending on water levels and hippo activity!

Lunch on Livingstone Island with guided walk, fishing, a game drive in the Mosi-oa-Tunya NP to try to find the endangered white rhino, cultural visit to the Livingstone Museum, local village visit, mountain bike trail to a local village or a shopping trip to pick up a local souvenir on the Zambian side of the Falls.

And of course a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls.  One special vantage point is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge.

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Day 11 - Morning at Leisure before Boat & Road Transfer to Livingstone Airport

Day 11 - Morning at Leisure before Boat & Road Transfer to Livingstone Airport

After a leisurely morning, depart Sindabezi by boat and short private road transfer to Livingstone Airport to connect with your flight home.

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Mchenja Bush Camp

Mchenja Bush Camp

Mchenja Bush Camp is a luxurious, elegant and stylish tented camp set in a grove of magnificent ebony trees and overlooking a huge sweeping bend in the Luangwa River.

With only four specially designed octagonal canvas and thatched chalets built on concrete bases, and even a self-contained tented suite for families - Mchenja is an intimate affair.

Simple, but wonderfully maintained, the chalets are well sized and include large honeymoon size beds, an indoor Victorian-style bath with a river view and open air but private outdoor facilities featuring flush WC, basin and shower.

The beautiful central chitenje (lounge) is built around one of the old fallen ebony trees, open-sided and thatched. Brunch is taken in the shady lounge and dinner is more often served on the river bank under the stars. The camp also boasts a small plunge pool under thatch in the camps communal area, also under thatch.

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Chiawa Camp

Exterior view of Chiawa Camp
Superior Room at Chiawa Camp
Tented Room at Chiawa
Plunge Pool at Chiawa

Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp is a superb owner-run camp, set on the banks of the Zambezi River inside the Lower Zambezi National Park. Resting peacefully on the banks of the Zambezi River in a grove of mahogany and acacia trees, Chiawa Camp has one of the most beautiful river locations in Zambia, where elephants and buffalo wander freely.

At Chiawa Camp no effort has been spared to provide guests with a truly luxurious, authentic safari experience in the nine superior tents.

The main camp areas are constructed mainly of natural materials comprising of a large open bar and lounge that overlooks the Zambezi River, an elevated observation deck above the lounge with a telescope, a separate dining area, an outdoor boma for starlit evenings and a swimming pool with sun loungers.

The Camp has a great record for consistently superb game viewing from 4x4 vehicles, on foot and on boat safaris on the Zambezi.

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Sindabezi Island

Sindabezi view from the Zambezi
Sindabezi Chalet
Room at Sindabezi
Dining by moonlight at Sindabezi

Sindabezi Island

Sindabezi Island is an idyllic, exclusive camp on a privately owned isle in the middle of the Zambezi River and is the discerning traveller’s best kept secret!

Sindabezi is a top eco lodge and has only five open-sided thatched cottages on wooden decks, allowing guests to soak up the sights and sounds of the African bush in the perfect, pristine setting.  Sindabezi has zero grid dependence, so rooms are romantically lit with hurricane lamps, candles and starlight.   Despite its remote island setting, the chalets are luxuriously comfortable with king size beds, white cotton linen, mosquito nets, plush carpets, ensuite bathrooms with vanity table, free-standing bath and shower, and a private deck from which to soak up the birds and wildlife.

Sindabezi is located some 15 kms upstream from Victoria Falls.  Access to the Falls is from the Zambian Side at Livingstone, a journey of about one hour.  Activities in this peaceful haven include river cruises, guided walks and fishing trips.

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Reviews & Feedback

Reviews & Feedback

I am so glad I booked this visit to Zambia with you, it was a 5 star visit. The rhino encounter at Victoria Falls was an out of this world experience. I've been on many safaris but have never met anyone who, on foot, has been that close to a wild rhino!
I honestly have no complaints and can think of nothing they, the staff, could add to or have done that would have improved the quality or enjoyment of my visit.

I would like to say when I booked with you I felt it was a bit pricey, however, it turned out to be great value for the money.

Thank you for organizing this visit for me.

Graham - Glamorgan

Thank you for organizing this fabulous safari holiday at Victoria Falls & Kafue National Park, Zambia. Everything went like clockwork with no hiccups with any of the transfers. The Lusaka Hotel was extremely posh and Isaac picked me up on time with a long drive to Kafue Camp of Mayukuyuku. Lovely location by the river with a choice of walking or game drives. There were even two lioness hanging around the campsite and they killed a puku and ate it there and then.

The two other camps of Konkamoya and Nanzhila were both a wonderful experience, with luxurious tented accommodation, great game viewing, gourmet food and lively conversation with other visitors. Fabulous holiday, wonderful people, beautiful country. Thank you Big 5 Safaris.

Peter - Manchester
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Price per person: From £5,590 (Excluding International Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

Mchenja Bush Camp – Fully inclusive of all meals, local brand drinks, two scheduled safari activities daily, park fees and laundry.

Chiawa Camp – Fully inclusive of all meals, local brand drinks, 2 scheduled safari activities daily, park fees and laundry.  Special Pay 2 Stay 3 nights for May, June, Mid Oct to Mid November.

Sindabezi – Fully inclusive of all meals, local brand drinks, house wine, sparkling wine, lodge activities, laundry.

All regional flights starting in Lusaka and ending in Livingstone.

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