15 Days Highlights of Zambia Safaris Semi Luxury(Lodging)

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Overview

Type of Tour: Lodging tour

Duration of Tour: 15 Days / 14 Nights

Tour Details:

This 15 Day highlight to Explore Zambia’s unspoiled landscapes, abundance of wildlife and natural wonders, far off the beaten path. Start at South Luangwa National Park, staying in a remote camp only accessible on foot. Then, head to North Luangwa, where there are no permanent camps and only a handful of walking safari operators. Next, it’s Lower Zambezi National Park, which offers stunning riverside scenery. Your Zambia tour ends at Victoria Falls, where you’ll stay on a private island. This is the real Zambia.

Tour Highlights:

  • Vast, unspoiled South Luangwa is Zambia’s premier safari park, one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The Luangwa River is the most intact river system in Africa and the park’s lifeblood.
  • Dense concentrations of animals congregate around its oxbow lagoons, including hippo, elephant and buffalo. The walking safari originated here, and guiding is superb.
  • Lower Zambezi National Park offers spectacular opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels.
  • Creating a massive wildlife sanctuary along 90 miles of riverine environment

Trip Facts:

Destinations Accommodation Nights Meals
South Luangwa National Park Kafunta River Lodge 3 Nights DBB
South Luangwa National Park Chikoko Tree Camp 2 Nights DBB
North Luangwa National Park Mwaleshi Camp 3 Nights DBB
 Lower Zambezi Old Mondoro Camp 3 Nights DBB
Livingstone Islands Of Siankaba 3 Nights DBB

 


Itinerary

Day 1: Mfuwe Airport to South Luangwa National Park (39.3 km)

 

Accommodation: Kafunta River Lodge

Guest will be picked up at Mfuwe airport by a driver from Mfuwe Lodge and drive for 25 minutes through the local village, over the Luangwa Bridge and into the park. You will see wildlife as soon as you near the bridge so be sure to keep your binoculars handy! Mfuwe is a charming and unique lodge situated in the South Luangwa National Park. The northern and southern Luangwa National Parks contain some of the most breath-taking and untouched wilderness in Africa. As a result of this and the parks’ successful anti-poaching campaigns, the area has developed into a world-renowned wildlife haven. The South Luangwa National Park is renowned for its walking safari, which allows visitors to view elephant, hippo and even lion close-up under the supervision of professional and knowledgeable armed guides.


Day 2: South Luangwa National Park

 

Accommodation: Kafunta River Lodge

This Morning Guest will have breakfast and go on a Game drive and will be back before lunch and in the afternoon go on a walk. Wildlife includes hippos, crocodile,s and over 400 species of birds, elephants and large herds of buffalo. Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest can be spotted plus healthy populations of wild dogs.

 

 


Day 3: South Luangwa National Park

 

Accommodation: Tafika Camp

Guest will have breakfast and go on a morning game drive and be back around lunch and again go on an afternoon game drive.

Overnight: Tafika Camp

Tafika Camp is situated in the northern part of the Nsefu Sector of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. It is the base camp for Remote Africa Safaris, a family-run safari operation with a collection of four extremely high-quality safari camps. Tafika provides amazing views of the river offering a wonderful place to relax when not enjoying walking safaris, cycling trails, microlighting, or day & night game drives.


Day 4: South Luangwa National Park

 

Accommodation: Chikoko Tree Camp

Guest will have breakfast and drive through the park to Three River Camp, set at the confluence of the Luangwa, Kapamba and Lusangazi Rivers. The stylish tents lay under shady sausage trees and face either the Luangwa River or the game-rich lagoon. Each tent has its own wooden deck with comfy chairs to enjoy the surrounding vistas, en-suite bathrooms include indoor and outdoor showers, double sinks and flushing toilets. Here you will be able to go on game drives and walks and you have two nights here.


Day 5: South Luangwa National Park

 

Accommodation: Chikoko Tree Camp

The guest will have a nice breakfast and go on a morning walk and in the afternoon on a game drive.

Overnight: Chikoko Tree Camp

Chikoko Tree Camp features twin chalet accommodations situated in the surrounding canopy of trees. The elevated accommodations offer magnificent views of the surrounding area as well as the activities of the local wildlife.


Day 6: South Luangwa NP to North Luangwa NP (5 h 24 min (273.2 km)

 

Accommodation: Mwaleshi Camp

Guest will have the have breakfast drive out of South Luangwa, you’ll head up to North Luangwa via a private transfer. You’ll stay at Mwaleshi Camp; a semi-permanent, seasonal camp tucked away on a bend of the Mwaleshi River, combining effortlessly into the natural environment. Your simple thatched chalet is made from all-natural materials, from which you can like lovely views of the Zambian bush.

 

 


Day 7: North Luangwa National Park

 

Accommodation: Mwaleshi Camp, North Luangwa National Park / Similar

This Morning Guest will have breakfast and go on a Game drive and will be back before lunch and in the afternoon go on a walk. North Luangwa is truly off the beaten path, although the park has been declared as a wilderness area, it is not open to the public and there are no permanent lodges here. Therefore, the only way to explore this unspoiled wildlife haven is via a walking safari with a permitted safari tour operator. You’ll head out into the bush with an expert guide, watching hippos congregate at the river and enjoying the tranquillity of having a park practically to yourself.


Day 8: North Luangwa National Park

 

Guest will have breakfast and go on a morning game drive and be back around lunch and again go on an afternoon game drive.

Overnight: Mwaleshi Camp

Set on a scenic bend of the Mwaleshi River, this camp is a truly special place – unlike any other in Zambia. With just four thatched chalets built entirely of natural materials with en suite bathrooms and and uninterrupted views of the river, Mwaleshi offers you a genuine feeling of solitude and seclusion.

Located in an area of pristine wilderness where there are few roads, game viewing is excellent! Buffalo and lion roam in vast numbers whilst life in camp is comfortable yet refreshingly simple.


Day 9: North Luangwa National Park to Lower Zambezi (695.2 km)

 

Accommodation: Old Mondoro Camp

This Morning Guest will have breakfast and Enjoy the Zambezi River on your doorstep with canoe safaris, checking out of Mwaleshi, you’ll take a private transfer to the airport, which is also a game drive as you’ll be passing wildlife along the way. Your next safari stop is Lower Zambezi National Park, where you’ll be staying at the private and immersive Old Mondoro Camp, which is comprised of just five chalets featuring outdoor bathtubs overlooking the Zambezi River. There’s also the famous “loo with a view,” an outdoor toilet with spectacular views of the Zambezi.


Day 10: Lower Zambezi National Park

 

 Accommodation: Old Mondoro Camp

This day don’t miss the chance to explore the Lower Zambezi region on foot as part of an intrepid walking safari. Once you leave the safety of the vehicle, everything changes, and you’ll be treated to wildlife watching and safari experience you can’t get from the backseat of a jeep. Discover the tiny lizards and insects which also call the park home, learn about plant life and ecosystems, then examine tracks and scat to understand how rangers track wildlife.


Day 11: Lower Zambezi National Park

 

Accommodation: Old Mondoro Camp, Lower Zambezi / Similar

Guest will have breakfast and go on a morning game drive and be back around lunch and again go on an afternoon game drive. As well as game drives and walking safaris, the Lower Zambezi can also be explored by boat with plenty of river activities available. Enjoy a canoe safari, drifting down the river’s currents with the hippos and crocs to see wildlife come to drink at the water’s edge. Pack a picnic and head to the beautiful Chongwe Falls for a lunch with a view. Or visit a local Goba village to learn about the region’s culture, as well as the amazing work done by Conservation Lower Zambezi.

Overnight: Old Mondoro Camp

Old Mondoro is set in a grove of Acacia trees that tower above the massive elephant bulls that seem to be constantly feeding on them. On the banks of the Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park some 35 km downstream from Chiawa Camp this is a beautiful and remote site overlooking a maze of hippo-inhabited islands and channels. With only 5 rooms, 10 beds, Old Mondoro is Lower Zambezi’s most intimate and private safari camp.

Old Mondoro’s setting is exquisite, one of the few safari camps with views in all directions, from one’s chair – to the south the spectacular Zambezi river and its islands sprinkled with wildlife, swivel around to face north and see beautiful woodland full of towering trees dwarfing the impalas, waterbuck, buffalo, and elephants. A fun addition is Old Mondoro’s outdoor “loo with a view” overlooking the Zambezi and its wildlife.

If you wish to be truly immersed in nature but with all the comforts then look no further than Old Mondoro.


Day 12: Lower Zambezi to Livingstone (Victoria Falls) (658.1 km)

 

Accommodation: Islands Of Siankaba Lodge, Livingstone (Victoria Falls) / Similar

Guest will be transferred to the hotel in Livingstone, and around 16:00 guests will go on an African Queen Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi, including transfers, snacks & local beverages. Livingstone (Victoria Falls) Located near the Zambezi River in southwestern Zambia, the bustling town of Livingstone is famous as the home of the magnificent Victoria Falls. One of the original natural wonders of the world, the World Heritage Site is known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. This spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and is an ideal place to combine game viewing and water sports.


Day 13: Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Accommodation: Islands Of Siankaba Lodge

Guest will have breakfast and go on a guided tour of the falls on the Zambian side (you also have Unlimited access to the Eastern Cataract of The Falls and park fees). A choice of an Elephant Back Safari OR a 15-minute Flight of Angels over The Victoria Falls.


Day 14: Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Guest will have breakfast and go on a morning game drive and be back around lunch and again go on an afternoon game drive. Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world (with a height of 108 meters and a width of 1,708 meters), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Enjoy the falls with a white-water rafting trip, a helicopter flight over the falls for spectacular views, or a thrilling swim in the Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool right on the edge of the falls.

Overnight: Islands Of Siankaba Lodge

The Islands of Siankaba luxury lodge is located on two private islands in the middle of the mighty Zambezi River situated between the ‘Seventh Wonder of the Natural World’, the magnificent Victoria Falls, and the world-famous Chobe National Park. This lodge has been developed as a luxurious retreat with outstanding cuisine and exceptional levels of personal service to exclusively sleep just fourteen guests. Each of Siankaba’s seven secluded chalets has been uniquely designed to maximize comfort and privacy whilst offering spectacular views of the Zambezi River. The unique feature of the lodge is the series of walkways and bridges that link the two islands together. The quirky design incorporates the use of natural materials that blend in with the feel of the surrounding bush while taking full advantage of the beauty of the riverine setting. The Islands of Siankaba is the perfect retreat for discerning travelers who wish to witness the wonderful Victoria Falls yet also escape the crowds and enjoy being in an area of natural beauty with quiet, unspoiled surroundings.

In-house activities offered by the camp include a trip to either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side of the Falls per stay and curio marketing shopping at top of the Falls, Sundowner cruises, Fishing (catch and release), Mokoro trips, Guided Nature Trail walk, Picnic Island Lunches, Cultural Tour of Local villages on foot or bamboo bike or a visit to a community nursery school.

Islands have a wonderful team of staff, most of whom are from the nearby village, and have been with the lodge from when it was first built.


Day 15: South Luangwa National Park to Airport 20km / 30min

This is the last day of the tour and after your breakfast, you will pack up and check out from Flat dogs Camp. You will be taken to the Mfuwe International Airport in time for your flight to Lusaka where you connect to the flight back home or any other destination of your choice. The flight from Mfuwe is not included in the price.


Included/Excluded

  • Qualified professional driver guide
  • Vehicle / fuel
  • Park entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Passenger liability 15%
  • VAT 2% tourism levy
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for the Client
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks at lodges and on road
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Tips for tour guides
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Items not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All drinks

How To Book And How To Pay:

To reserve this tour, a payment of 30% of the total price must be made at the time of reservation. The balance of 70% can be made before the departure of your tour.Your deposit can either be made by means of a Bank Transfer, with the addition of a 45 US Dollar fee, or by Credit Card which incurs an additional bank charge of 3.5%

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