Zambia is a landlocked independent nation in southern Africa, just a little larger than Spain and Italy combined. Zambia is unspoiled by mass tourism, and is rich in wildlife, superb forests and meandering rivers. Of course it’s also where you can see the world’s biggest waterfall, the Victoria Falls, or as we call it Mosi-oa-Tunya – the smoke that thunders, which spans the border to our neighbour, Zimbabwe. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world!
There are many other treasures in store in Zambia, as it boasts some of the best game parks in Africa, providing an unmatched safari experience. South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi, Liuwa and Kafue are just some of the National Parks one can visit in Zambia, along with more specialist areas like Kasanka and Bangweulu Swamps.
The people of Zambia are warm, friendly and proud of their heritage. With a variety of different tribes incorporating different languages, traditions, music and dance, you are guaranteed a cultural experience second to none.
Zambia offers a wide range of activities, from adventurous walking safaris, to gentle morning canoe trips down the Zambezi River, enriching cultural interactions with the local communities; to adrenaline-pumping bungee jumping…there really is something for everybody here in Zambia.
Day 1 – 4 : Nkwali Camp
On arrival at Lusaka International Airport you will be met by a Robin Pope Safaris’ representative who will have a name board with your names. He/She will assist you with immigration and customs clearing and then you can check in for your flight to Mfuwe, South Luangwa. The flight is on average one hour. A guide from Robin Pope Safaris will be there to meet you at Mfuwe International Airport. The drive to Nkwali Camp is also about one hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture and bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. On Robin’s private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, Nkwali is ideally situated for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or if you arrive in the afternoon you will be in time for some tea and the afternoon and night game drive.
At dawn breakfast is served around the campfire, the porridge is heated on the fire and the toast is cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after, entering the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon. The game in the area is excellent and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid-morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken at a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid-day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Following tea you will go out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving you the chance to see the nocturnal world, returning to camp at about 20:00 pm with dinner generally at 20:30 pm.
Day 4 – 8 : Nsefu Camp OR Tena Tena
After an early breakfast, you will take a transfer game drive through the park to a crossing point on the Luangwa River. The Nsefu staff will meet you there where you will cross the river by boat or by vehicle, and then enjoy a 45 minute drive to camp while game viewing on route. Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area and it still is. Robin Pope Safaris owns the only two camps in this sector of the Park. There are six round rondavels with luxurious en suite facilities and each room has a clear view of the sweeping bend of the Luangwa River through large windows and from the wooden verandas. On arrival you will be shown to your rondavel and then lunch will be served, followed by a well deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive.
During your stay you can take the chance to drive or walk through the ebony groves. Or you may decide, depending on the heat and time of year to explore the Nsefu Sector of the National Park with an all day picnic drive to the salt pans, which covers different habitats and is an exceptional day’s safari.
Optional: Tena Tena can be booked instead of Nsefu
Note that all 7 nights in South Luangwa before 22 May (while Tena Tena/Nsefu are closed) will be at Nkwali.
Day 8 – 10 : Stanley Safari Lodge
On arrival at Livingstone International Airport a representative from Stanley Safaris will meet you and transfer you to the lodge, which is about 20 minutes away, where you will settle into your accommodation. Stanley Safari Lodge is located on the hills overlooking the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls, set in a bush location. Accommodation is in 10 uniquely designed chalets that are constructed of teak and local stone, each with a private balcony ensuring spectacular views overlooking the Zambezi River.
There are a wide range of activities on offer in the area, which can be booked at the lodge, including trips to see the falls, town museums and markets, and sunset cruises. For the more adventurous, Livingstone boasts a whole host of adrenaline filled activities including whitewater rafting, bungee jumping and micro-lighting. Or you may just wish to rest in camp and enjoy the spectacular scenery and peaceful atmosphere. The day will end with a relaxed dinner and perhaps drinks in the wine cellar.
Day 11 : transit
After breakfast you could enjoy a morning activity, time permitting, and then board your transfer back to Livingstone Airport for your onward flight.
Valid: May – October/November.
All safari activities except in Livingstone, meals, bar (premium drinks extra), laundry,
airport transfers plus domestic flights
International flights, airport taxes, visa fees & gratuities.
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