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 – 2 : Nkwali Camp
On arrival at Mfuwe International Airport you will be met by a guide from Robin Pope Safaris for the drive to Nkwali, which is about an 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 you can enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali, or arrive in time for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.
Day 2 – 7 : Mobile Camp
After an early breakfast, you will be heading north to start your walking mobile safari, which has become known as the best wilderness experience of the South Luangwa. Your drive is some 90 kms to the Mupamadzi River along a bush road, through remote parts of the park. You arrive in camp for lunch around mid-day. The camp is already set up for your arrival with well-equipped walk-in tents. The shower is under a tree and the toilet is a long drop with a wooden throne. Enjoy a relaxing siesta after lunch, before tea and going for a walk around camp in the afternoon, to return for sun downers and dinner in the open under the stars!
On day 3 you will be up at sunrise for the morning walk. The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unused to man. From ants to buffalo, a bird’s nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush. The mobile camp will be packed and moved to Camp 2 and lunch will be ready as the guests arrive late morning in time for lunch, a siesta and an afternoon walk.
On day 4 you can expect to explore the area on foot – returning to the same campsite.
The camp will be moved again to camp 3 for day 5 or 6, during the morning as you walk further down the river. The Mupamadzi River is a major tributary of the Luangwa. All walks are led by an experienced naturalist and accompanied by an armed game scout.
Day 7 : Tena Tena OR Nsefu Camp
After an early breakfast, transfer to the Luangwa River crossing point opposite Tena Tena. This is a 4 to 5 hour drive. Tena Tena staff will meet you there and boat the party across the river for a 20 minute drive to Tena Tena camp.
This remote and small camp lies within the National Park and enjoys a stunning location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. A grove of mahogany trees shade the large custom-made tents. From the thatched dining room and bar, guests can watch the elephants, hippo and antelope on the riverbank. Tena has 5 tents, each with a dressing room, open air bathroom and private veranda that overlooks a water hole. Most meals are taken under the shade of a huge Mahogany tree in the centre of the camp. On arrival you will be shown to your tent and then lunch will be served followed by a well deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive. Time to rest those weary legs!!
Note that the last night can be spent at Nsefu Camp.
On a sweeping bend of the river, 12 kilometres north of Tena Tena, lies Nsefu. 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. The view of the river is superb and includes a terraced area where game grazes during the day. The bar, tucked in beside a huge dormant termite mound, overlooks a waterhole that is very productive for game, especially leopard at night. The original rondavels have been extended, with a spacious bathroom added. Each room has a clear view of the river through large windows and from the new wooden veranda.
Valid: June to October.
All safari activities, meals, bar, laundry, bar, park fees, transfers to/from Mfuwe airport.
Gratuities, visa fees where applicable and domestic and international flights.
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