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The Ultimate Zambia Safari - South Luangwa National Park & Livingstone Zambia

From £0 per person for 6 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
Less visited than its more touristy African neighbours, Zambia is a wildlife watchers’ paradise – with a difference. Mix Big Five spotting with adrenaline-pounding adventures near mighty Victoria Falls on this Awesome Experience…

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Summary

Zambia

Africa’s superb wildlife-viewing, dramatic landscapes and trademark hospitality are in full effect in Zambia, one of our favourite countries. On this experience, we’ve honed in on two areas where you can see the best of the country: the wide, lesser-visited expanses of South Luangwa National Park (home to the Big Five and many other captivating species) and the area around Livingstone and the mighty Victoria Falls, where opportunities abound for adrenaline-fuelled activities.   

AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

  • See big cats, hippos, elephant, giraffe and more in an area teeming with wildlife
  • Set off for a night drive under starlit skies, in search of nocturnal animals
  • Visit a nearby village to learn more about local life
  • Cruise the Zambezi at sunset while animals drink from its waters
  • Walk with cheetahs at an extraordinary wildlife conservation project
  • Soar above Victoria Falls by bungee and helicopter

This week-long itinerary combines a Big Five safari with a selection of unforgettable activities around mighty Victoria Falls. Spend the first three days spotting wildlife through the untouched wilderness of South Luangwa National Park, then head towards The Smoke That Thunders – the incredible Victoria Falls. Here, over the course of three action-packed days, you’ll get up-close to the Falls, bungee above them and helicopter or micro-light over them, as well as walking with rescued cheetahs and taking a sunset cruise along the sleepy Zambezi.

Zambia Summary


Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers.


GETTING THERE 

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £800 per person and take approximately 16 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

Experience start point: Livingstone (LVI). Arrive by lunchtime.

End point: Livingstone (LVI).

Map
Full Itinerary

Itinerary

Zambia

Days One-Four: Into the wilderness

Upon arrival in Lusaka, you’ll transfer onto another plane to Mfuwe, gateway to the untouched landscapes of South Luangwa National Park. You’ll spend three nights in this incredible wilderness, home to 40 mammal species and more than 400 types of bird. Expect to see lions, leopards and elephants, as well as encountering smaller but no less impressive residents, including bush babies and mongoose. Choose from Classic, Premium or Deluxe lodges for your trip’s duration. Accommodation at the safari lodges is on an all-inclusive basis.


Classic: Track and Trails River Camp 

Authentic charm is the buzzword at this lovable camp close to the main gate of the national park. Expect little chalets spread around the grounds and a simple spa and a swimming pool overlooking the river, as well as regular visits from elephants and other wildlife. 

Track and Trails

Activities

Two safari activities per day are included in the price of your trip:

Choose between morning or night drives through the park, accompanied by professional and passionate guides. Morning drives set out at 6am: Over the course of four hours, you’ll drive through the wilderness in search of elephant, giraffe, zebra, impala and many other species. Night drives set off at 4pm, seeking out nocturnal animals including lion, leopard, hyena, mongoose and bush babies. Or choose to get even closer to nature on a walking safari, setting off in the coolness of early morning. The camp runs optional trips to nearby Kawaza Village to spend a few hours learning about local life.


Premium: Kafunta River Lodge

A 40-minute drive from the airport, Kafunta is a family-run lodge just outside the national park. It’s friendly and comfortable, with a fantastic position by the riverbed and a stunning infinity pool looking out over the wilderness. It also houses the only natural hot tub in the vicinity, fed by thermal springs underneath the hotel. Look out for wildlife passing through camp on the way to the onsite watering hole, including zebra, impala, wart hog, baboons – and even elephants. In peak season, Kafunta offers a novel way to access the wildlife-viewing area – travelling across the water by pontoon.

Kafunta Lodge

Activities

Two safari activities per day are included in the trip: 

 The focus is on three to four hour Jeep safaris at this lodge, in comfortable vehicles with a maximum of six guests. Night drives begin with sundowners under vast African skies, then set off in search of predators and small nocturnal animals such as bush babies. There’s also the option to join one of the area’s popular walking safaris with a guide and scout. Visits to nearby Mfuwe village (to see the craft market, Luangwa Ladies workshop, Mulberry Mongoose jewellery workshop and Tribal Textiles factory and shop) can be arranged on request.


Deluxe: Mfuwe Lodge

This award-winning lodge avoids any pre-game drive traffic jams with a setting just inside the gates of the National Park . Eighteen spacious, air-conditioned chalets are spread across the banks of two lagoons busy with the local wildlife (including giraffe, hippo, antelope and crocodile). Visit in November, and you’ll also see elephants wandering through reception on their way to snack at a nearby mango tree. Between safaris, take a dip in the pretty pool, burn off some of the excellent food in the outdoor gym, or indulge in some deep relaxation in the Bush Spa, set out onto the lagoon. 

Mfuwe Lodge

Activities

Two safari activities per day are included in the price of your trip:

Slap bang in the middle of the park’s best game-viewing area, the camp specialises in morning and night drives to see giraffe, buffalo, impala, elephant and zebra, plus lion, leopard, hyena, mongoose and bush babies. Walking safaris, bird watching and visits to local schools or villages can be booked with 24 hours notice.

Nights 1, 2 and 3 at your chosen lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner


Day Four: Towards Livingstone

Leave South Luangwa, on a flight to Livingstone via Lusaka. From, you’ll make the 20-minute transfer to the accommodation which will be your base as you take in the adrenaline-fuelled sites and activities of the local area. Depending on your category of accommodation, you’ll spend the next three nights at:


Classic: Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge

In a great position between the falls and Livingstone Town, with stunning river views from its restaurant. Bed and breakfast is included with this option.


Premium: Maramba Lodge

This popular lodge has homely accommodation, a beautiful natural swimming pool and, often, visiting elephants. Bed and breakfast is included with this option.


Deluxe: David Livingstone Safari Lodge

This luxurious lodge, with incredible views over the falls from a privileged position in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. Dinner, bed and breakfast is included with this option.


Overnight near Livingstone

Meals included: Breakfast (plus dinner with the deluxe option)


Day Five: The Mighty Victoria Falls

After breakfast, it’s time to witness the magnificence of Victoria Falls. Named as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and called ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ in the local language, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world and a sight of epic proportions. Take in its hugeness alongside a private guide, who knows all the best viewpoints and fascinating facts. Return to your hotel for some downtime, then head out at dusk for a sunset cruise along the Zambezi river as the animals come to the water for their last drink of the day. As the sky darkens from rose to deep purple, watch silhouetted birds flit across it and hear the soothing sound of the water below. 

Zambezi Sunset

Overnight near Livingstone

Meals included: Breakfast (plus dinner with the deluxe option)


Day Six: Big Cats and Big Thrills

Get set for an action-packed day of adventure. First stop is the Mukuni Research Centre, which has an ongoing cheetah conservation programme. After a safety briefing, it’s time for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk with cheetahs. Spend an hour with cats who have been rescued by the programme, then it’s time for a different kind of thrill as you leap from the Victoria Falls Bungee Bridge. As you ready yourself to jump, you’ll see spectacular views of the Zambezi River flowing into the Batoka Gorge, right on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe; then you’ll head 111 metres down on a bungee rope, on a never-to-be-forgotten leap into the unknown. As if that wasn’t enough excitement, you’ll end the day on a high with an incredible trip above the falls – by microlight or helicopter. Choose whether to soar serenely or hover by heli*: There is no better way to grasp the scale of the falls than soaring above them, taking in the Zambezi River and huge gorges that lead up to them as you cut through watery mist. 

*Helicopter flights require a minimum of two passengers. Microlight flights are available for single travellers.

Victoria Falls Heli

Overnight near Livingstone

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch (plus dinner with the deluxe option)


Day Seven: Goodbye Zambia

It’s time to leave this incredible country with some fantastic memories. Take a private transfer to Livingstone Airport, ready for your flight home.


Meals included: Breakfast 


Accommodation

You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.


Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.


Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


Overall meals included: 7 Breakfasts; 2 Lunches (4 dinners also included for guests at David Livingstone Safari Lodge).  

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise 
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise 
  • Meals as listed 
  • All game drives and park entry fees 
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees 
  • Victoria Falls bungee jump
  • Microlight or helicopter flight over Victoria Falls

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences 
  • Tips for guides, drivers and other staff 
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour and during border crossings during your experience 
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise 
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry 

What to pack:

  • Binoculars 
  • Camera 
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen 
  • Mosquito repellent 
  • A fleece or jacket for early mornings and evenings 
  • Cool, comfortable clothes


For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here

Children: Please note, children under 15 are not able to go on this experience.


GETTING THERE 

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £800 per person and take approximately 16 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

Experience start point: Livingstone (LVI). Arrive by lunchtime.

End point: Livingstone (LVI).


All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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