Experience Zambia's legendary wildlife places, stunning Victoria Falls, and experience the African bush on walking safaris.

Country Information

Zambia, Zimbabwe & Malawi

Zambia Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Zambia, Zimbabwe & Malawi

(Interest Type(s))

Safari Tours


Adventure Travel

(Tour Length)

16 Days

Tour Highlights

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  • Discover Zambia’s best kept secrets – the remote, Kafue, Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks, which offer exceptional safari experiences
  • Experience the African bush close-up and personal on walking safaris, first pioneered in this area
  • Savor the atmosphere of a classic safari expedition, staying in tented rooms in small private camps
  • See the extraordinary Victoria Falls where you can go white water rafting, take helicopter or micro-light ride over the falls, try bungee jumping, jet boating, tandem kayaking, fishing and more
  • Enjoy a romantic hideaway lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River just upstream of Victoria Falls, with no set schedule, where activities are geared to your interests

Day 1: Lusaka, Zambia
Welcome to your African adventure.  Upon arrival, complete immigration and customs formalities.  You are greeted and privately transported to your hotel.  Zambia is a large landlocked country with the high peaks of the Nyika Plateau on the eastern border, the mineral rich corridor known as the Copper Belt is along the north-western part of the country and the mighty Zambezi River which winds itself through western Zambia to form its southern boundary.  Taj Pamodzi

Day 2: Lusaka / Kafue National Park
You are privately escorted to the airport for your charter flight for Kafue National Park and your safari camp.  This lodge has been named after the favorite species in the area, the lion, and here the impressive prides are anything up to 20 strong.  Shumba Camp – Tent (B,L,D)

Days 3/4: Kafue National Park
Shumba Camp lies in the northern section of Zambia’s Kafue National Park.  This remote camp is camouflaged beneath a cluster of huge fig trees in the center of the impressive Busanga Plains.  The buildings are laid out on wide elevated decking, with flat roofs of reed poles and grass, and glass doors that fold away to create a completely open feel.  The lounges, dining and bar area all flow harmoniously into each other and lead out to an open veranda with incredible views of the plains.  There is a lower level camp fire deck, surrounded by built-in seating strewn with comfy cushions, and another part of the veranda leads off to the sunken rim-flow pool.  Candle-lit meals are served around the social indoor dining table, out on the deck or in the boma.  Six luxury safari tents are made of canvas and set on raised platforms and protected by an extra reed pole and grass roof.  The large rooms include twin or kind beds with crisp white linens, mosquito nets, comfy suede couches and dark wood writing desks. Behind the woven grass screens are the en suite bathrooms, with indoor and outdoor showers. The front of each tent sports gauze windows and double glass doors, opening out to private decks with sunken outdoor lounging sections filled with cushions.  Explore this significant wetland resource on game drives in and around the Plains and exciting night drives give you an added insight of the nocturnal wonders of the area.  Shumba Camp – Tent (B,L,D)

Day 5: Kafue National Park / Mfuwe / South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park is situated in Zambia’s renowned Luangwa Valley, which is at the tail end of the Great Rift Valley.  This 2,236,303-acre area is one of the most accessible and popular parks in Zambia, with the concentration of game around the river being some of the highest in Africa.  The region is known for its walking safaris, which were pioneered in this park and are still one of the best ways of experiencing the true African wilderness.  The survival of the valley depends on the winding Luangwa River, which is one of the most intact major river systems in Africa and the life blood of the park.  It supports large herds of elephant and buffalo, among 60 animal species and 400 different bird species.  The seclusion and natural beauty is unforgettable experience.  Your camp sits within the South Luangwa National Park.  It is perched on a hillside escarpment and is aptly named after the Puku antelope, which graze on the floodplains below the lodge.  The main building is an open-sided thatched structure with cool concrete floors.  The lounge, bar and dining area flow into each other in an open plan over split levels with African chic décor of ethnic artifacts, bamboo pole features and cushion clad wicker furniture.  The lantern-lit lower level provides an intimate atmosphere overlooking the vast floodplains.  Seven spacious safari tents are privately set away from the main building.  They are canvas tents concrete bases, enclosed top to bottom by gauze picture windows, allowing natural light to stream in.  The king or twin beds are under crisp white linens, draped mosquito netting and ceiling fans.  The furnishings are minimal in stylish light woods and suede.  The en suite bathrooms are huge, each with oversized bath tubs beside windows, hair dryers and indoor and outdoor showers.  You can watch the sun rise from your bed and do leisurely game viewing from your private deck.  Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp (B,L,D)

Day 6: South Luangwa National Park
Immerse yourself in the safari experience and explore this incredible national treasure during thrilling morning and afternoon game drives, night drives, and particularly on walking safaris with highly qualified guides.  You’ll be on the lookout for hippos, crowned cranes, antelope, baboons, elephant herds, some of which number up to 70 members, and buffalo.  Keep an eye out for Thornicroft’s giraffe as it is only found here in Luangwa Valley.  Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp (B,L,D)

Day 7: South Luangwa National Park
Today you transfer to another area of the park to Tena Tena Camp, still within Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park.  This flagship camp is situated on the bank of the Luangwa, at a section where the river is unusually wide.  The main bar and lounge area is shaded by a large draped marquee style tent.  A separate dining area on a raised, slatted deck has open sides overlooking the lagoon.  There is a distinct sense of simplicity here, as these canvas structures are hardly visible beneath the trees, with the river on the one side and a small lagoon behind the camp.  Five tented rooms include a honeymoon suite and are shaded by thatch covers.  The sides of the tents are rolled up by day, opening the full length of the tents with views of the grassed verandas with chairs that invite you to relax.  The twin or king beds are draped with textured bed covers and the dressing rooms are brightened by understated African woven throws and Persian rugs.  The en suite bathrooms are separated from the tents by half walls and reed pole screens, offering plenty of space around the double vanities, and large showers – all open to the African sky.  Each tent has its own private position, parallel to the river or the lagoon, placing them literally in the center of the animal activity.  Tena Tena Camp (B,L,D)

Days 8/9: South Luangwa National Park
Continue your safari experience of the African bush.  The natural rhythms of each day unfold naturally with game activities timed to the animals schedules.  Early morning and late afternoon game drives are out when the animals are likely to be most active.  Night drives in this pristine wilderness often yield leopard sightings.  You can opt to go on guided walks, or river cruises, or visit the Kawaza Village to see and shop for some hand-painted cloth from Tribal Textiles.  Tena Tena Camp (B,L,D)

Day 10: Lower Zambezi National Park
Chiawa Camp is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia.  This peaceful thatched camp rests under a grove of evergreen Mahogany trees and is mainly constructed of natural materials.  The welcoming lounge and bar area is furnished with stylish leathers and teak woods and there is an upstairs viewing deck with incredible views of the river.  Al-fresco dining takes place on the veranda and there is a refreshing plunge pool, surrounded by a sundeck, all overlooking the Zambezi.  Nine superior tented rooms are linked to the main building by foot paths.  They are large aerated canvas tents canopied by a firm roof.  All rooms boast locally made furniture in a classic safari style and the huge king or twin beds have Egyptian cotton linens and draped mosquito netting.  The wood paneled en suite bathrooms have ball and claw bath tubs, positioned with views through the tents to the river, double vanities and indoor and outdoor showers.  Chiawa Camp (B,L,D)

Days 11/12: Lower Zambezi National Park
The wildlife of the lower Zambezi National Park is entangled between the escarpment and the river, which makes for excellent game viewing.  This is all about the interaction between the wildlife, the bush and the river.  The camp offers an impressive variety of safari activities that are led by an award-winning team of Africa-born guides with an unmatched fleet of vehicles, boats and canoes at their disposal.  Enjoy bush walks, river safaris, canoeing, game drives and fishing.  Round off the active days sitting around the campfire with sharing the day’s stories.  Chiawa Camp (B,L,D)

Day 13: Lower Zambezi National Park / Victoria Falls
Today you are transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Victoria Falls, via Lusaka.  Your lodge is a romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River just upstream of Victoria Falls.  The houses and cottages are each uniquely positioned with furniture and embellishments from all over Africa.  Guests can dine beside the river or on their private terrace.  Privately owned and run, Tongabezi combines an exclusive ambience with the legendary warmth and hospitality of the people of Zambia.  The lodge offers thrilling boat trips to Livingstone Island, where David Livingstone caught his first glimpse of the mighty falls.  Guests can also stay on a private island, Sindabezi, an exclusive camp on the Zambezi River.  Tongabezi Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 14: Victoria Falls Area
There is no set schedule to the days at Tongabezi.  You choose how active you wish to be – game drives, bush walks and boating trips all included.  The majestic Victoria Falls can be viewed on foot in the national park, from inside the gorge, from Livingstone Island and from the air.  Optional activities can be arranged such as visiting Livingstone Island, exploring Chobe during a full day trip, white water rafting, helicopter or microlight rides over the falls, bungee jumping, jet boating, tandem kayaking, horseback rides, fishing and more.  Tongabezi Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 15: Livingstone / Johannesburg, South Africa
Today you transfer to Livingstone Airport to catch your flight to Johannesburg, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.  Johannesburg has its roots in gold and diamond mining dating back to the 1800’s, hence its local name, Egoli – the city of Gold.  Today Johannesburg is Africa’s powerhouse and home to the continents busiest airport.  Johannesburg is a wealthy and fast-paced city, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.  The political history of the region is highly prevalent in the Apartheid, Hector Pieterson and Constitution Hill Museums, and Soweto.  You hotel is situated in the exclusive and historic suburb on a hilltop, overlooking the forested scenes beyond.  This opulent hotel is designed in a Mediterranean village style in a series of picturesque ‘villas’ surrounded by tinkling fountains and cobbled pathways, in three acres of landscaped gardens.  Two restaurants specialize in international dishes with a distinctly South African flair, high teas are enjoyed in the Conservatory and the casual Polo Lounge and Terrace spill out onto the elevated pool deck with panoramic views.  Enjoy the two heated swimming pools and tennis courts, or be pampered in the Botanic Spa, which is tucked away amidst the cascading gardens.  The Westcliff (B)

Day 16: Johannesburg / Depart
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.  (B)

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  From US$900 per person per day

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