South Africa & Zambia President’s Pick – Mfubu’s Bridge

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Zambia, Zimbabwe & Malawi

South Africa


Price starts at 900. Land per person, per day, double occupancy.



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Venture on an unforgettable 12 Day African adventure with this itinerary:

Begin in the semi-desert landscapes of South Africa’s Northern Cape, exploring diverse national parks and indulging in unique activities at Tswalu. Continue to the Greater Kruger National Park for exhilarating game drives and thrilling encounters with its wildlife, and a chance to spot Africa’s Big 5.


Conclude your journey in Livingstone, Zambia, marveling at the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and enjoying a luxurious stay at Royal Chundu River Lodge. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Lower Zambezi National Park at Sausage Tree Camp, where exceptional game viewing experiences await.

A VIP assistance upon arrival in Johannesburg sets the tone for a luxurious travel experience.


  • Experience cruising along the Zambezi River at sunset, with the hippos and crocs serving as spectators to your passage, creating a truly majestic and unforgettable encounter with the African wildlife of Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  • Checking off your bucket list has never been so exciting; set off by going on an adventure of white-water rafting and bungee jumping in Livingstone, offering exhilarating thrills and unforgettable memories for the adventurous traveler.


  • Immerse yourself in the real Africa at the Greater Kruger National Park, where you can witness the Big Five and experience the thrill of night drives and off-road, creating unforgettable safari moments.


  • Embark on thrilling adventures through South Africa’s diverse national parks, encountering breathtaking landscapes, abundant wildlife, and unique flora while challenging yourself with adrenaline-pumping activities like hiking, mountain biking, and 4×4 exploration.


  • Indulge in a private wilderness experience at Loapi Tented Camp, with luxurious safari homes tucked into the serene savannah grasslands, providing complete privacy and personalized service, along with activities like exploring ancient archaeological sites, captivating adventures, tracking desert-adapted Black Rhino, horseback safaris, and bonding with the meerkat colony, all while surrounded by the Kalahari’s unique wildlife and breathtaking panoramas.


On arrival in Johannesburg, you are met with VIP assistance. After clearing customs, you will exit and proceed to the Intercontinental OR Tambo airport hotel, which is connected to the airport. INTERCONTINENTAL OR TAMBO AIRPORT HOTEL – Classic Room ( B&B )



Today you will check out of your hotel and proceed to Johannesburg airport, where you will connect your scheduled charter flight to Tswalu.

Please note: Luggage restriction is strictly 44 pounds (20kg) in total per person- carry-on and cargo.


Welcome to the Northern Cape…

The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, framed by Calvinia in the south, Springbok and Port Nolloth in the west, Upington and Kuruman in the north, and Hopetown and De Aar in the east. The region is a semi-desert, yet the ‘Green Kalahari’ in the west and north, also known as the Namakwa section, brings forth explosive displays of wildflowers from late July to November. On the other hand, dramatic thunderstorms boom across the vast plains, annual rainfall is unreliable, and temperatures range from 37 degrees Celsius in summer to -6 degrees Celsius in winter.


The Tankwa-Karoo National Park, the Namaqua National Park, the Geogap Nature Reserve, and the Augrabies Falls National Park have varying topography, good game sightings, and unique flora. Although this region has diverse cultures of frontier history and brave missionaries, it also boasts countless challenges for adrenaline junkies, hikers, mountain bikers, and 4×4 adventurers.


Priding itself on maximum flexibility, guests of Tswalu have a personal consultation on arrival. Activities are unique, fun, and captivating. They include daily game drives in the morning, afternoon, or evening, walking safaris, night walking safaris, tracking desert-adapted Black Rhino, horseback safaris (accompanied by an equestrian guide with expert tuition if required), bonding with the meerkat colony, sleep-outs under the stars on the Malori Sleep Out Deck, walk to ancient archaeological sites of Bushman rock carvings, tours of the staff village and the sensual Tswalu Kalahari Spa with indoor and outdoor treatments. In addition, the Kalahari has unique wildlife and dazzling panoramas, creating endless spectacular photographic opportunities. TSWALU LOAPI TENTED CAMP


Tswalu Loapi Tented Camp; Pioneering and nomadic in spirit, Loapi Tented Camp’s six individual safari homes are surrounded by open savannah grasslands and accommodate two or four guests for the ultimate private wilderness experience. The 4 one-bedroom homes and 2 two-bedroom homes, spanning over 300 square meters (about 3200 square feet) and over 400 square meters (about 4600 square feet), respectively, are for those desiring complete privacy on safari. Sustainably designed and environmentally sensitive, each tented home is tucked into the contours of a valley between the Korannaberg mountains. The six homes are at least 50 meters (165 feet) apart to ensure privacy and solitude. A dedicated butler provides personal service, and a private chef in the interactive kitchen prepares all meals. As with all our camps, a private safari vehicle, guide, and tracker are guaranteed. TSWALU LOAPI TENTED CAMP – One Bedroom Tented Safari Home on a fully inclusive basis (B,L,D)


 DAY 03 & 04: TSWALU 

For the next two days, enjoy the daily activities offered by the lodge. Private game-viewing vehicles with a dedicated guide and tracker, walking safaris, horse riding, nature walks, and bird watching while throughout the day enjoying the many meal options and selected premium South African Wines made available to you. TSWALU LOAPI TENTED CAMP – One Bedroom Tented Safari Home on a fully inclusive basis (B,L,D)


DAY 05: TSWALU / JOHANNESBURG Scheduled Charter flight – JOHANNESBURG / SABI SANDS Federal Air Shuttle flight.

Today you are transferred by scheduled charter flight from Tswalu to Johannesburg, where on arrival, you are assisted in connecting your Federal Air Shuttle flight to the South Sabi Sands. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your lodge.

Welcome to the Greater Kruger National Park

As you bump along the park roads, the sun warm upon your face and air dry in the back of your throat, your senses are on high alert. This is the real Africa, cut away from the hectic pace of life, home to Africa’s Big 5. The Kruger is alive, from the nervously twitching herd of impala after a night of predator action to the wild dog cavorting like domestic pets alongside the road. Marvel as a herd of elephants simply appear from out the bush, then silently vanish back into the landscape.


With over 2 million hectares of pristine wilderness, the Kruger’s biodiversity sustains numerous game species and birds. The dry north consists of Baobab trees, scrubland, and rocky outcroppings, which can be seen for miles, and animals tend to gather around water sources. As you come south, the park gets busier, animal numbers increase, and the backdrop changes to grassland and acacia woodlands.


On the western borders, private reserves such as Sabi Sands and the Timbavati open onto the Kruger, offering an exclusive game experience with the flexibility of night drives and off-road 4 x 4 safaris. Swaying to the movement of an open vehicle while wrapped warmly against the night chills is an unforgettable experience. The call of a Nightjar darting overhead and the flash of eyes reflected from the bushes brings an entirely different twist to your safari. As you drop your head back and look up – the crisp night skies go on forever.

Your stay at Londolozi includes All meals, teas & coffees, all local brand drinks, safari activities, nature walks, transfers to/from Londolozi airstrip to lodge and laundry, and a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle. LONDOLOZI PRIVATE GRANITE SUITE – Suite on a fully inclusive basis (B,L,D)




The next two days are filled with Daily morning and afternoon game drives and other activities offered by the lodge, with nature walks, transfers to/from Londolozi airstrip to the lodge, and a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle. LONDOLOZI PRIVATE GRANITE SUITE – Suite on a fully inclusive basis (B,D,L)



DAY 08: LONDOLOZI / KRUGER (Shuttle Flight) – KRUGER / LIVINGSTONE (Schedule Flight)

This morning you are transferred by shuttle flight from your lodge to the Kruger Mpumalanga airport, where you will connect your scheduled flight to Livingstone, Zambia. (This flight is separate and not included in the tour price)

On arrival in Livingstone, clear customs. Afterward, you are met by the Big Five representative, who will transfer you to your lodge.  Please note a Zambia Visa is needed and will be available on arrival.

Welcome to Livingstone…

As the light fades from the majestic African sunset, you greet the night, sundowners in hand. Cruising along the Zambezi River, the hippos and Crocs spectators to your passage, it is clear that this is where you are meant to be, a visitor paying tribute to the greater scheme of things for a time written into the story.


In his search for “the Smoke that Thunders,” David Livingstone discovered one of the most majestic sights in the world, and to this day, the spectacular Victoria Falls has the power to leave man speechless with its beauty. So beside this World Heritage Site, the quaintly colonial Livingstone Town was born. As a popular entry point into Zambia, it offers the intrepid traveler an adventure destination and an ideal jumping-off point to some of the most untouched game parks available.


Livingstone provides the same escapades which make Victoria Falls so appealing: heart-stopping white-water rafting and bungee jumping, elephant back safaris and walks with lions, and glorious aircraft flips over the falls. In addition, the sprawling town of Livingstone is home to vibrant markets and museums dedicated to the local culture, history, and rich railway heritage.


Royal Chundu River Lodge

Equidistant from Botswana and Zambia, Royal Chundu’s River Lodge lies along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. A celebration of all things Zambian, this is the only Relais & Chateaux lodge in the country, and its bright colors and funky feel are an embodiment of the spirit of the land and the warmth of its people.


10 beautiful suites are family-friendly and stylishly appointed, featuring serene blues, private decks, and tranquil river views. Central areas include exquisite spaces which invite guests to sit for a minute, socializing and allowing the senses to absorb the wondrous serenity. Delicious meals using locally grown produce and seasonal fish are creatively presented and served outdoors. Gourmet dining is savored together with traditional dancing. A children’s club keeps kids thoroughly and interactively entertained. As a river destination, activities center around the water; sunset cruises, birding, canoeing, and fishing are available as a tribal village walk.

Your stay at Royal Chundu River Lodge Includes All meals, local brand drinks, scheduled lodge activities daily, and laundry. Lodge activities include river cruises, sundowner cruises, birding, fishing, canoeing, Victoria Falls tour (Zambian side), and a cultural tour. ROYAL CHUNDU RIVER LODGE – Suite (B,L,D)




Enjoy the activities offered and included by the lodge. River cruises, sundowner cruises, birding, fishing, canoeing, Victoria Falls tour (Zambian side), and a cultural tour.

With its welcoming small-town atmosphere, Livingstone is home to a seemingly endless number of activities. There is literally something for everyone. The world’s wildest white-water rafting, canoeing, helicopter flips, elephant back safaris, canopy tours and adventure slides, river cruises, golf, and bungee jumping. Talented local artists showcase an impressive array of arts and crafts in the open-air curio market and at several galleries and shops throughout town. ROYAL CHUNDU RIVER LODGE – Suite (B,L,D)


DAY 10: LIVINGSTONE / LIVINGSTONE / JEKI (Lower Zambezi) (Shuttle Flight)

Today you are transferred from your hotel to the Livingstone airport for your shuttle flight to Jeki in Lower Zambezi. On arrival in the Lower Zambezi, you are met and transferred to Sausage Tree Camp.


Sausage Tree Camp:

This camp is the epitome of bush chic, set in a stunning location along the Zambezi River at the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park. Sleeping only 18 guests, Sausage Tree Camp offers a civilized approach to an authentic bush experience with lavish attention to detail. The central dining and bar area is fronted by an enormous teak deck overlooking the Zambezi River, and low-set reed islands teeming with game. The 25m Lap-pool is idyllically situated on the riverbank’s edge, under shading Mahogany trees with outstanding views.


Accommodation is in luxurious suites, completely rebuilt in 2018 to the highest of standards. Suites are generously spaced along the Zambezi River bank allowing the elephants to amble in between. These are ultra luxury custom safari tents with massive gauze windows and sliding doors allowing cooling breezes to move through. Nearly hidden from one another and shaded by mature Sausage and Mahogany trees, the tents are cool, private sanctuaries to return to for an afternoon siesta or a good night’s rest.


The experience of dining at Sausage Tree Camp goes far beyond the food itself. Enjoys dinners to the sounds of the African evening by candlelight in the open-air dining tent, by starlight on the deck, by campfire light deep in the bush, or by lantern light in the privacy of your own deck. Lunches can be taken on a sandbank in the Zambezi River, with the water lapping at your feet. End the days with sundowners watching the sun set over the Zambezi escarpment from the deck or overlooking the river or open plains. Each meal will bring surprises and memories to cherish.

The seven Luxury Suites boast lounge & dining areas, a king-size bed overlooking the private pool set into an expansive deck, and indoor bathrooms with an outdoor shower. In addition, each tent has its own personal Muchinda (butler) to attend to your every whim. All tents have 24-hour power and plentiful hot and cold treated water. SAUSAGE TREE CAMP – Luxury Suite on a fully inclusive basis (B,L,D)




Enjoy daily game drives and other activities offered at the lodge.

Sausage Tree Camp offers some of the finest game viewing in natural habitats anywhere in Africa. Its location within the Lower Zambezi National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River means that game viewing activities occur both on the water, by boat and canoes, and on the land by four-wheel drive game viewing vehicles or on foot (bush walks). The camp is well equipped with game-viewing vehicles, boats, and canoes, allowing us to efficiently cater to all guests’ personal and individual needs. SAUSAGE TREE CAMP – Luxury Suite on a fully inclusive basis (B,L,D)


DAY 13: LOWER ZAMBEZI / LUSAKA (Shuttle Flight) LUSAKA / Departure Day 
Today you are transferred from your camp to the Jeki airstrip for your shuttle flight to Lusaka. On arrival in Lusaka, you are met and assisted in connecting your onward flight to your next destination.

USD 900 per person, per day, Land Only

Your stay at Tswalu Includes; All meals, all beverages, selected premium South African wines, an in-suite private bar, and a gourmet pantry and laundry. 

Activities include Private game-viewing vehicles with a dedicated guide and tracker, walking safaris, horse riding, nature walks, and bird watching.

Your stay at Londolozi includes; All meals, teas & coffees, all local brand drinks, safari activities, nature walks, transfers to/from Londolozi airstrip to lodge and laundry, and a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle. 

Your stay at Royal Chundu River Lodge Includes; All meals, local brand drinks, scheduled lodge activities daily, and laundry.

Lodge Activities include; river cruises, sundowner cruises, birding, fishing, canoeing, Victoria Falls tour (Zambian side), and a cultural tour.


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