Wild Zambezi Camping Safari

Abundant and diverse wildlife, the mighty Zambezi, thundering Victoria Falls, and more


The name Zambia derives from the Zambezi River. This land-locked country is located on the central African plateau, with average elevations around 3,600', and abundant, remote, well-run parks and protected areas ripe for discovery.  The Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Parks are two of Zambia's newer national parks and home to abundant and diverse wildlife.  The waters of the Zambezi are a focal point for wildlife, which includes elephant, hippo, buffalo, zebra, lion, leopard, various antelope species, baboon, and vervet monkey, together with a great variety of birds. You will spend a full week camping in the bush, including daily game drives (early morning, late in the day, and/or night drives in search of noctural wildlife), as well as walks, boating, and canoe trips in this wilderness area, where you may see herds of buffalo, waterbuck, impala, elephant, and predators such as lion, hyena, and leopard. Begin your trip in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, and wind up your time in Zambia at magnificent Victoria Falls, near the historic city of Livingstone.



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  • Day 1: arrive lusaka/transfer to camp
    On arrival in Zambia, you immediately head for the bush to start your wildlife adventure

    Arrive in Lusaka, Zambia's largest city and its capital, where you will be met by your guide and transferred a short distance to your first overnight camp.  The camping in the wild throughout your trip is comfortable, in spacious two-person windowed dome tents (67 sq.ft. floor area, just over 6 ft. high inside) with built-in flooring/groundsheet and comfortable camp beds with foam mattresses.  In camp, hot showers are readily available and three delicious al fresco meals are served daily.

    Camping (mobile safari)
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  • Days 2-4: south luangwa national park
    Enjoy game drives and escorted bush walks in the park

    After an early breakfast in camp, depart for South Luangwa National Park on a drive along the great Eastern Road. En route, you will stop at one of the local street markets to take in the chaotic and fascinating sights, sounds, scents, and more. Arrive at South Luangwa in the afternoon and relax in camp on the banks of the Luangwa River in the afternoon and evening. After breakfast the next morning, enjoy a game walk in the area in the watchful company of an armed scout. Late in the day, head out on a night drive to look for nocturnal animals such as leopard, civet, aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine, owls, and other creatures not normally seen during daylight hours. The next day, head out on both morning and afternoon game drives in the park.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Camping (mobile safari)
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  • Day 5: luangwa river
    Explore along the banks of the Luangwa River at your next camp

    After breakfast, you will break camp and head out for your next destination, arriving at the Luangwa River early in the afternoon. Camp will be set up for you upon arrival, and you and your group will embark on a short game walk in the afternoon.  The evening is at leisure.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camping (mobile safari)
  • Days 6-8: lower zambezi national park
    You'll see hippos and other abundant wildlife during your stay on the shores of the Zambezi River

    Following another hearty camp breakfast, set out for the next camp along the mighty Zambezi, crossing the Kafue River and Kafue Pontoon on the way. Arrive at camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park late in the afternoon and relax by the river. Early the next morning, embark on a boat cruise down the Zambezi River in search of wildlife in and along the water, including hippo, elephant, lion, buffalo, zebra, and abundant bird life. In the afternoon, take a game drive in the park. Day 8 is free for relaxation in camp, perhaps comparing wildlife and bird lists, or participating in any of several optional activities available such as canoeing, fishing, extra game drives, a guided bush walk, and/or a night game drive (optional activities at additional expense).


    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Camping (mobile safari)
  • Day 9: livingstone
    Victoria Falls -- peninsular cliffs are in Zambia, the outer cliffs in Zimbabwe (photo by Jacky R)

    Following camp breakfast, say goodbye to the bush and head to your hotel in historic Livingstone, about six miles from mighty and magnificent Victoria Falls. You have the entire day at leisure to enjoy a variety of activities and to visit the falls, without a doubt one of the most wonderful spectacles in the world.  Relax and enjoy your last night in Africa!

    Breakfast, Lunch
    Protea Hotel (or similar)
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  • Day 10: livingstone/onward
    Bid farewell to Zambia and Africa

    The adventure ends today after breakfast at the hotel, where you will bid farewell to your travel companions.  You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or onward.  Ask Journeys about adding on more African adventures.

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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
2 travelers - $4,750 4+ travelers - $4,150 Sleeping bag rental $35 Lodge Accommodations: Ask for pricing Minimum age 10 years; Families w/younger children can arrange a private safari
Single Supplement:
$250 - $340
Camping - $250 Accommodated - $340
Privately on Request
Need to Know

Need to Know

10 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
(see full descriptions)
two-person dome tents with camp beds (8 nights) & comfortable hotel at Vic Falls (1 night) Lodge accommodations available at additional expense.
Activity Level:
(see full descriptions)
travel over rough roads, optional hiking
Group Size:
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 


Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in Journeys Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $500 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. Custom trips and private departures require $800 per person deposit. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure.  Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website, mail or FAX. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Air fares: Journeys can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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comfort level
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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
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Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.