Wild Zambezi Camping Safari

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

overview

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.

 

 

itinerary

itinerary

  • 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.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    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.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    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.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    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).

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    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!

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    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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    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$4,750
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
Need to Know

Need to Know

Duration:
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. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
1
two-person dome tents with camp beds (8 nights) & comfortable hotel at Vic Falls (1 night) Lodge accommodations available at additional expense.
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
3
two-person dome tents with camp beds (8 nights) & comfortable hotel at Vic Falls (1 night) Lodge accommodations available at additional expense.

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Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

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