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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive lusaka/transfer to camp

On arrival in Zambia, you immediately head for the bush to start your wildlife adventureOn 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)

Days 2-4: south luangwa national park

Enjoy game drives and escorted bush walks in the parkEnjoy 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)

Day 5: luangwa river

Explore along the banks of the Luangwa River at your next campExplore 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 RiverYou'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)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)

Day 10: livingstone/onward

Bid farewell to Zambia and AfricaBid 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.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

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
Privately on Request

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.
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:
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.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

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.

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See Maribu storks and many other bird species
See Maribu storks and many other bird species
Enjoy game drives and escorted bush walks in the park
Enjoy game drives and escorted bush walks in the park
Explore along the banks of the Luangwa River at your next camp
Explore along the banks of the Luangwa River at your next camp
You'll see hippos and other abundant wildlife during your stay on the shores of the Zambezi River
You'll see hippos and other abundant wildlife during your stay on the shores of the Zambezi River
Victoria Falls -- peninsular cliffs are in Zambia, the outer cliffs in Zimbabwe (photo by Jacky R)
Victoria Falls -- peninsular cliffs are in Zambia, the outer cliffs in Zimbabwe (photo by Jacky R)
Bid farewell to Zambia and Africa
Bid farewell to Zambia and Africa
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Lioness
Lioness
See a wide variety of water birds
See a wide variety of water birds
Bull elephant
Bull elephant
Temite mound
Temite mound
Out on a bush walk
Out on a bush walk
More of the area's abundant bird life
More of the area's abundant bird life
Predator
Predator
You'll likely see several species of rollers
You'll likely see several species of rollers
Giraffes
Giraffes
A matriarchal herd
A matriarchal herd
Mighty Zambezi
Mighty Zambezi
One of the many ungulates (hoofed mammals) you'll see
One of the many ungulates (hoofed mammals) you'll see
Grey Crowned Cranes
Grey Crowned Cranes
Meet friendly Zambians
Meet friendly Zambians
Male lion in the bush
Male lion in the bush
Crocodile
Crocodile
On arrival in Zambia, you immediately head for the bush to start your wildlife adventure
On arrival in Zambia, you immediately head for the bush to start your wildlife adventure

Wild Zambezi Camping Safari

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

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive lusaka/transfer to camp
    On arrival in Zambia, you immediately head for the bush to start your wildlife adventureOn 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)
    Show on a map
  • Days 2-4: south luangwa national park
    Enjoy game drives and escorted bush walks in the parkEnjoy 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)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: luangwa river
    Explore along the banks of the Luangwa River at your next campExplore 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 RiverYou'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)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)
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: livingstone/onward
    Bid farewell to Zambia and AfricaBid 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.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

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
Privately on Request

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.
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:
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.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

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

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
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
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.
●●●●○ Challenging
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.
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