BEST OF ZAMBIA
Camping & Lodging
Name: Best of Zambia
Type: Camping & Lodging
Destinations: Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa National Park
Days: 14 days
Rates: On Request
Running All Year Round
A complete overview of Zambia’s most famous landmarks: The Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Park.
Includes game-viewing by Car, Boat and Canoe. Accommodation is Lodging in the main Cities and Camping in the National Parks.
You will be followed by a professional guide and a local chef to maximize your experience.
Day 1: Livingstone
Upon arrival at Livingstone international airport, you will be assisted in final preparations (local SIM card, forex, etc.) before your Safari starts. Transfer to Olga’s guesthouse. Dinner in Livingstone not included.
Day 2: Victoria Falls and Mosi-Oa-Tunya N.P.
Breakfast and guided tour of the Victoria Falls from the Zambian side. Return to Livingstone for lunch (not included) and afternoon Rhino Game Drive in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park aiming to find the last remaining white Rhinos in Zambia. Own arrangements for dinner and night at the lodge.
Day 3: Livingstone – Free day
Free day dedicated to optional activities that can be booked in advance or directly on site. Night at Olga’s guesthouse and dinner in Livingstone.
Day 4: Livingstone – Lake Kariba
After breakfast, departure for a long transfer mainly on tarmac road (approximately 6 hours) to Siavonga, on Lake Kariba. Accommodation is at Lake Kariba Inns in en-suite rooms. Lunch (not included) along the way (your guides will point fast-foods and savers where you can eat while refuelling). Dinner at the lodge in a beautiful terrace overlooking the lake.
Day 5: Lake Kariba – Lower Zambezi Valley
Breakfast at the lodge and guided tour of the Kariba Dam. after the visit, continue to the Lower Zambezi Valley (approx. 100km of tarmac road + 15km of gravel road) and check-in at Kiambi Safari Lodge; accommodation in Camping in a fully equipped camping area with toilets, hot showers, camping bar and swimming pooling overlooking the river. All meals are prepared by our accompanying chef at the campsite area.
The Lower Zambezi Valley is renowned for its breath-taking views and for the abundance of wildlife that lives along the shores of the Zambezi river. This valley hosts both the Lower Zambezi National Park (on the Zambian shores) and Mana Pools National Park (on the Zimbabwean shores) creating a vast protected area where animals are free to roam without boundaries. This area deserves to be visited both by river and by land in order to fully understand the wild beauty of this place. Lower Zambezi National Park is the most recent park in Zambia and one of the wildest and most picturesque in the whole Africa.
Lunch and afternoon sunset cruise on the Zambezi river. Dinner by the campfire and night camping.
Day 6: Lower Zambezi Valley
Breakfast, followed by a 3,5 hours canoe safari on the river to let you experience the sensation of the first explorers visiting this part of the world. (NOTE: the canoe safari requires confidence with water and an average physical condition. A guide will be on the first canoe, all other canoes are paddled directly by the participants. minimum age: 15 years. No previous canoeing experience required). Return to our camp, lunch and afternoon sunset cruise on the Zambezi river. Dinner by the fire and night camping.
Day 7: Lower Zambezi Valley
Free day for optional activities that can be booked in advance or directly at the lodge.
- Full day Game Drive in the Lower Zambezi National Park (must be booked in advanced)
- Half / Full day canoe safari
- Half / Full day rover boat safari
- Half / Full day Fishing (seasonal)
- Local village tour
Day 8: Petauke
Petauke is a small town located approximately 350 km north of Lusaka without any particular attraction, but located half-way on the route to South Luangwa National Park. To reach it, we must exit the Lower Zambezi Valley and drive to Lusaka (140km, approx. 2,5 hours, all tarmac road), where we will stop for supplies. From there, we will travel north-east for approximately 350km on a scenic road crossing the mountains (approx. 5 hours) to reach Petauke, where we will lodge at Chimwemwe Executive Lodge. Dinner is at the restaurant of the Lodge.
Day 9: Mfuwe – South Luangwa National Park
Mfuwe is the closest village from where to access South Luangwa National Park. Even though it is very close to such an internationally acclaimed attraction, it still maintains the spirit and looks of a traditional Zambian village.
To reach Mfuwe we will proceed for approximately 350km of tarmac road (approx. 5 hours), passing the capitol of the north-eastern province: Chipata, where we will stop for lunch. Once arrived in Mfuwe, we will check in at Marula Lodge, where we will spend the night Camping in a fully equipped camping area with toilets and hot showers, and if the time allows we will visit the Tribal Textile laboratory. Full board, cooked by the accompanying cook.
Days 10-11-12: South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park is the most famous of National Parks is Zambia due to the abundance of wildlife and the great opportunities to spot large predators. In addition to a large population of felines (mostly leopards and lions), it is home of a large number of elephants, hippos, buffaloes and numerous endemic species such as Thorncrofft giraffe, Cookson’s wildebeests, Crashway’s zebras. The Luangwa river has the highest concentration of hippos per km2 in the whole Africa and offers great reproduction and hunting ground for many animals, such as fish eagles, jackals hyenas, crocodiles and countless birds. Sunsets on the Luangwa river are unforgettable experiences and the visit to this National Park is consider one of the highlights for any true Africa lover.
During your stay, you will have 2 game drives per day and all meals at the camp. Nights will be camping at Marula Lodge with a full-board arrangement, cooked by the accompanying cook.
Day 13: Mfuwe – Lusaka
Early wake and breakfast and at 06.00 a.m. we will start a very long return transfer on tarmac road to Lusaka (700km, approx. 10 hours), where we will spend the night in a good level hotel. We will stop for lunch in a traditional restaurant where you will enjoy the traditional Zambian meal: Nshima. Dinner (not included) will be at the lodge or in one of the many restaurant of Lusaka for a farewell to Zambia.
Day 14: End of Tour
Breakfast at the lodge. Based on return flight, you will be taken to the airport. End of arrangements.
• All accommodations detailed in the program
• All meals detailed in the program
• Vehicles, fuel, driver, cook and certified guide
• All camping gear (excluding towels and pillows)
• All Park entry fees
• All game viewing activities detailed in the program
• International flights
• Alcoholic beverages
• Activities not done by African View Tours and Safaris and not included in the program
• Travel insurances
• Personal expenses
• Anything not specified under “inclusions”