Camping & Lodging
Name: Northern Route
Type: Camping & Lodging
Destinations: Kasanka National Park, Bangwelu Swamp, Kundalila Falls, Mutimondo wilderness, Nachifuku Rock Paintings, Shiwa N’Gandu, North Luangwa, South Luangwa
Days: 13 days
Rates: On Request
Running FROM 15 MAY to 01 NOVEMBER
A unique Safari to explore the least popular and wildest areas of Zambia, in a tour that includes wildlife, history, culture and amazing landscapes.
Visit the most remote wilderness on Kasanka and Bangwelu, the inaccessible North Luangwa and the historical mansion of Shiwa N’Gandu. Relax by the Kundalila Falls and the Kapishya Hotsprings, explore the history of humankind at the Nachikufu Caves Rock Paintings and the beauty of abundant wildlife of South Luangwa National Park.
during this tour you will be followed by a professional Tour Guide and a Chef to maximize your experience
Day 1: Lusaka
Upon arrival at Lusaka international airport, you will be assisted in final preparations (local SIM card, forex, etc.) before your Safari starts. Check in at Sandy’s Creations. Dinner in Lusaka not included.
Day 2: Kasanka National Park
Kasanka National Park is a small yet very interesting National Park in the northern region of Zambia. It is home to some of the most unique wetlands of the region including the Bangwelu swamp, the so called “Zambian Okavango”. Here, we can have the chance to see some rare endemic antelopes, such as the water-based Sitatunga, and the rare Shoe-billed stork. Also, in the region, is located the mausoleum where David Livingstone died and where his heart was buried.
After an early breakfast we leave Lusaka heading on the Great North Road. Lunch break along the way. When we will reach the gates of Kasanka national park a short game drive will bring us to our Camp, where we will set for the next three nights. Dinner prepared by our accompanying chef on the campfire and night camping.
Day 3: Kasanka National Park
After an early breakfast we leave for a sunrise Game Drive and return to camp around 10.30. Lunch at the camp and afternoon game drive that will end at sunset. Dinner prepared by our accompanying chef on the campfire and night camping.
Day 4: Bangwelu
After an early breakfast we leave for a 2 hours game drive that will bring us to the Bangwelu Swamps. There we will leave the vehicle and proceed by Mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) and on foot in the intricate swamps looking for the prehistoric-looking shoe-billed stork (sighting cannot be guaranteed). We will then return to camp by Mokoro and car. Dinner prepared by our accompanying chef on the campfire and night camping.
Day 5: Kundalila-Nachikufu-Mutinondo
We will leave Kasanka as early as possible at sunrise and start heading north-east. Along the way we will visit the spectacular Kundalila Falls and the Nachifuku cave, famous for the rock art and paintings protected by Unesco. The day will end in the astonishing Mutinondo Wilderness, a wilderness area where nature rules untouched. Accommodation is in camping tents. Dinner at the camp.
Day 6: Shiwa Ngadu – Kapishya Hot Springs
After leaving Mutinondo we proceed north up to the unbelievable Shiwa Ngadu mansion, built by the British following the English architectural style. After the visit, we will move to Kapishya hot springs, where it is possible to enjoy the thermal waters.
Night will be spent lodging in en-suites chalets, and our chef will take care of all meals.
Days 7-8: North Luangwa National Park
This remote tract of land, covering 4636 Km2, offers one of the finest wilderness experiences in Zambia, if not Africa itself. It is not open to the public and there are no permanent lodges there. Access is with one of the few safari operators granted permission to conduct walking safaris.
The beauty of visiting this Park is the truly remarkable opportunities to experience Africa as it was. It is wild and untouched and you are simply an unobtrusive witness to its natural beauty and drama. Although declared a wilderness area, the North Park, was not open to anyone other than Game Department rangers for more than thirty years. In 1984, Major John Harvey and his wife Lorna sought permission to conduct walking safaris in the area and for many years were the only operators in this remote wilderness
The park has a very limited road network, exclusively consisting of small seasonal paths. The most beautiful experiences are represented by the exceptional walking safaris.
During our stay, we will cross the whole National Park on board of our vehicle and we will lodge at Buffalo camp with all meals prepared by our accompanying cook. The tour includes 2 walking safaris conducted by the guides of the lodge.
Days 9-10-11: 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 12: South Luangwa National Park – 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 13: End of Tour
In the morning, we will set off to Lusaka. 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”