Luangwa and Zambezi Safari

Lusaka to Lusaka

       

Luangwa and Zambezi Safari

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: US$ 4,380 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Lusaka

Safari Ends: Lusaka Number of Days: 11
Countries visited: Zambia
Click here for Departure Dates Vehicles, Guides & Equipment Booking Code: AFL26

Safari Price Includes:

Meals
6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners Local English Speaking Driver
Guides
All Activities
Game Viewing and Entrance Fees as per Itinerary
Domestic Flights Lusaka to Mfuwe Mfuwe to Lower Zimbabwe and Lower Zimbabwe to Lusaka

Safari Price Excludes:

All optional excursions and meals unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
Visas
Pre- and post-tour accommodation Gratuities
Porterage and drinks.
Departure taxes from Lusaka and Mfuwe Airports are not included and must be paid locally.

Luangwa and Zambezi Map

This tour encompasses two of Zambia’s top national parks – South Luangwa, and the Lower Zambezi. We base ourselves initially in the Luangwa Valley, at Kafunta River Lodge, set on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. This park is an unspoilt wilderness area and is renowned for its high population of leopards, as well as large herds of elephants, and great numbers of hippo and crocodile in the river. Lions are commonly seen, as are the indigenous Thornicroft Giraffe and Cookson’s Wildebeest, and hundreds of species of birds. Another flight takes us to the Lower Zambezi, and to Chongwe River Camp situated under an acacia canopy on the confluence of the Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers. With a backdrop of scenic mountains, and views across the river to World Heritage Mana Pools, this is truly a beautiful setting. The Lower Zambezi National Park is a pristine sanctuary, and a picturesque wilderness offering exceptional birdlife and great game viewing opportunities, available on day and night game drives, by open safari vehicle, canoe and motorboat.

Luangwa and Zambezi Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Mfuwe Lodge Dinner

On arrival at Lusaka Airport, you will be welcomed, assisted with immigration, customs and visa formalities and then assisted with the ongoing arrangements.
You will be assisted onto the Proflight scheduled flight from Lusaka Airport to Mfuwe Airport. The flying time is approximately one hour.
Please note that the Departure tax from Lusaka Airport must be paid locally. It is approximately US$8 per person, payable in US$ cash only.
Please note also that the Baggage Allowance on this flight is 15 kgs per person in a soft bag.
On arrival at Mfuwe Airport, clients will be met and assisted onto their road transfer to Kafunta River Lodge. The the Lodge is set in the riverside forest on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. It is in an ideal location to discover the game rich Mfuwe area from the safety of the open safari vehicles, or after dark to observe the nocturnal animals during the night drives and on foot for those joining the walking safaris.


Day 2:

South Luangwa National Park

Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3 nights are spent at the Lodge in a standard chalet on a full board basis including game activities. Walking safaris are available between 1st June and 30th June only.
The South Luangwa is a great place to discover the untouched African wilderness, as it is truly one of Africa’s best hidden secrets. There are over 50 different animal species, some of them unique to the Luangwa Valley such as the Thornicroft giraffe and the Cookson wildebeest. There are great opportunities to view leopards and lions, and a high density of hippos and crocodiles in the river. The Luangwa Valley is also a birdwatchers paradise with over 450 species of birds.
Game drives take place every morning and afternoon and are accompanied by Kafunta’s qualified safari guides. As you are taken through the South Luangwa National Park in open 4x4 vehicles, you are able to observe indigenous mammals and birds as well as migrant birds.
The morning safari starts at sunrise after a light breakfast. The morning has a special light and you are able to observe the abundance of wildlife of the South Luangwa National Park. During the safari we stop for a short tea-break. You return to the lodge for a delicious brunch around 10:30am.
The afternoon safari includes a stop for sundowners and is combined with the night drives. The night drives provide the unique opportunity to see the great variety of nocturnal animals and the chance to see lions and leopards in their time of ease. With a bit of luck you might experience the big cats hunting. The safari starts in the late afternoon. There is a stop for sundowners while watching the magnificent African sunset and we then continue the safari. The night drives are accompanied by the experienced safari guides and spotters, who are skilled at finding a great variety of nocturnal game with the powerful spotlight. We return to the Lodge around 8pm for dinner.
The walking safaris are a great opportunity to be at one with nature. The qualified and highly experienced safari guides and armed National Park rangers will escort you safely into the true and unspoilt African bush. The Luangwa Valley is one of the few places in Africa where it is possible to walk amongst wildlife, which allows you to fully immerse yourself in sights, smells and sounds. During the walking safaris the guides provide you with detailed explanations of spoors, vegetation and the ecology in general - an unmatched wildlife experience that you will remember lifelong.
During your stay you will also get the opportunity to visit the local community to find out more about their way of life and culture. The Kuanda people are a friendly and proud people who welcome visitors and are happy to share their culture and traditions. The guides will join you on these excursions and will advise you about correct behavior and courtesy. During your 3 hour visit to the village you will learn about the daily life of the people as well as their traditions.
Please note that you will share the safari vehicles with other guests at the lodge, and combine excursions with them.


Day 3: South Luangwa National Park Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 2 for Itinerary


Day 4: Lower Zambezi Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, a road transfer with a safari vehicle from the River Lodge will take you to Mfuwe Airport, for your Proflight scheduled flight from Mfuwe Airport to the Lower Zambezi. On occasion the flight may go via Lusaka. Flying time is approximately 2 hours.
Please note that the Departure tax from Mfuwe Airport must be paid locally. It is approximately US$8 per person, payable in US$ cash only.
Please note also that the Baggage Allowance on this flight is 12 kgs per person in a soft bag.
A guide from Chongwe River Camp will meet guests at the Royal Airstrip and transfer you to the camp which is 10 minutes away. Chongwe River Camp is situated on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, directly opposite Mana Pools.


Day 5: Lower Zambezi National Park Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3 nights are spent at Chongwe River Camp in a standard safari style tent with en suite open air facilities on a full board basis, including scheduled game viewing activities, park fees, local brand drinks and laundry.
Chongwe has a stunning location overlooking the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi rivers and the mountains of the escarpment to the north. The western entrance to the Lower Zambezi National Park is a short drive away. Exceptional bird life and great game viewing opportunities are available on both day and night drives by open safari vehicle, canoe and motorboat. Walking is available at the discretion of the camp manager.
One does not have to leave camp to see wildlife. Relax with a drink and be entertained by the variety of game that comes down to the river to drink. Canoeing and fishing is also available.
The Chongwe River is the boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park, a four thousand square kilometre pristine sanctuary, teeming with game, and said to be one of the continent's most picturesque wilderness areas. The Lower Zambezi National Park covers an area of 4092 square kilometers, but most of the game is concentrated on the valley floor. There is an escarpment along the northern end which acts as a physical barrier to most of the parks animal species. Enormous herds of elephant are often seen at the rivers edge. The park also hosts good populations of lion and leopard. The Chongwe River demarcates the western boundary of the park. The area supports a large population of the bigger mammals: elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, kudu, zebra, crocodiles, impala, warthog. Nocturnal animals found here include hyena, aardvark, porcupine, civet, genet and honey badger. The bird life along the riverbanks is exceptional. Magnificent fish eagles can be seen and heard for miles around. Nesting along the cliffs are white fronted and carmine bee eaters. Other residents are the red winged pratincole, the elegant crested guinea fowl, black eagle, and vast swarms of quelea. In summer the stunning narina trogon makes its home here. Other specialities are the trumpeter hornbill, Meyer's parrot and Lillian's lovebird


Day 6: Lower Zambezi National Park Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 5 for Itinerary


Day 7: Lusaka   Breakfast

After breakfast, there is a road transfer by camp safari vehicle to the Royal airstrip for the Proflight scheduled flight to Lusaka Airport. Flying time is approximately 40 minutes.
Please note that the Baggage allowance is 12 kgs per person in a soft bag.
On arrival at Lusaka Airport, clients will be met and assisted with their ongoing arrangements. Accommodation in Lusaka is NOT included today.
Please ensure that you do not book a flight out from Lusaka today unless it is a night departure, in case of any unforeseen delays.


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