Great Parks of Zambia
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Great Parks of Zambia 10 days
The South Luangwa Valley and lower Zambezi offer an unparalleled range of daily activities with something to suit everyone, but always with an emphasis on wildlife. Go bush walking at dawn or head out on a game drive. Take a canoe safari and then a sunset boat cruise to watch elephant and buffalo at the river’s edge. Add a Victoria Falls package for the ultimate Zambia experience.
- Stay at some of the last remaining authentic, bush camps that still offer a remote, bush experience with a little bit of luxury.
- Track animals on foot in South Luwanga, the home of walking safaris.
- Enjoy an exciting night drive in search of leopard, bush babies, porcupines, honey badgers, ocelot and more
- Full board accommodation
- Selected domestic flights
- All transfers
- Game viewing activities
ITINERARY9 Nights 10 Days
- Day 1 | Fly to Kafue and transfer to Busanga Bush Camp
- Days 2-3 | Busanga Bush Camp
- Day 4 | Fly to South Luangwa Valley
- Days 5-6 | Kakuli Camp
- Day 7 | Fly to Lower Zambezi Valley
- Days 8-9 | Chongwe Tent Camp
- Day 10 | Return to Lusaka
Fly to Kafue and transfer to Busanga Bush Camp
On arrival in Lusaka you will connect onto a small aircraft for a light flight to Busanga Plains’ local airstrip where you will be met by your safari guide and driven to camp. Busanga Bush Camp is set in a stand of wild date palms and giant sycamore fig trees and consists of well appointed en-suite tents with verandas that over look the plain.
Busanga Bush Camp
During your stay at Busanga you can do a mix of day and night drives and during the wetter months when the plains are flooded there is even the possibility of boat trips, which are particularly exciting for bird watchers with large flocks of saddle-billed storks and wattled cranes congregating .The Busanga Plains are definitely Kafue’s most exciting area for big game with strong populations of cheetah, wild dog, buffalo and prides of lions known for their tree-climbing antics.
Fly to South Luangwa Valley
After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight back to Lusaka and onward to Mfuwe where you will be met by your guide and driven to camp. Once you have settled in and enjoyed a light afternoon tea you will be set for your afternoon game activity.
These days are spent at Kakuli Bush Camp, a tented camp set in an elevated position on the river bank, where you can relax and watch game in the mornings or at sunset from your private veranda. Here you have the option to take game drives or walking safaris and, after darkness falls, explore the local area as the predators seek their prey.
Amongst South Luangwa’s many herbivores, three stand out as being endemic to the area, the Thornicroft’s giraffe, Cookson’s wildebeest and the Crawshay’s zebra however, it is its thriving population of leopard that attracts most guests, with it being considered one of the best places anywhere in Africa to see this elusive predator.
Fly to Lower Zambezi Valley
After breakfast you will take one last game drive across the park as you make your way back to Mafue Airport for your flight to Royal Airstrip, your gateway to the Lower Zambezi Valley. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to Chongwe River camp, which will be home for the next three nights. This beautifully presented camp consists of thatched-roofed tents with private facilities, each with its own veranda overlooking the river.
Chongwe Tent Camp
You can fill the next couple of days with all sorts of activities depending on your interests. Both boat trips and canoeing can be done on the Zambezi, day and night safari drives are offered in both the park and surrounding Game Management Area (GMA) and you can try your hand at ‘catch and release’ fishing. As you are staying for a few days you can even opt for a full-day excursion into the Lower Zambezi National Park, which will give you maximum game viewing opportunities and a chance to sample a proper bush lunch. If time allows we would also recommend you do a walking safari to the north where the foothills of the Zambezi escarpment form the Chongwe Hills as here you have a chance of seeing the rarely spotted Samango or blue monkey.
Return to Lusaka
After your last hearty breakfast it is time to bid a fond farewell to the camp and its staff as you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your onward flight to Lusaka as you make your way home.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Busanga Bush Camp
Situated in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a vast area of grassy seasonal floodplains, Busanga Bush Camp is an intimate retreat where wilderness luxury and an abundance of wildlife combine to provide an authentic and enjoyable African safari experience.
Surrounded by floodplains the incredible sunrises and sunsets here are world renowned and the rising mist over these floodplains creates spectacular photographic opportunities. The Busanga Plains also provide some of the best lion viewing in Africa.
Busanga Bush Camp offers four spacious en-suite tented rooms with luxurious comfortable beds and private verandas to soak up the sweeping views of the beautiful surrounding landscape.
The main area of the camp consists of a lounge and bar area under canvas with uninterrupted views over the plains and a beautiful dining area shaded by the canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual chandelier hangs creating a romantic ambience for evening dining.
At Busanga Bush Camp there are countless activity options available including hot air balloon safaris over the endless plains, catching sight of hippos and dashing lechwe below, boating, birding and day time and night time game drives.
On these game drives you can expect to encounter many species in this wildlife rich land. The Busanga Plains are famed for its productive prides of lion. Other predators seen here include wild dog and cheetah which are drawn to the prolific plains game of the area. Puku, red lechwe, buffalo and wildebeest are just some of these, while a special treat is the resident herd of roan antelope. As the floodplains dry out more and more game is attracted from the surrounding woodlands and it is then that zebra numbers increase and sable venture out onto the plains. Hippo are also abundant and often found in large pods in the channels. For those interested in birding, the park boasts 491 species, including as the endemic Chaplin's barbet.
Chongwe River Camp
Zambia's Lower Zambezi valley is one of Africa's last great wilderness areas and it is here where you will find the Chongwe River Camp - one of the continent's finest and most famous safari lodges.
Situated on the confluence of the mighty Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers and opposite the renowned Mana Pools, this award winning safari camp offers a relaxing yet adventurous authentic safari experience. Close to nature, guests are often even treated to the sight of elephants wandering peacefully through the camp.
The camp has nine en-suite tented bedrooms which string along the Chonge River and have tremendous views of the steep cliffs in the near distance from their own private verandas. As well as the standard tents there are also two luxurious and exclusive suites which boast the luxury of individual butler services and private plunge pools.
The classic tents are beautifully decorated with hand-crafted furniture and large comfortable beds. All tents are under thatch so as to keep the heat out during the day and all have a large bathroom with hot and cold running water.
The two luxurious and elegant self-contained suites offer supreme exclusivity and privacy and feature their own dining room, lounge area, plunge pool, fire pit and fully stocked bar, along with large private decks for relaxing and gazing at the beautiful surroundings.
A policy of non-intrusive enjoyment of wildlife and low environmental impact has helped to make the Lower Zambezi valley one of southern Africa’s premier game viewing destinations.
Add to this the amazing fauna and flora found in and on the banks of Africa’s fourth largest river, and you begin to understand why this amazing wilderness is so special.
At Chongwe River Camp, activities are tailored to make the most of this incredibly diverse wilderness.
Game viewing can be done from a vehicle in either the Lower Zambezi National Park or the Chiawa Partnership Park or, if you prefer, from a boat on the Zambezi.
Canoeing, walking and, of course, fishing, are also offered. And for those interested in the rich cultural heritage of the area, community visits can be arranged.
Kakuli Bush Camp
The only true bush camp in the South Luangwa National Park, the Kakuli Bush Camp offers an authentic safari experience with spectacular views on the banks of the Luangwa River.
The Kakuli Bush Camp is situated on an elevated stretch of river bank overlooking a wide grazing lawn which follows the Luangwa River until it meets the confluence of the Luwi River, and this area of the park is renowned for offering some of the best game viewing opportunities in Zambia.
Accommodation is provided in four beautiful traditional walk-in tents made from natural materials, all of which have en-suite bathrooms and have been immaculately furnished and decorated.
The main area of the camp consists of a delightful bar and dining chitenje (lounge) which has been constructed from reed and thatch and overlooks the grazing lawn that leads down to the rivers. This is the perfect spot in which to relax and enjoy the spectacular views and watch the wildlife meander by.
Safari activities from Kakuli can be a mixture of game drives and walking safaris; guests are able to decide each day if they want to venture out on foot or with the vehicle. Most evenings however, you will want to explore the area after dark. This stretch of the Luangwa is bustling with predators and the best time to see them in action is during those first few hours of darkness.
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