Classic Zambia Safari

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Explore the magic of Africa with this Classic Zambia safari! Before you even arrive at camp in South Luangwa National Park, you are likely to spot elephants lumbering across the landscape. The wildlife sightings are endless and include a special night game drive in search of the elusive leopard. An all-day bush walk is an intimate and peaceful way to discover the smaller creatures of the bush. Try your hand at tiger fishing, or take a boat safari, where you can watch wildlife coming down to the banks of the Zambezi River.

Begin at South Luangwa, one of the finest wildlife destinations in the world, and stay at Mchenja Camp (3 nights). Next up is Tena Tena Lodge, simple luxury along the mighty Luangwa River (3 nights). Finally, Potato Bush Camp, replete with a wide variety of land and water-based safaris. (3 nights).

Highlights

  • Catch a glimpse of the elusive leopard
  • Enjoy yoga on a raised platform overlooking the bush
  • Lower Zambezi Boat tour
  • Wild Dog research visit
  • Full day bush walking experience

Itinerary

DAY 1 – YOUR ZAMBIA SAFARI

South Luangwa National Park and Bush Walk

Welcome to Africa! Transfer to the South Luangwa National Park, renowned as one of Africa’s greatest wildlife destinations. As you drive to camp, view large herds of elephant and buffalo along the way. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool. After high tea, enjoy a short bush walk around the camp before dinner.

DAY 2

Night Game Drive and Leopard Tracking

This morning, enjoy a game drive around camp, further acquainting yourself with the area. After a late lunch head out on a game drive as the sun begins to set. South Luangwa has one of the highest densities of leopard in the world, giving rise to the park’s nickname “Valley of the Leopard.” This shy predator is most often encountered on night game drives, which take place after dark. Learn about the Leopard and watch as your guide tracks this elusive creature. The night drive is also a great opportunity to see hyena, mongoose, civet, bush baby and genet.

DAY 3

Full day bushwalking experience

Today you’ll see why South Luangwa is perhaps the most famous destination for walking Zambia safaris. With large areas that are completely inaccessible by road, you are virtually guaranteed not to see anything but wildlife when exploring the park on foot. Whether quietly detouring around an elephant or investigating a termite hill, you will get an up close and intimate glimpse of all the inhabitants of the bush, from largest to smallest. Return to camp after lunch for overnight.

DAY 4

Tena Tena

This morning transfer to Tena Tena, the lodge is located under a magnificent thick grove of mahogany trees in the exclusive Nsefu Sector of the South Luangwa National Park. Spend the afternoon relaxing on your private verandah with views onto a long stretch of the Luangwa River whilst enjoying the amazing wildlife. This evening enjoy a traditional meal under the African stars on the banks of the Luangwa River.

DAY 5

Luangwa National Park Game Drive

After your morning coffee, set out with your guide on an extended game drive in Luangwa National Park, stopping to enjoy freshly baked pastries in the bush. The Luangwa River, which bisects the park, is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life-blood of this area. Discover 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6

Village Tour and Bush Dinner

After breakfast, you will head out to the local Kawaza Village, giving you a more holistic experience of the Luangwa Valley, visit small “dukas” (shops) and the local market where you will find people offering various skills. After high tea, set out on a late afternoon game drive, culminating with a spectacular dinner out in the bush under the stars.

DAY 7

Tiger Fishing

Today travel to the Lower Zambezi, famous for canoeing safaris and water activities, including catch and release tiger fishing! Arrive at Potato Bush Camp in time for lunch. This afternoon, enjoy a Tiger Fishing excursion. The mighty Zambezi River has become the number one destination for avid fresh water anglers to “take on” the ferocious tiger fish (Hydrocynus Vittatus). Set out with an expert guide and try your luck! Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

DAY 8

Boating Safari

After a leisurely morning viewing wildlife from camp and enjoying an alfresco lunch, set out on the Lower Zambezi River for game viewing by boat. Enjoy a slow-paced boat journey from camp, spotting elephant and hippos in the water and plenty of game along the waters edge as they come to drink. Stop for sundowner cocktails before returning to camp for your overnight stay.

DAY 9

Canoeing

Today, set out on an early morning game drive, return to camp for a delicious buffet breakfast. Later this afternoon drift down the Chifungulu Channel along the Zambezi River in a canoe accompanied by a qualified guide, this is a tranquil experience with an abundance of bird life. Tonight, enjoy one last bush dinner in Africa.

DAY 10

Travel home

Today you will fly to Lusaka, where you will connect with your flight to Johannesburg and bring your Zambia safari to a close, before heading home.