9-day Victoria Falls and South Luangwa Safari

Victoria Falls and South Luangwa Safari
Victoria Falls and South Luangwa Safari

Combine Zambia's top two attractions for an amazing African wildlife safari and a full experience of Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River.

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9 days
Victoria Falls, Zambia, South Luangwa National Park
8 nights accommodation; meals and drinks as indicated in the itinerary; road and air transfers; safari and sight-seeing activities as indicated in the itinerary

Tour Brief

The Victoria Falls and South Luangwa National Park are two of Zambia's foremost attractions yet, for diversity of experiences, they are worlds apart.

Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a visit here is essential during your African safari. The Victoria Falls and Luangwa 9-day Safari gives you ample time in both destinations to explore, experience and enjoy the best of what Zambia has to offer.

The Victoria Falls and South Luangwa Safari is a nine or ten-day safari that combines up to four days on the Zambezi River, upstream from Victoria Falls where you can visit the falls, explore Livingstone Island and enjoy the Zambezi River on your doorstep. Then spend five or six days at two different safari lodges in the South Luangwa park – the home of the Zambian walking safari.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 and 2: South Luangwa National Park

Mfuwe Airport is your first African experience. A small and charming airport unlike any you've ever experienced, Mfuwe must be one of the world's smallest – and most relaxed – international airports. Your guide will meet you at the airport for the start of your Zambian adventure.

On the way: The transfer to your Luangwa safari lodge from Mfuwe Airport takes about 40mins through the villages of the Luangwa Game Management Area (GMA) with good chance of seeing wildlife so keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready.

When you're there: Your first safari lodge is Nkwali Camp on the edge of the South Luangwa National Park. With access into the park across the river, the view from your tented suite is of river, bush and wildlife.

Daily activities include a dawn-patrol game drive through the South Luangwa National Park with excellent game viewing, birding and unspoilt wilderness; lunches by the river's edge are followed by afternoon tea and a second game drive that extends into the night returning by way of spotlight-illuminated nocturnal creatures.

Accommodation: Nkwali Camp

Day 3, 4 and 5: South Luangwa National Park

From Nkwali it's a game drive through the park to either Nsefu or Tena Tena, both renowned for their exceptional wildlife game viewing safaris and sublime settings inside the South Luangwa National Park.

On the way: The drive is slow and enjoyable as you meander through Zambia's premier wildlife destination en route to your safari lodge.

When you're there: You'll fall into the routine easily. Morning game drives, followed by a lunch and a siesta topped off with more excellent game viewing in the afternoon/evening. Here you can also opt for the fascinating walking safari to have a completely different experience of the African bush.

Another popular activity is to visit the lodge community project: Kawaza Village, which is a real African village, nothing like the potted culture you get in the air-brushed destinations 'down south'.

Accommodation options: Tena Tena Camp or Nsefu Camp

Day 6, 7 and 8: Victoria Falls (Livingstone)

From the South Luangwa Park it's a five-hour flight via Lusaka to Victoria Falls

On the way: The transfer to Mfuwe Airport is a last-chance game drive and, as luck often has it, you'll probably see the most wildlife on this day. Your lodge in Victoria Falls will provide the transfer from Livingstone International Airport.

When you're there: The Zambezi River flows through a dense ribbon of ebony and mahogany trees on its way to the thundering Victoria Falls a few km away. Your lodge lines the river with wonderful private views of this magical scenery. Explore the river, its islands and wildlife and of course spend a day at Victoria Falls, 15 mins' drive from the lodge.

Activities at Victoria Falls are many and varied. From experiencing the evocative beauty of Victoria Falls at ground-lvel it's time to take to the skies for an even more impressive view. Livingstone Island, just above the precipice of the falls, is probably the world's most sensational lunch venue. Other activities, among a raft of others, include sunset river cruises, canoeing safaris, cultural excursions to the lodge community projects and excellent birding and tiger fishing on the Zambezi.

Accommodation: Tongabezi Lodge or Sandibezi Island Lodge

Day 9: Victoria Falls

Usually you have enough time for one last wonderful Victoria Falls activity before you transfer to Livingstone Airport and your connecting flight home after a wonderful Zambian safari.

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Recent Reviews of This Tour

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“Thanks for all your work putting together a holiday we truly loved”

We would like to commend the high service received from Namibian Tours and Safaris especially taking into account the short length of time you had to arrange this holiday for us. The recommendations and itinerary were ideal with the majority of our stay in each location being the right duration. The whole process of booking this holiday was hassle free and we would not hesitate in recommending your services to others.

We would specifically like to thank you, Alison, for all of your hard work which resulted in a truly fabulous holiday for us. Also, it was great to meet up with you in Solitaire where you expressed so much love for your country and this was clearly mirrored in the schedule and service you presented to us allowing us to experience this fantastic country. It will not be the case of 'if' we return to Namibia, it is more the case of 'when' we will return as we enjoyed it so much.

Nik Stevenson, UK

“Edward did a super job”

A special mention for Edward he did a super job – vouchers and maps were with our car hire agency at the airport – book presentation of whole trip was clear, easy to follow and complete. He even gave us his mobile No in case we encounter some problems. Really to recommend as Tour Operator and will use them again next time.

Road – all went well and thanks to have recommended a 4Wheel Drive Car – due to rough road conditions we appreciated – you could do it with a normal car and met tourists with B type cars but they took much longer for the journeys – had more issues with flat tyres and most admitted next time they will take a 4Wheel Drive Car.

Would like to thank you for all your time spent and hard work to find best places, difficult tasks due to budget restrictions. I will recommend you and your agency whenever I can – actually already did in Joburg – hope brings you some new customers - and of course will come to you for my next trip this time to South Africa hopefully in 2012.

Germaine Comin, Switzerland

“Thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us”

Dear Wilmari,
Back home and I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us. I was especially pleased that for the accommodation with dinner all knew about my allergies and cooked accordingly. The Cheetah experience made my daughter very happy and they were so kind to not even charge me for taking pictures.

Highlight of our trip was the stay in Onguma The Fort and we are determined to return one day.

As pointed out before, the Namib Desert Lodge I cannot recommend to anybody (fined for driving on their property and below average dinner buffet) and also the Olivia Guesthouse was a letdown when it came to the food (lunch and breakfast).

I have posted some pictures on Flickr, maybe you want to have a look and I'm always happy to read comments.

Last but not least: Could you please send us the itinerary you prepared for us and we received at arrival electronically? Some of my friends are interested to book the same trip with you.

Dr Andreas Koester, USA
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