8-day Zambezi and Luangwa Wildlife Safari

Zambezi and Luangwa Wildlife Safari
Zambezi and Luangwa Wildlife Safari

The Zambezi and Luangwa Rivers are the lifeblood of the two best game reserves in Zambia: the South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi National Parks.

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8 days
Victoria Falls, Zambia, South Luangwa National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park
7 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 Luangwa River and the Zambezi River are two of Zambia's major river systems. Surrounded by big game wildlife reserves and offering a variety of activities and habitats, the Zambezi and Luangwa Wildlife Safari offers the best game viewing opportunities the country has to offer.

Your Zambian wildlife safari begins in the South Luangwa National Park with walking safaris, game drives and night drives at two different safari lodges. From the South Luangwa you will fly to the Lower Zambezi National Park for a water-based safari with optional walking and driving safaris to boot.

Accommodation is in small, intimate luxury safari lodges with excellent guides, fantastic settings and amazing activities. You can reverse the order of your safari and chose your safari lodge accommodation in the Lower Zambezi Park.

Excludes: Rates exclude flights. Please contact us for a quote

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 and 2: South Luangwa National Park

From Mfuwe International Airport, your guide will take you through the vibrant villages and dense African bush on the edge of Zambia's great game reserve: the South Luangwa National Park.

On the way: The South Luangwa Park is buffered by a Game Management Area where the local communities are custodians of the free-roaming wildlife. That makes your transfer from airport to lodge a delightful game drive through rural Zambia.

When you're there: Unpack and unwind. Nsefu Camp is on the Luangwa River beneath a dense thicket of mahogany trees.

In the Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa, the game viewing is world renowned. Safari activities through this diverse and pristine wilderness area include early morning game drives, walking safaris, birdwatching, full-day excursions, sundowner stops and night drives. The park is packed with animals including elephant, lion, plains game and endemic sub-species of giraffe, zebra and wildebeest. The birdlife is astounding with over 400 species recorded and walking safaris are wonderful opportunities to see and hear many of them.

Accommodation: Nsefu Camp

Day 3 and 4: South Luangwa National Park

From Nsefu Camp, you can opt for a guided walk or game drive transfer to Tena Tena Camp, also in the Nsefu Sector of the South Luangwa National Park. Tena Tena is a small safari lodge on the edge of the Luangwa River with canopy of trees overhead and a view of the river and game reserve beyond.

On the way: Your walking safari to Tena Tena reveals the intricate detail of the Zambian bush: birds, insects, trees, plants and antelope all cross your path. The game drive, should you chose to transfer by vehicle, may be equally rewarding with an elevated view of the surrounding bush.

When you're there: Continue where you left off at Nsefu and how you arrived: on a game drive. Tena Tena is a remote safari lodge with excellent game guides and exciting game viewing activities. Your day follows the same routine as at Nsefu with morning game drives and walks and afternoon game viewing drives that extend into the night.

Accommodation: Tena Tena Camp

Day 5, 6, 7 and 8: Lower Zambezi National Park

Today you transfer by air to the Lower Zambezi National Park, home of big game safaris and some spectacular scenery along the Zambezi River.

On the way: Game-drive transfer back to Mfuwe and fly via Lusaka to the Lower Zambezi. As you approach the Zambezi Valley you will see the massive river and its game-rich floodplains far into the distance.

When you're there: The Lower Zambezi National Park offers fabulous water safaris, birding, catch-and-release sport fishing, game drives, walking safaris and night drives. The wildlife experience is different from the South Luangwa with more attention on the water where hippos and crocodiles lurk, elephant come to drink and a passing parade of big game makes a daily appearance including lion, leopard, giraffe, buffalo, kudu, wildebeest and many more plains species.

Your safari in Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park starts with an early morning activity, followed by lunch and a siesta overlooking the river and an afternoon game viewing activity that can extend into the night to spot the rare nocturnal creatures. Activities are flexible with your choice of water safaris, walking safaris or game drives – depending on where the action is and what you feel like doing.

Your final day offers one last game viewing activity before the game-drive transfer to the airstrip and your onward flight to mark the end of an amazing Zambian river safari.

Accommodation options: Lower Zambezi Accommodation

Excludes: Rates exclude flights. Please contact us for a quote

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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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