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South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi & Livingstone – Premier

Itinerary
Overview
Countries Visited:
Zambia
Length of Trip:
10 days

itinerary
highlights

  • Phenomenal Wildlife Concentrations 
  • Highly Knowledgeable Guides
  • Stunning Landscapes
  • Luxury in the Bush
  • Canoeing & Tiger Fishing on the Zambezi River
  • The Magnificent Victoria Falls
  • Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

Safari Itinerary Summary

Days 1 to 3

On arrival into Lusaka airport you will take a flight to Mfuwe Airport and from there a road journey into Zambia’s premier national park - the South Luangwa. Your destination is Mchenja a luxury authentic bush lodge set high on the banks of the Luangwa River and is located in a top notch game viewing area. It is one of our favourites!

This exceptional park is renowned for its prolific wildlife and in particular its leopard sightings. Expert guides will enthral you with their encyclopaedic knowledge of Luangwa's flora and fauna. Norman Carr was the original pioneer of walking safaris in South Luangwa and this activity for many is the draw to this pristine wilderness. Nevertheless, exciting day and night game drives are a large part of discovering what this park has to offer.

Days 4 to 6

Depart South Luangwa with a direct flight to the scenic Lower Zambezi National Park to the luxury bush camp of Chiawa on the banks of the Zambezi River. Multi award winning hospitality and flexibility is the Chiawa Camp hallmark. This family owned and managed camp will exceed all expectations.

A relatively undeveloped national park and the youngest in the country, the Lower Zambezi lies across the river from Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools, and together they form a massive wildlife sanctuary. Bigger mammals, predators, elephant herds and plains game are attracted to the valley and game viewing is particularly good during the winter months (June – September). Crocodiles and hippo dominate the waters, and along the Zambezi banks, the canopy of ebony and fig trees are alive with the constant movement and calls of numerous avian species. Summer offers avid birders sightings of the Narina Trogon and an array of brightly coloured birds and the area is known for its superb birding. Although not a big 5 destination (no rhino) the Lower Zambezi National Park offers an exceptional safari experience, with walking safaris, fantastic tiger fishing, game drives, canoeing and sunset boat safaris adding to the allure.

Days 7 to 9

Depart Chiawa with a flight via Lusaka to Livingstone for a 3 night stay at Sindabezi your own private isle on the Zambezi River. This is a bespoke experience for every guest, meals can be taken in a variety of locations ranging from your bed to the middle of the Zambezi River, at Sindabezi Island the ultimate in romance and eco-friendly travel meet!

The activities at Sindabezi include sunrise and sunset boat trips on the Zambezi, guided canoeing excursions depending on water levels and hippo activity! Lunch on Livingstone Island with guided walk, fishing, a visit to the Falls on the Zambian side, a game drive in the Mosi-oa-Tunya NP to find a white rhino, cultural visit to the museum, local village visit, mountain bike trail to local village or a shopping trip to the Zambian side of the Falls.

Day 10

Take a short private road transfer to Livingstone Airport for a flight to Johannesburg to connect with your return flight..

This itinerary includes the following Camps:

Mchenja

Mchenja in South Luangwa National Park

Mchenja Camp is a stylish tented camp located in the central region of the South Luangwa National Park. Set under huge ebony ...Read More

Mchenja Camp is a stylish tented camp located in the central region of the South Luangwa National Park. Set under huge ebony trees on the banks of a broad section of the Luangwa River, Mchenja has a lovely relaxed atmosphere with sweeping river views.

With only four specially designed octagonal canvas and thatched chalets built on concrete bases, and one two-bedroom family unit, Mchenja is an intimate affair. Simple but wonderfully maintained the chalets are well sized and include large honeymoon size beds, an indoor Victorian-style bath with a river view and open air but private outdoor facilities featuring flush WC, basin and shower.

The beautiful central chitenje (lounge) is built around one of the old fallen ebony trees, open-sided and thatched. Brunch is taken in the shady lounge and dinner is more often served on the river bank under the stars. The camp also boasts a small plunge pool under thatch in the camps communal area, also under thatch.

 

Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp in Lower Zambezi

Chiawa Camp is an owner-run camp, set on the banks of the Zambezi River overlooking Zimbabwe's Mana Pools and inside the Lower ...Read More

Chiawa Camp is an owner-run camp, set on the banks of the Zambezi River overlooking Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools and inside the Lower Zambezi National Park. 

Resting peacefully on the banks of the Zambezi River in a grove of mahogany and acacia trees, Chiawa Camp has one of the most beautiful river locations in Zambia, where elephants and buffalo wander freely.

At Chiawa Camp no effort has been spared to provide guests with a truly luxurious, authentic safari experience in the nine superior tents. Raised above the ground on wooden decks the inviso-screening insect-proof tents include canvas flysheets, solar powered lighting, en-suite facilities including a roll top ball & claw slipper bath, indoor and outdoor shower and his and hers washbasins; a king bed or two large single beds; a day bed and armchairs on the veranda that possess uninterrupted views over the Zambezi River. The main camp areas are constructed mainly of natural materials comprising of a large open bar and lounge that overlooks the Zambezi River, an elevated observation deck above the lounge with a telescope, a separate dining area, an outdoor boma for starlit evenings and a swimming pool with sun loungers.

Sindabezi Island

Sindabezi Island in Livingstone

Sindabezi Island is an idyllic, exclusive camp on a privately owned isle in the middle of the Zambezi River and is ...Read More

Sindabezi Island is an idyllic, exclusive camp on a privately owned isle in the middle of the Zambezi River and is the discerning traveller’s best kept secret!  It is the only luxury bush camp from where Victoria Falls can comfortably be explored with views across the flood plains of the Zambezi and into the nearby National Park.

Experience the large number of activities in the area during the day and return to a tranquil haven, a thousand light years away from the bustle at night.

Sindabezi is a top eco lodge and has only five open-sided thatched cottages on wooden decks, allowing guests to soak up the sights and sounds of the African bush in the perfect, pristine setting.  Sindabezi has zero grid dependence, so rooms are romantically lit with hurricane lamps, candles and starlight.   Despite its remote island setting, the chalets are luxuriously comfortable with king size beds, white cotton linen, mosquito nets, plush carpets, en-suite bathrooms with vanity table, free-standing bath and shower, and a private deck from which to soak up the birds and wildlife.  The cottages have solar heated showers, and distinctive ‘loos with a view’ set along private wooden walkways.  The main camp is set on the sand, with comfortable seating, reading and dining areas and a raised deck in the trees for catching the afternoon breeze.  At night a trail of hurricane lamps lights your way back to the chalet across the soft sand.

There are views across the flood plains of the Zambezi and into the nearby National Park where game such as elephant, impala and wildebeest come to quench their thirst on the banks of the river.

Although the chalets are perfectly secluded, the island is also ideal for families or groups who would like to consider a private booking.

 

 

This premier itinerary includes the following Camps:

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