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Zambia Explorer – Ms Elizabeth Everett – August 2018

Itinerary
Overview
Countries Visited:
Zambia
Regions Visited:
Kafue, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi & Livingstone
Length of Trip:
13 days
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itinerary
highlights

  • Excellent Plains Game & Predators in Busanga
  • Endemic Species of the South Luangwa
  • Land & Water Game Viewing in the Lower Zambezi
  • Canoeing & Tiger Fishing on the Zambezi
  • Elegant Camps and Superb Service
  • Knowledgeable Guides
  • Bush Dinners
  • Livingstone - The Magnificent Victoria Falls

Passenger Details

Booking Reference:
EVERETTT01/03/17
Passenger name:
Ms E Everett
Adult passengers:
1

Travel Dates

From:
31 July 2018
To:
12 August 2018

Costs

Cost per adult:
£12,615.00
Total Cost:
£12,615.00

Safari Itinerary Summary

30 July 2018

Depart London Heathrow - The Big 5 Safari Company will be pleased to quote on International Flights of your choice.

Your journey in Zambia includes: Kafue, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Livingstone.

Kafue: Kafue is Zambia’s largest National Park with a hugely varying landscape including the Kafue River, Lake Itezhi Tezhi, open plains, grassy dambos and miombo woodland.

South Luangwa: The South Luangwa has it all. The meandering Luangwa River, stunning scenery, big game, knowledgeable guides and a choice of intimate elegant lodges and remote bush camps.

Lower Zambezi: The Lower Zambezi National Park may be one of Zambia’s smallest parks, but it is certainly one of it’s most picturesque. The main attraction is the dry season (July to October) game viewing when the diverse wildlife congregates near the Zambezi River.

Livingstone: Named after the legendary explorer, is now the adventure capital at the Victoria Falls, attracting visitors from all over the world mainly to stand and gaze in awe at the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

31 July to 2 August 2018

You will receive a Complimentary Meet & Greet at Johannesburg Airport and be escorted to meet your connecting flight to Lusaka. There, you will be met and guided through to your connecting Wilderness flight into Kafue National Park where you will spend the next 3 nights in one tent in Shumba Camp, fully inclusive of meals and game viewing activities. Afternoon tea followed by your first evening game drive.
We include a Complimentary Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Busanga Plains.
Shumba Camp is located in the Busanga Plains area of Kafue and considered to be the jewel in the Kafue crown. The Plains are home to hundreds of red lechwe, puku, roan and the diminutive orbit. As well as Lichtenstein's hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and Defassa waterbuck are often seen. The plains game is a big attraction for predators, including wild dog packs, lone cheetah and lion prides.

3 to 5 August 2018

3 August - Depart Shumba by a light aircraft flight to Lusaka to connect with your flight to Mfuwe on the edge of the South Luangwa National Park. You will be met for a road transfer to Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp where you will spend 3 nights in one luxury tent, fully inclusive of all meals and game viewing activities.

Puku Ridge Camp is located on the edge of an escarpment in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Built on a hillside and named after the elusive Puku antelope, Puku Ridge overlooks the game-rich Kakumbi Dambo floodplain providing stunning panoramic vistas.

6 to 8 August 2018

6 August - Depart Puku Ridge by road transfer to Mfuwe for your direct flight into the Lower Zambezi National Park. You will spend the next 3 nights, fully inclusive in a Superior Tent at the Award Winning Chiawa Camp on the banks of the Zambezi River. Your arrival into camp will be by road and boat.
A rugged escarpment punctuates a halt to this Garden of Eden, confining and concentrating the wildlife within the park. This makes for exceptional game viewing. Lion and leopards (the parks major predators), stalk buffalo and antelope species sharing this territory with serval, honey badgers, hyenas, porcupine, genets and more.
You will spend days packed with exhilarating activities including 4×4 open vehicle game drives into the park, as well as water activities of canoeing, tiger fishing and sunset boat safaris on the Zambezi.

9 to 11 August 2018

Depart Chiawa by light aircraft via Lusaka to Livingstone where you will be met and transferred to your water taxi for arrival at The Royal Livingstone Hotel stretching along the banks of the Zambezi River near The Victoria Falls. You will spend the next 3 nights in a Deluxe Room on a b&b basis.
The 5 Star Royal Livingstone is ideally located to take advantage of the many activities in the Victoria Falls area and has unlimited direct access to Victoria Falls through a private gate. The Big 5 Safari Company will be pleased to arrange in advance activities including Flight of the Angels, White Water Rafting, Livingstone Island Lunch, David Livingstone Museum Visit or any other activity that appeals! Or simply spend a lazy day on the magnificent sundeck overlooking the Zambezi and enjoy fine dining in the restaurant or on the long veranda overlooking the gardens.

12 August 2018

Take a short shared road transfer to Livingstone Airport for a flight to Johannesburg to connect with your flight home to the UK.

This itinerary includes the following Camps:

Shumba Camp

Shumba Camp in Kafue

Shumba Camp is located in the centre of the Busanga Plains, home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan ...Read More

Shumba Camp is located in the centre of the Busanga Plains, home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan and the diminutive oribi. The camp is situated within close proximity to permanent water and has easy access to a mix of seasonal and permanent floodplains.

Shumba Camp comprises of six spacious luxury safari tents on raised platforms with spectacular views of the surrounding plains. The rooms are large, en-suite with both indoor and outdoor showers. The dining and bar area is elevated so as to take in this vista and each morning’s sunrise. Dinner takes place either here or in the cosy boma where guests can also enjoy elements of local Zambian culture.

A maximum of 12 guests can be accommodated at any one time and great emphasis has been placed on the “guided” experience; being led by qualified, enthusiastic people with in-depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife.

Guests have the option of game drives in and around the Plains. Night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area.

Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo all move onto the Plains as the dry season progresses. This wealth of game is a big attraction for predators, including wild dog, cheetah and prides of lion.

 

Sanctuary Puku Ridge

Sanctuary Puku Ridge in South Luangwa National Park

Puku Ridge Camp is located on the edge of an escarpment in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.  Built on ...Read More

Puku Ridge Camp is located on the edge of an escarpment in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.  Built on a hillside and named after the elusive Puku antelope, Puku Ridge overlooks the game-rich Kakumbi Dambo floodplain providing stunning panoramic vistas.

Puku Ridge Camp is tented, small and intimate and has been constructed to blend into the local surroundings. The camp offers seven luxury, oversized tents with a wrap-around view of the floodplains through picture windows and a private decked balcony. Comfortably furnished tents boast en-suite facilities including a soothing bathtub, indoor shower and outdoor shower shaded by trees, luxury bathroom amenities, mosquito nets, ceiling fans, hairdryers and electricity. The panoramic views are astounding from the stylish communal spaces where guests enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, as well as relaxing in-between activities in the large living area.

Puku Ridge offers guests exclusivity, privacy and flexibility in a peacefully exquisite environment.

 

 
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.

The Royal Livingstone

The Royal Livingstone in Livingstone

The Royal Livingstone Hotel is named in honour of the explorer Dr. David Livingstone, and stretches luxuriously along the banks ...Read More

The Royal Livingstone Hotel is named in honour of the explorer Dr. David Livingstone, and stretches luxuriously along the banks of the Zambezi River close to the Victoria Falls. 

Elegance and luxury underpin this romantic hotel situated amidst the forested banks of the great Zambezi River.

The main hotel is a sequence of thatch roofed buildings, most of them African in their influence, which incorporate the lounge, restaurant and bar. A classic swimming pool visually links the waters of the river with the terraces of the hotel, with a sweeping timber deck planted in the swirling waters of the Zambezi.  There is a sun deck built out over the Zambezi and this is the perfect spot for a lunch or evening cocktails whilst watching the wildlife on the river.

Guests have unlimited private access to the Victoria Falls, a short walk from the hotel. The Royal Livingstone Express – a luxury steam train – offers a unique dinner experience in Pullman style carriages. Spa treatments can be taken on the banks of the river in the luxurious privacy of your own gazebo.

This premier itinerary includes the following Camps:

Inclusions

Complimentary VIP Meet & Greet in Johannesburg
Shumba - includes all meals, local brand drinks, 2 scheduled safari activities daily, park fees and laundry. Complimentary hot air balloon ride (subject to availability and weather dependant)
Sanctuary Puku Ridge - includes all meals, local brand drinks, 2 scheduled safari activities daily, park fees and return transfers to Mfuwe airport and laundry.
Chiawa Camp - includes Park and airstrip fees, all meals, local brand drinks, 2 safari activities daily, airstrip transfers and laundry.
Please note park fees and community conservation fees of USD100 per person per night and Royal airstrip fee of $18.00 per person per way. Subject to change without prior notice.
The Royal Livingstone Hotel, Deluxe Room, b&b.
Wilderness Air Return transfer into Kafue
Flights: Lusaka to South Luangwa, SL to Lower Zambezi and LZ to Livingstone
Water Taxi from Livingstone Airport to The Royal Livingstone and road transfer to Livingstone Airport on departure.

Exclusions

International Flights LHR/JNB/LUN/LVI/JNB/LHR
Visas
Items of a personal nature
Staff gratuities

Please note - The price quoted in GBP in this itinerary is based on £1 = US$1.22 on a total of USD 15391. The deposit will be based on this rate if a booking is placed within the next 48 hours and the subsequent balance 8 weeks before departure will be based on prevailing USD/GBP exchange rates. at that time.

Quotation Notes & Conditions

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Travel Insurance

We would recommend you get your travel insurance soon after booking. Adequate travel insurance is vital for this trip for three reasons:

  1. These bookings are often taken a year in advance and if anything happens to a member of your party during that year which affects your ability to travel, you would then, be able to claim back any cancellation fees.
  2. You are travelling to wilds of Africa and you want to make sure that if anything unforeseen was to happen whilst on your trip that you are protected.
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