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South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi & Livingstone – Premier

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

itinerary
highlights

  • Two of Zambia's Finest Wilderness Parks
  • 4x4 Game Drives & Bush Walks with Guide & Scout
  • Explore the Zambezi River by canoe and river boat
  • Pay 3 Stay 4 night Special at Sindabezi Island
  • The Awe-inspiring Victoria Falls

Safari Itinerary Summary

Days 1 to 3

This Zambian Journey combines two of Zambia's Premier Wildlife Parks - South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi with 3 nights on a remote and exclusive private island in the middle of the Zambezi River just 15 kms upstream from Victoria Falls. This break combines adventure and relaxation in three of Zambia's most exclusive and idyllic locations.

On arrival into Lusaka airport you will take a flight to Mfuwe Airport and from there a road journey into the South Luangwa National Park. Your destination is Mchenja Bush Camp, a luxury authentic camp set high on the banks of the Luangwa River and located in a top notch game viewing area. It is one of our favourites!

Spend 3 nights at Mchenja Bush Camp in a Luxury Tent, fully inclusive

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.

Chiawa Camp - Spend 3 nights in a Luxury Tent, fully inclusive.
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 10

Depart Chiawa with a flight to Livingstone on the shores of the Zambezi River. Transfer to the idyllic Sindabezi Island, a private isle on the Zambezi River and round off your day with a sunset cruise.

Sindabezi Island Camp - Spend 4 nights in a luxury chalet, fully inclusive.
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 game drive in the Mosi-oa-Tunya NP to try to find the endangered white rhino, cultural visit to the Livingstone Museum, local village visit, mountain bike trail to a local village or a shopping trip to pick up a local souvenir on the Zambian side of the Falls.

And of course a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls.  One special vantage point is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge.

Day 11

After a leisurely morning, depart Sindabezi by boat and short private road transfer to Livingstone Airport to connect with your flight home.

This itinerary includes the following Camps:

Mchenja

Mchenja in South Luangwa National Park

Mchenja Bush Camp is a luxurious and stylish tented camp located in the northern sector of South Luangwa's National Park. Set ...Read More

Mchenja Bush Camp is a luxurious and stylish tented camp located in the northern sector of South Luangwa’s National Park.

Set under huge ebony trees on the banks of a broad section of the Luangwa River, the camp has a lovely relaxed atmosphere with sweeping river views.

With only five 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 a superb owner-run camp, set on the banks of the Zambezi River inside the Lower Zambezi National ...Read More

Chiawa Camp is a superb owner-run camp, set on the banks of the Zambezi River 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!  

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.

Sindabezi is located some 17 kms upstream from Victoria Falls.  Access to the Falls is from the Zambian Side at Livingstone, a journey of about one hour.  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.

Activities include river cruises, guided walks and fishing trips.

 

 

 

This premier itinerary includes the following Camps:

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