11 Days Safari in Zambia and Victoria Falls from US$5,755.-pp

Combine the impressive Victoria Falls with safaris in two different areas of Zambia’s top safari destination – South Luangwa Valley.
The unspoiled South Luangwa National Park is one of natural jewels in Zambia’s crown, and home to one of the most varied collections of wildlife on the planet. Many places claim to be “among the remaining wilderness areas” or “one of the last wildlife sanctuaries”; South Luangwa National Park lives up to both and more. The Luangwa Valley is vast, remote and home to both people and a truly impressive variety of game. This area and safari is famous for walking safaris.

HIGHLIGHTS
Visit two small luxury lodges in famous but un-touristy South Luangwa National Park
Guided Tour of Victoria Falls
Experience 4×4 open vehicle, walking and night drive safaris
Visit local village, museum and craft market
Very small and intimate luxury camps

ITINERARY MAP
Use the route map below to explore the destinations & accommodation on this tour

Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Room Type
Nkwali Camp South Luangwa National Park 3 FB 1x Double Chalet
Nsefu Camp South Luangwa National Park 4 FB 1x Double Rondavel
Stanley Safari Lodge Livingstone (Victoria Falls) 3 FB 1x Double Cottage

PRICE 

US$5,755.- per person, Jan 1 – May 21, Nov -Dec 2019

US$6,422.- per person, May 22 – June 30,2019

US$7,376.- per person, July through Oct 2019

No single room supplement, can depart any time

Included:
Full board, all game viewing, laundry, drinks (except premium), National Park fees, transfers, Victoria Fall Tour (except park fees due at entrance US30), Museum and Village Tour, domestic Zambia flights.

Excluded:
Visas, airport taxes, international flights, activities not listed in itinerary but available at Stanley Safari Lodge as option.

BEST TIME TO GO
July – October/November

DETAILED DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 : Nkwali Camp
On arrival at Lusaka International Airport, you will be met by a our representative who will have a name board with your names. He/She will assist you with immigration and customs clearing then check in for your flight to Mfuwe, South Luangwa. The flight is on average one hour. At Mfuwe International Airport your guide from will meet you. The drive to Nkwali Camp is 1 hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. On Robin’s private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, Nkwali is ideally situated for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

Overnight Nkwali Camp:

Many places claim to be “among the remaining wilderness areas” or “one of the last wildlife sanctuaries”; South Luangwa National Park lives up to both and more. The Luangwa Valley is vast, remote and home to both people and a truly impressive variety of game.

Nkwali is located on the banks of the Luangwa on a magnificent meander in the river overlooking the National Park where leopards roam along the bank and can often be spotted from camp. Situated on Robin Pope Safaris’ private land outside the park there is a private game viewing area behind camp as well as exclusive access into the park either by boat or across the pontoon.

The six chalets with bamboo woven walls and thatch roofs offer a rustic luxury opening up to magnificent views of the river as well as open air en-suite bathrooms.

Nkwali offers understated elegance, seclusion and superb service.

Day 2 – 3 : Nkwali Camp
At dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after, entering the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon. The game in the area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid-morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken at a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid-day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Following tea you will go out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world, returning to camp about 20.00 hrs with dinner generally at 20.30.

Day 4 : Nsefu Camp
After an early breakfast, a transfer game drive through the park takes you to a crossing point on the Luangwa River. The Nsefu staff will meet the party, who will cross the river by boat or by vehicle, and then enjoy a 45 minute drive to camp, game viewing on route. Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area and it still is. Robin Pope Safaris owns the only two camps in this sector of the Park. There are six round rondavels with luxurious en suite facilities and each room has a clear view of the sweeping bend of the Luangwa River through large windows and from the wooden verandahs. On arrival you will be shown to your rondavel and then lunch will be served followed by a well deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive.

Overnight: Nsefu Camp

Set on a magnificent meander of the Luangwa River across which elephants often cross lies the historic camp Nsefu; situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector. Nsefu is one steeped in history and was built in 1951 and barring some upgrades the camp and rooms are still in the same place in the original style. The Nsefu sector was first pronounced a game reserve in 1966 some five years before the South Luangwa was even declared and has always been recognised as an outstanding game-viewing area. Robin Pope Safaris took over Nsefu in 1998, spent a year upgrading it and opened it the following July.
The camp welcomes just twelve guests in six original brick and thatch rondavels with en-suite facilities, each room opening up to what can simply be described as the best view in the South Luangwa.
The six original rondavels have been upgraded to include spacious en-suite bathrooms however we have tried very hard to keep the feel and fittings in the room in line with the original “old fashioned” feel. Nothing can sum it up better than a guest’s comment of “understated elegance”. Each room has a clear view of the river whether it be from the comfort of your bed or the chairs out on the verandah.
From the dining room lunch can be enjoyed whilst watching large herds of elephants making their daily river crossing just upstream from camp.
The bar and sitting area sit snugly between a large termite mound and lagoon, unobtrusive and cosy but making the most of the extensive wildlife that comes down to the lagoon to drink – lion and leopard can also be heard lapping away at the refreshing water in the evenings. What could be better than sitting in a comfy armchair enjoying a delicious slice of cake whilst watching anything from Antelope to Zebra coming down to drink.
Nsefu Camp offers charm, history, exclusivity and comfort.

Day 5 – 7 : Nsefu Camp
A few days for a chance to drive or walk through the ebony groves. Or you may decide this is an ideal day, depending on the heat and time of year, to explore the Nsefu Sector of the National Park possibly with an all day picnic drive to the salt pans that will cover different habitats and is an exceptional day’s safari.

Day 8 : Stanley Safari Lodge
On arrival at Livingstone International Airport a representative from Stanley Safaris will meet you and transfer you to the lodge (20 mins), where you will settle into your accommodation. Stanley Safari Lodge is located on the hills overlooking the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls in a bush location. Accommodation is in 10 uniquely designed chalets that are constructed of teak and local stone and are open fronted or more colonial style brick and tiled rooms which are closed. Each with a private balcony ensuring spectacular views overlooking the Zambezi River.

Overnight: Stanley Safari Lodge

Set on a hill bordering the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and overlooking unspoilt bush, Stanley Safari Lodge is only 3km from the Victoria Falls. The views are splendid: the spray of the Falls in the distance, the mighty Zambezi river and on top of that yet another beautiful African sunset. From either our main garden, our infinity pool or from the privacy of your room, views are unmatched.
The open-sided Main House has been designed with space and views in mind and has a truly African feel. Enjoy sundowners in the African style lounge, a 3 course dinner in the dining room or spend some quiet time in the library or upper deck discovering the secrets of Africa.

Day 9 – 10 : Stanley Safari Lodge
Today embark on your guided Tour of Victoria Falls, Village and Museum Tour. Optional tours such as rafting, bungee jumping and micro lighting are available. Or you may just wish to rest in camp and enjoy the spectacular scenery and peaceful atmosphere. The day will end with a relaxed dinner and perhaps drinks in the wine cellar.

Day 11 : Flight to Livingstone
After breakfast, a morning activity time permitting then a transfer back to Livingstone Airport for your onward flight.

Note: Tour starts in Lusaka and ends in Livingstone, Zambia. Tour may be booked individually, no minimum group size or fixed departure dates. Terms & Conditions Apply.

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