11 Days Ultimate Zambian Bush Safari and Victoria Falls from US$ 6,621.-pp

Victoria Falls, the Adventure Capital of Africa delights with not just the famous Falls but a variety of active experiences. Explore Zambia’s iconic South Luangwa National Park on this safari into the remote south of the park. Start ourtwith award-winning Mfuwe Lodge where elephant walk right through the lodge during Mango season. Then set out further afield into one of the last unspoilt wilderness regions of Africa, to your secluded and intimate camps that promise unrivaled wildlife experiences.

Accommodation Destination Basis Room Type Duration
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe B&B 1x Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms 3 Nights
Mfuwe Lodge South Luangwa National Park,Zambia FB+ 1x Mfuwe Lodge Chalets 2 Nights
Chamilandu Bushcamp South Luangwa National Park Zambia FB+ 1x Chamilandu chalet 2 Nights
Chindeni Bushcamp South Luangwa National Park Zambia FB+ 1x Chindeni’s Canvas tents 3 Nights

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Price

US$6,621.- June 2020

US$7,705.- July through Sep 2020

Per person, double occupancy

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, safari activities, National Park fees,Conservation and Community Funds, house wines, beer and local spirits in Zambia. laundry service in Zamiba, flight as per package, all transfers,

Excluded

International flight to Victoria Falls and from Lusaka,  premiun drinks, visa and airport taxes, optional village excursions, optional tours, spa treatments, travel insurance

Day 1:           Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe        

Day Itinerary

Meet our representative at the airport for your transfer to your lodge.

Zimbabwe

A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay. Please check your itinerary for inclusions.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge    View iBrochure

Built on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is just 4km from the majestic Victoria Falls and offers a unique wildlife experience.
We’re proud to have been voted Best Safari Lodge/ Resort Hotel in Zimbabwe for 21 consecutive years and look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful destination. Our staff are warm and personable, and will ensure your holiday is hassle-free.

Built of thatch and timber, the lodge rises several levels, giving the impression of a vast open-plan tree house. Our rooms all have private balconies, most of which overlook a central waterhole, offering the opportunity to observe herds of buffalo, elephant and kudu, as the sun goes down, and hyenas later in the evening.

Dining

Dining options include the a la carte MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, the more casual Buffalo Bar and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show.  The Boma Café, set in a tranquil garden setting and located close to the Lokuthula Lodges, offers breakfast and light meals until 4.30pm.

Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms

The Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms have a balcony with a view overlooking the waterhole and the Zambezi National Park and are sunset facing and have a bathroom with a rain shower and mini bar. Three of the Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms can accommodate a roller bed for a child under 12 years of age. These rooms can be made up into a king or twin configuration.  All rooms are air-conditioned and also have ceiling fans.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:           Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe        

Activities

Guided Tour of Victoria Falls
The Boma Restaurant

Optional

Batoka Hike and Ndbele Village Tour

Guided Tour of Victoria Falls

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and  take you on an unforgettable experience through the Victoria Falls rainforest, a journey that not only affords a view of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World but provides a great deal of interesting facts about the geology, wildlife and history of Africa’s most famous landmark. Listen to magical tales of local legend while you enjoy the constant spray from the “The Smoke that Thunders”.

Your guide will also help ensure the best photographic opportunities of this breathtaking World Heritage Site.

The Boma Restaurant

The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show is a “must do” Victoria Falls dining and entertainment experience, specializing in traditional African food, drumming and dancing. The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavish feast, including irresistible desserts.

On arrival, you are dressed in a chitenge (traditional sarong) and welcomed into a vibrant atmosphere in which the tantalizing aromas of local dishes and game meat on the braai (barbecue) fill the restaurant, which is partially open to the star-filled African sky.

Your meal begins with a mouth-watering platter of starters whilst the buffet includes soup from the campfire, a range of salads, game meat cooked on a braai (barbecue), followed by desserts.  Vegetarian options are also available, as well as local dishes such as peanut butter spinach
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You can also look forward to outstanding performances by traditional singers and dancers, and enjoy an energizing interactive drumming show. A face painter, storyteller, hair braider and fortune teller also form part of this festive evening.

Batoka Hike and Ndbele Village Tour

A 40-minute drive through the countryside of Zimbabwe on off-road terrain will offer picturesque scenery on the way to the top of the Gorge.  After the safety and procedural briefing you will take the vertical descent to Rapid 23 and enjoy the hour long walk along the river to rapid 25. Swim and relax in the eddy before the arduous climb out. The hiking continues into an authentic beautiful Ndebele homestead where you will get a chance to interact with the local headman and his family while you have brunch under the thatched shade of their decorated mud huts. The graceful hosts are keen to show off their home, share their cultural way of life in relation to family, education, livestock, diet and anything you may find interesting.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 3:           Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe        

Day Itinerary

Explore on your own or choose from the following optional activities:

Optional

Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls
Bungee Jumb in Victoria Falls
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Livingston Island Tour with Devils Pool
Zambezi White Whater Rafting Aug-Dec
Victoria Falls Bike Ride
Rhino Encounter Game Drive

Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls

The “Flight of Angels” is an amazing journey over the 1700m vast curtain of water known locally as the “Mosi oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) and along the Zambezi River and the Zambezi National Park.  Passengers are treated to an unforgettable helicopter journey comprising of 4 circuits (2 on either side) offering unrivalled spectacular views, photographic, and filming opportunities and putting the full breadth and height of The Falls into glorious perspective within the surrounding environment.

Apprximate flight time is 12-13 minutes.

Bungee Jumb in Victoria Falls

The original and ultimate thrill! The location is unbeatable – in front of the largest curtain of falling water in the world, at a World Heritage Site, set against the backdrop of one of the Seven Natural Wonders in the World and above the raging torrents and misty gorges of the mighty Zambezi River. Then 5-4-3-2-1 Bungee into the spray and rainbows below! Four seconds of freefall and 111 metres of pure adrenalin! Victoria Falls Bungee is consistently voted as one of the top five adrenalin experiences on the planet. For Bungee Jump veterans, speak to your Jump Master and make it even wilder by doing an Ankle-Tied, Back Flip or a Star Elevator Jump.

Zambezi Sunset Cruise

The Zambezi Sunset Cruise is a wonderful outing when in Victoria Falls and suitable for the whole family.  It is an ideal way to end an eventful day in Victoria Falls, providing an opportunity to unwind and relax in the timeless environment while enjoying complimentary sundowner drinks and light snacks. The whole trip is a build up to the gracious glow of the African Sunset on this vast body of water. The guides and crew are a font of knowledge about the river wildlife and will entertain you with numerous tales about local culture and historical exploration.

Livingston Island Tour with Devils Pool

Livingstone Island is a 5-8 minutes boat ride from the Royal Livingstone Hotel and is located in the middle of the Zambezi River right on the edge of the Victoria Falls just before the water thunders down a 103 metre drop. To protect the sensitive environment, only 16 guests may visit at any one time during five daily departures. Access is restricted to a maximum of 80 visitors per day so it is highly recommended to book a Livingstone Island Tour in advance.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Access to this unique Island is seasonal and depends entirely on the water level in the Zambezi River.
In low water season, approximately end of August to December, guests have the opportunity to swim in Devil’s Pool which is a rock pool right on the lip of the falls accompanied by a guide.
Access to Devil’s pools is only available on the Lunch and High Tea tours.

Zambezi White Whater Rafting Aug-Dec

As the river levels drop off the rapid intensity grows and low water rafting season kicks off. The flag ship rafting adventure – low water season takes you from rapid #1 through to rapid #19, many of which are graded 5, the best white water rapids in the world. Begin your adrenalin run in the boiling pot directly below the Victoria Falls and hammer your way through infamous rapids, whose names were conjured to instil fear and trepidation into would-be rafters, “The Overland Truck-eater”, “The Mother”, “Gnashing Jaws of Death” and the final biggy of the day “Oblivion”. Our experienced guides will steer you on an unforgettable ride through the formidable rapids of the mighty Zambezi.

This is the greatest one day white water rafting experience in the world!!

Victoria Falls Bike Ride

Our Victoria Falls Cycle, showcases the sights and sounds of Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the historic colonial Victoria Falls Hotel. Cycle the banks of the mighty Zambezi river, encounter Africa’s wildlife, enjoy stunning views of the rainbow-covered falls, and to top it all, ride onto the world famous Victoria Falls Bridge with unsurpassed views of the spectacular wonder. – 9 am – 2pm, 3 hours of cycling

Rhino Encounter Game Drive

Savour a sunrise Game Drive on the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve in Victoria Falls, home to over 2,000 head of game and a rich variety of bird life.  The guided safaris will take you through natural African woodland featuring frequent sightings of Wild Dog, Sable, Eland, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile, Hyena, Bushbuck, Impala, Baboon, Kudu and Waterbuck among others.  At least three of the Big Five are sighted on almost all Game Drives with the highly endangered Black Rhino being the most exciting and rare, making this the best place to view game in the Victoria Falls region.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 4:           Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park

Day Itinerary

Take a morning transfer into Zambia and fly into South Luangwa National Park . Your safari starts this afternoon.

Zambia

Get out into the bush where animals, both predators and prey, wander through unfenced camps, and where the human footprint is nowhere to be seen. The rewards of travelling in Zambia are those of exploring remote, mesmerising wilderness as full of an astonishing diversity of wildlife as any part of Southern Africa. Where one day you can canoe down a wide, placid river and the next raft through the raging rapids near world-famous Victoria Falls. Though landlocked, three great rivers, the Kafue, the Luangwa and the Zambezi, flow through Zambia, defining both its geography and the rhythms of life for many of its people. For those who venture here, the relative lack of crowds means a very satisfying journey.

South Luangwa National Park

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.

The park is centered around the Luangwa River. Untapped by man, its natural ebb and flow of flooding makes much of the park inaccessible by road which keeps it a sanctuary for the large concentration of game that live there. A paradise for birders, over 450 species are to be found in the park, and the wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, leopards and lions.

The South Luangwa Park is 9050 sq. kilometer; with the river, its tributaries and the riverine strips being the focus of the wildlife viewing. There are diverse habitats, from huge ox bow lagoons of varying stages of maturity, woodlands, ebony groves, grassland and thickets, that host a great variety of wildlife. The people of Zambia are warm, friendly and proud of their heritage. With a variety of different tribes incorporating different languages, traditions, music and dance, you are guaranteed a cultural experience second to none.

The South Luangwa National Park is renowned for its walking safari, which allows visitors to view elephant, hippo and even lion close-up under the supervision of professional and knowledgeable armed guides.

Activities

 Game Drives

 Game Drives

The game-viewing potential at Mfuwe Lodge and the surrounding area is second-to-none. Drives are led by our experienced team of guides, setting out at first light, and then again in the late afternoon when the wildlife is at its most active. After sundowners, spotlights are used to pick out a new cast of nocturnal creatures.

Overnight: Mfuwe Lodge   View iBrochure

A unique lodge situated in the South Luangwa National Park with 18 luxury en-suite thatched chalets, each with a private decking area that overlooks a lagoon that attracts abundant wildlife. Overlooking a beautiful oxbow lagoon in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, our lodge provides the visitor with a special glimpse of Africa as she was – untouched, unspoilt and unforgettable. 

Accommodation comprises 18  guest chalets, each with its own private deck.   Game drives and walks are conducted by an experienced and knowledgeable team of guides.  The lodge also boasts a Bush Spa where a range of relaxing and healing African therapies are provided.

Mfuwe Lodge is open all year  and all age groups are welcome!

Mfuwe Lodge Chalets

Scattered along two lagoons’ shady banks lie 18 thatched chalets from which you can enjoy your own private piece of Africa. Secluded covered verandas look out over wallowing hippo and thirsty game in the lagoons, while the comfortable sitting rooms and en-suite bathrooms with panoramic walk-in showers are the perfect place to wind down.

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Reception

Basis

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 5:           Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park

Activities

Game Drives
Birdwatching
Walking Safaris

Optional

Cultural visits

 Game Drives

The game-viewing potential at Mfuwe Lodge and the surrounding area is second-to-none. Drives are led by our experienced team of guides, setting out at first light, and then again in the late afternoon when the wildlife is at its most active. After sundowners, spotlights are used to pick out a new cast of nocturnal creatures.

Birdwatching

Discover the beautiful birds of this area. Plus (upon request).

Walking Safaris

Walking safaris can be arranged on request, allowing guests to explore as much of this prolific region of the Luangwa Valley as possible.

Cultural visits – optional

Cultural visits to the local village, school and textiles/handicraft market.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 6:           Chamilandu Bushcamp, South Luangwa National Park    

Day Itinerary

Search for wildlife on your morning safari and transfer even deeper into the African bush over noon. Your afternoon safari will be at Chamilandu Bushcamp.

South Luangwa National Park

As previously described

Activities

Game Drives

Game Drives

Game drives around Chamilandu are an ideal way to explore the impressive range of habitats in the area. With no fewer than seven oxbow lagoons behind camp, there are always thirsty animals around seeking refreshment. Our hide looks out over one of these lagoons and is the perfect place to take lunch, tea or to while away an afternoon in a hammock to the soundtrack of a bathing elephant.

Overnight: Chamilandu Bushcamp         View iBrochure

Chamilandu is a breathtaking camp on one of the South Luangwa’s prime river locations, perfect for a bird’s-eye view of the wildlife that the river and its lagoons attract. There are just three stilted chalets at this exclusive camp, set on the riverbank beneath a soaring ebony grove. Each has its own raised veranda to loll on during the heat of the day, and an open-fronted en-suite bathroom with the same magnificent views over the tranquil waters. Two of the tree-houses are twins (2 queen-sized beds) and one is a double (king-sized bed). With capacity for just six guests, this is the perfect camp for small groups. Guests can enjoy a sundowner from the comfort of the thatched bar and dining area, as they watch the wildlife do the same at the river. Walking safaris and game drives around Chamilandu explore the impressive range of habitats and animals in the area. Chamilandu is open from June to November.

Chamilandu chalet

large open-fronted reed and thatch chalets on stilts with bathroom open to the sky, overlooking the Luangwa River with a view of the Chindeni hills

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 7:           Chamilandu Bushcamp, South Luangwa National Park    

Activities

Walking Safaris
Game Drives

Walking Safaris

Walking safaris around Chamilandu are an ideal way to explore the impressive range of habitats in the area. With no fewer than seven oxbow lagoons behind camp, there are always thirsty animals around seeking refreshment. Our hide looks out over one of these lagoons and is the perfect place to take lunch, tea, or to while away an afternoon in a hammock to the soundtrack of a bathing elephant.

Game Drives

Game drives around Chamilandu are an ideal way to explore the impressive range of habitats in the area. With no fewer than seven oxbow lagoons behind camp, there are always thirsty animals around seeking refreshment. Our hide looks out over one of these lagoons and is the perfect place to take lunch, tea or to while away an afternoon in a hammock to the soundtrack of a bathing elephant.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 8:           Chindeni Bushcamp, South Luangwa National Park           

Day Itinerary

On to another bush camp at noon.

South Luangwa National Park

As previously described

Activities

Game Drives

Game Drives

Game drives around Chamilandu are an ideal way to explore the impressive range of habitats in the area. With no fewer than seven oxbow lagoons behind camp, there are always thirsty animals around seeking refreshment. Our hide looks out over one of these lagoons and is the perfect place to take lunch, tea or to while away an afternoon in a hammock to the soundtrack of a bathing elephant.

Overnight: Chindeni Bushcamp   View iBrochure

Each of Chindeni’s four spacious tented chalets overlooks the lagoon and the Chindeni Hills in the distance. Relax in your hammock on your private deck, or in one of the comfy beanbags on the main deck, and watch the birds and wildlife flocking to the lagoon – huge “fishing parties” of migratory birds, elephants, zebra, and many more!

Chindeni’s Canvas tents

Raised on a wooden decking, Chindeni’s 4 en-suite magnificent canvas tents have private decks from which one can view the resident big game often in attendance, or simply enjoy the extensive birdlife and serenity of the camp and lagoon.  The tents are the most spacious in the Luangwa, each with two queen-sized beds or one king bed, shower, toilet and double vanities.  The dining area is on stilts above the oxbow lagoon with an adjoining lounge area for relaxing in the open air. Guests have been known to stay in camp during hot October days and see more from the deck than on a drive!

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 9:           Chindeni Bushcamp, South Luangwa National Park           

Activities

Walking Safaris
Game Drives

Walking Safaris

Whether you are in the mood for intrepid exploration or perhaps some more sedentary wildlife viewing, Chindeni will deliver. Avid game viewers and birdwatchers can set out on superb walking safaris in the surrounding area.

Game Drives

Whether you are in the mood for intrepid exploration or perhaps some more sedentary wildlife viewing, Chindeni will deliver. Avid game viewers and birdwatchers can set out on superb game drive in the surrounding area.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 10:        Chindeni Bushcamp, South Luangwa National Park           

Day Itinerary

Safari Activities

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 11:        Departure

Take in the smell of the savannah on your last safari before flying to Lusaka.

Basis: Breakfast

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time Class Ref
  Scheduled   Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport [LVI]   Mfuwe Airport      
  Scheduled   Mfuwe Airport [MFU]   Kenneth Kaunda International Airport [LUN]      

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