19 Days Zimbabwe and Zambia Safaris for Africa Lovers from US$13,892.-pp

A mixture of the best guiding and remote safari locations in Zimbabwe and Zambia await you with this authentic safari journey. You travel by bush plane, road and boat to take it all in.  Explore The Vicotoria Falls, Hwange, Mana Pools, Lower Zambezi and South Lunagwa National Park on the journey of a life-time!

Accommodation Destination Basis Room Type Duration
Ilala Lodge Hotel Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe B&B 1x Standard Room (s) 2 Nights
Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Hwange National Park FB+ 1x Chalet 3 Nights
Mana Pools Safari Lodge Mana Pools National Park FB+ 1x Thatched chalet 3 Nights
Time + Tide Chongwe River Camp Lower Zambezi FB+ 1x Time + Tide Chongwe River Camp Tents 3 Nights
Nsefu Camp South Luangwa National Park FB+ 1x Standard room 3 Nights
Time + Tide Nsolo South Luangwa National Park FB+ 1x Time + Tide Nsolo Suites 2 Nights
Time + Tide Kakuli South Luangwa National Park FB+ 1x Time + Tide Kakuli Suite 2 Nights

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

Price

US$13,892.- June 2020

US$14,763.- July though October 2020

Price per person, double ocuppancy; Journey starts at Victoria Falls airport and ends at Lusaka airport. Can start any day, pending availability. Adjusting to your liking is encouraged!

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, all transfers, flights and boat transfers as per package,  safari activities as per package, Guided Tour of Victoria Falls with National Park fees included, National Park fees during safaris,

Elephants Eye: Ciders, beer and South African Wines, laundry, visit to community and Painted Dog Conservation Project.  Sleep out deck


Mana Pool Safari Lodge: local beverages, selected South African wines, game drives,

Chongwe River Camp: soft drinks, house wine, beer and spirits, laundry; 2 daily game activities, walking safaris, boating, fishing, canoeing, cultural visits,

Nesfu Camp: 2 game activities (drives or walking safaris) local drinks and house wines, laundry,

Time and Tide Nsolo and Kakuli: walking safaris, game drives, night drives, laundry, standard bar drinks

Excluded

International flight to Victoria Falls and from Lusaka to Europe. visas, Lusaka and Victoria Falls airport fees, premium drinks where drinks of offered;  laundry excluded unless mentioned in inclusions; optional tours, sky beds, overweight baggage;

Game Walks at Mana Pools US$45pp

Day 1:           Ilala Lodge Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe       

Day Itinerary

Arrive in Victoria Falls and 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: Ilala Lodge Hotel         View iBrochure

Ilala Lodge Hotel is ideally located only 8 minutes away from the spectacular Victoria Falls. A family run hotel, Ilala Lodge has 73 stylish, well-appointed spacious rooms, that offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury. As we are the closest hotel to the beautiful Victoria Falls, the spray makes for a perfect backdrop during your stay.

Experience a culinary journey at the award-winning Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge Hotel. Centrally located only minutes away from the Victoria Falls, The Palm Restaurant offers a magnificent à la carte menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can choose from an extensive list of South Africa’s finest wines, cocktails and artisan gins. We offer an unrivalled al-fresco dining experience under the starlit African sky, with the sound of the Falls in the background. The Palm Restaurant is an adventure for the appetite that is not to be missed.
 
Relive the historical journey embarked by David Livingstone exploring the mighty Zambezi River aboard the Ra-Ikane fleet. Named after his instrumental guide, the boats represent the grace of a bygone era honouring the rich history of Victoria Falls and its explorers, adventurers and heroes. The Ra-Ikane offers a variety of cruises, including breakfast, lunch and sunset, as well as private charters.

Standard Room (s)

26 twins, with 2 large three-quarter beds in each room. 
All rooms have en suite bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV hair dryer, safe and have individual coffee, free WiFi, room service and tea facilities. The rooms are spacious with railway teak furnishings.

All rooms look towards the Victoria Falls, and the National Park. There are often wild animals grazing on the lawn, and the windows and doors rattle from the force of the water from the mighty Victoria Falls.

All rooms have either a private patio or their own seating area on the lawn, facing the Falls.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:           Ilala Lodge Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe       

Day Itinerary

Take a tour of the famous Falls this morning. Choose from the optional activities.

Activities

Guided Tour of Victoria Falls

Optional

Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls
The Boma Restaurant
Batoka Hike and Ndbele Village Tour
Victoria Falls Bridge 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.

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.

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.

Victoria Falls Bridge Tour

The Victoria Falls Bridge was built in 1905 using revolutionary engineering methods for its day. The Historic Bridge Tour is a journey through 100 years of Victorian engineering to the heart of Cecil John Rhodes’ vision of a Cape to Cairo railway.

The Tour includes a light hearted but informative talk on the history of the bridge, magnificent views of the rapids, rainbows and majesty of the Victoria Falls and Batoka Gorges on the walkways actually underneath the bridge and an opportunity to see a bungee jump up close.

The Historic Bridge Tour is a wonderful family experience full of theatre, facts and adventure set against the glorious backdrop of the Victoria Falls which can be enjoyed by all ages.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 3:           Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, Hwange National Park          

Day Itinerary

Take a 2.5 road transfer to your lodge in Hwange National Park.  Join the safari this afternoon.

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. Terrain ranges from savannah lands to rocky outcrops, desert dunes and sparse forests, and visitors have the choice of game drives and guided walks as a means of experiencing the park and its creatures.

Activities

Half-Day Concession Game Drive

Half-Day Concession Game Drive

Enjoy a half-day game drive on our private concession with our expertly trained guides and custom-made safari vehicles. The concession shares an unfenced border with Hwange National Park therefore allowing the animals to roam freely between the two areas.

Overnight: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange         View iBrochure

The best Zimbabwe has to offer: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange offers an unforgettable experience with the African wilderness.

The camp comprises of 8 tented chalets. Every chalet has a double or twin beds surrounded by mosquito netting, an en-suite bathroom with a bath and basin, a glam outside shower and wrap-around veranda. The Elephant’s Eye, Hwange lodge can host a maximum of 16 people at any given time and all meals and most drinks are included.

Activities at Elephant’s Eye include game viewing, a fully operational spa, guided educational walks, bird watching, night game drives with trained field guides; swimming or enjoying sundowners while relaxing near the pool are also pleasurable activities. Elephant’s Eye has a waterhole which offers unlimited opportunities to view game at close range.

Chalet

The lodge has 8 romantic tree-house style chalets that all face the waterhole. Each chalet has a private wrap-around veranda with a luxurious outside shower as well as lovely bath inside the open plan room (toilets are behind a closed door for privacy). Lodges all have tea and coffee stations, a fireplace, a fan, a mosquito net covered queen bed and an in-room safe for guests’ ultimate convenience. Guests can enjoy panorama-style vistas of the water-hole via floor-to-ceiling ‘windows’ perfect for game viewing from the comfort of their bed.

Basis

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

Day 4:           Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, Hwange National Park          

Day Itinerary

Vehicle or walking safari.

A visit to The Painted Dog Center is possible at times if you are interested.

Activities

Full-Day Game Drive
Walking Safari
Community Upliftment Experience
The Eye – Sleep Out Deck

Full-Day Game Drive

Experience a full-day game drive in Zimbabwe’s largest national park, Hwange National Park, with our expertly trained guides and custom-made safari vehicles. The park is known for its large elephant population, with herds numbering up to 350 elephants. It is also one of the best places in Africa to see the rare and endangered Painted Dogs. A delicious picnic lunch is included which is packed and prepared by the kitchen staff at the lodge.

Walking Safari

Take part in a 3-hour game walk with our pro-guide on our private concession that shares an unfenced border with Hwange National Park. A walk through the bush allows guests to experience it from a completely different perspective than in a game safari vehicle. Our pro-guide will be sure to point out many interesting things not always visible to the naked eye and will ensure that guests are completely safe.

Community Upliftment Experience

Complete with its charms, difficulties, and traditions, rural life in Zimbabwe is a world apart from living in a developed country.  Our Community Upliftment Experience, organized in collaboration with our Grow Africa Foundation, offers Elephant’s Eye guests the opportunity to learn about local traditions and experience the challenges these communities contend with on a daily basis. As part of the experience, participants visit the local school as well as some of the economic and upliftment enterprises that locals have established to combat these challenges and improve their living conditions

Take the opportunity to become part of conservation and economic upliftment by interacting with local residents in a natural and non-intrusive manner.  Travellers are presented with the chance to get involved with the Grow Africa Foundation projects. While difficulties are highlighted, the experience focuses on the positives and solutions.

The Eye – Sleep Out Deck

The Eye, our sleep-out deck.

The Eye is a raised star bed about a 15-minute drive from the main lodge. The sleep-out deck, with its luxurious star bed, is right by a watering hole providing the opportunity to view a wide variety of animals coming and going, especially in the early morning. The deck is on 2 levels, with a bathroom underneath and a luxurious queen bed, covered with a mosquito net, up top providing the most amazing views of the waterhole and surrounding bush.

Guests are escorted at sunset to the deck for sundowners, before being left to enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding bushveld as the day turns to night. In the morning, guests are collected and taken back to the main lodge to enjoy a delicious breakfast.

There is no better spot to enjoy wildlife viewing and what better way to take it all in, than from the cozy comfort of an open-air bed.

Basis

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

Day 5:           Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, Hwange National Park          

Activities

Full-Day Game Drive
Half-Day Concession Game Drive
Walking Safari
Painted Dogs

Basis

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

Day 6:           Mana Pools Safari Lodge, Mana Pools National Park

Day Itinerary

After your morning safari  head for the airstrip to fly to Mana Pools.

Mana Pools National Park

Located in northern Zimbabwe, the life-giving power of the Zambezi River makes Mana Pools National Park one of Zimbabwe’s most lush and flourishing regions. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is known for its natural beauty and as one of the continent’s premier game-viewing areas. Visitors can look forward to an array of activities such as canoe trips which are offered year round and provide a unique and memorable way for visitors to experience the area’s striking scenic beauty and diverse fauna, while guided walks are a great way to take its pristine riverside forests. Other popular activities include: game drives, river cruises, nature walks, bird watching, catch-and-release fishing, and searching for dinosaur tracks.

Overnight: Mana Pools Safari Lodge      

Mana Pools Safari Lodge nestles close to Mana Pools National Park’s western boundary at the Ruckomeshi River. Set among riverine figs, African mango and Apple-ring albida trees, the 12 thatched chalets enjoy commanding views of the sweeping flood plains and mighty Zambezi River. Frequented daily by majestic elephant, secretive kudu, buffalo, painted dogs and even lion – all of which often pass through the camp – the wildlife seemingly floats on shimmering heat waves, as they amble to the river to quench their thirsts.

As the only permanent luxury lodge within Mana Pools, the facility offers unparalleled comfort, game viewing and photographic opportunities, with Mana’s light and beauty unmatched anywhere on the African continent.

Thatched chalet

Large chalet with two double beds.  En-suite bathroom with free standing bath and showers for him and for her.  Mosquito nets frame the bed.  Private deck overlooking the Zambezi river with frequent sightings of animals as they wander down to drink.

Basis

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

Day 7:           Mana Pools Safari Lodge, Mana Pools National Park

Day Itinerary

Explore the fascinating wildlife in famous Mana Pools  with your experienced guide.

Basis

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

Day 8:           Mana Pools Safari Lodge, Mana Pools National Park

Basis

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

Day 9:           Time + Tide Chongwe River Camp, Lower Zambezi    

Day Itinerary

Take a boat ride to the border post. Then 20 minute by vehicle across the land border crossing into Zambia where you will be picked up again by boat to head for Chongwe River Camp (between 1.5 and 2.5 hours by boat depending on conditions and game sightings).

Game viewing possible along the way.

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.

Lower Zambezi

Located on the Zimbabwean border in the southern reaches of Zambia, the Lower Zambezi region is best known as the home to the Lower Zambezi National Park which features exceptional, undeveloped wildlife areas. It is renowned for its abundant game and a variety of different wildlife can be spotted such as hippos, buffalo, crocodiles, fish eagles and herds of elephants. The landscape features rugged unspoilt wilderness made up of vast floodplains scattered with indigenous woodlands. Visitors can look forward to an array of wonderful activities along the Zambezi including game drives, walking safaris, canoe trips and excellent tiger fishing.

Overnight: Time + Tide Chongwe River Camp View iBrochure

Dotted along the forested riverbanks, Time + Tide Chongwe Camp is surrounded by wild beauty. Set at the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers against a beautiful mountainous backdrop, the camp has the best views in the Lower Zambezi. Sit outside your tent, listening to playful vervet monkeys scampering in the winterthorn trees overhead. Before you, an elephant wades across the languid river, dwarfed by the mountainous escarpment beyond. The resident hippos bellow their displeasure at this intrusion, breaking the tranquility. A warm breeze drifts past, carrying the earthy aroma of the river. Lean back and breathe deeply, letting the energy of this extraordinary, wild land revitalise your mind and soul.

Time + Tide Chongwe’s impressive variety of safari activities provides the ultimate exploration of this magnificent African paradise. By land, enjoy game drives and walking safaris, or take to the rivers and explore with boat cruisescanoeing safaris and fishing. Back in camp our new wildlife hide is great for photography, especially rare nocturnal creatures. This is one of the most beautiful regions in Africa, with rivers winding through the forested valley, creating a haven for wildlife and birdlife. Lions, wild dog, elephants and hippos abound – to name just a few!

Time + Tide Chongwe River Camp Tents

Dotted along the forested riverbanks, Time + Tide Chongwe Camp is surrounded by wild beauty. Set at the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers against a beautiful mountainous backdrop, the camp has the best views in the Lower Zambezi. Sit outside your tent, listening to playful vervet monkeys scampering in the winterthorn trees overhead. Before you, an elephant wades across the
languid river, dwarfed by the mountainous escarpment beyond. The resident hippos bellow their displeasure at this intrusion, breaking the tranquility. A warm breeze drifts past, carrying the earthy aroma of the river. Lean back and breathe deeply, letting the energy of this extraordinary, wild land revitalise your mind and soul.

THE SAFARI TENTS
+ 9 safari tents with en suite bathrooms
+ Open air showers
+ Outdoor seating area with river views
+ Double or twin configuration
+ Generator power with British three pin plugs in tents
+ Limited wifi in the main area and no phone signal
+ Main lodge – dining areas, lounge, bar, campfire and pool

Basis

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

Day 10:        Time + Tide Chongwe River Camp, Lower Zambezi    

Activities

Game Drives
Walking Safaris
Canoeing
Fishing
Cultural Villge Visit
Boat Cruises

Game Drives

Driving safaris are all conducted in open 4X4 vehicles (Land Cruiser or Land Rover) with either two or three ‘rows’ of seats. We generally have 4, with no more than 6, people on a vehicle ensuring everyone has a ‘window’ seat. 

Night drives are generally an extension of your afternoon game drive, canoe or walking safari. As the sun begins to set we stop to watch the day come to a close and as dusk falls set off to explore as the nocturnal animals start to emerge.

The best chance of seeing genets, civets, elephant shrew, porcupine and the fierce honey-badger is after sunset and the large predators, with the exception of wild dog, are most active at night. Night time birding can be very rewarding with nightjars, owls great and small, dikkop, bat hawk and coursers are all abundant.

The Africa night sky is simply magnificent and it’s worth coming all this way just to experience its vastness and splendour. The Milky Way seems 100 times brighter in the Luangwa Valley where there is no light pollution. We’re watched over by the Southern Cross, Orion and Scorpio amongst an infinite number of others and memories of sitting in awed silence listening to the distant call of lions, cicadas and a million tree frogs under the crescent of an African moon will live with you forever.

Walking Safaris

There is little to compare to the thrill of a walking safari, and we are fortunate to have some of the best terrain for exploring on foot in the Lower Zambezi valley right on our doorstep. Walking is the only way you really become intimate with Africa, learning about the small, seemingly irrelevant plants and animals which are often overlooked on a game drive.

We walk accompanied by an armed scout, and your safari guide will show you an amazing secret world of tiny wonders as he leads you slowly through the bush along ancient animal pathways, examining plants, trees and insects along the way.

Canoeing

One of the most leisurely ways to experience the sights and sounds of the Lower Zambezi valley is on a canoe safari. Our canoes seat two guests and a guide in comfort, with ample room for cameras and binoculars.

Canoeing offers you a completely different perspective as you glide gently along either the Zambezi and its beautiful channels or the Chongwe River, allowing you to fully appreciate the magical beauty of this incredible area and the creatures and plants that inhabit it.

It truly is a special experience for the nature lover using only the safest of routes where previous canoeing experience is not necessary, and lifejackets are provided. All you need to do is sit back, relax and watch Africa slip by!

Fishing

Chongwe is tiger country! The Lower Zambezi is home to the tiger fish, nicknamed the “water dog,” whose sharp teeth are matched only by its fighting spirit and reputation as one of the world’s top game fish.

At Chongwe River Camp we offer our guests the chance to head out onto the river in search of this formidable combatant, operating a strict catch-and-release policy in order to preserve stocks of this incredible fish. You can fish with both fly and popper.

Alternatively, you can try your hand at bream fishing on the Chongwe river itself, where a limited catch can be brought back to camp and served up with a delicious lemon butter sauce!

Fishing can be combined with game activities and all equipment is provided, with both conventional tackle and entry level fly rods available. We recommend serious fly fisherman should bring their own tackle. Please contact us for specifications and recommendations.

Cultural Villge Visit

The Chiawa Cultural Village was born of a partnership between conservation organizations (with Africa Wildlife Foundation as a key strategic partner), Lower Zambezi Lodges and the Goba people of Chiawa, championing a cultural tourism enterprise prototype that empowers local people to benefit directly from the tourism trade generated by the profusion of wildlife in the region. It is owned by the Chiawa community through the Tsika Development Company.

At the Chiawa Cultural Village, visitors will embark on a guided tour where they will learn about the lives of the Goba people, their traditions, trades, tools, edifices and arts including dance, song and handiwork of local craftspeople.

Boat Cruises

The Zambezi River offers a variety of additional activities that few, if any, other destinations can offer.  One such activity is a river safari which offers both morning and afternoon opportunities to view game from the comfort of a luxury boat.

Sit back and relax as your guide leisurely navigates the islands and main channels of the mighty Zambezi.  Cruise the river looking at game, birds and enjoy some of the most spectacular sunsets you are ever likely to see. All without the bumps and dust of game drives.

Morning coffee or evening sundowners can be enjoyed from either the boat or from your own island in the middle of the Zambezi River!

Basis

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

Day 11:        Time + Tide Chongwe River Camp, Lower Zambezi    

Basis

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

Day 12:        Nsefu Camp, South Luangwa National Park       

Day Itinerary

Mid morning direct  flight to South Luangwa National Park. Your guide will be expecting you for the  transfer/game drive  with wildlife sightings to your lodge.

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.

Overnight: Nsefu Camp      View iBrochure

Situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector on a magnificent meander on the Luangwa River across which elephants often cross lies the historic camp Nsefu. 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.

Standard room

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.

Basis

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

Day 13:        Nsefu Camp, South Luangwa National Park       

Activities

Game Drives
Boating Safari
Walking Safaris

Game Drives

Game drive safari

Basis

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

Day 14:        Nsefu Camp, South Luangwa National Park       

Day Itinerary

Vehicle and walking safaris.

Basis

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

Day 15:        Time + Tide Nsolo, South Luangwa National Park      

Day Itinerary

Today head further north in the Park.

South Luangwa National Park

As previously described

Overnight: Time + Tide Nsolo     

One of the most historical camps in Zambia, Time + Tide Nsolo Camp is the quintessential barefoot luxury experience. With a design inspired by its intimate riverside setting, it is a haven of comfort amid the wild setting. Lounge on your shady private deck, watching the daily parade of wildlife visiting the permanent river lagoon. Between game drives, relax into the cosy ambiance of the camp, listening to the resident hippo pod and watching kingfishers hover and dip delicately over the water’s surface. There is no thrill like hearing the lions calling all night, then heading out at first light to track them through the bush. Come, join us in this wild land and awaken your inner explorer.

Venture into one of the most game rich areas of the national park with our award winning guiding team on game drives and walking safaris. The South Luangwa is renowned for its world class predator action, with especially strong sightings of the elusive leopard. In the South Luangwa, expect large herds of elephants and rivers packed with hippos and crocs. Diverse habitat supports a wide variety of plains game and birdlife alongside the predators attracted to the abundance.

Time + Tide Nsolo Suites

One of the most historical camps in Zambia, Time + Tide Nsolo Camp is the quintessential barefoot luxury experience. With a design inspired by its intimate riverside setting, it is a haven of comfort amid the wild setting. Lounge on your shady private deck, watching the daily parade of wildlife visiting the permanent river lagoon. Between game drives, relax into the cosy ambiance of the camp, listening to the resident hippo pod and watching kingfishers hover and dip delicately over the water’s surface. There is no thrill like hearing the lions calling all night, then heading out at first light to track them through the bush. Come, join us in this wild land and awaken your inner explorer.

THE SUITES
+ 5 suites – one bedroom, one bathoom
+ Open air bathroom and outdoor shower
+ Private deck overlooking the bush
+ Double or twin configuration
+ Solar power, British three pin plugs in main lounge
+ No wifi and phone signal
+ Main lodge – dining area, lounge, bar and campfire

Basis

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

Day 16:        Time + Tide Nsolo, South Luangwa National Park      

Basis

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

Day 17:        Time + Tide Kakuli, South Luangwa National Park    

Day Itinerary

Day and night game drives, Walking and boating (seasonal) safaris.

South Luangwa National Park

As previously described

Overnight: Time + Tide Kakuli    

Perched high above the Luangwa River, Time + Tide Kakuli offers impressive vistas of the river and its many visitors below. Designed to celebrate the riverside setting, a stay at Time + Tide Kakuli is an awe-inspiring experience that allows you to reconnect with nature in a magnificent way. Freshly redesigned for 2018, the suites offer comfort in all seasons, and are thoughtfully appointed to ensure every guest enjoys their experience. Take in the panoramic views of the river from your private verandah, listening to the calls of nearby hippos and watching the giraffes and elephants that stop by for a drink. Marvel at the aerial acrobatics of emerald green bee-eaters hunting outside your tent. Slow down, unwind and fully immerse into this extraordinary wild land.

Venture into one of the most game rich areas of the national park with our award winning guiding team on game drives and walking safaris. The South Luangwa is renowned for its world class predator action, with especially strong sightings of the elusive leopard. In the South Luangwa, expect large herds of elephants and rivers packed with hippos and crocs. Diverse habitat supports a wide variety of plains game and birdlife alongside the predators attracted to the abundance.

Time + Tide Kakuli Suite

Perched high above the Luangwa River, Time + Tide Kakuli offers impressive vistas of the river
and its many visitors below. Designed to celebrate the riverside setting, a stay at Time + Tide Kakuli is an awe-inspiring experience that allows you to reconnect with nature in a magnificent way. Freshly redesigned, the suites offer comfort in all seasons, and are thoughtfully appointed to ensure every guest enjoys their experience. Take in the panoramic views of the river from your private verandah, listening to the calls of nearby hippos and watching the giraffes and elephants that stop by for a drink. Marvel at the aerial acrobatics of emerald green bee-eaters hunting outside your tent.
Slow down, unwind and fully immerse into this extraordinary wild land.

THE SUITES
– 4 suites – one bedroom, one bathroom
– Indoor and outdoor showers
– Private verandah with river views
– Double or twin configuration
– Solar power, British three pin plugs in main lounge
– No wifi and phone signal
– Main lodge – dining areas, lounge, bar and campfire

Basis

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

Day 18:        Time + Tide Kakuli, South Luangwa National Park    

Basis

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

Day 19:        End of Itinerary  

Day Itinerary

Transfer to airstrip for flight to Lusaka.

Please do not book your flight prior 13.00

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time Class Ref
  Scheduled   Elephant’s Eye, Hwange   Mana Pools Safari Lodge      
  (Scheduled)   Airstrip serving Chongwe Airstrip serving Nsefu 10:40    
  (Scheduled)   Mfuwe Airport [MFU] Kenneth Kaunda International Airport [LUN] 10:05    

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