Project Description

FALLS AND SOUTH LUANGWA CLASSIC

10 Days & 9 Nights | Zambia

Victoria Falls & South Luangwa National Park

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HIGHLIGHTS

GREAT FOR

Honeymooners – small camps in truly beautiful settings

Photographers – South Luangwa has unparalleled birding

AVAILABLE ACTIVITIES

Victoria Falls tour

Game drives

Birding

Sundowners

Boating

Seasonal catch-and-release fishing

Cultural tours

Nature walks

BEST TIME TO GO

High Season:  July to October

Green Season:  November to June

OVERVIEW

Zambia is the secret gem that may not attract as much attention as others but quietly delivers bucketloads of adventure, beautiful lodges and superb game viewing. This trip has been designed for those who want sophisticated settings while still preserving the feel of an authentic safari.

Start with time on a gorgeous island lodge: Sindabezi promises a romantic atmosphere while being within striking distance of the Victoria Falls. Then it’s a deep dive into South Luangwa National Park and some of its most distinctive camps where attention to detail, expert guiding and productive game viewing are the order of the day. This journey is perfect for first-timers or honeymooners to southern Zambia who want a balance of comfort and rusticity.

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THIS ITINERARY WAS DESIGNED BY JOANNE

One of the few places that offers a true walking safari – between camps – rather than just a simple nature walk. I love Zambia because it is still very authentic: up on the Busanga Plains in Kafue, you’ll have a true picture of Africa at its most pristine and untouched.

TRIP SUMMARY

DURATION

10 Days / 9 Nights

DESTINATIONS VISITED

Victoria Falls, Zambia

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

ACCOMMODATIONS VISITED

DAILY ITINERARY

Your driver will be waiting at Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone to get you started on your Zambian safari. To reach Sindabezi Island Camp in the middle of the Zambezi River, you’ll be boated across – a magical way to arrive.

Upstream from the famous Victoria Falls, Sindabezi grants you the best of both worlds: proximity to the Falls and all the fun they have to offer, and a serene haven to truly unwind, right on the water’s edge…

Why we love Sindabezi Island Camp:

  • Thatched eco-chalets with pretty views
  • Discreet honeymoon chalet with outdoor bathtub
  • Sundowners on a sandbar in the Zambezi
  • Private island picnics or dinners on the sampan
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A new adventure begins as you’re returned to the airport for your flight to Mfuwe Airstrip at the gate to South Luangwa National Park. Soon you’re being welcomed to Mfuwe Lodge, modern accommodation near the gate so you avoid a long road transfer.

This is a great place to spend the night before venturing into the wilderness. A huge treat awaits Green Season guests: from November, the lodge sees elephants walk through the lobby to find marula fruit on the grounds!

Why we love Mfuwe Lodge:

  • Fresh-air gym for outdoor workouts
  • A library and media centre for photographers
  • Bush spa with views over the dambo or lagoon
  • Air conditioning in all chalets
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After a hearty breakfast on the deck, puku and impala likely grazing on the nearby floodplain, it’s time for your first game drive as you make your way to Chindeni Bushcamp. Elegant, simple and comfortable, it takes its name from the Chindeni Hills. Its location on a permanent lagoon means there is usually animal activity around.

Your days will be passed with unhurried nature walks with a guide and ranger, or twice-daily game drive to find elephants, lions and hyenas.

Why we love Chindeni Bushcamp:

  • Pared-back design allows the landscape to shine
  • Breath-taking position right on the lagoon
  • Elevated tents and communal areas for uninterrupted views
  • Excellent birding from your private deck
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The final stretch of your safari kicks off with a road transfer from Chindeni to its sister camp, Bilimungwe. Charming, cosy and shaded by a big mahogany tree, it has just four rooms for a truly intimate atmosphere. Vivid pops of colour against the timber are provided by traditional fabrics – and matched by some of the birdlife found outside!

Visit the camp’s three permanent waterholes to see who’s drinking, who’s stalking and who’s being ambushed – this is game viewing like no other.

Why we love Bilimungwe Bushcamp:

  • Very small camp ideal for couples
  • Generally, a resident hippo in the camp’s lagoon
  • Great proximity to several waterholes
  • Wonderful sundowners on the Kapamba River
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Sadly, all good things must come to an end but, hopefully, you’re leaving with indelible memories and some interesting sightings from your time in Zambia. Whether it was being awed by the sheer size of the Victoria Falls, feeling the warm air as you glide across the Zambezi or finding the bird you’ve always wanted to see, this trip should deliver.

Today you wave goodbye to the staff at ‘Bili’ and fly from South Luangwa to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital.

INCLUDED

  • All activities specified
  • All transfers specified
  • All meals, drinks and sundowners
  • Laundry

EXCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Items from the safari shop
  • Pre- and post-itinerary accommodation
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance, tests and vaccinations where stipulated
  • Tips / gratuities

PRICE IS IMPORTANT

This itinerary is here to inspire you and prices may change due to availability, season and the year that you plan to travel.
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