Project Description

WALKING WITH WILDLIFE

10 Days & 9 Nights | Zambia

South Luangwa National Park & North Luangwa National Park

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HIGHLIGHTS

GREAT FOR

Honeymooners – adventurous couples who enjoy hiking

Photographers – different perspective from a vehicle

Families – teenagers and up who like ‘roughing it’

AVAILABLE ACTIVITIES

Game drives

Walking safari

Nature walks

Hide viewing

Birding

Sundowners

Bicycling

Seasonal microlighting

Cultural tours

Canoeing

BEST TIME TO GO

High Season:  July to October

Green Season:  November to June

OVERVIEW

Three of Zambia’s heaviest hitters make up this comprehensive itinerary that could include everything from kayaking with elephants and spotting hundreds of bird species to game drives in a truly remote destination and being awed by the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Add cultural tours, nature walks and seasonal catch-and-release fishing and you have the rare journey that truly has something for everyone.

You begin in beautiful South Luangwa National Park, fed by the Zambezi River that comes down the Victoria Falls. Then you overnight in Lusaka, a growing metropolis and the country’s capital. From urban to wilderness is your next move as you fly into remote Kafue National Park. The finale is time near the unforgettable Victoria Falls.

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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 Nights / 9 Days

DESTINATIONS VISITED

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

North Luangwa National Park, Zambia

ACCOMMODATIONS VISITED

DAILY ITINERARY

From Lusaka, you take a light aircraft to Mfuwe Airport, where you’re met by your driver for the road transfer through South Luangwa National Park. After a morning of travelling, Tafika Camp and all its hospitality will be a welcome sight.

Set on the meandering but unpredictable Luangwa River, it is the ideal stop on your first night of this trip. Game drives and guided walks will introduce you to the topography, wildlife and vegetation found in this fascinating park.

Why we love Tafika Camp:

  • Soaring thatched roofs provide natural air conditioning
  • Two hides for keen birders and photographers
  • In May, unique microlighting safaris over the park
  • Mountain biking and night drives are on offer
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Today’s the big day: the first stretch of your walking safari! Setting off in the cool of the early morning, your guide, an armed park ranger and a tea porter will lead the way from Tafika to Big Lagoon (previously known as Crocodile River Camp). Best of all, your luggage will be specially portered so only a light daypack is needed.

Walking is a brilliant way to connect to birds, insects, reptiles, fungi, flowers and all the little things in nature.

Why we love Big Lagoon (Crocodile River Camp):

  • Only three chalets for very small groups
  • Back to basics while completely comfortable
  • Total disconnection from the Internet
  • Stunning location under mature ebony trees
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After two nights of being sensitised the night sounds of Africa and relishing hot bucket showers, today you spend the morning walking to Big Lagoon’s sister camp – Chikoko Tree. Again, long walks are full of surprises, from a sleeping leopard to a breeding herd of ellies.

Like Big Lagoon, Chikoko is very rustic and is rebuilt from scratch by local artisans using traditional methods every season. Open-air showers, simple rooms and food rustled up right over the fire complete the picture.

Why we love Chikoko Tree Camp:

  • Just three chalets built into the tree canopy
  • Enchanting views of the popular acacia grove
  • Blissfully balmy evenings around the campfire
  • A digital detox to reset and refocus
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Lace up your boots again as you walk to Chikoko Crossing where a canoe will be waiting to ferry you across the Luangwa River. From there, a driver will take you to Luzuki Airstrip for your light-aircraft flight to Mwaleshi Airstrip in North Luangwa National Park.

Not as visited as its southern counterpart, North Luangwa is wilder and remoter. Three very relaxing nights here give you plenty of time to explore this Eden on foot and by game drive vehicle.

Why we love Mwaleshi Camp:

  • Four chalets for a small camp with true intimacy
  • Within a rhino sanctuary so chance of seeing Big 5
  • Swimming in the Mwaleshi River on a hot afternoon
  • Switching off from all phones and other devices
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After so much walking, you may actually enjoy just sitting back today as you reverse your journey. A drive to Mwaleshi Airstrip sees you catch the flight to Mfuwe Airport in South Luangwa, from where you fly back to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka.

As a complete break from the outside world in some of Africa’s most productive wildlife areas, little can beat this itinerary that has been created to appeal to enthusiastic hikers, campers, trekkers and birders alike.

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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