Best of Zambia Safari
Days 1, 2 and 3 – Victoria Falls
On your arrival into Livingstone Airport you will be met and transferred to your lodge on the Zambezi River. You have 3 nights to explore and enjoy the area around Victoria Falls. There is so much to see and do while you are on a Zambezi safari. Aside from visiting the mighty Victoria Falls, most of the lodges along the Zambian side of the river include sunset cruises along the Zambezi, tracking the white rhino of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, canoeing the upper Zambezi and island picnics.
For the more adventurous, there is a lot more to do including helicopter flights over the Victoria Falls, microlight flights over the Victoria Falls, bungee jumping and white-water rafting.
Days 4, 5 and 6 – Kafue National Park
From Livingstone you get a short flight into the heart of the Kafue National Park, one of the largest national parks in Zambia. Shumba Camp is situated in the famous Busanga Plains in the north and offers some of the best game viewing in Africa, completely away from the crowds. The camp is named after the many lions of the million-hectare Busanga Plains. The area is very open and consists of floodplains, wooded islands and grasslands home to lechwe, puku, buffalo and other plains game. Predators are not far behind with lions making up the majority with cheetah and leopard also found in the area.
Whilst in the Kafue National Park enjoy morning, afternoon and night game drives as well as boating excursions on the river (subject to water levels). One of the highlights and unique experiences of the area is the chance to get up above the floodplains in a hot-air balloon.
Days 7, 8 and 9 – South Luangwa National Park
From Kafue you head east to Lusaka and onwards to the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia’s most famous reserve and probably one of the best places in Africa to see the elusive leopard. The South Luangwa is completely different to Kafue and is more of a traditional African bush with open grasslands, riverine woodlands, rivers and thick bush.
From Mfuwe Airport it is a 45-minute drive to the park entrance and then from there a slow game drive inside the park to the camp of your choice.
The South Luangwa is also renowned as the home of the walking safari. Experienced guides and game scouts take guests on short bush walks, longer walking safaris and even multi-day walking safaris between camps.
The South Luangwa is home to leopard, lion, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and so much more. Spend your days enjoying morning, afternoon and night game drives with experienced guides. It is highly recommended to enjoy at least one walking safari while you are here. The walks are tailored to the guests in the group and are more focussed on the smaller aspects of the bush – typically the things you miss when you are in a game drive vehicle. Often guides will focus on tracking animals, teaching guests more about the medicinal uses of the plants and trees and showing guests the insects and spiders that aren’t seen from the back of a vehicle. Walking safaris are our favourite safari experience when in Africa.
Days 10, 11 and 12 – Lower Zambezi National Park
Your Zambian Safari continues with a flight south to the Lower Zambezi National Park, overlooking Mana Pools in Zimbabwe. This incredible national park has the Zambezi Escarpment on one side and the Zambezi River on the other side, forming a natural barrier for the wildlife. The floodplain is covered by tall ana-trees that create the most amazing photo opportunities as the light is broken by the canopy and filters down to the animals below.
The Lower Zambezi National Park is home to large elephant bulls, herds of buffalo, lion, leopard, wild dog, zebra and so much more. Down on the river you get huge pods of hippos and massive crocodiles basking in the sun.
Activity wise, there is a lot to do for guests who can enjoy morning, afternoon and evening game drives, walking safaris, canoeing safaris and boating safaris on the Zambezi River.
Your Zambian Safari experience ends with a flight back to Lusaka in time for your onward flight back home.