Zambia Adventure Safari
Days 1 and 2 – Victoria Falls
On your arrival into Livingstone Airport you will be met and transferred to your lodge on the Zambezi River. You have 2 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 3, 4, 5 and 6 – Lower Zambezi National Park
From Livingstone you head to the Lower Zambezi National Park on the mighty Zambezi River. 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.
The rustic camps are located on 2 different islands in prime wildlife areas. The focus is on walking safaris and canoeing safaris, with the option to enjoy game drives and fishing if needed. The camps are basic fly-camps with comfy beds, bucket shower and flush toilet with the focus on being outdoors around the fire under the stars.
Spend 2 nights at Chula Camp where you enjoy walking safaris through winterthorn forests in the morning and in the afternoon head out on a canoeing safari returning to camp by speedboat. The following 2 nights are spent at Kutali Camp where you enjoy a morning canoeing safari followed by a game drive in the national park. In the afternoon you have the choice of a game drive, boat safari or to do some fishing.
Days 7, 8 and 9 – South Luangwa National Park
From the Lower Zambezi adventure, you head to the South Luangwa National Park, the most famous national park in Zambia one of the best places in Africa to see the elusive leopard. The area around the NSefu area of the park offers some of the best game viewing due to the mixed habitat.
The camp is on the banks of the Luangwa River and guests enjoy morning, afternoon and night game drives, as well as walking safaris, mountain biking, visits to the local village and in May guests can enjoy a scenic microlight safari (at additional cost).
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 – North Luangwa National Park
Today you fly north to one of the remotest and wildest national parks in Zambia and possibly Africa. The North Luangwa is a vast expanse of wilderness teeming with wildlife, but with only 3 small, bush camps open in the park, you are bound to have the place to yourself. North Luangwa is very well managed by Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife and enjoys significant support from the Frankfurt Zoological Society.
Mwaleshi Camp is located inside the park on a bend of the Mwaleshi River and within the very successful black rhino sanctuary. There are few roads in this part of the park and so the emphasis here is on walking safaris and tracking big game including elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and wild dog.
At Stanley Safaris we love walking safaris as this is the true way to experience Africa. Your senses become attuned to your surroundings as you track big game through the African bush, learning about the medicinal properties of plants as you go. The highly experienced guides “read” the tracks in the ground and interpret what went down before you arrived on the scene.
At the end of your Zambian Adventure Safari you head back to Lusaka in time for your onward flight home