Days One to Three - South Luangwa National Park
Your Zambian river adventure starts today, when you're met on arrival at Lusaka Airport and assisted for your connecting flight to Mfuwe in South Luangwa. Upon arrival in Mfuwe, you'll transfer through native villages to Flatdogs Camp, where you'll enjoy a three night stay. The camp, one of the only 'family friendly' camps in the Luangwa, is ideally situated adjacent to the main entrance of the South Luangwa National Park, with a mixed accommodation of chalet rooms and en suite safari tents set on platforms overlooking the river. The Luangwa is one of Zambia's mighty rivers, and meanders from north to south of the park, shaping much of the park's character. Along with the oxbow lakes, which eventually silt up and grass over, the Luangwa produces the extraordinary game viewing to be enjoyed in the park, along with the spectacular scenery of grassy glades, ebony trees and lagoons teaming with birdlife. South Luangwa National Park has a reputation for excellent leopard sightings, but it also plays host to large populations of all the major African mammals (with the exception of rhinoceros). You'll set out on your first game activity this afternoon, with further opportunities for early morning and late afternoon game activities throughout your stay at Flatdogs, and you have a choice of open vehicle game drives or walking safaris, one of the most thrilling ways to search for wildlife.
Days Four to Six - South Luangwa National Park
Tuck into breakfast and then head out to Chichele Presidential Lodge, once the hilltop private retreat of Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda. Set amidst lush forest, the lodge boasts panoramic views across South Luangwa's game-rich valleys. Upon arrival, you'll enjoy lunch before heading out for a game drive, and the Chichele Presidential Lodge offers night game drives, giving you fascinating insights into the bush after dark, spotting animals seldom seen during the day, and even combining game viewing with sundowners. You'll have more opportunities to view game in fascinating walking safaris or game drives during days five and six, exploring the open dambos (shallow wetlands) and ox-bow lagoons and their residents.
Days Seven to Nine - Lower Zambezi National Park
Say goodbye to South Luangwa today as, after breakfast, you'll head back to Mfuwe airport for your flight to Jeki in the Lower Zambezi (via Lusaka). On arrival at Jeki, your guide will meet you and drive you to Anabezi Camp, looking out for game and wildlife en route. Situated at the lower end of Zambezi National Park, the Anabezi Camp is set on the site originally chosen during the days of British colonialism as the Governor's retreat, and the ruins of his camp half a mile away lend a certain historic atmosphere to the setting. Luxurious and spacious tents, complete with both indoor and outdoor bathrooms and a plunge pool, are set on raised timber platforms at the edge of a ridge, offering splendid views of both the Zambezi River and Mushika River flood plain, a year-round grazing ground, making for splendid game viewing from the comfort of your own tent. When not game viewing, you can cool off with a refreshing dip in the camp's swimming pools, and star gaze at night by the fire-pit area, listening to the sounds of the wild. Lying on the banks of the Zambezi as it flows towards Mozambique, the Lower Zambezi National Park features floodplains, grasslands, and lush forests, attracting an equally diverse range of wildlife, particularly large herds of elephants for whom the riverine forests make an ideal habitat. You'll often find elephants coming to bathe and wallow in the river and its tributaries, and the lagoons also attract hippos and buffaloes. The Zambezi is one of the best places to see animals from the water, with canoe trips offering excellent game viewing, while the waters of the Zambezi are one of the best places for tiger fish. During your stay at Anabezi, you'll have plenty of opportunities to view the exquisite wildlife on walking safaris, traditional game drives in open vehicles, and canoe safaris.
Day Ten - Depart
This morning, you can enjoy a lie-in, or a final chance to spot game on a short morning activity, before transferring to Jeki Airstrip for your flight to Lusaka, where you'll be met and assisted with your onward flight. You may wish to extend your holiday (perhaps to Livingstone to experience the majesty of the Victoria Falls, and maybe get some thrills on adrenaline-fuelled adventures), or return home; either way, we can make arrangements for you.
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South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park
Lower Zambezi National Park