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Big Game & Golf Safari Zambia Tour 8

Big Game Areas and Victoria Falls

Tour 8 - Trip Summary: 8 Nights / 9 Days

  • Day 1, 2 & 3 - Puku Ridge Camp, South Luangwa National Park
  • Day 4, 5 & 6 - Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Day 7 & 8     - Sussi & Chuma Lodge, Bordering Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone
  • Day 9            - Depart for home from Livingstone International Airport

Safari starts in Lusaka, Zambia
Light aircraft transfer to Mfuwe International Airport, followed by a road transfer to South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park – Puku Ridge Camp – 3 Nights

Included: All meals, local beverages, laundry service, daily activities, private guide & private vehicle* (*with private tour option).

South Luangwa National Park

The Luangwa Valley – comprising a number of National Parks of which South Luangwa NP is considered to have the finest game viewing – is the gem in Zambia’s tourist crown. The region is home to 60 mammals and over 400 bird species. The lifeblood of the valley is, of course, the Luangwa River – considered to be one of Africa’s last virgin rivers with no disturbance or off-take from source to mouth – that supports high densities hippo and crocodile and an equally impressive array of bird and mammal species along its banks. It is renowned for it’s leopard, lion, buffalo and elephant sightings in addition to rare birds such as the Pel’s fishing-owl. The Luangwa is flanked by mopane woodland, scrub, savannah and low hills that result in this high biodiversity.

Puku Ridge Camp

Perched on an escarpment overlooking a floodplain, the intimate Puku Ridge Camp offers stunning vistas with perfect game sighting opportunities. Constructed to blend into their surroundings, each of Puku Ridge's seven luxury tents have wrap-around views of the floodplains. Generous and comfortable, each tent has an en-suite bathroom with bath tub and shower, as well as an outdoor shower, and a private viewing deck.

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Road transfer to Mfuwe followed by light aircraft transfer to Lower Zambezi National Park.

Lower Zambezi National Park – Chiawa Camp – 3 Nights

Included: All meals, local beverages, laundry service, daily activities, private guide & private vehicle* (*with private tour option).

Lower Zambezi National Park

The spectacular Lower Zambezi National Park spans 400 000 hectares (1 million acres) of pristine wilderness. It is situated adjacent to Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools Reserve, creating a giant expanse of protected wilderness, and boasts breathtaking vistas of the Zambezi River, as well as lush riverine surrounds. It is not uncommon to see large herds of elephant quenching their thirst and enjoying a good mud bath along the riverbanks, as well as leopard, buffalo and lion. The park offers a wonderful collection of habitats, which are home to a superb diversity of animals. Visitors can explore the marshy Zambezi channels, floodplains bordered by mopane forests, hilly woodlands and the park’s open valley floor. Unlike the Luangwa River, the Zambezi is navigable year round so most camps offer a full variety of water activities alongside their standard walking and driving options.

Chiawa Camp is located in a beautiful location shaded by large riverine trees on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Main areas include a thatched lounge/bar area with upstairs viewing deck, two game viewing hides, a swimming pool with sun deck, and a secluded exercise area. Each of the en-suite tents with bath and shower are a sanctuary of luxury and tranquility and boast views over the Zambezi River. Chiawa offers a diverse range of activities including game drives, bush walks, canoeing, boating and angling.

Chiawa Camp

Light aircraft transfer to Lusaka followed by scheduled commercial flight to Livingstone.

Bordering Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone – Sussi & Chuma Lodge – 2 Nights

Included: All meals, local beverages, laundry service, daily activities, private guide & private vehicle* (*with private tour option).

Livingstone and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

The town of Livingstone has become Zambia's tourist capital. It is a bustling town of 200 000 people and is the only place in the country that has maintained its name given by the British when the country was a colony, all other names having been changed to local African names since independence. This is testament to the reverence with which the local people still hold the name of David Livingstone, the famous missionary / doctor / explorer who spent a lot of time in the area and was the first European to see the Falls, naming them in honour of Queen Victoria. Most visitors are drawn to the historic town for Victoria Falls, but the town has attractions of its own, most notably an interesting colonial history combined with a very African ambience. The Livingstone Museum, housing a collection of David Livingstone memorabilia including letters, clothing, and medicine box, is the oldest museum in Zambia. Highlights also include Tonga ritual artifacts, a life-size model African village, and displays depicting the transition to independence. There are a number of adventure sports in and around Livingstone and the Falls and river cruises on the Zambezi.

Livingstone is situated a short distance from the Victoria Falls, the largest single waterfall in the world by volume in peak flood and a member of the old Seven Natural Wonders of the World (the new Seven Wonders excludes this waterfall). Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – meaning ‘The smoke that thunders’ – Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. Columns of spray can be seen from many miles away as 750 000 tons of water plummet over the edge every minute at the height of the flood season. The Falls are 1 mile (1,5km) wide and average 330 feet (100m) high. The wide basalt cliff, over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a wide placid river to a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height and capped by mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor who is prepared to brave the tremendous spray with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls. One special vantage point is across the Knife-Edge Bridge where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge and the Lookout Tree that commands a panoramic view across the Main Falls. Mosi-oa-Tunya NP, a protected area of 16,500 acres literally abuts the town and is home to a wide diversity of animals – including the country’s only white rhino – but lacks predators.

Sussi & Chuma Lodge

This beautiful lodge comprises 12 luxury ‘tree-houses’ that are built into the canopy of majestic ebony trees lining the river bank, 12 km’s upstream of the Victoria Falls. The air-conditioned rooms all with their own private viewing deck boast superb views over the white waters of the Zambezi. The main lodge commands prime position overlooking a magnificent stretch of rapids and comprises a lounge, bar, dining room, pool, spa, and numerous decks overlooking the river.

Sussi & Chuma Lodge

Road transfer to Livingstone International Airport.

The Safari ends in Livingstone


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Written by :
Trevor Carnaby
 
 

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