What you can expect:
This safari covers the three premier parks of Zambia - The South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and the Kafue National Park. The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa.
The Luangwa River flows into the Zambezi River - just below the Lower Zambezi National Park. This park, scenically bordered by an impressive escarpment, has excellent game-viewing which can be viewed from either the river or by land. Quietly drifting past a huge Elephant feeding is a great experience not to be missed. The Kafue is one of the largest National Parks in Africa - and the ecology is different from the two river valleys.
The mature miombo woodland and the wide open flood plains of the Busanga host an abundance of mammal species and different birds species. Combining the three parks gives you an exceptional African safari.
On arrival at Mfuwe International Airport, a representative will meet you. Enjoy the one hour drive to Nkwali Camp through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. On private land and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park with a wide view of the Luangwa River, Nkwali Safari Camp is ideally situated for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms.
Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or arriving in the afternoon you can sit down for tea and enjoy the following afternoon / night game drive.
After an early breakfast, a transfer gamed rive through the South Luangwa Park will take you to a crossing point on the Luangwa River. The Nsefu staff will meet the party and provide for a boat to cross the river. On the 45 minute drive to Nsefu camp you will enjoy great game-viewing possibilities. Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties.
The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area and it still is. You will experience a true Africa safari in a atmosphere of tranquility and intimacy. The camp is on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River and consists of six round rondavals with luxurious en-suite facilities and a clear view of the river through large windows and from the new wooden verandas.
On arrival you will be shown to your rondavel and then lunch will be served followed by a well deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive.
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport (1.5 hours) for the flight to Lusaka (1.5 hours) and then onto the Lower Zambezi (30 mins). As you fly into the area, you will see the wide Zambezi River dotted with islands. Buffalo and Elephant are always seen feeding along with the pods of Hippos that rest on the edge of the sandbanks. The transfer to Chiawa Safari Camp is through the Lower Zambezi National Park and there is a great chance of gameviewing along the way.
Resting on the banks of the Zambezi under a lush grove of mahogany and acacia trees, eight spacious tents on elevated wooden platforms with en-suite facilities offer Chiawa's guests ample comfort and stunning views. Game-viewing in the pristine Lower Zambezi National Park is superb and big game, such as Elephant, Hippo, Buffalo and the big cats are even seen regularly in and around the camp! After a late lunch, there will be a chance for an afternoon game viewing activity - be it on the river or by vehicle.
After breakfast and farewells, a drive through the Lower Zambezi National Park will take you to the airstrip, where you will be transferred to your flight to the Kafue National Park (1.3 hours). Landing on the private airstrip of Lunga River Lodge you will be met with welcome drinks. The camp is only 5 minutes from the airstrip so you can settle soon into your spacious chalets. The main area overlooks the Lunga River and the craftsmanship of the bar and decking is exceptional.
The Lunga River Lodge also has a swimming pool and steam room. The river is clear and deep and lined with lush trees in which you will see an abundance of interesting birds. The Kafue area hosts many species of birds and mammals not (or rarely) seen in the Luangwa and Zambezi Valleys including Hartebeest and Sable antelope and Cheetah. Spend your days exploring the area with the option of boating, canoeing, walking or game drives.