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Zambian Safari Highlight Tour

PRIVATE TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 6825

Private Tour Highlights

  • Start off the stay at the lodge with a fresh bush breakfast
  • Have an experience free of the negative effects of tourism
  • See the Thornicroft Giraffe which is endemic to this area
  • Big Game viewing in the pristine Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Embark on an all-day picnic drive to explore the park
  • See Buffalo and Elephants along the Zambezi River
  • Channel your inner angler on a Zambezi fishing trip
  • Make friends with the pods of hippos that rest on the edge of the sandbanks
  • Extremely flexible activities from drives, walks, boat cruises, canoeing and fishing
  • Visit one of the local communities away from the bustling tourist traps
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Tour Overview

Enjoy a safari through South Luangwa National Park, also known as the Luangwa Valley. This National Park marks the end of the Great Rift Valley and is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas, and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary, in Africa. The lower Zambezi was a private reserve of Zambia’s president up until the early 1980s when it was declared a national park. As such, the park has been protected from the effects of mass tourism, and remains a refuge of pristine wilderness in Africa.

This trip starts in the South Luangwa National Park and moves from there to the Lower Zambezi National Park. From the southern tip of the Great Rift Valley in the South Luangwa National Park to the low, flat floodplains of the Lower Zambezi your trip will be filled with new experiences, sights, sounds and smells. You will be exposed to the animals of the African wilderness, as the Lower Zambezi game viewing is superb and big game such as elephant, hippo, buffalo and the big cats are even seen regularly in and around the camp, and the South Luangwa hosts huge concentrations of game including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo, and over 400 species of birds.

Inclusions
Price includes:
One way domestic flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe.
One way domestic flight from Mfuwe to Royal Zambezi Airstrip.
One way domestic flight from Royal Zambezi Airstrip to Lusaka.
Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, All transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling. Guided tours in English including all entrance fees, Meals where specified, Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote).

Notes:

* This trip is not available from November 15th to April 1st due to heavy rains and flooding.
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Pricing Details
  3-Star 4-Star 5-Star Luxury
Double £$5339 £$6825 £$7507 N/A
Single £$5747 £$7369 £$8106 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Lusaka

Overnight international flight to Lusaka.

Overnight international flight to Lusaka.

Day
2

Lusaks – Mfuwe – South Luangwa National Park

Arrive at Lusaka International Airport and connect with the flight to Mfuwe. Arrive at Mfuwe airport, reception and transfer to a lodge of choice in South Luangwa National Park. Enjoy dinner and evening at leisure.

Arrive at Lusaka International Airport and connect with the flight to Mfuwe. Arrive at Mfuwe airport, reception and transfer to a lodge of choice in South Luangwa National Park. Enjoy dinner and evening at leisure.

Day
3

Campfire breakfast & game viewing

At dawn, breakfast is served around a campfire with porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after. The game in the area is excellent and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, known as the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid-morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken at a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid-day. After lunch cool off around camp or siesta. Following tea, go out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world, returning to camp about 20.00 hours (8:00 pm) with dinner generally at 20.30 (8:30pm) ...read less

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Day
4

Exploring South Luangwa

Today offers a chance to drive or walk through the South Luangwa. This might be an ideal day, depending on the heat and time of year, to explore the park possibly with an all day picnic drive, OR choose instead to visit one of the local communities. This community tourism initiative is a great opportunity to meet local people and experience life in a real non-tourist village. If visiting the local community is of interest, it is best to mention this to the consultant at the time of booking.

Today offers a chance to drive or walk through the South Luangwa. This might be an ideal day, depending on the heat and time of year, to explore the park possibly with an all day picnic drive, OR choose instead to visit one of the local communities. This community tourism initiative is a great opportunity to meet local people and experience life in a real non-tourist village. If visiting the local community is of interest, it is best to mention this to the consultant at the time of booking.

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Day
5

South Luangwa on wheels or on foot

Again today a chance to drive or walk through the South Luangwa is offered. Today may be the ideal day to explore the park with an all day picnic drive or choose a visit to the local community instead. If visiting the local community is of interest, it is best to mention to this to the travel consultant at the time of booking.

Again today a chance to drive or walk through the South Luangwa is offered. Today may be the ideal day to explore the park with an all day picnic drive or choose a visit to the local community instead. If visiting the local community is of interest, it is best to mention to this to the travel consultant at the time of booking.

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Day
6

South Luangwa – Royal Zambezi

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Breakfast at dawn and then transfer to the airport for a flight to the Royal Zambezi Airport in Lower Zambezi National Park. Upon arrival at the airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Flying through the area, see the wide Zambezi River, flecked with islands. Buffalo and elephant are always seen feeding along with the pods of hippos that rest on the edge of the sandbanks. Activities are extremely flexible and with individuals choosing from drives, walks, boat cruises, canoeing and fishing. 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! Take the afternoon at leisure to explore the beautiful surroundings. ...read less

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Day
7

Day of activities on the Zambezi

Today choose an activity of choice to engage in for the day. There are various activities to choose from. Not only on offer are exciting day and night drives and bush walks, but guests can choose their own itinerary for the day from a selection of canoe trips, river safaris on safe, stable pontoon boats and catch & release angling for the infamous tiger fish.

Today choose an activity of choice to engage in for the day. There are various activities to choose from. Not only on offer are exciting day and night drives and bush walks, but guests can choose their own itinerary for the day from a selection of canoe trips, river safaris on safe, stable pontoon boats and catch & release angling for the infamous tiger fish.

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Day
8

International flight home via Lusaka

Transfer to Royal Zambezi Airport for an early flight back to Lusaka, to transfer to an international flight back home, or overlap with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Transfer to Royal Zambezi Airport for an early flight back to Lusaka, to transfer to an international flight back home, or overlap with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

South Luangwa National Park, Mpika, Northern, Zambia

Lower Zambezi National Park, Chongwe, Lusaka, Zambia

Places You'll See

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    South Luangwa

    The Luangwa Valley marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, and is possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It. The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo, and over 400 species of birds.

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    Lower Zambezi

    A private reserve of Zambia’s president up until the early 1980s when it was declared a national park is Zambezi. As such, the park has been protected from the effects of mass tourism, and it remains an area of untouched wilderness in Africa. This national park is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River providing the perfect setting for a traditional safari.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

South Luangwa : Kafunta Lodge

Lower Zambezi : Kasaka River Lodge

4 Star Properties

Lower Zambezi : Chongwe River Lodge

5 Star Properties

South Luangwa : Puku Ridge Lodge

South Luangwa : Chichele Presidential Lodge

Lower Zambezi : Chiawa Lodge

Testimonials

Joel M.

Traveled August, 2014

Everything was perfect! Guides were wonderful!

Everything was perfect! Guides were wonderful! I especially loved the Chitwa Chitwa. The experiences here were fabulous, including eating dinner with a family of elephants, including a baby. From our room and the lodge we saw a herd of Hippos, crocodiles in the morning and two lions. On the drive we saw an Impala in a tree which had been killed by a lion. Then shortly thereafter we saw a leopard leap up into the tree to eat the impala. We also went to an art opening, and liked a painting so much that we decided to buy it and take it home. It was her first painting to sell and she was so happy she gave it to me. I hope in some way my trip to South Africa, may have changed this student’s life, who will now have more confidence as an artist.

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Bill

Traveled May, 2012

We had an amazing time

Africa exceeded every expectation that we had. The weather was outstanding, the food was good. The guides (with the exception of Johannesburg) were great. I only wound up taking 687 pictures. I’m now trying to get these into my computer and into a file that I can send to my friends. They all want to see what we experienced. I have mentioned Yampu several times to friends, telling them how pleased we were with your services. We won’t hesitate to recommend you and Yampu in the future. Thanks for playing such a great role in making this a most unforgettable vacation.

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