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Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Location: Zambia - River Safari
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Zambia River Safari

A fascinating 7 night-8 day Zambia River Safari to explore the Luangwa River, transferring by boat between luxury lodges along the banks of the river. Enjoy an exciting mixture of walking safaris, game drives, and boating safaris in search of predators and other big game.

Zambia River Safari Highlights

  • Enjoy an exciting mixture of walking safaris, day and night game drives and sundowners on the river’s edge.
  • Safari from remote rustic bush camps situated in areas of outstanding beauty.
  • Pristine wilderness of the South Luangwa – the home of the walking safari.
  • The wilderness is fascinating and game sightings are astounding.
  • Diversity & abundance of South Luangwa Park

    Enjoy Game viewing by open 4X4 vehicles each morning and afternoon and exciting night drives in the park offering a diverse safari experience both on safari and while in camp.The areas visited are untouched and beautifully wild. You will not be disappointed.
  • ZAMBIA RIVER SAFARI ACCOMMODATION AND ROUTING

    Arrive at Mfuwe Airport, Zambia
    2 nights All Inclusive at Luangwa River Lodge
    3 nights All Inclusive at Nsefu Safari Camp
    2 nights All Inclusive at Nkwali Camp
    Depart from Mfuwe Airport, Zambia
  • Explore South Luangwa National Park

    The South Luangwa Valley is one of Africa’s last hidden jewels where time has stood still. Luangwa River Camp lies on the banks of the Luangwa River forming the border of the world renowned South Luangwa National Park in Zambia and marks the end of the Great Rift Valley. It is perhaps one of the few last unspoilt wilderness areas and one of the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa.
  • Abundant wildlife and prolific birdlife

    The concentration of game around the Luangwa River is fascinatingly alive with a wonderful variety of game and birds including the large predators. Nsefu’s bar overlooks a waterhole which makes it the perfect location to grab a drink, sit down and watch out for animals, especially leopards at night. Enjoy morning and evening game drives or a walking safari with professional guides.
  • Wildlife of South Luangwa National Park

    Elephant and buffalo occur in herds hundreds strong, and the park’s most numerous antelope species are impala and puku.

    The Luangwa Valley main predators are lion, leopard, spotted hyena and wild dog. Of these, lion are probably the most common, and their large prides are often easily spotted.

    South Luangwa has a top reputation as a first-class park for leopard. This is largely because leopard hunt nocturnally, and South Luangwa is one of Africa’s few national parks to allow spotlight night drives.

    Wild dog are uncommon, but sightings have been becoming much more common in recent years. They’re now regularly seen, especially around February to May, and it seems likely that their numbers are growing.

  • BEST TIME TO VISIT ZAMBIA

    The rains in Zambia come mostly in December, January, February and March.

    By April and May most of the rain has faded away, leaving a landscape that’s still green, but starting to dry out. Nighttime temperatures start to drop, especially in higher and more southerly locations.

    In June, July and August the nights have become much cooler, but the days are clear and warm. Make sure you bring warm clothes to wrap up if you’re out at night, as some nights get very cold! Most of Zambia’s small ‘walking bushcamps’ open at the start of June, when the roads have dried out sufficiently to allow access. This is the start of the ‘peak season’ for these countries – with often cloudless days and continually increasing game sightings.

    Into September and October the temperatures climb: the lower-lying rift valleys – Lower Zambezi, Mana Pools and Luangwa Valley – can get very hot in October. However, you’ll see some superb game as the animals concentrate around the limited water sources.

    November is variable; it can be hot and dry like October, or it can see the season’s first downpours. Often it’s a very interesting month as you can see both patterns on successive days.

Safari tips to enhance your experience:

Activities on a Zambia River Safari?

Luangwa River Camp lies on the banks of the Luangwa River forming the border of the world renowned South Luangwa National Park in Zambia and marks the end of the Great Rift Valley. It is perhaps one of the few last unspoilt wilderness areas and one of the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa.

  • read moreLuangwa River Camp Zambia

    Nestled under an ancient ebony grove and overlooking the Wafwa Oxbow Lagoon, lies the intimate and exclusive Luangwa River Camp, accommodating a maximum of five couples at any one time.

    The lodge accommodates ten people in five Bush Suites
    Each suite is unique in décor and opens onto a private deck
    Sunken bath tub and shower in every suite

    Two beautiful infinity pools, one sunk into the deck on two levels with a waterfall adjoining the two pools (one for swimming and the other for seating)

    Spa treatments available

    The camp is elevated on wooden decks affording great views to the park and river.

    Luangwa River Camp’s open plan lounge, dining area and revitalising infinity pool afford excellent game viewing opportunities and delicious dining under an endless canopy of African stars”

Positioned on a scenic bend of the Luangwa River, in South Luangwa National Park, the camp offers the perfect location for excellent game viewing and bird watching. The bar and lounge area is the best place to take in the scenic views and offers sensational game viewing without even leaving camp.

  • read more Nsefu Safari Camp Zambia

    Morning, afternoon and night drives plus guided walking safaris provide ample opportunity to see Luangwa’s wide variety of wildlife: elephant, lion and leopard are often spotted in the area, which also hosts the greatest density of hippo in Africa. Nsefu’s bar overlooks a waterhole which makes it the perfect location to grab a drink, sit down and watch out for animals, especially leopards at night.

    Accommodation:
    Nsefu’s six brick rondavels include a spacious, open-air en suite bathroom with wilderness views and a private wooden deck where you can relax and watch wildlife pass by your front door.

Nkwali Camp lies in an area of ebony woodland just outside the legendary South Luangwa National Park – access to the park is by boat. The area offers some of the best game viewing in the region: elephants can frequently be spotted crossing the river and the park is well-known for leopard, hippo and giraffe sightings.

  • read more Nkwali Camp Zambia

    Game viewing by open 4X4 vehicles takes place each morning and afternoon and exciting night drives in the park are also possible. Another highlight is to skim through the waterways in search of wildlife in one of the lodge’s three swamp boats.

    Highlights
    Located in a prime game viewing region
    Excellent game viewing from camp
    Family-friendly safari camp & activities
    Birder’s paradise with over 400 bird species

    Camp Facilities
    Swimming Pool
    Wildlife Bar
    Laundry service
    Library

    The bar at Nkwali is situated on the banks of the river and provides the perfect spot for watching elephant herds cross the Luangwa River.

    Accommodation:
    Nkwali Camp is made up of six chalets overlooking the river.
    The chalets are open at the front during the day to let the view in and enable you to watch elephant, hippo and other animals at the river from the comfort of your bed or private sitting area.

    The en-suite bathrooms are partially open to the sky to allow for showers under the stars.


Zambia River Safari Itinerary:

Day 1 – Arrive at Mfuwe Airport, Zambia – Luangwa

Arrive in Mfuwe Airport, where you will be met and transferred to Luangwa River Camp. This private lodge is built on raised wooden decks and offers breathtaking views over the Luangwa River. Check in at your lovely bush suite and settle in.
Overnight: Luangwa River Camp – All Inclusive basis

Day 2 – Explore the Luangwa Valley

Select from a range of fantastic activities from safari game drives, boat trips or walking safaris with experience guides. Expect to see amazing wildlife such as big cats and beautiful bird varieties. Unwind beside the infinity swimming pool or in the open-plan lounge, or enjoy a holistic massage treatment.

Dine on French-inspired fusions created by expert chefs, and for something truly special, opt for a candlelit bush picnic beside the beautiful lake.
Overnight: Luangwa River Camp – All Inclusive basis

Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5 – Nsefu Camp Safari

Today you will transfer by 2-hour boat trip to Nsefu Camp on a bend of the Luangwa River. Keep a lookout for spectacular birdlife and elephant or lion on the river bank. Settle in before enjoying a delicious lunch.

Spend the next few flexible days exploring the area on morning walks or game drives. For something more adventurous, spend a night fly-camping in the wilderness. Spot leopard, giraffe, and elephant that cross the river, admire interesting African plants, and see some of the 400 resident bird species.

Enjoy lunch beneath a tree and unwind in Nsefu’s bar area which overlooks a waterhole thus creating the ultimate location for game viewing.
All Inclusive at Nsefu Safari Camp

Day 6 and Day 7 –Nkwali Camp
Fantastic game-viewing

Set off on another boat trip to Nkwali Camp, situated on a bend of the Luangwa River, overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. Depending on your arrival time, enjoy a lovely lunch or afternoon tea, followed by an exciting night game drive.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast around the campfire before spending your time at Nkwali leisurely exploring the area in search of wildlife; ranging from lion and hippo, to buffalo.

Return to the camp and cool off in the refreshing swimming pool or relax in your lovely room with splendid river views.
All Inclusive at Nkwali Camp

Day 8 – Departure
Farewell to Zambia

After your final breakfast around the campfire, transfer to Mfuwe Airport for your onward flight.


Zambia River Safari

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