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Zambia has more natural water resources than any other southern African country, including a myriad of other falls dotted across the country. It also has one of Africa’s greatest rivers, the Zambezi River.This luxurious safari combines some of Zambia’s well-known gems. From the roaring Victoria Falls to the renowned South Luangwa National Park and the magnificent Lower Zambezi National Park. This is one safari that will appeal to people eager for a more tranquil safari experience in a pristine environment.
Days 1 - 3 Livingstone
Overnight: The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls by Anantara (BB)
On arrival in Livingstone, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will stay for 2 nights. A guided day trip to the mighty Vic Falls is included in your itinerary. Victoria Falls does have a lot of other activities (soft adventure) to offer so please contact us for more information.
Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is nicknamed “Mosi-oa-Tunya” or “The Smoke that Thunders”. It is the greatest curtain of falling water in the world and is almost 2 km wide with water that thunders over the cliff and drops into a deep gorge over 100 metres below.
David Livingstone first viewed the falls from the island before the first drop in November 1855. He named the site Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) in honor of the queen, and the island was called Livingstone Island (Zambia) after him.
While guests viewing the falls on the Zimbabwe side can enjoy the cascading falls, those brave adventurers on the Zambia side can swim in the Zambezi River, and at some points get so close to the falls that they can safely sit at the very edge. The Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool, is on the edge of a sheer drop.
Because of Zambia’s close proximity to Zimbabwe, guests who wish to view the falls from the Zimbabwe side, can easily expand their trip to do so.
Day 3 - 6 South Luangwa National Park
Overnight: Chinzombo Lodge - Private Villa (FB + local beverages)
Early in the morning, you will be dropped off at Livingstone airport for your flight to South Luangwa National Park. Depending on the flight schedules, there might be a stop-over in Lusaka. On arrival at Mkuze Airport you will be met by a representative of the lodge and you will be transferred in an open vehicle to Chinzombo Lodge.
South Luangwa National Park is Zambia's flagship park. The Luangwa River has the most intact major river system in Africa and the concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. Animals of all kinds love the riverbanks and the ox bow lagoons giving visitors superb opportunities to watch them. Night drives are especially rewarding, giving a good chance to see some nocturnal species. This park appeals to both the novice safari-goer and the repeat visitor. There is plenty of larger wildlife around to satisfy everybody, as well as birds and smaller creatures of the bush.
The famous ‘walking safari’ originated in this Park and is still one of the finest ways to experience Africa’s pristine wilderness first-hand
Day 6 - 7: Lusaka
Overnight: Radisson Blu Lusaka (BB)
This night in Lusaka is just an overnight stop to allow some flexibility regarding the tricky flight schedules to the various National Parks. But this also gives you the opportunity to visit this vibrant city and its many restaurants and nightlife.
Day 7 - 10: Lower Zambezi National Park
Overnight: Royal Zambezi Lodge (FB + local beverages)
After breakfast you will be transferred to Lusaka Kenneth Kaunda International in time for your charter flight to Lower Zambezi National Park. On arrival you will be met by a representative and you will be transferred to Royal Zambezi lodge.
This park is still relatively undeveloped, it’s beauty lying in it’s wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the wildlife is plentiful and the opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular. The mighty Zambezi is an icon in Africa and the real attraction is canoeing on the Zambezi. There is nowhere else where you can see such variety and sheer numbers of animals from this exciting vantage point.
The Park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the Zambezi River is a massive wildlife sanctuary with exceptional game viewing.
The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river in Africa. It runs through 6 countries starting in Central Africa and emptying into the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. It enjoys a protected status at various places along its banks giving visitors a chance to enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife sanctuaries. Incredibly powerful it has created the Victoria Falls and the Batoka Gorge, providing a fantastic playground for white-water rafting, kayaking, river boarding and jet boating. Tiger fishing is a popular activity that is offered by many lodges.
Luggage Allowance and Restrictions
A lot of the domestic and regional airlines have different luggage allowance (ranging from 15 kg to 20 kg) than the international flights and it is important to double-check this limit before your travel. Airlines can be very strict on baggage limits, so it’s important to double-check your limit before you travel. Elite Africa will be able to help you with this.
All our itineraries are mainly just examples of previous trips by customers showing what is possible. Virtually every trip is tailor-made for you and we can easily make changes according to your preferences. The exact price of our sample itineraries depends on the time of year and accommodation used. This is merely a guideline.
We will work closely with you, customize your travel itinerary, optimise your budget, and offer valuable insights for your planned journey.
Luxury Classic Zambia Safari
10 Days/9 nights
From R149,995.00 (pps)
Accommodation, transfers, meals and drinks as specified in itinerary, all game activities on safari.
International flights, visas, items of a personal nature, meals and drinks not specified
Bask in graceful safari style only steps from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Sweeping Zambezi River and savannah views stretch from every veranda as you relax in elegance.
Wake up to the sight of zebras wandering the Livingstone hotel grounds. Raise a glass at sunset to the marvellous waterfall thundering to its depths as you recline in style. Surrender to relaxation with spa therapies under the shade of monkey trees on the banks of the river.
The Royal Livingstone is located on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, overlooking the Zambezi River and with direct access to the Victoria Falls (5 minutes walk)
This wildly luxurious camp retains its bush authenticity with grass and canvas walls and spacious living areas that melt into the exquisitely tranquil riverside setting. Each villa offers panoramic views of the Luangwa River and the abundant wildlife that frequents its banks. Sprawling, ancient shade trees and private plunge pools offer comfort and relaxation for guests staying in any one of the six stunning villas.
Just a short walk from the vibrant city center and a 15-minute drive from the airport, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka provides the perfect base for your stay. It is within walking distance of the city's two main shopping centers, East Park Mall and Arcades, where you can browse local treasures and trinkets. For a slice of local arts and culture, the Lusaka National Museum hosts a permanent exhibition space detailing local history, and the Kabwata Cultural Village showcases handmade arts and crafts.
The Radisson Blu Hotel offers stunning contemporary architecture, sleek décor and stylish rooms. Enjoy complete relaxation at the beautiful outdoor swimming pool, where you can order a cocktail or snack from the pool bar, or treat yourself to a massage at the spa.
Royal Zambezi Lodge was designed by a family with in-depth knowledge and love of Africa, its heritage and its wildlife. The lodge offers the perfect combination of contemporary, simplistic style and extreme comfort while providing a pure wilderness experience.
Set against the breathtaking mountain backdrop of the Zambezi Valley Escarpment, it has three and a half kilometres of unspoiled river frontage on the northern bank of the Zambezi River. Your 5-star accommodation has been painstakingly constructed to retain and enhance the lodge’s unique bush setting while taking advantage of our prime positioning on the mighty Zambezi River and ensuring we capture every glimmer of sunrise from your room.
Royal Zambezi Lodge prides itself on serving the highest level of cuisine crafted using locally sourced ingredients and will happily tailor menus to various dietary requirements. To ensure you can enjoy your holiday at your pace, we offer flexibility in meal times, and you will be seated at a private table, so there is no rush.