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Zambia premier Safari - 11 Days

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Zambia's three stunning premier National Parks are all different. The escarpment and river experience of the Lower Zambezi, the lagoons and riverine woodland of the South Luangwa, the miombo woodland and vast open plains of the north Kafue are contrasting and all host exceptional game. The camps are small, personal and wild. This is a spectacular safari through Zambia: travelling to remote areas, with dedicated guides and excellent wildlife. Rates include: All domestic flights and transfers, all meals, game activities and national park fees. International flights are not included.

Day 01 : South Luangwa National Park

Leopard in South Luangwa National Park, ZambiaOn arrival at Mfuwe International Airport a guide will meet you. The drive to Nkwali Camp is 1 hour through colorful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River.

On private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, Nkwali 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 if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

Nkwali Camp

Chalet at Nkwali CampLocated on private land, overlooking the National Park - The land is superb game viewing country, with a beautiful area of ebony woodland and open grass plains.

Elephants often cross the Luangwa, seen from the bar, or come to the waterhole near the thatched dining room.

The chalets are cool and spacious, overlooking the river.

Access to the park is through the main entrance over the bridge, by boat or by our nearby pontoon.

The area is famous for leopard and giraffe sightings.

Day 02 : South Luangwa National Park

Lion Pride in South Luangwa National ParkAt dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after, entering the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon.

The game in the area is excellent - and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, 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 you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Following tea you will 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 8:00 pm with dinner generally at 8;30 pm.

Overnight at Nkwali Camp

Day 03 : South Luangwa National Park

Elephant Calf in South Luangwa National ParkAfter an early breakfast, a transfer game drive through the park takes you to a crossing point on the Luangwa River.

The Nsefu staff will meet the party, who will cross the river by boat, and then enjoy a 45 minute drive to camp, game viewing on route. Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognized then as a phenomenal area and it still is. Robin Pope Safaris owns the only two camps in this sector of the Park.

There are six round rondavels with luxurious ensuite facilities and each room has a clear view of the sweeping bend of the Luangwa River through large windows and from the wooden verandahs.

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. (Note: option of booking Tena Tena for the 3 nights).

Overnight Nsefu Camp

Nsefu Camp

Bedroom, Nsefu Camp, MalawiOn a sweeping bend of the river, 12 kilometers north of Tena Tena, lies Nsefu. Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties.

The Nsefu Sector was recognized then as a phenomenal area and it still is. We reopened the camp in 1999, in keeping with the original style, and so operate the only 2 camps in the Nsefu Sector of the park. The view of the river is superb and includes a terraced area where game grazes during the day.

The bar, tucked in beside a huge extinct termite mound, overlooks a waterhole that is very productive for game, especially leopard at night. The original rondavels have been extended, with a spacious bathroom added. Each room has a clear view of the river, through large windows and from the new wooden verandah. The camp lies in the heart of the undeveloped Nsefu sector and so offers charm and total comfort in remoteness and seclusion.

Day 04 : South Luangwa National Park

Crodile on River BankToday is a chance to drive or walk through the ebony groves.

Or you may decide this is an ideal day, depending on the heat and time of year, to explore the Nsefu Sector of the National Park possibly with an all day picnic drive to the salt pans that will cover different habitats and is an exceptional day of safari.

Overnight at Nsefu Cam

Day 05 : Lower Zambezi

Giants in the Bush - Lower Zambezi, ZambiaAfter an early breakfast, transfer to Mfuwe Airport for the flight to Lusaka and then onto the Lower Zambezi.

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. In the afternoon you will have the choice of game viewing by vehicle or you can jump in a boat and experience life on the Zambezi.

Overnight at Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp , Lower Zambezi, ZambiaConstructed mainly of natural materials Chiawa Camp blends in effortlessly with its idyllic surroundings and it is here where guests receive the very best Africa has to offer.

The elegantly appointed and generously proportioned tents are the epitome of Old Africa safari style but with all the comfort and convenience necessary for today's discerning adventurer.

Set on elevated timber decks overlooking the Zambezi River, these have electricity, brass table fans and feature en suite shower, flush toilet and washbasin and hot and cold running water. A stunning thatched lounge/bar area with upstairs viewing deck provides one of the best views of the Zambezi.

In a hidden corner of camp there is a viewing hide up in a Mahogany tree from where you can watch life and the Zambezi go by or you could opt to take a dip in Chiawos refreshing plunge pool, complete with sun deck, overlooking the Zambezi River.

Day 06 : Lower Zambezi

At Chiawa 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 day's itinerary from a selection of canoe trips, river safaris on safe, stable pontoon boats and catch & release angling for the infamous tiger fish (in season).

Overnight at Chiawa Camp

Day 07 : Northern Kafue

Today you will move on to Northern Kafue. At 22 500 sq km, Kafue National Park is one of the largest National Parks in Africa. The deep and clear Lunga River is the largest tributary of the Kafue River and flows north to south through a mosaic of miombo woodland, riverine woodland and grassy dambos in the north east of the Kafue National Park. Species like puku and impala are abundant while roan and Lichtenstein's hartebeest occur in lower densities.

Viewing of buffalo herd and elephant bulls is good while lion and leopard are regularly encountered. Additional interesting species in the form of yellow baboons and tree hyrax occur in the vicinity of the camp while a high density hippo population occurs in the Lunga River.

Overnight Lunga River Lodge

Lunga River Lodge

Has six spacious thatched rooms with private decks that overlook the river, ensuring breathtaking views. A maximum of 12 guests can be accommodated at any one time and great emphasis has been placed on the "guided" experience - being led by qualified, enthusiastic people with in-depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife. Activities include game drives, walking safaris and boating trips as well as fishing. Night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area. For those interested in birding, Kafue National Park boasts 491 species of birds, including endemics such as Chaplin's Barbet.

Day 08 : Northern Kafue

Today explore the beautiful Lunga River area.

Overnight Lunga River Lodge

Day 09 : Northern Kafue

Today you will be transferred to Busanga Bush Camp. In the extreme north of the Kafue lie the Busanga Plains - one of Zambia's most significant wetland resources and one of the few areas in the world that remain untouched by development and human activity. The Busanga Plains cover an area of approximately 750 sq km and Busanga Bush Camp is located in the centre of this wildlife paradise.

The Plains are home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan and the diminutive oribi. Lichtenstein's hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo make for a full set of antelope. This wealth of game on the plains is also a big attraction for predators, including wild dog, cheetah and prides of lion.

Overnight Busanga Bushcamp

Busanga Bush Camp

In the north-western section of the Busanga is about as 'wild' as you can get in today's world: an unfenced mosaic of expansive grassy seasonal floodplains and "dambos" (open grassy areas that sometimes will fill up with rainwater).

This camp is perfectly situated for some of the best lion viewing in Africa. It caters for 8 guests in 4 well-appointed rooms built of reed and canvas with wall-to-wall views of the spectacular wildlife that frequents the plain in front of the camp. Activities include game drives and night drives, led by qualified guides who are extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife.

Day 10 : Northern Kafue

Morning and afternoon activities

Overnight Busanga Bushcamp

Day 11 : Depart

After breakfast, a morning activity time permitting, or a transfer flight to Lusaka to connect onto the onward flight.

Zambia premier Safari - 11 Days

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