Getting There: Traveling (Tues, 17 Oct to Sat, 21 Oct)
Travel from home to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) and overnight/s at Claire’s of Sandton. It is advisable to arrive a day or so earlier to visit Johannesburg and acclimate to the time difference. Reservations will be made based on international flight arrivals.
Make sure you plan your flights to arrive in Johannesburg no later than Friday, October 20, 2017, since the flight to Lusaka is booked for Saturday, October 21, 2017.
Days 1-4: Mambete Camp, Liuwa Plains National Park -- (Sat, 21 Oct to Tue, 24 Oct)
Check in at OR Tambo International Airport in time for your flight to Lusaka.
On arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, you will be met by a company representative and escorted onto your scheduled charter flight to Mambete. This is flight of approximately two hours and forty five minutes.
Upon arrival at Kalabo airstrip, you will be met by a representative from Mambete and transferred to the lodge. This is a game drive transfer of approximately two and a half hours.
Liuwa Plains is situated on the upper Zambezi floodplains of western Zambia. It is home to the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa and seasonal floods transform the flat grasslands into a wetland paradise.
This remote park in the far west is pristine wilderness, which, to the ardent bush-lover, is its biggest attraction, and the rewards are great indeed. Around this time of the year, every year, the banks of the Luangwa River become a color blur of red and blue as thousands of southern carmine bee-eaters migrate to Zambia to select their breeding sites along the steep river banks.
There is also a very high population of hyenas in Liuwa Plains. Other good predator viewing possibilities include cheetah and wild dog. Many species of antelope are flourishing in the park, including wildebeest, zebra, red lechwe and tsessebe.
The park’s extraordinarily diverse birdlife includes many rare and migratory species, including globally important populations of storks, cranes and other water birds. The arrival of the annual floods marks the arrival of a wealth of water birds, and the vulnerable crowned crane and wattled crane are abundant, sometimes forming flocks numbering several hundred.
Activities: Game drives in private vehicle (day & night), canoe trips, bush walks & boat trips.
Days 5-8: Shumba Camp, Kafue National Park -- (Wed, 25 Oct to Sat, 28 Oct)
After breakfast, you will be flown by scheduled charter flight to Shumba Camp.
This is a flight of approximately an hour.
Upon arrival at Plains airstrip, you will be met by a representative from Shumba Camp and transferred to the lodge. This is a game drive/mokoro transfer of approximately an hour.
This is Zambia’s biggest and oldest National Park. Three rivers the Lufupa, Lunga and Kafue form the life blood of the reserve with the annual summer flood of the Lufupa creating an impressive floodplain delta. The flood plains, rivers, and woodlands support an impressive array of animal and birdlife and a number of private lodges make this remarkable reserve easier to visit.
Shumba Camp is situated in the center of the Busanga Plains close to permanent water and within easy access of the teeming floodplains. Shumba is named after a favorite species in the area: its large prides of lion that are often seen right next to camp – or even, unusually, in trees. The plenty of plains game draw other predators and leopard sightings are frequent. The park’s forested areas are the best place to spot leopard while lion are seen throughout the park
Shumba Camp comprises six spacious luxury safari tents, all on raised platforms with spectacular views. The dining area is elevated so as to take in this vista and each morning’s sunrise; dinner takes place either here or in the boma where guests can also enjoy elements of local Zambian culture. Game viewing is possible from the comfort of the tent or main deck, while the camp’s fig trees ensure both
shade and constant bird activity.
Guests have the option of game drives in and around the plains and water-based activities when they are still inundated. Night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area, and optional hot air balloon rides over the plains can be arranged at an extra cost..
Activities: Game drives in private vehicle (day & night), canoe trips & boat trips - based on water levels
Days 9-11: Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park -- (Sun, 29 Oct to Tue, 31 Oct)
After breakfast, you will be flown by private charter flight to Chiawa Camp.
Upon arrival at Royal airstrip, you will be met by a representative from Chiawa Camp and transferred to the lodge. This is a game drive/boat transfer of approximately forty five minutes
The Lower Zambezi National Park is the newest of Zambia’s exceptional, undeveloped wildlife areas. And together with Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools Reserve the area provides a massive transfronteir wildlife sanctuary. Most activities are concentrated along the Zambezi as this is what draws the animals and aside from game drives and walking safaris the area offers canoe trips and tiger fishing.
It is not uncommon to see enormous herds of elephant quenching their thirst and enjoying a good mud bath along the riverbanks, as well as leopard, buffalo and lion. The river is home to hippos, crocodiles and numerous birds. The park offers a wonderful collection of habitats, which are home to a superb diversity of animals.
Visitors can explore the marshy Zambezi channels, floodplains bordered by mopane forests, hilly woodlands and the park’s open valley floor. Unlike the Luangwa, the Zambezi is navigable year round for a full variety of water activities alongside their standard walking and driving options.
On the banks of the Zambezi River, under a grove of Mahogany trees, the multi-award winning Chiawa Camp holds the prime position in the heart of Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. A stunning thatched lounge/bar area with an upstairs viewing deck provides one of the best views of the Zambezi. Indulge in attentive yet unpretentious, personalized service, fabulous cuisine and fantastic “tents” with spectacular views of the Zambezi and its resident wildlife.
Activities: Game drives in private vehicle (day & night), canoe trips, bush walks, angling & boat trips
Days 12-15: Chinzombo, South Luangwa National Park (Wed, 1 Nov to Sat, 4 Nov)
After breakfast, you will be flown by scheduled charter flight to Chinzombo.
This is a flight of approximately two hours.
Upon arrival at Mfuwe Airport, you will be met by a representative from Chinzombo and transferred to the lodge. This is a game drive transfer of approximately an hour.
Renowned as one of Africa’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries, South Luangwa is home to an abundance of game, which frequents the Luangwa River and its oxbow lagoons. The Luangwa River is the most
intact river system in Africa and is the life blood of the park’s 9 050 km² (3 500 square miles).
Bordering the Luangwa River, the northern and southern Luangwa National Parks contain some of the most breathtaking and untouched wilderness in Africa. As a result of this and the parks’ successful anti-poaching campaigns, the area has developed into a world-renowned wildlife haven.
The South Luangwa National Park is renowned for its walking safari, which allows visitors to view elephant, hippo and even lion close-up under the supervision of professional and knowledgeable armed guides – one of the best ways to get up-close-and-personal with the park’s pristine wilderness, which boasts 60 animal species and over 400 bird species.
The valley is dotted with waterholes and filled with sunbathing crocodiles and lazy hippos. While out
on the plains, visitors can view large herds of elephant and encounter the mighty buffalo. South Luangwa is also one of the premier game viewing destinations in Zambia and throughout Africa. There is the opportunity to see Thornicroft’s Giraffe, which is found only in the South Luangwa and Cookson’s wildebeest is endemic to the area.
Situated far from any major cities South Luangwa is a remote wilderness experience and doesn’t have the mass of tourism associated with it as some other National Parks in Africa. South Luangwa is set in a broad valley, bordered by the Rift Escarpment and centered on the languid meandering Luangwa river. A really rich and diverse range of game is present and very visible, especially along the river during the dry season from June to November.
Chinzombo is a new and very luxurious camp. It brings a level of style, comfort and elegance to the Luangwa Valley. Each Villa has a private pool, cooled sleeping area, spacious bathroom and Wi-Fi. In the shade of magnificent trees, the 60 acre riverside location teems with wildlife and has direct access to the national park on the opposite river bank.
Activities: Game drives in private vehicle & bush walks.
Day 16-18: Wasa Lodge, Kasanka National Park -- (Sun, 5 Nov to Tue, 7 Nov) *Optional Bat Safari Extension
After breakfast, you will be flown by private charter flight to Wasa Lodge. This is a flight of approximately ten minutes. Upon arrival at Mulembo airstrip, you will be met by a representative from Wasa and transferred to the lodge.
This is a game drive transfer of approximately an hour. ** Those ending the safari in South Luangwa will connect to a charter flight to Lusaka International Airport in time to check in for their flight to Johannesburg.
Kasanka National Park is one of the most picturesque parks in Zambia and is open all year round. It contains a rich diversity of animal, bird and plant life including several rare species including sitatunga, wattled crane, Ross’s Lourie and Blue Monkeys. Kasanka is also host to a unique congregation of several million straw-colored fruit bats every November and December. Witness this spectacle of these bats at dusk and dawn, filling the skies as far as the eye can see.
Kasanka also offers a variety of activities including cycling, canoeing, guided walks, game drives, bat experiences and more. Various outings to the surrounding areas can be arranged and visits to interesting sites such as the David Livingstone Memorial, Nsalu Caves decorated by ancient rock paintings and the tumbling Kundalila Falls. Visit the famous Fibwe Hide for the bats and sitatunga is an easy 15 minutes’ drive or 2 hour walk away. Wasa Lodge has a fine view with puku, hippo and sometimes even sitatunga visible from the main dining area.
Activities: Game drives, bush picnics and dinners, specialized guided trips, bush walks
Day 19: Departure -- (Wed, 8 Nov)
After breakfast, you will be flown by private charter flight to Lusaka International Airport in time to check in for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, make your own way to Claire’s of Sandton, where you will be under your own arrangements for the next two nights or check in for your flight back to your international destination.