Summary  Itineraries

Zambia has many treasures in store. African Safaris Expedition can book a full safari throughout Zambia, staying at the premier National Parks, Livingstone (Victoria Falls) and the lesser known treasures like Shiwa N’gandu.

Here are some sample itineraries that will give you an idea of what is on offer and how a safari will work. Refer to the “Our booking form page to give you a wider range of castings.

South Luangwa – open all year
Lower Zambezi – open 01 April to 15 November
Kafue North – open 01 June to 15 November
Livingstone – open all year

Seasons

High Season – June to October
Shoulder Season – mid May to June
Low Season – Emerald Season, November to mid May

Luangwa and Livingstone

The Victoria Falls is one of the seven wonders of the world and if you are visiting Zambia for the first time – you must go! Also note that during most of the Emerald Season (mid November to end March) the Lower Zambezi and North Kafue are closed. So many will combine the South Luangwa with Livingstone.

Combine the impressive Victoria Falls with a top safari destination – South Luangwa

8 night itinerary combining

  • Robin Pope Safaris in the South Luangwa 5 nights – Nkwali 2 nights, Nsefu or Tena Tena 3 nights
  • Tongabezi Lodge in Livingstone 3 nights

Note – the order of camps can be changed & budget camp option available.

The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. The Luangwa River flows into the Zambezi River – just below the Lower Zambezi National Park. This park, scenically bordered by an impressive escarpment, has excellent game, which can be viewed from either the river or by land. Quietly drifting past a huge elephant feeding on the river bank is a great experience. Livingstone is home to one of 7 natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls, and offers many opportunities, both adrenaline filled and more sedate, to view this amazing site. There are gameviewing opportunities too, with a chance to see the white rhino in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and river trips on the Zambezi River. Combining these three areas in Zambia offers you an exceptional safari.

  • 8 nights
  • South Luangwa – 5 nights
  • Livingstone – 3 nights
  • Available all year
  • Cost from US$ 6381 in peak season, US$ 5616 in shoulder season and US$ 4527 in low season

Detailed Itineraries

Days 1 and 2

After being met at the airport your guide will drive you to Nkwali Camp through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Nkwali Camp overlooks a wide bend of the Luangwa River into the South Luangwa National Park and is ideally situated for the start of your safari. All rooms have a view of the river and open air bathrooms. The game in this area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic Thornicroft Giraffe.

NKWALI CAMP
A typical day  at Nkwali has you waking with the dawn to enjoy breakfast round a camp fire before heading out on your morning activity. A delicious lunch is enjoyed on the bank of the lagoon, which is frequently visited by our local wildlife. The afternoon is the quiet part of the day – for siesta or swim in the pool. In the mid-afternoon you meet up with your guide before heading out for an evening adventure, finding a beautiful location to watch the sun go down with a well earned drink in hand. The opportunity to discover the nocturnal world by spotlight is a wonderful treat before heading back to Nkwali for dinner.

Days 3 to 5

After an early breakfast, a gamedrive through the park and across the river takes you into the Nsefu Sector, which is recognised as a phenomenal game viewing area. Nsefu Camp was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. 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.

NSEFU CAMP
During your stay you have the opportunity to drive or walk through the ebony groves or, depending on the heat and time of year, to explore further afield with an all day picnic drive to the salt pans that will cover different habitats and is an exceptional day’s safari. There is also the option of visiting the community at Kawaza Village  to experience life in a real non-tourist village.

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

Days 6 to 8

After an early breakfast, you’ll drive to Mfuwe Airport through the Nsefu Sector transfer to Mfuwe Airport and onto Livingstone via Lusaka (about 5 hours door to door, depending on flight schedules). On arrival you will be met and transferred to either Tongabezi Lodge or Tongabezi Island Camp (Sindabezi). Accommodation at Tongabezi Lodge is set in a tranquil grove of ebony on a sweeping bend of the Zambezi River, and consists of five tented cottages and four spacious open-planned stone and thatch houses. Tongabezi Island Camp is three kilometers down stream from the lodge and accessed only from there by either motorised banana boat or canoe. This unique camp consists of four cottages built from local timber, reed and thatch. Each has a spectacular private view overlooking the Zambezi. The birdlife is outstanding and game is often seen around the Island Camp and Lodge.

TONGABEZI LODGE OR ISLAND CAMP
There is a wide range of activities on offer at Tongabezi including fishing, canoe trips on the river, game drives in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. For the more adventurous, Livingstone boasts a whole host of adrenaline filled activities including whitewater rafting, bungee jumping and microlighting. Or you may just wish to rest in camp and enjoy the spectacular scenery and peaceful atmosphere. The day will end with a relaxed dinner served either in the main dining area or as a private meal outside of your room.

Day 11

After breakfast you may be able to squeeze a morning activity in, before your transfer flight to Lusaka.

Rates include

  • All domestic flights and transfers.
  • Robin Pope Safaris ~ accommodation – Nkwali only in low season, Nkwali, Tena Tena, Nsefu in high season, meals, drinks, laundry, game activities, transfers, national park fees.
  • Tongabezi ~ accommodation, meals, drinks except premium spirits, champagne, sparkling wines and premium wines, laundry, sunset and sunrise boat trips, fishing, bird walks, gorge walks, afternoon canoeing, visit to Zambian side of Victoria Falls, visit to Livingstone markets and the local Chief’s village, game drives in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, road transfer between Tongabezi and Victoria Falls, road transfer between Jeki and Sausage Tree, National Park fees.

Rates exclude

  • International flights and airport taxes, external Tongabezi activities, premium spirits, champagne, sparkling wines and premium wines at Tongabezi.

Conditions

  • Minimum 2 people. Children of 13 years and above are welcome at full rate.

South Luangwa Camp Information:

Nkwali Camp is located on Robin’s private land, overlooking the National Park. The land is superb gameviewing 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.

  • 12 guests
  • en suite bathrooms
  • open all year
  • walking, drives, night drives

Nsefu Camp. On 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 recognised 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.

  • 12 guests
  • en suite bathrooms
  • open late May – early November
  • open mid January to end March for River Journeys
  • walking, drives, night drives

Tena Tena Camp … is altogether beyond superlatives, and must be one of the best safari camps in the whole of Africa”, The Times, London. This remote and small camp lies within the National Park and enjoys a stunning location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. A grove of mahogany trees shade the large custom-made tents. The dining room is on an elevated deck overlooking the lagoon, where guests can watch an assortment of animals that come to the lagoon to drink. Nearby there is a spectacular lagoon, Buca Buca, where a whole morning can be spent quietly sitting while the game comes down to feed and drink. With the camp being remote and small, we have these scenes to ourselves.

  • 8-10 guests
  • tents
  • en suite bathrooms
  • open late May – early November
  • walking, drives, night drives

Lower Zambezi Camp Information

Chongwe River Camp is situated on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, directly opposite Mana Pools. The Chongwe River is the boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park. The camp itself looks onto the confluence of the two rivers and the mountains of the escarpment to the north. Situated under a canopy of Albida thorns and surrounded by cool lawns, the 8 chalets are large, well appointed safari tents under thatch, with luxury ensuite open air bathrooms. The bathrooms are an experience on their own. All fittings are made from natural materials found near the lodge.

  • 16 beds
  • tented under thatch roof
  • open 15 April to 15 Nov
  • game drives, walking, boating, canoeing and fishing
  • nearest Airstrip – Royal Zambezi, transfer time 15 mins

Livingstone Camp Information

Tongabezi Lodge is small and secluded, set in a tranquil grove of African ebony trees on a sweeping bend of the Zambezi River. Accommodation consists of five tented cottages and four spacious open-planned stone and thatch houses. All rooms have views of the river. Each house has unique architectural features, built in local materials, open-plan bedroom, four poster double bed with large airy mosquito canopy.

  • 20 guests
  • en suite bathrooms, flush loos with views
  • activities include: birding, fishing, canoeing, boating, walking, visits to the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls and Livingstone town (museums, markets and local Chief’s village).