Wings Over Zambia Safari
South Luangwa N.P, Lower Zambezi N.P., Victoria Falls, Walking Safaris, Night Game Drives, Boating, Canoeing
Day 1 – Lusaka / Mfuwe – South Luangwa National Park
Depart Lusaka this morning on your scheduled flight to Mufwe, a small town bordering the northern edge of the vast South Luangwa National Park, one of Africa’s largest. The Luangwa Valley marks the end of the Great Rift Valley which stretches all the way up to Kenya. Unlike most countries, Zambia allows and encourages walking safaris in it’s National Parks. South Luangwa is famous for this, though you will also explore the area in open vehicles.
After touching down you will be met by a guide from Nkwali Camp and make your way through colorful local scenes of villages and small farms, then the bush to the camp which is located on a large private wildlife concession boarding the park.. The 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. The area is covered with ebony woodland and open grass plains. Elephants often cross the Luangwa River and come to the waterhole near the thatched dining room. The 6 guests 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. The wildlife in this area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic Thornicroft Giraffe.
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 picnic lunch can be enjoyed on the bank of the lagoon, which is frequently visited by the 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 drink in hand. The opportunity to discover the nocturnal world by spotlight is a wonderful treat before heading back to Nkwali for dinner.
Overnight – Nkwali Camp (L, D & activities)
Day 2 – South Luangwa National Park
Explore the area on foot and open 4×4’s on day and night game drives.
Overnight – Nkwali Camp (all meals & activities)
Days 3/4/5 – South Luangwa National Park
After an early breakfast, depart on a game drive through the park and across the river into the Nsefu Sector, which is known as a phenomenal game viewing area. Your stay here will be at Tena Tena Camp, set in a stunning location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. A grove of mahogany trees shade the large 4 large custom-made guests tents. The dining room is on an elevated deck overlooking the lagoon, where you can watch an assortment of animals that come to drink. Nearby there is a spectacular lagoon, Buca Buca, where a whole morning can be spent quietly sitting while the wildlife comes down to feed and drink.
During your time here you will have the opportunity to drive or walk through the ebony groves or, depending on the heat and time of year, to explore further with an all day picnic drive to the salt pans that will cover different habitats. You can also visit the community at Kawaza Village to experience life in a real ( non-tourist) village.
Overnight – Tena Tena Camp (all meals & activities)
Days 6/7/8 – Lower Zambezi National Park
This morning you will have a chance to spot wildlife on your way to the Mfuwe airport, where you will board the scheduled flight to the magnificent Lower Zambezi National Park. The flight may stop in Lusaka (about 4 hours total). As you fly into the area, you will see the wide Zambezi River, dotted with islands. Buffalo and elephant are usually seen feeding along with the pods of hippos that rest on the edge of the sandbanks. The Lower Zambezi National Park is Zambia’s newest wildlife reserve. This remote park lies in the Lower Zambezi Valley between the rolling hills of the hazy escarpment and the Zambezi River. Part of the park is sprinkled with reed islands, which provide refuge and food for many of the animals here. These waters are a focal point for Elephant, Hippo, Buffalo, Zebra, Lion, Leopard, various antelope species, plus Baboon, Vervet Monkeys and an amazing array of birds.
Your stay here will be at the luxurious Chongwe River Camp which looks onto the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi rivers, along with mountains of the escarpment to the north. Situated under a canopy of Albida thorns and surrounded by cool lawns, the 8 guests chalets are large safari tents under thatch, with luxury ensuite open air bathrooms. All fittings are made from natural materials found near the lodge.
At Chongwe 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 and release fishing for the infamous large toothed tiger fish.
Overnight – Chongwe River Camp (all meals & activities)
Days 9/10 – Livingstone – Mose Oa Tunya – Victoria Falls
After breakfast and farewells you drive through the park to the airstrip to meet the plane taking you to Livingstone via Lusaka (1.5 hours). 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. There are five tented cottages and four spacious open-planned stone and thatch houses. It’s sister camp, Tongabezi Island Camp is 2 miles down stream from the lodge and accessed only by either motorized banana boat or canoe. This unique camp consists of 4 cottages built from local timber, reed and thatch and are lighted by candle light and lanterns.. Each has a spectacular private view overlooking the Zambezi. The birdlife is outstanding and wildlife is often seen around the Island Camp and Lodge.
There is a wide range of activities on offer at Tongabezi including guided fishing, canoe trips on the river and game drives the nearby Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, where you will find the White Rhino. Your guides will also take you on a tour of the falls. 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.
Overnight – Tongabezi River Lodge or Island Camp (all meals & activities)
Day 11 – Livingstone – Depart
Spend your morning at leisure before you are transferred to the airport for your departing flight. (B)
Visits to Kawaza Village a Community Tourism Initiative, in South Luangwa must be arranged in advance.
Wings Over Zambia Rates
- $6,850 per person (Apr – May 21 & Nov)
- $7,950 per person (May 22 – Jun 30)
- $8,550 per person (Jul 1 – Oct 31)
- Single supplements: $380 Apr – May & Nov, $850 rest of year
- Victoria Falls to Mana Pools – $550 per person Hwange to Mana Pools – $450 per person
- Harare to Mana Pools – $400 per person
- Lake Kariba to Mana Pools – $300 per person
Our fully inclusive rates include:
- Airport transfers
- Scheduled Flights: Lusaka – Mfuwe, Mfuwe – Lower Zambezi, Lower
- Zambezi – Livingstone
- National Park fees
- All wildlife activities
- Bottled water, Sodas, Beer, wine and spirits, excluding premium wines, liquors and champagnes
- Laundry services while in camps
- Emergency Medical, Medical Transportation Insurance
Does not include:
- International Airfare & Flights
- Gratuities for guide and camp/lodge staff
- All items of a personal nature
- Travel Insurance (Emergency Medical and Medical Transportation Insurance is included)
- Visas and Visa fees
- Entry Fees For Victoria Falls
- Airport departure taxes