Wings Over Zambia

Soar over Zambia on this 11 day luxury flying safari. You begin at two different remote safari camps in the vast South Luangwa National Park. Here you will spot wildlife on foot and in open safari vehicles. You then fly to the Lower Zambezi where your camp is set at the confluence of the Chongwe River and the mighty Zambezi. Enjoy game drives, boating safaris and canoeing. Your safari ends with two nights on the banks of the Zambezi, just up river from the falls.

 

Highlights

 

SOUTH LUANGWA N.P

LOWER ZAMBEZI N.P.

VICTORIA FALLS

WALKING SAFARIS

NIGHT GAME DRIVES

BOATING

CANOEING

Camps and Lodges

 

NKWALI CAMP

TENA TENA CAMP

CHONGWE RIVER CAMP

TONGABEZI RIVER LODGE

ISLAND CAMP

Day by Day Itinerary

 


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.

     Nkwali Camp         

     Meals: Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 2 | South Luangwa National Park

 

Explore the area on foot and open 4×4’s on day and night game drives.

     Nkwali Camp 

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Days 3, 4 and 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.

     Tena Tena Camp

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Days 6, 7 and 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.

     Chongwe River Camp
                 View Gallery

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Days 9 and 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.

     Tongabezi River Lodge
                 View Gallery
or
                 Island Camp
                 View Gallery

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 11 | Livingstone – Depart

 

Spend your morning at leisure before you are transferred to the airport for your departing flight.

     Meals: Breakfast

 


Note: Visits to Kawaza Village a Community Tourism Initiative, in South Luangwa must be arranged in advance.

Rates and Dates

US$6,850 per person, based on double occupancy

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US$6,850 per person, based on double occupancy

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US$7,950 per person, based on double occupancy

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US$8,550 per person, based on double occupancy

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US$380 April, May, November
$850 the rest of the 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

INCLUSIONS

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

Emergency Medical, Medical Transportation Insurance

EXCLUSIONS

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