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11-day Ultimate Zambia Safari (Fly-Drive Combo)

The Ultimate Zambia Safari is a sensational concoction of South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue National Parks with Victoria Falls the cherry on top.

Price from USD 7,990 pps
Duration 11 days
Tour Type Fly-Drive Combo
Highlights Kafue National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa National Park, Victoria Falls (Zam)
Includes
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (details on request)
  • Activities: African Queen sunset cruise on the Zambezi River (Livingstone); Guided tour of the Falls; Helicopter flight over the Falls (short flight)
  • Road transfers as necessary
  • Charter flights as indicated
  • Welcome service
  • Airport transfers
  • 24-hour support
  • Comprehensive tour file with detailed itinerary, map, route descriptions, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information
Excludes
  • International flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Entry visas
  • Fuel
  • Park entry fees
  • Staff gratuities

In 11 days, the Ultimate Zambia Safari covers the four must-see, must-do attractions of Zambia: the Kafue National Park with its great diversity of habitats, rare species of wildlife and the fascinating Busanga Plains; the South Luangwa National Park , birthplace of the walking safari and one of Africa's best game reserves; the Lower Zambezi National Park with it's massive arterial river, big game experience, dramatic scenery and fantastic water safaris; and Victoria Falls , one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a magical start or end to your discovery of Zambia's finest attractions.

The Essential Zambia Safari is flexible with the option to change the order of safari lodges and destinations. You can also add or remove destinations to shorten your safari or to spend more time in one destination. Talk to your Travel Expert about the options to tailor-make your Zambia safari.

Itinerary Details

Upon arrival at Livingstone Airport, you will be met and transferred by road to the lodge where you will stay for 2 nights.

When you're there: The Zambezi River flows through a dense ribbon of ebony and mahogany trees on its way to the thundering Victoria Falls a few km away. Your lodge lines the river with wonderful private views of this magical scenery. Explore the river, its islands and wildlife and of course spend a day at Victoria Falls, 15 mins' drive from the lodge.

Activities at Victoria Falls are many and varied. From experiencing the evocative beauty of Victoria Falls at ground-level it's time to take to the skies for an even more impressive view. Livingstone Island, just above the precipice of the falls, is probably the world's most sensational lunch venue. Other activities, among a raft of others, include sunset river cruises, canoeing safaris, cultural excursions to the lodge community projects and excellent birding and tiger fishing on the Zambezi. Your itinerary includes an African Queen sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, a guided tour of the Falls (Zambian side) and a 15 minute Helicopter flight over the falls.

Luxury Accommodation

On the way: This morning you will be collected and transferred by private road transfer to Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp. The transfer is roughly 3 hours from Livingstone to the Dundumwezi Gate. You will be greeted at the gate by a smile, a cool drink and a further 2 hour game drive to your Kafue safari lodge.

When you're there: Situated in the southern section of Kafue National Park, the habitats include riverine forests, floodplains, dense wooded plains and open grasslands that turn to swamps in the rainy season.

Wildlife in the Kafue includes animals not seen anywhere else in Zambia, and rarely seen in the whole of southern Africa. The Kafue is your best chance of seeing cheetah in Zambia and the large herds of puku, impala, hartebeest, roan and sable attract the attention of lion and leopard. Birdlife, like everywhere in Zambia, is prolific with water and woodland types in abundance.

Activities include guided walking nature trails, river safaris, game drives and night drives, which often follow the active lions as they search for prey.

Standard Accommodation

On the way: About four hours from lodge to lodge, the light aircraft transfer to the Lower Zambezi National Park starts and ends with a game drive. As you arrive, the Zambezi unfurls to reveal a network of channels, lagoons and islands dotted with elephant, buffalo and hippos. That's for starters.

When you're there: The game drive from airstrip to lodge introduces the scenery and the wildlife of the Lower Zam Park and your safari here is quite different from the safari in the Kafue.

Safari activities focus on the river with canoeing, sunset cruises and motor boat safaris. You can also go on game drives through the park and, not to be outdone, walking safaris also feature in the Lower Zambezi National Park.

The picturesque Zambezi Valley is a haven for Africa's big game. In addition to those elephants, buffalos and hippos, the river attracts some monstrous crocodiles, lion, leopard, giraffe, zebra, kudu, wildebeest and many other species of plains game. Birds like it here too and there is always something to do between game viewing activities.

Luxury Accommodation

A final game drive will take you to the Royal Airstrip for a quick charter flight off the beaten track to the Mfuwe Airport near South Luangwa National Park.

Arriving at Mfuwe Airport, you will immediately sense the raw wilderness of Zambia. Your guide will meet you and your discovery of Zambia begins.

On the way: On the way to your safari lodge in the South Luangwa National Park, you will drive through the villages and conservation area that provides a buffer between game reserve and public land known in Zambia as a Game Management Area (GMA). The villages are vibrant slices of Africa with progressive conservation practices encourage the protection of the indigenous flora and fuana.

When you're there: Nkwali Lodge is on the edge of the South Luangwa Park and the Luangwa River is the focal point here. With lagoons, channels and broad flood plains, the game viewing is excellent.

Walking safaris, with an expert guide, are a highlight in the South Luangwa National Park and the fascinating discoveries you make along the way have the added excitement of being in a big game wilderness area. Lions, elephant, buffalo, leopard, hyena and many large herbivores lay claim to these lands and you'll be thankful for the vigilance and experience of your armed ranger.

Your final day offers one last game viewing activity before the game-drive transfer to the airstrip and your onward flight to Lusaka to mark the end of an amazing Zambian safari.

Luxury Accommodation

Prices

Guests Accommodation Season (2020) Amount
2 Standard Low Season USD 7,990 pps
2 Standard High Season USD 8,750 pps
  • As a rough guide Low Season throughout the region is from 1 January to 30 June and High Season is from 1 July to 31 December.
  • We give indicative Low and High Season rates on our website and exact prices in your quote when your travel dates are set.
  • These prices are based on two adults sharing accommodation unless otherwise stated.
  • Please treat all pricing as a guide only. Read more about our pricing.
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