(Livingstone, Lower Zambezi)
South Luangwa National Park
(South Luangwa National Park - Central)
Zambia is an emerging powerhouse as one of the most perfect places to go on safari. The various parks allow you to track game by the traditional route of 4X4 but also on foot and canoe! Starting off in Livingstone, where you'll experience the majestic Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is situated in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are, by some measures, the largest waterfall in the world, as well as being among the most unusual in form, and having arguably the most diverse and easily seen wildlife of any major waterfall site. You will enjoy a private guided tours of the falls, as well as a sunset cruise on the Zambezi river. You'll hop on a charter flight to your next destination South Luangwa. Experts have dubbed South Luangwa as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of game around the Luangwa river and its ox bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa. After a few nights you'll head over to the Lower Zambezi area. This is Zambia’s newest Park and as such is still relatively undeveloped, but its beauty lies in its absolute wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular. The Park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the river is a massive wildlife sanctuary. You'll take a charter flight back to Lusaka where you will catch your international flight home. Due to Water Levels the Lower Zambezi is not reachable from November through March. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LOWER ZAMBEZI AREA IS CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER - MARCH SO THIS COMPLETE TRIP IS NOT AVAILABLE DURING THIS TIME.
Airport transfer with private vehicle.
Upon arrival you will recieve all of your neccessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, maps, restaurant suggestions, Top Tips for exploring each city or region and a 24 hour concierge service (for restaurant reservations, spa treatments, child minders, day tours etc).
Activities include a guided tour of Victoria Falls from the Zambian Side and a visit to the Semonga Village. You'll also have the opportunity to do a morning/evening gamedrive in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where Zambia's only white rhino can be spotted, full range of game drives in the National Park using an open 4X4 vehicle driven by a professional guide. You'll also enjoy motorised boat Safaris Early morning or sunset river cruise, or try your hand at fishing on the great Zambezi River. You can choose two activities per day.
Sussi & Chuma is named after David Livingstone’s faithful companions and consist of an intimate lodge and two exclusive houses, both of which are situated to make the most of the amazing views that the sweeping Zambezi River provides.
Today you can enjoy two of the included activities offered by Sussi & Chuma (falls visit, game viewing, boat safari, village tour) or sign up for extra activities on location. You can sign up for spa treatments, tour the Zimbabwean side of the falls, flights over the falls, white water rafting, elephant back safari or the Livingstone Island visit. These extras are not included in the hotel cost.
Transfer between Livingstone and Chobe lodges.
Fly from Livingston to Mfuwe (South Luwange) via Lusaka. All baggage must be in soft sided bags and is restricted to 15kg per person.
You will join others from the lodge and choose two activities per day. There is a full range of game drives and night drives in the South Luangwa National Park using open 4X4 vehicles accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. The emphasis in this area is the wonderful opportunities for Walking Safaris. On your walks you will be escorted by a professional guide and an armed national parks scout.
Puku Ridge Camp is situated in the remote, wildlife rich South Luangwa National Park. Named for the Puku antelope that inhabits the Kakumbi Dambo (floodplain), which the camp overlooks, Puku Ridge Camp is built on a hillside, providing stunning vistas of the floodplain and the wildlife that frequents it.
Spend the day exploring South Luangwa National Park with your guide. South Luangwa is Zambia's premier park. Many places are claimed to be "one of the remaining wilderness areas" or "one of the last wildlife sanctuaries" but the South Luangwa National Park can live up to all these names and more. The Luangwa Valley is vast, remote, home to both people and a truly impressive number of animals. The South Luangwa park is 9050 sq. km with the river, its tributaries and the riverine strips being the focus of the wildlife viewing. There are the diverse habitats, from huge ox bow lagoons of varying stages of maturity, woodlands, ebony groves, grassland and thickets, that host truly impressive numbers of wildlife. The birdlife is also excellent with around 450 species to be seen.
The South Luangwa National Park is known as the home of the walking safari and all camps offer walks. Walking through big game country is a truly exciting experience and as South Luangwa led the way for guide training and licensing in Zambia the standard of guiding here is superb. Taking a scout with you, you will be able to enjoy a walk or explore further afield in the park. Enjoy a box lunch under a tree or next to a lagoon, take a siesta, or simply spend a lazy couple of hours reading a book with the fascinating animals and landscape all around you.
After lunch, head out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving you the chance to see the nocturnal world within the park.
Luggage restricted to 12 kg per person in soft sided bags.
Motorised boat early morning or sunset river cruises are available as well as fishing in the Zambezi River (subject to water levels).With canoeing excursions, you'll enjoy an unforgettable canoe ride down the river to see the local wildlife from the river level. Or, try your luck at fishing. Fishing trips for game fish such as catfish, bream or the renowned tigerfish on a catch and release basis can be organised.
Sausage Tree Camp is perched on the edge of the Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park, in Zambia. Guests are treated with the utmost care, with 6 lavish tents spaced out along the river banks and each featuring natural toned furniture and high quality fabrics. Dining takes place in the presence of all sorts of wildlife and exotic species, while the chef marvels guests with the best of his talents. Canoeing and game drives are just a handful of the stimulating activities available for those visiting the Sausage Tree Camp.
The area offers impressive game viewing with regular sightings of lion, leopard and serval. Other animals include elephants, hippo,wild dog, buffalo and general game. Bird watching and stargazing are also popular activities. For game viewing, you have the option, you can take professionally guided day and night drives through the riverine woodlands in customised 4 x 4 vehicles or you also have the option of a walking safari. Game walks offer a perfect way to experience the bush up close and personal. Walking safaris are conducted by a professional guide and are always escorted by an armed national parks scout.
Motorised boat early morning or sunset river cruises are available as well as fishing in the Zambezi River (subject to water levels).Canoeing excursions, you'll enjoy an unforgettable canoe ride down the river to see the local wildlife from the river level. Or, try your luck at fishing. Fishing trips for game fish such as catfish, bream or the renowned tigerfish on a catch and release basis can be organised.
Depart from Lusaka international airport - End of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport and visa are required for both US and Canadian citizens. A visa may be obtained in advance at a Zambian Embassy or Consulate or at the port of entry. Processing generally takes 5-7 working days. The fee is approximately $50 for a single-entry visa, $80 for a three-year, multiple-entry visa, or $20 for a day-trip visa (typically issued to tourists visiting Victoria Falls from a neighboring country). Please try to bring exact change whenever practical. At the time of entry, the immigration officer will stamp your passport with the permitted length of stay. Typically, an immigration officer will admit an American or Canadian citizen for the exact number of days they request, up to a maximum of thirty days. Visitors with indefinite departure plans may want to request admission for thirty days on arrival in the country.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of Zambia for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Medical facilities are poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/zambia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Lusaka. Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1964. Language: English is the official language, but there are over 73 local dialects. The main languages are Bemba, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja and Tonga. Religion: Around 30% of the population is Christian (Protestant and Roman Catholic), a smaller number are Muslim and Hindu, and a small minority have traditional animist beliefs. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +260. There are public telephones and most calls are made through a post office. Mobile Telephone: Coverage is patchy in rural areas but good around Lusaka. Internet: There are Internet cafes in Livingstone and Lusaka.
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