(Livingstone, Lower Zambezi)
South Luangwa National Park
(South Luangwa National Park - Central)
You lie, perfectly still, listening to the rustling and snapping of the dry grasses just outside your tent. Then you hear it; a slow, rhythmic panting that builds, then fades as the wild thing passes on its way to a nearby watering hole.
If you’re someone who likes to live on the edge, as well as vacation on the edge, Zambia is your dream destination. Boasting some of the continent’s most spectacular wildlife parks, many of which don’t see the typical deluge of tourists, as well as magnificent natural wonders like Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba, the country is an ideal setting for remembering the magic of the natural world. Whether you’re roaming expansive grassy plains in search of big game, enjoying a sunset river cruise down the Zambezi, or looking skyward in an effort to catch a glimpse of one of over 500 species of birds, your days will be filled with exotic adventures. In the evenings, relax in luxury tented camps and lodges that offer a chance to commune with the natural world around you.
Head out in your 4x4 with driver and explore Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where Zambai’s only white rhino can be spotted. Cruise up the Zambezi River and try your hand at reeling in a big one, like the renowned Tigerfish whose teeth are bigger than some dogs’. In South Luangwa National Park, considered by many experts to be the greatest wildlife sanctuary in the world, you’ll feel pure exhilaration as you experience a walking safari that allows you to truly get up close to the action. Track lion, leopard, elephants and hippos through huge ox bow lagoons, woodlands, ebony groves and expansive grasslands. Whether you’re canoeing along the immense Zambezi, spotting a pack of lions taking down a kill, or stargazing by an open campfire, your time in Zambia will be absolutely unforgettable.
Kensington Tours offers local support in each region you visit, another reason we deliver unbeatable value. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
*The Lower Zambezi area is closed from March - November *
Airport transfer with private vehicle.
Upon arrival you will receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary with pick up and drop off times. Includes a Kensington Tours branded envelope with summary itinerary, e-tickets and map.
During your stay at Sussi and Chuma you will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities included in your stay. You can choose two activities per day.
Today you can enjoy two of the included activities offered by Sussi & Chuma: falls visit, game viewing, canoeing, walking safaris, sundowner cruise, fishing or village tour. Or you can sign up for spa treatments or other tours (not included in tour 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.
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.
Enjoy your flight from South Luangwa to the Lower Zambezi area. 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.
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.
Luggage restricted to 12 kg per person in soft sided bags.
Sanctuary 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.
Sanctuary 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. Wildlife to be seen includes elephant, lion, wild dog, buffalo and a wide variety of antelope in addition to endemic species such as the Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cooksons wildebeest.
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.
May 11, 2015
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May 12, 2015
"Our guide, Chakim, was fantastic, and our driver was excellent. We were very pleased with our accommodations. Only negative comments would be the villa in Essaouira (room, food, service not good although people very nice), and, while probably not an issue for other travelers, we were disappointed that we could not relax over a glass of wine at the end of our journey because Hotel Le Doge did not offer alcoholic beverages. We are currently scheduled with Kensington Tours for India in November and we are now planning on scheduling with Kensington for all our trips - right now that would be Thailand to Mynamar, and Egypt with Dubai extension. We are extremely happy with Kensington Tours and their travel agents. We would recommend Lily Balfour to anyone. "
April 08, 2015
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April 08, 2015
"Christine was absolutely superb both in helping us frame and develop a custom tour as well as in constant follow up until we left. Inevitably things will change on the ground when trips are planned in advance and Christine was consistently on top of the changes and advised us accordingly. As first time travelers to Kenya and Tanzania Christine's advice and guidance was simply excellent. Rose, in Kensington's Nairobi office was likewise superb. Totally responsive to our needs, she helped make a few final adjustments while we were there. Once again, an exceptional experience made possible by Kensington."
Sachi Gowda ,
December 15, 2014
"We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip."
Ronald Jones ,
December 12, 2014
"I cannot express how fabulous our trip was!! I know it was made that way thanks to ALL the kind, knowledgable, and helpful people that you all placed in our path. Many went above and beyond to make our experience even more positive. From drivers, to guides, to hotel staff---we met some wonderful people that we can now call friends. Thank you Christine and Kensington tours for this once in a lifetime African adventure!"
December 15, 2014
"Christine, our family trip was ALL we wanted it to be. The hotel accommodations in the cities were GREAT. We needed to make some room assignment adjustments but that's to be expected with a large family with children and same names.
I don't know where/how ya'll got those guides but...KEEP'EM! In both Cape Town and Joberg the guys knew their cities and environs excellently. Their English was very good...so good in fact that several got the sarcasm and even joked some. I do apologize if we over-tipped. I relied on each family to tip their own driver but, I wasn't sure of their "sense of what was right" so I followed up with something for each.
Simbavati was "PERFECT". As much as Glenda and I really liked Ngala, I do not think they could have handled a family as well...UNLESS, they had accommodations we did not see.
Please rest assured when ever I plan to travel on a multi-dimensional trip in the future, for sure with a group, or maybe just Glenda and I, I'll be calling Kensington... Christine and Donna specifically. And most definitely, anytime I can recommend a travel professional, your company and you two will be mentioned by name!
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Bruce Lundstrom ,
December 15, 2014
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December 09, 2014
"A truly wonderful trip......first class accommodations and service in each venue....the guides were knowledgable and went out of their way to insure that we could see and understand Africa. Capetown is a fascinating city, Sabi Sands an extraordinary private game preserve, and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel a once in a lifetime experience. For those who want to visit Africa we enthusiastically recommend Kensington Tours. And Jolene Plant stayed with us in every step during the planning of our trip and itinerary. We saw as much of Africa as much as anyone can during our two weeks vacation."
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December 12, 2014
"This was one of the most amazing trips that I have ever had. The custom tours and activities exceeded my expectations. I was traveling alone but felt safe and in good hands. The process of booking the trip with Lily Baffour was so easy and personal, especially with the constant communications from her up to my departure. Thank you Kensington Tours for an awesome experience. I will definitely use you for my next adventure!"
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