Luangwa and Livingstone

The Luangwa Valley, is possibly one of the worlds last unspoiled wilderness areas, and potentially one of  the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa.

This Zambia Safari park, which is scenically bordered by a scenic escarpment, has very good game viewing, which can be viewed from either the river in a canoe or on the land, via a  walking or driving safari . Drifting past elephants that are  feeding by the river bank is a one of the kind experience.

On this unique Zambia Safari, you will experience the amazing Luangwa Valley and Livingstone,  home to one of 7 natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls.

There are game viewing opportunities to in Livingstone, as you can see the white rhino in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.Combining these two  areas, offers you an exceptional Zambia safari.

Zambia Location:Combine the impressive Victoria Falls with a top Zambia safari destination – South Luangwa

Best time to visit:   

Available all year, however May to November is the peak season. Green season (Dec to April) is magical, however some lodges are closed then

Approximate trip cost:   

Cost from US$ 4830 in low season to US$ 6575 in peak season  per person.

Trip summary: 

Zambia Safaris in the South Luangwa 7 nights – Nkwali 3 nights, Nsefu or Tena Tena 4 nights, combined with Victoria  Falls for 3N

Safari Trip activities:

Game  Drives, Bush Walks, Canoe on Zambezi River, Scenery,

Can this trip be modified:

Yes

Days 1 to 3

After being met at the airport your guide will drive you to Nkwali Camp through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush.Nkwali 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.

All rooms have a view of the river and open air bathrooms.The game in this area is very good- and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic Thornicroft Giraffe.

A typical day at Nkwali starts with you waking with the dawn to enjoy breakfast round a camp fire before heading out on your morning activity.

A delicious lunch is enjoyed on the bank of the lagoon, which is frequently visited by our 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 well earned 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 is located  overlooking the National Park.

 The land is superb gameviewing country, with a beautiful area of ebony woodland and open grass plains. lephants often cross the Luangwa, seen from the bar, or come to the waterhole near the thatched dining room.

 The chalets are cool and spacious, with a view of the river.

One double, four twins and a honeymoon suite/family suite.  Throughout the year we have direct access from camp to the park by boat.

During the dry months we operate a pontoon into the more southern part of the area.

12 guests:

  • woven bamboo walls with plastering on the inside and thatch roof chalets
  • en-suite semi open air bathrooms with flush loo, double shower and basins
  • walking, drives, night drives,
  • visit to Kawaza Village and school,and to  Tribal Textile
  • plunge pool

 

Days 4 to 7

After an early breakfast,a gamedrive through the park and across the river takes you into the Nsefu Sector, which is recognized as a phenomenal game viewing area.

Nsefu Camp was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties.

There are six round rondavels with luxurious ensuite facilities and each room has a clear view of the sweeping bend of the Luangwa River through large windows and from the wooden verandahs.

During your stay you have the opportunity to drive or walk through the ebony groves or, depending on the heat and time of year, to explore further afield with an all day picnic drive to the salt pans that will cover different habitats and is an exceptional day’s safari.

There is also the option of visiting the community at Kawaza Village to experience life in a real non-tourist village.

Nsefu Camp.

On a sweeping bend of the river, 12 kilometers north of Tena Tena, lies Nsefu.Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties.The Nsefu Sector was recognized then as a phenomenal area and it still is.

 

We reopened the camp in 1999, in keeping with the original style, and so operate the only 2 camps in the Nsefu Sector of the park.

The view of the river is superb and includes a terraced area where game grazes during the day. The bar, tucked in beside a huge extinct termite mound, overlooks a waterhole that is very productive for game, especially leopard at night.

The original rondavels have been extended, with a spacious bathroom added. Each room has a clear view of the river, through large windows and from the new wooden verandah.

The camp lies in the heart of the undeveloped Nsefu sector and so offers charm and total comfort in remoteness and seclusion.

12 guests
en suite bathrooms
open late May – early November
open mid January to end March for River Journeys
walking, drives, night drives

Days 8 to 10

After an early breakfast, you’ll drive to Mfuwe Airport through the Nsefu Sector transfer to Mfuwe Airport and onto Livingstone via Lusaka (about 5 hours door to door, depending on flight schedules).

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, and consists of five tented cottages and four spacious open-planned stone and thatch houses.

Tongabezi Island Camp is three kilometers down stream from the lodge and accessed only from there by either motorised banana boat or canoe.

This unique camp consists of four cottages built from local timber, reed and thatch. Each has a spectacular private view overlooking the Zambezi. The birdlife is outstanding and game is often seen around the Island Camp and Lodge.

There is a wide range of activities on offer at Tongabezi including fishing, canoe trips on the river, game drives in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.

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.

 

Day 11

After breakfast you may be able to squeeze a morning activity in, before your transfer flight to Lusaka.

Rates include

  • All domestic flights and transfers.
  •  Safaris ~ accommodation – Nkwali only in low season, Nkwali, Tena Tena, Nsefu in high season, meals, drinks, laundry, game activities, transfers, national park fees.
  • Tongabezi ~ accommodation, meals, drinks except premium spirits, champagne, sparkling wines and premium wines, laundry, sunset and sunrise boat trips, fishing, bird walks, gorge walks, afternoon canoeing, visit to Zambian side of Victoria Falls, visit to Livingstone markets and the local Chief’s village, game drives in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, road transfer between Tongabezi and Victoria Falls, road transfer between Jeki and Sausage Tree, National Park fees.

Rates exclude

  • International flights and airport taxes, external Tongabezi activities, premium spirits, champagne, sparkling wines and premium wines at Tongabezi.

Conditions

  • Minimum 2 people. Children of 13 years and above are welcome at full rate.

 

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