Spoil yourself by visiting three of Zambia’s most sought after destinations on a 9 night/10 day Safari, staying in some of the top properties in these areas, but for a very affordable price. This special is valid from 15th June – 31st October 2014 only.
The trip is ten days and nine nights and the cost per person sharing is US $6,554. Have a read of the itinerary and Contact me for more details.
Properties and Services quoted on are:
Meet and Greet on Arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
Proflight Scheduled Flights – Lusaka/Mfuwe/Lusaka/Lower Zambezi/Lusaka/Livingstone – inclusive all airport departure and security taxes and infrastructure and development levies
South Luangwa –3 nights at Sanctuary Puku Ridge Lodge
Inclusive Accommodation, All Meals, Transfers to and From Mfuwe Airport, All Game-Viewing Activities (Game Drives, Walking Safaris, Night Drives), Local Drinks and House Wines, National Parks fees and Laundry.
Lower Zambezi – 3 nights at Anabezi Camp
Inclusive Accommodation, All Meals, Transfers to and From Jeki Airstrip, All Game-Viewing Activities (Game Drives, Night Drives, Canoe Trips, Bush Walks, Boat Trips, Fishing), Local Drinks and House Wines, National Park Fees and Conservation and Community Fees and Laundry.
Livingstone – 3 nights at Sanctuary Sussi Lodge
Inclusive Accommodation, All Meals, Transfers to and from Livingstone Airport, Tour of the Victoria Falls, Sundowner and Daytime Cruises, Fishing, Game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Walking Trips, visit to the local school and villages, Local drinks and House Wines and Laundry.
Price excludes: visa fees for Zambia, premium brand drinks and wines, park entry fees for Victoria Falls, any additional activities in Victoria Falls not mentioned above, gratuities, curios and any other items of a personal nature. Prices also exclude any additional government taxes which may be introduced or increases in departure taxes, fuel surcharges or levies. All prices are quoted in United States Dollars.
Arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport where you will be met and assisted through immigration and customs by our airport representatives.
You will then transfer to the domestic terminal for your flight to South Luangwa. The flight to South Luangwa is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. On arrival at Mfuwe Airport you will be met by a representative from Puku Ridge Tented Camp and driven to the lodge – which is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on game seen en route. You will drive through Mfuwe Town which is a fascinating drive – giving you an insight into local life. You will then enter the National Park and have the chance of seeing some game before arriving at the lodge.
South Luangwa National Park
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 and home to both people and a truly impressive number of animals. It was none other than explorer David Livingstone who first recognised the extraordinary allure and unique nature of the South Luangwa Valley. Crossing the Luangwa River in 1866, he declared, “I will make this land better known to men so that it may become one of their haunts. It is impossible to describe its luxuriance.” It wasn’t until 1938 that the area was proclaimed a game reserve, and then given national park status in 1971. In 1961 the legendary Norman Carr put the Luangwa on the map as a safari destination leading the first walking safari in the reserve.
Over 60 different species of mammal call the South Luangwa National Park their home, drawn by the diverse range of habitats from sandy seasonal river courses to the mineral-rich alluvial floodplains that stretch out to distant blue hills. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog stalk the smaller game, whilst primates such as yellow baboons and vervet monkeys swing through the trees. Down on the river, huge densities of elephant, hippo and crocodile enjoy the cool waters.
The South Luangwa National 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 Luangwa River remains one of the last untouched major river systems in the world. Each year the river drops to almost knee deep and then in the Emerald Season rises to the top of the banks. The river is up to 4 meters deep and averages 400 meters wide and at peak will flow at 47 million gallons per hour.
Puku Ridge Tented Camp – Days One to Four
Named after the Puku antelope that graze on the floodplain below, Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp is a traditional bush camp perched on an escarpment in the South Luangwa. The panoramic views are astounding from both the communal areas and guest tents. The area is known for its abundance of game – with everything from lion and leopard to elephant and zebra frequently seen from the camp itself. The camp has been constructed to blend into the local surroundings and designed to leave the lowest possible carbon footprint.
Each of the seven huge safari tents has picture windows and its own viewing deck overlooking the plains where game amble across for a drink of water. Generous and comfortable, each tent has an en suite bathroom with bath tub and shower, as well as an outdoor shower shaded by forest. You can watch the sun rise from your bed, elephants bathing from the comfort of your bath tub and perhaps even wild dogs making their way across the plains in pursuit of prey from your private viewing deck.
Afternoons are spent relaxing in the camp’s large living area in between game activities. Listen out for the Puku antelope whistling to one other when there is danger in the air. When evening arrives, make your way to the central dining area for a delicious gourmet meal in the bush, or order dinner on your own private deck for a romantic night under the stars.
Your activities over the next 3 days will consists of game drives, walking safaris and night drives, as well a the opportunity to relax at the camp and game view from the main deck or your room deck.
After Breakfast you will depart the camp and drive back to Mfuwe for your flight back to Lusaka and connecting flight to Lower Zambezi. Your flight to Jeki Airstrip is approximately 35 minutes. On arrival at Jeki Airstrip you will be met by a lodge representative and driven through to Anabezi Camp.
Lower Zambezi National Park
At just over 4000 square kilometres, the Lower Zambezi National Park stretches in a narrow swathe from the Chongwe River in the west to the Luangwa River in the east. This is one of the prettiest National Parks in Zambia, with the Zambezi River forming a natural border to the park and the Zambezi Escarpment serving as a stunning backdrop.
The park gently slopes from the Zambezi Escarpment down to the river, straddling two main woodland savannah ecoregions distinguished by the dominant types of tree, Miombo and Mopane: Southern Miombo woodlands on higher ground in the north, and Zambezian and Mopane woodlands on lower slopes in the south.
At the edge of the river is floodplain habitat. The Lower Zambezi National Park is home to all of the major species in the valley with excellent sightings of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard wild dogs, hyena, waterbuck, zebra, impala, bushbuck and kudu to name a few. Birdlife in the area is also outstanding, making this a real hotspot for ornithologists.
Anabezi Camp – Days Four to Seven
Located at the site of the old Ana Tree Lodge, Anabezi Luxury tented camp has been built on the foundations of a historical camp which has stood the test of time. The name Anabezi is derived from the camp being situated on the Zambezi River and the many Ana Trees or Winter Thorns (Faidherbia albida) that surround the camp.
Found at the lower end of the Zambezi National Park, Anabezi comprises of 11 luxury spacious tents, on raised timber platforms at the edge of a ridge providing magnificent views of both the Zambezi River and Mushika River flood plain, whose year round grazing ensures spectacular game viewing from the comfort of your tent! The camp can be split into two with little Anabezi being perfect for small friends and family groups.
Over the next 3 days your activities will range from river based activities such as canoeing, boat cruises and fishing to land based game drives and walking safaris. Combination activities work very well in this area.
You will fly from Lower Zambezi to Lusaka for your connecting flight to Livingstone
Bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls is also known as the Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders” a name given to it by the Kolobo Tribe living in the area in the 1800’s. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as 546 million cubic metres of water per minute plummet over the edge (at the height of the flood season) over a width of nearly 2km into a gorge over 100 metres below. The Victoria Falls Bridge, commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes in 1900 affords a magnificent view both down the gorge on one side and through to the Falls on the other as well as being the location of the bungee jumping activity, a must for the adrenaline seekers! There are many incredible ways to experience the Victoria Falls and its sheer size and magnificence, whether by air, either in a microlight or helicopter, white water rafting or Jet boating in the rapids below the Falls, or a more sedate canoe safari or sunrise or sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River above the Falls. There is something for everyone!
Sussi Lodge – Days Seven to Ten
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is named after two faithful companions of the Victorian Explorer Dr. David Livingstone. Sussi Lodge is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the Zambezi on a lush, fast flowing bend in the river within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The main lodge consists of a unique two-storey lounge and dining area. The second floor bar has an elegant shaded deck, with incredible birds-eye views across the Zambezi. The tree houses are joined by raised walkways and area built into the canopy of majestic ebony trees lining the river bank.
Over the next three days there is a wide range of in-house activities that you can chose from at Sussi Lodge, including Game drives, Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls, walking safaris, daytime or sundowner cruise and a local Village and school tour. There are also many additional activities in Victoria Falls that can be booked at an extra cost.
After breakfast and a morning activity, you will depart the lodge and be taken to Livingstone Airport for your onward connection.