South Luangwa & Lower Zambezi | SafariFRANK
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South Luangwa & Lower Zambezi

"Authentic and affordable"

Price from $6300 USD
Country
Zambia
When to Go
May to Nov
Duration
9 Nights
Safari Type
Lodge and Canvas

This safari combines both of Zambia’s most famous rivers for wildlife viewing, the Luangwa and the Zambezi river. Both are host to a large diversity and density of game ranging from big too small.

Starting off at Kafunta River Lodge, you can expect to start off with a bang as the lodge is located just opposite one of the best game viewing areas of South Luangwa. From here you head south for a night at Island Bush Camp where you will experience a traditional Zambian bush camp and explore the bush on foot. A walk from Island Bush Camp 7km north sees you arriving at Three Rivers Camp where you have the option to sleep on our own private sleepout deck! Another 2 nights at Kafunta River Lodge for a last South Luangwa injection before flying to the Lower Zambezi Valley where both water and land based game viewing activities await you!

This 10-night safari is well suited for anyone from single travellers, couples and medium sized groups seeking to visit both South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi. The accommodation is of high standard and you will find all the luxuries one needs to be comfortable in this pristine wilderness! There’s a great variety in the camps and a range of activities and incredible game viewing opportunities.

Well suited for first timers or even frequent Africa travellers this safari showcases the best of both rivers.

Itinerary in Brief

2 Nights at Kafunta River Lodge

1 Night at Island Bush Camp

2 Nights at Three Rivers Camp

2 Nights at Kafunta River Lodge

3 Nights at Chongwe River Camp

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detailed itinerary

Nestled on a game rich flood plain of the Luangwa River, the wildlife viewing from the lodge alone is great, but it is just over the river where one of the most game viewing productive areas of the valley is found and game drives here are exceptional.

The lodge itself eight private safari suites and is built on raised wooden platforms and decorated with an African charm. In addition to these there are also 2 luxury suites that have an upstairs viewing platform and a private deck. The central part of the lodge consists of a large wooden deck with unmatched views over the flood plain and it is also here where meals are served as well as a well-stocked bar can be found.

Located approximately 3 hours south of Kafunta River Lodges, Island Bush Camp is remote by design and offers a truly authentic and adventurous Zambian seasonal camp experience. It is from here that the surround bush is best explored on a walking safari with a highly qualified guide and park scout.

The bush camp has only 5 chalets which are on raised platforms build from natural materials. They are open at the front allowing for all the night sounds to be appreciated. Each chalet has an open air en-suite bathroom on the same level as the room which has a flush toilet, running water and a bucket shower.

The central and dining area is simple, yet unmatched and consists of a reed constructed building with a well-stocked bar. The meals are prepared in the bush kitchen where a chef cooks on a wood burning stove.

Three Rivers Camp, named as such due to its location of being at the confluence of the Luangwa, the Kapamba and the Lusangazi River. An area which borders the National Park and is unspoilted, teeming with wildlife.

The camp offers 5 large and spacious tents which have en-suite bathrooms that include indoor and outdoor showers and flush toilets. Each room has a private raised viewing deck safely connected to the tent where one can choose to spend relaxing on a bed during the day, or choose to sleepout under the stars at night, a truly amazing experience!

Located some 7km from Island Bush Camp it is highly recommended to walk from one camp to the other whilst your baggage is safely transported by vehicle.

Another two nights at Kafunta River Lodge for further game viewing and also to break up the travel times due to the remote nature of the two previous camps.

Nestled on a game rich flood plain of the Luangwa River, the wildlife viewing from the lodge alone is great, but it is just over the river where one of the most game viewing productive areas of the valley is found and game drives here are exceptional.

The lodge itself eight private safari suites and is built on raised wooden platforms and decorated with an African charm. In addition to these there are also 2 luxury suites that have an upstairs viewing platform and a private deck. The central part of the lodge consists of a large wooden deck with unmatched views over the flood plain and it is also here where meals are served as well as a well-stocked bar can be found.

Situated right at the confluence of the Chongwe and the Zambezi rivers, Chongwe is perfectly positioned in this wildlife haven. In the shade of giant –elephant attracting- trees, the camp spreads out over the banks of the Zambezi, with each tent offering panoramic views.

The tents have open air bathrooms, ceiling fans, awesome beds and charging facilities to keep those busy cameras charged.

The range of activities are impressive as one can explore the land by vehicle or on foot and the waterways by boat cruises, canoe and tiger fishing. Combine this with the incredible wildlife density of the frequently changing habitats and this place is a real gem.

when to go

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Much like most of our tours, this itinerary serves as a guide line or example of what is possible and any part of this tour and be changed or additions added. We also create custom itineraries to suite your budget and the experiences you are after. Please contact us so we can create your own personally tailored safari!