Why this adventure works:
This is a really varied safari, giving you a taste of many of the things that make Zambia a first choice for safari insiders; great game viewing, walking safaris, gentle boat safaris, and a visit to one of the natural wonders of the world.
ADVENTURE AND RELAXATION AT VICTORIA FALLS (2-3 nights)
Start (or finish) your trip with a few days at Victoria Falls. You can make this as action-packed or relaxing as you like. Snooze beside the river for a few days (hello, lovely Tongabezi) or fill your time with white water rafting, helicopter flips and river cruises- the choice is yours.
WILD ANIMALS AND WALKING SAFARIS IN THE SOUTH LUANGWA (3-5 nights)
Take a light aircraft flight up to the South Luangwa. This is one of the best places in Africa for leopard viewing (make sure to do a night drive if seeing one is on your wish list) and an excellent all-round safari destination. Try walking safaris as well as game drives- this is a speciality of the South Luangwa and many of the best camps have satellite walking camps- the Chikoko Trails are a favourite of ours.
HIPPOS, CROCS AND CANOES IN THE LOWER ZAMBEZI (3-5 nights)
Fly down two the Lower Zambezi for a totally different, riverside safari. The water draws animals in from across the park, so there’s always something to see. A boat safari or a languorous late afternoon sundowner on the river is a lovely way to explore. If you have time to spare, we recommend exploring both east and west of the park- for example staying at both Chiawa and Old Mondoro.
Other ideas for your African adventure: With direct flights to Livingstone from Cape Town, and an easy hop across the border from Botswana to Victoria Falls, adding a few days in either at the start of your trip would be an easy extension. You could also look at reversing the order of your trip to finish at Victoria Falls, or head off the beaten track with a few days in the North Luangwa National Park.
Make your safari Extraordinary by… Including a visit to the Elephant Café during your time in Victoria Falls- the best way to get there is by speedboat down the river. Or time your visit to coincide with a lunar rainbow over the falls. Try a sleepout during your stay in the South Luangwa– Puku Ridge has rooftop starbeds while Mwamba and several other camps can arrange a night in a fly camp.
When to go…? The main safari season in Zambia runs from May to October. The later in the season you go the drier it gets- this tends to mean great game viewing, if rather hot temperatures. After around August the water in Victoria Falls can get very low -some years it is almost completely dry- however this does mean the Devil’s Pool, right on the edge of the falls, opens up for (brave) swimmers.
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