This safari itinerary offers you one of the best safari experiences in Zambia whilst enjoying the comfort of luxury accommodation in the camps recommended. You will have an opportunity to enjoy the best wildlife safaris of the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks. You also have water-activities in the Lower Zambezi and your trip will end with visiting the magnificent Victoria.
Day 1 - Flight from Lusaka Airport to Mfuwe Airport in South Luangwa
- On arrival off your international flight at Lusaka Airport, you will catch a connecting domestic flight to Mfuwe Airport in the South Luangwa.
- At Mfuwe Airport, a safari guide from Chichele Lodge will welcome you and transfer you to the Lodge where you will spend the first 4 nights of your unforgettable Zambian safari.
Brief notes about the South Luangwa National Park
For most visitors, South Luangwa National Park is by far the most practical park to visit in the valley. This is Zambia’s premier wildlife park, with superb wildlife and many excellent camps. This is where the now famous walking safaris started from over 60 years ago and this unique African destination retains some of the finest world-class safari guides.
There are many contenders for the title of Africa’s best game park. The Serengeti, Amboseli, Ngorongoro Crater, Etosha, Kruger, Moremi and Mana Pools would certainly be high on the list. South Luangwa has a better claim than most. Some of these other areas will match its phenomenally high game densities. Many others – the lesser known of Africa’s parks – will have equally few visitors. One or two also allow night drives, which open up a different, nocturnal world to view, allowing leopards to be commonly seen and even watched whilst hunting.
However, few have South Luangwa’s high quality of guiding together with its remarkable wildlife spectacles, day and night, in the isolation of a true wilderness. These elements, perhaps, are how the contenders ought to be judged, and on these the South Luangwa Park comes out around the top of the list.
You will have the above activities in the company of qualified professional guides from Chichele Presidential Lodge during your safari in the South Luangwa National Park.
Day 1 to Day 5 - Chichele Presidential Lodge, South Luangwa National Park
This magnificent historic game lodge is set within lush primeval forest which provides panoramic views across the game-rich valleys of South Luangwa National Park – On a magnificent hilltop location in the South Luangwa National Park. In keeping with the grand colonial style of the lodge, the suites are decorated in the same understated elegance of years gone by. In the ten Victorian-style rooms, the large french windows offer a light, airy feel to the suites and open onto private terraces overlooking the valley – the ideal vantage point to relax and enjoy the wildlife. Air-conditioning, plush furnishings, a four-poster bed, and a luxurious bathroom can make you forget you’re in the bush.
Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge was originally built for Kenneth Kaunda, the former Zambian president, in the 1970s. This historic property was recently carefully restored to maintain the original colonial style. A majestic arched entrance leads you into a huge colonial-style lounge and outside the grand dining room; a long veranda stretches with views down the valley to the Luangwa River. The main area features a comfortable lounge, swimming pool, intimate fireplace and bar area.
Day 5 - Flight from Mfuwe Airport to Royal Airstrip in Lower Zambezi
On arrival at Royal Airstrip, a guide from Chongwe River Camp will welcome you and transfer you to the Lodge where you will be staying during your 3 nights stay in the Lower Zambezi.
Day 5 to Day 8 - Chongwe River Camp, Lower Zambezi
Set on the western bank of the Chongwe River, which acts as the boundary to the National park. Chongwe River Camp is a wonderful lodge. Its location on the smaller tributary just a few hundred meters up from the confluence with the main Zambezi River adds to its attraction. We feel the location also adds a certain amount of intimacy to the camp to be able to see the other side of the Chongwe which at this point is probably just 50mts across as opposed to being on the main course of the Zambezi River which is really a very large and on occasions quite daunting river.
There are 8 standard tents spread along the bank of the river, which are modest when compared with some other tented camps but comfortable none the less with outside bathrooms behind. There are also two suites at Chongwe, the Albida suite with 2 rooms and the Acacia Suite with just 1 room, which are priced a little more that the standard tents but they really are quite stunning suites on a par with anything you will find throughout Zambia.
You will enjoy a variety of activities during your time at Chongwe River Camp such as game drives, walking, canoeing, boating and angling in the company of Africa’s finest guides.
Day 8 - Flight from Royal Airstrip to Livingstone Airport via Lusaka
- After lunch, you will be transferred back to Royal Airstrip to catch a local flight to Lusaka Airport.
- At Lusaka Airport, you will catch a connecting flight to Livingstone Airport
- Our driver will welcome you at Livingstone Airport and transfer you to David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa for the last 2 nights of your trip.
Day 8 to Day 10 – David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa
David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa offers 77 tastefully decorated en-suite rooms along the banks of the Zambezi River. Five rooms are suites, four are inter-leading and ideal for families and two comfortably accommodate the disabled. All rooms have private balconies where guests can enjoy their early morning tea or a leisurely sundowner overlooking the river.
Spoilt for choice, guests can dine on the Pool Deck or Gwembe Terrace while taking in the Zambezi river scenery. The traditional Kalai Restaurant offers a true gastronomic experience with mouth-watering Afro-Asian fusion dishes. Ujiji Bar is a relaxed place where guest can try a skillfully made cocktail or vintage from the extensive wine list.
The resident Lady Livingstone is a luxurious 144-seater, three-deck river cruiser designed to accommodate groups and individuals.
The David Livingstone Spa, gym & Wellness Centre overlooking the stunning panoramic Zambezi River, offers a wide variety of therapeutic and beauty treatments. The David Livingstone Spa invites you to experience decadent revitalization at their hands.
Your stay in Livingstone includes 1 x guided Tour of the Victoria Falls.