The Best of Zambia

At a Glance

As one of the most rewarding African wildlife destinations, this safari offers the best of Zambia for the adventurous traveller. Landlocked, this country is a land of large rivers: the Zambezi, Kafue, Lufupa and Luangwa Rivers are all the centerpieces of some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent. For scenery, variety and density of animals, accessibility and choice of accommodation, Zambia is matched by few other destinations in Africa. Impalas, pukus, waterbuck giraffe and buffaloes wander on the wide-open plains; leopards, of which there are many in the park, hunt in the dense woodlands; herds of elephants wade through the marshes; and hippos munch serenely on Nile cabbage along the river banks.

Season

The seasons in The Kafue are short and sweet, and as a result this safari is only available during the ‘high’ season from June to November.  The ‘high’ season runs from June to November, with the rest of the year considered the ‘green’ season. Both have different highlights and features: wildlife populations are at their peak and best visibility during ‘high’ season, whereas a number of animals drop their young in the ‘green’ season.

Duration

12 days (11 nights)

Destinations

  • 3 nights at Busanga Bush Camp (Zambia)
  • 3 nights at Puku Ridge (Zambia)
  • 3 nights at Chiawa (Zambia)
  • 2 nights at the The River Club (Zambia)

Special Features

Busanga Bush Camp, Kafue National Park

Busanga Bush Camp lies in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a vast mosaic of expansive grassy seasonal floodplains that extend to the horizon. When the mist rises off the floodplains as they dry up in winter, incredible sunrises and sunsets are experienced here, while the floodplains and dambos teem with wildlife and birds. Hidden on a tree-island of sycamore fig trees, the camp has four well-appointed en-suite tents each with a veranda to take in the sweeping views. The lounge and bar area is under canvas with an uninterrupted view out over the plains. The ultimate remote retreat, Busanga Bush Camp grants the opportunity to view the world’s largest tree-climbing lion pride and some of the rarest birds in the world through both land and water safaris in the marshland. Hot airballooning and private helicopter tours are also available over the private concession.

Puku Ridge, South Luangwa National Park

Perched on an escarpment overlooking a floodplain in the South Luangwa National Park, Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp offers stunning vistas with perfect game sighting opportunities. The panoramic views of Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp are astounding. Built on a hillside, it provides stunning vistas of the floodplain. Lying nestled in a remote game-rich area of the park, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and zebra can frequently be seen. Endemic species include Thornicroft’s giraffe and Crawshay’s zebra, not to mention the number of leopard known to live in the region. The camp has been constructed to blend into the local surroundings and designed to leave the lowest possible carbon footprint. Puku Ridge has a particular focus on delivering the ultimate game drive and walking safari experience for its guest.

Chiawa, Lower Zambezi National Park

On the banks of the Zambezi River, under a grove of evergreen Mahogany trees, Chiawa Camp holds the prime position in the heart of Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. A stunning thatched lounge/bar area with upstairs viewing deck provides one of the best views of the Zambezi whilst after enjoying Chiawa’s renowned cuisine on the al-fresco dining veranda, one can relax by the open camp fire with a cocktail in hand to reminisce of the day’s adventures before retiring to your private tented chalet in the evening. One of the most exciting and wild destinations in the country, Chiawa Camp offers a range of activities for guests. Ranging from game drives, bush walks, Zambezi river canoe trips, catch and release angling for tigerfish, river safaris, night safaris and private guiding. This is not to mention the two hides located around the camp, positioned for optimal game viewing throughout the day.

The River Club, Livingstone

The River Club, located in Zambia, is a member of ‘Classic Portfolio’, the leading collection of eco-sensitive camps, lodges, private game reserves, luxury hotels, secluded beach retreats and renowned wine estates in Southern and East Africa. Steeped in history, Peter Jones and the members of The River Club and Wilderness Safaris are able to provide an intriguing insight into the rich and colourful history that surrounds the Victoria Falls. The main building, known as the Zambezi House, is a gorgeous Edwardian-style building featuring high ceilings, a sprawling veranda, tennis courts, nature trail and manicured croquet lawn. Teak furniture adorn the dining and lounge areas for easy relaxation during the warm afternoon hours, with meals served outdoors on the verandah or by the poolside throughout the day. The swimming pool itself boasts a gorgeous view over the Zambezi River, with afternoon tea served post-morning safari adventure.

Activities abound at the River Club. Of particular acclaim are the sunset cruises along the Zambezi River, quietly passing elephant, hippo, crocodile and an abundance of birds. People travel to Africa from all over the world to see the Schalow’s Loerie and the African Finfoot, both of which are resident at The River Club. Other birds in the area are the African Skimmer whilst the Taita Falcon and Black Eagle can be found in the gorges below the Victoria Falls, also available for upclose viewing! Game drives are approximately three hours long: the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park sports some of the few remaining white rhino in the world. The park is also home to animals such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, elephants and buffalo. Fishing on the Zambezi River is optimal in the period between June and September, with guides, equipment and refreshments provided. Lastly, the River Club is proud to offer visits to the local villages of Simonga and Sinde, which they support through their Social Development Project: building water supply systems, houses, libraries and canteens in school and providing high school student sponsorships.

It is also worth noting the vast number of activities available in the Victoria Falls area as a whole. These range from helicopter flights over the Falls, microlight flights, white water rafting, river boarding, jet boating, an excursion to Livingstone Island, canoeing safaris, quad biking and elephant safaris. We would be more than happy to advise on and arrange these!

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