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12 Day Wild Safari Zambia

$15960

Description

A 12 day wildlife Safari, an action packed outdoor adventure, featuring the very best of Zambia’s National Parks. Explore the real Africa, in one of the safest countries in the world, enjoy face to face encounters with wild nature.

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Blessed with awe-inspiring natural wonders, an abundance of wildlife, huge water bodies and vast open spaces, Zambia offers unforgettable holidays exploring the real Africa. Acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, Zambia's welcoming people live in peace and harmony. And here, in the warm heart of Africa, you will find some of the finest Safari experiences on the planet, including face to face encounters with Nature at its wildest.

This action packed 12 Day adventure presents the very best of Zambia’s National Parks. You can expect to see some of the most spectacular and diverse wildlife at Kafue National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park and South Luangwa National Park.

The Safari begins with a flight into Kafue National Park which is Zambia’s largest and oldest national park and covers an area of 22,400km. The park attained its national park status (formation) in the 1950s. A huge fraction of the national park remains uncharted thereby giving more access to the continuous development of the rich wildlife, plant and bird species. Kafue National Park also derives its attraction and uniqueness from its size and the wild game that is holds. The consistent Kafue River flows trailing a well-articulated course as it deviates and widens through the Park., here visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities, some of which include, game drives, canoeing, birding, nature walks, hot air balloon safaris and fishing.

Set in the Kafue National Park, Musekese camp offers the real bush experience. The camp has 5 comfortable tents, all set in unspoilt bush. Enjoy running hot water showers, friendly and attentive staff, superb food, peace and tranquility where the only sounds are those of the bush in full flow. The snort of a hippo and cough of a leopard are common sounds to hear at night. The guides’ emphasis is on experiencing the Kafue National Park, and activities to choose from include day and night drives, river safaris by boat, walking safaris, or quietly sitting in a well placed photographic hide.

Kutali Camp is on Kulefu Island …both mean faraway place…Kutali is your classic Winter-thorn forest Zambezi valley camp, it is literally in one of the coolest Faidherbia or Winter thorn forests in the lower Zambezi.  Kulefu Island offers excellent Canoeing and walking possibilities and is just a river crossing away from mainland game drives.

Tafika Camp’s location on the east bank of the Luangwa River, north of the Nsefu Sector of the South Park, makes it ideal for those who enjoy the serenity of the bush. Here, exceptional game viewing is combined with exciting activities including daily day and night drives, mountain bike safaris, walking safaris, visits to the local Mkasanga Village and micro lighting in May (only offered in May). Tafika also has two hides which offer the opportunity of game viewing in-between activities. Hides overlook the camp waterhole which is frequented by herds of elephant, bushbuck, puku, impala, mongoose and several bird species. Tafika offers guests access to 3 diverse habitats: Luangwa riverside, Mutanda plains and the salt pans. The salt pan is a serval hotspot (all season) & crowned crane hotspot (from August). Game drives in the game rich Nsefu sector (park on both sides of the river) with great in-camp game viewing due to hides, camp waterhole and exclusive access to yellow-billed stork colony in May. Tafika is known to be a hotspot for leopard, lion, wild dog, elephant, giraffe, puku, hippo and crocodile. Early morning hippo bellows and bird song welcome the new day.

From U$D 15,960 per person
*Rate based 2 people sharing

Kafue National Park, Lower Zambezi, Kulefu Island, South Luangwa Nsefu

ACTIVITIES

An action packed 12 day Wild Zambia Safari with access to the most diverse wildlife, ever changing scenery and welcoming locals. Home to the original walking safari, you can enjoy game watching options by road, river and on foot. Experience the best of Zambia’s National Parks, where exceptional game viewing is combined with exciting activities including daily day and night drives, mountain bike safaris, walking safaris.

INCLUDED

  • Meet and greet Lusaka Airport
  • Return Transfer to Latitude Boutique Hotel – Bed and Breakfast
  • Charter flight to Kafue – 3 nights Musekese Camp – fully inclusive – accommodation, all meals, local drinks, park fees, laundry, camp activities, return airstrip transfers
  • Charter flight Kafue to Lower Zambezi – 2 nights Chula Camp and 2 nights Kutali Camp - fully inclusive – accommodation, all meals, local drinks, park fees, camp activities, return airstrip transfers
  • Charter flight Lower Zambezi to Mfuwe – 3 nights Tafika Camp - fully inclusive – accommodation, all meals, local drinks, park fees, laundry, camp activities, return airstrip transfers
  • Scheduled Flight Mfuwe to Lusaka

EXCLUDED

  • Visas
  • International Flights
  • Gratuities
  • Premier Brand drinks
  • Compulsory Medical Travel Insurance
  • Cancellation curtailment insurance
  • Any optional activity not indicated in above program.
  • Gratuities and Tips

Note: Malaria precautions should be taken; Yellow Fever vaccination required if transferring through a South African border.

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Tour Plan

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Day 1 Arrive in Lusaka, Zambia

Airport meet and greet by our English-speaking guide, transfer to Latitude 15 Degrees hotel in Lusaka, a cosmopolitan city sitting at about 1,279 meters (4,196 ft) on a limestone plateau. There is a burgeoning local art scene, an elephant orphanage, botanical gardens, and a reptile park outside of town, but the city is surrounded by farmland and mainly serves as a gateway to game reserves and parks in other parts of Africa.

Accommodation: Latitude 15 Degrees
Meal plan: None

Day 2 - 5 Kafue National Park

Early breakfast and the adventure begins with a flight from Lusaka into Kafue. Explore this game-rich area by vehicle, foot or boat along the emerald, green Kafue River. The wildlife viewing in and around Musekese is exceptional. All the major predators are present, with leopard and lion very well represented. Elephant herds are always visible in the dry season months and the plains game is as numerous as it is varied from sable and hartebeest to zebra and puku (puku in their hundreds!). Birding is top-class, with hundreds of species recorded in and around the Musekese area. There is also an elevated hide overlooking the northern portion of the Eden Lagoon. Musekese Conservation is a Zambian run Non- Profit organisation that helps to provide resources for conservation projects working across the Musekese-Lumbeya area. The primary focus is to establish law enforcement and research initiatives that contribute to the preservation of wildlife and communities within the Kafue National Park.

Musekese Camp is perched on the edge of a spectacular lagoon hidden away from the outside world. The camp has made a name for itself with expert guiding, exceptional food, and phenomenal wildlife viewing. Musekese Camp has only five chalets, taking a maximum of ten people. There's a minimum of two guides on hand at any time, which means you are entirely assured of activities taken at your pace and interest.

Kafue was established by the legendary Norman Carr in the 1950s and is Zambia's oldest and largest national park. Covering a massive 22,400 km2 (8,650 mi2), the park is dominated by Miombo woodlands and interspersed with seasonal floodplains, rivers, and dambos - the dry riverbeds that provide seasonal refuge for the wide variety of wildlife. In fact, Kafue boasts more species than any other park south of the Congo. Wildlife sightings can be very good with large herds of lechwe and buffalo in the floodplains, alongside all the predators of which lions are very well represented. There is also excellent birdlife.

Accommodation: Musekese Camp
Meal Plan: all Inclusive basis

Day 5 - 7 Lower Zambezi National Park

Visitors to the Lower Zambezi National Park can choose from an exceptional range of activities. Kulefu Island offers excellent canoeing and walking possibilities and is just a river crossing away from mainland for game drives. Tents feature ensuite individual bathrooms with bucket showers, flushing toilets, and washbasin with a mirror. Kutali Camp is without doubt the best location for all Lower Zambezi activities. Small and exclusive safaris mean the guides can respond to guest activity preferences on a daily basis. The whole experience can be booked exclusively on a private use basis - 8 beds, two vehicles, 3 boats and 6 canoes - the whole team and camp just for you.

Kutali Camp is a fly camp based on Kulefu Island - both Kutali and Kulefu mean "far away place." Kutali is your classic winter-thorn forest Zambezi Valley camp, positioned in one of the coolest or winter thorn forests in the lower Zambezi, and a vastly different atmosphere to its sister fly camp, Chula.

Accommodation: Kutali Camp
Meal Plan: All Inclusive

Day 7 - 9 Chula Island Camp

Game drives in open-topped 4WD Land Cruisers are a fantastic way to see the park, and a walking safari with a quality, qualified guide and armed Wildlife Police Officer is a must do. It is also possible to explore the Zambezi by boat, getting up close to relaxing hippos and crocodiles sunning on the banks and an impressive array of birds; this is perfect for photographing elephants up-close feeding on the edge, swimming, or crossing the Zambezi.

The more intrepid might prefer to take to the waters in a canoe and float silently down gorgeous channels, passing elephants eating under the winter thorns and birdlife galore including Pels Fishing Owls if luck is with you. Anglers will not want to miss the opportunity to seek out the aggressive Tigerfish or the powerful Vundu. All fishing here is on a catch-and-release basis to keep the waters and fish populations in prime condition.

Chula Island Camp is a fly camp designed to move between two quite different sites on the beautiful eastern section of the lower Zambezi river. The camp has a well-stocked bar and seating area under canvas, and ensuite bathrooms. The fly camps are light weight and a textbook example of how light luxury in the wilderness can be. Chula Island Camp is located on Katengahumba /Discovery Island and is the nearest site to Jeki Airfield. This island is much like Jurassic Park - full of surprises, full of hidden lagoons, and open dambos. The game is unbelievable. Leopard, lion, hyena, buffalo herds, and lots of elephant have all been seen. There is no need to venture any further than this island paradise.

The landscape on Chula Island is different to anywhere else, with groves of natal mahogany trees and sandy beaches.

Accommodation: Chula Island Camp
Meal Plan: All Inclusive

Day 9 - 12 South Luangwa National Park

Here, exceptional game viewing is combined with exciting activities including daily day and night drives, mountain bike safaris, walking safaris, visits to the local Mkasanga Village and micro lighting in May (only offered in May). Tafika also has two hides which offer the opportunity of game viewing in-between activities. Hides overlook the camp waterhole which is frequented by herds of elephant, bushbuck, puku, impala, mongoose and several bird species.

The Nsefu sector boasts some of the finest leopard viewing in Africa. This, combined with the abundance of diverse game populations; some of the most experienced guides in the valley, and the unusual and exhilarating safari activities available, make for an unforgettable African adventure. The Luangwa Valley is known as The Valley of the Leopard for good reason, and you have an extremely high chance of seeing several of these spotted beauties during your stay.  Tafika Camp’s location on the east bank of the Luangwa River, north of the Nsefu Sector of the South Park, makes it ideal for those who enjoy the serenity of the bush. Due to the camp's remote location, exclusive sightings are the norm as there is very low congestion in the area. Tafika Camp accommodates up to 14 guests in six spacious chalets with en suite facilities, built from natural materials around the trunks of stunning sausage and leadwood trees.

Sustainable Tourism

Remote Africa is a family run business that loves the bush and loves what they do. Although they have to remain economically viable, their core focus is the wellbeing of the beautiful ecosystem including the trees and plants that grow in it, the rivers that flow in it and the wildlife and local people, and their rich cultures, that thrive in it. They support a number of initiatives that protect Luangwa’s wild creatures and even have their own fund, The Tafika Fund, to support the local communities.

Accommodation: Tafika Camp
Meal Plan: All inclusive

  • Norman Carr Founded Kafue National Park
  • Musekese Camp on Kafue River
  • Canoe trip Kulefu island
  • Huge elephant heads Lower Zambezi
  • Mutanda plains and Salt pans
  • Exceptional wildlife on foot, road and river
  • South Luangwa guided Walking safari
  • Valley of the Leopards South Luangwa

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