Day 1 Depart USA
- Going through Grade 2 rapids on the Lower Zambezi followed by a cocktail while watching the sun set on the Zambezi
- An encounter with honey badgers in Lower Zambezi Park. Addicted to honey and fearsome enough in their quest to give lions and leopards pause
- Catching ad releasing a Tigerfish the most sought after game fish in the world
- Seeing diurnal and nocturnal wildlife on an evening game drive in South Luangwa
Your adventure begins as you depart the USA bound for South Africa and arrive in Johannesburg the following evening.
Day 2 Arrival in Johannesburg
Upon your afternoon arrival in Johannesburg you will be met by your guide and personally escorted to your hotel which is situated within a short distance of the airport. Fairlawns is a delightful property where all rooms are suites identified by individual names You enjoy a fine dinner in the restaurant before turning in for a good night's rest.
Day 3 Fly to Livingston
After breakfast you are taken to the airport where you fly to Livingston which is in Zambia not far from the border with Zimbabwe and close to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival you are met by your guide and driven the short distance to your luxury lodge located on a bend in the Zambezi River. After a chance to relax you go out on an evening game drive in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The park gets its name from the local language which describes Victoria Falls as "Smoke that Thunders" because of the noise and the spray created by the falls. The park has elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, zebra in large numbers and an exciting array of birds, including some Southern African specials like Peters Finfoot. It even has white rhino – the only place in Zambia where they can be seen. After the drive and sundowners you return to the lodge for a delicious dinner with wine.
Day 4 Victoria Falls and a Cruise on the Zambezi River
In the morning you will meet your guide for the short drive to the world famous Victoria Falls, where your guide will provide an informative walking tour of the Falls. First described to Europe by explorer David Livingstone, the falls make a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the mile wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi. Rainbows constantly form and collapse in the tropical sunlight over the waterfall. The river is bordered by ebony groves and mopane forest. After your exploration of the falls you return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax. In the late afternoon you board a boat for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi. A cruise is a great way to spend a few hours before drifting back to the lodge, a warm shower and delicious dinner. The boats are specially designed and the guide will take you through a series of grade 2 rapids, guaranteed to get exciting, and a little wet before eventually finding a spot to beach for a break or a sunset cocktail! The combination of Zambezi spray on your face and delicious white wine on the tongue makes for a memorable afternoon sunset cruise. Sipping on a cocktail while watching the sunset over the majestic Zambezi River is truly a once in a lifetime experience!
Day 5 Zambian Village Life
Today you get a chance to meet the people of Zambia. Simonga Village lies to the West of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the outskirts of Livingstone. This fishing village filled with children playing and people getting on with their regular day to day lives comprises around 3,000 people who live in simple mud and brick houses. On the edge of the village sits the Simonga Basic School which is responsible for the education of its 465 students, with a teaching staff of 14. Besides the basics of reading, writing and mathematics, other subjects such as art and music are also included in the curriculum. Since the school also understands the importance of teaching the future generations the importance of farming and taking care of their families the school has a number of chickens, goats and a vegetable garden which is tended by the children. This ensures they have the fundamental skills to be able to assist in feeding their families in the future where for the most part families in such communities still rely heavily on subsistence farming. After a visit to the village and the school, you return to the lodge. This afternoon you have your choice of an evening game drive or a river cruise before sitting down to dinner.
Day 6 Journey to the Lower Zambezi
After breakfast you are transferred to the airport where your aircraft is waiting to take you to your next camp. The Lower Zambezi, the park in which the camp is located, is dominated by the Zambezi River which channels game into a narrow floodplain, resulting in unparalleled viewing opportunities. Arriving at the camp by boat from the local airstrip is a thrill as there is usually plenty of game to see on the way, and travelling to camp becomes part of the safari adventure. After a chance to relax you have the opportunity to see another part of Zambia and the Lower Zambezi. The area was only declared a national park in the mid-80s and is still very wild with big populations of waterbuck and buffalo. The game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles are spectacular with chances to see elephant, lion, wild dog and hippo. The park is also home to a population of honey badgers – these small predators are named for their addiction to honey but it is their courage that is their most noticeable characteristic. So fearsome is their reputation that even lions and leopards give honey badgers a wide berth when they see them jogging through the bush.
Day 7 Game Viewing on the Water
One of the most interesting ways of seeing the game is from the water and today you have the chance to verify that as your specially designed flat-bottomed motorboats take you up close to the game in great comfort. Seeing a big bull elephant towering on the banks from the nearby safety of a motorboat or buffalo wading in the river channels, looking for fresh grass on the islands is a thrilling sight. A common sighting in the area is the elephants who often feed on the islands in and around camp, as well as occasional herds of zebra and kudu. After a chance for lunch, you are invited to try your hand at canoeing. Your guides lead canoe safaris through the reed beds, byways and channels through the woodlands that line the river for intimate encounters with hippos and waterbuck. Canoeing provides the perfect way to experience the bush from a different perspective. If you get tired of paddling, motorboats can always tow your canoe back to camp while you enjoy a cocktail on the deck.
Day 8 Walking and Fishing the Lower Zambezi
After breakfast and while the air is still cool you join your guide and a trained ranger for a walking safari. Walking in the Lower Zambezi bush is quiet, informative, exciting and also remarkably rewarding. The highly trained English speaking guides love taking clients on walks through the park as it gives them an opportunity to really show off their expertise! The guides show you all the sights, smells and signs of the bush on exciting walks along the animal paths that surround the camp. The lovely open woodlands and grasslands are perfect for stalking a bull elephant and watching him pluck seedpods from the Winterthorn, or sucking water from a weed-covered channel whilst hiding behind a tree stump is a thrilling experience. In the afternoon you have the choice of relaxing at the lodge in anticipation of an evening game drive or joining our specialist guides for some challenging fishing. The Lower Zambezi is home to the savage Tigerfish, the most sought after game fish in the world and only when one has experienced the thrill and fight of catching a tiger fish first hand can one understand why. The lodge provides all the fishing tackle you could possibly need and the guides to show you how to use it. Expert anglers will need no convincing but if you only go fishing once in your lifetime, this is the place to do it. In keeping with our policy, all fishing is on a catch and release basis.
Day 9 An Eco Friendly Camp in South Luangwa
Today you will board your aircraft for the flight to Mfuwe and the vast South Luangwa National Park, home to probably the highest concentration of hippos in the world, as well as lions, leopards and elephants. You will be staying at a camp that leaves no footprint if dismantled but offers luxurious tented accommodations where you have a chance to relax before taking an evening game drive. Game viewing at South Luangwa is considered to be some of the best in the world. It is a notably good place to see leopards, particularly in the dry season when they have less cover in which to hide. Guests have the particular privilege of being able to go on night game drives when it is possible to see all sorts of animals that are seldom seen by day - like leopard, hyena and bush baby. Plains game, such as antelope and zebra, are not scared by the lights so guests are able to get very close to animals for fabulous photographs. The early evening is the best possible time to see diurnal animals and a little later is the best time for nocturnal wildlife, so a game drive combined with sundowners gives guests the best of both worlds.
Day 10 A Walking Safari in South Luangwa
After breakfast you have the opportunity to see Africa as it should be seen, on foot. There are wonderful opportunities in the area for walking safaris. Walks are conducted by a professional guide and an armed parks scout. It is on foot that the guides can show you some of the most fascinating signs of the bush, many of which are hard to spot from a vehicle. Out in the bush, you can follow animal tracks along sandy paths. It's not just the big animals that are fascinating – termites, dung beetles and chameleons all have their stories to tell too. The park hosts many herds of the endemic Thornicroft giraffe which can always be found in the prolific Mopane woodland on the valley. After lunch and a chance to relax you can take an evening game drive or just stay at the camp enjoying the sunset. This evening sit outside under the stars and enjoy superb food, good wine and companionship from your fellow guests.
Day 11 Flight to Johannesburg, Return to USA
You have time for one more game drive before being flown to Livingston where you board your flight connecting to the USA.
Day 12 Arrival in USA
You arrive back in the USA today.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Lower Zambezi Park, South Luangwa National Park, Livingstone
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