Zambia with zest
Zambia is one of the undiscovered gems of Africa and this safari will take you to all the hidden secrets of this country. This self-drive tour includes all the highlights of Zambia namely South Luangwa, Luambe, North Luangwa, Kapishya Hot Springs, the North and the South of Kafue as well as the Victoria Falls. Experience spectacular hot springs, boat cruises, wildlife and sunsets.
No of nights: 22 nights/23 days
Cost of Zambia with Zest 4×4 Safari
• R19 600 per person sharing
• R9 800 children under 12 years
• 29 August-20- September 2016
• All vehicle entry fees
• All park fees (except 2nd day Park entry fees in South Luangwa and Chobe National Park)
• All camping fees
• Lodge accommodation at Sebe Sebe and Buffalo Camp in North Luangwa
• Fuel and own 4×4 vehicle
• Road tax
• Carbon tax
• Camping equipment
• 3rd party insurance
• Food and beverages
• All additional optionals
Type of package
Zambia with Zest 4×4 Safari itinerary
Day 1: Sebe Sebe Lodge-Limpopo River
A fully qualified safari guide will meet you at Sebe Sebe Lodge on the banks of the Limpopo River. After the briefing and introduction, enjoy a welcoming dinner, which is included in the cost. Accommodation is in the form of chalets.
Day 2: Elephant Sands
Leave early the following day, cross the Botswana border and make your way to Elephant Sands, about 50 km north of Nata. Unallocated campsites with ablution facilities are on offer and no electricity. Experience the unique opportunity to see the elephants gather around the waterhole, a few meters from the viewing deck. Depending availability, accommodation upgrade in the form of safari tents are available. Firewood is for sale.
Day 3: Chobe Safari lodge-Chobe River
Travel a relative short distance to the campsite at Chobe Safari lodge and set up camp for two nights. Right on the bank of the Chobe River, the camp offers beautiful sunsets at the campsite bar and deck. Supply your own firewood for two nights, normally for sale in town.
Day 4: Chobe National Park
Enjoy a morning game drive (cost around 290 Pula for a vehicle and 2 persons) in the Chobe National Park. The Chobe National Park is famous for its abundance of elephants, herds of buffalo, rich bird life and exquisite sunset boat cruises, definitely a wildlife experience not to be missed. The cost of the cruise is included, leaves the main lodge at 15:00 and return just after 18:00.
Day 5: Kazungula-Zambezi
Cross the Zambezi River at Kazungula, change money in Livingstone and head for Lusaka where and set up camp at Eureka Farm. One ablution serves the whole campsite and electricity is available. This is just an overnight stop on route to the eastern side of Zambia where the real experience will begin. Chalets are available at own cost and supper can be enjoyed at the bar. Firewood needs to be catered for by yourself.
Day 6: Mama Rula’s-Chipata
From Lusaka, drive on the Great East Road to Chipata. Stop for a quick lunch at Bridge Camp before crossing the Luangwa River. Spend the night at Mama Rula’s. Chalets are available as an upgrade, as well as a well stock bar. Dinner can be ordered and enjoyed at the bar. Electricity is available. Firewood is not supplied.
Day 7 : South Luangwa National Park
Fill up and stock up on supplies in the morning at the local supermarket. Please note that you are not allowed to buy any alcohol before 10 am in Zambia. There are facilities in Mfuwe if you ran out of refreshments. Once done, leave Chipata and drive to South Luangwa National Park for the next three nights. On your way, stop at Tribal Textiles for a very interesting visit. Pitch camp at Wildlife Camp on the banks of the Luangwa River and spend your day game viewing and relaxing. Firewood is for sale, however electricity is available.
Day 8/9: Luangwa River
Depart on a game drive into the park to look for lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra as well as the numerous water birds found along the banks of the Luangwa River. Optional night drives are available, leaving at 16:00 and return at 20:00. You can use the same permit of the morning’s drive for the evening, saving the extra entrance fee. The following day is at leisure, catch up on sleep, swim or wander around the market and shops in Mfuwe.
Day 10: Luambe Lodge-Luambe National Park
Sandwiched between North and South Luangwa National Parks, Luambe National Park will be our next stopover. Camping at Luambe Lodge, you will experience one of the biggest hippo pods in Africa, right at the campsite. This is the beginning of “the road less travelled”, distance becomes irrelevant, time is the determining factor. Camping is for one night only.
Day 11: Buffalo Camp- Luangwa National Park
Today cross the Luangwa River with the Mwanja Pontoon which is a very interesting experience on its own, unless the water level is low enough to drive through. North Luangwa National Park is one of the last unspoiled true wilderness areas left in Africa and is normally open from the 1st of June to the 1st week of November. Stay at Buffalo Camp for 2 nights in chalets. Make use of the “kitchen” to prepare your own meals for the duration of our stay. The area is predominately for walking safaris, no self-drive are allowed. Walks are not an endurance trip but more of a meander. Normally these last approximately 3-4 hours. These trips are conducted by highly experienced Zambian guides and are always accompanied by an armed Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) scout. Game drives are also available and can be arranged upon arrival. No electricity at the camp.
Day 12: Buffalo Camp- Luangwa National Park
Enjoy the quietness of the camp, a walk with the guides, go on a game drive or just relax.
Day 13: Kapishya Hot Springs-Mansha river
Leave the Park via Mpika and the historic Shiwa Ngandu for the very romantic Kapishya Hot Springs. Kapishya is situated on the Estate of Shiwa Ngandu (The Africa House) and is set along the banks of the Mansha river. The main attraction of Kapishya is its natural, sulphur free hot spring. Kapishya has a fully stocked bar and a restaurant serving high standard cuisine. Firewood is supplied, but no electricity available in the campsite. There are various activities available at Kapishya and on the estate such as game drives, visits to the manor house and bird walks. All activities are optional extras and must be pre-arranged with the management at the lodge.
Day 14/15: Kapishya Hot Springs
Ralax, do some washing, reading, bird watching, game drive or visit to Africa House.
Day 16: Forest Inn campsite-Mkushi
Leave Kapishya in the morning, hit the tar road and turn south on the Great North. Fill up at Mpika before heading towards Forest Inn campsite at Mkushi. Restaurant facilities are available. Stay overnight at the neat and shady campsite. Cater for your own firewood for the night.
Day 17/18/19: McBrides Camp-Kafue National Park
Leave in the morning for Kafue National Park via Kabwe and Mumbwa. You will stop for supplies at in Kapiri Mposhi. Camp at McBrides camp on the banks of the Kafue River for next three nights. Africa’s largest game reserve, the Kafue, diverse and richly endowed, remains as it has been for centuries. Bordered by the blue-green Kafue River, the park stretches from the vast Busanga Plains in the north to the Miombo woodlands of Nanzhila in the south. Prolific, indigenous as well as migrant bird life is encouraged by the Kafue and Luangwa rivers as well as Lake Itezhi-Tezhi in the South. No electricity and no firewood for the campsite. Relax and enjoy a sunrise/sunset boat cruise.
Day 18/19: Colobus Lodge-Arusha
Relax and enjoy a sunrise/sunset boat cruise, walk with Chris McBride.
Day 20: New Kalala Camp- Lake Itezhi-Tezhi
Time to move further south, brave the terrible road back to Mumbwa and we head for New Kalala Camp which is situated on Lake Itezhi-Tezhi where you will spend the night.
Day 21: The Bushfront-Livingstone
Leave for Livingstone via Kafue South park. Expect to see sable, elephant, kudu and roan antelope on this journey through the park. Thick sand makes for exciting driving. Overnight two nights in the campsite of The Bushfront. The Victoria Falls is approximately 1690m wide and varies in height from 62m (Devil’s Cataract) to 109m (Eastern Cataract). In comparison the Niagra falls are 968m wide and 45m high. Various activities e.g. helicopter- and microlight flights, bungee jumping, white river rafting, etc. are available at Livingstone. You need to supply your own firewood, but the campsite have a good restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Chalets for upgrade are also available.
Day 22: Livingstone
Today you visit the Falls, shop at the market, fly microlight, wash the vehicle or enjoy a sundowner on the deck of the Royal Livingstone Hotel
Day 23: Woodlands
Get ready to cross the Zambezi again by ferry at Kazangula. Drive in a southerly direction through Botswana to Woodlands stopover, just 10 km north of Francistown and spend our last evening together in the campsite at Woodlands.
Term and conditions
• Rates may be subject to change due to foreign exchange rate fluctuations
• A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is required to confirm booking
• The balance is due a minimum of 30 days prior to departure
• Cost is subject to change if any of the service providers increase their prices