Highlights of Zambia - Overland Trip

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Intro

A short safari showcasing some of the most amazing wildlife sanctuaries in Africa
Zambia is the hidden gem of southern Africa. It is home to many species of animals with several that are rarely seen elsewhere, including the beautiful roan antelope and the majestic sable antelope. Both Kafue National Park and South Luangwa National Park offer wildlife experiences with a difference; their remote locations coupled with our use of intimate safari tents ensure surprising and rewarding encounters. The large concentration of crocodiles and hippos wallowing in the South Luangwa River has to be seen to be believed. Combined with a visit to Mosi-oa-Tunya (\'The Smoke That Thunders\' – the greatest waterfall in the world), this short journey is full of highlights.

Included

An experienced English-speaking local leader, specialist local guides, arrival transfer, transport, accommodation, meals, game activities, entrance fees and domestic flights.

Itineraries

Day 1 - Livingstone - Victoria Falls

On arrival at Livingstone you are met and transferred to your lodge. In the afternoon we visit the magnificent Victoria Falls, named by Dr David Livingstone in honour of his English queen. In Zambia these falls are more commonly referred to by their Kololo name, Mosi-oa-Tunya or 'the Smoke That Thunders'. These magnificent falls are considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world and, when in full flow, form the largest sheet of falling water in the world. Our lodge is beautifully situated on the banks of the Upper Zambezi River and is a great place to relax at the end of the day.

Day 2-4 - Kafue National Park

(Driving time: approx 9 hours - will reduce when roadworks are completed; game drives in Kafue: approx 3 hours each)
Departing Livingstone we head for the northern part of Kafue National Park, where we set up camp for the next three nights. Kafue is the third largest national park in Africa, covering an area equivalent to that of Wales in the United Kingdom! The park was established in 1924 to protect a huge area of wetland and miombo woodland, thereby providing an excellent wilderness sanctuary for a wide range of predators, herds of elephants and over 400 species of birds. Kafue is also one of the best places in Africa to see a large range of antelopes, particularly the elusive and impressive roan and sable antelopes. The more common antelopes can also be seen, especially lechwe, which sometimes number in the thousands. Predators that make their home in Kafue include cheetah, leopard, wild dog, hyena and lion. The lions here have been known to chase lechwes right into the water! The Kafue River is the sustaining force of Kafue National Park. It forms part of the eastern boundary of the reserve and is home to large numbers of hippo and crocodile. Whilst the Kafue National Park is difficult to reach and as such seldom-visited, it does offers untamed stretches of wilderness reminiscent of a primeval Africa. Our three nights in Kafue are spent camping - listen out for the lion's roar!

Day 5 - Lusaka - South Luangwa National Park

(Driving time: approx 4 hours; flight time: approx 1 hour 10 min)
This morning we drive to Lusaka where a short flight takes us to Mfuwe, the gateway to the renowned South Luangwa National Park. We spend our time in the national park enjoying a variety of wildlife safaris including day drives, night drives and walks. Indeed walking safaris were pioneered in this park in 1954 by a gentleman named Norman Carr. Covering an area of 9050 square kilometres this is one of the most impressive wildlife reserves in Africa and certainly the most famous in Zambia. A place for the real adventurer, it is one of the continent's unspoiled places – wild and remote, yet with diverse habitats, an abundance of space and a phenomenal range of common and rare animals including over 400 species of birds. It lies in a valley floor between the twisting Luangwa River and the steep Muchinga Escarpment. We enter the park via the Mfuwe Bridge and immediately we may see a multitude of hippos and crocodiles basking in the sun, either in the river or on the sandy banks. The Luangwa River flows right through the year, but gets very shallow in the dry season (May to October).

Day 6-7 - South Luangwa National Park

(Game drives in South Luangwa: approx 4-4½ hours each)
We spend two more full days discovering the delights of South Luangwa National Park. The park is famous for its large herds of African or Cape buffalo. Amongst the many other species we may see are lion, wild dog, elephant, kudu, bushbuck, waterbuck, impala and puku. There are also a few endemic sub-species include Thornicroft's giraffe and Cookson's wildebeest, which is a very rare light-coloured variation of the blue wildebeest. On night drives we may be fortunate enough to see various nocturnal animals, such as bushbaby and leopard. South Luangwa National Park works very closely with the Wildlife & Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia, which works to prevent poaching and promote healthy wildlife populations. With 60% of the parks revenue going towards the prevention of poaching the sheer abundance of animals in the park is testament to the general lack of human interference. Our nights are spent camping - a great way to stay close to nature.

Day 8 - Lusaka - Livingstone

(Flight time: approx 1 hour 10 min; driving time: approx 7 hours - will reduce when roadworks are completed)
This morning we depart stunning South Luangwa National Park and fly back to Lusaka. Our vehicle awaits us here to take us back to Livingstone, where our journey comes to an end. Due to a late afternoon arrival into Livingstone, it is recommended that you book an additional nights accommodation. If you are planning on flying out of Livingstone tonight, please don't book to depart before 6.00 pm.



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