Classic Zambia Safari & Vic Falls

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Run by: Rainbow Tours

Reference number: ITN-ZMB001

From: £4350.00

Combine the spectacular Victoria Falls where you are able to do a variety of activities from simple boat cruises the Zambezi River to bungi jumping. Safari in the very special Lower Zambezi National Park, staying on the banks of the Zambezi River you will be able to enjoy game cruises, fishing and canoeing in conjunction with game drives and safari walks. Not forgetting the famous South Luangwa National Park with its ox bow lakes, opportunities for guided game drives in the vast open national park with excellent big five game viewing opportunities. Beach extensions are possible to Lake Malawi, Mozambique and even Zanzibar.

Itinerary

Day 1 Depart from London Heathrow on overnight flight to Lusaka via Johannesburg or Nairobi.

Day 2 On arrival mid morning, you will be met for the connecting light aircraft flight to Mfuwe in the South Luangwa. The drive to Lion Camp takes you past fields and through colourful villages, as well as bush. Stay 3 nights in a tent with all meals, local drinks park fees and early morning and late afternoon scheduled safari game drives included.

Day 3 On safari in the South Luangwa. The meandering Luangwa River, with its ox bow lagoons and dead-end tributaries, supports one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Enormous herds of elephant and buffalo coexist with 14 species of antelope, including the rare roan and sable antelope and the striking Thornycrofts Giraffe is just one of the valley's endemic sub-species. The waterways contain large populations of hippo and crocodiles and numerous crocodile and hippo inhabit the river and waterways, while leopard, lion, caracal, and serval prey on the abundant herbivores - South Luangwa claims to have one of the highest densities of leopard in Africa. Birds are a major attraction, with over 420 recorded species. Observing the storks and herons feeding on the fish in the shrinking pools is quite an experience.

Day 4

Day 5 After the morning game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to Mfuwe via Lusaka for the light aircraft flight to the Lower Zambezi. As you fly in, you will see the islands dotting the expanse of the Zambezi River, and probably spot elephant, buffalo and pods of hippo resting on the edge of the sandbanks. Transfer to Kasaka River Lodge for a 3-night stay in a double chalet, all meals, park fees and early morning and late afternoon scheduled safari game drives included.

Day 6 On safari in the Lower Zambezi The Lower Zambezi National Park is a beautiful, pristine 4,000-sqaure kilometre wilderness area of riverine forests, broad flood plain and woodlands in the hills below the escarpment along the northern end of the valley (which acts as a physical barrier to most of the animals). It is distinguished not only by its tranquillity, wildlife and fantastic tiger fishing, but by the variety of safari experiences: game-viewing on game drives, walking, boat and canoe safaris. Elephant and buffalo are common, and often graze on the islands of the Zambezi River. Bushbuck, waterbuck, eland, kudu, zebra and wildebeest are prey for leopard, spotted hyena and wild dog. Great herds of buffalo attrat large prides of lion. The Lower Zambezi is rich in waders and kingfishers, eagles, storks and bee-eaters are among the over 375 recorded species.

Day 7

Day 8 After the morning game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for the light aircraft flight to Livingstone via Lusaka. You will be met and transferred to Waterberry Zambezi Lodge to stay 3 nights, all meals, drinks at bar & at dinner and one activity per day included. The Waterberry Lodge in house activities include a visit to the Falls from the Zambian side, river cruises from the lodge, fishing trips, picnics on the island in the Zambezi, guided birding or village walks and excursions into Livingstone town to enjoy local markets etc. Staff are on hand to book an additional adventure activities or elephant back safaris, helicopter flight etc, we will gladly pre-arrange this for you

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Day 11 You will be transferred to the airport for the afternoon scheduled flight via Johannesburg or Nairobi to London.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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