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South Luangwa & Lower Zambezi – 10 Nights

From: $6,190.00

Spend 5 nights in the South Luangwa Valley at Kafunta bushcamp doing game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, morning walks with excellent guides to show you the small creatures, get you up close and personal with the larger mammals. You will enjoy 2 nights on an island lodge deep in the bush – slightly more rustic but a truly emotional experience for the seasoned or first time traveler to Africa. Fly into Jeki airstrip for 3 nights in the Lower Zambezi National Park, canoeing, walking, game drives and incredible wildlife diversity.

Description

Experience two of Zambia’s main national parks – with their namesake rivers – on this 10-night tour! We will spend the first 2 nights at Kafunta River Lodge, in South Luangwa, in the game rich Mfuwe area. Game viewing activities include drives in open vehicles, as well as unique night drives which offer the opportunity to view nocturnal animals. The central location of Kafunta River Lodge allows us to explore vast areas of South Luangwa National Park. Relax in the privacy of your viewing deck, or swim in the infinity pool while watching elephants at the waterhole. The lodge also features the only natural hot spring tub of Mfuwe, an intimate wellness spa and a small gym.

After Kafunta River Lodge you will head south to Island Bush Camp. This is a remote and authentic camp on the eastern side of the Luangwa River. Accommodation is in rustic stilted huts that ensure safety from wild animals, while also providing spectacular views of the surrounds. From Island Bush Camp, we head to Three Rivers Camp, located between the river and a wildlife-rich lagoon. The camp features 5 sumptuous tents decorated in earthy tones. Each has a private viewing deck and separate platform where you can choose to sleep out at night. After the stay at the bush camp you will return to Kafunta River Lodge for 2 more nights, Your itinerary will then take you to Lower Zambezi National Park to enjoy 3 nights at the exquisite Chongwe River Camp. Here you can choose between numerous game-viewing activities.

How to Get There

By Plane

Fly directly into Lusaka with either Emirates, Ethiopian Airways, Kenya Airways or South African Airways. On arrival in Lusaka a driver/guide will be waiting for you in arrivals, he will have a small board bearing your name. From here he will assist you on to your connecting flight to Mfuwe International Airport.

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Full Itinerary

Day 1 – Kafunta River Lodge Flight Lusaka-Mfuwe with Proflight (70 min)

Arrival in Mfuwe where our driver will collect you at the airport and transfer you to Kafunta River Lodge (50 min) passing through various villages. Depending on your arrival time, you will participate in the afternoon safari leaving the lodge at 15h30.

Day 2 – Kafunta River Lodge

Enjoy an early breakfast and depart for your morning game drive at around 06h30. You will be back at the lodge around 10h00. After a heavy brunch, relax at the pool, book a spa treatment or enjoy a siesta on your viewing deck before meeting for afternoon tea at 15h00. The afternoon game drive departs at 15h30 and returns at 19h30.

Day 3 – Island Bush Camp

Today you participate on the morning game drive at Kafunta River Lodge. After brunch at the lodge, you will depart for the 2.5 hour transfer to Island Bush Camp. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our camp staff before departing for the game drive.  Dinner is served al fresco in company of the camp manager and our other guests.

Day 4 – Three Rivers Camp

Today you will be heading to Three Rivers Camp. The camp is a walk away from Island Bush Camp, so you will set off early and arrive at Three Rivers in time for brunch.  After the siesta you will have the choice of a bush walk or a game drive. Dinner is served al fresco in company of your guide and other guests.

Day 5 – Three Rivers Camp

An early continental breakfast is served by the fireplace before heading out on your morning activity, either a walk or a drive. By now you know the routine, so after brunch and siesta you will have your afternoon activity then dinner. Decide to spend your night in your tent or under the stars on the appointed platform next to your tent.

Day 6 –  Kafunta River Lodge

This morning you will have a walk or game drive followed by an early brunch at Three Rivers Camp, before the transfer back to Kafunta River Lodge. You will be arriving at the lodge around 14h30, and you can relax before joining afternoon tea and the afternoon game drive.

Day 7 – Kafunta River Lodge

Enjoy an early breakfast and depart for your morning game drive at around 06h30. You will be back at the lodge around 10h00. Relax at the pool, book a spa treatment or enjoy a siesta on your viewing deck before meeting for afternoon tea at 15h00. The afternoon game drive departs at 15h30 and returns at 19h30.

Day 8 – Chongwe River Camp

Today we will transfer you to Mfuwe Airport with an optional stop at Project Luangwa craft-shop or Tribal Textiles (to be scheduled in advanced, allow an extra 45 minutes) in time for your flight to Lower Zambezi (Jeki airstrip). Proflight flies either directly Mfuwe-Jeki or sometimes via Lusaka, as their schedule varies. Upon arrival in Jeki, you will have a 60-minute boat transfer to Chongwe River Camp. Depending on your arrival time you may be able to participate in the afternoon/evening safari.

Day 9 & 10 – Chongwe River Camp

A stay in the Lower Zambezi offers you a broad choice of activities such as river safari, sunset cruise, fishing trip, canoe safari, bush walks or game drives. The routine is similar to South Luangwa, starting with an early breakfast, returning mid-morning from your activity for brunch, spending relaxing time in camp and savouring an afternoon tea before the afternoon activity. Whatever you choose, you will be sure to enjoy traditional sundowners with stunning views of the Zambezi River.

Day 11 – Departure

Today you are transferred back to Jeki airstrip to fly back to Lusaka. Depending on your flight departure time, you may have the option of a last morning activity or a sleep in. Flight Jeki-Lusaka with Proflight (35 min). End of services at Lusaka airport.

Included / Excluded

Including:

Full board accommodation
All meals, local drinks and house wines
Walking Safaris
Day and night drives
National Park fees & conservation levies
Airport and inter-camp transfers
Domestic flights and departure taxes

Excluding:

Visa fees for entry to Zambia.
International flights.
Victoria Falls Entry Fees.
Gratuities and items of personal nature.

Rates By Season

25 May – 30 June 2019

Net rate: USD 6191-00 Per Person Sharing

Single supplement: USD 1 142

1 July – 31 October 2019

Net rate: USD 9105-00 Per Person Sharing

Single supplement: USD 1 142

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