Wild Zambia - Campingtour from West to East

Exploring Zambia´s Wilderness - visit Liuwa Plains, Kafue and South Luangwa National Parks on one trip.

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Itinerary

Included & Excluded

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation as indicated in the program
  • All meals (except dinner in Livingstone and Lusaka)
  • All transport (including transfer from airport in Livingstone on date of arrival and transfer to Mfuwe airport on day of departure)
  • Competent English speaking guide and driver/cook.
  • All Camping equipment (except sleeping bag and pillow) with big tents (1.80 m height), high       density mattress, stretcher and linen.
  • Domestic flight day 11 including 23 kg luggage and 5 kg hand luggage
  • All entry fees (except Victoria Falls)
  • All activities as indicated in the program

Not included in the price:

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks (we supply juice and drinking water).
  • Visa fees to Zambia (single entry: US$ 50-00 pp).
  •  Entrance fee to the Victoria Falls (US$ 20-00 pp)
  • All optional activities not offered by Adventure Purists Ltd / Bundu Safaris Ltd
  • All activities in Livingstone
  • Personal insurance, personal expenditure (i.e. curios)
  • Tips

Day 1

Lilongwe

Upon arrival transfer to a small lodge on the outskirts of the city, and final preparations for the safari.  Accommodation in chalets outside Lilongwe. (-/-/-)

Day 2

Ngonye Waterfalls

Pick-up from your lodge and early morning drive to Mosi oa Tunya National Park where we do a game walk with a ranger to see the rhinos. Afterwards we carry on along the course of the Zambezi river up to the beautiful Ngonye Falls; not as mighty as the “big brother” further south, but equally impressive. The Zambezi splits into several channels and the masses of water find their way through the basalt rock formations.

Camping near the river. (FB).

Day 3, 4, 5 and 6

Liuwa Plains National Park

In the morning we will hike to an island to get the best view of the falls. Afterwards we drive further north to Mongu and cross the Barotse flood plains to the Liuwa Plains National Park. There are few roads; however this is part of the park’s attraction: around 3660km² of untouched Africa. Most of this is a vast honey-coloured plain of grass, with just the occasional water pan, island of raffia palms or a small tree-belt interrupting the scenery.

End of October tens of thousands of Gnu (about 60.000) as well as zebra and buffalo will join the more resident red lechwe and reedbuck.

The open plains are particularly good for oribi. Hyena are the main predators here, while wild dog, cheetah and lion are dispersed on the plains.

Camping in the bush (running water, showers and flush toilets are present). (4xFB)

 

Day 7

Mongu

Drive to Mongu, our stop-over at the edge of the Barotse floodplains. Here we have the possibility to stock up for the next few days in Kafue National Park.

Camping on the shore of a beautiful lake. (FB).

Day 8 and 9:

Chunga: Central Kafue National Park

We drive through Miombo forest to Chunga.  Several small rivers cross this area. These leave a number of waterholes in the dry season for the animals to quench their thirst. Wild dogs, which roam large areas of the park, cheetah and lion are among the inhabitants here. The birdlife is prolific.

Camping on the banks of the Kafue River at Mayukuyuku Camp. (2x FB)

Day 10

Lusaka

We leave the wilderness and drive on a tar-road to Zambia’s capital Lusaka.

Overnight in chalets at Pioneer camp or similar. Dinner in a restaurant (own expense) (B/L/-).

Day 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15

South Luangwa National Park

Transfer to Lusaka’s airport and domestic flight to Mfuwe near South Luangwa National Park. Afterwards transfer to our campsite outside the park border. South Luangwa NP is known for its abundance of African wildlife: Thorneycroft’s giraffe, Cookson’s Gnu, Crawshay’s Zebra and big herds of buffalo and elephant.

Game drives along the Luangwa River often produce spectacular sightings. Hippo families can be seen in great numbers in the river, unparalleled in Africa.

During the dry season (July to October), many side channels of the river dry up, leaving the fish trapped. This attracts many different species of predators, such as the African fish eagle, jackal, and hyena, to mention but a few. The colourful Carmine bee-eaters are often seen perching in front of their nests in the river banks.

Camping in Croc Valley Camp, Marula Game Lodge or similar (5x FB).

Day 16

Departure

Transfer to the airport at Mfuwe and departure. (F/-/-)

 

Dates

LI 1: 25.05. – 09.06.2019

LI 2: 08.06. – 23.06.2019       

LI 3: 02.11. – 17.11.2019 

LI 4: 16.11. – 01.12.2019