This conservation inspired safari takes you to Zambia’s off-the-grid National Parks including Liuwa Plain National Park & Kafue National Park.
This 7 day Zambia safari skips the crowds and transports you to off-the-grid national parks in Zambia. First up is Kafue National Park, Zambia’s oldest and largest park. Prepare yourself for epic wildlife encounters on night game drives, boat safaris, and if you are up for more – a hot air balloon safari. End off your adventurous days at Shumba Camp and don’t be surprised to be welcomed by lion prides known for roaming the plains around the camp. Second up is Liuwa Plain National Park, situated in the Western reaches of Zambia. Famous for its conservation efforts alongside leading conservation NGO, African Parks, Luiwa Plains showcases the very best of Zambia’s wildlife on epic walking safaris, canoe safaris and night game drives. Your three nights in Luiwa Plains will be spent in utmost comfort in the park’s most exclusive camp, King Lewanika Lodge. If you are not quite ready for home, extend your trip for 2 more nights at the famous Victoria Falls, a bucket list destination when visiting Zambia. Are you ready?
Touch down in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city and board your 1h30min charter flight to Lufupa airstrip in Kafue National Park. Here you will be met by a lodge representative who will transfer you to your home for the next three nights, Shumba Camp. Located in lion pride territory, on a tree island in the centre of Busanga Plains, Shumba Camp is the perfect home-base from which to explore Kafue. Consisting of 6 luxury tented suites raised on wooden decks, you can prepare yourself for frequent lion sightings – said to be some of the best in all of Africa. At the end of the season tree-climbing lions are also a sight that shouldn’t be missed.
After a long day of traveling, settle in and enjoy your first afternoon game drive in Kafue National Park. Expect to see large numbers of puku, red lechwe, buffalo, wildebeest and if you are lucky, cheetah and wild dogs. Birders can be rest assured to see something of interest as the park boast 491 species of birds. Return to the lodge at sunset and enjoy dinner under the stars.
After breakfast set out on your first morning game drive in Zambia. Wildlife tend to be more active during the early hours of the day so you are guaranteed great sightings. Depending on the water levels in the floodplains, you can explore the channels on a motorboat safari. This will also give you the chance to come closer than ever before to hippos and crocodiles residing in the water. After your adventurous day on the plains you can enjoy fireside tales and star gazing – a nightly ritual at Shumba Camp. If you are not quite ready for bed, join your game ranger on a night game drive – an exciting trip to track nocturnal animals.
Today you can decide to spend your day at your own pace. Join your game ranger on the morning and afternoon game drive, spend your day cooling off at the swimming pool overlooking Busanga Plains, set out on a birding expedition or partake in a walking safari. If you would like to take your adventurous trip a step further, book a hot air balloon safari for a sunset flight over the vast plains of Kafue National Park – a bucket list experience for your trip to Africa.
Enjoy your last hearty breakfast at Shumba Camp and prepare for transfer to Lufupa airstrip for your 1h35min charter flight to Kalabo airstrip in Liuwa Plain National Park. Here you will be met by a lodge representative who will escort you to their helicopter for a short 15 minute transfer to King Lewanika Lodge, the most exclusive camp in Liuwa Plains. King Lewanika Lodge is the only permanent camp in the park and boasts state-of-the-art design and architecture. With their award-winning guides, conservation driven operations alongside African Parks, exclusive location and rare wildlife, you can be rest assured that you are in one of the most sought after destinations in Zambia. Not to mention that Liuwa Plains is home to the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa and you can play witness to this here and now.
After breakfast, set out on your morning game drive. With abundant wildebeest in the area your chances of spotting predators on the hunt including lions, cheetah, hyenas and wild dog. Today you also have the option of venturing into Liuwa Plains on foot, alongside your experienced and armed guide. These expeditions will get you closer to the raw beauty of the park as well as learning more about the fauna and flora of the region. End off your day with an afternoon game drive and sundowners on the plains. If you are a keen photographer, the months of February to May are your best times to capture dramatic African storms and sunsets. Enjoy your evening with a fine-dining experience under the stars and after your nightcap you can choose to join on another night game drive. Photo credit | Will Burrard-Lucas
Take to the water on your last full day at Liuwa Plains on an active canoeing safari which will uncover another group of rather scarce animals – hippos and crocodiles submerged in the water. If you are lucky you might also come across the endangered wattled crane which roams the shallow water in search of food. Guided fishing trips are also available should you wish to spend more time in the outdoors. If you are visiting in the months of October – November you will also have the chance to experience the annual wildflower bloom. Your stay at King Lewanika can be as adventurous as you make it – an optionally sleep-out under the stars is available at your request (which we highly recommend!).
Today marks the end of your time at Liuwa Plain National Park. One last adventure ahead is your helicopter transfer back to the airstrip where you will be flown to Lusaka Airport for your onwards flight home.
Optional Victoria Falls Extension: Day 7 – 9
Your helicopter transfer will take you to Kalabo airstrip for your onwards charter flight to Livingstone International Airport. Here you will be met by a lodge representative who will transfer you to your accommodation on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, Royal Chundu.
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