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12 DAYS - TIER ONE ITINERARY FOR BEST OF ZAMBIA & VICTORIA FALLS

AfricanMecca's Best Of Zambia & Victoria Falls Safari - TIER 1 sets out to discover key destinations for safari, cultural and historic heritage touring of Kafue National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa National Park & Victoria Falls.

TIER 1 SAFARI SUMMARY FOR BEST OF ZAMBIA & VICTORIA FALLS

Itinerary Highlights:
  • 3 nights stay in Lower Zambezi National Park. Overnights at Chiawa Camp.
  • 3 nights stay in South Luangwa National Park. Overnights at Puku Ridge Camp.
  • 3 nights stay in Kafue National Park. Overnights at Shumba Camp.
  • 2 nights stay at the closest accommodation (walking distance) next to the Victoria Falls in Livingstone. Overnights at Royal Livingstone Hotel.
  • Zambia meet and greet service at Lusaka International Airport.
  • Flight From/To Lusaka – Lower Zambezi – South Luangwa – Kafue – Victoria Falls/Livingstone – Lusaka.
  • Various noted activities are included with your overnight stay as indicated.
  • Ability to customize and add more days to the existing program e.g Chobe, Okavango Delta, Kruger, Serengeti, Masai Mara, Cape Town
  • This program can further be combined with other AfricanMecca safaris/itineraries/locations in Zambia or to include other parks and destinations within Africa and Indian Ocean Islands.

AfricanMecca guests need to arrive at Lusaka International Airport in Zambia. Subject to arrival timing, you may need an overnight in the city.

The Best Of Zambia Safari sets out to discover Zambia's 4 best (unique and diverse) eco-systems where wildlife viewing is unique to each park, activities are life changing experiences as well as setting foot on famed locations in Zambia leading to a very memorable experience. Visit the Kafue National Park, whose experiences are unmatched and the wildlife interaction are not scripted nor predictable. The wow! moment is rather unexpected and within a matter of a few second the whole experience unravels - whether it is the lechwe being stalked by the cheetah, the African hunting dogs appearance on the river banks or the real-time kill of a young impala by a leopard - Kafue is a genuinely wild experience. Lower Zambezi National Park is beautiful displaying its tall leadwoods, ebonies, acacias and figs stand on carpets of rich grassland. Wildlife congregates near the river which can be viewed on the specialty canoeing safaris. The South Luangwa National Park is one of Africa's biggest parks with territorial species of wildlife located in distinct/resident areas of the park. The visit to the park enables AfricanMecca clients to explore the beauty of the wilderness, wildlife, ecology, its specialty walking safari, unmatched day and night game viewing as well as the wilderness camp experience. South Luangwa wildlife include huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Of particular interest are the two subspecies unique to the Luangwa Valley: the beautiful thornicroft giraffe (with its dark patterned skin) and Cookson's wildebeest. The valley's main predators are lion, leopard and spotted hyena. During the day, lion seldom hide and are often seen, where as leopards hunt by night. Combine this with an experience of viewing the stunning Victoria Falls in Livingstone, one of Africa's (and world) wonders from an eye level or from above - either in a microlight or helicopter - it can't get any better than that!

LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK

Upon arrival at the Lusaka International Airport, a guest relations’ transfer officer will personally meet all arriving guests. They will be standing outside the arrival section holding a signboard with your name on it. Check in for your flight. Fly out to Lower Zambezi National Park, arriving at Jeki Airstrip. You are met on arrival and transferred to Chiawa Camp for your 3 nights Zambezi safari experience. Resting peacefully on the banks of the Zambezi River, under a grove of evergreen Mahogany trees, Chiawa Camp holds the prime position in the heart of Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park. It is at this very spot, where David Livingstone ventured through nearly 150 years previously, where the Cumings Family in 1989 created the very first photo safari operation in the Lower Zambezi National Park and what has since become one of Africa's most desirable, sought after safari destinations. Constructed mainly of natural materials Chiawa Camp blends in effortlessly with its idyllic surroundings and it is here where guests receive the very best Africa has to offer. A stunning thatched lounge/bar area with upstairs viewing deck provides one of the best views of the Zambezi.

With lions roaring in the distance and hippos snorting to each other nearby, the luxurious tents, elegant design and gourmet cuisine of Chiawa Camp provide the perfect base from which to explore this wild and beautiful area. In the Lower Zambezi Valley, the river follows the trace of an ancient continental rift, between steep-sided mountains. Watered year-round, the vast flat area between the two escarpment ranges forms an area of outstanding natural beauty, with a unique ecosystem. Teeming with fish, the river supports a truly astounding bird population. Reed banks and islands are home to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hippo and zebra, amongst countless others. Spend your days spotting wildlife from the camp's river bank or when out on your daily activities After lunch, spend some time relaxing viewing wildlife as they come around to your camp or on the river bank. The shimmering sun reflecting like gemstones off the river creates unique photographic opportunities which clients may want to take advantage of. Do not be surprised by the elephants that walk by your camp to forage off the vegetation. If it gets a little too hot, you can take a plunge in the pool and cool off. At around mid afternoon, you will gather for high tea and proceed for an afternoon canoeing activity on the river culminating into an evening game drive on the return back. The canoeing activity is an incredibly fun yet relaxed and enjoyable experience with the opportunity to view good concentrations of wildlife and birdlife as they congregate by the river bank to drink. You are led by professional guides and their crew who help you navigate the river while spotting the hippos and crocodile cooling off or basking in the sun. The river water level swoosh and swirls vary depending on the time of the year/season while also coinciding with release of water from the Kariba dam, which ends up being an interesting experience on its own. The wildlife species that can be spotted include the various types of antelopes, elephants, hippos, crocodile, lions, buffalo and incredible amount of birds including fish eagles, herons, storks and the list goes on. The night game drives are reserved for the nocturnal creatures also commonly referred to the small five (as compared to the big 5) along with the superb opportunities to view the big cats hunt. For those preferring an alternative experience, the Lower Zambezi is world famous for its tiger fish and record catches have been made on the river. The fishing policy is tag and release, which works best in preserving the endemic population. Apart from the canoeing on the Zambezi, clients can also take an afternoon game drive on a 4x4 and end with a return to camp in the early evening. Spend the evening at the dinner table discussing your day's adventure with other guests and camp host while planning your activities for the following day.

Activities Included: Day game drives; Canoeing; Night game drives; Fishing; Walking safaris; River boating safari.

Overnight Accommodation: Chiawa Camp

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

Check in for your flight. Fly via Lusaka Airport to South Luangwa National Park, arriving at the Mfuwe Airport, the main town at the footsteps of South Luangwa. You are met on arrival and transferred to Puku Ridge Camp for your 3 nights Luangwa safari experience. Named for the Puku antelope that inhabits the Kakumbi Dambo (floodplain), which the camp overlooks, Puku Ridge Camp is built on a hillside, providing stunning vistas of the floodplain and the wildlife that frequents it. Depending on whether it is the emerald or dry season, the Luangwa river's water table level either saturates or seeps into the ground prodding the resident species near the accommodation to either have a 'field day' (no pun intended) with readily available food or work harder (work harder!!), as humorously announced by the calls of the turtle dove bird. Combine this with the startling 3 whistles of the Puku antelope, marking its territory, fending off the males and announcing his availability to interested females. Just then you resign to the calls for an afternoon tea where appetizing snacks, beverages are served before your departure for an afternoon game drive with the opportunity to view superb concentrations of game whether its cats, antelopes, pachyderms. Spend the days and nights experiencing the ecology, wildlife as well as time at the camp.

Activities Included: Day game drives; Night game drives; Walking safaris

Overnight Accommodation: Puku Ridge Camp

KAFUE NATIONAL PARK

After your morning activity and breakfast, fly to Kafue National Park via Lusaka or Livingstone. Arrive at the Busanga Airstrip, where you are met by your helicopter shuttle; transfer to Shumba Camp. Your experience begins with the superb ascension with panoramic views of the woodlands and its dense foliage. The land mass opens up to beautiful grasslands in contrasting yellow, green and brown cut through by a river, creating a superb photographic experience as well as an opportunity to view game from above. The flatlands called the Busanga Plains, stretches in all directions as far as the eye can see - one of Zambia's most significant wetland resources and one of the few untouched by development or human activity. The lush grasslands are grazed by red lechwe antelope in their thousands, the ubiquitous puku, the stately sable and roan antelopes in the woodland to the diminutive oribi and duiker. The solid-rumped defassa waterbuck, herds of tsessebe, hartebeest, zebra and buffalo make for a full menu of antelope. The wealth of game on the plains of Kafue National Park are a big attraction for lions and prides of up to twenty are spotted regularly. Cheetah and leopard also roam the plains. Elephants are a stately sighting for clients on the Busanga Plains as this would mean they would have endured the long journey from the forests to the plains in search of water. Spend the days with early morning and mid-afternoon-night wildlife viewing, watching the birding interaction and spotting game in Africa's most precious gem.

Activities Included: Day game drives; Night game drives.

Overnight Accommodation: Shumba Camp

VICTORIA FALLS - LIVINGSTONE

An early breakfast is served. Fly to Livingstone via Lusaka. Upon arrival at the Livingstone International Airport by the Victoria Falls, a transfer officer will personally meet all arriving guests. He will be standing in the main arrival section holding a signboard with your name on it. Thereafter, you will be transferred to Royal Livingstone Hotel for two nights. Guests prefer the Royal Livingstone Hotel for the main reason that it is located right next to the Victoria Falls (One of the two accommodations only in Zambia to have this privilege).

Guests prefer the Royal Livingstone Hotel for the main reason that it is located right next to the Victoria Falls (One of the two accommodations only in Zambia to have this privilege). At your own leisure time you can visit the falls, relax and enjoy the experience. Add to the factor that the accommodation is a top notch experience delivering superior quality of service, and for a 2 night stay, the Royal Livingstone Hotel is the best choice for your valuable time. During the warmer periods of the year, after being in the bush for several days, guests can retreat and relax by the pool, while viewing the spray from the falls in the short distance. Don't be caught surprised by the casual trot of the resident zebra population around the hotel grounds. There are several activities that may appeal to our clients, that include helicopter and microlight flights, all professionally piloted, with the opportunity to view the falls from above as well as other alternative activities to add on. [Breakfast meal is included with your overnight stay. Additional meals depending on the activities you undertake, can be purchased at convenient locations]

Activities Included: Guided Tour Of The Victoria Falls

Optional Victoria Falls Activities Available : Zambezi River Boat Cruise, Elephant or Horse Back Safaris, Seasonal Whitewater Rafting, Helicopter or Microlight Flight Over The Victoria Falls, Seasonal Livingstone Island Tour, Chief Mukuni Village Cultural Tour and many more.

Overnight Accommodation: Royal Livingstone Hotel

DEPARTURE & TRIP EXTENSIONS

Day 12: Victoria Falls (Livingstone Town) Departure & Extensions

Breakfast. Transfer to Livingstone International Airport (LVI) in time for your outbound departure flight or to continue with the below extension to Chobe

RECOMMENDED PRE AND POST SAFARI AND TOUR EXTENSION IN CHOBE

After your Best Of Zambia & Victoria Falls Tour - TIER 1 safari, we recommend a combination off-beat extension to distinct destinations such as the Chobe National Park in Botswana. You can visit it before or after your Victoria Falls safari to harmoniously conclude with a coastal rest and relaxation in Cape Town in South Africa with speckled seaside, cultural, winelands and historic experiences. You may customize to include any other destination of your preference in Eastern and Southern Africa. The options are endless!

3 Nights Chobe Extension - (Botswana)

Transfer to Kasane. On arrival, transfer to Chobe Chilwero for your 3 nights stay. Chobe Chilwero is located on the edge of Chobe National Park, the second largest national park in Botswana where some 80,000 elephants roam. From the lodge’s hilltop position, guests can enjoy far reaching panoramic views over the Chobe River and floodplain below, relax in the split-level swimming pool or unwind with a pampering session in the full service spa complete with a treetop treatment room. Chobe Chilwero’s fifteen guest cottages all command fabulous views and come with every convenience guests could hope for. The en suite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers while the freestanding tubs are large and comfortable. Each cottage also has its own private garden – the perfect spot to sip cocktails after, or why not enjoy your very own private dinner served under the African sky? With Africa’s largest concentration on the lodge’s doorstep, elephants feature largely on any activity at Chobe Chilwero. Game drives bring these grey giants into easy reach as they drink and frolic at the water’s edge in boisterous herds. Hippo, buffalo, antelope, lion and leopard are also frequent sights. The best way to end a day of safari is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the waters of the Chobe River.

Activities Included: Land and water based activities - see accommodation for complete details.

Overnight Accommodation: Chobe Chilwero

LOCATION OF YOUR DESTINATIONS IN ZAMBIA

We recommend you plan and book your Zambia safari at least 8 to 10 months prior to your arrival. Safari accommodations are almost fully booked all year round due to limited rooming capacity and high demand. Please contact us to customize your safari and request prices based on your travel preference.

PRICING REQUEST: For the most up to date, special or discounted pricing, please use the Contact Us Section to get in touch with us regarding planning your specialty Zambia safari as a independent safari or as part of a greater East Africa or Southern Africa tour. Multiple special offers are received and available on a regular basis for safaris in Zambia based on rooming availability and we will be happy to share these with you. This itinerary is a sample recommended itinerary experiencing the best Zambian parks given the number of days available to you.

AFRICANMECCA REVIEWS

What are our Customers saying about our safari holidays?

  • On behalf of myself, my wife and my two adult daughters, I want to sincerely thank you and AfricanMecca Safaris for our fabulous recent safari. Everything you promised exceeded our expectations and was superb, which is saying a lot since this was our second trip, having had a wonderful Botswana Safari 10 years ago. Do not ever hesitate to use me as a reference.
    Robert Schenkein - prVision Photography Studio - Colorado, United States
  • Chobe was delightful, less than half full. Sussi and Chuma, very nice, again only 13 people in all. All the game drives and river cruises were excellent. We had great weather. The ability to get really close is in inspiring. EVERYWHERE we went, the people were warm, helpful and charming. Thank you so much. We will be recommending your services to all.
    Thomas Kelch - California, United States
  • Raza Visram at AfricanMecca planned the most amazing trip for my friend and I. I wanted to go to 4 countries in 15 days and he made it happen. It was an aggressive itinerary and Raza planned it so well, that the transitions were seamless. The last leg of the trip was Botswana for another Safari and we stayed at the most beautiful lodge. The excitement in seeing the animals so closely is indescribable.
    Karin Alsdorf - New Jersey, United States
  • I had a wonderful trip to Africa and I would highly recommend your company.I have been to Africa many times and I have never had such wonderful service. The guide and safari vehicle were both great and all the lodges were outstanding. We will be going to Africa again the year after next and I assure you I will be contacting you. Thanks again for arranging such a great trip.
    Ronald Price, President, Ron Price Motors Group - California, United States
  • Greetings to you and our most fervent thanks for a wonderful trip of Kenya, Zanzibar, South Africa & Victoria Falls. This was truly a perfect vacation. Thank you so much for all your arrangements. It was a trip filled with different kinds of adventures. We experienced and learned so much. Would highly recommend it to others who are interested in similar trips. Wishing you the very best.
    Adrienne & Barrie Carter - Canada
  • Thank you for everything; we had an amazing honeymoon. Words really can't describe our experience, all we can really say was that it was the most amazing experience of our lives and we would recommend AfricanMecca to anyone. We hope to visit Africa again sometime next year! Thank you & all of your staff for an amazing & perfect honeymoon.
    Rick Sagoo - London, United Kingdom

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