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TIER 3 - BEST OF ZAMBIA & VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI
AfricanMecca's Best Of Zambia & Victoria Falls Safari - TIER 3 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.
12 DAYS - TIER THREE ITINERARY FOR BEST OF ZAMBIA & VICTORIA FALLS
TIER 3 SAFARI SUMMARY FOR BEST OF ZAMBIA & VICTORIA FALLS
- 3 nights stay in Lower Zambezi National Park. Overnights at Kasaka River Lodge.
- 3 nights stay in South Luangwa National Park. Overnights at Kafunta River Lodge.
- 3 nights stay in Kafue National Park. Overnights at Mukambi Safari Lodge.
- 2 nights stay at the closest accommodation (walking distance) next to the Victoria Falls in Livingstone. Overnights at Avani Victoria Falls Resort.
- Zambia meet and greet service at Lusaka International Airport.
- Flight From/To Lusaka – Lower Zambezi – South Luangwa – Victoria Falls/Livingstone. Road Transfer From/To Kafue
- 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 Royal Airstrip. You are met on arrival and transferred to Kasaka River Lodge. The lodge is situated in a natural bush environment with each chalet secluded among the native flora. Kasaka has a 'tame side' with beautiful manicured gardens and colorful indigenous plants and a 'wild side' for the more adventurous, which is connected to the main lodge by overhead walkways to allow for the passage of wildlife within the camp.
Activities Included: Day game drives; Canoeing; Night game drives; Fishing; Walking safaris; River boating safari.
Overnight Accommodation: Kasaka River Lodge
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 Kafunta River Lodge for your 3 nights Luangwa safari experience. The lodge is set in the riverside forest on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. From the comfort of the lodge, guests may view some of Africa's majestic wildlife as animals come down to drink. Elephant, hippopotamus, many antelope species and crocodiles are plentiful in this area. 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 a mid-afternoon game drive with the opportunity to view superb concentrations of game whether its cats, antelopes, pachyderms. After your mid afternoon-night game drives, meals are served and later comforted by the camp fire. Spend the days and nights experiencing the ecology, wildlife as well as time at the lodge's lagoon & Luangwa River.
Overnight Accommodation: Kafunta River Lodge
KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
After your morning activity and breakfast, fly to Lusaka and road transfer to Kafue National Park. Arrive at Mukambi Safari Lodge. The lodge has a wonderful setting with direct views of the Kafue River. It is this river that gives life to the land and its inhabitant. Check in to your lodge rooms with lunch arranged in the main dining mess. Spend the early part of the afternoon spotting wildlife around the lodge areas - either viewing the elephant crossing the river, photographing the hippo pods that bob and submerge in the water while waiting for that picture perfect yawn or the crocodiles with their wide opened mouths laying on the banks in the heat of the day. If the day gets too warm, clients will have the opportunity to cool off in the plunge pool. Around mid afternoon, client will meet for high tea followed by a guided river boating safari, exploring the various sections of the river. Birdlife, apart from the larger game viewing is spectacular on the river. You can spend time watching the fish eagle swoosh down and hook a fish or the opportunity to spot the Pel’s fishing owl among many other bird species culminating into a rewarding experience for both bird lovers and those who just love nature at work. Arrive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Alternative to the Sunset boat safari; head out late afternoon for sunset safari and a night game drive around the trails and loops with the opportunity to spot civets, bush babies, genets, and hippo. Return to the lodge for the overnight after an eventful day and drift away listing to the coo's, and grunts of the night.
Activities Included: Day game drives; Night game drives; Walking safaris; River boating safari.
Overnight Accommodation: Mukambi Safari Lodge
VICTORIA FALLS - LIVINGSTONE
An early breakfast is served. Fly to Livingstone. 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 Avani Victoria Falls Resort for two nights.The hotel located at the Victoria Falls Livingstone in Zambia, features adobe-style architecture. Simple finishes highlight bright mosaics and fabrics and the intoxicating environment is characterized by ethnic wall stencils, timber and plaster ceilings, Zambian artworks and accessories. Avani Victoria Falls Resort is constructed in a series of eight buildings, consisting of the guest rooms, a central pavilion of restaurants and a fabulous convention center. The local tribes people call Victoria Falls in Livingstone “Mosi-Oa-Tunya”, Bantu for the “Smoke That Thunders”. The spray from the mighty Victoria Falls may be seen like a cloud across the bushveld throwing rainbows hundreds of feet in the air. At your own leisure time you can visit the falls, relax and enjoy the experience. 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.
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: Avani Victoria Falls Resort
DEPARTURE & TRIP EXTENSIONS
Day 12: Victoria Falls (Livingstone Town) Departure & Extensions
Breakfast. Transfer to Livingstone International Airport 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 CHOBEAfter your Best Of Zambia & Victoria Falls Tour - TIER 3 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 Safari Lodge for your 3 nights stay. The accommodation is located on Botswana’s far northern border where the Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe River systems lie and form a mosaic of lakes, islands, channels and floodplains. Part of this ecosystem is the Chobe National Park, renowned for its vast herds of elephant and buffalo. It is a huge lodge compared to Botswana standards, and consists of 46 Luxury Safari Rooms, 22 Luxury River Rooms and 8 Rondavels. Family rooms with separate children room (bunk beds) are also available. Along with many species of big game, Chobe National Park boasts the largest concentration of elephant in Africa, and game drives and boat cruises from Chobe Safari Lodge offer guests the opportunity to witness this amazing spectacle.Game drives within the Chobe National Park offer the opportunity to view the abundant elephant and other big game species up close, and also the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators. Game drives depart three times a day (approximately 3 hour duration). Alternatively there is an option of booking a full or half-day drive with a picnic lunch. Chobe River cruises have to be one of the finest game viewing experiences in Africa. With over 80 000 elephant in the park alone they are a very frequent sighting. Hippo, water birds, buffalo, crocodile and puku are also viewed from the river. Private cruises, led by our expert guides are available throughout the day to suit your individual needs.
Activities Included: Land and water based activities - see accommodation for complete details.
Overnight Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge
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.
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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