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9 Days African Safari in Zambia

  • Lilongwe, Malawi - Luangwa Valley - South Lungwa National Park - Chipata - Livingstone - Zambezi River - Lusaka

Affordable Safari in Zambia

Join this 9-day safari with Kiboko Safaris in Zambia. You will visit famous South Luangwa National park and go on game and night drives. Then, you will continue your journey via Chipata to Livingstone. In Livingstone, you can explore the mighty Victoria Falls or also known as the Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders). Come and enjoy a safari the way you like it!

Highlights

  • Morning game drive
  • Watching elephant crossing
  • Afternoon game or night drive
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Snack before a game drive
  • Tribal Textiles workshop
  • 8 nights' lodging
  • 7 activity days
  • English
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During this safari, you will be accommodated in a canvas 2.2 x 2.2 meters safari doom tents supplied with mattresses (based on 2 people sharing). Please note that sleeping bag is not provided.

Day 1

You will departure from Lilongwe to the Luangwa Valley in Zambia. Your lunch will be served on the route. You will arrive at a tented camp at mid-afternoon and spend time acclimatizing to the African bush. You will enjoy dinner overlooking the Luangwa River, watching elephants cross at dusk, and listening to the sounds of the great outdoors. Relax over a drink before retiring for the evening.

Day 2 and 3

After early breakfast, go on a game drive in the South Luangwa National Park and search for elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, leopards, and much more with a guide. Enjoy the sights of the park before returning to the camp for a well-needed brunch. Take a refreshing swim in the pool before entering the national park once again. After a pre-game drive snack, join the afternoon game / night drive. This is a unique way to view the nocturnal activity of the park. Your dinner will be served at the camp.

Day 4

After breakfast, depart for Chipata. Stop on a route at Tribal Textiles workshop to see the beautiful fabrics made by the local craftsmen and artists. You will have lunch in Chipata and put up the tents at the Pioneer Campsite. Dinner will be prepared at the camp.

Day 5

After an early breakfast, you will depart for Lusaka. Then, you will continue to Livingstone, stop briefly at the Choma Museum, and arrive in Livingstone in the late afternoon hours. Stay the night in Livingstone at a campsite along the mighty Zambezi River. Listen to the sound of the almighty Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), or also known as Victoria Falls on the background before falling asleep.

Day 6 and 7

Spend the whole day around the mighty Victoria Falls. The falls are over a mile in length and over 5 million liters of water per second and can flow over the falls during the rainy season. There are choices to do some of the optional activities like a canoe safari or white water rafting on the upper Zambezi, a flight in an airplane, helicopter, microlight or balloon over the falls, and the famous 111-meter bungee jump above the Zambezi River. A sunset cruise is a perfect way to end this day, drifting past hippo’s and elephants as the sun sets over the mighty Zambezi River.

Day 8

Spend the last morning in Livingstone and say goodbye to the Victoria Falls before the departure towards Lusaka. Your arrival will be in the mid-afternoon hours. Then, you will settle down at the Pioneer Campsite, stopover for the night, and enjoy dinner.

Day 9

Drive back over the rolling hills through fascinating African landscapes to Chipata and cross the border back into Malawi. You will arrival in Lilongwe in the late afternoon.

Guidelines

  • Always keep a minimum distance between you and the animal of 40 meters. If you find yourself closer than that distance, retreat slowly and keep the animal within eyesight, so that you can see the animal movements.
  • If an elephant looks like it is not unhappy (lifting trunk, holding its ears to make it look even bigger), it means that you are standing too close and the elephant may charge. Retreat into the safety of a building or vehicle, walk quickly but do not run.
  • Hippopotamuses come on to a river bank at night to graze. Do not walk in between hippopotamuses and the water because they will feel threatened. They are faster than they look and are able to run around 40 kilometers per hour.
  • Do not leave food unattended as baboons and other monkeys are very quick to grab your food and will adapt unnatural habits by doing so.
  • Use a torch between 18:00 and 06:00 when moving around the camp. Night watchmen are available to escort you to and from your tent. Ask your guide for more information or advice if required. It will be a pleasure for him to share his knowledge with you.

Game viewing guidelines

The South Luangwa National Park has a long history of photographic safaris and the people involved have tried to maintain the highest standards of guiding and game viewing. To do this, Kiboko Safaris has to have guidelines that they ask all guides in the South Luangwa National Park to follow whenever possible. These guidelines are for the protection of the environment and to ensure all guests’ experiences of the South Luangwa National Park are as they should be. To ensure the animals are not distressed by too many vehicles at one time, Kiboko Safaris asks guides to avoid having more than three vehicles on a sighting at any one time.

Therefore, if your vehicle is the first on a sighting, please do not expect the guide to stay for too long if there are other vehicles waiting. If you are the fourth vehicle there, the guide will wait for a short time away from the sighting until the first vehicle pulls off. They realize that sometimes this means that not everyone gets to see the best sightings but there is always next time!

To protect the flora and fauna of the area, Kiboko Safaris asks guides not to drive “off road”. There is a lot of life you are not necessarily aware of inhabiting the scrub just off the roads (birds’ nests, lichens rich in minerals, rare plants etc). Therefore if you ask your driver to “drive a bit further off the road so I can get a better photograph”, he should tell you that he can’t and explain to you why. Therefore, please do not ask! Kiboko Safaris has a responsibility to protect the area’s natural resources for the future and at the same time give you the best game viewing experience in Africa. Please help them to do both by being understanding when a guide may have to say “no”.

Zambia, officially the Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. The neighbouring countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa with a tropical climate and consists mostly of high plateaus, with some hills and mountains, dissected by river valleys. The north of Zambia is very flat with broad plains.

In the west, the most notable being the Barotse Floodplain on the Zambezi, which floods from December to June, is lagging behind the annual rainy season (typically November to April). The flood dominates the natural environment and the lives, society and culture of the inhabitants and those of other smaller, floodplains throughout the country. In Eastern Zambia, the plateau which extends between the Zambezi and Lake Tanganyika valleys is tilted upwards to the north, and so rises imperceptibly from about 900 meters (2,953 feet) in the south to 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) in the center reaching 1,800 meters (5,906 feet) in the north near Mbala.

These plateau areas of northern Zambia have been categorised by the World Wildlife Fund as a large section of the Central Zambezian Miombo woodlands ecoregion. Eastern Zambia shows great diversity. The Luangwa Valley splits the plateau in a curve north east to south west, extended west into the heart of the plateau by the deep valley of the Lunsemfwa River. Hills and mountains are found by the side of some sections of the valley, notably in its north-east the Nyika Plateau (2,200 meters / 7,218 feet) on the Malawi border which extend into Zambia as the Mafinga Hills containing the country's highest point, Kongera (2,187 meters / 7,175 feet).

The Muchinga Mountains, the watershed between the Zambezi and Congo drainage basins, run parallel to the deep valley of the Luangwa River and form a sharp backdrop to its northern edge, although they are almost everywhere below 1,700 meters (5,577 feet). Their culminating peak Mumpu is at the western end and at 1,892 meters (6,207 feet) is the highest point in Zambia away from the eastern border region. The border of the Congo Pedicle was drawn around this mountain. The southernmost headstream of the Congo River rises in Zambia and flows west through its northern area firstly as the Chambeshi and then, after the Bangweulu Swamps as the Luapula which forms part of the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Luapula flows south then west before it turns north until it enters Lake Mweru.

The lake's other major tributary is the Kalungwishi River which flows into it from the east. The Luvua River drains Lake Mweru flowing out of the northern end to the Lualaba River (Upper Congo River). Lake Tanganyika is the other major hydrographic feature that belongs to the Congo basin. Its south-eastern end receives water from the Kalambo River which forms part of Zambia's border with Tanzania. This river has Africa's second highest uninterrupted waterfall, the Kalambo Falls. Victoria Falls is by some measures the largest waterfall in the world, being twice as wide and one and a half times as high as the Niagara Falls.

Although Kiboko Safaris makes every effort to cater for any dietary requirements, not all products are available. Therefore, should any special dietary requirement be explained to them in writing at the time of booking. Gluten free flour and decaffeinated coffee should be brought if required.

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • All meals
  • Dedicated crew
  • Game / night drive
  • National park entrance fees
  • Transportation in comfortable and fully-equipped safari vehicles
  • Activities in Victoria Falls / Livingstone
  • Entrance fee to Victoria Falls Park
  • Entry visas to Malawi and Zambia
  • Personal expenses
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.