Bush camps are uniquely Zambian having been pioneered in the Luangwa Valley. They go hand-in-hand with walking safaris which will often move from camp to camp. Often seasonal due to their remote location there are a range of options available. Here we give our run down on why a stay in one is a must on any visit to Zambia. Bush camps have become as integral to the Zambian safari experience as walking safaris, and the two combine perfectly for a really adventurous trip. They range in style dramatically from a fly camp erected each night for the most dedicated enthusiasts, to seasonal rustic shelters to luxurious chalets that it is hard to believe can be created in such remote locations. Highlights of a stay in them include:
Zambia is a great destination for first timers and safari aficionados alike, offering an off-the-beaten-track experience with some of the most rewarding game viewing on the continent combined with some of the most unique activities. Here we give a rundown of our top things to do in Zambia to really make the most of your time here…
Whilst the main attraction of visiting Victoria Falls is of course the thundering falls themselves, it is also a Mecca for those seeking adrenaline-pumping activities and unique experiences which are a highlight to any visit. With the falls straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, certain activities are exclusive to one side. Here we give our lowdown on what to do and where…
As safari specialists we are often asked where the best place to go on safari is. This can be difficult to answer as we all have different perceptions of what the ideal safari destination is. Some favour Kenya as it is, in some ways, the original safari destination; others prefer Tanzania with its famous Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Here, our Zambia specialist Bjorn makes the case for why Zambia is his favourite safari destination…
Zambia is a wonderfully romantic honeymoon destination. It is still relatively off-the-beaten track and offers some really spectacular landscapes and wildlife. Famed for the magnificent Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and the quiet and remote national parks. Zambia lies landlocked at the heart of Africa and is blessed with some of the most remote and unspoilt wildlife locations in Africa.
Zambia is widely-regarded as offering one of Africa’s top safari experiences that Africa has to offer and some of the most impressive bush accommodation. An exciting alternative that has been pioneered in Zambia, are a unique set of safari houses, ideal for families or groups of friends looking for a private and tailor-made safari experience. Take a look at our top 5 safari houses in Zambia:
The home of the walking safari, Zambia and the South Luangwa in particular is the perfect place to get out and explore the bush on foot. Having been pioneered by Norman Carr in the 1950s in the Luangwa Valley, walking safaris allow you to get back to basics and experience the bush in an in-depth and multifaceted way, whilst leaving a much smaller carbon footprint. Here we give our top five reasons for recommending your next safari to Africa is a walking safari in Zambia…
Zambia is home to the walking safari and offers one of Africa’s premier wildlife experiences. Here, our Zambia expert Annie experiences the unique Luwi River Trail walking safari – a true wilderness adventure away from the crowds and up close to nature. Accompanied by some of the best guides on the continent, with some of the best wildlife viewing that Africa has on offer, Annie tells us why the Luwi River Trail is one of her favourite safari experiences…
Visiting Victoria Falls is a highlight of any trip to Southern Africa, but it is all in the timing. Water levels fluctuate throughout the year, which not only affects what you get to see but also what you can do, with certain activities only available at certain levels of flow. Here we give our rundown of water levels throughout the year, what you can expect to see and when best to go based on what you want to do.
Away from the crowds associated with some more developed safari destinations in East and Southern Africa, Zambia offers one of the most exciting safari experiences in all of Africa. The perfect spot for an off-the-beaten-track safari with outstanding game viewing on offer, Zambia is the perfect destination for safari aficionados looking for something a little different. For those looking for an even more unique experience, look no further than Liuwa Plain in the far west of Zambia – one of the most amazing, yet least explored, of Africa’s national parks. Here's why this little-known park has so much appeal...
Most people will choose to go on safari in the South Luangwa during the high season, from May to October when the bush is at its driest. The dry conditions draw wildlife to the scarce water sources making for excellent sightings, with great herds seen. From December to April though, the bush is transformed by the rains into a lush haven and some wonderful wildlife encounters. Here we give our top five reasons for heading to the South Luangwa in the Emerald Season.
Bush and Island Family Escape
South Luangwa, Zambia & Lake Malawi, Malawi
Best for: Family, Beach, Safari
This one week adventure is the perfect getaway for a family holiday! Start your trip on safari in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia and end on the beautiful Likoma Island surrounded by the clear blue waters of Lake Malawi.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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This itinerary is the perfect combination of safari and 'beach' without having to travel all the way to the coast. An excellent safari destination, South Luangwa has ample opportunity to spot game from two game drives a day, to being able to spot game from the comfort of camp. Kids will love spotting the animals hiding in the bush and the exclusive tented safari house at Crocodile Nest where views over the Luangwa River offer a spectacular backdrop. Safaris are surprisingly tiring, so after three days exploring South Luangwa National Park, you'll head over to Likoma Island in Malawi. The clear blue waters will welcome you where you'll spend time relaxing and maybe even try out some watersports and snorkelling to search for some marine life. This is a break all of the family are sure to enjoy!
Day 1 : London - Johannesburg - Lusaka
A flight from London to Lusaka in Zambia will take you via Johannesburg, where you will have a quick stop over before your next flight taking you into Zambia.
Days 1 - 4 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Crocodile Nest for 3 nights
On arrival into Lusaka Airport you will catch a Proflight domestic flight to Mfuwe in the South Luangwa. From Mfuwe Airport, located just outside of the National Park, you will be met by a guide and game vehicle and be transferred to Crocodile Nest. Here you will spend the next three nights with all meals and activites included in a spacious tented safari house with a private pool overlooking the River.
This is a wonderful base for families seeking a safari in the South Luangwa. Located just outside the border of the park, Crocodile Nest offers an excellent setting with views over the Luangwa River, allowing guests to see elephants and hippos grazing in the water. Your stay at Crocodile Nest will include a private vehicle and your own guide, giving you full freedom and choice of when and where to stop along the way.
South Luangwa is famed for excellent game viewing, especially impressive leopard sightings, African wild dog and lion and elephant, making this an exciting safari destination for all families.
Days 4 - 8 : Likoma Island, Lake Malawi
Stay at Kaya Mawa for 4 nights
This morning you will be transferred back to Mfuwe Airport where you catch your flight to Likoma Island. Here you will be met by a short transfer to the beautiful Kaya Mawa beach lodge. You will stay here for four nights in a Family House with all meals included and incredible panoramic views across the lake.
This luxury property offers not only a beautiful setting, but excellent service and complete comfort, as well as activites for the whole family. The crystal clear blue waters of Lake Malawi entice you to take a dip. The waters are safe for swimming and host a number of different water activites such as snorkelling, diving, sailing and some more adventurous ones like waterskiing and tube riding. Visits to local villages could also be arranged for those wanting to stay on dry land.
Day 8 : Lilongwe - Johannesburg - London
Today you will begin your journey home. You first flight will be a short jaunt to Lilongwe airport on mainland Malawi. From here you will fly to Johannesburg before catching your connecting flight back to London where you can look at all of your photos and remember the incredible places you have visited.
When to go
Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $3397 per person
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Game activities in Zambia
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.