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.
South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi, Livingstone
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As the name suggests this is the ultimate Zambian adventure with an extraordinary safari in the South Luangwa offering wonderful walking, an activity rich safari in the Lower Zambezi as well as the chance to relax and visit the magnificent Victoria Falls.
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This is an oustanding trip to Zambia which takes in some of the true highlights, with stays at some of the most incredible camps and lodges imagineable. South Luangwa is home to walking safaris and exciting game viewing with it being one of the prime spots for leopards as well as growing numbers of wild dog and impressive elephant sightings, particularly at the Luangwa River. Robin Pope Safaris are particularly well-established with excellent guides, particularly for walking safaris. A safari in the Lower Zambezi not only offers rewarding wildlife, but is a hotbed of activites with plenty to choose from including canoeing, river cruises and fishing in addition to the usual walking and game drives, making for one of the most diverse experiences imagineable. The Victoria Falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world and it's not hard to see why, they are truly majestic. There are plenty of adrenaline-filled activitie to choose from too - our personal recommendation is a trip to Livingstone Island with a dip in the awesome Devil's Pool.
Days 1 - 3 : South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Stay at Nkwali Camp for 2 nights
On arrival into Lusaka you will be met and assisted to your connecting flight to Mfuwe - the gateway to the South Luangwa. Upon landing you will be met by your expert Robin Pope Safaris guide and driven to Nkwali Camp; situated in a game management area bordering the South Luangwa National Park on the banks of the impressive Luangwa River. You will spend two nights here in a chalet with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. There are just six spacious chalets at Nkwali guaranteeing an intimate and exclusive safari. Whilst here you can go on game drives and night drives as well as walks, which the Robin Pope guides are world-renowned for. For those after a cultural element to their Zambian stay we recommend going to Kawaza Village where you can meet the friendly and welcoming community.
Days 3 - 6 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Tena Tena Camp for 3 nights
Your game drive this morning will transfer you to Tena Tena Camp in a more remote area in the north of the park, known as the Nsefu Sector. There will be plenty to see en route as you move away from the busier central area. You will spend three nigths in this intimate camp which has just six tents. Your stay here includes all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities. The first camp opened by Robin Pope Safaris this is a popular choice for walking safaris which are led by knowledgeable guides who are amongst the most highly-trained in Zambia - getting out on foot is a must when in Zambia as it allows such a different perspective on the ever-fascinating bush. Both day and night game drives are also offered, with night drives being a particularly popular activity thanks to the rare nocturnal species that you can spot. The camp also has a fabulous location wedged between the river and a network of lagoons making for some excellent wildlife sightings in the vicinity. With never more than 12 guests you can be assured of an exclusive safari which you will remember for many years to come.
Days 6 - 10 : Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Stay at Sausage Tree Camp for 4 nights
Early this morning you will go on a game drive before being taken to Mfuwe airport for your flight to Lower Zambezi National Park. Upon landing in this incredibly beautiful part of Zambia you will be met by your guide and game driven to Sausage Tree Camp which has a prime position on the banks of the Zambezi and offers luxurious bush camp-style accoommodation. You will spend four nights here with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. The Lower Zambezi offers excellent game viewing, but one of the greatest attractions of a safari here is the range of activities on offer. In addition to game drives and bush walks you can enjoy fishing, canoeing, boat cruises and night drives to make for an exceptionally varied and ever-changing safari.
Days 10 - 13 : Livingstone, Zambia
Stay at Tongabezi for 3 nights
After breakfast you will be game driven to the airstrip for your flight to Livingstone, on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. On arrival you will be met and privately transferred to Tongabezi Lodge, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi in a quiet and unspoilt location. You will spend the next three nights here in a cottage including all meals, house drinks and lots of activities. A trip to see Victoria Falls is of course a must but there are plenty of other options to choose from including sunrise and sunset boat trips, canoeing, island picnics, game drives in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and village visits. Adrenaline-filled activities are also possible at an additional cost with helicopter and microlight flights, Livingstone Island visits and swimming in Devil's Pool (water-level dependent) all being incredibly popular.
Day 13 : Tongabezi to Livingstone Airport
Today you will privately transferred to Livingstone Airport in time for your onward flight home, marking the end of Imagine Africa's travel arrangements.
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