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.
Zambezi River Adventure
Zambezi River, Zambia
Best for: Cruise, Safari, Wildlife
This six day Lower Zambezi safari offers a wealth of experience and opportunity to spot game, not only along the river, but into the Lower Zambezi National Park. Both camps offer charm, comfort and excellent views across the river.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Starting at Chongwe River Camp, you will have plenty of time to turn off and relax whilst going on game drives, river cruises, and for those looking to be more active, on canoeing excursions. Such a prime location on the river ensures not only unsurpassed views, but the opportunity to watch as game wades in and out and hundreds of types of birds flutter about. Moving down the river to the rustic Amanzi Camp, guests can extend their safari experience and watch game wander around camp freely while feeling completely safe on the raised wooden decks on which the tented rooms have been built. This short but sweet itinerary is perfect for those looking for an activity packed week long break. With just one hour time difference, you won't be hung up with jet lag and can get straight into the holiday without wasting any time!
Day 1 : London - Johannesburg - Lusaka
Today you will begin your trip and fly from London to Lusaka in Zambia via Johannesburg, taking around fifteen hours.
Days 1 - 4 : Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Stay at Chongwe River Camp for 3 nights
After landing in Lusaka International Airport you will be met and transferred on a light aircraft into the Lower Zambezi Airstrip. Here you will be met by your guide and game vehicle and go on a short game drive to Chongwe River Camp. You will spend the next three nights here with all meals, house drinks, and activites included.
Located opposite Mana Pools National Park, Chongwe is a stylish camp in an idyllic natural setting and an excellent spot for wildlife viewing and water based activities such as canoeing, boat trips and fishing.
Offering up a real home away from home experience, where guests can switch off from the rest of the world, Chongwe River Camp has plenty of space to relax and opportunties to view game, both from camp and on day and night game drives.
Days 4 - 7 : Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Stay at Amanzi Camp for 3 nights
This morning you will be tranferred by boat up the Lower Zambezi to Amanzi Camp. You will spend the next three nights in this charming camp with all meals, drinks and activites included.
Amanzi Camp is located on the banks of the Zambezi Ngwenya channel offering guests incredible views of the water from a prime position on the riverfront. Game can be spotted comng to the river to graze and drink and game drives can take you further afield to enjoy what the national park has to offer. Again guests can make use of the proximity to the water and go on some water-based activites to get closer to animals like crocodiles and hippos.
Day 7 : Lusaka - Johannesburg - London
This morning you will be collected from camp and transferred to the Jeki Airstrip where you will catch a light aircraft back to Lusaka Airport. Here you will fly to Johannesburg where you will catch an overnight flight back to London.
When to go
The Lower Zambezi 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 birdwatching at the end of the rains.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $4381 per person
Specified meals and drinks
Activities as per the itinerary
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.