Blessed with one of the seven natural wonders of the world and an abundance of wildlife, water and vast open spaces, Zambia offers unforgettable holidays exploring the real Africa.
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…
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 and Malawi Adventure
South Luangwa and Likoma Island, Lake Malawi
Best for: Safari, Honeymoon, Imagine Favourites
An exciting southern African adventure with an outstanding safari in Zambia's renowned South Luangwa and a luxury beach break on beautiful Lake Malawi. Perfect for those after an off-the-beaten-track trip with wonderful experiences and activities aplenty.
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This is a fantastic itinerary for anyone looking for an exceptional safari and exclusive beach holiday; it will appeal to first timers and Africa 'old hands' alike. South Luangwa offers a wild safari with far fewer visitors than are found in neighbouring countries, making for an unspoilt safari with a complete feeling of wilderness. South Luangwa is also where walking safaris were pioneered and you will have the chance (if you wish) to get out on foot, which is an ideal way to experience the bush on a variety of levels with some of the best guides on the continent. Continuing the off-the-beaten-track theme, Lake Malawi offers the perfect beach escape with a difference, with a stay on Likoma Island in a boutique beach lodge with wonderful diving, snorkelling and lots of watersports on offer. This is wild and exclusive Zambia and Malawi at their finest!
Days 1 - 3 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Kafunta River Lodge for 2 nights
On arrival into Lusaka you will connect onto your light aircraft flight to Mfuwe - the gateway to the spectacular South Luangwa National Park. Upon landing you will be met by your guide and driven to Kafunta River Lodge which has a gorgeous setting overlooking a permanent lagoon. You will spend two nights here with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. You are just outside the national park in a game management area here, but it is only a short drive (or when the water level permits a pontoon transfer) across the Luangwa River into the main park. The lagoon that the camp overlooks attracts plenty of game, especially hippos and elephants. Activities include game drives, night drives and walking with friendly and knowledgeable guides with excellent game in the central Mfuwe area of the park including leopard, elephants, lion and the endemic Thornicroft's giraffe. The camp also has a lovely pool, spa, 'bush gym' and the only natural hot tub in the Luangwa Valley!
Days 3 - 5 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Island Bush Camp for 2 nights
Today you will be game driven into the remote south of the park to stay at Island Bush Camp, an authentic and traditional bush camp with a fantastic location on the banks of the Luangwa River. You will be spend two nights here in a bush chalet with impressive views over the river thanks to the open-frontage with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. As with the majority of bush camps in the South Luangwa, the focus here is primarily walking safaris which allow you to explore the bush on a different level and appreciate microscopic aspects too. Walking safaris are led by expert walking guides and accompanied by an armed scout and offer an intimate and sociable experience. There are vehicles on hand to get you to areas further away as well as returning after dark when you will have the chance to discover nocturnal species such as leopard, civet and genet.
Day 5 - 6 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Kafunta River Lodge for 1 night
After a final activity this morning you will be game driven back to Kafunta River Camp for a final night in the central Mfuwe area.
Days 6 - 11 : Likoma Island, Lake Malawi
Stay at Kaya Mawa for 5 nights
This morning you will go on a final game drive before being taken to Mfuwe Airport in time for your light aircraft flight to Likoma Island on Lake Malawi (via Lilongwe). On arrival you will be taken to Kaya Mawa, a stunning island lodge overlooking the glistening waters of the lake. You will spend five nights here with all meals, transfers, snorkelling, mountain bikes, kayaks and sailing included. Lake Malawi is famed for its snorkelling and scuba diving, but there is plenty more to keep you busy too with kite surfing, sailing, kayaking and waterskiing. Likoma Island is also home to St Peter's Cathedral - the scale of which is impressive (larger than Winchester) and over 100 years old and well worth a visit!
Day 11 : Likoma Island to Lilongwe
Today you will be flown back to Lilongwe in time to connect to your onward flight home. Your arrival in Lilongwe marks the end of Imagine Africa's travel arrangements.
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