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.
Zambia and Malawi Adventure
South Luangwa and Likoma Island, Lake Malawi
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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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