8 Days Classic Zambezi Tour

Places to visit: Lusaka, Luangwa and Zambezi. This safari covers 3 of zambia’s premier tourist destinations – the south luangwa, lower zambezi and the islands of siankaba in livingstone.

The luangwa valley, which marks the end of the great rift valley, is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. This park, scenically bordered by an impressive escarpment, has excellent game that can be viewed from either the river or by land. Quietly drifting quietly past a huge elephant feeding is a great experience.day


PLACES TO VISIT: Lusaka, South Luangwa, Mfuwe, Lower Zambezi

Day 1  Pick up and drive to Nkwali Camp

Airport pick-up and drive to Nkwali camp for 1 hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Nkwali camp has a wide view of the Luangwa river. Overlooking the south Luangwa National Park, Nkwali is ideally situated for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms.

Depending on your arrival time, you can enjoy a good lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or relax for an afternoon. Game drive activity follows at night.

Dinner & overnight at Nkwali Camp.

Day 2  Game Drive at South Luangwa

At dawn, breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge is heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals.

Game drive or safari walk follows and we enter the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon. The game in the area is excellent and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the thornicroft giraffe.

A mid morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken at a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa river. Return to camp for lunch around mid day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Tea will be served in the afternoon and then off to an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world. 

Dinner & overnight at Nkwali Camp.

Day 3-4  Relaxing Stay at South Luangwa

Another day to enjoy the game viewing at Nkwali or you may wish to go on an all day picnic. Taking a scout with you, you will be able to enjoy a walk or explore further in the park.

Lunch will be under a tree or next to a lagoon and you will then be able to take a siesta or simply spend a lazy couple of hours reading a book or watching the fascinating animals and landscape around you. You may decide to continue straight on your evening drive and return to come after sundowners – this is a very flexible day.

The next day, your last day in the South Luangwa – you can have a walking safari or game drive before heading off to the delights of the Zambezi river.

Dinner & overnight at Nkwali Camp.

Day 5  South Luangwa, Mfuwe – Royal Airstrip, Lower Zambezi

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Mfuwe airport for your flight to royal airstrip where you will be met by a representative from Chongwe river camp. The camp itself looks over the chongwe and zambezi rivers and the mountains of the escarpment to the north. The chalets are large, well-appointed mulati tents under thatch, with a luxury open-air bathroom en suite. Situated under a canopy of albida thorns and surrounded by cool lawns, they command fabulous views over the rivers. The bathrooms are an experience on their own, open air with fittings made from natural materials found near the lodge.

You will arrive in time for a delicious buffet lunch. In the afternoon you will have the choice of game viewing on vehicle or you can jump in a boat.

Back to the camp in time for an alfresco dinner and chat around the campfire.

Dinner & overnight at the Chongwe River Camp

Day 6  Canoeing and Relaxing at Lower Zambezi

Today you continue with the drives or walks or you may wish to take advantage of the fantastic fishing opportunities. The zambezi is home to one of the world's premiere game fish- the tiger. This can grow up to 10 -12 kg and is a superb fighter. A strict catch and release policy is adhered to.

Canoeing for a morning or even the whole day is another option which is well worth the effort. The lower zambezi is renowned for superb canoeing safaris – the most unobtrusive way to encounter big game.

Enjoy the rest of your stay by taking part in the various game viewing options or you may wish to relax in the camp and enjoy the tranquil surrounding. There is also an option to go on a boat trip to watch the sunset.

Dinner & overnight at the Chongwe River Camp

Day 7  Lower Zambezi – Lusaka

After breakfast, you will be transferred to royal airstrip for your flight to Lusaka.


  • Park fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days


  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks



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