Ultimate Zambia and Zimbabwe Safari - 23 Days

Go on an unforgettable journey in the heart of Southern Africa in this epic 23 Day Safari. Our Ultimate Zambia and Zimbabwe Safari combines flying into camps and self driving giving you the best possible safari experience in one go.

Arrive in Lusaka to start off with exploring South Luangwa, a pristine wilderness area offering some of the best game viewing experiences before herding off to the rich riverbanks of Lower Zambezi.

Drive through the Kafue National Park to Livingstone and Victoria Falls for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. 3 Nights here will see you take on some of the “must do” activities when visiting Victoria Falls and also giving you a much needed rest.

After Victoria Falls you will drive through Hwange National Park, the biggest park in Zimbabwe and one of the best in Africa for game viewing. The last part of your safari will see you fly-into Matusadona National Park and Mana Pools and ideal combination for you to experience both land and water activities. Matusadona ranks as one of the top walking safari destinations in the region. Mana Pools National Park is famous for its elephants, lions, remoteness and wilderness. A unique park and WORLD HERITAGE SITE, based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe’s most popular parks, and it is easy to see why it falls into this profile.

This Ultimate Zambia and Zimbabwe Safari offers you that once in a lifetime African Safari Experience. You can either start in Mana Pools and end in South Luangwa depending on how you book your international flights. This itinerary is flexible and we ae happy to make changes to tailor-it to suit your specific requests and budget.

Overview

1 Night Lusaka – Latitude 15 

3 Nights South Luangwa – Flat Dogs Camp

2 Nights Lower Zambezi – Royal Zambezi Lodge

2 Nights Northern Kafue NP – Ila Safari Lodge

2 Nights Southern Kafue NP – Nanzila Plains Safari Camp

1 Night Livingstone – Avani Victoria Falls Resort

2 Nights Victoria Falls – Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

4 Nights Hwange National Park – Robins Camp & The Hide Safari Lodge

2 Nights Matusadona – Changa Safari Camp

3 Nights Mana Pools -Camp Zambezi

 

Highlights

  • Lusaka
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Kafue National Park
  • Livingstone
  • Victoria Falls
  • Hwange National Park
  • Matusadona National Park
  • Mana Pools National Park

Itinerary

Day 1
Lusaka: Latitude 15 Guest Lodge

• Meet and greet at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
• Private transfer from the airport to Latitude 15.

Includes: bed & breakfast

Latitude 15 is situated in Lusaka, near the National Assembly of Zambia. The hotel offers 18 air conditioned en suite rooms. The spacious rooms all have the necessary amenities and the friendly staff will make sure guests have a comfortable stay.

The main area includes a restaurant and bar, with a lounge area. Guests can also relax by the lovely outdoor pool area. This small, personal hotel is decorated in crisp white and cool tones with hints of vibrant colours, and the attention to detail are admirable. Area attractions include the Lusaka National Museum and the Freedom Statue. Free parking is available to guests.

Day 2
Lusaka - South Luangwa National Park : Flat Dogs Camp

• Private transfer after breakfast back to Kaunda International Airport.
• Charter flight to Mfuwe Airport.
• Meet and greet by your lodge guide and transfer by road to camp.
• 3 Nights at Flatdogs Camp on an All Inclusive basis (including all meals, local drinks and activities).

Includes: meals, laundry, two activities per day and Mfuwe Airport road transfers
Excludes: all drinks, additional activities, park fees and levies
Activities: day & night drives and guided walking

Flatdogs Camp is situated just outside of the South Luangwa National Park in a riverside forest on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the park. The Luangwa national park is one of the most prolific and bountiful parks covering an area of 9000 kilometres² (3,475 square miles) of pristine wilderness in Zambia’s Eastern Province.

There are 6 standard rooms located in three chalets with a downstairs double room surrounded by a cool veranda and an upstairs twin room with a high thatched roof and views of the river. Both rooms have a couch which converts into an extra single bed when needed. In addition to the six chalet rooms there is also a Family Chalet with three bedrooms. Two bedrooms are en-suite.

There are also 7 luxury en-suite tents situated on the banks of the Luangwa River, including a honeymoon tent and a family tent.

Also available are standard en-suite safari tents which are slightly smaller with bush views.

Jackalberry Tree house is built around 3 African Ebony trees and has unspoilt views of a dambo and a lagoon. The Tree house accommodates 4 guests in 2 open-air en-suite bedrooms.

Activities include morning and afternoon/night game drives as well as walking safaris all accompanied by fully qualified guides.

Day 3
South Luangwa: Flat Dogs Camp

Includes: meals, laundry, two activities per day and Mfuwe Airport road transfers
Excludes: all drinks, additional activities, park fees and levies
Activities: morning and afternoon/night game drives as well as walking safaris all accompanied by fully qualified guides.

Day 4
South Luangwa: Flat Dogs Camp

Includes: meals, laundry, two activities per day and Mfuwe Airport road transfers
Excludes: all drinks, additional activities, park fees and levies
Activities: morning and afternoon/night game drives as well as walking safaris all accompanied by fully qualified guides.

Day 5
Lower Zambezi : Royal Zambezi Lodge

• Check out from Flat Dogs Camp and drive back to Mfuwe Airport.
• Charter flight from Mfuwe Airport to Royal Airstrip in the Lower Zambezi.
• Meet and greet by your guide from Royal Zambezi Lodge and transfer to the lodge.
• Spend the next 2 Nights at Royal Zambezi Lodge on an All Inclusive basis (including all meals, local drinks and activities).

Includes: meals, local drinks, 2 activities per day and airstrip transfers
Excludes: laundry, spa treatments, premium drinks, fly fishing & private vehicle/ boat hire
Activities: day and night drives, canoeing, boating and fishing

Royal Zambezi Lodge is located on the banks of the Zambezi River. With 3km of river frontage, Royal Zambezi Lodge lies within a Game Management Area that borders the Lower Zambezi National Park.

The Royal Zambezi offers accommodation in ten classic rooms and four deluxe suites, each built on two levels into the banks of the Zambezi River: the water front and the upper level. The classic rooms are ‘safari style’ tented rooms under a thatched canopy with large mesh windows creating a sense of space. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and private deck area. The four suites offer a little more privacy and space with a private plunge pool, private lounge and Victorian style bathtub.

The open plan reception area, dining room and lounge have classic architectural lines and lofty thatched roofs. An elegant copper-roofed veranda provides an informal space for al fresco dining, board games, or having tea in the afternoon. Wide timber decks extend over the river shallows, perfect for fine dining under clear starry skies, or sitting around the campfire and listening to the sounds of the African night.

Day 6
Lower Zambezi : Royal Zambezi Lodge

Includes: meals, local drinks, 2 activities per day and airstrip transfers
Excludes: laundry, spa treatments, premium drinks, fly fishing & private vehicle/ boat hire
Activities: day and night drives, canoeing, boating and fishing

Day 7
Northern Kafue National Park: Ila Safari Lodge

• Check out from Royal Zambezi Loge and drive back to Royal Airstrip for your charter flight back to Lusaka, Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
• Meet and greet by our representative and pick up your rented vehicle.
• Exit Lusaka to Ila Safari Lodge on the northern border of Kafue National Park. The drive will be approximately 3 hours (285km).
• Spend the next 2 Nights at Ila Safari Lodge

Includes: meals, local drinks, activities
Excludes: laundry, spa treatments, premium drinks, fly fishing & private vehicle/ boat hire
Activities: game drives, canoeing, boating and fishing, walking safaris

As a luxury tented lodge sensitive to the pristine ecosystem of Kafue National Park, Ila Safari Lodge is intimately woven into the stillness of its place on the Kafue River.

From environmentally friendly, locally sourced building materials and solar-powered electricity to development of Zambia’s first electric game drive vehicle, Ila is a truly environmentally conscious safari experience. Yet it still manages to effortlessly infuse modern African style, elegance and comfort to make this your unique bush retreat in the heart of Kafue.

Day 8
Northern Kafue National Park: Ila Safari Lodge

Includes: meals, local drinks, activities
Excludes: laundry, spa treatments, premium drinks, fly fishing & private vehicle/ boat hire
Activities: game drives, canoeing, boating and fishing, walking safaris

Day 9
Southern Kafue National Park: Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp

• Check out from Ila Safari Lodge and drive south through the park to Nanzhila Plains.
• The net 2 nights will be spent at Nanzhila Safari Lodge going on various activities in this area.

Includes: meals, activities, local drinks, Ngoma road transfers, park fees & levies
Excludes: premium imported wine and spirits
Activities: armed guided walks, day & night game drives, park excursions and village tours

Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp is situated in the remote southern section of the Kafue National Park, on the edge of a large Dambo (seasonal floodplain) amongst Jackalberry and Sausage trees.

The camp has a large thatched lounge and dining area on an elevated teak deck. It has 4 chalets and 2 meru tents which are all spacious and en-suite with hot and cold running water. Room amenities include private bathrooms with hot showers, coffee/tea making facilities, mosquito nets, sofa/lounge chairs and writing desk.

Day 10
Southern Kafue National Park: Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp

Includes: meals, activities, local drinks, Ngoma road transfers, park fees & levies
Excludes: premium imported wine and spirits
Activities: armed guided walks, day & night game drives, park excursions and village tours

Day 11
Livingstone: Avani Victoria Falls Resort

• Early morning departure from Nanzila driving through the park further south.
• Exit Kafue at Dundumwezi Gate and drive to Livingstone Town.
• Check in at Avani Victoria Falls Resort.
• Rented vehicle will be collected by our representative on this day.
• Free afternoon at the hotel for any extra optional activities.

Includes: bed & breakfast, please refer to detailed itinerary for additional meals & activities booked

The Zambezi Sun Hotel is located on the eastern side of the Victoria Falls (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) on the Zambian side. The resort complex is built along the edge of the Zambezi River and guests have direct access to the Victoria Falls on foot.

The hotel has the feel of a centuries-old walled city and comprises of open buildings in earthy colours with rambling clusters of rooms. The 212 en suite guest rooms are open and airy and are decorated in an African style. The rooms either spill outwards into the natural African bush, or face inwards into a vast, cool, landscaped pool with private, shaded balconies offering guests a place to unwind, relax and enjoy Africa’s greatest natural wonder.

The restaurant and bar area are situated in the centre of the hotel next to a curving swimming pool frequented by vervet monkeys.

A vast number of activities can be arranged at the activity centre at the hotel: guests can enjoy game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park or picturesque early morning or sunset river cruises on a 12-seater boat. A cultural tour of Livingstone, including a visit to the museum and the Simonga Village, is a must for guests to this area as well as a guided tour of the Victoria Falls and rainforest on the Zambian Side. A shopping tour in Livingstone town also provides an opportunity to experience the local flavour of Livingstone while guests may also enjoy fishing on the Zambezi River. A variety of adrenaline activities are available which include white water rafting, canoeing, helicopter and microlight adventures, horseback safaris, elephant back safaris and lion walks, bungee jumping and a gorge swing.

Day 12
Victoria Falls: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

• Check out after breakfast and our guide will pick you up for a Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side.
• After the falls you’re your guide will drive you across the Victoria Falls bridge into Zimbabwe for the next 2 nights at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

Activities included in your stay are as follows:
1. Zambezi River Sunset & Dinner Cruise
2. Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe Side)
3. Lunch at The Lookout Restaurant (excluding drinks)
4. Boma Dinner and Drum Show at the Boma Restaurant

Includes: breakfast and above mentioned activities

Built on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is just 4km from the majestic Victoria Falls and offers a unique wildlife experience. We’re proud to have been voted Best Safari Lodge/ Resort Hotel in Zimbabwe for 20 consecutive years and look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful destination. Our staff are warm and personable, and will ensure your holiday is hassle-free.

Built of thatch and timber, the lodge raises several levels, giving the impression of a vast open-plan tree house. Our rooms all have private balconies, most of which overlook a central waterhole, offering the opportunity to observe herds of buffalo, elephant and kudu, as the sun goes down, and hyenas later in the evening. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offers a unique venue for conferences and business seminars.
The lodge has two conference rooms, two breakaway rooms and an open-air amphitheater, which seats a maximum of 200.

Dining options include the a la carte Makuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, the more casual Buffalo Bar and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show

Day 13
Victoria Falls: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Activities included in your stay are as follows:
1. Zambezi River Sunset & Dinner Cruise
2. Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe Side)
3. Lunch at The Lookout Restaurant (excluding drinks)
4. Boma Dinner and Drum Show at the Boma Restaurant

Includes: breakfast and above mentioned activities

Day 14
Hwange National Park: Robins Camp

• Pic up your rented vehicle and exit Victoria Falls into Hwange National Park with your first 2 nights at Robins Camp (2 hours, 30 minutes’ drive from Victoria Falls).
• Spend the next 1 and half days going on game drives with your rented vehicle or you can pay extra and go with the lodge guide and vehicle.

Includes: meals
Excludes: activities, park fees, laundry
Activities: game drives and walks

Robins Camp is situated in the rugged northern Basalt area of the park, an area rich in natural water with seeps and springs dotting the area. It is the home to some of the last great buffalo herds in Africa, with herds of over 2000 still seen. Given the abundance of prey animals, it is no wonder that it also has the highest concentration of lion in the Park. Robins is also known for big populations of reedbuck, roan, sable and tsessebe as well as the usual herds of elephants and other species encountered in the Park. Particularly encouraging are the regular sightings of both Cheetah and African Wild Dog.

The scenery of Robins is varied with hills, kopjes (small bouldered hills) and vlei (grassed plains that flood seasonally) areas and has a lot to offer the wildlife enthusiast. We welcome children of all ages and guests can self-drive or choose a fully guided trip.

Day 15
Hwange National Park: Robins Camp

Includes: meals
Excludes: activities, park fees, laundry
Activities: game drives and walks

Day 16
Hwange National Park: Th Hide Safari Lodge

• Check out from Robin’s amp and drive through the par to The Hide Safari Lodge.
• The drive will be a full day game drive and we suggest organising a packed lunch and drinks from Robins Camp
• Check in at The Hide Safari Lodge late afternoon in time for a sundowner drive.

Includes: meals, local drinks, up to 4 activities per day and laundry
Excludes: premium drinks and park fees
Activities: game drives, guided walks and sleep-outs at ‘The Dove Nest’ Tree house

The Hide is located inside Hwange National Park which is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. At 14,650 km², Hwange National Park supports an abundance of game. Hwange National Park has the second highest number of mammals of any national park in the world – a record 108 species.

The Camp is ideally suited for a maximum of 16 guests and strives for the ultimate African safari holiday in a comfortable and relaxing setting. Guests stay in our comfortable furnished tents, each with its own en suite bathroom – consisting of hot water showers, basin and flush toilets. A choice of twin and double beds are available. Each tent has its own private veranda looking out over the waterhole. The camp offers a true paradise for game viewing as a wide variety of game can be seen from the camp’s immediate vicinity. It is not rare to see game such as elephant, lion and rhino in front of the camp. A concealed hide near the waterhole allows guests the unique experience of viewing game safely from extremely close quarters. Also on offer are excursions into the Hwange National Park with experienced professional guides thus giving you the opportunity to view more game in the area. The Dove Nest Tree house can be booked as an overnight activity once guests are in camp.

Day 17
Hwange National Park: Th Hide Safari Lodge

Includes: meals, local drinks, up to 4 activities per day and laundry
Excludes: premium drinks and park fees
Activities: game drives, guided walks and sleep-outs at ‘The Dove Nest’ Tree house

Day 18
Matusadona National Park: Changa Safari Camp

• Drive to Hwange Airport (Our representative will be waiting to collect the vehicle and drive back to Victoria Falls) for your charter light to Fothergill Island situated within Matusadona National Park.
• Here your lodge guide from Changa Safari Camp will meet you and take you by road (20 minutes) through the park to the lodge.

Includes: Accommodation, all meals and snacks, all beverages including teas & coffees, laundry, Wi-Fi and all activities. Conservation fees and transfers.

Changa’s unique and secluded setting opens many of Zimbabwe’s wild wonders. Eight luxury tents are set under sprawling Mopane woodland along Kariba’s shoreline and around a central pool, private beach and bar/dining area. With all this and endless views across the lake under the biggest, bluest skies, why be anywhere else?

Changa’s six airy deluxe tents and both spacious family rooms are perfectly placed to take in the spectacular views through the bush and across shimmering Lake Kariba. Families, couples and groups of friends love it here and nothing beats the fun, romance and excitement of a Changa stay.

Day 19
Matusadona National Park: Changa Safari Camp

Includes: Accommodation, all meals and snacks, all beverages including teas & coffees, laundry, Wi-Fi and all activities. Conservation fees and transfers.

Day 20
Mana Pools: Camp Zambezi

• Today you are transferred back to Fothergill Airstrip for your charter light to Mana Main or Mana West airstrips. Aircraft into Mana Main airstrip.
• Game drive of approximately 45 minutes from either Mana Main or Mana West airstrips into camp.
• 2 full days are set aside to enjoy the scheduled activities with your lodge guide as included. Activities offered are game drives, guided walking safaris and seasonal fishing.

Includes: meals, local drinks, activities (game walks and drives, canoeing)
Excludes: premium/imported wines and spirits & national park fees

Camp Zambezi is a true bush camp on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River – no electricity, no permanent structures, no plumbing – a taste of the way safaris used to be. The camp is designed to be erected or dismantled within hours, leaving no trace of its existence on the surrounding environment.

Adding to its rustic luxury, the camp has comfortable beds furnished with linen and duvets. The large tents have en suite toilet facilities for night use. A long drop toilet and showers (with plenty of hot water) are also provided for day use. Laundry can be done on site. All water used in camp is filtered; however bottled water is also available. Each morning, camp staff fill the wash basins outside your tents with hot water for washing or shaving. Lighting is by hurricane lamp but guests should bring their own torch or headlight. The romantic light thrown by candelabra makes a bush dinner, surrounded by the sounds of evening and a million stars, a truly special African occasion.

Games drives are in open 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers. Walking to explore and learn about the area, with your armed Professional Guide it is the best way to experience the incredible diversity of animals, insects and flora at Mana Pools. Mana Pools can provide some amazing experiences, if guests are looking for close encounters with game. Canoeing is done in 5.5m (18ft) Canadian style canoes, fitted with comfortable seats and cushions. Fishing is also a popular activity from Camp Zambezi particularly towards the end of the dry season – Sept/Oct – when the tiger fish are biting (equipment not supplied).

Day 21
Mana Pools: Camp Zambezi

Includes: meals, local drinks, activities (game walks and drives, canoeing)
Excludes: premium/imported wines and spirits & national park fees

Day 22
Mana Pools: Camp Zambezi

Includes: meals, local drinks, activities (game walks and drives, canoeing)
Excludes: premium/imported wines and spirits & national park fees

Day 23
END OF SAFARI: FLY OUT

Depending on your onward flight time at either Victoria Falls Airport or Harare International Airport, heck out and take a charter flight out of Mana Pools bringing to an end your safari.

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Ultimate Zambia and Zimbabwe Safari
From $ 13,450
per Adult