Victoria Falls – Kafue – South Luangwa

Day 1, 2 & 3

Arrive off international flight at Lusaka Airport. Scheduled flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe. Road transfer from Mfuwe Airport to Mfuwe Lodge. Spend 3 nights at Mfuwe Lodge with all meals, park fees, laundry, government taxes and service charge. Excludes drinks, and activities which must be booked and paid for direct at the lodge.                       

Mfuwe Lodge is situated in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, overlooking a beautiful oxbow lagoon. It has 18 luxury en-suite thatched chalets, each with a private decking area that overlooks a lagoon that attracts abundant wildlife and game from the African bush. Each chalet provides 24 hour mains power, and is equipped with a ceiling fan, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, mosquito nets, ensuite facilities with double vanities, separate toilets and a sunken bath with integral shower. Meals are served in a variety of settings. Day and night time safaris are offered daily, or those more adventurous at heart can take the exciting option of a walking safari to view or track animals on foot with armed scout as protection. There is a reference library containing more than 300 wildlife books and videos. Mfuwe Lodge is one of the few places in the South Luangwa National Park that stays open during the Green Season. During this time the landscape in the valley changes into a lush green environment that attracts Wild Dogs as well as many species of migrating African and European birds.

Day 4, 5, 6 & 7

Road transfer from Mfuwe Lodge to Mfuwe airport for scheduled flight to Lusaka. Scheduled flight from Lusaka to Lufupa Airstrip. Spend 4 nights at Lufupa Tented Camp with all meals, park fees, laundry, government taxes and service charge. Excludes drinks, and activities which must be booked and paid for direct at the camp.

The Kafue National Park is 22 500 sq km, one of the largest National Parks in Africa. The Kafue River winds through the park entering in the north-eastern corner and is joined by the Lufupa and the Lunga rivers which are the three main veins that bring life into the Kafue National Park. In the extreme north of the Kafue lie the Busanga Plains – one of Zambia’s most significant wetland resources and one of the few areas in the world that remain untouched by development and human activity.Lufupa Tented Camp is located just south of the Busanga Plains and is home to ubiquitous puku, stately roan and the diminutive oribi. Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo make for a full set of antelope. This wealth of game is also a big attraction for predators, including wild dog, cheetah and prides of lion. The thick riverine vegetation along the Kafue and Lufupa rivers brings fantastic diversity to one’s experience of the Kafue National park. On the confluence of the Lufupa and Kafue rivers is the location of Lufupa Tented Camp. This is as ‘wild’ as you can get in today’s world: an unfenced mosaic of expansive grassy seasonal floodplains, “dambos” (open grassy areas that sometimes will fill up with rainwater) and diverse riverine vegetation. It caters for 18 guests in nine well-appointed canvas Meru tents, and is perfectly situated, overlooking the Kafue River. Activities include game drives, boat cruises, fishing, walks and night drives, led by qualified guides who are extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife. For those interested in birding, the park boasts 491 species, including endemics such as Chaplin’s Barbet.

Day 8 & 9

Scheduled flight from Lufupa to Livingstone. Road transfer from Livingstone airport to Toka Leya Camp.  Spend 2 nights at Toka Leya Camp with all meals, park fees, laundry, government taxes and service charge. Excludes drinks, and activities which must be booked and paid for direct at the camp.

Within the western sector of the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park lies Toka Leya Camp, some 12km up from the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1708 metres wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. The Tonga and Makalolo peoples lived here for centuries before the Falls were ‘discovered’ by David Livingstone in 1855, who named them after his queen. Its local name – after which the national park is named – is Mosi-Oa-Tunya, “the Smoke that Thunders,” which describes accurately the huge spirals of spray that can be seen 30km away.

The camp overlooks the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands and comprises 12 spacious en-suite safari-style tents. Wooden walkways snake between the units and main area, limiting our footprint on this pristine area. Tent interiors boast cool wooden flooring, tasteful, uncluttered African décor in earthy hues, climate-control for a cool summer sanctuary and an expansive wooden deck from which to soak up the views of the Zambezi River. The camp’s dining, lounge and bar areas offer ample space for relaxation and are complemented by an infinity pool. The novel pizza oven is a great hit with our younger visitors! A curio shop exhibits a fine selection of local crafts and a variety of spa and massage treatments are available.

Activities include a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises from the camp, guided nature walks and visits to the Livingstone museums and Simonga Village. Other activities on offer in the area at an additional charge include  sunset cruises on outsourced boats such as Lady Livingstone & African Queen, helicopter flights, micro-lighting, canoeing, jet boating and white water rafting. Game drives into the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park offer sightings of general game species such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala. There is rich birdlife here too, including several sought-after species such as African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, African Skimmer (seasonal), Schalow’s Turaco and Rock Pratincole (seasonal). Good birding can be enjoyed within the confines of the camp itself, on boat cruises and out on game drives. The Zambezi River offers some fishing opportunities and tiger fishing is an unforgettable challenge for keen fishermen, particularly during the warmer months (October – December). There are several varieties of bream (Tilapia) which are a good catch.

Day 10

Road transfer from Toka Leya to Livingstone Airport for international flight connection.

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