Zambia - Africa's Less Discovered Wilderness

Lions, leopards and hippos – oh my! On safari in Zambia, discover a wilderness of plains and rivers called home by some of the most impressive wildlife in the world. From zebra to warthog and the countless number of bird species in the sky and along the river banks, your daily wildlife-viewing by foot, 4x4 open land cruiser, boat and canoe gives you rare access to this untamed part of the world. Experience the unparalleled excitement of tracking leopard and lion on foot in South Luangwa National Park and discover the wealth of wildlife that inhabit the banks and islands of the Lower Zambezi National Park. At night, return to the safari chic comfort of your beautiful lodges where you can view elephant and antelope drinking from the river.

Degree of Difficulty - Three Paws

Moderately Active. May involve some moderate hikes in forests and nature reserves, getting in and out of vehicles and rocking boats, and walking in uneven pavement in archaeological sites, in some cases in extreme weather conditions, heat, high elevation and humidity.

Weather Reports - When To Go

Zambia is best visited during the winter months (our summer months) as the rest of the time they experience rain and parts of the country are completely flooded and not easily accessible. Ideal time to visit is between June and November. It is quite hot in October and November and cool during June to September. At Victoria Falls, the water levels are high January-July on the Zambian side and diminish after that. For best viewing of the Falls, we recommend that travelers visit the Zimbabwe side between August and the end of the year – this tour can very easily be arranged at an additional cost.

Days 1/2 USA/JOHANNESBURG

Get set for your adventure as you board your overnight flight arriving Johannesburg the next day where you’re escorted to your exquisite hotel, conveniently located close to the airport in a complex of restaurants, shops, and beautiful gardens. D’OREALE GRANDE HOTEL. (Meals Aloft)

Days 3/4/5 LUSAKA/LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK

Fly to Lusaka, Zambia, then fly by light aircraft to the unspoiled beauty of the Lower Zambezi Valley. Lying between the rolling hills of the hazy escarpment and the Zambezi River, it is sprinkled with reed islands, the home and feeding ground for many animals. These waters are a focal point for elephant, hippo, buffalo, zebra, lion, leopard, wild dog, various antelope species, baboon and vervet monkey, and an estimated 400 bird species. Experience exciting wildlife viewing in open 4x4 vehicles, boats or canoes accompanied by expert guides. Fish the Zambezi for tigerfish and bream. Your intimate family-owned lodge is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, and finds the perfect balance between contemporary, simplistic style and extreme comfort, offering a completely unspoiled wilderness experience. With lions roaring in the distance and hippos snorting nearby, the 14 luxurious thatched suites’ elegant design, gourmet cuisine and luxury spa, provide the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful park. ROYAL ZAMBEZI LODGE. (B,L,D Daily)

Days 6/7/8 SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

Wing your way to Mfuwe at South Luangwa National Park, one of Africa’s prime wildlife sanctuaries. This is the landscape one thinks of when Africa comes to mind, with herds of antelope sheltering under thorn trees or roaming the plains, predators skulking in the shadows and primordial drama in every vale. The park has over 60 mammal species, including 14 different antelope species, one of the densest populations of leopard in Southern Africa and huge prides of lions. The Valley is home to 400 of Zambia’s 732 bird species, including 39 birds of prey and 47 migrant species. Thornicroft giraffe, endemic to this park, buffalo, antelope, crocodile and elephants are never in short supply. Your historic game lodge is set in amongst lush primeval forest and was once the personal retreat of Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda. The hilltop location affords superlative wildlife viewing opportunities from the comfort of the verandahs and magnificent views all the way down to the river. Maintaining its original colonial style with a majestic arched entrance, huge colonial-style lounge and grand dining room, all ten elegant suites are decorated in the same understated elegance as years gone by. With large French windows and private terraces overlooking the valley, you can do your own game viewing from the comfort of your Victorian suite. Because of the location of your lodge, you have the privilege of being able to also go on night game drives in search of leopard, hyena and bushbaby. The park is famous for walking safaris, and on foot, your professional guide can show you not only the big animals, but also the little things such as dung beetles, chameleons, animal spoor, and so much more, all with their own story to tell. SANCTUARY CHICHELE PRESIDENTIAL LODGE. (B,L,D Daily)

Days 9/10 LIVINGSTONE/VICTORIA FALLS

Time to experience one of nature’s most magnificent sights – Victoria Falls. At more than twice the size of Niagara Falls, it’s no surprise that Victoria Falls is among the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. Mosi-oa- Tunya, or ‘Smoke that Thunders,’ is the name derived from the towering columns of spray. Five separate falls make up this incredible spectacle that plunges more than 300 feet into a sheersided chasm which separates Zimbabwe from Zambia. Take a guided tour of the Falls on the Zambian side and a sundowner cruise to discover the hippos, crocodiles and birdlife at the river’s edge. Your exclusive lodge is named after David Livingstone’s faithful friends and is located within the Musi-oa-Tunya National Park. The 12 luxury tree-houses are built into the living canopy of giant ebony trees lining the bank of the Zambezi River. Resident wildlife, such as hippo and elephant, are likely to wander through the lodge grounds at any time, since in the National Park they have priority. A wide choice of activities (at additional cost) adds to the attractions of this elegant, secluded retreat. Do not miss a traditional game drive in open 4x4 safari vehicles through the park. This is the only park in Zambia where the endangered rhino can be seen. Guided bush walks are offered, as well as canoeing. Whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, microlight, fixed wing and helicopter flights can be organized. SANCTUARY SUSSI & CHUMA. (B,L,D Daily)

Days 11/12 LIVINGSTONE/JOHANNESBURG/USA

Fly to Johannesburg and depart for the USA, having just experienced the majesty of nature. (B, Meals Aloft)

OPTIONAL POST EXTENSION TO CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Discover one of the loveliest cities in the world, Cape Town, with prime accommodations at the TAJ CAPE TOWN in the heart of the city. Ascend Table Mountain and take the coastal route to the Cape of Good Hope to discover charming seaside towns and spectacular wildlife. Tour the brilliant Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and explore the famed vineyards of Boland Valley. Visit the settlement of District 6 with a township guide, get an eye-opening historical tour of Robben Island and watch the comical penguins at Boulders Beach. It’s a cornucopia of natural beauty, wildlife, political history and sophistication.

YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:

  • All flights within Zambia between parks.
  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • All meals while on safari. Other meals as specified in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • All wildlife viewing by 4x4 open vehicles, driven by professional driver/guides, by foot, boat or canoe.
  • Specialist guide with a minimum of 10 travelers.
  • Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and during meals.
  • All applicable hotel/lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
  • All park entry fees.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
Prices starting at $8,695. For further booking, date, and pricing info please contact info@classicescapes.

Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.