Johannesburg is the major hub for Southern Africa destinations, so plan to spend a night or two here before you begin your safari.
1 Night in Johannesburg
Days 2 – 4:
Today you will fly to Lusaka, Zambia where you will be met upon arrival and assisted to your flight to Mfuwe, the gateway to the South Luangwa Valley. The flight is about one hour. You will be met and transferred by road to the lodge. Tonight your guide will take you out for your first night drive to search for predators on the prowl and a myriad of smaller nocturnal animals. After dinner you’ll settle in to your comfortable bed and fall asleep to the sounds of the bush.
4 Nights in the South Luangwa
The South Luangwa National Park is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. The concentration of game along the Luangwa River and its associated ox-bow lagoons is legendary. It is home to two endemic species, the Thornicroft Giraffe and Cookson's Wildebeest and is one of the best places to view leopards. Your days here in the South Luangwa will begin early with a morning game drive, giving you great opportunities to see the wildlife during the gorgeous morning light. You will return to camp in time for a sumptuous buffet brunch before having a few hours of 'siesta' time.
Days 5 – 9:
Continue your adventure to another part of the African bush, the Lower Zambezi National Park. Your flight from Mfuwe is via Lusaka and you will arrive at the airstrip just a short drive away from the lodge. Your home for the next four nights sits on the Zambezi River with a steep escarpment behind.
4 Nights in the Lower Zambezi
The Lower Zambezi National Park is rich in wildlife, with large herds of buffalo and great elephant viewing. Lions are quite numerous and leopard sightings are quite common. This area has welcomed tourism only in the last twenty years. It is an unspoilt wilderness area, which makes it a thrilling destination.
Your guide will lead you on various activities including guided walks, game drives, boating safaris or perhaps canoeing along one of the many channels frequented by hippo, elephant and buck. Enjoy a sunset ride drifting downstream to watch buffalo and elephant playing in the waters as the sun turns them pink.
Today you will have one last morning activity before saying goodbye. You will leave for Lusaka and begin your homeward journey, or on to Livingstone to see Victoria Falls, one of the “seven natural wonders of the world.”