Walk on the wild side
Victoria Falls, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi
- 10 nights
- from USD $9600 per person
Home of the walking safari, Zambia offers an exceptional safari experience with diverse wildlife, expert guiding and some truly luxurious camps. Explore the South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Victoria Falls on foot, by canoe and on game-drives.
At a Glance
Take in three of Zambia's highlights - the Victoria Falls, South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi
Go on walking safaris in the national park where they originated, the South Luangwa
Stay in some of the best properties in Zambia including the award-winning Chinzombo
Expert safari guiding at Mchenja, Chinzombo and Chongwe
Wide variety of safari activities including walking safaris, game-drives, canoeing safaris and boating
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The Victoria Falls are the perfect introduction to your adventures in Zambia, staying at the beautiful Tongabezi in a designer treehouse on the Zambezi river which flows into the falls just downstream. Spend time here exploring the walkways around the falls on foot, taking a scenic helicopter flight for the ultimate view, or battling the white water rapids on a rafting trip. The lodge offers lazy sundowner cruises along the river to get up close to hippos, and dining on a floating platform if you're in the mood for romance, so it's not all adrenaline if you'd rather start your trip at a more relaxed pace.
From here you'll fly into the South Luangwa, journeying into the depth of the park to a traditional, yet luxurious, bushcamp, Mchenja. The focus here is walking safaris, accompanied by expert safari guides in the park where the notion of a walking safari was born. Getting up close to a herd of elephants on foot, or seeing the phenomenal height of a giraffe when your own two feet are on the ground rather than in a vehicle, is both humbling and awe-inspiring. As well as walks you can enjoy game-drives to explore further afield into the park. Your next stop is Chinzombo, in a different sector of the park. This is a super-luxurious camp on the original site where Norman Carr (one of the founders of the South Luangwa and the person who's credited for bringing the walking safari to the park) first camped. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and explore on game-drives to see more of the big cats - hopefully seeing one or two leopard, for which the park is famed.
By now you'll be ready for a change of scene, and the Lower Zambezi national park will provide just that. Staying on the banks of the Zambezi river at the beautiful Chongwe River Camp, you can enjoy canoeing safaris - there's nothing quite like paddling up to a herd of waterbuck or elephant drinking at the shore! Other activities include game-drives in the nearby national park, walking safaris, fishing trips and boating along the river.
Location & Directions
Victoria Falls, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi
Tongabezi is situated on a quiet riverbend on the Zambezi river, upstream from the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side. Mchenja is a luxury bushcamp situated in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park, and Chinzombo is in the wildlife-rich Mfuwe area of the park. Chongwe River Camp is located on the Zambezi river just outside the Lower Zambezi National Park.
When to go
Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the drier months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.
There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40° Celsius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.The drier months from October to February offer different activities during the lower water level season, such as swimming in the natural rockpool at Livingstone Island, right on the edge of the falls. Whatever the time of year there is plenty to do here and the views from a helicopter or microlight are spectacular whatever the water levels!