Day 1: Lilongwe
Upon arrival transfer to a small lodge on the outskirts of the city, and final preparations for the safari. Accommodation in chalets outside Lilongwe.(-/-/-)
Days 2, 3, 4 and 5: Luangwa River (South Luangwa Park)
South Luangwa NP is known for its abundance of African wildlife: Thorneycroft’s giraffe, Cookson’s Gnu, Crawshay’s Zebra, leopards, lions and big herds of buffalo and elephant.Game drives along the Luangwa River often produce spectacular sightings. Hippo families occur in high numbers in the river, unequalled in Africa. During the dry season (July to October), many side channels of the river dry up, leaving the fish trapped. This attracts many different species of predators, such as the African fish eagle, jackal, and hyena, to mention but a few. The colourful Carmine bee-eaters are often seen perching in front of their nests in the river banks.
Camping in Wildlife Camp or Marula Game Lodge. (4x FB)
Day 6: Chipata
We drive out of the Luangwa valley and head on to Chipata. En route we will visit a textile factory well known for its beautiful articles with traditional patterns as well as modern design. We will stock up for the next few days on Safari in the city. Overnight stay at the Protea hotel in Chipata. (B/L/-)
Day 7: Lusaka
During the drive to Lusaka we will stop near Katete, where we visit the Tikondane Project run by Mrs. Elke Kroeger-Radcliffe. We have the opportunity to learn more about the social problems of the local people, aspects of their everyday life as well as the African mentality and culture.
Overnight in Chalets at a comfortable Lodge close to Lusaka (B/L/-)
Day 8 and 9: Chunga (central Kafue National Park)
We drive through pristine Miombo forest to Chunga. Several small rivers cross this area. These leave a number of waterholes in the dry season for the animals to quench their thirst. Wild dogs, which roam large areas of the park, cheetah and lion are among the inhabitants here.
Camping on the banks of the Kafue River. (2x FB)
Day 10: Mongu
On the way to the east we will arrive in Mongu, our stop over at the edge of the Barotse floodplains. Here we have the possibility to stock up for the next few days in Liuwa.
Camping on the edge of the Barotse Plains. (FB)
Day 11 , 12 and 13: Liuwa Plains National Park:
There are few roads in Liuwa Plain National Park. That, however, is part of the park’s attraction: around 3660km² of untouched Africa. Most of this is a vast honey-coloured plain of grass, with just the occasional water pan, islands of raffia palms or a small tree-belt interrupting the scenery. Thousands of wildebeest (estimated at close to 50,000), with zebra, tsessebe and buffalo, group together, joining the more static resident roan antelope, red lechwe and reedbuck. The open plains are particularly good for oribi antelope. With all these come the predators: hyena, wild dog and lion can be spotted. End of October thousands of wildebeest will gather in the plains
Camping in the bush (running water, showers and flush toilets are present). (3x FB)
Day 14: Mongu
We drive back to Mongu. (May to July: we will be transferred by boat to Mongu and stay overnight in Mongu. Beginning of August (depending on the water level of the Zambezi) we will stay this day in Liuwa NP instead, so a total of 4 days in Liuwa will apply then).
Day 15: Ngonye Waterfalls
We follow the course of the Zambezi river up to the beautiful Ngonye Falls, not as mighty as the “big brother further south, but equally impressive. The Zambezi spreads into several channels and the masses of water find their way through the basalt rock formations. We will hike around the area and also do a short boat trip to explore this beautiful landscape.
Camping near the river (FB)
Day 16: Livingstone:
Drive along the Zambezi River to Livingstone. Whether adventure or relaxation: there is a lot of activities on offer in Livingstone. Accommodation in chalets or comfortable Safari tents. (B/L/-)
Day 17: Transfer to the airport and return back to Europe. (B/-/-)
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