Zambia with Zest

Zambia with Zest

Zambia is one of the undiscovered gems of Africa and this Safari will take you to all the hidden secrets of this country. This self-drive tour includes all the highlights of Zambia namely South Luangwa, Luambe, North Luangwa, Kapishya Hot Springs, the North and the South of Kafue as well as the Victoria Falls.

Time of year:

4 - 20 September 2018

 

Day 0              4 Sept 2018

Martin Slabbert from Explore Africa Adventures and fully qualified safari guide will meet you at Chobe Safari Lodge campsite. We will have a briefing and explanation on what lies ahead, thereafter will have a nice “kuier” around the braai fire. Camping fee is included in the price. Firewood for sale.

 

Day 1             5 Sept 2018                 +- 100 km

We will do a morning game drive (cost around 290 Pula for a vehicle with 2 persons, excluded) in the Chobe National Park. The Chobe National Park is famous for its abundance of elephants, herds of buffalo, rich bird life and exquisite sunset boat cruises, definitely a wildlife experience not to be missed. The cost of the cruise is included, leaves the main lodge at 15:00 and return just after 18:00.

 

Day 2              6 Sept 2018                 +- 560 km

Leave early morning. Cross the Zambezi River at Kazungula, change money at the border and in Livingstone and head for Lusaka where we will camp at Eureka Farm. One ablution serves the whole campsite and electricity is available. This is just an overnight stop on route to the eastern side of Zambia where the real experience will begin. Chalets are available at own cost, pub grub can be enjoyed at the bar. Firewood needs to be catered for by ourselves.

 

Day 3              7 Sept 2018                 +- 680 km                   

From Lusaka we battle through the traffic and drive on the Great East Road to Chipata. We will stop for a quick lunch at Bridge Camp before we cross the Luangwa River. We will spend the night at Mama Rula's. A well stock bar as well as dinners can be ordered and enjoyed at the bar. Electricity is available. Firewood is not supplied.

 

Day 4             8 Sept 2018                 +- 200 km

We will fill up on supplies and fuel in the morning at the local Spar. Please note that you are not allowed to buy any alcohol before 10 am in Zambia. There are facilities in Mfuwe if you ran out of refreshments. Once done, we leave Chipata on a half day’s drive to South Luangwa National Park for the next three nights. On our way we will stop at Tribal Textiles for a very interesting visit. We will pitch camp at Wildlife Camp on the banks of the Luangwa River and spend our day’s game viewing and relaxing. Firewood is for sale, electricity is available.

 

Day 5              9 Sept 2018                 +- 100 km   

We will depart on a game drive the morning into the park to look for Lion, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra as well as the numerous water birds found along the banks of the Luangwa River. Optional night drives at 50 US$ are available, leaving at 16:00 and return at 20:00. You can use the same permit of the morning’s drive for the night, saving the extra entrance fee.

 

Day 6              10 Sept 2018               +- 0 km

Today is a day at leisure. Catch up on sleep, washing, swim or wander around the markets and shops in Mfuwe or go back to the park for another game drive at own cost. (About 70 US$ per vehicle with 2 occupants).

 

Day 7              11 Sept 2018               +- 100 km (6 hrs)

Sandwiched between North- and South Luangwa National Parks, Luambe National Park will be our next stopover. Camping at Luambe Lodge, you will experience plenty of hippo in the river. Firewood is supplied. Today is the beginning of “the road less travelled”; distance becomes irrelevant, time is the determining factor. Camping is for one night only.

 

Day 8              12 Sept 2018               +- 150 km (8 Hrs)                  

Today we will cross the Luangwa River with the Mwanja Pontoon which is a very interesting experience on its own, unless the water level is low enough to drive through the river. North Luangwa National Park is one of the last unspoiled true wilderness areas left in Africa. North Luangwa is normally open from the 1st of June to the 1st week of November. We will stay with Mark Harvey at Buffalo Camp for 2 nights in chalets. We will make use of the “kitchen” to prepare our own meals for the duration of our stay.

The area is predominately for walking safaris, no self-drive are allowed. Walks are not an endurance trip but more of a meander. Normally these last approximately 3-4 hours. These trips are conducted by highly experienced Zambian guides and are always accompanied by an armed Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) scout. Game drives are also available and can be arranged upon arrival. No electricity at the camp.

 

Day 9              13 Sept 2018              

We enjoy the quietness of the camp, enjoy a walk with the guides, go on a game drive or just relax.

 

Day 10            14 Sept 2018               +- 150 km (6 hrs)

Today we leave the Park to set up camp at Kapishya Hot Springs. Kapishya is situated close to the Estate of Shiwa Ngandu (The Africa House) and is set along the banks of the Mansha River. The main attraction of Kapishya is its natural, sulphur free hot spring. Kapishya has a fully stocked bar and a restaurant serving high standard cuisine. Firewood is supplied, but no electricity available in the campsite.There are various activities available at Kapishya and on the estate such as game drives, visits to the Manor House and bird walks. All activities are optional extras and must be pre-arranged with the management at the lodge.

 

Day 11            15 Sept 2018

Kapishya Hot Springs. Relax, do some washing, reading, bird watching, game drive, visit to Africa House, whatever you like to do.

 

Day 12                        16 Sept 2018               +- 500 km

Leave Kapishya in the morning, hit the tar road and turn south on the Great North. We will fill up at Mpika before heading towards Forest Inn campsite at Mkushi. Restaurant and bar facilities are available. We overnight in the neat and shady campsite, just off the main road. We need to cater for our own firewood for the night.

 

Day 13             17 Sept 2018               +- 530 km (last 100km – 3 hrs)

We leave in the morning for Kafue National Park via Kabwe and Mumbwa. We will stop for supplies at Shoprite in Kabwe, and set up camp on the banks of the Kafue River at McBrides Camp for next two nights. This is a very rustic campsite close to the river with hot water. Africa's largest game reserve, the Kafue, diverse and richly endowed, remains as it has been for centuries. Bordered by the blue-green Kafue River, the park stretches from the vast Busanga Plains in the north to the Miombo woodlands of Nanzhila in the south. Prolific indigenous as well as migrant bird life is encouraged by the Kafue and Luangwa rivers as well as Lake Itezhi-Tezhi in the South. No electricity and no firewood for the campsite.

 

Day 14             18 Sept 2018

Relax and enjoy a sunrise/sunset boat cruise, morning walk with Chris McBride, visit the hot spring and make brunch, whatever you want to do.

 

Day 15            19 Sept 2018               +- 277 km

Time to move further south, brave the bumpy road back to Mumbwa and we head for New Kalala Camp or Hippo camp in the southern part of the Kafue NP, situated on Lake Itezhi-Tezhi where we will spend the night. The access road is under construction, so yet another challenging day of travelling.

 

Day 16            20 Sept 2018               +- 288 km

We break down camp and leave for Livingstone via Kafue Park. Expect to see Sable, Elephant, Kudu and Roan Antelope on our 3 hour journey through the park. Thick sand makes for exciting driving. We will overnight in the campsite of The Bushfront. The Victoria Falls is approximately 1690m wide and varies in height from 62m (Devil's Cataract) to 109m (Eastern Cataract). In comparison the Niagra falls are 968m wide and 45m high. Various activities e.g. helicopter- and microlight flights, bungee jumping, white river rafting, etc. are available at Livingstone. We need to supply our own firewood, but the campsite have a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Chalets for upgrade are also available.

As this is the last day of the trip, we will have dinner (included) together at a local restaurant in Livingstone. You are welcome to spend the following day in Livingstone, or if you so wish, join me on my journey back home via Botswana.  

COST

The cost of this safari is R 21 900 p/person.

Cost is subject to change if any of the service providers increase their prices.  The cost will include and exclude the following: 

 

Included:

Guide fee

All Park fees (except 2nd day Park entry fees in South

Luangwa and all fees for Chobe Nat Park)

All camping fees

Lodge accommodation at Buffalo Camp in North Luangwa

All vehicle entry fees

 

Excluded:

Road tax

Third Party Insurance

Carbon Tax

Camping Equipment

Fuel

Firewood

Food and Beverage

All additional optionals

 


         FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

What is the maximum amount of vehicles on this tour?

 

7 – 8 VEHICLES

Can I go in a 4x4 Caravan?

 

NO

Can I take my 4x4 trailer?

 

NO

Does the trip start and finish at the same place?

 

TRIP STARTS AT CHOBE SAFARI LODGE AND ENDS AT LIVINGSTONE

 

Recommended sleep-overs close to the starting point and finishing point:

 

FRANCISTOWN – WOODLANDS STOP OVER

 

How much are the park fees?

 

PARK FEES ARE INCLUDED IN SAFARI PRICE. EXCEPT the second day in South Luangwa and Chobe Nat park.

Should one allow for other costs?

 

FUEL

ZAMBIA BORDER CROSSING +- R1 000

PER VEHICLE

FERRY FEE OF 220 ZAR

CHOBE GAME DRIVE – PULA 220

BOTSWANA BORDER CROSSING FEE P

200 PER VEHICLE – P200 Double entry

ACTIVITIES AT VICTORIA FALLS SOUTH LUANGWA AND KAFUE.

ALL ADDITIONAL OPTIONALS

What is the total distance of the trip in km?

 

+- 6000 KILOMETERS FROM JHB/PTA

Should one take out special insurance?

 

MAKE SURE THAT YOUR SHORT TERM

INSURANCE CO COVERS YOUR

VEHICLE IN ZAMBIA AND

BOTSWANA.

THIRD PARTY INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY AND AVAILABLE AT BORDER POSTS.

Is it a malaria area?

 

YES

Can children go on this tour?

 

YES

What is the cut-off age for seniors?

 

DEPENDS ON STATE OF HEALTH AND

FITNESS