Lower Zambezi

Livingstone and Lower Zambezi

From the mighty ‘Smoke that Thunders’ to the wild and untouched Lower Zambezi National Park, this 7-night trip offers the very best in luxury accommodation and experiences in Zambia’s “must-see” regions.

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Your adventure starts here

Days

1-3

Days 1-3

Where you are meant to be

Livingstone, Zambia

Zambia is a landlocked country of remote national parks and fascinating history. Forming its southern boundary, the mighty Zambezi River cuts its way across the land, creating a wealth of verdant vegetation and sustaining the country’s rich wildlife. As light fades from the majestic African sunset, you greet the night, sundowners in hand. Cruising along the Zambezi River, the hippos and crocs spectators to your passage, it is clear that this is where you are meant to be, a visitor paying tribute to the greater scheme of things, for a time written in to the story.

2 Nights

Tongabezi

  • Tranquil setting on the Zambezi River with stunning vistas
  • 11 exclusive cottages or houses with romantic touches & various African influences
  • Merges quirky luxury a peaceful ambiance & a communion with nature
  • Romantic San Pan floating candlelit dinners & attentive care
  • Spacious verandahs & expansive decks which drop off into the water
  • Landscaped gardens with a swimming pool
Transfers
Transfers

Livingstone Airport to Tongabezi Lodge: Private Road Transfer

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Days

3-5

Days 3-5

A massive wildlife sanctuary

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

A relatively undeveloped national park and the youngest in the country, the Lower Zambezi lies across the river from Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools, and together they form a massive wildlife sanctuary. Bigger mammals, predators, elephant herds and plains game are attracted to the valley and game viewing is particularly good during the winter months (June’s September). Crocodiles and hippo dominate the waters, and along the Zambezi banks, the canopy of ebony and fig trees are alive with the constant movement and calls of numerous avian species. Summer offers avid birders sightings of the Narina Trogon and an array of brightly coloured birds and the area is known for its superb birding.

Although not a big 5 destination (no rhino) the Lower Zambezi National Park offers an exceptional safari experience, with walking safaris, fantastic tigerfishing, game drives and canoeing adding to the allure. Oddly enough giraffe are completely absent from Lower Zambezi with no record of them ever having lived here. Ideally start your day with an early morning game drive, warming up with a coffee stop. If it’s an option, you could spend some time canoeing or tiger fishing, or rest up in a shady spot during the midday heat. A guided walking safari is an exhilarating way to experience the bush from a different vantage point, learning about smaller animals and plant life. In the late afternoon, hop back onto your open safari vehicle and continue the search for game. Alternatively, enjoy a sundowner cruise appreciating the view of hippos, crocs and ellies while on the river. Night drives afford the chance to see a completely different array of animals, found with the help of a spotlight.

2 Nights

Kayila Camp

  • ​Nestled on the banks of Zambezi River, with incredible views over Mana Pools National Park
  • 4 expansive thatched suites, attractively decorated for comfort & relaxation
  • Intimate camp: a combination of classic luxury & contemporary spoils
  • Pool, deck & glorious outlooks, cultural & land & water safari activities
Transfers
Transfers

Tongabezi Lodge to Livingstone Airport: Private Road Transfer

Flights
Flights

Flight from Livingstone Airport to Royal airstrip

Transfers
Transfers

Royal airstrip to Kayila Camp: Shared road transfer

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Days

5-8

Days 5-8

Piece of paradise

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

There is a good chance to witness your most beautiful sunset here, while canoeing down the breathtaking Zambezi River. Counting the most stars you will ever see in the deepest black sky is also an entertaining evening activity. Both the Zambezi River and the Mushika River attract copious wildlife, and the ability to spot animals while cruising down the river in a boat will add a whole new dimension to your safari experience. Up-close-and-personal encounters with elephants, hippos and large herds of buffalo and zebra are ‘business as usual’.

2 Nights

Anabezi

  • An exclusive setting, overlooking floodplains & the Zambezi River
  • 12 light & airy, canvas & wood tented suites with gauze-fronting to maximise the outlooks
  • Luxurious, beautifully appointed & spacious accommodation with private decks & plunge pools
  • Carbon neutral camp, raised wooden walkways & viewing decks
  • Evenings around a blazing campfire & max 4 per game drive vehicle
  • Diverse game, excellent birding & fishing, walks, boating & canoeing
Transfers
Transfers

Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp to Jeki airstrip:

Scheduled Road Transfer – 15 to 45 mins

Flights
Flights

Flight from Jeki Airstrip to Lusaka Airport

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Your Adventure Ends

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  • 7 Nights accommodation with selected meals
  • Flights from Livingstone Airport to Lower Zambezi and from Lower Zambezi to Lusaka
  • Road transfers where applicable
From $6,299 per person

Trip Summary

Days 1-2
Where you are meant to be

Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone provides the same escapades which make Victoria Falls so appealing: heart-stopping white water rafting, bungee jumping and glorious aircraft flips.

Days 3-8
A massive wildlife sanctuary

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

A relatively undeveloped national park and the youngest in the country, the Lower Zambezi lies across the river from Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools.

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