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The first stop on your Ultimate tour of Zambia is the Lower Zambezi National Park. You’ll get here via a flight from London to Johannesburg, followed by a connecting flight to Lusaka and road transfer to your lodge at the lower end of the park. The lodge faces an open floodplain and riverine forest that attracts plenty of wildlife throughout the dry season.
Sprawling along the northern banks of the Zambezi River, the Lower Zambezi National Park is a truly picturesque wilderness made up of oxbow lagoons, lush miombo woodland, savannah, grassland and patches of ebony and fig trees. Declared a national park in 1983, the Lower Zambezi protects a healthy population of game that includes lion, wild dog, buffalo, elephant, zebra, wildebeest and various antelope species. The river is full of hippo and crocodile, whilst the trees are a popular haunt for leopards. The park’s birdlife is equally rich – nearly 400 different species have been recorded here including eagles, kingfishers, herons, ospreys, storks and bee-eaters.
Activities within the park are varied and include bush walks, game drives, canoeing, fishing and boating along the Zambezi.
Stay: Three nights in a luxury tent at Anabezi – full board
From the Jeki airstrip, it’s just a short light aircraft flight to Livingstone – gateway to the natural spectacle that is the Victoria Falls. You’ll be transferred to your accommodation situated within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short distance from the World Heritage-listed waterfall. As well as guided trips to the falls you’ll be able to venture out on rhino trekking tours and game drives within the national park. Fishing, sunset river cruises, cultural village visits and trips to the Livingstone Museum can all also be arranged.
Stay: Three nights in a double suite at Thorntree River Lodge – full board
It’s the isolation and untamed landscapes of Liuwa Plains that make it so appealing to the intrepid traveller. Situated close to Zambia’s border with Angola, this is one of the least visited safari destinations in the country. You’ll be able to explore 3,600 sq km of untouched wilderness that supports spotted hyena, cheetah, zebra, lion, 300 species of birds and Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration. The region is also home to the indigenous Lozi people who have utilised and protected the land for centuries.
You’ll be staying at the very first permanent safari camp within the Liuwa Plain National Park. An elegant base from which you’ll enjoy day and night game drives, walking safaris, seasonal canoeing excursions and rewarding bird watching.
Stay: Four nights in a double tent at King Lewanika Camp – full board
Catch your light aircraft flight to Livingstone where you will check in for your flight to Johannesburg. Connect with your international flight back to London.
What was particularly impressive was the way in which Catherine listened to what we like to do and combined all of this in a destination we would not have considered - a truly terrific effort.- OL, Caribbean