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Arrive in Johannesburg and connect on to Livingstone. You’ll be met and transferred by road and boat to Sindabezi Island. Set in an area of spectacular natural beauty, the Victoria Falls is a truly magnificent sight measuring over 1,000 metres wide. Sindabezi Island, your base for excursions, sits on its own private island on the Zambezi River. As well as breathtaking visits to the falls you’ll be able to enjoy romantic sunset cruises, canoeing, museum tours and guided excursions within the wildlife-rich Mosi-oa-Tunya Game Park. For an insight into local Zambian life, you can take a tour of the local village, school and market place.
Stay: Two nights in an open-sided thatched chalet at Sindabezi Island – full board
A boat and road transfer from Livingstone, followed by scheduled light aircraft flight, brings you to your next destination in the magnificent Lower Zambezi National Park. You’ll be staying at an intimate safari camp on the banks of the Zambezi overlooking a series of channels and islands. Days are focused on non-motorised safari activities including incredible bush walks and leisurely canoe trips along the Zambezi River – both excellent ways of interacting with the local wildlife. You’ll also be able to enjoy day and night drives, a chance to get up close sightings of the park’s lions, leopards, African wild cats, buffalo and elephant.
Stay: Two nights in a double bush chalet at Old Mondoro – full board
On day seven you’ll board a scheduled light aircraft flight from Jeki to Mfuwe. From there you’ll be transferred to Chindeni Bush Camp. The property is located on a permanent oxbow lagoon in the iconic South Luangwa National Park, Zambia’s most famous game reserve. Here, amongst a wilderness of 9,000 square kilometres, you’ll discover a stunning population of wildlife supported by the mighty Luangwa River. Bushbuck, lion and leopard can be seen in the areas of dense vegetation, whilst the lakes and river are favoured by elephant and hippo. Bird watchers should also look out for Lilian’s lovebirds and grey-headed parrots amongst the fruit of sausage trees. If you’re lucky you may even spot the elusive wild dog amongst many, many other species.
Stay: Two nights in a double tent at Chindeni Bush Camp – full board
Staying in the South Luangwa, today you’ll make a game drive/walk transfer to Bilimumgwe Bush Camp. You now find yourself in a remote and truly unspoilt section of the park, an area perfectly suited for walking safaris. Being able to explore on your own two feet – just like the safaris of old – alongside a fully qualified guide who will reveal the secrets of the African bush, is nothing short of magical.
Stay: Two nights at Bilimungwe Bush Camp – full board
Your last stop is the untrammelled wilderness of Kafue, reached by another scheduled light aircraft flight from Mfuwe. Within this huge national park you’ll be exploring the untouched Busanga Plains, arguably the best game-viewing area in all of Kafue. Predators abound in this immense, seasonal floodplain system dotted with ‘islands’ of wild date palms, sausage and fig trees.
Cheetah and leopard are often spotted, whilst lion, puku, waterbuck, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, red lechwe, buffalo and wildebeest are also likely to make an appearance on your game drives. In fact, Kafue boasts the largest mammal species diversity in the country with over 55 large mammal species alone. Keen birdwatchers will find nearly 500 different varieties to spot, including endemics like Chaplin’s barbet.
Stay: Three nights in a double tent at Wilderness Busanga Camp – full board
Today you’ll board a scheduled light aircraft flight from Busanga to Lusaka in time to check in for your flight to Johannesburg. You’ll then connect on to an international flight back to London.
It has been wonderful to discover that there remain places like this in the world, where one can find peace amid wild nature. This has been the highlight of our stay in Colombia and we look forward to telling our friends about it.- ZA, Colombia