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Luangwa and Livingstone

11 days from £3095pp plus international flights.

​A winning combination of wildlife and natural spectacle, with a 2-centre safari in South Luangwa National park followed by 2 full days to experience the majesty of Victoria Falls and all the activities on offer there. This is a holiday that will leave you enriched and enthralled, with a wealth of photos to excite the envy of friends and family.

South Luangwa is widely recognised as one of the best safari destinations in Africa, with high concentrations of animal and bird life. Not to be outdone, the scenery is stunning, with rich woodlands, beautiful oxbow lagoons and sweeping plains which will have you reaching for your camera time and again. 

You'll be staying in two different areas where you'll be able to explore by vehicle and on foot, led by expert local guides keep to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with you. You'll be amazed by how much you learn during your week on safari. Be warned - safaris are addictive!

The safari is hard to top, but the sight, and sound, of Victoria Falls can at least match it for thrills. You'll have 2 full days here, to marvel at the falls and take advantage of the activities, from the pulse-raising bungee jumps and whitewater rafting to the more sedate sunset cruises. There's something for everyone.

You'll be staying as a guest of the esteemed Robin Pope Safaris, who've been operating since 1986 and own all the camps and lodges. The accommodation is of a very high standard, where you'll be looked after by friendly, professional staff in a relaxed atmosphere.              
Itinerary
Nkwali Camp

DAY 1: ARRIVE AND TRANSFER TO NKWALI CAMP

You'll be met at Lusaka airport and helped through immigration and customs, and on to your 1-hour flight to Mfuwe, South Luangwa. Your guide will meet you on arrival and drive you to Nkwali Camp, about an hour's ride passing through local villages, cultivated land and bush. Depending on your arrival time you'll be shown to your room and then served lunch or tea on the deck overlooking the lagoon, before setting off on a game drive. You'll be back in camp for dinner and should sleep well tonight after a busy day. Lunch, tea, dinner
game drive

DAY 2: NKWALI CAMP

You rise with the sun, for a breakfast of freshly cooked porridge and toast by the campfire. This early start enables you to enjoy a walk or game drive in the national park before the heat becomes too intense and when wildlife is active. Enjoy your first sightings of herds of elephants and stately giraffes. You'll pause en-route for coffee and cake, returning to Nkwali for lunch. Over the next few hours you can rest in camp, taking a siesta, chatting to guests and enjoying a swim in the pool. After tea you'll head out on safari again. The game drive will continue after dark, allowing you to discover nocturnal species, before arriving back for dinner. Full board  
elephant

DAY 3: NKWALI CAMP

Another day to enjoy the wildlife and scenery around Nkwali. Game drives allow you to cover considerable ground in your search for sightings, and the open top vehicles with just 2 passengers in each row ensure excellent visibility. Guided walks let you concentrate on the smaller details of the natural world, learning about the importance of plants, insects and small animals in the overall ecosystem. Between activities there's ample time to relax, swim in the pool, enjoy delicious food and watch elephants at the lagoon. Full board    
room

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO NSEFU CAMP

After breakfast you'll board the safari vehicle for the drive to Nsefu Camp, stopping to watch game on the way. At the Luangwa River crossing point you'll bet met by staff from Nsefu who join you for the river crossing and drive you the 45 minutes to camp. At Nsefu you'll be staying in a cosy rondavel facing the river. Staff will serve you lunch and in the later afternoon, fully rested, you'll have a game drive to introduce you to the area, returning for dinner. Full board  
(You have the option of substituting Tena for Tena for Nsefu for these 4 nights if you wish.)
 
lion

DAY 5: NSEFU CAMP

The Nsefu Sector was declared a game reserve back in 1966, a full 5 years before the creation of South Luangwa National Park, evidence of the quality of its game viewing. You can expect to see elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, lion and leopard plus an array of birds. Nsefu is one of just 2 properties (the other being RPS's Tena Tena), so you'll see very few, if any, other vehicles. Spending time with your guide on walks and drives is a rewarding experience in itself as you soak up knowledge and information that adds to your overall enjoyment of the safari. Full board 
game drive

DAY 6: NSEFU CAMP

Today you might want to take the opportunity of a full day trip in the Nsefu Sector, taking in the salt pans, known for their hot springs, and where you can observe antelopes and crested cranes. You'll have plenty of time for game viewing as well as taking in the varied landscapes, and you'll stop for a specially prepared picnic at lunchtime. Your adventure continues into the afternoon and you'll be back in camp for sundowners. Full board    
walking safari

DAY 7: NSEFU CAMP

Start the day with a relaxed walk through the ebony groves, pausing to examine animals tracks and spoor spotted by your eagle-eyed guide, who can interpret these signs, bringing the bush to life. You may even pick up some bush lore yourself! After a relaxing afternoon in camp, set off in the open 4x4 for your final Nsefu game drive. Make sure you have your camera ready to record and preserve precious wildlife encounters. Full board
swimming pool

DAY 8: FLY TO LIVINGSTONE

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for the flight to Livingstone, where a lodge representative will meet you and drive you the 20 minutes to Stanley Safari Lodge. The lodge has a great location on a hill overlooking the might Zambezi River and Victoria Falls just 3 kilometres away. Sitting on your private balcony you'll be able to admire these superb views. Unwind after your journey with a stroll in the gardens and cool off with a swim in the pool as you settle in to your home for the next 3 nights. Full board   
victoria falls

DAY 9: LIVINGSTONE AND VICTORIA FALLS

There's no shortage of activities in Livingstone and staff at the lodge are happy top help you arrange your day and book excursions for you. Top of the list is sure to be a guided tour of Victoria Falls, followed by river and sunset cruises on the Zambezi. Thrill-seekers will be spoilt for choice with bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, canoeing and microlight flights to name a few. When you've had your fill of excitement you can rest at the lodge, just a 10 minute drive away, enjoying a refreshing swim in the infinity pool. Full board 
Stanley Safari Lodge

DAY 10: LIVINGSTONE AND VICTORIA FALLS

Another day for as much or little activity as you wish! You may want to return for a second view of the stunning Victoria Falls. Alternatively, visit Mukuni Village to experience the daily lives of the Leya people, their customs and beliefs, or The Livingstone Museum which houses an impressive collection of artefacts and memorabilia about Dr Livingstone, plus archaeological displays charting human development from the Stone Age. You can also spend time walking around the town and visiting a local market. Head back to Stanley Safari Lodge to enjoy a sundowner in the lounge before dinner. Full board   
breakfast

DAY 11: DEPART

You'll have breakfast at the lodge as you enjoy views of the river, then it's time to leave. Depending on your onward travel plans, you may have time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before the transfer to the airport. Breakfast
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £3095 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2016 - April-21 May, Nov: £3080 pp sharing. 22 May-30 June: £3695 pp. July-October: £4275 pp.

Includes: 7 nights full board accommodation based on twin share; airport transfers; domestic flights; daily safari activities except in Livingstone; local drinks; laundry

Excludes: International flights and taxes; visas; premium drinks; tips; personal expenses.

Getting there: You need to fly into and out of Lusaka. Flights will cost from about £900 per person, depending on season and availability. From the UK the best route is via Johannesburg. We usually book these flights for you. 

Departure dates: This is a tailor made holiday that operates between April and November, departing on the day of your choice, subject to availability.

places you will see

places you will see

South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park
This is one of THE best places for an African safari. It is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa.
Livingstone (Zambia side)
Victoria Falls
One of the most famous and awe-inspiring sights in Africa. A perfect start or end to a safari in Zambia or Botswana, or enjoy it in its own right.
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holidays with heart
holidays with heart

How this holiday helps

An already-incredible experience will become even more special when you know that your safari is helping the wildlife you’ve come to see, the environment you’ll fall in love with, and the people that will make such an impression on you. 

This trip uses camps run by Robin Pope Safaris.  Tribes has worked with them for many years and we rate them as one of the best when it comes to doing things right. They do right by our travellers, giving you an amazing wildlife and wilderness experience, and they do right by the people and places in their sphere of influence.

They’ve won various awards for their efforts in poverty reduction, they strongly back anti-poaching activities and carnivore research programmes, and they are very careful to use green technology such as solar power, natural air cooling and living grass roofs in order to minimise environmental impact.

The Luangwa Valley is a very special area of wilderness (which includes the second largest wild dog population, the largest lion population and one of the largest leopard populations in Zambia) that needs all the protection it can get. Robin Pope Safaris offer some of this protection.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time: Flights from Europe to Lusaka take about 10 hours. Lusaka International Airport is about 25km from the city centre (about 30 minutes transfer).

Language: Zambia's official language is English, but outside of the cities few people speak it.

Visas: Visas are required for most nationalities, although a waiver can normally be organized in advance for British citizens.

Health: This is a malarial country.

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