Arrive And Transfer To Nkwali Camp
You'll be met at Lusaka airport and helped through immigration and customs, and on to your one-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
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.
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 two 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.
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. (You have the option of substituting Tena Tena for Nsefu for these four nights if you wish.) NB: During the Emerald season (Jan-May & Nov-Dec) Nsefu and Tena Tena are closed so you spend the week exploring the beautiful Nkwali area.
The Nsefu Sector was declared a game reserve back in 1966, a full five 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 two 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.
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.
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.
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 three 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 three nights.
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 ten minute drive away, enjoying a refreshing swim in the infinity pool.
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.
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.
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