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Zambezi & Kafue Explorer

  • Kafue sunset
  • Tree climbing lion in Kafue National Park
  • two rainbows from the RainForest

Fast Facts


  • Zambia's premier safari spot
  • 11-day safari, 4 camps
  • Combine two majestic rivers
  • Experience Victoria Falls

Zambezi & Kafue Explorer

An 11-night safari combining camps on the Zambezi and Kafue Rivers, with nights at Victoria Falls and Kafue National Park.

This 11 night safari will give you a chance to explore two of our favourite rivers in Africa, the Zambezi and the Kafue. With two nights to explore the Zambezi River, including a chance to see the incredible Victoria Falls, and nine nights to experience the outstanding, pristine bush of the Kafue National Park, this is a trip that is perfect for the safari enthusiast, whether it is your first or your tenth!

The Kafue National Park is the largest protected wildlife area in Zambia, and on a scale that is roughly equivalent to the size of Wales. Although it is easy to access fom both Livingstone and Lusaka, the park is relatively underdeveloped, with fewer buildings, visitors and mod-cons than many of the other parks we regularly visit. Four of the Big Five can be found in the area - elephant, leopard, lion and buffalo. Unfortunately the black rhino has been extinct here for a number of years, but the presence of cheetah, hippo and some endemic species make up for this. Some of these include Lichtenstein's hartebeest, hartebeest, sable, and a number of other antelope species. The lechwe population is in the thousands! The birding is spectacular in the area too, with over 500 different species recorded.

This safari will take you to three different locations in the park, and you will stay at Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp, Konkamoya Lodge and Mayukuyuku Bush Camp, all located in different regions, allowing you a rich and varied experience with respect to the wildlife, birds, and importantly, scenery. You will approach the park from Livingstone and leave towards Lusaka, meaning you cover a large portion of the park and maximising the viewing potential. It would be very easy to extend your holiday to other safari destinations, or even to a beach trip of some description if you were looking for some rest and relaxation.

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UK+44 (0) 1752 878858
+44 (0) 1752 878858
USA+1 (347) 708 1794
+1 (347) 708 1794
Canada+1 (647) 694 1402
Australia+61 (2) 8417 2176
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  • Enquiries and bookings

    Contact the Zambezi team

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  • All the facts
  • Where 

    Your journey will start in Livingstone and finish in Lusaka, with the opportunity to extend your trip at the beginning or end if you wish to see more of anything in this area.

    Accommodation

    The beautiful Waterberry Zambezi Lodge will set you up for the first two nights in privacy and comfort. The whole lodge has just seven thatched cottages, centred around a restaurant, viewing lounge and deck. Comfort is certain, with air conditioning, private terraces and all-important insect proofing! The lodge is located just 40 minutes away from Victoria Falls, and is the perfect place from which to explore the Falls while enjoying the quiet of the Zambezi River in a relaxed area.

    Set in a lush woodland, Nanzhila Plains Safari Lodge is named after the nearby plains, which with a stream running through it experiences a large amount of wildlife right on its doorstep. With three different types of room available, you can pick those that best suit your budget - with three Meru-style safari tents and three thatched cottages, the choice is yours. The price we have quoted is for the tents.

    Konkamoya Lodge is located on the banks of the Iteshi Teshi Lake, and offers four luxurious safari tents for up to eight guests. These are mounted on metre-high platforms that protect from both rising water and unwanted visits from the wildlife of the area. The main area has two intimate meeting places based on the traditional Zambian lapa, and four specially adapted land rovers make game drives an exciting and comfortable experience.

    We have saved the best to last (in our opinion)! Mayukuyuku Bush Camp has just four tents, and is well known for the fantastic hospitality that is prevalent across Africa. This is where you will experience the Kafue River, as the camp is based on the banks and excellent game viewing without moving a muscle is not only possible, but highly enjoyable.

    Highlights 

    • See Victoria Falls, 'discovered' by David Livingstone and known as "the smoke that thunders" in the local language
    • Explore a large area of the Kafue National Park, with three nights in three different locations to get the most out of your trip to this pristine area
    • Experience both the Zambezi River and the Kafue River in one trip, and learn about the importance of these bodies of water in the lives of the local wildlife and people
    • Enjoy a variety of activities, from birding to bungee jumping, game drives to a sunset cruise, and many more besides!

    Best Access 

    • Flights to Livingstone are frequent, and your road transfer takes just 30 minutes from Arrivals Hall to paradise

    Tips and notes 

    • Victoria Falls is the largest falling curtain of water on Earth. High-octane activities can be experienced from the Zimbabwean side of the falls - find out about a combined visa that will allow you to try out some of these adrenaline inducing experiences.
    • There is a lot of game driving in this safari as most transfers between camps are in the form of drives through the National Park. Get the most out of the transfer by telling your guide exactly what you want to see!
    • Extend your trip by a few days on either side if you wish to spend more time in Victoria Falls, or explore other areas of Zambia. We especially recommend the South Luangwa National Park.

    Price

    • US$4,995 per person

    Inclusions

    • Accommodation
    • Game viewing activities
    • Drinks in Waterberry Lodge and Nanzhila Plains
    • National Parks fees in Kafue National Park
    • Road Transfers

    Exclusions

    • International flights
    • Visas
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Tips
Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

Where 

Your journey will start in Livingstone and finish in Lusaka, with the opportunity to extend your trip at the beginning or end if you wish to see more of anything in this area.

Accommodation

The beautiful Waterberry Zambezi Lodge will set you up for the first two nights in privacy and comfort. The whole lodge has just seven thatched cottages, centred around a restaurant, viewing lounge and deck. Comfort is certain, with air conditioning, private terraces and all-important insect proofing! The lodge is located just 40 minutes away from Victoria Falls, and is the perfect place from which to explore the Falls while enjoying the quiet of the Zambezi River in a relaxed area.

Set in a lush woodland, Nanzhila Plains Safari Lodge is named after the nearby plains, which with a stream running through it experiences a large amount of wildlife right on its doorstep. With three different types of room available, you can pick those that best suit your budget - with three Meru-style safari tents and three thatched cottages, the choice is yours. The price we have quoted is for the tents.

Konkamoya Lodge is located on the banks of the Iteshi Teshi Lake, and offers four luxurious safari tents for up to eight guests. These are mounted on metre-high platforms that protect from both rising water and unwanted visits from the wildlife of the area. The main area has two intimate meeting places based on the traditional Zambian lapa, and four specially adapted land rovers make game drives an exciting and comfortable experience.

We have saved the best to last (in our opinion)! Mayukuyuku Bush Camp has just four tents, and is well known for the fantastic hospitality that is prevalent across Africa. This is where you will experience the Kafue River, as the camp is based on the banks and excellent game viewing without moving a muscle is not only possible, but highly enjoyable.

Highlights 

  • See Victoria Falls, 'discovered' by David Livingstone and known as "the smoke that thunders" in the local language
  • Explore a large area of the Kafue National Park, with three nights in three different locations to get the most out of your trip to this pristine area
  • Experience both the Zambezi River and the Kafue River in one trip, and learn about the importance of these bodies of water in the lives of the local wildlife and people
  • Enjoy a variety of activities, from birding to bungee jumping, game drives to a sunset cruise, and many more besides!

Best Access 

  • Flights to Livingstone are frequent, and your road transfer takes just 30 minutes from Arrivals Hall to paradise

Tips and notes 

  • Victoria Falls is the largest falling curtain of water on Earth. High-octane activities can be experienced from the Zimbabwean side of the falls - find out about a combined visa that will allow you to try out some of these adrenaline inducing experiences.
  • There is a lot of game driving in this safari as most transfers between camps are in the form of drives through the National Park. Get the most out of the transfer by telling your guide exactly what you want to see!
  • Extend your trip by a few days on either side if you wish to spend more time in Victoria Falls, or explore other areas of Zambia. We especially recommend the South Luangwa National Park.

Price

  • US$4,995 per person

Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Game viewing activities
  • Drinks in Waterberry Lodge and Nanzhila Plains
  • National Parks fees in Kafue National Park
  • Road Transfers

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips

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