Explore the best of Zambia’s safari destination on this route. Begin in capital city Lusaka, before flying to Mfuwe airport on the edge of South Luangwa National Park. Here, you can take a walking safari through the African bush to get closer to the wildlife or go on a night drive to see big cats hunting. Continue your wildlife adventure by transferring to the riverfront of the Lower Zambezi, where you can see hippos, elephants, lions and more. Take a boat safari along the Zambezi, or – if you feel adventurous – go canoeing. Travel back to Lusaka for your departure.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa National Park, Lusaka
Activity Activity Safari, Luxury, Nature & Wildlife
Physical Level Physical Level Easy
Season Season January - December

Suggested itinerary

Spot leopards in South Luangwa National Park

Spot leopards in South Luangwa National Park

Day 1–4 in South Luangwa National Park

Found in eastern Zambia at the end of the Great Rift Valley, South Luangwa National Park is famous for its population of leopards, who stalk the antelope, impalas and pukus that line its riverbanks.

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Boating safari in South Luangwa National Park

Boating safari in South Luangwa National Park

Visit South Luangwa National Park between December and April and you’ll be able to take a boating safari through the flooded lagoons of the Luangwa River. You’ll get a unique perspective on the Park’s animals and birdlife.

Go wildlife watching in the Lower Zambezi National Park

Go wildlife watching in the Lower Zambezi National Park

Day 5–6 in Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi National Park’s wildlife is centred around the floodplain along the northeastern side of the Zambezi River. Combined with Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, this is one of Africa’s best places to see elephants, zebras, leopards, lions and many more.

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Go Tiger fishing on the Lower Zambezi

Go Tiger fishing on the Lower Zambezi

The razor-toothed tiger fish is one of the world’s most powerful freshwater fishes. Found in the Lower Zambezi area, you can fish them year-round – but look out for crocodiles and hippos lurking below the water’s surface.

Return to Lusaka and depart

Return to Lusaka and depart

Day 7 in Lusaka

Fly from Lower Zambezi Royal Airstrip to Lusaka International Airport for your onward flight.

Where to stay

Deluxe

Mfuwe Lodge

Located just inside South Luangwa National Park and less than an hour drive from Mfuwe International Airport, Mfuwe Lodge was voted the Best Lodge in Zambia in 2009. Choose from eighteen thatched chalets, complete with private decks, on the banks of two wonderfully wildlife-rich lagoons.

Deluxe

Royal Zambezi Lodge

Situated on the bank of the Zambezi river opposite Zimbabwe’s birdlife-rich Mana Pools, the family-owned Royal Zambezi Lodge offers 15 elegant safari suites overlooking the river. The lodge has a range of facilities, with a spa and wellness centre, outdoor pool, cocktail bar and restaurant serving international cuisine.

Book this itinerary

This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators may cost between $4,895 and $5,955pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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