You spend the next several days exploring the Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, and is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It covers an area of over 9000 square kilometers through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game – including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo – and over 400 species of birds. To explore this wilderness, Robin Pope has established several camps situated through the Luangwa Valley. Exceptional service has become the hallmark of all Robin's operations and all of his camps are intimate and highly personalized. Flexibility and responsiveness to your wishes are of utmost importance so your stay is truly customized to meet your interests and needs. There is much to look forward to during the course of your extended stay in the South Luangwa Valley. You begin your safari at Nkwali Camp, located on Robin's private land, overlooking the National Park. The land is superb for game viewing, with a beautiful area of ebony woodland and open grass plains. Elephants often cross the Luangwa, seen from the bar, or come to the waterhole near the thatched dining room. The chalets are cool and spacious, overlooking the river. Access to the park is through the main entrance over the bridge, by boat or by the nearby pontoon. The area is famous for leopard and giraffe sightings. Activities available over the next two days include a visit to Kawaza village, walking, game drives and night drives as described above. While exploring the bush you are accompanied by professional safari guides, who take pride in sharing their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. Relax in the evening and enjoy a delicious dinner in the company of your fellow guests and guides.
Tena Tena camp is altogether beyond superlatives, and must be one of the best safari camps in the whole of Africa. This remote camp within the National Park enjoys a stunning location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. A grove of mahogany trees shades seven large custom-made tents. From the thatched dining room and bar, guests can watch the elephants, hippo and antelope on the riverbanks. Nearby there is a spectacular lagoon, Buca Buca, where the entire morning can be spent quietly sitting while the game comes down to feed and drink. Accommodation is in large, walk in tents with en suite bathrooms. Activities available during your stay at Tena Tena are as follows: Walking - the only way to really discover the secrets of the bush. These safaris are led by an experienced naturalist and accompanied by an armed game scout; Game viewing drives – conducted in open, four-wheel drive vehicles by knowledgeable safari guides. Special game viewing seats provide excellent viewing and opportunities for photography; and night drives – setting out in the afternoon, and after watching the sun set over the river with a sundowner in hand, the drive continues with a powerful spotlight. The nocturnal world of the bush is witnessed from owls and genets to hunting lions and the graceful leopard. Evenings are spent relaxing at camp, enjoying wonderful conversation, good food, all under the magnificent expanse of the African sky.
Chongwe River Camp, only 20 mins from the airstrip, is situated on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, directly opposite Mana Pools. The Chongwe River is the boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park, a four thousand square kilometer pristine sanctuary, teeming with game, and said to be one of the continent's most picturesque wilderness areas. The Lower Zambezi has become one of southern Africa's premier destinations for peaceful game viewing and unparalleled tiger fish angling. The camp itself looks onto the confluence of the two rivers and the mountains of the escarpment to the north. The sparkling waters of the Zambezi are a focal point for the abundant wildlife, which includes elephant, hippo, buffalo, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard, various antelope species, and baboon and vervet monkey, together with a great variety of birds. Chongwe River Camp is a family owned and run business dedicated not only to providing your dream safari experience but also hospitality that can only be found in a home. Situated under a canopy of Albida thorns and surrounded by cool lawns, the eight chalets are large, well appointed safari tents under thatch, with luxury ensuite open air bathrooms. The bathrooms are an experience on their own. All fittings are made from natural materials found near the lodge. Activities are extremely flexible and with individuals choosing from drives, walks, boat cruises, canoeing and fishing. Gameviewing in the pristine Lower Zambezi National Park is superb and big game, such as elephant, hippo, buffalo and the big cats are even seen regularly in and around the camp!
Road transfer from Livingstone Airport to Tongabezi Lodge
Tongabezi Lodge is a small, secluded lodge, 15km upstream from Victoria Falls, set in a tranquil grove of African ebony trees on a sweeping bend of the Zambezi River. Accommodation is in five luxury-tented cottages and in four spacious open-planned thatched houses. All rooms have magnificent views of the river with a private verandah and consist of either tented cottages or houses - Tree House, Bird House, Honeymoon House and Dog House. Each house has unique architectural features, four-poster double beds with large airy mosquito canopies, en suite bathrooms, flush loos with views, running hot and cold water (shower and bath). Activities available from Tongabezi include visits to Victoria Falls, Livingstone museums and markets, swimming, lawn tennis, croquet, birding, fishing, boating, canoeing, walking, horse riding, white water rafting, bunji jumping, visiting the local school and the Tongabezi shop (local crafts). In the evenings you enjoy gourmet meals and lively conversation.