Transfer from Livingstone Airport to Island of Siankaba (approximately 55 minutes)
The Islands of Siankaba comprises of two densely-forested, sand islands in the Zambezi River, upstream from the internationally renowned ‘Victoria Falls’. The Islands of Siankaba is a classic forested retreat and has been developed as a luxurious camp, offering 6 secluded chalets linked by a footbridge to the main bar and dining area. The uniquely designed chalets are constructed of teak and custom-made canvas tenting and are raised well above ground levels in the tree canopy. Private balconies extend over the river. Activities at the Lodge include guided birding and tree walks on the main island’s nature trail, guided fishing trips for the elusive Zambezi Tiger, sunset river cruises and dugout canoe trips around the Islands. Day trips to Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park (Botswana) are arranged on a daily basis.
Road transfer from Mfuwe Airport to Kapani Lodge(approximately 40 minutes)
Kapani is an exclusive, privately owned camp situated on a large lagoon beside the Luangwa River accommodating only 20 guests. The ten brick and thatch rooms are designed for the warmer weather with high ceilings, overhead fans and large gauzed windows. Each of the eight standard suites has an en suite bathroom and lounge with a bar fridge. Two special accommodation units, the Lagoon houses, overlook the Kapani Lagoon and are very private and spacious with en-suite facilities. The camp runs on electricity and offers most modern facilities. A thatched building in the center of camp houses the bar and lounge area and is a pleasant place to relax between game drives. According to the season, dining is al fresco with dinner taken on the terrace and brunch taken on a shady platform overlooking the lagoon. There is a small gift shop offering books and local crafts as well as a secluded swimming pool at the far end of camp. Game viewing facilities are tailored to the interests of the guests however there is generally a morning and afternoon game drive in the park in open vehicles. Night drives with a spotlight are one of the highlights of the Luangwa Valley.
Nsolo Camp is a romantic, thatched camp, situated on a waterhole in the shade of a large grove of trees, just three hours' safari walk from Luwi Bushcamp. Accommodation consists of four open-fronted rooms, built on raised wooden platforms under a thatched roof. Where possible, the natural features have been incorporated into the structure. At night, the canvas curtains can be drawn for added security. The bathrooms are open to the trees and stars above. The main chitenje hosts the bar and a small library of books. This is an excellent place to relax during the heat of the day and watch the constant activity at the waterhole in front of the camp. The Luangwa is known for huge herds of elephants and large pods of hippos. Of the primates, baboons and vervet monkeys are prolific, hyenas are fairly common throughout the valley and lions are as plentiful in the Luangwa as anywhere else in Africa. Other carnivores present but not often seen is the caracal, wild dog, serval and side striped jackal. The Luangwa River also has an extraordinarily high number of crocodiles. It is not uncommon to see several basking on the riverbanks or even floating down the river tearing at a dead animal. Night drives are fascinating in the Luangwa. Not only for the chance of seeing a leopard but for the many interesting animals that only come to life at night. Others present are genets, civets, servals, hyenas, and bushbabies as well as owls, nightjars, the foraging hippos and honey badgers Birdwatching is superb, with over 400 recorded species. Near the end of the dry season, when the river and oxbow lagoons begin to recede, hundreds of large waterbirds can be seen wading through the shallows.
Road transfer from Nsolo Camp to Mchenja Bush Camp
Mchenja Bush Camp lies hidden in a shady grove of age-old ebony trees on the bank of the Luangwa River. The camp comprises five stylishly designed tents each under its own thatched roof, and each with private en-suite shower, open-air bathroom facilities and inside bath. There is main chitenge under thatch, which houses the pool, bar and lounge area, although most meals are enjoyed under the canopy of the magnificent trees outside. Game viewing activities are tailored to the guests in camp at the time but usually small parties are taken into the park twice daily in open vehicles. Night drives with a spotlight are one of the highlights of the Luangwa Valley giving the chance to see nocturnal animals such as Hyena, Porcupine, Civet, Genet, Honeybadger and particularly Leopard for which the area is now famous. Walking safaris from camp are not strenuous and are conducted a pace determined by the guests, but usually last 3 to 4 hours, led by a fully qualified guide and armed game scout. If lions were heard calling on the early morning breeze, this will influence your guide’s choice of route, otherwise you will all set out in the hopes of picking up the fresh tracks of the pride or perhaps a leopard that that was patrolling his territory. If you chose to walk it is usually a slow and leisurely wander through the bush, tea and cool drinks are carried and enjoyed in the shade of a tree or next to the river. Your evenings are spent surrounded by the sounds of the African night that will fill your dreams for a long time to come.
Chongwe River Camp 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. A policy of non-intrusive enjoyment of wildlife and low environmental impact has preserved the area and its wildlife. 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. 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. The Lower Zambezi National Park, the most recent of Zambia's National Parks, was for many years a forgotten wilderness. But now the 2500 square miles of superb game country welcomes visitors from around the world. It lies along the northern bank of the Zambezi River, downstream from Victoria Falls. 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. An escarpment along the northern perimeter of the Lower Zambesi National Park acts as a physical barrier to contain the park's wide variety of animal species. Canoe safaris have become a popular way of exploring the Lower Zambezi, enabling visitors to get close to the wildlife in its natural habitat, although a lookout needs to be kept for the large crocodiles which live in its waters.