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Highlights of Zambia
Best time to go: April to September
8 Nights | from £3,145pp
Holiday type: Tailor-made
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- Track big game on foot on a walking safari in South Luangwa National Park
- Spot leopard and other nocturnal creatures on a night drive
- Admire 'the smoke that thunders', Victoria Falls, from different viewpoints
- Canoe or cruise along the mighty Zambezi River
- Discover traditional Zambian village life with a visit to the A&K Philanthropy community project
Day 1 UK / Lusaka
Fly overnight to Lusaka via Johannesburg.
Days 2 – 4 South Luangwa Valley
Take the short flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe, at the edge of South Luangwa National Park, where your hosts will meet you and drive you to Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp. The camp is set on an escarpment providing spectacular views across a floodplain on which you might spot zebra or endemic Thornicroft's giraffe grazing and browsing. 'The Valley', as South Luangwa is known to old Africa hands, offers some of Zambia's –indeed, Africa's –finest game viewing and bird spot-ting, hosting dense wildlife including most of the charismatic large mammals. But Luangwa is most renowned for two factors: it's home to some of Africa's best-trained, most knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides; and it's the birthplace of the walking safari. Roaming on foot across savannah and riverine woodland, meeting lion or elephant, is an electrifying experience. You'll want to join at least one night drive, with leopard sightings a regular treat.
Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 South Luangwa Valley / Livingstone
Look out for game on the drive back to Mfuwe for your flight to Livingstone Airport, where you'll be met and driven to Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Lodge, close to Victoria Falls. Known locally as Mosi oa Tunya, 'the smoke that thunders', at peak flow this chain of roaring cataracts creates the world's largest curtain of water, with 10 million litres gushing over its lip every second. The lodge overlooks a dramatic bend in the Zambezi upstream from the falls, providing an exclusive haven in the heart of Mosi oa Tunya National Park –take a walking safari or game drive to spot white rhino, elephant, buffalo, zebra and possibly even African wild dog, along with dazzling birdlife.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6 - 7 Livingstone
The character of the falls changes with the season, the viewpoint and even the time of day. With two days to explore the area, you can view the cascades from Knife-Edge Bridge, from the air on a 'Flight of Angels' helicopter tour, from Livingstone Island from where David Livingstone got his first glimpse of the falls, or even taking a dip in the Devil's Pool on the very edge of the cataract. The vast Zambezi itself offers a range of activities: paddle a kayak, cast a fishing line or end the day with a sundowner on a sunset cruise. You can also discover more about Zambian rural life with a visit to Nakatindi Village, an inspiring community school and village project supported by the lodge.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
Day 8 Livingstone / UK
Fly from Livingstone to Johannesburg to connect with your overnight flight back to the UK.
Day 9 UK
Arrive back in the UK early this morning.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide this 9 day suggested holiday will cost from £3,145 per person, based on two sharing, excluding international flights.
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Our office in Lusaka is managed by a local team of experienced and passionate travel professionals with an intimate knowledge of Zambia, enabling them to provide clients with great insight into this fascinating destination, and ensuring a seamless experience every step of the A&K journey. With their long standing personal connections and networks they're also there to help you uncover local secrets and experiences, and to open doors to people and places normally beyond the reach of the ordinary traveller.
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Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) via Johannesburg
12 hours 15 minutes
GMT +2 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if travelling from an endemic area
Best time to travel
April - June, when the water levels are at their greatest
The best time to travel is between April and June, there is little to no rain rainfall and the Falls are at their fullest. These are the winter months therefore temperatures will only peak at around 20°C, although days are clear and bright.