This year we teamed up with the Lonely Planet’s editor Oliver Smith and award winning photographer Philip Lee Harvey and created this wonderful safari for them. This itinerary has it all, taking in a wide range of activities and areas. Notably including an amazing Lower Zambezi canoe safari with in country operator River Horse Safaris, two wonderful Robin Pope Safari camps in South Luangwa National Park (known as the home of the leapord) and a walking safari with Remote African Safaris.
£5,240.00 per person based on two sharing a vehicle
Oliver Smiths Lonely Planet Adventure ITINERARY
DAY 1Pioneer Camp, Lusaka
Upon arrival in Lusaka you will be met by staff from Pioneer Camp who will transfer you to the lodge, where you will spend your first night on safari. Pioneer Camp, which is just out of Lusaka on the Great East Road, and only 20 minutes from Lusaka Airport. The camp has a wonderful open-plan bar to grab a cold drink after a long drive. Alfred (the barman) is always up for a laugh and the owner Paul is a very enthusiastic host. The rooms are simply decorated but comfortable. We recommend you try their famous 500g T-bone steaks and delicious home made cakes!
DAY 2Zambezi Breezes, Chirundu
Zambezi Breezers Lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River.
DAY 3 & 4River Horse Safaris (Canoe Safari)
Today, after a cup of tea and a snack, you will set off at 06h30 for a full day of canoeing, covering approximately 25 km. At around 08h30/09h00, you will have a break for everyone to stretch their legs whilst the guide prepares an English breakfast of tinned fruit; eggs, bacon, tomatoes and toast with marmalade or jam. Tea and coffee is served before starting off again. After a few hours canoeing you will stop again for a lunch of cold meats and salad out of the heat of the midday sun. You will then enjoy rest of the day game viewing whilst reading your book with a gin and tonic in hand. In the evening you will reside in your mobile tented camp, which would have been set up for you during the day. Enjoy 2 days of this. Repeat for a second day here.
DAY 5Bridge Camp
Today you begin your drive up the Great East Road and stop for the night at Bridge Camp.
DAY 6 & 7Nsefu Camp, South Luangwa
Nsefu, it is the oldest camp in Zambia having originally been built in 1952 by Norman Carr and is now a national monument. It was completely rebuilt in 1999 using some of the original foundations and following a similar design. It is situated on a sweeping bend on the Luangwa River 12km north of Tena Tena on what must be one of the most beautiful sites in the park. Remain here for two nights.
DAY 8 & 9Kalovia Walking Camp
Today you continue your journey north to Kalovia Campsite, which is situated 20km north of the Nsefu Sector on the old course of the Luangwa River in a private conservancy. This spot is also within a few kilometres of the Changwa channel which contains the highest concentration of hippos in Africa. There is a small network of game drive loops exclusively for guests of the campsite, which follows the Luangwa River and affords some good game viewing opportunities. The campsite is looked after by two local camp attendants who will light a fire for you when you arrive and provide hot water for your shower as well as cleaning your dishes after supper. There is a bush style flush loo and extra firewood is provided. This is a great place to be totally alone and independent in nature. Remain here for two nights.
DAY 10 & 11Chikoko Walking Camp
This morning you will drive from Kalovia to Tafika where you will leave your vehicle and meet up with a Remote African Safari guide (at a time to be advised) and cross the river in a small boat and walk to the camp and stay at Chikoko Camp. Situated in the South Luangwa National Park, along the west bank of the Luangwa, the Chikoko Trails Camps are comprised of two private camps: Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp. You walk from camp to camp in the remote Eastern Zambia following the animal footpaths and will discover the inner workings of the African bush as the expert Remote Africa Safaris' guides share their experience and wilderness knowledge. The route follows the well-worn elephant and hippo trails, not to mention the original footsteps of David Livingstone, through the Luangwa Valley. All luggage and supplies are portered into the camps. Safari walks typically last three to fours hours and this includes a welcome mid-morning tea break. Terrain covered is fairly flat, but occasionally uneven.
DAY 12Luangwa River Camp, South Luangwa
Today you will drive south to Luangwa River Camp which is situated on the east side of the river and set in a bend of the river north of Mfuwe Bridge overlooking game rich area known as the Luangwa Wafwa. This small and intimate camp has just five bush suites, all ensuite and the main area stretches over various elevated decked levels amongst which is a double plunge pool. The open plan bar offers uninterrupted views across the river and into the National Park. All luggage and supplies are portered into the camps. Safari walks typically last three to fours hours and this includes a welcome mid-morning tea break. Terrain covered is fairly flat, but occasionally uneven.
DAY 13Latitude 13, Lilongwe
This morning you will cross the border into Malawi and make your way to Lilongwe and to one of the city’s newest boutique guesthouse, Latitude 13. Here you will be met by a representative from Ulendo, Safari Drive’s representatives in Malawi for your vehicle handover and debrief. Following your debrief you are free to spend the evening relaxing at Latitude 13. The décor here is very modern and because of this perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but it is very comfortable and you will be looked after every step of the way here. It is a fun guesthouse and boasts a really great restaurant. You are booked into the new wing which will be opening very soon! All luggage and supplies are portered into the camps. Safari walks typically last three to fours hours and this includes a welcome mid-morning tea break. Terrain covered is fairly flat, but occasionally uneven.