What is it about waterfalls that we find so endlessly fascinating? Is it their raw power, giving us perspective on our own minimal significance in the world? Is it science (studies suggest the negative ions abundant in waterfalls increase serotonin levels)?
International Expeditions takes you deep into the wilds of Zambia, a land-locked country of high plateaus and river valleys. Truly beyond the ordinary, our small group will be among the only visitors as we explore the outstanding parks of this tropical destination. In South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks, the adventure is palpable as you experience daily and nighttime game drives, bush walks and canoe excursions.
In two of Zambia’s premier national parks — South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi — the thrill of wildlife-viewing and timeless adventure of Africa come alive during game drives in some of the continent’s most remote areas. Zambia is unspoiled by mass tourism, and International Expeditions’ intimate Zambia safari — our maximum group size of just 10 travelers — transports you to a region rich in wildlife, superb forests and meandering rivers.
Giraffe near Nsefu
Hippo at Chongwe River Camp
Dinner at Chongwe River Camp
African Fish Eagle
Zambia Safari Itinerary
Depart / En RouteBoard independent overnight flights en route to Livingstone, Zambia. (Meals Aloft)
Livingstone: Stanley Safari LodgeOn arrival at Livingstone International Airport, you will be met and transferred to Stanley Safari Lodge, your home for two nights. (Meals Aloft)
Livingstone: Stanley Safari LodgeMosi-oa-Tunya National Park and the Victoria Falls area play host to white rhino, elephant, buffalo and giraffe as well as a range of museums and markets. For the more adventurous, Livingstone boasts a whole host of adrenaline filled activities including whitewater rafting, bungee jumping and micro lighting. Or you may just wish to rest in camp and enjoy the spectacular scenery and peaceful atmosphere. The day will end with a relaxed dinner and perhaps drinks in the wine cellar. (B,L,D)
Livingstone / Lower Zambezi National Park: Chongwe River CampFly from Livingstone to Mfuwe and connect with the light aircraft transfer to Lower Zambezi. As you fly into the area, see the wide Zambezi River, dotted with islands. Buffalo and elephant are always seen feeding along with the pods of hippos that rest on the edge of the sandbanks. A game drive from the airstrip introduces you to the game of Lower Zambezi before arriving at Chongwe. The Chongwe River is the boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park. Spend two nights at Chongwe River Camp, enjoying a range of activities, including drives, walks, boat cruises, canoeing and fishing. (B,L,D)
Lower Zambezi National Park: Chongwe River CampThe picturesque Lower Zambezi National Park is teeming with game, and we have ample opportunity to explore during game drives in open safari vehicles, guided walking tours, canoeing or motor boating. With both day and nighttime game drives, we are more likely to spot the enormous herds of elephant, some up to 100 strong, lions, leopards, waterbuck, kudu, zebra, crocodiles, impala, warthogs, eland and hyena that call the park home. (B,L,D Daily)
Lower Zambezi / South Luangwa National Park: Luangwa River CampFly from the Royal airstrip to Mfuwe via Lusaka. From Mfuwe International Airport, transfer to Luangwa River Camp, through colorful village life. Depending on your arrival time, settle-in for lunch and a siesta before your afternoon activity. Return to the camp after sundowners or enjoy a night safari looking for nocturnal wildlife. Spend three nights at Luangwa River Camp. (B,L,D)
South Luangwa National Park: Luangwa River CampRenowned for its unspoiled beauty and diverse habitats, South Luangwa National Park offers a rich concentration of wildlife, including leopard, elephant, bushbuck, buffalo, hippo and a prolific array of birds. Enjoy two full days to explore, either on foot or on a game drive. Other excursion options include a trip to Tribal Textiles for locally printed fabrics which are sewn into various items – perfect for souvenirs. At Kawaza Village to experience an authentic Zambian village, interact with the locals and even sample a local meal. Your guide makes all arrangements based on your specific interests. (B,L,D Daily)
Nsefu Game Reserve: Nsefu CampAfter an early breakfast, a transfer game drive through the park takes you to a crossing point on the Luangwa River. We’re met by the Nsefu staff and cross the river by boat. Enjoy a game drive to Nsefu Camp, where you spend three nights. (B,L,D)
Nsefu Game Reserve: Nsefu CampThe Nsefu sector was first pronounced a game reserve in 1966 some five years before the South Luangwa was even declared a national park. Enjoy a full day to drive or walk through the ebony groves, or the Nsefu sector on an all-day picnic drive to the salt pans covering a variety of habitats. (B,L,D)
Mfuwe / Lusaka / En RouteTransfer to Mfuwe Airport and connect with your onward flight to Lusaka. From Lusaka, board your independent flight home. (B, Meals Aloft)
Stanley Safari Lodge
Stanley Safari Lodge is located on the hills overlooking the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls in a bush location. Accommodation is in 10 uniquely designed chalets that are constructed of teak and local stone and are open fronted or more colonial style brick and tiled rooms which are closed. Each with a private balcony ensuring spectacular views overlooking the Zambezi River and suites has plunge pools.
Chongwe River Camp
Situated under a canopy of Albida thorns and surrounded by cool lawns, the eight chalets of Chongwe River Camp are large, well-appointed safari tents under thatch, with luxury en suite open air bathrooms. The bathrooms are an experience on their own. All fittings are made from natural materials found near the lodge.
Luangwa River Camp
The 10-bedded Luangwa River Camp is situated opposite the Luangwa Wafwa (a game rich area of the park) in the Upper Lupande Game Management Area. It offers all the creature comforts of a camp yet with all the intimacy, tailored activities and flexible mealtimes you come to expect from a bush camp. The camp is unique with its décor of locally crafted and handmade details. The main area is elevated on wooden decks, affording great views to the park and river. The swimming pool is sunk into the deck, linked by a waterfall. Seating areas are all elevated and open plan with a bar area as well as a dining and reading area.
At Nsefu Camp, there are six round rondavels with luxurious en suite facilities and each room has a clear view of the sweeping bend of the Luangwa River through large windows and from the wooden verandahs.