Sip sundowners to the sound of hippos splashing in their wallow. Dine under the stars as elephants stride by. Hear the music of a thousand birds by day, and by night a serenade of mysterious forest sounds. This is the Africa you’ve been searching for, and you’ve found it on this exceptional Country Walkers walking adventure through Zambia’s iconic South Luangwa National Park, where the walking safari was pioneered. Your adventure begins at award-winning Mfuwe Lodge, a luxurious point of entry from which you venture deep into the bush on daily game drives. Continue to two remote yet deluxe bush camps for an intimate wildlife experience on foot in one of Mother Africa’s last unspoiled regions. This is the real Africa—with all the challenge, beauty, mystery, and excitement that a walking safari promises. Venture into iconic South Luangwa National Park to connect with Africa’s abundant safari wildlife. From exquisite bush camps nestled amid natural surroundings, embark on unforgettable walking tours of Zambia’s wild landscape. At a comfortable stroll, you can truly experience the unspoiled world underfoot, while local guides reveal to you the wonders of their country. Cover even more ground during daily game drives, marveling at the diversity of wildlife that surrounds you. As night falls, return to your accommodations, exceptionally crafted to create a remote oasis of comfort and luxury in the untamed wild. This is the real Africa – with all its challenge, beauty, and mystery yours to discover.
A warm welcome awaits you at Bilimungwe Bushcamp. This exclusive, premium lodge has just four raised thatched chalets offering spacious accommodation with en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower, and private porch with remarkable views onto one of three waterholes.
The heart of camp is its lounge, built beneath the protective canopy of a huge mahogany tree. It overlooks a shady waterhole, drawing thirsty visitors throughout the day including warthog and elephant.
Chindeni Bushcamp combines serene isolation and superb game viewing opportunities with unexpected touches of luxury in such a remote location. Rest comfortably in one of four spacious platform raised tents. Simple and original in design, the open-fronted rooms have wide verandas overlooking a well-visited lagoon and the Chindeni Hills, which provide a picturesque backdrop for wildlife sightings.
Latitude 15 Hotel
Known for the unique, Zambia-inspired artwork that adorns every guest room and the common areas of this trendy boutique hotel, Latitude 15 is stunning. During your stay at this ideally located property, take a dip in one of the outdoor pools, sip a cocktail in the lounge, or relax with a treatment in its inviting spa. Your generously appointed room and Latitude 15’s superb staff ensures a relaxing stay.
Voted Zambia’s “Best Lodge,” Mfuwe Lodge crouches beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany. Its charming thatched buildings sit on the banks of two lagoons where a steady stream of wildlife offers enthralling vignettes. Each of its 18 thatched chalets gives visitors a private piece of Africa, with secluded covered verandas that overlook the lagoon shores where hippos wallow and animals come to drink. Rooms offer stylish African interiors, comfortable sitting rooms, and en-suite bathrooms with panoramic walk-in showers.
2020 Post-Tour Extension - Victoria Falls
2 Nights From $1,548
per person, double occupancy
On the final day of your Zambia tour, a flight is arranged from the Mfuwe Airport to the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), formerly Livingstone Airport. Upon arrival, a representative from the Islands of Siankaba Lodge greets you and transfers you approximately 1.5 hours to your lovely home for the next two nights.
Upon arrival you have time to settle in and enjoy your private deck overlooking the Zambezi River or take a dip in the swimming pool (seasonal) before a sundowner cruise. From your comfortable pontoon, watch for pods of hippos wallowing in the waters or baboons playing on the shore as the sun slips behind the horizon. This evening enjoy your first candlelit dinner overlooking the river.
Today is dedicated to exploring the falls. After an early breakfast, depart for Livingstone and the Victoria Falls National Park for a morning guided excursion (you may choose between visiting the Zambia or Zimbabwe side. During the dry season, August through November, you may wish to secure a KAWA Visa in order to visit the Zimbabwean side of the falls where water runs year-round.
No description, no matter how vivid, can prepare you for the reality of Victoria Falls. Natives call it “the smoke that thunders.” Geologists call it “the greatest-known curtain of falling water,” and “Seventh Wonder of the Natural World.” The majestic Zambezi River sends more than 500 million cubic meters of water per minute plummeting over the edge of this massive gorge, with a width of one and a quarter miles and a depth of over 330 feet.
The falls transform the placid Zambezi River into a ferocious torrent exploding into clouds of spray seen from miles away. Yet thanks to its remote location, the surrounding wilderness is peaceful and pristine.
Should you wish to book any optional excursions (such as the Flight of the Angels helicopter ride over the falls), this is the afternoon to do so. Your lodge staff can recommend options and assist with the reservations (additional cost). Or, return to the lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon activity such as a mokoro ride in a traditional canoe or a walk to the local village.
Accommodation: Islands of Siankaba Lodge, Zambezi River
A transfer will be provided today to the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), formerly Livingstone Airport Livingstone Airport based on your departure arrangements.
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|One extra night in Lusaka|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Fannuel Banda was brought up in Mfuwe by his grandparents and still lives there with his wife and two sons. His passion for wildlife developed early in life and he was encouraged to pursue his interest by his family, gaining experience in the safari industry by working for several safari companies in the area. He once appeared on the BBC programme “No Going Back” when working as a foreman for a lodge that was being built and became a local celebrity! Fannuel began working as a transfer driver but soon passed his guide’s exam and the following year qualified as a walking guide and has been enjoying his life’s work ever since.
An interest in wildlife began at an early age for Peter Milanzi when he moved in 1994 to Mfuwe, with his father and twin brother, Misheck (who is also a guide!). Peter completed his schooling in Lusaka, where he enjoyed math and the sciences and after graduation worked as a bartender at several safari camps in the Luangwa Valley. Inspired by his father and spurred on by his brother, he became a guide in 2003 and passed his bushwalking exam in 2006. Peter loves spending time with his wife, Diana, a teacher, and their two daughters, Chimwemwe and Orient.
Kelvin Zulu was born and raised in Mfuwe, where he still lives with his wife, Josephine. After attending Chiwawatala Primary School and Mfuwe Day Secondary School, Kelvin’s fondness for wildlife led him to working as spotter at Mfuwe Lodge in 2008. With help from a mentor guide and sponsorship and support from Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust, Kelvin took and passed his guide exam in 2010 and worked two years as a transfer guide before being promoted to full guide, where he continues to appreciate the landscape and natural history of his home country.
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