$8,395 – 10,495 per person sharing
June – November
Zambian safaris are rightfully distinguished by vintage expedition-style adventure delivered under the care of exceptional guides in remote wilderness areas teeming with wildlife. The atmosphere carries back to the camps as well. Unlike most Southern Africa destinations, there remains a preponderance of bushcamps, small and intimate, roughly half the size of a typical Botswana luxury camp which are considered small anywhere other than Zambia. The camps retain a rustic charm while delivering supreme comfort and pampered service while maintaining a wonderful on-the-ground connection to the wilderness areas.
South Luangwa is the birthplace of walking safaris, and it is a rare treat to walk in areas where animals are habituated to humans on foot. The area also offers outstanding game drives, and is known for offering true night drives where you can stay out for long periods of time rather than just a return to camp for dinner. Wildlife ranges from the iconic safari species (lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, hippo, zebra, etc) to rare species such as the African wild dog.
Lower Zambezi National Park offers a stunning environment and a great variety of safari activities. The Zambezi River is the draw, as large quantities of animals come to the water in the dry season. The river can be explored by both pontoon boat and canoe. Fishing is tremendous. The rich Zambezi has also produced the growth of towering woodlands that are open and ideal for walking and game driving in a different environment than most other safari locations. Night drives are also possible creating the opportunity to see the full diversity of wildlife and increasing the chances of seeing rarely spotted nocturnal animals and active predators.
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This safari is highlighted by exceptional Zambian guiding standards, which are rivaled only by Zimbabwe. Many guides from Zimbabwe have moved over to Zambia, resulting in incredible skills cultivated by the local Zambian guides.