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Holiday Title: Zambia's Natural Beauty and Wildlife
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Zambia for 11 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
*Excludes international flights from your home country - please ask us if you would like us to include these for you.
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Holiday Title: Zambia's Natural Beauty and Wildlife
Passengers: 2 Adults
Upon arrival at Lusaka International Airport you will be met by our representative and assisted with Immigration and Customs procedures. You will then be directed to the domestic check-in counters for your flight to Mfuwe in the South Luangwa. The flight will take just over an hour.
ProFlight (Light Aircraft): Fly from Lusaka Intl (LUN) to Mfuwe (MFU) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
On arrival at Mfuwe Airport, you will be met by your guide and you will be transferred by road to the South Luangwa National Park.
Located far away from the Mfuwe Gate, which is the main entrance gate into the Park, Lion Camp offers a truly exclusive safari experience with an abundance of game and few other safari vehicles. All of the 10 luxurious timber, canvas and thatch suites have been designed to maximise the spectacular views. Each suite has a private deck looking over the plain where plenty of wildlife pass offering game viewing throughout the day. The suites are connected to the main area by a raised and winding wooden walkway. The main lodge is a spacious, open and airy thatched area with private nooks, seating areas and a pool.
South Luangwa National Park
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Mfuwe Airport.
Check in for your flight onto Jeki, in the Lower Zambezi National Park.
ProFlight (Economy Class): Fly from Mfuwe (MFU) to Jeki Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your camp. Anabezi is a stunning luxury tented camp, stretched under the shade of a winterthorn grove at the edge of the Zambezi floodplain. The 12 spacious and beautifully designed tents are connected by raised walkways so that the game is free to pass in and out of camp, affording you unparalleled sightings from the comfort of your room or the main area. Each tent has an indoor bathroom and outside shower, in addition to a private plunge pool.
Lower Zambezi National Park
You will be transferred back to the airstrip, where you will board your flight to Livingstone.
ProFlight (Light Aircraft): Fly from Jeki Airstrip to Livingstone Airport (LVI) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
Collect your luggage, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall where your driver will meet you. You will then be transferred to your final lodge.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, 12 kilometres upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls. Activities include walking safaris, canoe trips, game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park, sundowner cruises, a walking tour of the Falls, and local school/village tours.
Victoria Falls - Zambia
You will be transferred back to Livingstone Airport, arriving in time to check in for your onward flight.
Lion Camp is a stylish, unique and independent lodge situated in a remote part of the South Luangwa National Park, with abundant and uncongested game viewing on the doorstep. Lion Camp is also distinguished by its friendly staff, personalised service and excellent food.
Located 40 km upstream from the main Mfuwe Gate, and on the banks of an oxbow lagoon or 'wafwa', which retains a small amount of water all year, the lodge looks out onto open grassland. By day the plain is frequented by grazing mammals, and by night it becomes a hunting ground for lions.
All safari activities are led by qualified guides who will educate and enlighten you in the secrets of the Park. Game drives are conducted in open Land Rovers. Walking safaris are accompanied by an experienced and armed escort scout.
An infinity swimming pool, lower deck with sun loungers, central bar and fireplace are located in the main lodge area, along with a library and small shop.
Mealtimes at Lion Camp are social occasions and are highly convivial, with fabulous food and plenty of stories from your Lion Camp hosts. Lunch is buffet style, and the evening meal is plated.
Lion Camp has 8 luxury suites. with canvas walls and a thatch room. During the day, the netting at the front of the tent can be tied back to access a shaded private deck directly from the bedroom. Bathrooms are off to the side to provide more privacy, whilst ensuring an unobstructed view out. Evening breeze cooling units have been installed for maximum comfort in the hotter months. These units along with the rest of the camp are solar-powered.
The 2 private deluxe suites maximise the prime locations at the end of the camp.They are similar in design to the luxury suites but are larger and have secluded outdoor bathtubs. The Lagoon Suite can be either twin or double and an extra bed can be added to accommodate a young child. The Sunset Suite is the honeymoon suite. It has one king-size bed and a large wrap-around deck with 180 degree views of the plain. It is the furthest suite from the main area of the camp and its seclusion makes it perfect for honeymoon couples.
|1 x Luxury Suite (Stay 5/Pay 4 offer applied)
|All meals and local drinks; shared safari activities and a laundry service are included. PLEASE NOTE: Imported wines; premium spirits and champagne are not included. Airport transfers are only included for stays of 3 nights or more.
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on walking safaris.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
Anabezi is located on the banks of the Zambezi River at the lower end of the Lower Zambezi National Park. The name Anabezi is derived from the many Ana Trees or Winterthorns that surround the camp. These Winterthorns drop corn yellow pods which attract a wide variety of animals to the area including many elephants- always a welcome sight in the camp.
Equipped with 4 person game drive vehicles specifically designed to keep you comfortable and safe. Venture out in the early morning or the late afternoon to witness the glory of the bush. Enjoy a sundowner watching elephants crossing the mighty Zambezi, or your coffee in the morning in the absolute splendour of the Winterthorn forest after an exciting morning tracking lion. If you’d like to spot a leopard, genet or civet cat, you’re most likely to do so on one of the night drives. You might even catch a pride of lions hunting their next feast.
The very best way to get close up and personal with the animals that spend their days in the water is on one of the guided boat safaris. This is also one of the few places in Africa where you can do a canoeing safari. With the gentle lap of water against the canoe, you will be introduced to everything that lives along the riverbanks and in the river. From rare birdlife to hippo pods and lazy crocodiles, it is truly an adventure to remember.
Guests can also explore the wonders of the Zambezi on foot as one of the experienced guides takes you through the Park, explaining the different types and uses of plants and the art of tracking animals.
Whether a keen angler or complete beginner, catching a tiger fish is one for the bucket list which can also be ticked off during your stay here. With a selection of rods, reels and tackle, you will be guided through the cast, play, landing, and of course the trophy shot before releasing the fish back into the water.
The camp is made up of 12 spacious, secluded tented suites, connected by raised walkways so that the game is free to pass in and out of camp, affording you unparalleled sightings from the comfort of your room. Each of the tents has an indoor bathroom and outside shower, in addition to a private plunge pool.
With main viewing decks providing magnificent views of both the Zambezi River and Mushika River flood plain, a swimming pool overlooking the river and central fire-pit to keep you warm as the day turns to night, you’re promised nothing less than stylish luxury.
|1 x Luxury Safari Tent (Stay 4/Pay 3 offer applied)
|Park fees; Conservation Levy; all meals; shared safari activities (game drive, walking safari, boat trip, fishing, canoeing); beverages; a laundry service; and airstrip transfers are included.
Children must be 12 years and older to participate in a walking/canoeing safari.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
Just a short drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend in the Zambezi, right on the edge of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
A walking tour of The Falls is a must for anyone staying here. First described to Europe by explorer David Livingstone and known locally as the Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the Smoke that Thunders”, the Falls make a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the mile wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi. Rainbows constantly form and collapse in the tropical sunlight over the waterfall.
Other activities include game drives in custom-built 4x4 safari vehicles into the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The Park is home to elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, zebra in large numbers and an exciting array of birds. It even has white rhino – the only place in Zambia where they can be seen. Guests may also be lucky enough to see a rare sighting of the wild dog that on occasion pass through the Park.
In addition, there can be few more thrilling ways to experience and understand African wildlife and the bush as a whole than by being on foot on a walking safari. The walking safaris are conducted at a leisurely pace and take about two hours. Morning walks depart at around 06:30 and include a break with tea, coffee and snacks. The afternoon walk start at around 16:00 and finish at a special sundowner spot where guests will be served drinks and canapés while enjoying the magnificent sunset.
Guests can also relax on a Zambezi River sundowner cruise - a truly great way to spend a couple of hours. Sipping on a cocktail while watching the sunset over the majestic Zambezi River is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Local village visits can also be arranged, as can fishing trips, and canoe excursions.
In between all the activities, the inviting swimming pool is perfect for just relaxing around, or you can book a spa treatment, or just enjoy a quiet drink in the elevated bar overlooking the Zambezi.
The accommodation consists of 12 tree houses connected by stilted wooden walkways. Each tree house enjoys superb views over the river. In addition, there are 2 private houses available, each with 2 bedrooms, their own dining areas and decks with plunge pools, and their own chef and house staff.
|1 x Tree House
|All meals; drinks (excluding premium brands); Park fees; laundry; game drives into the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park; Simonga village visit; a visit to Victoria Falls; return Livingstone Airport transfers; and a sundowner cruise are included.
No children under the age of 12 are permitted on walking safaris.
Latest Travel Updates
For up-to-date travel information from the UK government, please check:
UK Government Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/zambia
As of 01 November 2022, passengers carrying passports from the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia or the European Union will no longer have to purchase visas in order to enter Zambia and can obtain a free visa on arrival. Please note this ruling may be subject to change at short notice.
If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local Zambia High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements or check here:
Visas can issued at any Zambia Embassy, online via https://evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/ or single or double entry visas can be obtained on arrival. You cannot get a multiple entry visa on arrival.
If you plan to get a visa on arrival, make sure you have the correct amount of cash (US dollars) with you as change may not be available. If you enter through Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka or the Harry Mwanga International Airport in Livingstone, you can now make payment for single and double entry visas via credit card at the Zambian Immigration desks.
Visa costs (subject to change) are as follows: Single Entry Visa USD 25 per person; Double Entry Visa USD 40 per person; Multiple Entry Visa USD 75 per person; Day Tripper Visa USD 10 per person (enter and exit through same port); Transit Visa USD 50 per person.
For visitors wanting to travel across to Zimbabwe, the KAZA UniVisa is also an option (although unfortunately this is not always available). This visa allows tourists of certain nationalities to travel freely between Zambia and Zimbabwe, within a 30 day period from the date of their first entry.
This same visa will also allow those who cross into Botswana for a day trip to come back into Zambia (or Zimbabwe) without paying any extra visa fees - please note however it is not valid if staying in Botswana overnight.
The UniVisa can ONLY be obtained at SELECTED border posts - the international airports in Lusaka and Livingstone and at the land borders at Livingstone (Zimbabwe border) and Kazungula (Botswana border) - the current price is USD 50 per person (subject to change) and is valid for 30 days.
To check whether you are eligible for this visa, please visit https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/kaza-univisa/.
For everyone entering Zambia, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry and have at least 2 blank pages for entry/exit stamps.
PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.
You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Zambia.
To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled.
To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.
There is no risk of yellow fever in Zambia, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Zambia. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Zambia requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya and Uganda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list here https://nathnacyfzone.org.uk/factsheet/60/yellow-fever-maps
There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Zambia - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.
Tsetse flies are found throughout some of Zambia's National Parks, especially in the Luangwa Valley and Kafue National Park. There have been some cases of sleeping sickness occurring after a tsetse fly bite, although these are mainly amongst farmers and other locals who have repeated exposure to bites. However, the fly can still deliver a painful bite, so it is advisable to take necessary precautions - don't wear dark colours, especially black and blue (including denim), wear long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and don't walk through bushes during the hottest part of the day.
The official language of Zambia is English. Commonly-spoken indigenous languages number over 70 and include Lamba, Kaonde, Tumbuka, Ngoni, Ila,Senga, Chewa, Chibemba, Nsenga Chinyanja, Lunda, Chitonga, Kaonde, Silozi, Nkoya, and Luvale.
We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:
Homosexuality is illegal in Zambia. Whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.
You should always ask permission before taking anyone’s photograph.
Avoid taking pictures of sensitive sites including power stations, explosives factories, pumping stations, army barracks, government buildings, river junctions, road and rail bridges, the Ndola Oil refinery, mining areas and airports. If in doubt, don’t take pictures.
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We would not normally be able to confirm that your trip cannot proceed due to travel restrictions until a couple of weeks before the start of your trip, however should you want to look at postponing or altering your trip before then we would aim to be as flexible as possible.
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