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Distinctive Zambezi Kafue Tour

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This bespoke itinerary takes in and focuses on the essence of both Zambia and Zimbabwe neighboring countries that boast some of the greatest natural areas in Africa. Mana Pools National Park, a recognized . .
Country: Zimbabwe
City: Mana Pools National Park
Duration: 8 Day(s) - 7 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
Package Itinerary

This bespoke itinerary takes in and focuses on the essence of both Zambia and Zimbabwe – neighboring countries that boast some of the greatest natural areas in Africa. Mana Pools National Park, a recognized World Heritage Site, protects one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the continent.

The expansive Busanga Plains of Zambia’s Kafue National Park retains the charm of Africa undiscovered – a timeless sense of remoteness. The trip’s grand finale is the impressive and mesmerizing Victoria Falls. Undertaking this safari will leave one with a yearning for more and ensure some phenomenal safari memories!

Days 1,2,3: Fly from Victoria Falls Airport to Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.

Upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, connect by private charter onto Ruckomechi Camp. This camp is idyllically located, overlooking the Zambezi River in Mana Pools National Park and the imposing Great African Rift Valley. Comprising 14,6002 km (5,600 sq. miles) this park is located in the heart of the Zambezi Valley and is famed for its rich and varied mammal life.

Area and Location: Ruckomechi Camp is situated in an exclusive concession of Mana Pools, nestled amongst a large grove of acacia and ebony trees. This wondrous setting in allows for exploration of the National Park in total seclusion.

Wildlife: An intoxicating blend of wildlife and bird species abound.

The dry season sees large herds of elephants and buffalo together with hippos, waterbuck, kudu, nyala, and eland all seeking to slake their thirst along the banks of this mighty river. Predators follow with lions frequenting the floodplains and adjacent woodland, while leopards stalk the thickets, and cheetahs and endangered wild dogs are also often seen. The area is equally famous for its superb birdlife offering over 350 species including Collared Palm-Thrush, African Skimmer, Racket-tailed Roller, Purple-banded Sunbird, and Western Banded Snakeeagle.

Activities: Early morning walks with an experienced guide, morning and afternoon game drives, night drives, canoeing, and catch-and-release fishing.

The Camp: Ruckomechi Camp accommodates up to 22 guests in ten spacious en-suite tented units, including a honeymoon suite and family room. All of these units maximize views of the Zambezi River and the escarpment beyond. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts an outdoor ‘bath-with-a-view’ in a secluded, scenic spot. A central dining, bar, library, and main area complete the camp offerings. There is a separate deck with an infinity pool for swimming and sunbathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn sundowner and star-gazing deck.

Overnight Spacious En-suite Tented Camp Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 4,5,6: Fly via Lusaka to Busanga Bush Camp, Kafue National P ark, Zambia.

Boat transfer to Chirundu, followed by road transfer to Lusaka Airport to connect with flight onto the Busanga Plains in northern Kafue National Park. At 22,500 km2 (8 600 sq. miles), Kafue National Park is one of the largest protected expanses in Africa. The Busanga Plains is one of Zambia’s most important wetland and grassland resources and is untouched by development and human activity – the jewel in the Kafue crown. The landscape here is in complete contrast to that of Mana Pools, thereby providing a complementary experience.

Area and Location: The amazing landscapes of the Busanga Plains comprise a web of estuaries, grassy plains, and island thickets. Comprising 750km2 (290 sq. Miles) of untouched Africa, our massive private concession is centrally located on the Plains – ensuring seclusion and optimal wildlife viewing in a truly remote setting.

Wildlife: Owing to the diverse ecology, this area of the Kafue offers fantastic opportunities to see plains game, predators, and water-loving animals. This camp is perfectly situated to see large numbers of puku and red lechwe as well as herds of buffalo and wildebeest. The most notable predators in the area are lions, with up to four pride moving around the Busanga area. Their tree-climbing antics are quite unique and allow for amazing photographic opportunities.

Cheetahs and side-striped jackals also roam the grassy areas as do the rare roan antelope which are locally common. For birders, Busanga boasts over 400 species, including over half the world’s Wattled Crane population. Other notable species are Black-backed Barbet, Rosy-throated Longclaw, and Red-throated Twinspot.

Activities: Morning and afternoon-into-evening game drives as well as early season (June and July) boat trips. Magnificent hot air balloon rides (August through October at an additional discounted cost) provide a very different perspective of the Plains. The giant 8-person balloon floats for approximately an hour above this unique landscape with uninterrupted views of the floodplains and its game

The Camp: Busanga Bush Camp lies hidden in an island thicket. This camp accommodates eight guests in four comfortable tents. The main and bar area of the camp is under a large canopy canvas and has a sweeping view out over the plains and the dramatic sunrises. The dining area is further shaded under the leafy branches of a sycamore-fig tree from which a unique lantern chandelier hangs, romantically lighting up dinner.

Overnight Busanga Bush Camp Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Fly to Toka Leya Camp, Livingstone, Zambia.

After an early morning drive and breakfast, fly to Livingstone Airport, then transfer by road to Toka Leya Camp.

The last camp, Toka Leya, is located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River in the secluded Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, and on the outskirts of Livingstone. This historical town was founded by the first European explorers to ‘discover’ the impressive Victoria Falls and is today the tourism capital of Zambia

Area and Location: Mosi-Oa-Tunya is directly translated as ‘the smoke that thunders’, the local name for Victoria Falls which is found 12km (7.5 miles) from camp and forms one of the main activities. This small but very important national park of the same name is 63 km2 (24 sq. miles) and is host to a wonderful variety of habitat types from mopane woodland to a rich riverine fringe.

Wildlife: The Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park is home to a variety of herbivores such as impala, giraffe, white rhino, and buffalo. In the drier season, herds of elephants come down through the camp to drink from the river and even swim across to the other side. The camp dawn chorus includes the comical ‘laughter’ of hippos which is often seen from the various camp vantages during the day. The bird life along the Zambezi is just wonderful – African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, and Schalow’s Turaco are some special finds.

Activities: Guided tours of Victoria Falls, cultural, museum, and market tours, morning or evening game drives in Mosi- Oa-Tunya, and morning or evening boat cruises on the Zambezi River. Livingstone is also rated as one of the world’s top destinations for adrenaline and river activities. The most popular of these (at additional cost) include seasonal white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge swing, micro lighting over the Victoria Falls, brunch and breakfast canoe trips on the Zambezi, and falls-edge dining.

The Camp: This contemporary but warm camp consists of 12 climate-controlled units on elevated wooden decks. Each unit has inside and outside showers as well as sweeping views of the Zambezi River from a comfortable balcony. Extending out onto the Zambezi River is the main area with a novel pizza oven, bar and infinity pool, and spa area. The camp also has a well-stocked curio shop selling arts and crafts made by local villagers.

Please Note: Toka Leya Camp can be substituted with The River Club at no additional cost.

Safari Tip: Due to the range and variety of activities, we recommend additional nights at this camp.

Overnight Luxury Camp Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Road Transfer to Livingstone International Airport.

After a relaxing start to the day (or morning activity), transfer by road to Livingstone Airport for an outbound flight or continuing arrangements.

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