You will be met after passing through customs at the Livingstone Airport and transferred to Tongabezi Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River. The camp manager will sit down with you to discuss all the available activities including when you would like to visit the Victoria Falls. The Falls are one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and are the largest sheet of falling water on earth – a spellbinding and mesmerizing spectacle. The sheer mass of water cascading down the 100m drop across nearly 2km makes a thunderous roar in full flood and creates a magnificent spray of water that can be seen for miles – hence the local name ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’. Water flow over the Falls varies throughout the year. The river’s annual flood season is February to May when the spray can reach a height of over 400m, this is spectacular from above but it can be difficult to see the Falls at ground level as it is under a heavy shower/mist around April. Water levels start dropping in August and are at their driest just before the rains in October/November.
A guided tour of Victoria Falls, cultural, museum and market tours, morning or evening game drives in Mosi-Oa-Tunya Park and morning or evening boat cruises on the Zambezi River. Livingstone is rated as one of the world’s top destinations for adrenaline and river activities. The most popular of these include (at additional cost) seasonal white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge swing, microlighting over the Falls, brunch and breakfast canoe trips on the Zambezi and Falls edge dining.
Depart after breakfast for your flight via Lusaka to Lower Zambezi National Park and your luxury tented camp, Chiawa. The Lower Zambezi National Park covers an area of 1,800 square miles with most of the game concentrated along the valley floor. There is an escarpment along the northern end that acts as a physical barrier to most of the parks animal species. The river’s edge is overhung with a thick riverine fringe. Further inland is a floodplain fringed with mopane forest and interspersed with winterthorn trees. This is Zambia’s newest Park and as such is still relatively undeveloped. Walk under the guidance of your professional guide, game drive in an open safari vehicle or take the water in a canoe to view animals all along the banks of the Zambezi.
Enjoy one last breakfast on the river before it’s time to return to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight via Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your luxury villa, Chinzombo Camp. South Luangwa’s history dates back some 30 years and is where the concept of walking safaris originated. This national park lies along the Luangwa River and is home to some of Africa’s largest concentrations of wildlife. The lifeblood of the park is the mighty Luangwa River which is one of the most pristine river ecosystems in Africa. The vegetation of the park is predominately dry woodland interspersed with floodplain grasslands, coupled with the dominating Luangwa River and its many languid oxbow lakes. The diverse wildlife along the dambo offers great opportunities for photography, whether you choose to explore on foot with a keen-eyed guide, or range further afield in a safari vehicle. And in the evenings, you dine with the night sounds of Africa for a soundtrack. Well-lit pathways cleared of undergrowth connect the tents to the main bar/lounge. The natural vegetation has been left as undisturbed as possible. Puku Ridge inhabits a remote world of its own, watching the ancient patterns of life and survival while treating its visitors to enjoyably civilized hospitality. Activities include day and night game drives in South Luangwa National Park in open four-wheel-drive vehicles driven by a knowledgeable guide, as well as Guided Walks by a professional guide and an armed national parks scout.