DAYS 112 – 117: ZAMBIA
Crossing the border from Malawi into Zambia you will head into the wonderful South Luangwa National Park. While in the park you will have an included early morning game drive and an included evening game drive, both in open-sided safari vehicles, and depending on your arrival time you may also have the option of doing an evening game drive on arrival. South Luangwa National Park is a hidden gem on the safari circuit; it is rarely visited due to its remote setting, but has some incredible populations of wildlife and is one of the only parks in Southern Africa that is open for night driving with spotlights when many of the big game is at its most active.
From South Luangwa you will have a full day’s drive towards the Lower Zambezi area, stopping off en route at a campsite at the Bridge over the River Luangwa. You will then complete your journey to your campsite on the banks of the Lower Zambezi where you will meet your guides who will take you on your 2-day / 2-night canoeing expedition on the Lower Zambezi which is a fantastic way to see the river, scenery and some of the wildlife in the area.
Beyond Kariba Gorge, the Zambezi River flows through a wide and game-rich floodplain hemmed in by towering escarpments in both Zimbabwe and Zambia. The shoreline in Zambia has private conservancy areas, game management areas and the relatively unexplored Lower Zambezi National Park. This region is heavily populated by hippos and crocodiles – it’s also renowned as a birder’s paradise with over 300 species having been recorded and is favoured by sports fishermen in search of the famous Tiger Fish.
Returning to the truck after your second island wild camp, you will continue your journey to the Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the world-famous Victoria Falls.