Best of Zambezi & Luangwa Safari

9 Days

Safari in Zambia’s renowned Luangwa Valley and exploration on and along the Zambezi River in Lower Zambezi National Park are two of the country’s most popular destinations. The meandering Luangwa River flows through South Luangwa National Park, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley and is one of Africa’s last unspoiled wilderness areas and probably the finest wildlife sanctuary.

The valley’s oxbow lagoons, woodlands, and plains are home to large herds of game, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, and hippo, as well as over 450 bird species. Just below the Lower Zambezi National Park, the Luangwa River flows into the Zambezi River. This Park, which is scenically bordered by an impressive escarpment, has excellent game that can be seen from both the river and the ground. It’s a wonderful feeling to quietly float past a massive elephant feeding.

Trip Plan: 4 Nights at Sausage Tree Camp, Lower Zambezi, & 4 Nights at (either Nkwali, Luangwa River Camp, Nsefu or Tena Tena), South Luangwa

Valid: April to November.

Places Covered: 4 Nights at Sausage Tree Camp, Lower Zambezi, & 4 Nights at (either Nkwali, Luangwa River Camp, Nsefu or Tena Tena), South Luangwa


  • Safari in Zambia's renowned Luangwa Valley
  • Exploration on and along the Zambezi River in Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Walking Safari, Boat Cruise & Canoe Safari


  • 8 Night Accommodation
  • All safari activities
  • All meals & bar (premium drinks extra)
  • Laundry, airport transfers plus domestic flights
  • A private guide/vehicle and fishing (fishing permit is extra) is included at Sausage Tree

The Itinerary

Day 1

Meet & Greet / Flight to Lower Zambezi NP

When you arrive at Lusaka Intl you will be welcomed by our representative then you’ll link to your short flight to Lower Zambezi National Park when you arrive at Lusaka International Airport.

As you approach the area, you’ll notice the big Zambezi River, which is dotted with islands. The buffalo and elephants, as well as the hippos that rest on the sandbanks, are still seen eating. Individuals can choose from a variety of activities, including game drives, walking safari, boat cruises, canoeing, and fishing.

In the pristine Lower Zambezi National Park, game watching is exceptional, and big game such as elephants, hippo, buffalo, and big cats are often seen in and around the camp! After a late lunch, you’ll have the choice of participating in an afternoon activity, whether it’s on the river or by car.

Day 2 ,3 & 4

Lower Zambezi National Park

At Sausage Tree in the Lower Zambezi, you’ll have three full days of activities, two per day morning and afternoon/evening game watching. Game drive safaris (morning and night), walking safaris, boat cruises, canoeing safaris, fishing trips are activities on offer or you can choose to relax.

Day 5

Transfer to South Luangwa National Park

You will be transferred to South Luangwa National Park for your final adventure on this safari, depending on your flight time from Lower Zambezi to South Luangwa.

You will be greeted by a guide from Robin Pope Safari at Mfuwe Airport and transferred to one of the camps (Luangwa River Camp, Nkwali, Tena Tena or Nsefu).

Luangwa River Camp is a small, intimate camp with five bush suites on the banks of the Luangwa River, with views of the park. Nkwali – 6 chalets overlooking the Park on the banks of the Luangwa River. Tena Tena & Nsefu – 6 tents and rondavels, respectively, within the exclusive Nsefu Sector.

Depending on when you arrive, you will be served lunch, take a nap, and then go out for an afternoon activity. After sundowners, you can either return to camp or continue looking for nocturnal, returning before 8 p.m. for dinner and bedtime at your leisure.

Day 6, 7 & 8

Explore South Luangwa National Park

You will have three full days to spend however you want. You will all be served all three regular meals, and you will have the choice of participating in a walking safari or a game drive. If you are interested in shopping you can visit to Tribal Textiles, which has locally printed fabrics that are sewn into a variety of pieces, making them ideal souvenirs or gifts for friends and family.

Perhaps a trip to Kawaza Village, where you can visit an authentic Zambian village, talk with the locals, and even try a traditional Zambian meal. Nothing is set in stone, and you and your guide can talk about your personal interests.

Day 9

Departure / Flight to Lusaka

After breakfast and farewells, you will be taken to Mfuwe airport to meet the plane taking you to Lusaka for your onward connection.

When you arrive at Lusaka International Airport, our representative will greet you and assist you in checking in for your outbound flight.

Where You'll Be Staying

Luangwa River Camp,

South Luangwa National Park

The South Luangwa National Park marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It is through this that the great meandering Luangwa River runs, with its ox bow lagoons, riverine supported woodlands and large plains, all of which play host to huge concentrations of game including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo and over 450 species of birds. Luangwa River Camp sits nestled under…
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Nsefu Camp,

South Luangwa National Park

Nsefu Camp, the first photographic safari camp in Zambia offers charm, history, exclusivity, and comfort in the best location in the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Nsefu was opened in the 1950s, the first camp in the South Luangwa and the brainchild of the renowned Norman Carr, who pioneered walking safaris here to benefit conservation and communities long before responsible tourism became a buzzword. The camp’s location, within the Nsefu Sector, features superb wildlife, and the camp itself provides some…
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Tena Tena Camp,

South Luangwa

Tena Tena was Robin’s very first camp, and it seems to hold a special place in the heart of everyone who’s come to stay over the years. Lying in the remote Nsefu section of South Luangwa National Park, Tena Tena sits nestled under a magnificent and thick grove of mahogany trees. On a double-ti river bank, each room enjoys its private view of a long stretch of the Luangwa River.
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Nkwali Camp,

South Luangwa National Park

Many places claim to be “among the remaining wilderness areas” or “one of the last wildlife sanctuaries”; South Luangwa National Park lives up to both and more. The Luangwa Valley is vast, remote and home to both people and a truly impressive variety of games. The South Luangwa Park is 9050 sq. kilometres; with the river, its tributaries and the riverine strips being the focus of the wildlife viewing. There are diverse habitats, from huge ox bow lagoons of varying…
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What's not included

Visa Fees & Person Travel /Medical Insurance - International flights - Airport taxes - Activities not mentioned and gratuities

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Feedback From Our Previous Clients

Gary V
Gary V
Another perfect holiday We were a party of eight, most of us on a return trip (last one in 2020 - also with Absolute Zambia Safaris) under the expert guidance of Robert. It was again a holiday without a single complaint. Pickups were reliable and punctual, the David Livingstone resort is perfectly located on the banks of the Zambezi with comfortable beds, sumptuous food, an infinity pool, and an unlimited supply of food and drinks on the silent but spacious sunset cruise. Robert (from Absolute Zambia Safaris) dealt with all our changes, additions, amendments, and cancellations with endless patience and understanding. It was a perfect holiday, we will be back. Thank you Absolute Zambia Safaris.
Lisa A
Lisa A
Amazing five-day trip Absolute Safari organised an amazing five-day trip for us which included 2 nights in Mwanfushi safari lodge and 2 nights by Victoria falls. Everything worked out perfectly and Robert was quick on the email, answering and organising according to our wishes. Our driver Brian was excellent and always on time and the price very reasonable. Can highly recommend.
exciting trip at the Lower zambeji National Park It was a wonderful experience. I came to know about absolute Zambia safari from TripAdvisor only. I contacted them and Robert was very nice and every time he answered my email very promptly. It was my solo trip and good that I decided to be a client of the absolute Zambia safari because they arranged everything for me. I just dropped into the plan. In my game drive, I saw almost every animals available in the lower Zambezi national park. it was my three day two night trip. The place named Kianbi safari challet where I stayed during the trip was very peaceful and lovely. I again wish to visit Zambia and if I go, I will choose the same absolute Zambia Safari group.
Florencia S
Florencia S
Amazing experience!! Robert is very professional and his organization and arrangements exceeded every hope we had with our trip. It was just fabulous!!! We did a 2-week trip around Zambia, what a beautiful country!! Thank you again Robert, you did a wonderful work!!
More than I could have hoped for! I didn't know much about Zambia when we were planning our trip, but I had heard wonderful things about South Luangwa National Park. After reading some reviews, I contacted a few agencies in Zambia to plan our trip. Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris was truly amazing -- the entire experience was so much more than we had expected and everything worked out beautifully. Great properties, unbelievable safaris with knowledgeable guides, excellent and almost too plentiful food, I don't have enough superlatives to describe our visit, but I will certainly call on Robert again when I go back to Zambia!
Véritable Afrique Difficile d'imaginer les éléphants qui passent à coté de votre chalet la nuit? Les hippopotames qui broutent l'herbe devant votre chambre? Les singes qui prennent votre dentrifice si la porte est ouverte? Après plusieurs decennies consacrées à la protection des animaux sauvages (période de braconnage de 1970-1990), la Zambie se met à l'écotourisme avec d' excellents standards de services, nourriture, eau potable et confort de chambre. Des simples comprimés contre le paludisme sont conseillés. Les lodges que nous avons visités prennent soin de supprimer le maximum d'insectes possibles pour que les soirées soient bien sans souci. Robert Zgozi nous a organisé un voyage époustouflant (15j) pendant lequel nous avons vu une bonne dizaine de léopards, une vingtaine de lions et lionnes ainsi que d'innombrables d'autres espèces. Notre voyage a traversé quatre parcs (Kafué, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi et Mosi Oa Tunya ) avec des guides qui étaient de véritables encylopédies de faune et de flore locaux. Nous avons choisi la saison sèche (septembre) pour voir le maximum d'animaux. Ce parcours nous a permis de faire un crochet à Victoria Falls où nous étions suspendus au dessus des chutes dans le Devils Pool. Adrénaline garantie. Par ailleurs, tous les Zambiens que nous avons rencontrés étaient accueillants et souriants. Ce voyage n'était pas donné mais nous le referions bien un jour. Notre groupe familial de 4 adultes partagent plein de souvenirs ensemble grâce à ce voyage. Beaucoup de transits se font en avion car le pays est très grand. Je déconseille vivement les transits entre parc par voiture. Robert Zgozi est Zambien ; il sait communiquer l'amour et la connaissance approfondie qu'il a de son pays. Nous l'avons trouvé sur le site national "Zambian Tourism", Nous vous conseillons ses service si vous souhaitez un voyage clé en main. Merci Robert Zgozi :) Rob NB: La Zambie est un pays anglophone
Fabulous trip to Sth Luangwa We’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to South Luangwa all organised by Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris. I contacted this company as I read it was Zambian owned and I was very impressed by Robert’s speedy replies to my queries. We stayed in 2 different camps which Robert recommended to suit our budget and we weren’t disappointed. Both camps were everything we’d hoped for. We did a combination of chalets and tents with all meals, game drives and transfers included. Robert actually surprised us twice by meeting us at our Lusaka hotel on arrival in Zambia and our return after the trip. We found Robert to be a very friendly, likeable and professional guy who went above and beyond to make sure our trip went smoothly. You can’t go wrong with this company, we will definitely use them again on our next trip to Zambia.
Mubita M
Mubita M
Experiencing South Luangwa I didn’t know what to expect it being my first time in South Luangwa, it was lovely, all of it (the entire experience!). We stayed at Mfuwe lodge and opted for 3 game drives a day, this doesn’t give you a lot of time for sleeping in but all the fresh air and being in the bush, watching all the animals made us feel so refreshed. And don’t get me started on the food!! Absolute Zambia Safaris gave us exactly what we needed and we enjoyed everything bit of it. Their staff is patient and friendly; they take care of every last detail including a range of options to suit your budget. All in all, it was the true definition of a holiday carefree and stress-free and we most certainly will be going back.
The real zambian agency My family and I have just returned from a trip to Zambia. Before booking, as always, I searched for all the best local travel agencies. My choice was Absolute Zambia Safaris. First of all it is one of the few, if not the only one, that is Zambian-owned. So all the staff know perfectly every single area of the country, from the most aware to the most remote. The owner, Mr. Robert Zgozi, has over ten years of experience in the Zambian tourism industry, having worked for top-tier tourism companies, as well as being a lover of unspoiled nature. Before defining the various stages of the journey, Mr. Robert, like a true friend, advised us both the best areas of the country, the best lodges and resorts, and all flight connections. Having traveled extensively in Africa for more than 10 years, I know perfectly well the difficulties of organizing transfers, of finding the best accommodations for the budget available. Robert and his staff have been able to organize any type of activity with extreme professionalism. The organization has always been perfect. All the staff interested in our trip were always present as soon as we reached an airport, a lodge. We didn't have to think about anything but enjoying the beautiful nature and the people of Zambia. Although our international flight (from Italy) was canceled and rescheduled two days later, putting the entire trip at risk, Mr. Robert was able to help us change the itinerary without missing a single scheduled activity. Incredible! While we were in Lower Zambezi, we suddenly decided to go three days to Victoria Falls. Robert, within two hours, organized all the transfers and the resort, taking care in the meantime to get us refund for the two nights lost in Lusaka. Never before have I been assisted in such a professional and friendly way in my previous travels. Among other things, he could also have organized trips in combination with neighboring countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana), having direct contacts. The surprise? While we were in South Luangwa, he came in person to meet us and find out how the journey was progressing. Incredible! Briefly a note on Zambia. it is truly an incredible country. Its people are so friendly and hospitable that you immediately feel like a genuine Zambian. I never felt any sense of danger. In fact, the country is considered among the safest in the world for travel. Landscapes take your breath away. Nature is majestic. Here you can really see anything: wildogs (herd of 20 specimens with cubs), dozens of leopards and cubs, lions and lionesses, different scenes of lions and leopards hunting, huge herds of hippos, huge herds of elephants, birds of extraordinary beauty, including the crowned crane and secretary bird. One negative note: unfortunately having had to go home and leave this extraordinary country that has given me unforgettable moments that will remain forever etched in my mind and in my heart. So I would recommend both visiting Zambia and doing it with Absolute Zambia Safaris. Have a good trip!
One of the best safari operators Absolute Safaris is one of the best operators I have ever encountered - Robert managed to do an incredible thing and organise my custom 11 days Luangwa trip in Zambia at the shortest possible notice ( literally few days before arrival)! My trip was absolutely wonderful, everything worked perfectly and I loved every moment on the safari. I have had so many wonderful wildlife sightings, and all the camps were in beautiful locations, very comfortable with great service and very professional guiding. Truly one of the best safaris of my life ( I have spent most of it in Africa). My big thanks to Absolute Safaris, for their professionalism and outstanding customer service. Will definitely be back.

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