Lower Zambezi Canoeing & South Luangwa Safari

15 Days
Zambia
Canoe, Classic, Walking

This 15-day safari & tour features a spectacular canoe safari on the Lower Zambezi River and a world-class wildlife safari in South Luangwa National Park, which is renowned for its high leopard population and Walking Safari.

Highlights

  • Unique Zambezi River Canoeing Experiences
  • Get up close to wildlife & Nature
  • An Exciting & Energetic Holiday
  • Superb Big Game Safari & Legendary Walking Safari

Inclusions

Pioneer Lodge in Lusaka:

  • Three nights Miombo Chalet Accommodation
  • Three breakfast & Dinners

5N/6D Great Zambezi Canoe – Lower Zambezi National Park

  • All Canoeing Safari Activities
  • Walking safari (on request)
  • Camping gear
  • Five nights’ accommodation
  • Three meals a day and beverages ( Except Soft drinks and Alcoholic drinks)

Wildlife Camp – South Luangwa National Park

  • Three nights Chalet Accommodation
  • All daily meals; breakfast, lunch, high tea with snacks and dinner.
  • Park Entry Fees and All Taxes or Levies
  • Two Game viewing activities per Day; Day & Night game drives & Walking Safaris.

Zikomo Safari Camp – South Luangwa National Park

  • Three nights Chalet Accommodation
  • All daily meals (breakfast, lunch, high teas/snacks and dinner)
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    Inclusions

    Pioneer Lodge in Lusaka:

    • Three nights Miombo Chalet Accommodation
    • Three breakfast & Dinners

    5N/6D Great Zambezi Canoe – Lower Zambezi National Park

    • All Canoeing Safari Activities
    • Walking safari (on request)
    • Camping gear
    • Five nights’ accommodation
    • Three meals a day and beverages ( Except Soft drinks and Alcoholic drinks)

    Wildlife Camp – South Luangwa National Park

    • Three nights Chalet Accommodation
    • All daily meals; breakfast, lunch, high tea with snacks and dinner.
    • Park Entry Fees and All Taxes or Levies
    • Two Game viewing activities per Day; Day & Night game drives & Walking Safaris.

    Zikomo Safari Camp – South Luangwa National Park

    • Three nights Chalet Accommodation
    • All daily meals (breakfast, lunch, high teas/snacks and dinner)
    • Park Entry Fees and All Taxes/Levies
    • Two Game viewing activities per Day; Day & Night game drives & Walking Safaris.

    Transportation included are:

    • Round Trip Domestic Flights ( Lusaka – Mfuwe – Lusaka)
    • All Road and Airport Transfers (From Start to finish of the safari)
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The Itinerary

Day 1

Meet & Greet/Transfer to Pioneer Lodge

Your tour starts when you arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka (LUN), where you will be welcomed by our representative who will then assist you with luggage and transfer you to Pioneer Lodge where you will spend your night before your fantastic canoeing Safari on the Zambezi River in lower Zambezi. Check-in relax, enjoy your room and later it’s dinner and bedtime.

Day 2

Zambezi Breezer (Canoe Safari Day 1)

Morning Breakfast at Pioneer Lodge, then our driver will transfer you to Zambezi Breezes in Chirundu where your canoeing Safaris will start. Meet at Zambezi Breezes in Chirundu at approximately 10:00 for a two-hour drive downstream to the lunch place. After a briefing and lunch on the edges of the river, you begin your afternoon canoeing to Mtondo Island for your very first night camp, arriving at around 17:00.

Canoeing on the first day is kept to the mainstream on a natural going strong current. Setting up the lodge accompanied by tea or coffee, snacks, later dinner before retreating at night.

Day 3

Lower Zambezi NP (Canoe Safari Day 2)

Canoeing begins early after morning tea or coffee and biscuits. About at 06:30, depart Mtondo Island for a downstream breakfast stop at roughly two-hour canoeing. Continuing through the Lower Zambezi National Park for lunch between 12:30 to 14:00 away from the midday sun.

Then canoe through to your next nights camp at or nearby Chikwenya Island if the weather is permitting. This day, you travel a good 25 kilometres of the river into both Mana Pools National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park.

Day 4

G. Camp channels (Canoeing Safari Day 3)

All daily routine, on this day, you will canoe through offshoot river channels where birdlife and game abound. Leaders will stop at points of importance to witness wildlife.

Fascinating parts of the river at this point pass three kilometres in width with a labyrinth of canals to explore. Both sides of the river at this spot are flanked by magnificent national parks where one is likely to see the highest concentration of game on the river.

Day 5

False Mupata Gorge (Canoeing Safari Day 4)

Exiting Mana Pools National Park and enter the safari area on the south bank while staying within the Lower Zambezi National Park. Starting to narrow down, and the current becomes stronger as the stream proceeds into what is known as the False Mupata Gorge.

From this point, the safari is restricted to the mainstream for about 30 kilometres as you pass through this scenic gorge with sheer rock structures and cliff edges. Campsite on this night is chosen from one of many natural sandy beaches on the land within the confines of the gorge.

Day 6

Great Rift Valley (Canoeing Safari Day 5)

The day is spent canoeing through the rest of the Mupata Gorge, watching the 300-million-year-old volcanic rock that forms part of the Great Rift Valley. At approximate midday, the canoes exit the gorge and the guide proceeds through to Red Cliffs for lunch and a break away from the midday heat before continuing to the nights’ island campsite.

Depending on joining flights the next day, the guide may discuss with the team a more proper camping site closer to the finishing point. Absolute Zambia Safaris does suggest that connecting flights are caught the day after the safari ends.

Day 7

Last Day Canoe Safari (Canoeing Day 6)

Depending on the choice of campsite, there is an early rise tea or coffee and breakfast before the remaining canoeing through to the end of the canoeing safari. The take-out point arrives at approximately 09:00 for the return transport to Lusaka.

This ride is in an open-roofed Land Cruiser with a shaded canopy. Alternatively, and depending on the group’s wishes, you may continue to paddle on day 5 to the Feira take out point. This means, the transport will be able to leave earlier for the return five-hour trip to Lusaka, but it says there will be no canoeing on the final day. Lunch will be served on the roadside under a tree.

You will spend a night at Pioneer Lodge in Lusaka. Arrival at Pioneer lodge Check-in and relax later it’s dinner and bedtime.

Day 8

Road Trip to South Luangwa NP

Today you will start early and have breakfast at Pioneer Lodge, and then you will leave for South Luangwa National Park on a private road transfer, you will stop on the way to get some snacks and drinks, you also have a chance to learn a lot on the way as you can ask your driver questions and take pictures.

This is a transfer that takes between 8 -9 hours and arriving at Wildlife Camp around 3 PM time for afternoon Tea and you will be offered to join an afternoon/night game drive then later you will return to the camp for dinner and bedtime. It’s entirely up to clients whether to go out or relax.

Day 9 & 10

Explore South Luangwa NP

Morning breakfast and you will leave for the morning activity which will be either a Game drive or a walking safari, and you will return to the camp for a lunch break, relax and afternoon tea then afternoon/night game drive will follow and return to the field for dinner and bed.

During your free time, you have an option of taking an excursion that can be a village tour, local school or a visit to the fabric shop.

Day 11

Transfer Zikomo Safari Camp, South Luangwa

Morning breakfast, then a morning game drive will follow and return to the lodge for lunch. After Lunch, the guide from Wildlife Camp will transfer you to Zikomo Safari Camp arriving in time to relax and later it’s afternoon tea time then afternoon/night’s game drive leaving in the afternoon and continuing with the spotlight return to the camp in time for dinner.

Day 12 & 13

South Luangwa NP Nsefu Sector

On these days you will start with morning breakfast and then you will leave for a morning game drive or walking safari and return to the lodge for a lunch break, relax and later it’s afternoon tea and afternoon/night game drive and return to the camp for dinner and time.

During your free time, you have an option of taking an excursion that can be a village tour, local school or Visit a Fabric Shop.

Day 14

Road Trip to Pioneer Lodge , Lusaka

You will start your day early with a breakfast in the morning and camp will prepare your packed lunch for you, they will be picked you up and transfer you to pioneer camp where you will spend your last night in Zambia. Arrive at Pioneer Lodge check-in and relax then it’s dinner and bedtime.

Day 15

Departure

Today will depend more on your flight time out of Lusaka. You will have breakfast at Pioneer Lodge and then later check out of the lodge, and our driver will transfer you to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in time for your flight out of Zambia.

Where You'll Be Staying

Pioneer Lodge & Camp,

Lusaka

Pioneer Camp is an excellent place to stay if you need to be near Lusaka but don’t want to be in it! Only 14 km 30 minutes from the International Airport, we offer a restful stopover before, after or during your Zambian safari. We have a variety of chalets and a shady campsite, with the bar and restaurant at the heart of Pioneer, a tremendous place to meet fellow travellers and discuss your safari experiences!
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Zikomo Safari Camp,

South Luangwa National Park (Nsefu Sector)

Zikomo Safari is in Zambia, across the river from South Luangwa National Park. It is set amidst an ancient valley filled with diverse African wildlife. This peaceful eco-lodge in the African bush offers spacious accommodations: comfortable handcrafted chalets, or if you are self-driving, an expansive campground on the riverbank. Our Main Block offers a fine restaurant, bar and gathering place overlooking the swimming pool and the sprawling flood plain of the tranquil hippo filled Luangwa River. True African Style, only…
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What's not included

Visa Fees & International flights - Travel & Medical Insurance (Comprehensive Insurance) - US$ 150.00 Per Person Park Fees for the entire Canoe Safari to be paid in Cash - All Drinks from the bar and not specified - Laundry Service during canoe and at Pioneer Lodge - Lunch at Pioneer Lodge and Camp in Lusaka

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Why Choose Absolute Zambia Safaris?

Absolute Zambia Safaris is a specialist in bespoke and private safaris in Zambia. Through our large safari operators, we proudly assist our guests in designing custom-made safaris.

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Feedback From Our Previous Clients

Gary V
Gary V
2023-12-19
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
2023-11-24
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.
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Sunshine25775779985
2023-10-10
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
2023-08-01
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!!
marys
marys
2022-12-07
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!
Litote
Litote
2022-10-08
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
Sunderland2
Sunderland2
2022-09-28
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
2022-09-08
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.
Silent639
Silent639
2022-09-02
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!
Irena12
Irena12
2022-08-02
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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