Ultimate South Luangwa & Victoria Falls Safari, Zambia

8 Days
Zambia
Classic

Fly to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, before taking a picturesque flight to South Luangwa National Park. This wildlife sanctuary, dubbed one of the world’s best, is home to more than 60 mammal species and 400 bird species. Take a walking safari into the bush to get closer to the wildlife, or look for the Park’s iconic leopards. Travel to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls after your safari. There are various viewing spots, but those seeking an adrenaline rush might try swimming in the Devil’s Pool, which is located right on the edge of the 100-meter-high falls.

South Luangwa National Park

With its lush vegetation, the South Luangwa National Park and the Luangwa River attract a large number of animals. Elephant and buffalo herds abound, as do major antelope species such as impala and puku. Common waterbuck, bushbuck, eland, kudu, grysbok, oribi, reedbuck, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, sable, and roan are among the other antelope species. The area’s leopard watching is superb, with species like Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest found nowhere else on the planet.

Lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, and wild dogs are the principal predators in South Luangwa Park. The Luangwa River’s dry season, when all game is compelled to congregate along its banks, is an unforgettable experience. The local lion prides are fed by large hippo populations, while yellow baboons and Defassa waterbuck give contrast to their southern cousins, and even the endangered wild dog thrives.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will leave an unforgettable impression on you. April or May are the best months to visit if you want to see the falls at their most spectacular. The water levels are at their highest point of the year in April, but the geological formations of the falls are at their most pure in the dry season (particularly October and November). The wildlife is also great, and there are numerous safari possibilities in the area, especially between May and October.

Inclusions

  • 7 Nights fully inclusive Accommodation at Chikunto Safari Lodge & Chundukwa River Lodge
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea/coffee and Dinner)
  • All Non-Premium Drinks (All soft drinks, wine, beers water)
  • South Luangwa NP Activities: Two Game Viewing activities per day (Morning /night Game drive and Walking Safar), Cultural/village tour – on request (trips take place instead of a game drive) and visit a local market and Tribal Textiles – on request (trips take place instead of a game drive).
  • Park Entry fees / Tourism Levy /All taxes / Laundry Services
  • Victoria Falls Activities: Sunset Boat Cruise, Guided Tour of the Falls, Livingstone city tour, Devil Pool Lunch, 15 minutes Helicopter flight, 2hrs Horse Ride, Visit our local village and... View All Inclusions

    Inclusions

    • 7 Nights fully inclusive Accommodation at Chikunto Safari Lodge & Chundukwa River Lodge
    • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea/coffee and Dinner)
    • All Non-Premium Drinks (All soft drinks, wine, beers water)
    • South Luangwa NP Activities: Two Game Viewing activities per day (Morning /night Game drive and Walking Safar), Cultural/village tour – on request (trips take place instead of a game drive) and visit a local market and Tribal Textiles – on request (trips take place instead of a game drive).
    • Park Entry fees / Tourism Levy /All taxes / Laundry Services
    • Victoria Falls Activities: Sunset Boat Cruise, Guided Tour of the Falls, Livingstone city tour, Devil Pool Lunch, 15 minutes Helicopter flight, 2hrs Horse Ride, Visit our local village and community preschool (1.5-2 hrs).
    • Mfuwe and Livingstone Airport Road Transfers
    • One-way domestic Flight (Lusaka – Mfuwe)
    • One-way domestic Flight (Mfuwe to Livingstone) via Lusaka
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The Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive /Flight to Mfuwe in South Luangwa NP

When you arrive at Lusaka International Airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Absolute Zambia Safaris, who will assist you with your luggage and check you into your local aircraft to Mfuwe in South Luangwa National Park, which will take around 1 hour and 10 minutes.

A guide from Chikunto Safari Resort will meet you at Mfuwe Airport, and you will be transferred for around 45 minutes to the South Luangwa National Gate, where you will enter the park for another game drive to the lodge. After checking in, you will have the rest of the evening to yourself before dinner is served, followed by bedtime at your leisure.

Overnight: Chikunto Safari Lodge | Dinner

Day 2 – 4

Explore South Luangwa National Park

You will have three full days to explore South Luangwa National Park, with two game viewing activities per day: a morning and evening game drive safari, or a walking safari — the best in Southern Africa.

After a wonderful breakfast, we will depart for a game viewing excursion in the South Luangwa. During the day, you may pick between game drives and walking safaris, and after sunset, you can go on a night game drive in pursuit of nocturnal species like the elusive leopard and lion hunts. You’ll go back to the lodge in time for dinner, and then go to bed when it’s convenient for you.

Overnight: Chikunto Safari Lodge | Breakfast /Lunch/ Dinner

Day 5

Flight to Livingstone Via Lusaka

Breakfast is served first thing in the morning, and then your guide will drive you to Mfuwe airport in time for your flight to Livingstone. You’ll fly to Lusaka first, then switch to an aircraft to Livingstone.

When you arrive at Livingstone International Airport, a driver from Chundukwa River Lodge will greet you and transfer you for around 1 hour. Check-in at Chundukwa, then have lunch overlooking the Zambezi River (lunch or snacks depending on your arrival time).

Your Boat Cruise will depart from the lodge at 5 p.m., complete with sundowners and snacks. As the sun sets on another African day, the river is a riot of Color… On your first day, you’ll see hippos, crocodiles, and wildlife drinking at the water’s edge, which will be a fantastic, relaxing way to get into the rhythm of Africa.

You return to the lodge shortly before dusk, freshen up, and relax before dinner and a later bedtime.

Overnight: Chundukwa River Lodge | Breakfast /Packed Lunch/ Dinner

Day 6

Victoria Falls Full Day Trip

Breakfast in the morning then you will depart for a full day trip to Victoria Falls. This is your Victoria Falls Day Trip – you will have a private vehicle and guide/driver to entertain you for a full day. This is the opportunity for visitors to enjoy a private vehicle for a day at their leisure, Victoria Falls, the historic Livingstone Museum and the town with its bustling and colourful markets and people.

Guided Tour of the Falls – You will first do a guided tour of the Falls in the morning with some quick curio shopping in the falls market.

Livingstone city tour – You will then be taken for a Livingstone city tour that combines shopping in cultural Markets and touring around the city as well as the visit to the Livingstone Museum. Then you 12:30 you will be dropped at the Livingstone Island launch site for your Devil pool Lunchtime section.

Devil’s Pool – Your tour starts with a boat that will speed you across the top of the falls and onto a small island in the middle of the 1.7km ridge of the falls. Here you will have the added vantage point of seeing the full extent of the falls, the gorge and its rainbows. You will be offered a swim in the infamous Devils Pool. Afterwards, you can celebrate with a delicious three-course lunch served in a quaint little tent in the forest on the edge of the falls. The food we might add is cooked by three African lady chefs who have cooked passionately for 17 years in their bush kitchen upon this island. This is a once in a lifetime experience that you will remember for years and your activity will finish between 2:30 pm and 3 pm.

The Flight of the angels (15 Minutes Helicopter flight) – After the devil’s pools you will be taken to the launch site where your guide will be waiting for you then he will take you to the Helicopter flight Base where you will do your 15 minutes helicopter flight.

Experience the Flight of Angels, an unforgettable helicopter flight over the spectacular Victoria Falls, Batoka Gorge, Zambezi River and the lush Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. With Batoka Sky, adventurers can choose from three magnificent scenic flights; Options: The Short 15-minute Flight, the 22-minute Gorge Flight and the longer 30-minute Scenic Flight.

You will return to the lodge for sundowners on the patio followed by dinner in the evening before bedtime at your convenient time.

Overnight: Chundukwa River Lodge | Breakfast /Lunch/ Dinner

Day 7

Bush Experience and Local Culture Tour

Your day will start with a Morning Horse Ride 2-hour ride. We have horses to suit all levels of riders. Join us on our most popular ride for a 1h30 – 2h ride in the riverine woodland area on our property departing early morning and returning for a delicious breakfast.

Late morning – Visit our Nakawa school project, meet the children, meet the teachers and community. Meet the amazing people who make it all work! Return for lunch at Chundukwa River Lodge. (We donate K300 to the school fund for every guest who visits the project. There is also a lovely curio shop, and all the items are made by the young boys who are learning carpentry skills – you may like to buy something for a friend, and it will go to a good cause).

You will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure or optional activities River Cruise, Guided Bushwalk, Horse Ride, or Birding Tour.

Overnight: Chundukwa River Lodge | Breakfast /Lunch/ Dinner

Day 8

Departure

Last day, you will have breakfast in the morning and depending on your flight time before departing there will be the option to do an additional early morning Horse Ride.

You will later be dropped at Livingstone International airport flight your flight back home or onward arrangement.

Note: If your outbound flight is from Lusaka, we can book a one-way domestic flight from Livingstone to Lusaka. Mention it to your Travel consultant.

Overnight: N/A| Breakfast /Lunch

Where You'll Be Staying

Chikunto Safari Lodge,

South Luangwa National Park

At Chikunto Safaris we are passionate about operating sustainably, minimising our ecological footprint and delivering a truly memorable experience for every one of our Guests. Our planet is precious and the resources it provides are finite, which is why we choose to operate by solar power; recycle and minimise our water usage; reduce and recycle waste; use eco-friendly cleaning products and avoid the use of chlorine in our magnificent salt-water counter-current Swimming Pool. We are closely entwined with our local…
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Chundukwa River Lodge,

Livingstone/Victoria Falls

Chundukwa River Lodge is located on a horse ranch, set alongside the Zambezi River just 25kms from Livingstone Town. We offer clients a farm-stay experience within a natural garden of beauty and diversity, unique accommodation, home-grown and healthy food – and the opportunity to relax, horse-ride or immerse yourself in a few or all of the bucket-list experiences that Livingstone and Victoria Falls has to offer. Our menus are always guided by what is available in the garden and our…
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What's not included

Visa Fees & Travel Insurance - International & Regional Flights - Premium Drinks - Extra activities - Addition accommodation and Meals - PCR Test if required - Anything of personal nature

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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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