Walking Safari, Cultural Experience & Canoe Safari

8 Days
Zambia
Canoe, Walking

This itinerary combines the South Luangwa National Park and Lower Zambezi, You explore the wildlife safari , engage in a rich cultural experience at Kawaza Village and experiences the world-class water-based activities on the Zambezi Valley.

Highlights

  • South Luangwa National Park Walking Safari
  • Night Game Drive Safari and Kawaza Cultural Village
  • Lower Zambezi Canoe Safari
  • Breath-taking Sunset Boat Cruise

Inclusions

  • Zikomo Safari Camp Includes; 3 nights Ensuite Chalet Accommodation, All Meals (breakfast, lunch, high teas/snacks and dinner daily),Two Game viewing activities per full day (Day & Night game drives and walking safaris),National Park Entry Fees and Conservation fees, Laundry and Wi-Fi services, Filtered water and juice
  • Kawaza Cultural Village – Nsefu Community Includes; 1-night Accommodation (Traditional Room made of Made and Grass roof), 3 Traditional meals (Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast),Activities – A walk in the bush to hear about the different trees and plants and their traditional uses, Visit to the palace of the Senior Kunda Chief, Visiting local institutions (the local church, the clinic),Spending time with the traditional healer, Interacting with the school children at Kawaza School and... View All Inclusions

    Inclusions

    • Zikomo Safari Camp Includes; 3 nights Ensuite Chalet Accommodation, All Meals (breakfast, lunch, high teas/snacks and dinner daily),Two Game viewing activities per full day (Day & Night game drives and walking safaris),National Park Entry Fees and Conservation fees, Laundry and Wi-Fi services, Filtered water and juice
    • Kawaza Cultural Village – Nsefu Community Includes; 1-night Accommodation (Traditional Room made of Made and Grass roof), 3 Traditional meals (Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast),Activities – A walk in the bush to hear about the different trees and plants and their traditional uses, Visit to the palace of the Senior Kunda Chief, Visiting local institutions (the local church, the clinic),Spending time with the traditional healer, Interacting with the school children at Kawaza School and Traditional dances and story telling.
    • Kiambi Safari Lodge – Lower Zambezi Valley includes; 2 nights Luxury Ensuite Tented Chalet Accommodation (First & Last night),1 x Overnight Canoe Safari (Wild Camping), All Meals (breakfast, lunch and three course dinner) and 2 x Sunset Boat Cruise
    • Travels includes; Return Lusaka to Mfuwe Local flights and All Airport /Road Transfers
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The Itinerary

Day 1

Flight from Lusaka Airport to Mfuwe Airport

When you arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International (LUN) in Lusaka, Zambia, you will be met by our representative who will assist you in checking in for the local connection flight to Mfuwe Airport in South Luangwa National Park.

A guide from Zikomo Safari Camp will meet you at Mfuwe Airport and transport you to the Camp for the first two nights of your amazing Zambian safari. Check in and unwind; dinner will be served later, and bedtime will be at your leisure.

Day 2

Explore South Luangwa NP, Nsefu Sector

You’ll begin your day with a morning breakfast at 6:00 a.m. in front of a campfire at the Boma area, then depart for your morning game viewing activity this could be a game drive safari or walking safari with a stop for coffee/tea and a snack break, following which you will continue with game viewing of the Luangwa Valley’s amazing wildlife.

Then you will return to the camp in time for lunch and free time to unwind, which you can spend napping, walking around the camp, swimming in the pool, or playing backgammon in the lounge. Later in the afternoon, you will be served African tea/coffee and cakes before heading out on an afternoon/evening drive where you will stop for a sunset to relax and enjoy some sundowner drinks and snacks before continuing your drive into the night, allowing you to focus on nocturnal animals such as the elusive leopard, a pride of lions, or a pack of wild dogs. You’ll be back to camp in time for dinner and bed time.

Day 3

Game Viewing /Kawaza Cultural Village

Breakfast is served, and then you will depart for a morning game drive safari in South Luangwa National Park. You will stop for tea at some point during your safari, and after about 4 hours, you will return to the camp, check out, and be transferred to Kawaza Village for a cultural and tradition experience.

This will provide you with an authentic peek of Kunda life. This is a thrilling adventure; it’s a true taste of African village life!

When you arrive at Kawaza village, you will be greeted by the village guide, who is also the tourism project manager. He will check you into the traditional rooms, which are made of mud and have a grass roof (Thatched). Following that, your lunch will be provided, and this is a great opportunity to check out some traditional dishes.

Following lunch, you will be introduced to some of the villagers and asked which activities you would like to participate in. A comprehensive tour of the school and its facilities will be given to you, followed by a visit to the local clinic. Then you’ll be taken on a tour of the village, where you’ll get the opportunity to converse and interact with the locals, and, depending on time, you’ll also have the opportunity to see a local healer, who will discuss the many therapeutic benefits of herbs as well as traditional healing procedures.

Guests are also encouraged to participate in daily village chores like as brewing local beer, grinding the corn, fetching water from the well, and picking maize in the fields to get a true African experience.

In the Evening Dinner will be provided in a traditional manner, and the villagers will entertain with dances, drumming, and theatre. And the best storytellers will tell everyone around the fire the old, dramatic Kunda stories. At your leisure, retire to your bed.

Day 4

Village Experience / Zikomo Safari Camp

Morning breakfast is given in a traditional manner in Kawaza Village; enjoy the taste. Following that, depending on what the people have planned for the day, you will participate in traditional experiential activities such as drawing water, grinding grain, or manufacturing local beverages.

Once you’ve completed the activities, our guide will pick you up and transfer you to Zikomo Safari Camp where you will have a last night in South Luangwa NP, arriving just in time for lunch. After checking in, there will be some free time to rest. Tea/coffee is given later in the afternoon, right before the afternoon/night game drive Safari, or you can stay at the lodge and enjoy the facilities, like as the swimming pool. Dinner will be served later in the evening, and you can go to bed whenever you choose

Day 5

South Luangwa/ Lower Zambezi Valley

On this day, you will be given a delicious breakfast and then have the option of participating in a morning game viewing activity or departing for the airport immediately after breakfast, depending on your departure time to Lusaka.

After arriving at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, our driver will greet you and transfer you to Kiambi Safari Lodge in the Lower Zambezi Valley on a trip of about 3 hours and depending on your arrival time you will check in and then Lunch will be served.

Later in the afternoon, you’ll go on a two-hour Sunset Boat Cruise and then return to the lodge before dark to relax a little before dinner. Enjoy the magnificent Zambezi River View and a few cocktails from the bar before retiring to your room at your leisure.

Day 6

Overnight Canoe Safari, Lower Zambezi

Breakfast is served at 07h30, followed by a briefing from your canoeing guide on the canoeing excursion, dangerous animals, safety precautions on the river and in the campsites, and canoeing methods.

The trip begins at the jetty and continues down the river. A tea stop is made, which is organized by the backup boat. Following that, you’ll pause for lunch, which will be provided by the backup boat. After lunch, you proceed downriver.

The backup boat goes ahead to the location to set up camp. We arrive at Buffalo Beans Campsite, which is located on an island, in the late afternoon. Tents, bedrolls, washrooms, a drop toilet, and a bucket shower facility will all be set up when you arrive. Dinner, as well as fresh drinking water and juice, is always provided.

Day 7

Back to Kiambi Safari Lodge

Today around 07:30 am you will have Breakfast cooked over the fire, a taste to enjoy and depart onto the river around 09:00 am with the backup motor boat and probably make a Stop to visit a local village on the banks of the Zambezi. Visit the school, the shops and view the local way of life. You will be arriving at Kiambi Safari Lodge in time for lunch and free time to relax, feel free to make use of the facilities.

Later in the afternoon you will have an option of either going on a sunset boat cruise or stay at the lodge and enjoy your free time. Dinner is served in the evening, and bedtime follows.

Day 8

Departure

Today you will have breakfast, check out at some point, and be transferred from the Lower Zambezi to Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport to connect with your international aircraft back home.

Where You'll Be Staying

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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Kawaza Cultural Village,

Mfuwe

This part of the Valley is the home of the Kunda tribe who migrated from the Luba area in Congo in the first half of the 19th century. The Kundas form a small tribe of about 35,000 people. Traditionally the Kundas were hunters but today the majority live as subsistence farmers. The conditions are tough, with extreme seasons and crop raiding animals. The villagers in the Nsefu area are still living in a very traditional way. In 1997 the community,…
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Kiambi Safari Lodge,

Lower Zambezi

Kiambi Lower Zambezi is your first gentle, mellow taste of the Lower Zambezi, and sets the uniquely African stage for your forthcoming journey of discovery. Kiambi Safari owns and operates an exclusive lodge in the Lower Zambezi Valley – Kiambi Lower Zambezi, situated in the Chiawa Game Management area of the Zambezi Valley, in a prime location on the confluence of the Zambezi and Kafue Rivers. The Lodge welcomed the first guests at Kiambi Lower Zambezi in May 1999 and…
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What's not included

Visa Fees (US$ 50.00 Per person Single Entry) - Travel & Medical Insurance (Recommended is a Compressive insurance that covers the whole trip) - Laundry Services at Kawaza and Kiambi Safari Lodge - Drinks from the bar - Anything of personal nature

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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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