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8 Day Canoe Safari, Walking Safari & Cultural Experience

OUR SAFARIS8 Day Canoe Safari, Walking Safari & Cultural Experience

8Days

From $On Request

Places Covered

South Luangwa National Park and Lower Zambezi

Highlights

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

This Itinerary offers a combination of The South Luangwa National Park and The Lower Zambezi National Park. Clients will entirely have an opportunity to see the magnificent wildlife and the rich cultural experience at Kawaza Village in South Luangwa, and the world class water-based activities on the Zambezi river right in the valley of Lower Zambezi.

Day 1 – 3/Day 4 – 5: Zikomo Safari Camp, South Luangwa National Park

Zikomo Safari is a comfortable eighteen (18) bed camp located in one of the best game viewing areas in the Nsefu Sector of the South Luangwa National Park.  Built on the banks of the Luangwa River, Zikomo Safari Camp offers great views of the river and great views of the abundant birds and wildlife that live in and around the area.  Far away from other camps, Zikomo Safari Camp has the best location from which to enjoy an unforgettable South Luangwa safari.

Zikomo Safari is owned and operated by an American family who work with experienced Zambian managers and staff.  The Camp employs top professional guides, some of them with over fifteen (15) years experience in the Luangwa Valley.  With immediate access to the Park, Zikomo Safari Camp guests can treat themselves to wonderful day and night game drives.  Magnificent walking safaris, for which the South Luangwa is famously known for, are also available and they begin and end at the well-appointed main lodge and dining room in the company of a qualified walking guide and an escort scout.

Day 3 - 4: 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, took the exceptional step of introducing cultural tourism. They believe that modern tourists are not only interested in wildlife but also have an interest in meeting with and learning from the local people. And they certainly feel that the school children will gain from interacting with guests from different cultures.

At Kawaza Village, guests will stay in traditional huts in a village, sleeping on raised mats (with mattresses) and eating local dishes prepared on an open fire. Upon arrival, a detailed program based on the wishes of the guest is drawn up.

Some of the options include:

A walk in the bush to learn of the different trees, plants and their traditional uses, a 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.

Throughout the stay there will be hosts allocated to you who speak excellent English (making communication effective) and who understand the needs of tourists. In the village, the guest will experience the traditional way of living.  However, the toilet facility has been built as an English style, long drop with a thunderbox and the beds have a mattress with sheets and a mosquito net.

Kawaza Village has not been 'set up' as a profit-making scheme by a tourist company.  It is the community who wish to exchange ideas and culture with guests from outside the area.  They feel that they and their children will benefit from this exchange.  They also wish to raise money for the community development projects and for the school.

Day 5 to 8: 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 has from its inception, enchanted one and all by truly capturing the essence of the Lower Zambezi. Kiambi Lower Zambezi offers a unique composite experience, a rare combination of Africa’s culture, scenery and wildlife. This is “The real Africa”.

Each of the luxury thatched chalets is set on a raised wooden platform, with spacious en-suite facilities and private verandas with a view over the Zambezi. While relishing the supreme comfort, furnished stylishly in Rhodesian teak and equipped with the necessities to make your stay comfortable; Kiambi guests never lose that close-to-nature experience.

All luxury thatched chalets come with a fully stocked bar fridge, tea and coffee facilities, fans, an en-suite bathroom with hot showers and can accommodate 3 single beds comfortably or 4 at a squeeze.

Day 1: Flight from Lusaka Airport to Mfuwe Airport

You will book your international Flight to Lusaka Zambia and on arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) you will be met by our presentative who will help you to make a local cconnecting flight to Mfuwe Airport in South Luangwa National Park.

At Mfuwe Airport, a guide from Zikomo Safari Camp will welcome you and transfer you to the Camp, where you will stay for the first 2 nights of your unforgettable Zambian safari. Check in and relax, later dinner will be served and bed time at your convenient time.

Day 2: Game Viewing activities in South Luangwa National Park, Nsefu Sector

Today you will start you day with a nice breakfast and then depart for a Walking Safari, enjoy the walk and get closer to nature. You will make a return to the camp almost in time for lunch and free time to relax. Later in the afternoon Tea/coffee is served with snacks, followed by the afternoon/night game drive, you will start with the afternoon game drive and then stop for sundowner drinks, and later continue the evening game drive, where you will have a Tracker with a spotlight in search of nocturnal animals such as Leopards and other animals in the cat family, with any other animals active at night such as specific birds. After about 4 hours, you will make your way back to the camp, relax a bit and probably freshen up and enjoy some drinks from the bar and then dinner is served.

After dinner you are welcome to stay up and enjoy the bar, just before your bedtime.

Day 3: Game Viewing /Transfer to Kawaza Cultural Village

Breakfast is served and then you will go out for the morning game drive safari in South Luangwa National Park, you will break for tea some time during your safari and after about 4 hours you will return to the camp, to check out and your guide will transfer you to Kawaza Village where you will spend a night in a cultural and tradition experience.

This will give you a very genuine glimpse into the traditional Kunda life. This is an exciting experience; it really is a slice of real African village life!

On arrival at Kawaza village, guests are met by the village guide who is also the manager of the tourism project. He will check you in to the rooms that are purely traditional, made out of mad and Grass roof (Thatched). Your lunch is served thereafter, and this is a definite time to try out traditional meals.

After lunch, you will be introduced to some of the villagers, and you will be asked which activities interest you to visit. You will be given an extensive tour of the school and its facilities, then it will be followed by a visit to the local clinic. Then you will be given a tour of the village where you chat and interact with the local people and then depending on time, you may also visit the local healer who will explain the various medicinal uses of herbs and traditional healing methods.

Also, Guests are invited to take part in everyday village activities such as brewing local beer, grinding the maze, drawing water at the well and picking maize in the fields this is to make sure you have that real African feel.

In the evening’s dinner will be served in a traditional way and the villagers entertain with dances, drumming and drama. And the finest story tellers will recount the old, dramatic Kunda stories with everyone around the fire. Retire for bed at your own convenience.

Day 4: Village Experience at Kawaza/Transfer to Zikomo Safari camp

At Kawaza Village, your Morning breakfast is served in a traditional way, enjoy the taste. Thereafter you will participate in traditional experience activities, which is either drawing water, grinding maize, brewing local beers, all depending on what the villagers have planned for the day.

Our guide will come and pick you once you are done with the activities and transfer you to Zikomo Safari arriving almost in time for lunch. check in and after lunch, free time to relax. Later in the afternoon, tea/coffee is served, just before the afternoon /night game drive Safari or you can choose to stay back at the lodge and enjoy the facilities such as the swimming pool. Later in the evening you will be served with dinner and then bed time at your convenient.

Day 5: Transfer to Mfuwe Airport /Flight to Lusaka /Transfer to Kiambi Safari Lodge

On this day, you will be served nice breakfast and then depending on your flight time to Lusaka you will have an optional morning game Viewing activity, or leave for the airport right after breakfast.

Flight to Kenneth Kaunda International airport in Lusaka, you will be welcomed by a driver who will transfer you to Kiambi Safari Lodge in the Lower Zambezi Valley.

It is about 3hrs road Transfer from Lusaka to Kiambi Safari Lodge in Lower Zambezi Valley, when you arrive you will check in and depending on your arrival time you will have lunch or you will have packed lunch from South Luangwa National Park.

Later in the afternoon you will go on a Sunset Boat Cruise for two hours and then back to the lodge before dark, relax a little before dinner is served. Enjoy the fantastic Zambezi River view and some drinks from the bar then its bed time at you convenient time.

Day 6: Overnight Canoe Safari – Lower Zambezi

Morning Breakfast is at 07h30, followed by meeting your canoeing guide who will give you a brief run-down of the canoeing trip, dangerous animals, safety measures while on the river and at the campsites, and techniques on canoeing.

Departure is from the jetty, proceeding down the river. A stop is made for tea, which is set up by the backup boat. After that you will make a stop for lunch, which is also set up by the backup boat. Then you will continue downriver after lunch.

The backup boat goes on ahead to set up the campsite. In the late afternoon, you will make a stop at the campsite of Buffalo Beans, situated on an island. Tents, bedrolls, wash up facilities, a drop toilet, and a bucket shower facility will all be set up when you get there and for dinner additions, fresh drinking water and juice are always provided. Have your bedtime at your convenient time.

Day 7: Return 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: Transfer from Kiambi Safari Lodge to Lusaka /Kenneth Kaunda Intl Airport

Today you will have breakfast in the morning, check out at some stage as this is the last day of your safari trip in Zambia, you will be on transferred from the Lower Zambezi to Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport to connect with your International flight back home.

Inclusions;

Zikomo Safari Camp – South Luangwa

  • 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 wifi services
  • Filtered water and juice

Kawaza Cultural Village – Nsefu Community

  • 1-night Accommodation (Traditional Room made of Made and Grass roof)
  • 3 Traditional meals (Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast)
  • 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.
  • Traditional dances and story telling

Kiambi Safari Lodge – Lower Zambezi Valley

  • 2 nights Luxury Ensuite Tented Chalet Accommodation (First & Last night)
  • 1 x Overnight Canoe Safari (Wild Camping) – 2 night in Lower Zambezi
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch and three course dinner)
  • 2 x Sunset Boat Cruise

Transportation Included are;

  • Return Lusaka to Mfuwe Local flights
  • Transfer from Mfuwe Airport to Zikomo Safari Camp
  • Transfer from Zikomo Safari Camp to Kawaza Cultural Village
  • Transfer from Kawaza Cultural Village to Zikomo Safari Camp
  • Transfer from Zikomo Safari Camp to Mfuwe Airport
  • Transfer from Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda Intl Airport to Kiambi Safari Lodge in Lower Zambezi
  • Transfer from Kiambi Safari Lodge in Lower Zambezi to Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda Intl Airport

Exclusions;

  • 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
  • Trips and anything of personal nature

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