Experience the Zambezi and Luangwa Rivers

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Explore Zambia’s 2 prime regions, renowned Luangwa Valley and the Lower Zambezi National Park on this 9-night safari. A great exploration with so much so see and do and ideal for everyone.

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Sausage Tree Camp 3 nights, Shawa Camp 2 nights
Tena Tena Camp 4 nights
Rate from US$8425 per person sharing
Available dates end May to mid-November

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South Luangwa wildlife

A Zambezi & Luangwa expedition

Zambia’s two prime destinations… safari in the renowned Luangwa Valley and exploration on and along the Zambezi River in Lower Zambezi National Park.

The Lower Zambezi where Sausage Tree Camp is situated, a key national park of Zambia, lies between the rugged and dramatic Zambezi escarpment and the wide and spectacular Zambezi River. The Zambezi River runs for 120 km through the park and with the protection of the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe on the opposite side a haven for wildlife. There are many channels, lagoons, sandbanks and islands along the river and then open plains, woodland and bush areas behind the riverine strip. The river is a massive attraction and offers boating, drifting, canoeing and fishing, all with breathtaking views. For the avid fisherman, the tiger fishing (on a catch and release basis) is worth a week out here for.

The unspoiled South Luangwa National Park where Tena Tena Camp and Shawa Camp are located is one of natural jewels in Zambia’s crown, and home to one of the most varied collections of wildlife on the planet. The park is centered around the Luangwa River which is renowned for it’s pristine beauty and wildlife. The park is centered around the Luangwa River. Untapped by man, its natural ebb and flow of flooding makes much of the park inaccessible by road which keeps it a sanctuary for the large concentration of game that live there. A paradise for birders, over 450 species are to be found in the park, and the wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, leopards, and lions.

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Day 1 - 3
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Day 6 - 10

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Day 1 - 3: Sausage Tree Camp

Sausage Tree Camp is set on the banks of the great Zambezi River in Lower Zambezi National Park. With no fences or boundaries, animals freely wander through the camp, offering great wildlife viewing throughout the camp. As you fly into the area, you will see the wide Zambezi River, dotted with islands. Buffalo and elephant are always seen feeding along with the pods of hippos that rest on the edge of the sandbanks. Activities are extremely flexible and with individuals choosing from drives, walks, boat cruises, canoeing and fishing. Game viewing in the pristine Lower Zambezi National Park is superb and big game, such as elephant, hippo, buffalo and the big cats are even seen regularly in and around the camp! After a late lunch there will be a chance for an afternoon activity – be it on the river or by vehicle.

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Day 4 - 5: Shawa Luangwa Camp

Your next stop on this exciting itinerary is Shawa Camp in the South Luangwa National Park. Hailed as one of the world's premier wildlife sanctuaries, the South Luangwa National Park is nestled alongside the enchanting meanders of the Luangwa River, and boasts a diverse wilderness waiting to be explored. Experience the park's dynamic transformation across seasons, each offering distinct and unforgettable landscapes amid mopane and miombo woodland, grassland savannah, and riverine forest.

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Day 6 - 10: Tena Tena Camp

You will end your Zambezi and Luangwa safari at Tena Tena Camp. This remote and intimate camp lies within the National Park, in the exclusive Nsefu Sector and enjoys a stunning location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. A grove of mahogany trees shade the large custom-made tents. From the thatched dining room and bar, guests can watch the elephants, hippo and antelope on the riverbank. Tena Tena is synonymous with Robin Pope Safaris as it was the first camp which Robin opened and ran and has become a favourite amongst many safari lovers over the years. In terms of game activities, the flow is similar to that of Luangwa River Camp but bearing in mind you are in a completely new area with lots to see. Depending on the time of year, you will be able to access the hippo hide within the area giving you an opportunity to view game such as hippos, crocodiles and water birds within a closer proximity.

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The experience was beyond anything we have ever done. Zambia is a truly remarkable place. Everything exceeded our expectations, from the outstanding wildlife, to the faultless service and the stunning locations in the Luangwa Valley and Zambezi National Park. We cannot wait to come back
Simone N about Zambezi and Luangwa Safari
We have recently returned from a wonderful safari adventure in Zambia. Everything was superb, your hospitality, food and accommodation. The travel arrangements worked perfectly. The location, standards and staff at the camp were all excellent. A job well done and the close encounters with the wildlife made it all the more interesting!
Roger H about Zambezi and Luangwa Safari

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