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Treasures of Zambia

Zambia, Africa

from $11,965* per person 15 Days June-October
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Geographic Expeditions 18 people max
  • Lusaka airport, lusaka, zambia
  • Active & Adventure trips
This rare, handcrafted walking and canoeing safari explores the spectacular scenery of the game-rich savannah and floodplains of Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley, the Lower Zambezi, and Kafue National Park, all based from some of the continent’s most fetching and reposeful camps and small lodges.

We begin at the Mfuwe Lodge in the South Luangwa Valley, at the dramatic tail end of the Great Rift Valley. One of southern Africa’s wildest wildernesses, the Luangwa River and Valley host huge concentrations of game, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo, and over 400 species of birds. We spend our time in the South Luangwa exploring the national park on foot, as well as in open four-wheel-drive vehicles. Our walks allow us to get intimate with the landscape and its inhabitants, from a meandering line of termites to a bee-eater snaring a butterfly and on to a family of elephants frolicking in a lagoon.

Continuing our safari, we head to the Lower Zambezi National Park, where we stay at the lovely, family-owned Chiawa Camp. Wrapping up with a flourish, we helicopter to three nights at the brilliantly conceived, intimate (a maximum of 12 guests) Shumba Lodge, in the center of the Busanga Plains in the vast and quite uncrowded (by humans) Kafue National Park. Shumba’s pool is a fine place for lazing and gazing at a full complement of African wildlife as it drifts and jaunts and gallops and stalks nearby.

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Zambia, Africa

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.


Day 1: arrive in Lusaka, fly to South Luangwa Valley, Mfuwe Lodge •

Day 2: drive to bush camp •

Days 3 - 6: South Luangwa Valley, bush camp •

Day 7: drive back to Mfuwe •

Day 8: fly to Lower Zambezi •

Days 9 & 10: Lower Zambezi •

Day 11: charter flight to Kafue National Park, helicopter to Shumba Lodge •

Days 12 & 13: Kafue National Park •

Day 14: fly to Lusaka •

Day 15: depart on homeward flights.

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