The Great Valleys of Zambia Safari

A  14 day expedition exploring the Lower Zambezi Valley, North and South Luangwa and Mutinondo wilderness area

Your 13 night/14 day safari combines two of Zambia’s most iconic wilderness areas – the Luangwa Valley and the Lower Zambezi Valley. The Luangwa Valley is a sanctuary for wildlife, a wilderness area centred around the lifeblood of the Luangwa River! The South Luangwa has the highest density of carnivores in Zambia and the North Luangwa is the only place where one can see the Black Rhino in Zambia. 

The Lower Zambezi is one of Africa’s most picturesque safari destinations offering visitors the very best combination of a wildlife and water safari.

The Great Valleys of Zambia Safari Route

*This route can be done in reverse order

  1. Lusaka

  2. Mvuu Mobile Camp

  3. Pioneer Camp

  4. Zikomo Camp

  5. North Luangwa Mobile Camp

  6. Mutinondo Wilderness Area

Day 1 – 5: Mvuu Mobile Camp

Zambezi River, Lower Zambezi Valley

Mvuu is perched on the banks of The mighty Zambezi River, in the Lower Zambezi Conservation area! It is one of Zambia’s most picturesque safari areas, nestled between one of Africa’s greatest rivers and  escarpment, the natural perimeter provides for fantastic wildlife viewing and diverse safari activities. Game drives, boating, tiger fishing, and sunset cruises are all on offer.

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We will set up a mobile camp on the banks of the river! There is a swimming pool overlooking the river and a spacious central area with a restaurant and lounge, perfect for putting your feet up in between activities! It’s not uncommon to see elephants feeding on the African Mahogany trees in the camp!

Lower Zambezi Lodge Highlights include:

Riverfront location

The Lodge is located on the banks of the Zambezi River. Enjoy your early morning coffee while being treated to abundant herds of game across the river in Mana Pools.

Diverse Activities

 The diversity of safari activities allows you to immerse yourselfin the varied habitats this national park has to offer.

Picturesque vistas

This area is one of the most scenic wilderness areas in Africa, making for wonderful photographic opportunities!

Day 5 – 6: Pioneer Camp

An overnight stay in Lusaka

After the four days in the Zambezi Valley we will stay overnight in Lusaka to break the journey to South Luangwa! Pioneer Camp is a very comfortable and restful stop over just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city! The lodge has wifi, a swimming pool and a restaurant! It’s a great place to regroup  before departing for the next leg of this adventure.a

Day 6 – 9: Zikomo Camp

South Luangwa National Park

We will depart Lusaka and journey North East for South Luangwa, this is one of the longer transfers taking approximately 8 hours to reach our camp at Zikomo.  On arrival there will be time to freshen up  and, time permitting, there will be the option to head out on an afternoon game drive finished off with sundowner drinks on the river.  

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The mobile camp is situated on the banks of the Luangwa River, adjacent to the South Luangwa National Park. Zikomo’s placement in the isolated Nsefu sector allows guests immediate access to one of the least crowded and most wildlife rich areas in the world.

Zikomo Camp Highlights include:

Excellent Game Viewing

This area supports dense predator numbers, large populations of Thornicroft’s giraffe, and herds of elephants and Cape buffaloes often several hundred strong.

Armchair Safari

The riverside setting at Kaingu is stunning with constant bird activity and the honking of hippos in the background.

Luangwa River Location

Zikomo Safari camp is spread under a canopy of enormous shade trees on the banks of the Luangwa River.

Day 9 – 12: North Luangwa Camp

North Luangwa National Park

After a morning activity, time permitting, we will depart Zikomo for North Luangwa National Park. This area of the Luangwa Valley is a remote, off-the-beaten track version of the South Luangwa. The transfer will take approximately five hours as we wind our way up the western edge of the Luangwa River. We will set up a mobile camp on a very remote section of the North Luangwa National Park.. The beauty of visiting this park lies in the truly remarkable opportunity to experience Africa as it was when the first safari pioneers walked Africa!  It is wild, untouched and completely off-the-grid. 

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The Park is noted for its massive herds of buffalo and large prides of lion that inhabit the territory. Other common mammals are hyaena, Cookson’s wildebeest, bushbuck, zebra, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey, puku and impala.

North Luangwa Camp Highlights include:

Safari Style Accommodation

Sleep like the explorers did; simple comforts under the african night sky! Doze off the sounds of the bush and wake up to coffee brewed over the campfire.

Incredible Wildlife Sightings

The north Luangwa National Park is the only park in Zambia where you can encounter the Big Five

Remote & Unspoilt

The park is only accessible by 4 x 4! Its location lends itself to being very remote and far away from any groups of tourists!

Day 12 – 14: Mutinondo Mobile Camp

Mutinondo Wilderness Area, Northern Zambia

An owner managed, hidden gem on the plateau 30 km west of the Luangwa Valley in northern Zambia. Mutinondo Wilderness is a paradise unique to Zambia! Free of big game, guests are able to celebrate pristine miombo woodland, streams, waterfalls and inselbergs, over 60 km of well-maintained and signed tracks, and views from horizon to horizon without evidence of human activity.

It is a great opportunity for guests to stretch their legs after a few days of intense game viewing in the Luangwa Valley!

Mutinondo Wilderness highlights include:

Natural Rock Pools

Crystal clear rivers fall into natural rock pools which make for the perfect swimming and picnic spots!

HIking & Walking

 There are over 60km of walking and hiking trails in the reserve! The absence of large game means you can walk unguided and explore as you wish!

Canoeing Adventures

Float down among the water lilies, listening to chattering Olive-grey Bulbuls, perhaps catching a glimpse of Ross’s Turaco, a Half-collared Kingfisher or an African Finfoot

Interested in booking this safari?

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Still not sure a mobile safari is the right option for you?

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It can be hard to imagine what 2 weeks of safari exploration with your guide, your safari vehicle and tent would be like.
 
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