Trip offered by Shaddy Travel expert in Zambia

Trip summary

  • Departure Lusaka
  • End South Luangwa National Park
  • Countries
  • City
  • Theme Safari
  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards


Seven nights combining the luxurious bush camps of South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, one of the gems of Africa.

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As the Luangwa river rises and becomes navigable by mid-January, the valley is at perhaps its most dramatic and beautiful. The bush is in its fullest flush of growth, rivers and lagoons are brimming and boating safaris take you eye to eye with hippos and crocodiles. Your itinerary will allow you to admire:

Chinzombo and Kakuli provide a unique and unforgettable safari experience for photographers, wildlife and bird enthusiasts, as well as those who are looking for new adventure in Africa. For a budget version of Rivers and Rainbows you can request to substitute Chinzombo with Kapani Lodge.

Detailed itinerary

  • 1
    Lusaka airport - Chinzombo or Kapani
    Day 1
    Lusaka airport - Chinzombo or Kapani

    Meeting with Norman Carr's representative in Lusaka airport where you will be escorted to your connecting flight to Mfuwe, the gateway to the South Luangwa National Park. Enjoy spectacular views from the air as you fly into the South Luangwa Valley, the flight takes just over an hour.

    On arrival at Mfuwe airport, transfer to Chinzombo or Kapani Lodge, where you can settle into your lovely suite. After an excellent afternoon tea, you will participate in your first game viewing activity in the afternoon and night drive. 

  • 2
    Game driving
    Day 2
    Game driving

    Early morning game drive, giving us great opportunities to see the wildlife during the gorgeous morning light.

    Return to camp in time for a sumptuous buffet brunch before having a few hours of 'siesta' time to watch the goings on from your room, take a dip in the pool or have a proper sleep.

    In the afternoon, delicious cake and tea/coffee before heading out on your afternoon activity where you'll get to see magnificent skyscapes and sunsets, a wealth of migratory birds, crystal clear night skies and occasional dramatic tropical downpours.

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  • 3
    Kakuli Bush Camp
    Day 3-5
    Kakuli Bush Camp

    After breakfast you will prepare for your adventure to another part of the African bush, then jump aboard the boat for your trip up to Kakuli Bush Camp.

    Kakuli features luxury tents with stunning views of the Luangwa river, which is home to one of the largest concentrations of hippos and crocodiles in Africa.

    Daily game walks and boating safaris will be conducted in the same manner as previous days. Kakuli provides the backdrop for a safari during the most exciting time to be in the South Luangwa Valley. You’ll have a unique and unforgettable safari experience for photographers, wildlife and bird enthusiasts, as well as those who are looking for new adventure in Africa.

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  • 4
    Chinzombo or Kapani
    Day 6-7
    Chinzombo or Kapani

    Hop back on board the boat for your final trip down the Luangwa River back in time for brunch. The bush is in its fullest flush of growth at this time of the year with rivers and lagoons brimming with water and boating safaris taking you eye to eye with hippos and crocs.

    Siesta time after brunch before afternoon tea and your evening activity and finally dinner and a few drinks to end your day.

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  • 5
    End of tour
    Day 8
    End of tour

    Final hearty breakfast, and then you'll make your way to Mfuwe airport for your domestic flight back to Lusaka.

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes

    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Standard bar drinks
    • Selected domestic flights
    • Transfers to and from Mfuwe airport
    • Inter-camp transfers
    • Game-viewing activities
    • Laundry

    Price does not include

    • Tips
    • Personal expenses
    • Flights
    • National Park fees