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Zambia and Zimbabwe's Scenic Splendor and Wildlife Wonders (9 Days)

This safari introduces guests to two incredible wildlife areas as well as the world-famous Victoria Falls. The diversity of habitats, from woodlands to plains, means that a wide range of species is encountered regularly, many at the waterhole right in front of camp! The Busanga Plains in Zambia’s Kafue National Park is home to huge herds of lechwe and puku, and a high density of lions that prey on them. Of course, your visit would not be complete without taking in Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, and the neighboring attractions. The last stop on the safari is the wildlife-rich Hwange National Park. 

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Busanga Bush Camp
The amazing landscapes of the Busanga Plains comprise a web of estuaries, grassy plains and island thickets. Comprising 750 km2 (290 sq. miles) of untouched Africa, our massive private concession is centrally located on the Plains - ensuring seclusion and optimal wildlife viewing in a truly remote setting.

Busanga Bush Camp lies hidden in an island thicket. This camp accommodates eight guests in four lovely tents. The camps central area, its dining area, and bar are snuggled under a large canvas canopy where one can enjoy a sweeping view of the plains as well as dramatic sunrises.

Zambezi Sun
Mosi-oa-Tunya is directly translated as ‘the smoke that thunders’, the local name for Victoria Falls, only a short walk away from the Zambezi Sun. This small but very important national park of the same name is 63km2 (24 sq. miles) and is host to a wonderful variety of habitat types from mopane woodland to a rich riverine fringe, and home to some unique wildlife.

The Zambezi Sun Hotel is located on the eastern cataract of the Victoria Falls and reflects the diversity of the country’s heritage; unpretentious, fun and welcoming, it is in essence the rich soul of Africa. The Zambezi Sun’s architecture is inspired by an African village and depicts a warm and earthy character. Zambian artworks and accessories are in stark contrast to the simple finishes in bright mosaics and fabrics. An inviting pool area, spacious rooms and sprawling gardens allow for the perfect relaxed atmosphere, a mere few minutes from the famous Victoria Falls.

Toka Leya Camp
Mosi-oa-Tunya is directly translated as ‘the smoke that thunders’ the local name for the Victoria Falls found 12km (7.5 miles) from camp. This small but very important national park of the same name is 63km2 (24 sq. miles) and is host to a wonderful variety of habitat types from mopane woodland to a rich riverine fringe.

This contemporary but warm camp consists of 12 climate-controlled units on elevated wooden decks. Each unit has inside and outside showers as well as sweeping views of the Zambezi River from a comfortable balcony. Extending out onto the Zambezi River is the main area with novel pizza oven, bar and infinity pool and spa area. The camp also has a lovely shop selling arts and crafts made by local villagers.

The River Club
On a bend in the Zambezi River, the River Club and its 10 well-appointed, air-conditioned chalets have commanding views over the river. The main area is an attractive Edwardian house with lounge, dining room, library, shop and verandah on which breakfasts and teas are taken. For the energetic the gym, running track and all-weathertennis court are perfect. The swimming pool, with its infinity aspect, provides a magnificent view of the Zambezi.

On a bend in the Zambezi River, the River Club and its 10 well-appointed, air-conditioned chalets have commanding views over the river. The main area is an attractive Edwardian house with lounge, dining room, library, shop and verandah on which breakfasts and teas are taken. For the energetic the gym, running track and all-weathertennis court are perfect. The swimming pool, with its infinity aspect, provides a magnificent view of the Zambezi.

Davison’s Camp
Davison’s Camp is situated in the Linkwasha Concession, a remote Northeastern corner of Hwange National Park. Named after the founder of the Park and its first warden, Ted Davison, the camp overlooks an extremely productive waterhole that attracts a variety of plains game and predators.

Nestled in a grove of beautiful false mopane trees, Davison’s Camp consists of eight twin-bedded en-suite tents and one family unit, along with a main area comprising a lounge and dining room, which altogether offers the quintessential Hwange safari camp experience.

Lusaka – Kafue National Park (by air)
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On arrival at Lusaka Airport, connect by scheduled charter flight to the Kafue National Park for 3 nights accommodation at Busanga Bush Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

At 22 500 km2 (8 600 sq. miles), Kafue National Park is one of the largest protected areas in Africa. The Busanga Plains is one of Zambia’s most important wetland and grassland resources and is untouched by development and human activity – the jewel in the Kafue crown.

Wildlife: This area of the Kafue offers fantastic opportunities to see plains game, predators and water-loving animals on game drives and from secluded hides overlooking waterholes. The camp is perfectly situated to see large numbers of puku and red lechwe as well as herds of buffalo and wildebeest. The most notable predators in the area are lions, with up to four prides moving around the Busanga area. Their tree-climbing antics are quite unique and allow for amazing photographic opportunities. Cheetah and side-striped jackal also roam the grassy areas as do the roan antelope,  a rare species that is common to the area. For birders, Busanga boasts over 400 species, including over half the world’s endangered wattled crane population. Other notable species are black-backed barbet, rosy-throated longclaw and red-throated twinspot.

Activities: Morning and afternoon-into-evening game drives as well as early season (June and July) boat trips. Included on a complimentary basis from August through October, magnificent hot air balloon rides provide a very different perspective of the Plains. The giant 8-person balloon floats for approximately an hour above this unique landscape with uninterrupted views of the floodplains and its game.

Accommodation: Busanga Bush Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Kafue National Park - Livingstone (by air)
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Depart Kafue on your scheduled charter flight to Livingstone Airport. On arrival, transfer by road to the Zambezi Sun for two nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, including a guided Tour of the Falls on the Zimbabwe side and a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

* An upgrade to Toka Leya or The River Club on a fully inclusive basis is possible at additional cost.

Activities: A guided tour of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side is included. This will require obtaining a multiple-entry Zimbabwe visa but is well worth it. Other activities while staying at the Zambezi Sun are at additional cost, however should you upgrade to Toka Leya or The River Club, the cultural, museum and market tours, morning/evening game drives in Mosioa - Tunya and morning/evening boat cruises on the Zambezi River are also included. Seasonal white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge swing, microlighting over Victoria Falls, and Falls-edge dining are available at additional cost.

The Tour of Victoria Falls is approximately 1-1/2 hours guided tour through the Rainforest along a 1.7km ramble. After an introduction to Victoria Falls, the guide accompanies guests along the scenic pathways, stopping at numerous magnificent viewpoints. The Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone was the first European to visit it and named it after Queen Victoria. To the locals, it is known as “Mosi oa Tunya” - The Smoke that Thunders - an accurate description of what happens when the waters of the Zambezi River plunge over the 1700 meter wide and 100-meter deep chasm, creating a shower of spray and a deafening noise.

Enjoy a Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi River to explore the mighty Zambezi River. As you make your way upstream, your skipper will give you a brief talk about the river and its wildlife. Relax and enjoy the beautiful view as well as birdlife, hippo and occasional crocodile. In the drier months, elephant and many antelope species can be seen grazing on the riverbanks or swimming across to the smaller islands. This wide, attractive river is the fourth largest in Africa, dotted with islands and sandbanks. The cruise takes approximately two hours on a shaded and lovely boat that provides comfortable safari chairs, tables, bar service, snacks, toilet facilities, and relevant safety equipment and features.

Accommodation: Zambezi Sun
Meals: Breakfast

Livingstone - Hwange National Park (Transfer by road and air)
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Transfer by road across the border into Zimbabwe and depart Victoria Falls Airport by light aircraft to Hwange National Park. On arrival at the airstrip, you will be met and transferred by road to Davison’s Camp. Located on the border with Botswana, Hwange was proclaimed some 75 years ago and has served as a haven for one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa. Hwange further has some of the highest mammal diversity in the world, with over 100 species. This is greatly due to the varied habitats and vegetation types.

Wildlife: Big game such as elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, southern giraffe, zebra and blue wildebeest are the most commonly seen mammals, enjoyed via game drives, guided nature walks and hides. The Park’s waterholes and seasonal pans attract game in both quantity and variety - notably in the winter months. The high occurrence of plains game also results in some first-class predator sightings such as lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah, spotted hyena, along with the smaller African wildcat, serval, honey badger, bat-eared fox and civet. Home to a varied bird community of over 420 species, these include martial eagle, secretary bird, crimson-breasted shrike, cut-throat finch, and southern pied babbler.

Activities: Game drives or guided walks in the early mornings and evenings, while during the siesta hours, guests can view game from their tent verandas.

Accommodation: Davison’s Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Livingstone – Victoria Falls Airport (by air)
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Return to Victoria Falls Airport by air for outbound flight or onward arrangements.

*Depending on nationality, visas may be required to enter Zambia and/or Zimbabwe, and will either need to be obtained in advance or at the border/airport. Costs are for guests’ own account.

Luggage, including camera equipment and hand luggage, is restricted per person travelling on seat rates, to 20 kg (44 lb) in Zimbabwe. Only soft bags will be accepted.
Departs on a Thursday from Lusaka and ends in Victoria Falls on a Friday.

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Rate(Valid from 1 June2013 to 31 October 2013):
RMB 36,300 per person sharing a twin room
RMB 9,500 for Single Supplement

Inclusive:
 Accommodation, all mentioned meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, laundry, park fees and local drinks (premium imported brands excluded)
 Access between camps is by air for most part.Travel between Ruckomechi and the camps in the Kafue is a combination of boat, road and air transfers.
 Complimentary balloon excursion August through October at Busanga Bush Camp in the Kafue.
 On bed & breakfast basis with guided Tour of the Falls on the Zimbabwe side plus sunset cruise included at the Zambezi Sun in Livingstone(upgrade option to Toka Leya or Riverclub possible at additional cost)

Exclusive:
 Prices are applicable to a minimum of 2 guests. For a single guest travelling alone, a flying and road transfer surcharge applies in addition to the accommodation single supplement.
 Airport departure taxes