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Zambia 20 days FROM AUD29627.00 per person - twin share
21 OCTOBER - 9 NOVEMBER, 2019
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Overview

Envisage plains that are unspoilt and exclusive with rare wildlife and a rich natural heritage. A river that flows through the heart of one of Africa's most sort after game areas in the world. A photographic experience that you will never forget.....

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Departure Australia

Location : Melbourne VIC, Australia

This evening please make your way to your selected airport for you onward flight to Zamiba.

*Flights are not included in the itinerary and will need to be organised at time of booking

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Day 1: Arrive Livingstone

Location : Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara, Livingstone, Zambia

On arrival at Livingstone Airport please clear customs and immigration, once finalised you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 

The Royal Livingstone Hotel or similar

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Day 2: King Lewanika - Luiwa Plains

Location : Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia

This morning after breakfast you will be collected and transferred for your light aircraft flight to Kalabo Airstrip in Liuwa Plains. Flying time is approx. 1 hour and 45 mins.

On arrival take in the scenic landscape enroute to camp. Once settled selected activities will be advised.

King Lewanika Camp - Full Board - All inclusive

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"Liuwa Plain is an area rich with stories, and one of our favourites is the legend of Mambeti and Lady Liuwa. Of the Lozi people, Mambeti lived, died and was buried near to camp. Legend has it she was reincarnated into Lady Liuwa, the matriarch of Liuwa's lion pride. The local people believe that this explains why the famed lioness was receptive to people and spent so much time in the same woodlands once frequented by the elderly Mambeti. After 17 years and a rich life, Lady Liuwa sadly passed away in 2017." Time & Tide 

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Day 3 - 8: Liuwa Plains

Location : Liuwa Camp - Time + Tide, Zambia

For the next six nights you will enjoy a selection of wildlife activities, ranging from early morning game drives to night drives, walking safaris, sleep out under the beautiful Zambian stars and canoeing (seasonal), are a few experiences that will highlight your time in Liuwa.

The photographic opportunities are endless, and with second biggest wildebeest migration making its way back into the south for calving season. Magnificent birdlife, for those who are wanting to learn something a little different, a growing Cheetah population and the legendary Lady Liuwa lion pride.

King Lewanika Camp - Full board - All inclusive

(BLD)

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Day 9: Liuwa Plains to Victoria Falls

Location : Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

This morning after breakfast we say farewell to the beautiful land of Liuwa and make our way to Kalabo Airstrip. Depart Kalabo to Livingstone at 09:15 AM and the flight time is approx. 1hr and 45 minutes. On arrival in Livingstone you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Safari Club located on the Zimbabwe side of the falls. 

After clearing immigration and customs in Zambia you will make your way over the bridge to Zimbabwe. Once formalities are done it is a short drive to the lodge.

Victoria Falls Safari Club - Bed & Breakfast

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Located just 4kms from Victoria Falls, and situated within the magnificent grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort.

The Safari Club comprises 16 Club Rooms & 4 Club Suites. The luxurious rooms have uninterrupted views of the unspoilt bushveld and spectacular sunsets. All rooms have three-quarter beds that can be converted into king beds. There are 2 sets of interleading Club Rooms and 2 sets of Club Suites interleading into Club Rooms. Room facilities include: complimentary mini bar which is re-stocked daily with local beer and soft drinks, house wine and bottled water, digital safes large enough to hold laptop computers, international multi sockets, beverage station including Nespresso machine, LED lighting, gauze screens and sliding glass doors opening out onto a private balcony, complimentary WiFi, and air-conditioning. The Club Suites offer the same facilities as the Club Rooms, but also include a spacious adjacent sitting room.

The Safari Club has its own Club Lounge, and offers a butler-style service, complimentary afternoon tea and pastries served 15h30 to 16h30, complimentary sundowners and canapés served from 17h30 to 18h30 and a complimentary shuttle service to the Victoria Falls, town centre and markets. Light meals are available from 11h00 to 21h30 and bar service from 11h00 till late.

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Day 10 - 11: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Location : Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

This morning after breakfast enjoy the next two days at leisure, whether it be a tour of the falls in the way of a scenic helicopter flight or on foot. If you are keen to concentrate on wildlife then Siduli Hide might be the place for you.

Victoria Falls Safari Club - Bed & Breakfast

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Selected Activities:

Enjoy a Tour of the Falls, Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi and local Boma dinner at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. (Activities are subject to additional costs)

Siduli Hide: Sit in the Siduli Hide at the edge of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge waterhole offers the incredible opportunity to watch wildlife at very close quarters for a sustained period of time.

Designed to look like a termite mound, guests are concealed inside the hide, from where they may closely observe large herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as kudu, warthogs, crocodiles, marabou storks, vultures and more. The hide sit, ideal for keen photographers and wildlife enthusiasts who seek a unique and exclusive way to enjoy wildlife while visiting Victoria Falls, is run by professional guide Charles Brightman.

The two-hour activity, which is available to groups of up to six, is best done in the early morning or late afternoon.

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Day 12: Victoria Falls to Chikwenya Camp - Mana Pools

Location : Chikwenya Camp, Zimbabwe

This morning after an early breakfast you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight with Wilderness Air Zimbabwe to Mana Pools. 

Victoria Falls International Airport 08:30 Mana West Airstrip 12:25

Mana West Airstrip 12:40 Chikwenya Airfield 12:55

On arrival enjoy a scenic game drive enroute to camp, once settled take in a leisurely lunch before your afternoon game viewing activities.

Chikwenya Camp - Full Board - All Inclusive

(BLD)

Chikwenya overlooks a beautiful stretch of the Zambezi River in the eastern section of Mana Pools National Park, one of the most remote and beautiful areas in Zimbabwe. Views extend over open floodplains down to the legendary river and across to the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment, while stretching inland behind Chikwenya are the dense woodlands so characteristic of the area. The canvas tents are set on low wooden decks and linked to the raised main area by pine walkways. 

A lounge, dining and bar area offer a sanctuary of hospitality and relaxation, while a pool deck and fire place offer alternate spaces to take in the scenery and passing wildlife. The area is renowned for its large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland, especially in winter when they concentrate along the river – these and a variety of predators can be seen from camp.

INSIDER'S TIP: Protein-rich albida pods attract many species, particularly elephant, during the dry season

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Day 13 - 15: Mana Pools National Park

Location : Chikwenya Camp, Zimbabwe

This morning awake early to the sounds of the bush coming alive, enjoy an early morning coffee and light breakfast before heading out on your morning activity. Below we have included selected activities you may like:

Walking it’s all about experiencing Africa on foot - along the Zambezi River, amongst the riverine vegetation and under the shady trees.

Canoeing for the adventurous, canoeing down one of Africa’s mightiest rivers is a must. (Physical)

Boating is a wonderful way of seeing large numbers of waterbirds and wildlife attracted to the river and seasonal pans.

Game Drives day and night game drives provide exclusive access to a spectacular stretch of the Zambezi River, its typical Mana Pools woodlands, the Sapi River and fertile floodplains.

Chikwenya Camp - Full Board - All Inclusive

(BDL)

Located in northern Zimbabwe, the life-giving power of the Zambezi River makes Mana Pools National Park one of Zimbabwe’s most lush and flourishing regions. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is known for its natural beauty and as one of the continent’s premier game-viewing areas. Visitors can look forward to an array of activities such as canoe trips which are offered year round and provide a unique and memorable way for visitors to experience the area’s striking scenic beauty and diverse fauna, while guided walks are a great way to take its pristine riverside forests. Other popular activities include: game drives, river cruises, nature walks, bird watching, catch-and-release fishing, and searching for dinosaur tracks.

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Day 16: Mana Pools - Victoria Falls

Location : Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today at at time to be advised you will depart from Chikwenya Camp by road to Chikwenya Airfield.  On arrival you will be transferred by light aircraft flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival you will be transferred from Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls Safari Club.

Chikwenya / Victoria Falls Airport 12:40 17:10

*This night is a transfer night between Mana Pools and Chobe due to the late arrival time of the flight.

Enjoy the evening sunset by the waterhole watching resident wildlife. Night at own leisure.

Victoria Falls Safari Club - Bed & Breakfast

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Day 17: Victoria Falls - Chobe Game Lodge

Location : Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park, Serondela, Botswana

This morning early after a light breakfast you willl be transferred to Chobe. Enjoy the scenic drive enroute to Kasane the drive takes approx. 2 hours. On arrival into Chobe National Park transfers will be done in open 4 x 4 vehicles due to the conditions of the roads. 

Once in the park enjoy game viewing enroute to the lodge.

Chobe Game Lodge - Full Board - All Inclusive

(BLD)

Counter-balancing the wilderness are restful, air conditioned, en-suite lodgings. Graceful high arches, quarry tiled floors and barrel vaulted ceilings create an atmosphere of cool tranquillity. 
Other facilities include a large swimming pool with terrace, a riverside boma area, a stylish bar with an outside terrace, an expansive deck offering magnificent views over the Chobe River as well as conference facilities for business travellers. All meals are catered for in various locations throughout the lodge including the terrace, boma and riverfront deck. 

Each of Chobe Game Lodge's 4 luxury suites has an individual plunge pool set on a private terrace with breathtaking panoramic views of the endless landscape and open plains. Graceful high arches, quarry tiled floors and barrel vaulted ceilings create an atmosphere of cool tranquillity. All 46 rooms are tastefully furnished, each room with hand crafted Rhodesian teak furniture and walls decorated with original African carvings and paintings.

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Day: 18 Chobe National Park

Location : Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park, Serondela, Botswana

This morning awake to the view of the Chobe River and birdlife that will greet you with the sound of the bush coming alive. Enjoy selected activities in Chobe National Park.

Chobe Game Lodge - Full Board - All Inclusive

(BLD)

Selected activities

Game Drives Chobe's wildlife roams in abundance and diversity and is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. During the dry season these large herds, as well as vast herds of buffalo, congregate along the fertile flood plains of the Chobe River where the animals come to drink, bathe and play. Lion, leopard, African wild dog, puku, red lechwe, sable, giraffe and roan antelope are often seen

Boat Cruise our professional all female guiding team and resident environmentalist conduct game drives and boat cruises

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including elephant and hippo populations, but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. A visit to this area guarantees close encounters with an array of African wildlife. Visitors can look forward to some exciting activities such as: driving along the game-dotted river banks in a 4WD; cruising along the river in a motorboat, spotting rare birdlife and for a unique, luxury safari experience, hire a houseboat.

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Day 19: Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls Airport

Location : Victoria Falls Airport (VFA), A8, Zimbabwe

This morning say a sad goodbye to Chobe and the great wildlife experiences that have been had. After breakfast you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport by road for your onward journey home.

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