8 nights / 9 days Departure Days: Mondays, Tuesdays & Saturdays
This safari combines two incredible wildlife areas and the world-famous Victoria Falls. The Busanga Plains in Zambia’s Kafue National Park are home to huge herds of lechwe and puku, and a high density of the lions that prey on them. No visit to the region would be complete without taking in Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, and the neighbouring attractions. The last stop on the safari is the wildlife-rich Hwange National Park. The diversity of habitats, from woodlands to plains, means that a wide range of species are encountered regularly, many at the waterhole right in front of camp!
– Days 1, 2 & 3: Arrive Lusaka, fly to Busanga Bush Camp, Kafue National Park, Zambia. – Days 4 & 5: Fly to Zambezi Sun (bed & breakfast basis), Livingstone, Zambia. – Days 6, 7 & 8: Drive to Davison’s Camp, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. – Day 9: Fly back to Victoria Falls Airport for onward arrangements. Consider: – Upgrade to Shumba Camp (fully inclusive). – Upgrade to Toka Leya or The River Club (fully inclusive). – Upgrade the drive from Livingstone to Davison’s Camp to a road transfer to Victoria Falls Airport, and an onward charter flight to Hwange.
Days 1, 2 , 3: BUSANGA BUSH CAMP, KAFUE NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA
Fly from Lusaka Airport to the Busanga Plains in northern Kafue National Park. 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.
AREA AND LOCATION:
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.
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 rare roan antelope which are locally common. 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.
Busanga Bush Camp lies hidden in an island thicket. This camp accommodates eight guests in four well-appointed tents. The main, dining and bar area of the camp is under a large canvas canopy and has a sweeping view out over the plains and dramatic sunrises. Optional upgrade to Shumba Camp at an additional cost.
Shumba Camp, situated in the centre of the Busanga Plains, is named after a favourite species in the area: prides of lion sometimes up to 20 strong! Comprising of six spacious tents, the entire camp is raised on wooden platforms to take in the impressive vista and each morning’s spectacular sunrise.
Days 4 , 5: FLY TO LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA
After an early morning drive to Busanga Airstrip, fly from Kafue to Livingstone Airport, and then transfer by road to the Zambezi Sun. The historical town of Livingstone was founded by the first European explorers to ‘discover’ the impressive Victoria Falls, and is today the tourism capital of Zambia.
AREA AND LOCATION:
Mosi-oa-Tunya is directly translated as ‘the smoke that thunders’, the local name for the Victoria Falls which is found a short walk away from the Zambezi Sun. This small but very important national park of the same name is 63km2 (24sq. 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.
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 (see surcharge below), the cultural, museum and market tours, morning/evening game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya and morning/evening boat cruises on the Zambezi River are also included. Seasonal white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge swing, microlighting over the Victoria Falls, and Falls-edge dining are available at additional cost. The Tour of Victoria Falls is approximately a 1-1/2 hour guided tour through the Rainforest along a 1.7km ramble. After a briefing and explanation of the Falls, the guide accompanies guests along the scenic pathways, stopping at numerous viewpoints to gaze at the Falls. The Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone was the first European to visit the Falls, 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 metre wide and 100-metre deep chasm, creating a shower of spray and a deafening noise.
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. Optional upgrade to Toka Leya or The River Club at an additional cost.
THE CAMP – TOKA LEYA:
This contemporary but warm camp within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park 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 – 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-weather tennis court are perfect. The swimming pool, with its infinity aspect, provides a magnificent view of the Zambezi.
Days 6 , 7, 8: DRIVE TO DA VISON’S CAMP, HWANGE NATIONAL PARK , ZIMBABWE
Transfer by road from your camp/hotel across the border into Zimbabwe, for your onward journey to Davison’s Camp, Hwange National Park. This 5 - 6 hour scenic drive through Northern Zimbabwe provides a comfortable and wonderful introduction to the landscapes and rural life of the countryside. 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. Optional flight upgrade to Davison’s Camp at an additional cost.
AREA AND LOCATION:
Davison’s Camp is located in the south-eastern corner of the Park – an exclusive concession area of about 500 km2 (193 sq. mi.). The Makalolo Concession is ecologically diverse, with large flat grasslands, vast palm-spotted plains, acacia woodlands and teak forests. This lends itself well to the vast number of plains game that move in the area together with attendant predators.
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 hyaena, along with the smaller African wild cat, serval, honey badger, bat-eared fox and civet. Home to a varied bird community of over 420 species, these include martial eagle, secretarybird, crimson-breasted shrike, cut-throat finch, and southern pied babbler.
Davison’s Camp is a classic tented camp, with its nine twin units tastefully hidden beneath a grove of false mopane trees, overlooking a waterhole and open plain. Named after the founder of Hwange National Park and its first warden, Ted Davison, the camp’s extremely productive waterhole attracts a variety of plains game and predators. The camp also boasts a family room and separate main area, comprising a lounge and dining room –offering a wonderful bush experience.
Day 9: DEPARTURE
Return to Victoria Falls Airport by air for outbound flight or onward arrangements.
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