Lower Zambezi elephants

Lower Zambezi & Mana Pools Exclusive Camping Safari

Tour Length11 days
Priced from pps $6268 R90830 £4743 5544 A$8851 C$8411 NZ$9113 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Exclusive Small Group Camping Safari

  • Max. Group Size 6 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Lusaka, Zambia
  • Transport 4x4 Vehicle
  • Wildlife Elephant, Lions & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

Combine the wildest areas of the mighty Zambezi River on one absolutely amazing adventure in southern Zambia and northern Zimbabwe!

On this fully-serviced camping safari, you can look forward to exceptional, close-up wildlife and bird watching in the game-rich Lower Zambezi National Park of Zambia and the truly wild Mana Pools National Park of Zimbabwe. Expert guides take you to explore the unspoilt African bush on game drives, walks and canoe trips where you encounter an abundance of wildlife, including buffalo and elephant herds, plenty of hippos and crocodiles and lions, amongst others. 

This is an authentic African bush experience with fantastic perks - your own professional guide, a vehicle shared between every two guests, a dedicated chef, an experienced safari crew that sets up and dismantles camp along the way and exclusive use of the campsites!

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Lusaka - Zambia

Our Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari adventure begins in Lusaka, the burgeoning political and economic capital of Zambia.

When you land at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport your guide welcomes you and transfers you the guesthouse in Lusaka. Your first overnight stay in Zambia is at a comfortable guesthouse where dinner is included. Your tour guide takes you through the plans for the next day and makes sure that you settle in comfortably at the guesthouse.

  • Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Mvuu Lodge, Chiawa Game Management Area - Zambia

This morning your safari crew collects you from the guesthouse, vehicles all packed and fuelled up, ready to hit the road.

Our drive from Lusaka to Mvuu Lodge takes about half the day leaving the afternoon free to unwind at the lodge. The lodge is tucked away in the trees along the Zambezi River which attracts a variety of wild animals and birds. This afternoon you can pull up a deck chair beside the river and relax, keeping an eye out for wildlife.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 & 4: Mvuu Lodge & Lower Zambezi National Park - Zambia

The next three days are set aside for exploring the nearby Lower Zambezi National Park.

We embark on 4x4 game drives in search of the abundance of wildlife found in this wild game park. Other activities available here include birdwatching tours with experienced guides, canoeing trips and sunset boat cruises on the Zambezi River. In between game drives and other activities you are free to relax at the lodge and soak up the incredible wild scenery. Watch the elephants visiting the river to bathe and drink as you cruise along on the boat or sip on sundowners at camp. Fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush with the whoop of hyenas punctuating the quiet nights.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Mvuu Lodge to Mana Pools - Zimbabwe

Today we are up early for our journey to Mana Pools in Zimbabwe.

Leaving Mvuu Lodge we travel to Chirunda, about a three-hours' drive. In Chirundu we pause to stock up on supplies and refuel, before continuing to the border. We cross the Zambezi River into neighbouring Zimbabwe and proceed to our next camp. Once in Zimbabwe, it takes about half a day's drive to reach our camp, which is located inside Mana Pools National Park. After collecting our entry permits at the park office we enter the World Heritage Site of Mana Pools National Park. Also a designated Ramsar Site, this Zimbabwean national park is recognised as an IBA (Important Birding Area). Mana Pools is rated as one of Africa's finest safari destinations.

During our stay here we enjoy exclusive use of the camp, ensuring a crowd-free and personal African bush experience. Relax and enjoy the unspoilt natural setting of the camp on the banks of the Zambezi River. Don’t forget to bring a good set of binoculars for birdwatching and game viewing. The camp offers sweeping views of the river and surrounding bush and binoculars are a must.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 & 7: Mucheni, Mana Pools - Zimbabwe

Immerse yourself in the African bush. Mana Pools is a truly wild part of Southern Africa!

We visit Mana Pools during the dry season when animals are drawn to the river through necessity because water becomes scarce in the bush. We are thus there to enjoy the best game viewing season offering outstanding wildlife sightings. We have the campsite to ourselves which adds to the exclusivity of our unique African bush adventure.

The camps are unfenced allowing wildlife to roam free which means that you may come across wild animals, large mammals included, at any time! Keep your eyes open for surprise encounters, especially at dawn and dusk. At night it is strongly advised that you do not leave your tent or wander around the camp. A powerful LED torch will be needed to find your way around at night.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - 10: Ndungu, Mana Pools - Zimbabwe

On day eight we shift to a new camp for our last three days in the African wilderness. Our next camp lies further west, some distance away. This is the most remote camp in Mana Pools and again we have exclusive use of the camp during our stay. We spend the next few days exploring this new part of Mana Pools, encountering the magnificent wildlife and birds of this truly wild place.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Mana Pools to Lusaka - Zambia

Our final day gets off to a laid-back start with breakfast at camp. Then it is time to dismantle the camp and make our way out of Mana Pools National Park.

Crossing at the same border post we return to Zambia and travel back to Lusaka, in the geographic centre of the country. This afternoon we arrive back in the capital and return to the same guesthouse that you stayed at on your first night in Zambia. Here your safari crew bids you farewell bringing this memorable African camping adventure to a close.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Please Note: Luggage is restricted to a maximum of 20kgs in a soft bag (no hard-shell cases permitted). Excess luggage can be stored safely at the guesthouse.

Optional Extras and Excursions

For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.

  • Guided tour of Lilayi Elephant Orphanage in Lusaka
  • Game drives in Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Night drives in Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Half-day River Safari from Mvuu Lodge
  • Sunset Cruises on the Zambezi River
  • Guided game walk with a guide and armed scout in Lower Zambezi National Park

Child Policy

This tour does not take children.

No children under 16 years of age are allowed on this tour.

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  • Guided tour of Lilayi Elephant Orphanage in Lusaka
  • Game drives in Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Night drives in Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Half-day River Safari from Mvuu Lodge
  • Sunset Cruises on the Zambezi River
  • Guided game walk with a guide and armed scout in Lower Zambezi National Park
+Included in the Tour Price
  • Transfer from Lusaka Airport to Zebra Guest House
  • 2 nights of accommodation at Zebra Guest House in Lusaka
  • All fuel costs (about 3000km’s)
  • Your own private guide (two guests to each guide) and vehicle
  • All National Park entrance fees
  • Accommodation in rooftop tents (bedding & linen included)
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) on tour
  • Private chef preparing all meals
  • All camping site costs in Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Selected South African wine at dinner 
  • After dinner liqueur
  • All guiding & driving by professional guides & 4X4 experts
  • Camp set-up & dismantling of equipment each morning & evening 
  • Satellite phone (medical emergencies only)
  • Charging facility for camera batteries
  • Pre-dinner snacks with sundowners
  • Use of a head torch
  • Water, detergents and washing line for personal laundry in the bush
  • Mosquito repellent, biodegradable soap and shampoo
+Not Included in the Tour Price
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Local and international flights
  • Any additional or optional activities not listed 
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities 
  • Any drinks (excluding wine served with dinner)
  • Malaria medication 
  • Visa fees for Zambia & Zimbabwe
+Departure Dates

A minimum of 4 clients is required to guarantee departures. Bookings of fewer than 4 people are accepted, but departures will only be confirmed once 4 clients book. A maximum of 6 clients is permitted per departure.

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