Explore Zambia’s Wild Rivers


Posted on March 1st, 2013 by Mike Haines in Safaris: Zambia.

8 Days on the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa Rivers

This 7-night Zambian safari combines lodges in both the Lower Zambezi National Park and South Luangwa National Park. During the dry season, June to November, wildlife is drawn to the permanent waters of the Zambezi and Luangwa Rivers and sightings are spectacular. Activities include walking safaris, game drives, fishing, canoeing and boating.

This safari combines well with  Kafue National Park, Victoria Falls and Malawi.

Day 1

Arrive at Mfuwe Airport and road transfer to Nsolo Bushcamp.

Accommodation in this “bush luxury” safari camp consists of four spacious chalets each on raised wooden decks with grass and reed walls and large, open air en-suite bathrooms. Each chalet runs on solar power and is set under the shade of evergreen trees with private verandahs overlooking the surrounding bush and waterholes in the Luwi River.

Nsolo Camp Dining AreaNsolo Bushcamp, this is one of the South Luangwa’s more remote safari camps with many wonderful walking areas in the vicinity. There is also the opportunity to participate in game drives for those wishing to combine walking and driving.

The Luwi river system is renowned for its lion population. Various pride territories overlap in this area and the cats use the dry river bed as a thoroughfare and a means not only of locating their prey, which come to drink, but also of locating their rivals who must be warned to stay away.

Wild dogs have denned between near Nsolo for the last 6 years and chances of seeing these elusive creatures are high. Leopard also abound in the area.

There are few African experiences more exciting than heading out on a walking safari early in the morning, having heard lions calling through the night, finding their fresh tracks and following them through the bush. walking safari at Nsolo CampWith voices hushed and hearts beating your mind is suggesting there is a lion over every rise; this is big game viewing on foot at its best.

2 nights at Nsolo Bushcamp (or Luwi Bush Camp) on a full board basis plus activities.

Mikes note: It’s worth staying at two bushcamps, and doing a walk between them. These remote areas are so conducive to ‘staying local'; instead of flying further afield, walk to your next camp – it’s cost effective and improves your experience.

Day 3

After breakfast at Nsolo you will drive down to the Luangwa River; a short boat trip brings you to the Nsefu sector and the location of NsefuSouth Luangwa River crossing Camp.

Nsefu was the first photographic safari camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area and it still is. The camp was re-opened in 1999, in keeping with the original style, and is one of only two camps in the Nsefu Sector of the park .

The view of the river is superb and includes a terraced area where game grazes during the day. The bar, tucked in beside a huge extinct termite mound, overlooks a waterhole that is very productive for game, especially leopard at night. The original rondavels have been extended, with a spacious bathroom added.

Each room has a clear view of the river, through large windows and from the new wooden verandah. The camp lies in the heart of the undeveloped Nsefu sector and so offers charm and total comfort in remoteness and seclusion.Nsefu Camp

2 nights at Nsefu Camp on a full board basis plus activities

Day 5

After breakfast at Nsefu Camp you will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport to connect with your flight to the Zambezi River and Chongwe River Camp.

Chongwe River Camp is situated on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, directly opposite Mana Pools.

Lions on Zambezi BeachThe Chongwe River is the boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park, a four thousand square kilometre pristine sanctuary, teeming with game, and said to be one of the continent’s most picturesque wilderness areas.
A policy of non-intrusive enjoyment of wildlife and low environmental impact has preserved the area and its wildlife. The Lower Zambezi has become one of southern Africa’s premier destinations for peaceful game viewing and unparalleled tiger fish angling.

The camp itself looks onto the confluence of the two rivers and the mountains of the escarpment to the north.

3 nights on a full board basis plus activities.

*Alternative camp to Chongwe is Sausage Tree Camp.

Days 6 & 7

Two days of safari activities along the Zambezi.

Day 8

The safari ends today with a flight to Lusaka. Alternatively you can extend the trip, with extra days in Victoria Falls, Malawi or Botswana.

Further details

The schedule outlined above, is an example of the many types of trips we can put together for you in Zambia. For more details on customising the ideal trip, and costs, please contact us.