16 Day Self Catering Itinerary – Explore Zambia
Duration 16 Days
Type – Self Drive Camping (Chalets at Extra Cost)
Countries – South Africa, Botswana
Frequency – Tailor Made to your Requirements
Day 1 Livingstone
Our Friendly staff will collect you from Livingstone International Airport where you will be taken to Maramba River Lodge to unwind after your flight. Once you have settled in and had a nice refreshing drink you will be taken through a thorough handover of our 4×4 Hire vehicle. This usually takes 2 hours but ensures you are comfortable with all the equipment and its use. After this we suggest you head down to the waterfront and have a relaxing river cruise and sundowners.
Day 2 & 3 Livingstone
You will have a wonderful opportunity to experience Livingstone and all its attractions, whether it be exploring the national park, white water rafting, bungee jumping, helicopter or microlight rides over the falls and walking with Lions & Elephants there are numerous fun filled activities over the next 2 days.
Day 4 & 5 Livingstone to Nanzhila Plains
After stocking up in the local shops you will head north to Kalomo and then take the dirt road into the Southern section of the Kafue National Park. This park is one of the largest in the world at approximately 22,000 Square Kilometers and has a large diversity of wildlife. You will stay at Nanzhila Plains Safari camp and experience true wilderness in one of the last unspoilt areas in the world.
Day 6 & 7 Nanzhila to Puku Pan
After leaving the wonderful grassy plains and miombo woodland of Nanzhila you will head north to Puku Pan nestled along the prehistoric Kafue river. Crocodiles and Hippo’s abound in this natural wilderness and you can partake in fishing for the elusive Kafue Bream, take a game drive and walk into the ancient kopjies.
Day 8 Puku Pan to Mayukuyuku Camp or Mukambi Safaris
From Puku Pan it is a short drive of approximately 50kms to either camp. Here you will explore a different part of the Kafue National Park and take a day trip into the Busanga Plains to try and spot the elusive Cheetah and Wild Dog that are resident in the northen section of the park.
Day 9 Mayukuyuku or Mukambi Safaris to Eureka Campsite (Lusaka)
You will take the short drive to Lusaka (+/- 3 hrs) to stock up with essentials. Eureka Campsite is an eden in Lusaka with many species of Antelope roaming the grounds.
Day 10 Eureka Campsite to Bridge Camp
After ensuring you have all the supplies need you will drive up the great east road towards Malawi. Bridge camp is a lodge nestled in the hills overlooking the Luangwa river and provides a welcome respite from the road.
Day 11 to 14 Bridge Camp to The Wildlife Camp
After leaving Bridge Camp you will head North East to the Luangwa Valley, passing through Chipata for your last minute groceries. The South Luangwa National Park is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The river attracts massive concentrations of wildlife and is particularly famous for its Leopard spotting with claims of Leopards every 2 Km.
The ecosystems and changing seasons make this a truly magnificent experience.
Day 15 Wildlife Camp to Chipata (Mama Rulas)
After a leisurely game drive and breakfast you should leave the wildlife camp and head back to Chipata for one last night in africa. Here you will stay in their rustic chalets or campsite.
Day 16 Mama Rulas to Lusaka
Your final day on the road and you will head back to Lusaka. Once handing over the vehicle, please allow 1 hour to go through the equipment and documentation. You will then be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home, with wonderful memories of a truly special country.