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Zambian Explorer

Experience luxury, culture and wildlife on this adventure through Zambia. Enjoy stays at luxurious safari lodges and activities including game drives, river cruises and canoe safaris. End your stay in Livingstone where you will soar over the famous Victoria Falls. Zambia immerses you in a sanctum of solitude and untouched beauty.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural, Wildlife

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Day By Day

Day 1 – Fly USA to Dubai
Today you will begin your journey with Swain Destinations as you fly to Dubai. 

Day 2 – Dubai to South Luangwa
You will be flying into Lusaka from Dubai where you will connect on a flight to Mfuwe. From Mfuwe Airport, you will be met by a representative who will transfer you to your accommodation.

Chinzombo Camp
This wildly luxurious camp retains its bush feel with grass and canvas walls and spacious living areas that melt into exquisite, tranquil surroundings. Chinzombo won Best New Property in Africa in 2014 and again in 2015. Gigantic, ancient shade trees offer peace and serenity for guests staying in any one of the six stunning villas. This truly special place offers riverside views teeming with wildlife and direct access into one of the most game rich areas of the National Park.

Luxurious yet also elegantly natural, Chinzombo Camp is tucked into the shade of ancient trees on a bend of the Luangwa River. Six beautiful villas combine a modern architectural feel with natural materials such as leather, reeds and canvas. Each beautifully situated villa boasts its own private plunge pool and is situated on an elevated deck that boasts views of the tranquil river. Bedrooms open out onto shaded decks, while each villa also has a yoga and exercise area.

Starting Accommodation: Chinzombo Camp (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Activities at Chinzombo

Enjoy your days at Chinzombo which offers game drives and some walking safaris.

Experience the thrill of being totally immersed in true wilderness in the South Luangwa National Park, rich with leopard, lion and elephant. Be bold dine alfresco under the glittering African night sky accompanied by the sound of whooping hyenas and roaring lions.

Experts have dubbed South Luangwa to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. The Luangwa River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life-blood of this park. The Park hosts a wide variety of wildlife, birds and vegetation. The changing seasons add to the Park's richness, ranging from; dry, bare bush veld in the winter, to a lush, green wonderland in the summer months. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species in South Luangwa National Park. The only notable exception is the rhino, sadly poached to extinction.

Starting Accommodation: Chinzombo Camp (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Activities at Chinzombo
Today is at your leisure to enjoy the activities offered at the Chinzombo Camp.

Starting Accommodation: Chinzombo Camp (B, L, D)

Day 5 – South Luangwa to Lower Zambezi
Today you will be transferred to the Mfuwe Airport for your flight to Lower Zambezi. Upon arrival, you will be met by a representative who will transfer you to your accommodation. 

Baines' River Camp
Africa has a spellbinding effect on most first time travelers. In the heart of the African subcontinent lies a destination known as 'the real Africa'. This is Zambia, where you will find remote wilderness areas, breath-taking scenery, wildlife in abundance and a kind-hearted people. Here, in the midst of the unspoiled African bush, on the northern banks of the Zambezi River, you will discover Baines' River Camp.

This true colonial style safari lodge, named after the famous artist and explorer Thomas Baines, offers a wide variety of land and water based safari activities in and around the Lower Zambezi National Park, the first carbon-neutral National Park in the World. In addition, Baines' River Camp offers specialized photographic workshops, fly fishing clinics and elephant studies, led by passionate specialists of international acclaim.

(B, L, D)

Day 6 – Activities at Baines' River Camp

An African Safari can be so much more than just game drives. With a variety of activities on offer on land and on the river, you will soon discover different aspects of the African bush at Baines' River Camp. There are no set departure times for the daily activities and the rangers endeavor to provide you with an itinerary to suit your personal preferences. The kitchen works around your day on safari, providing delicious meals in the bush, on the river and at the Camp.

All members of the guiding team have grown up in the Lower Zambezi Valley and they bring with them a wealth of knowledge about the area's history and customs. Each guide has his own expertise, be it canoeing, Tiger Fishing, walking safaris or game drives.

With some 5,000 square kilometers of pristine wilderness to traverse and Africa's fourth largest river on the lodge's doorstep, the Lower Zambezi National Park and its Game Management Areas offer visitors an unforgettable safari experience. Here, no fences exist and nature alone forms its own boundaries. This is where you will experience the untamed African wilderness where the life and movement of its wildlife remains as it has been for centuries, unchecked and unchanged.

(B, L, D)

Day 7 – Activities at Baines' River Camp
Today is at your leisure to explore all that Baines' River Camp has to offer.

Explore the area on different safari activities:

  • Game drives
  • River Cruises
  • Canoe Safaris
  • Walking Safaris
  • Fishing Expeditions
  • Bird Watching
  • Sunset Cruises
(B, L, D)

Day 8 – Lower Zambezi to Livingstone
Today you will be transferred to your flight over to Livingstone Airport where a representative will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation.

Royal Chundu
Set on a private stretch of the Zambezi River in Zambia, Royal Chundu indulges both the seeker of respite and thrill. As the only lodge along the Zambezi that does not share its waterways with other Zambian operators, the lodge holds a tranquility not even the call of Zambia, the iconic cry of the African Fish Eagle, can disturb. Yet, some 30 kilometers upstream from the Victoria Falls, adventure abounds. Zambia's Leading Safari Lodge and first Relais & Chateaux property, Royal Chundu is your private corner of Africa. A home created in complete harmony with the surroundings, a home that channels the spirit of Zambia through personalized service, unique gastronomy and stylish accommodation.

A sanctum of solitude and untouched beauty. The first and only Relais & Chateaux property in Zambia, Royal Chundu is more than merely a place to rest your head. It is an adventure in itself, a private getaway on the Zambezi imbued with the spirit of Zambia. A spirit both wild and graceful. A spirit that inspires and welcomes. You are invited to retreat to the private stretch of the Zambezi to discover yourself and reunite with loved ones through a different culture and land.

Starting Accommodation: Royal Chundu (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Activities at Royal Chundu

From tranquil to thrilling, Royal Chundu offers a Zambezi river adventure to satisfy all. Whether you choose to simply lounge around the comfort of the lodge or want to explore more of what Zambia has to offer, our activities team is ready to arrange the perfect day for you.

Sunset Cruises
Cruise down the beauty of the Zambezi as the sun sets in the African sky. Watch crocodiles slip off the banks under water as you approach and listen to the snorting hippos. In the drier months, the skipper will anchor near 'Ellie Corner', where you can spot herds of elephants as they drink, play and bathe on the river's edge nearby. Other game to be seen include baboon, impala, warthog and buffalo.

Birding Safaris
Choose from a morning, afternoon, nighttime or full day birding safari. These safaris are tailored to individual requirements. The full day safari includes guided vehicle transfers to the plains and other indigenous forest areas and/or river transfers to the islands. This tour is catered specifically for birding specialists who want to look for specific birds. The shorter safaris last for approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Royal Chundu is renowned amongst the professional angling fraternity for its superb fly fishing and has become the venue of choice for the serious fisherman while offering an exciting introduction for the novice. Our unstressed waters vary from virgin island eddies and shallow rapids to deep flowing channels which boast the notoriously powerful Tiger Fish, numerous species of Bream and the prized Upper Zambezi Yellow Fish. One of the biggest celebrations in Africa, the Parrot Fish Run runs from June to August. It sees millions of fish swimming for miles down the Zambezi as they get caught in the main stream. Royal Chundu hosts the event, letting guests take part by either spectating or trying to catch the likes of prized African Tiger Fish and Parrot Fish. Local fishermen get involved too, using hand-woven reed and palm tree leave baskets to catch the fish. There are a variety of different fishing options available, all prices cover boat hire, fuel and an experienced skipper/fishing guide. Tackle, rods and general fishing equipment are available for hire at the lodge.

An exhilarating trip, this adventure activity involves transfer by vehicle to the launch point near the Katombora rapids. The rapids are at their best when the river is low. Guides paddle guests over the rapids amidst stunning scenery and through the channels of the islands in the Zambezi. There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the lush island vegetation and abundant bird life.

Katombora Island Lodge
Marvel in the miracle of nature when you enjoy a guided walk through the 23 Baobabs, python creepers and 2,000 year-old Jackelberry trees on our own private Katombora Island. Untouched by development and undamaged by animals, this area creates the most perfect ecosystem at play. Experienced guides will share their knowledge with the guests on some of the local uses for the flora found on the island.

Village Walk and Community Tour
This village tour is highly recommended. The tour gives guests a rare opportunity of interacting with the villagers in a truly authentic environment where everyone continues with their daily activities.  Your guide, who resides in the village, will be well versed on all the traditions and customs in the village and will be able to advise you on what plants and herbs are used for traditional medicine, making cooking oil, soap and other necessities. Those wishing to make a donation to the village fund can discuss this with the guide of the trip. The trip starts by journey in a Makoro (traditional canoe).  Paddled by an experienced guide and then a walk around a village in the area, once the walk is finished you will return via Makoro back to the lodge. 

Victoria Falls Walking Tour
Walking tour of the Victoria Falls and rain forest including a stopover at the curio stalls and tea & coffee at a local cafe. Rate includes park entrance fee, guided tour and transfers.

Starting Accommodation: Royal Chundu (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Helicopter Flight Over the Falls
Feel the freedom! And you certainly will, on a 15 minute helicopter flight over Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River. The helicopter has the ability to fly lower than a fixed wing aircraft, so you'll have unrivaled opportunities to view the breathtaking Falls...and get those perfect pictures. Your flight path takes you over the seemingly tranquil Zambezi River, and on a journey of discovery along the gorges which zigzag their way to the infamous Batoka Gorge downstream. It's a unique perspective on The Falls, and gives you the perfect overview of the size and magnitude of this astounding Natural Wonder of the World.   

Starting Accommodation: Royal Chundu (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Livingstone to Dubai
Today you will be transferred from your accommodation to the Livingstone Airport where you will fly to Johannesburg before connecting on a flight to Dubai.

Day 12 – Fly Dubai to USA
Today you will board your flight from Dubai to the USA.

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South Luangwa National ParkChinzombo Camp
Lower ZambeziBaines' River Camp
LivingstoneRoyal Chundu


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Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: