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Elephant looking at the Zambezi River, Changa Safari Camp



12-Day Safari Along the Zambezi River in Zambia and Zimbabwe

The Zambezi River is more than just the river that thunders over Victoria Falls. It’s the center of vast ecosystems – lifeblood to flora, fauna and people, and an adventurer’s paradise. Africa’s fourth longest river supports large populations of water-based wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles and hundreds fish and bird species. The river also attracts amazing land-based wildlife, including the Big 5. Join the Great Zambezi Expedition for a true explorer’s journey along this incredible river and through some of the most elegant landscapes and wild lands in all of Africa.

DAYS 1 & 2 – ARRIVE/LAKE KARIBA: Arrive at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe  and connect to your flight to Lake Kariba (flight included). Transfer by boat to Changa Safari Camp, where you will spend two days exploring Matusadona National Park. Matusadona National Park is situated on the shores of Lake Kariba and home to the endangered black rhino. Shared activities include game drives by either specially customized game vehicles or by pontoon boat. Game walks, fishing and other boating activities also available. Overnights Changa Safari Camp. (B, L, D, Dr; day 1 includes D, Dr only)

Set on the Zambezi River, Changa Safari Camp is situated in a private concession area within the famed Matusadona National Park. Each tent features en-suite facilities, an “under the stars” bath and shower and private deck with stunning lake views. The spacious bedrooms are most tastefully furnished, each with its own unique décor.

DAYS 3, 4, & 5 – MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK: Enjoy a shared morning activity before you transfer by light aircraft (flight included) to Mana Pools National Park. The legendary Mana Pools is known for its wildlife rich flood plains and magnificent views of the Zambezi River. The river boasts of some of Africa’s most amazing tiger fishing and adventure canoeing safaris, creating the perfect combination of beauty and fun; making this World Heritage site a must-visit national park. On days 3 & 4, enjoy two days of shared safari activities including game drives, walking, fishing, and canoeing safaris.  Overnights Zambezi Life Styles. (B, L, D, Dr)

Set on the shore of the Lower Zambezi River in an area well-known for wildlife-rich flood plains and magnificent views of the distant Zambezi Escarpment, Zambezi Life Styles Camp consists of four twin tents with en-suite facilities that include a flush WC and al fresco, hot bucket showers. Zambezi Life Styles offers a “mobile” camping experience in a stationary setting as the camp is only set up for the duration of the Mana Pools safari season (May – November), after which it is dismantled until the following year.

DAYS 6 & 7 – LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA (VICTORIA FALLS):  Today, fly to Victoria Falls Airport (flight included) and transfer to Sindabezi Island, a private island paradise just upstream from Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. At over 5,600 feet wide and dropping over 300 feet, it is the largest curtain of water in the world.  Enjoy a shared afternoon activity. On day 7, enjoy shared safari activities offered by your lodge. Activities include a visit to Victoria Falls, canoeing on the Zambezi, sunrise and sunset boating, game drives into Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, guided walks, fishing and a visit to Simonga Village. Overnights Sindabezi Island Lodge. (B, L, D, Dr)

A truly intimate experience Sindabezi Island lodge has five open-sided thatched chalets on wooden decks that are completely private and overlook a quiet area of the river. An environmentally friendly island, Sindabezi has zero grid dependence, so rooms are romantically lit with hurricane lamps, candles and starlight. Despite its remote island setting the chalets are luxuriously comfortable with king size beds, white cotton linen, mosquito nets, plush carpets, en-suite bathrooms, free-standing bath and shower, and a private deck from which to soak up the birds and wildlife.

DAYS 8, 9, & 10 – LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK:  Enjoy a morning activity before flying to the Lower Zambezi National Park via Lusaka (flights included). The game-viewing in the Lower Zambezi is surpassed only by the beauty of the views. With the steep escarpment behind you and the Zambezi in front, few fail to be moved by this park. On days 9 & 10, enjoy two full days of shared safari activities; including game drives, boating on the Zambezi, fishing, bird watching, canoeing, walking safaris, and night game drives. Overnights Chongwe River Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)

Chongwe River Camp has nine classic tents under thatch and two private tented “suites”. Tented suites feature private, shaded outdoor bathrooms with a free-standing bath and shower and a veranda with views across the river.

DAY 11– VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE: Enjoy a shared morning activity – time permitting. Transfer to the local airstrip for your flight to Livingstone via Lusaka (flight included).  Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Victoria Falls Hotel, located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Spend the remainder of your day exploring Victoria Falls. Please note: your hotel is within walking distance to the Falls. Overnight Victoria Falls Hotel: Stables Signature Wing Room (B)

With its distinctive white walls and red roof the Victoria Falls Hotel provides a perfect balance of modern comfort combined with Edwardian elegance and old world charm. Echoing its glorious past the long carpeted corridors of the main building are lined with drawings of maps and photographs of pioneers and famous explorers. Here one finds 119 front facing deluxe rooms, suites and standard rooms which have courtyard or garden view. The adjacent Stable Wing houses two honeymoon suites and a further 42 spacious deluxe rooms.

DAY 12–VICTORIA FALLS / DEPART:  Enjoy your morning at leisure, or add an optional activity. This afternoon, you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your onward flight. (B)

Photo courtesy of Changa Safari Camp

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12 days

April thru November

Luxury hotel, game lodge, permanent tented camp, luxury camp

Fitness Rating

Game drives, nature walks, boating, canoeing, tour of Victoria Falls, cultural visit, night game drives

*Land-Only Price

Value I Deluxe I Luxury

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*$ = >$4,999; $$ = $5,000 – $9,999; $$$ = $10,000+

All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see terms & conditions for details.


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