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“Jewels of Zambia”

Classic Zambian Safari
11-day Private Safari

Zambia is a landlocked country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife with outstanding national parks and wild natural areas. On its border with Zimbabwe is the famous Victoria Falls, indigenously called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “Smoke That Thunders.” Considered a connoisseur’s safari not only because the guiding is superb but also because Zambia offers so many different ways to experience the African bush such as canoeing, fishing, game drives and arguably, the best walking safaris on the continent.

Like our “Jewels of Tanzania” itinerary, the theme of this classic safari highlights the famous places that make Zambia such a superb safari destination.

All itineraries are customized to your particular interests and needs as well as the season of travel and length of time available. The itinerary below is a sample of a classic safari for a first time safari or a seasoned African traveler.

Elephant wading in a river surrounded by lush greenery.

Day 1: Arrival in Livingston, Zambia

You will be met upon arrival at the airport by our representative and transferred to one of the many wonderful lodges, hotels or camps, including a few historic properties. From anywhere here you can access the mighty Zambezi River and Victoria falls. The time of arrival will determine the plan for this first day. You can easily fill your days with options such as a visit to the Rhino Park or many other adrenaline inducing activities like white water rafting, swimming in Devil’s Pool at the edge of the Falls, bungee jumping, or an aerial tour over the falls. It is also a nice place to relax so we have built enough time to do just that!

Sunrise over the majestic Victoria Falls with cascading water."

Day 2 and 3: Livingston, Zambia

Two full days to enjoy this exciting destination and all that the river and falls have to offer.


Tourists canoeing while observing a herd of elephants crossing the river at Chiawa Safaris.

Day 4: Lower Zambezi National Park

After breakfast, fly to Zeki airstrip in Lower Zambezi National Park. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a leisurely game drive to your camp in time for orientation and your choice of afternoon activities. Sundowners on the mighty Zambezi River will definitely top off this fabulous first day in the bush!


Lion resting on the ground while tourists observe from a distance.

Day 5, 6 & 7: Lower Zambezi National Park

Three full days to enjoy the special activities that Zambian safaris boast and excel at such as canoeing, fishing, motor boating, sunrise and sunset cruising, bush walking and night game drives. At the same time, beautiful scenery abounds with the Zambezi River as the most prominent feature. Your camp and specialist river guides are especially important in this segment of the safari and have been selected to enhance your experience of this unique park.


Leopard resting on a tree branch.

Day 8: South Luangwa National Park

Enjoy an activity of your choosing this morning and lunch in camp before departing for South Luangwa National Park. Upon arrival at Mfue airstrip, a game drive to your camp will introduce this remote and varied environment where game is plentiful and where leopard is the superstar.


Cozy deck seating area at Chindeni by the river with lanterns and a fire pit

Day 9 & 10: South Luangwa National Park

Two full days to explore the diverse habitats available in this beautiful park. You will also have the opportunity to see the rare Thorncroft giraffe, a species found nowhere else. Walking safaris spanning a few hours to several days combined with mobile camping were born in South Luangwa and can be arranged and is definitely a major highlight of this park.

A kudu with impressive spiraled horns stands alert.

Day 11: Departure Day

From Mfue airstrip, depart for Lusaka and prepare for your homebound evening flight or stay to enjoy a full day in this vibrant city visiting galleries and trying a few restaurants. Alternatively, stay in South Luangwa for a 2-5 day walking/fly camping safari or add a few days with one of our curated Botswana or Zimbabwe itineraries.