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Canoe with Elephants on the Zambezi River Extension

Active Safari in Zambia's Remote Lower Zambezi National Park


On the legendary, wildlife-rich Lower Zambezi River, canoe on quiet river channels for up-close game viewing and savor game walks, night drives, and the unrivaled location of our exclusive safari camps. Choose between Chongwe River Camp, a deluxe safari camp at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers, favorite wilderness haunt of explorer David Livingstone; Anabezi Camp, set on a ridge overlooking the Zambezi that offers 12 spacious, elegant tents connected by raised walkways; or award-winning Chiawa Camp, renowned for its excellent cuisine and superb service. Each camp is delightfully remote and features luxury tented suites, a host of resident wildlife that wanders freely through camp, and exciting activities ranging from guided bush walks and game drives to boating or canoeing peaceful stretches of the Zambezi past birds, hippos, and a variety of mammals including herds of elephants—the best way to see life along the Zambezi!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Lower Zambezi National Park

From either Lusaka or Livingstone, Zambia, a scheduled charter flight brings you to the Jeki airstrip in Lower Zambezi National Park, a 2,000-square-mile area of pristine wilderness that protects a vast landscape of rolling hills and reed islands along the wildlife-rich lower Zambezi River. Enjoy a game drive as you head to camp. The park is home to buffalo, hippos, zebra, and predators including leopard, lion, and hyena. This afternoon, enjoy your first canoe safari or game drive. Overnight at Chongwe River Camp, situated on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi rivers; Anabezi Camp, set on a ridge above the Zambezi; or upgrade to family-owned Chiawa Camp, the first camp built along the Zambezi River...D

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Days 2-3
Lower Zambezi National Park

The Zambezi is Africa’s fourth largest river, and on the lower Zambezi, the river is gentle, its edges overhung with a thick riverine fringe, mostly diasporus, ficus, and other riverine species. Herds of elephant, numbering in the hundreds, wade in the shallows and on the reed islands of this storied river. On the canoe safaris, drift at a leisurely pace downstream in two-person canoes, watching wildlife, listening to the sound of the huge variety of birdlife, and admiring the sheer beauty of the surroundings. Further inland is a floodplain fringed with mopane forest and interspersed with winterthorn trees (Acacia albida), a great area for walking safaris. Walking safaris accompanied by an armed bush tracker are a specialty at these beautiful camps, and they provide a wonderful way to get close to wildlife. Game drives in completely open 4WD vehicles are another delight, and you can also enjoy night drives, a chance to see nocturnal animals such as hyena, civet, and porcupine and possibly large cats on the prowl. Overnights at camp...BLD each day

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Day 4
Lower Zambezi National Park / Depart

After an early morning game drive, transfer to the local airstrip and fly to either Lusaka or Livingstone...B


Length: 4 days
Cost From: $2790  
Arrive: Lusaka or Livingstone, Zambia
Depart: Lusaka or Livingstone, Zambia
Lodging: 3 nights deluxe safari camp
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris, Photography, Birding
Trip Level:

4wd game viewing, walking safaris, canoeing