A Unique Zambian Safari to Liuwa Plain National Park
Witness Victoria Falls before exploring the utterly remote Liuwa Plains and beautiful Lower Zambezi
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Two nights at Royal Chundu River Lodge
- Four nights at King Lewanika Lodge
- Four nights at Chongwe River Camp
- Expertly guided safari activities throughout
- All internal flights and transfers
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
A safari for the real enthusiast and those who want to experience the true wilderness of Africa undiluted.
Start upstream from the thunderous Victoria Falls, with two nights at the luxury Royal Chundu River Lodge. From here, take a trip down to explore the ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ up close, perhaps crossing into Zimbabwe for a different perspective.
Then the real adventure begins. Take a light aircraft from Livingstone to the far west of Zambia, almost to the Angolan border, and the utterly remote Liuwa Plain National Park. Here spend four nights at King Lewanika Lodge, the only permanent camp in the 3660 km² (1440 mi²) park, open seasonally to a few lucky visitors and shared with no more than 15 other guests.
With veteran guides, explore the pristine Savannah, home to large herds of wildebeest, hyena, cheetah, wild dog, 330 species of bird and a recovering pride of lions with a fascinating story of conservation.
Lastly, enjoy four final nights at the fabulous Chongwe River Camp on the banks of the Lower Zambezi. Take to the water in canoes to see herds of crossing elephants, head out on exhilarating bush walks and game drives or simply relax at camp, reflecting on your Zambian adventure.
Example Trip Itinerary
Livingstone and Victoria Falls
Private transfer from Livingstone airport to lodge or hotel
Accommodation in Livingstone and Victoria Falls
- 10 suites, sleeps 20 in total
- Dining area and lounge
- Bar and wine cellar
- Kid's Club
Set on a quiet, secluded spot some distance up the Zambezi river, the Royal Chundu River Lodge oozes sophistication and grace. Overlooking the unspoiled expanse of the Zambezi River and the Zimbabwean savanna of the Matetsi Private Game Reserve, it’s a place to come and relax by the river, watching for the wildlife that pass by. The lodge is a Relais & Châteaux property, only one of two in Zambia. The other is The River Lodge’s sister property, The Island Lodge. Composed of 10 luxurious suites sleeping 20 people in total, River Lodge is the main hub at Royal Chundu and the larger of the two lodges. Each magnificent and spacious river-front suite features thatched roofs and opens on to a private deck for uninterrupted river views. Suites come with double showers and king-size beds. For evening meals, enjoy the unique African experience of the dining outside at the beautiful boma. There’s also a dining room for intimate indoor occasions. Excellent spa facilities will help you unwind while activities are a mix of river-based relaxation and Falls-based adventure.
The mighty Victoria Falls rank as one of the most spectacular sites in all of Africa. As the mighty Zambezi river crashes over sheer cliffs onto the rocks below it sprays a cloud of water high into the air. Enjoy a variety of activities in this area (as well as the falls themselves).
No visit to Victoria Falls would be complete without a tour of the mighty falls themselves, otherwise known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning the smoke that thunders. A knowledgeable guide will take you on an unforgettable experience through the Victoria Falls rainforest, a journey that not only affords a view of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World but provides a great deal of interesting facts about the geology, wildlife and history of Africa’s most famous landmark.
Transfer from your lodge or hotel to Livingstone airport
Light aircraft flight from Livingstone to Liuwa Plain National Park
Liuwa Plain National Park
Accommodation in Liuwa Plain National Park
- Six tents, including one family suite
- Lounge, bar and dining area
Largely untouched by crowds and paved roads, Liuwa Plain National Park boasts one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa; it was proclaimed a protected area by the lodge’s namesake, King Lewanika of the Lozi tribe in the early 1880s. The camp is a beautifully modern take on the traditional safari camp, retaining features and simple materials such as canvas drops, leather and wooden decks overlooking the wilderness with local thatch and grass in the main area in a refreshingly simple, sustainable, and meaningful way. There are just six spacious tents here sat on platforms which open up dramatically to the surrounding plains and feature both indoor and outdoor showers. One is a family suite which features one double and one triple room. The communal thatch building has lounge, dining and bar areas, with stairs leading down to a fire pit. King Lewanika Lodge has experienced guides for intimate safari excursions with unrivalled access and absolute exclusivity to this unspoiled region. Unique wildlife experiences include witnessing hyenas hunt in packs of up to 50, the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa, rare birds, a growing cheetah population and its famed lion pride. Explore on guided walks as well as day and night game drives, with boating and canoeing possible between December and March, depending on water levels.
One of the most remote and least visited parks in Africa, Liuwa Plain is a well kept secret that offers one of the finest safari experiences even the most seasoned safari-goer could hope for.
The plains host the second biggest migration of wildebeest in Africa, some 330 species of bird, healthy cheetah, wild dog and hyena populations, as well as a small lion pride with an incredible story of conservation. Head deep into the park in an open 4X4 to get up close and personal with the game of the plain; find blue wildebeest, zebra, red lechwe, eland and tsessebe. With your guide and scout, you have the opportunity to get out of the vehicle and explore on foot.
Accommodation in Lower Zambezi
- 8 tents (all with large en-suite bathrooms and private verandas)
- Swimming Pool
- 2 tented suites the Albida Suite and Cassia Suite– occupy prime position at the confluence of the Chongwe with the Zambezi, 2 offering a completely private, butler-serviced accommodation and dining option)
This camp sits in a stunning location, on the confluence of the main Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers, offering a rustic but comfortable option for those that want to experience Africa in a similar pioneering style as the courageous explorer Dr David Livingstone, 150 years ago. We recommend Chongwe Camp for travelers wanting to encounter one of Africa’s remotest areas, and the animals of the relatively undiscovered wilderness that is the Lower Zambezi. Chongwe River Camp is the sister to the Chongwe River House, and offers a more informal and adventurous experience that allows guests to get closer to Zambia’s wild and pristine tranquility. Each of the eight river facing tents is secluded in the shade of a large grove of old Winterthorn trees, ensuring the tents stay cool in the heat of the midday sun. The camp also gives you uninterrupted views of the river and the wildlife that comes there to drink or cool down. A range of guided activities can be tailored to meet specific interests to ensure your time here is truly memorable. Also part of the camp are the Chongwe suites which offer sublime luxury and service against a beautifully wild setting. Nestled under ancient winterthorn trees at the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers are the Cassia suite (one bedroom) and the Albida suite (two bedrooms). The suites are perfect for honeymooners or families and friends travelling together. Both have butler service, plunge pools overlooking the river and private dining options. Also included are private game viewing activities.
The Lower Zambezi National Park borders Zimbabwe in the south eastern corner of Zambia. The park itself covers an area of 4092km², with most of the game concentrated on the valley floor. Huge herds of elephants, sometimes numbering up to a hundred members, are often seen at the river’s edge. Another member of the Big Five, the buffalo, also roams between the banks in vast numbers. All but inaccessible by road, it remains a remote wilderness with just a few guests.
During your time at the camp you will be able to choose from a range of activities to make the most of your stay here. You may wish to take a game drive, a fishing trip, canoe or simply take a guided walk to view the splendid scenery.
Light aircraft flight from Royal airstrip to Livingstone airport
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A Unique Zambian Safari to Liuwa Plain National Park
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