Zambia is a large area ranging from hilly, woodland bush in the eastern Luangwa Valley, to open savanna along the country’s western border with Angola. The Zambezi River provides some of the finest white-water rafting in the world. You can fish in the lower Zambezi. A Zambian excursion is a deep safari that takes you to areas less often visited. Some of the options…
CHIAWA & OLD MONDORO CAMPS – Lower Zambezi national Park, eastern Zambia. Private airfield.
The camps are family owned and run. This combination, rare in Africa, makes for an unusually good operation. The hallmarks of both camps include excellent field guides, attention and service in camp, and superb food. Chiawa’s accommodation is in luxurious tents while Old Mondoro prides itself with a more open, close to the bush experience (including private, open-air riverside bathtubs)! Game drives, bush walks, river cruises, canoeing and fishing. But, be sure to give yourself time to relax by the river to enjoy the camp and its surrounding wilderness. Unique! http://www.chiawa.com
BUSANGA BUSH & SHUMBA CAMPS – Kafue National Park, western Zambia
The Busanga Plains are the central focus of this huge wildlife reserve. With heavy summer rainfall the area floods but then dries in the winter leaving broad, open grassland savannah. Large herds of red lechwe and Cape buffalo graze here – pursued by the stalking predators– are a feature of this natural wonderland. Great varieties of birds, too. Both camps are stylishly chic and set standards for comfort in the Wilderness range of bush experience. Going here? July – August are the best as the plains remain wet late in the season.
MCHENJA BUSH CAMP – South Luangwa National Park
This is one of several camps established by Norman Carr, the late Zambian naturalist who pioneered the idea of photographic safaris as an alternative to hunting. The camps in this group vary from rustic and remote to unbridled luxury. Mchenja is an impressive, comfortable, tented camp set among Ebony trees on the banks of the Luangwa River. Tracking animals on foot and close-in viewing are hallmarks of the expert guides you’ll meet here and in all the camps. Tracking animals on foot, game walks, canoeing, sunset river cruises, and game drives. Worth extra days at different camps. http://www.normancarrsafaris.com/#!/camps/mchenja
MWAMBA CAMP - South Luangwa National Park
The ride to Mwamba is a two hour game drive through the Luangwa park and well worth the excursion. There are no airstrips in the park close to any of the lodges. Mwamba camp, owned and operated by the Shenton family, is known for its unique photographic hides. These hides get you very close to the wildlife in complete safety. At Mwamba Bush Camp there are two hides overlooking waterholes right inside the camp with plenty of game coming to quench their thirst. Set on the banks of the Mwamba River are three chalets uniquely designed with large skylights allowing one to experience sleeping under the stars. These reed and thatch en-suite bungalows also have solar lighting, outdoor flush toilets and hot showers. Www.kaingo.com
MVUU LODGE - Chiawa Game Management Area, Zambezi River
You are in a pristine part of riverside Africa. The lodge is a rustic outdoor retreat situated on the northern bank of the Zambezi River. Animals roam freely through the camp. Indigenous trees shade the 10 large, walk-in tents. Each has a hot shower, individual deck, a flush toilet, and twin beds. Activities include boat excursions on the river, fishing for tiger fish and bream, canoeing, hiking and camping in the bush. Or, relax in the plunge pool.http://www.mvuulodge.com/