Experience a different perspective of the African bush on foot during this 10-Day South Luangwa and Victoria Falls Walking Safari beginning in Lusaka, Zambia, and ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  You will see the very best of the South Luangwa National Park as you walk through the savannah with a professional guide, and you will spend a few days in Victoria Falls, the perfect place to unwind at the end of your safari.  African Travel Gateway can extend or shorten this trip, speak to one of our consultants about tailoring this trip to your needs.

Enjoy close elephant sightings in the South Luangwa National Park

Itinerary at a Glance:
Day 1 – Arrival at Lusaka Airport, Zambia and transfer to South Luangwa National Park, Nkwali Camp
Day 2 to 6 – Walking Safari through the South Luangwa National Park, Mobile camping
Day 7 – Transfer to the southern part of South Luangwa, Tena Tena or Nsefu Camp.
Day 8 – Transfer to Livingstone then to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and onto Ilala Lodge
Day 9 – Tour of the Falls, Victoria Falls
Day 10 - Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport, departure


Day 1 - Arrival at Lusaka Airport, transfer to South Luangwa National Park, Nkwali Camp

Today your walking safari begins.  Upon arrival at Lusaka Airport, you will catch your flight to Mfuwe Airport on the outskirts of the South Luangwa National Park.  You will then be transferred to Nkwali camp for the night.

 Luxury Rooms at Nkwali Camp
Stunning views of the Luangwa River right from the deck

Nkwali Camp is situated on the banks of the Luangwa River, each chalet and the main area overlook the river, so you don’t even have to leave camp to see some incredible wildlife sightings.  Each chalet is furnished with all the amenities that you will need for your night’s stay.

Cruise along the Luangwa River at sunset

Days 2 to 6 - Walking Safari through the South Luangwa National Park, Mobile camping

Today is the start of your African Safari on foot.  This morning you will drive to your first mobile camping location. Camp will already be set up and you will have time to familiarize yourself with the camp.  Accommodation is in Meru Tents furnished with two twin beds, side tables, lamps for the evenings and a sitting area just outside your tent. There is a bucket shower and a pit latrine toilet. The main area will hold your dining table and more seating for relaxing at, your guides and chefs will be on hand to assist with anything that you may need.

 Mobile Camp meru tents set up with all the amenities for your safari
Cosy twin bedded tents to unwind in after a days walking safari
 Dine under the trees on the banks of the Luangwa River
 Pit latrine toilets and bucket showers at your mobile camp

After you have settled into camp, enjoy some lunch and refreshments before heading out on a late afternoon walking safari.  Return to camp for dinner around the campfire.

Beautiful scenery on your walking safari in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The typical day will be an early morning game walk followed by a delicious brunch back at your mobile camp.  In the heat of the day, generally between 12 pm and 3 pm, you will be able to relax in camp.

 A dazzle of zebra spotted during a walking safari

At around 4 pm each day you will head out on a walking safari with your professional guide exploring the areas surrounding the mobile camp.  On day 5 your mobile camp will be moved; you will leave camp early in the morning and travel on foot to your next mobile camping location. The next mobile camp will be the same as the first, as your first camp will essentially be packed up and moved to the next location.

 Mobile camp set up on the banks overlooking the Luangwa River
 Lanterns light up the camp at night

Day 7 - Transfer to the southern part of South Luangwa, Tena Tena or Nsefu Camp

This morning after a delicious breakfast and one last walking safari in the area you will be transferred by safari vehicle to either Tena Tena Camp or Nsefu Camp.  Both camps are located in the south of the park and overlook the beautiful Luangwa River.  You will arrive at the lodge in time to freshen up before afternoon tea and a late afternoon game drive.  This evening enjoy your last dinner in the South Luangwa National Park.

 View of the luxury chalets at Tena Tena Camp, South Luangwa National Park
 Nsefu Camp Chalets on the Luangwa River, Zambia

Day 8 - Transfer to Livingstone then to Victoria Falls, Ilala Lodge

This morning is an early start as you are transferred back to Mfuwe Airport in time for your flight to Livingstone, this flight will transit you through Lusaka.  You will arrive in Livingstone and be transferred across the border into Zimbabwe where you will spend the next few nights at the stunning Ilala Lodge.

 View from the gardens to the lodge, Ilala Lodge Hotel, Victoria Falls

After a long day of travel relax and unwind at the lodge and enjoy dinner at the on-site restaurant. Ilala Lodge is located in Victoria Falls Town and is within walking distance of local shops and restaurants.  Each room is tastefully decorated with views over the gorgeous green gardens.

 Ilala Lodge Hotel, room view
 Interior of the rooms at Ilala Lodge, tastefully decorated with all the amenities

Day 9 - Tour of the Falls, Victoria Falls

This morning after breakfast, you will be taken on your guided tour of Victoria Falls. We will first go past one of the biggest baobab trees in the region. These gigantic and ancient trees are characteristic of the African bush.  From here we will take a 3-kilometer walking tour around the falls taking in several different viewpoints including the Devil’s Cataract, Danger Point and others. You will get wet at some of the viewpoints due to the spray, so remember to advise you to cover your cell phones and camera equipment.

View of the mighty Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

After your tour of the falls, you will be taken for a two-course lunch at the famous Lookout Café.  The Lookout Café overlooks the Zambezi River Gorge with a beautiful view of the bridge and Victoria Falls in the background.  After lunch, you will be transferred back to Ilala Lodge where you can relax for the afternoon.  At around 3 o’clock in the afternoon you will be collected again and transferred to the jetty for a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River above the falls, complete with drinks and snacks. This excursion also affords the possibility to see not just a typically beautiful sunset, but also some wildlife including hippos, elephants, crocodiles, buffalo and bushbuck.

 Sunset cruise along the Zambezi River above Victoria Falls

Day 10 - Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for departure

As all good things do, your time in Zambia and Zimbabwe draws to a close.  You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your flight to Johannesburg.

Safari Cost

June to September 2024
$ 8,500 per person sharing x 02 adults

2024 Departure Dates:
June – 18th, 23rd
July – 5th, 10th, 15th, 25th, 30th
August – 4th, 16th, 21st, 26th
September – 5th, 10th, 15th, 25th, 30th

Costs Include:
7 nights’ accommodation on a fully inclusive basis in South Luangwa National Park:
All meals
Teas, coffees & snacks
All walking safari activities
Park fees
The services of a professional ranger and camp staff
Emergency evacuation insurance

2 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at Ilala Lodge

All activities as per itinerary
All road transfers as per itinerary
Tourism levy of 1 %

Lusaka to Mfuwe excl taxes (economy class)
Mfuwe to Livingstone excl taxes (economy class)

Costs Exclude:
Visas if required
Airport taxes
Personal items and gratuities
Bar accounts not specified
Meals not specified
Flights not specified
Park fees not specified

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