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Zambia - Zimbabwe July / August

“Active Adventure Zam-Zim” - combine walking in the wild by day with relaxing in comfort by night. Zambia and Zimbabwe offer fantastic safari walking opportunities, one of the best ways to see the bush and wildlife... explore the Luwi River in the South Luangwa, Zambia then join us in Zimbabwe in Mana Pools tented luxury on the banks of the beautiful Zambezi River.

An extension in Victoria Falls, en route, can easily be arranged, too.


Luwi River – this part of your safari is led by veteran guide Shadreck Nkhoma and Batwell Mvula, one of the Luangwa’s most experienced scouts.

Zambezi River – this part of your safari is guided by George van Wyk.

George was born in Zimbabwe in 1967 and developed an abiding passion for all things wild at a very young age. After school he worked in the cattle ranching industry for four years, and then began his career as a professional guide in 1989. George is endlessly fascinated with the bush and everything in it, and his enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge with his guests, coupled with “old school” standards of safety and professionalism, make for a truly memorable safari experience.

Itinerary at a Glance


Nsolo Camp (Luangwa Valley) – 2 nights

“Return to the Wild” sleep out – 1 night

Kakuli Camp (Luangwa Valley) – 2 nights

Luwi Camp (Luangwa Valley) – 3 nights


Mana Pools Safari Company Tented Camp (Zambezi Valley) – 4 nights

Extension option: Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 

Arrive at Lusaka and fly to Mfuwe where you will be met and driven to Nsolo Camp.
Settle in to camp and depending on your time of arrival set out on foot to explore the local area; the river is wide in some areas around Nsolo and the Luwi River's white sands carve a dynamic route through open grazing lawns, palm and trichelia groves, thicket and game rich “dambos” for which the Luangwa Valley is so well known. 

Day 2

Spend the day exploring the Nsolo area by foot. After dark you can also have the opportunity to follow up the noises you hear on your walk with an evening drive.

Day 3

Wake up early to continue your adventures on foot. For the most adventurous of spirits… leave Nsolo after afternoon tea and head downstream towards Kakuli. Find a spot to set up your bedroll and mossie net, build the camp fire and make preparations for your “Return to the Wild” sleep out night.

Day 4 

Today, you meander with the Luwi and arrive with the river at the confluence of the Luangwa and Kakuli Camp. Named after Norman Carr who was affectionately named Kakuli – an old buffalo bull - this camp has sweeping and majestic views over the Luangwa and is the perfect place from which to explore the riverine area both on foot and by game viewing vehicle.

Day 5 

Spend the day on an all day drive way upstream, exploring on foot or just have a rest and soak up the magical atmosphere of this, one of the oldest bush camps in the Luangwa Valley, making the most of the spectacular views over the hippo-filled Luangwa River. 

Day 6

This morning you can combine a walk and a drive to arrive at Luwi in time for brunch to find your luggage waiting for you in your room. You can spend time at the nearby croc and hippo-filled lagoon and get your bearings before heading out on foot in the afternoon to explore the areas around camp.

Day 7

Leave camp before the sun rises, taking a picnic breakfast and lunch with you and head upstream deep into really wild country towards the foothills of the Muchinga Escarpment into the miombo woodland. You can then start to walk downstream of the Luwi and just see how far you get! Have brunch in the shade of a tree overlooking one of the many waterholes in the “back country” then head back towards Luwi in time for a sundowner at the lagoon and dinner in camp.

Day 8

This is your final full day of safari; as always, it is up to you how you'd like to spend the day. You could experience an all day drive with a picnic lunch or have a walk from camp to experience the Luwi Lagoon and its inhabitants before heading back to camp for brunch and a cold drink. The afternoon is yours to explore on foot or by vehicle the Luwi River for one last time!

Days 9 - 12

Fly from Lusaka to Harare, Zimbabwe, light aircraft transfer to Mana Pools in the Zambezi Valley.
Short road transfer from airstrip to Mana Pools Safari Company tented camp on the banks of the Zambezi River. Your hosts, Milo and Sarah Harrup, will ensure your every comfort is catered for.
Early morning tea and coffee is usually followed by a walk or game drive as the sun comes up, then a hearty breakfast in the bush or back at camp. Track rhino or wild dogs, see Mana’s famous dancing elephants or just sit and watch the world go by from your tent veranda.
Lunch is set up in camp or will be a welcome sight in the bush at the end of a long morning walk!
Enjoy afternoon siestas, followed by another walk or drive, fishing, birding or a spa treatment. Refresh yourself in the portable camp pool with a sundowner in your hand and a view across the river. Then enjoy a 3-course dinner al fresco, followed by tales and highlights of the day chat around the campfire.

Day 13

Morning transfer from Mana to Charles Prince Airport, Harare. Quick transfer to Harare International Airport for your return journey home.
Alternatively, you can fly from Mana Pools to Victoria Falls Airport, en route to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, for your international flight home.
Should you wish to spend a night or two in Victoria Falls en route, this can easily be arranged.

Please note:

If you love the sound of this Signature Safari, but would rather take it at a different time, or with added extensions, this can be arranged. Similarly, if you’d like to lengthen or shorten the safari, or have it organised privately, we can do this for you.

Email Nicci – with your requirements, we look forward to discussing these with you.

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