Zambia: An Up-Close Experience with Wildlife as Seen in National Geographic

Lusaka, Zambia

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Have you always wondered what does it feel like to be a film crew for a National Geographic Africa series? Walking, watching. searching, standing and hiding close by the wildlife of Africa. Can you imagine elephants walking into check-in at hotel lobby? Now, this is your chance. Zambia is where it happens.

Zambia: An Up-Close Experience with Wildlife as Seen in National Geographic starting at Lusaka, ZambiaA pod of hippos lazing in the river. Photo by Paul Maritz is / CC BY-SA 3.0

Zambia: An Up-Close Experience with Wildlife as Seen in National Geographic starting at Lusaka, ZambiaLion and lioness. Photo by Prabir K Bhattacharyya is / CC BY-SA 3.0

If this is your first trip to Africa, don't worry as I will guide you on this adventure as we travel to Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Park for their diverse wildlife and visit the magnificent Victoria Falls.

Zambia: An Up-Close Experience with Wildlife as Seen in National Geographic starting at Lusaka, ZambiaGiraffes at South Luangwa National Park. Photo by Joachim Huber is / CC BY-SA 2.0

Drive to the Lower Zambezi River

Lower Zambezi, Zambia by Ninara licensed by BY CC 1.0

After reaching Lusaka and staying for the night, we'll drive to the Lower Zambezi river to kick off our safari adventures. Enjoy the uninhabited Lower Zambezi and immerse yourself in its diverse wildlife. If we're lucky, at night we'll even see the Milky Way!

Enjoy A Uniquely Serene Wildlife Experience

Lower Zambezi River by Tom Skrinar licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Lower Zambezi is one of the very few national parks in Africa that has no paved roads, so we're likely to have more freedom than on other safaris and have the opportunity for serene experiences not found elsewhere.

Explore South Luangwa National Park on Foot

Animals grazing by Lars Plougmann licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

After a 6-8 hour drive to South Luangwa National Park, we will begin our walking safari tour. Its dubbed by experts as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world (up to 60 different animal species!). When you’re on foot, the wild animals recognize you as an equal and watching them is a primal experience that heightens the excitement!

Sleep in Tents Atop 4-Meter-High Platforms

Your Own Tent on Your Own Platform by Track and Trail River Camp licensed by BY CC 1.0

Set up tents on 4m high platforms at South Luangwa for an overnight stay. We'll gaze at the stars of the Zambian night sky surrounded by roaming nocturnal animals.

Experience the Largest Waterfall in the World

Victoria Falls by Max Pixel.net licensed by BY CC 1.0

Be prepared to hear the gushing of Victoria Falls even when we are 40 km away due to it having the largest sheet of gushing water in the world. I feel like this is something everyone who visits this part of Africa needs to see. It is too majestic to miss!

Cross the Border at Victoria Falls

The Smoke that Thunders - Victoria Falls by Holger Wirth licensed by BY CC 2.0

Prepare your visas and passports as we will cross a bridge at Victoria falls that is also the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Visit a Local Camp

Zambian Village by Joachim Huber licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

There will be a stop-over during the drive from Luangwa to Victoria Falls. We will have the option to spend a day at one of the local camps.

Itinerary

Day 1: Leave for Lusaka

Day 2: Arrival in Lusaka and prepare for the journey to Lower Zambezi. We may explore Lusaka if we have the time

Day 3: We will travel to South Lwangwa from Lusaka and check in at one of the camps.

Day 4: Go on the safari tour inSouth Lwangwa, either on foot or in a vehicle.

Day 5: Check out and proceed driving toLower Zambezi National Park for 6-8 hours. Check in at one of the local camps.

Day 6: Go on the safari tour atLower Zambezi National Park. We may even visit a village there.

Day 7: Driving to Victoria Falls. Check in at one of the camps at Victoria Falls

Day 8: Visiting the Victoria Falls! We need our passports and visa to cross the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe. We also have several options on how to explore the Victoria Falls; from river cruises, to a safari tour, or on a helicopter for a bird's eye view of the falls. (we may extend the tour for another day)

Day 9: Check out and fly out from Victoria Falls.

Day 10: Reach Singapore

Reviews

  • I had a amazing trip with a group of friendly and warm tour mates. Carly was such an assuring tour leader. Excellent and safe Vietnamese driver, Jerry. well spoken English Vietnamese guide Tommy. I enjoyed myself very much and look forward for another trip!

  • Excellent short trip with beautiful verdant countryside and charming local tribal people not corrupted by tourism yet . Be prepared for long drive on narrow winding mountain roads.

  • Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with... Read more Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with so many minority races living together . Their costumes are so colourful and the ladies' headgears are so lovely to gawk at . If I could , I would love to go again . Highly recommended for gungho people with "throw everything to the wind" attitude . Fantastic local guide and driver (Tom & Jerry) and pats on the back for Carly (Singapore guide) too . Thanks .........rosse and raymond . Read less

  • Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. ... Read more Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. Late evening slot was a good idea as we got to see the night installations at The PathFinder portion, but food stalls already closed upon exit. There are toilets inside the exhibit in Fort Canning Center itself. Cleaner than the mobile toilets outside. Thank you for helping to get us tickets when it is so difficult to do so. Read less

  • My wife, son and I never regret of signing up this trip. My 8 year old son enjoyed the walk on the rocky beach. Best moment of the walk was that we came closed to the corals, crabs ???? and ???? shrimps. Thank you threeplaygrounds!