Gems of Zambia Safari

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Ten nights exploring South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue

You simply cannot resist our comprehensive Zambia Safari package for the seasoned African traveller who loves the idea of 10 nights exploring South Luangwa, Kafue and the Lower Zambezi National Parks. This tour takes in the best of 3 breath-taking National Parks and oozes mesmerising landscapes, astonishing biodiversity, and endless game viewing opportunities. We have created one of the most in-depth Zambian itineraries around so pack your bags to discover the 242 mammal species resident here in stunning woodlands and grasslands. Zambia is a water-rich country attracting diverse species to her treasures! 

Destinations visited

Guests having lunch under a Baobab tree in Africa

South Luangwa National Park


Aerial view of the Chiawa Camp with the bush surrounding it

Lower Zambezi National Park


shumba bush camp

Kafue National Park



Nkwali Camp
Nsefu Camp
Chongwe Camp
Shumba Bush Camp
  • Accommodation for 2 nights
  • All meals 
  • All game viewing activities (2 per day – game drives or walking safaris)
  • Laundry 
  • Bar 
  • Transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport
  • Meet and greet at Lusaka and Mfuwe
  • Accommodation for 2 nights
  • All meals 
  • All game viewing activities (2 per day – game drives or walking safaris)
  • Laundry 
  • Bar 
  • Transfers from Nkwali Camp to Nsefu and Nsefu to Mfuwe Airport
  • Accommodation for 3 nights
  • All meals 
  • Standard drinks (soft drinks, house wine, beer and spirits) 
  • Transfers to/ from local airport (except Jeki Airport**)
  • Laundry
  • Service charge 
  • 2 daily activities: Game drives (day and night), walking safaris, cultural visits, canoeing (seasonal) and boat cruises (seasonal). Fishing and canoeing are available at Time + Tide Chongwe Camps all season.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights
  • All meals 
  • Twice daily scheduled camp activities 
  • Park fees 
  • Transfers to/from the Plains airstrip 
  • Laundry 
  • All local drinks – excludes premium imported brands and champagne
  • Lusaka to Mfuwe
  • Mfuwe to Lusaka 
  • Lusaka to Royal 
  • Royal to Lusaka
  • Lusaka to Busanga
  • Busanga to Lusaka



STARTS FROM Lusaka, Zambia

ENDS AT Lusaka, Zambia


  • Remote and largely untouched concessions
  • Visits 3 of Zambia’s best National Parks
  • Intimate and private camps
  • Fine dining and excellent guiding


  • Canoeing
  • Village visits
  • Fishing
  • Game drives in a 4×4 safari vehicles
  • Nature walks

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1


Meet your guide at the Mfuwe airport and drive to Nkwali Camp through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture and prime bushveld. Find the splendid eco-friendly Nkwali on the banks of the breath-taking Luangwa River on a strong curve of water, featuring magnificent views of the South Luangwa National Park. Enter a haven for reclusive leopards and for guests who love the wilderness and getting away from it all – all rooms have a view of the river and open-air bathrooms. The excellent game viewing in this area reveals family herds of elephants and the endemic Thornicroft Giraffe.

Day 2

A typical day at Nkwali has you waking with the dawn to enjoy breakfast around a campfire before heading out on your morning activity. Enjoy a delicious lunch on the bank of the lagoon, frequented by diverse wildlife. Chill out in the afternoon, perfect for a siesta or a swim in the pool. A cup of tea and time to head out for your evening adventure, finding a beautiful sundowner spot with a well-earned drink in hand. It’s a treat to discover the nocturnal world by spotlight before heading back to Nkwali for dinner around the campfire.

Day 3

An early breakfast precedes a captivating game drive through the park and across the river into the Nsefu Sector, recognized as a phenomenal game-viewing area. The pioneering Nsefu Camp was the first game camp in Zambia loved by photographers and dates back to the early 1950s –  today offering sheer bushveld charm with the original 6 rondavels renovated to showcase new linens, décor and facilities that urge tourists to stay longer. Each room has a clear view of the sweeping bend of the Luangwa River through large windows and wooden verandas.

Day 4

Grab the opportunity to drive or walk through the majestic and ancient Ebony tree groves or explore further afield with an all-day picnic drive to the salt pans via diverse woodland and grassland habitats for an exceptional day’s safari. Another option is to visit the community at Kawaza Village to meet local people, see the benefits of ecotourism and experience life in a real Zambian village. 

Day 5

In the morning you fly to the awe-inspiring Lower Zambezi National Park via Lusaka (about 4 hours door to door). Look out for scintillating views of the wide Zambezi River, dotted with islands and sandbanks. Plenty of buffalo and elephant herds graze along the lush banks with grunting pods of hippos that rest in the reeds. A glorious game drive from the airstrip introduces you to the astounding beauty of the Lower Zambezi National Park before arriving at Chongwe River Camp.

Days 6 – 7

Flexible outdoor activities at Chongwe River Camp encourage guests to choose from drives, wilderness walks, boat cruises, canoeing safaris, and fishing for bream and tigerfish. Superb game viewing in the pristine Lower Zambezi National Park reveals awesome big game – elephants, hippos, and buffalos – plus regular sightings of lions and leopards. Nine classic safari tents are designed to merge into the lush environment, each one boasting a panoramic view along the Chongwe River, a spacious open-air bathroom, a private deck and handcrafted furniture.

Day 8

Munch breakfast and bid farewells then revel in a drive through the park to the airstrip to meet the plane – taking you to the Kafue National Park (1.3 hours). Landing at the Busanga Airstrip your 45-minute transfer to Shumba Bush Camp is either by vehicle and mokoro or vehicle only. Find your raised bush chalet in the heart of the breath-taking Busanga Plains, in Kafue National Park, on an island of ancient, mesmerising fig trees. The name Shumba means lion in the local dialect and you will see many of these big cats!

Days 9 – 10

Get out into the wilderness here where vast floodplains, grasslands and wooded groves harbour rare animals and birds. Indulge in game-viewing activities such as 4×4 drives with expert guides, night drives with spotlights, and nature walks. Seek out the endangered Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and find packs of the African wild dog on the hunt. Head back to camp and cool down in the refreshing plunge pool. Congregate around a campfire and share your day’s experiences.

Depart Shumba Bush Camp, Kafue National Park, to Lusaka, Zambia

Day 11

After breakfast and a thrilling last morning activity (time permitting), you will be transferred to Busanga airstrip for your flight to Lusaka to connect to your onward flight. We hope that you loved these three national parks as much as we do. Rising in northwest Zambia, the Zambezi River flows through the Barotse Floodplains to Zimbabwe, is joined by the Kafue River then the Luangwa before heading out to the Indian Ocean! Get to know its treasures with us.

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