ZAMBIA

The land-locked country of Zambia consists mainly of a kidney-shaped plateau about 1300 m above sea level that descends gently in the south towards the Zambezi River. Dotted with vast, grassy plains, it is an extremely well-watered country. Zambia's scenic pride are its two great watercourses and their valleys: The Zambezi and the Luangwa, which forms part of Africa's Great Rift Valley. Nineteen National Parks host an enormous diversity of animal-, bird- and plant-life. The concept of foot-safaris was pioneered in Zambia, which is still widely acknowledged as the best place for this very rewarding activity. Zambia is for travellers, not for tourists, so if you are looking for a more adventurous, off the beaten track holiday, this is the area for you. The Victoria Falls (Tongabezi) and lower Zambezi offer an exciting destination for adventure activities such as white water rafting.

South Luangwa National Park

Robin Pope is the leading guide in Zambia. He has guided in the South Luangwa for 20 years, where he now runs several small and highly personalised operations, where exceptional service is his hallmark.
The speciality of these safaris are walking - the only way to really discover the secrets of the bush - led by an experienced naturalist and accompanied by an armed game scout. Day and night drives provide excellent viewing and photographic opportunities.
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Tena Tena Camp, "one of the best safari camps in the whole of Africa" (The Times, London), enjoys a stunning location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River within the National Park. Guests are accommodated in six luxury en suite tents. (Open June to October)

Nkwali Camp is located in superb gameviewing country on Robin's private land. Elephants regularly cross the Luangwa, seen from the bar, or come to the waterhole near the thatched dining room. The 6 en suite thatched chalets are cool and spacious, overlooking the Luangwa River. (Open April to December)

The rustic Zebra Pans Bush Camp offers quietness and unusual game for the experienced bush lover, situated away from the river, where a series of pans attracts game during the dry season. The three grass huts overlook a pan. The shared shower and long drop are within a grass boma behind the huts. (Open mid-June to September / October)

The walking mobile safaris have come to be known as the wilderness experience of the South Luangwa. The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unused to man. The fully-equipped mobile camp is comfortable and well-equipped with walk-in tents and full bedding (shared mobile facilities). Meals of a high standard are served under the stars. (June to September)

Kapani Safari Lodge accommodates a maximum of sixteen guests in stone-built rooms with tiled roofs. The lodge is run by well-known conservationist and author, Norman Carr, who has individually trained all of his safari guides in a wide knowledge of flora, fauna and bushlore. Kapani also offers walking safaris within the South Luangwa National Park.

Tongabezi

Only twenty minutes by road from the Victoria Falls, Tongabezi is situated on a secluded, sweeping bend of the Zambezi. Each of the en suite tented cottages and houses is situated only feet from the water. Each of the individually decorated houses has a sunken bath and four-poster double bed.
The Honeymoon House has been described as "worth getting married for". For anyone wishing to see the Falls, experience the magic of the Zambezi River, or just relax in a tranquil camp, Tongabezi offers the perfect alternative to the hustle and bustle of Victoria Falls Town.
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For the experience of a bush camp (and the chance of elephants in the dining room), Sindabezi offers four en suite reed and thatch open-fronted chalets built on a small island in the middle of the Zambezi. Lion and hyena call most nights (a scout keeps them off the island). Sindabezi offers excellent bird watching, including a nesting pair of Pel's Fishing Owls on the island itself.

Livingstone Island offers probably the most exclusive campsite in the world. If you don't have time for an overnight, consider a Livingstone Island Lunch. In November 1855, Dr David Livingstone was paddled downstream in a wooden canoe to the Falls by the local Tonga tribesmen. He was of course amazed by what he saw and spent several days camping on the island. He named the Falls in honour of his Queen and the island became known as Livingstone Island. Now protected by the National Parks of Zambia, it has become the world's most exclusive picnic spot. Accessed by a reliable twin-engined launch boat, a three course waitered picnic lunch including champagne awaits you, only a few metres from the spray and rainbows.

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