Zambia & Zimbabwe
Truly Wild Safaris
Zambia & ZimbabweOffering diverse safari experiences, these two countries go hand-in-hand when referring to Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi as the two countries are quite literally, across the river from one another.
Zimbabwe has experienced some struggles over the years due to politics however, the important thing to stress here is that Zimbabwe is completely safe for travelers. It’s a beautiful country with wonderful people, access to Victoria Falls and has great National Parks – namely Hwange and Mana Pools. It’s also widely regarded that Zimbabwean Guides are some of the best in the industry.
Zambia really is a hidden safari gem! South Luangwa National Park is probably the best-known area in Africa for walking safaris, a concept pioneered by likes of Norman Carr back in the 50’s. Beyond South Luangwa, the Lower Zambezi National Park is also a fantastic safari destination and offers unique experiences such as canoeing safaris, island sleep-outs and incredible fishing opportunities.
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Chongwe River CampLower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
On the confluence of the mighty Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers, is the place where Chongwe River Camp resides. The camp is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River set under a cooling canopy of Winterthorn trees.
- 9 standard tents that are light, airy and super comfortable
- Two luxury suites – named Cassia and Albida – for guests looking for an upgraded experience with butler service and private dining options
- Tsika Island Bush Camp is an exclusive experience (accommodates only 6 guests) that combines a canoeing safari (2-5 days) with an authentic cultural experience.
- Seasonal camp that is open from beginning of April until mid-November
- Game drives in the Chongwe Concession and Lower Zambezi National Park
- Excellent area to combine with South Luangwa National Park
ChamilanduSouth Luangwa, Zambia
There’s nothing quite like waking up at Chamilandu. Early morning views don’t get much better than the rippling waters of the Luangwa River, the gentle rise of the Chindeni Hills and a vast African sky – especially when you’re lying in a four poster bed in a beautifully designed stilted tree-house. More reasons why we think you need experience Chamilandu:
- You don’t even need to leave your bed to see the wildlife – from your unique vantage point you can watch as animals roam across the landscape
- This exclusive camp consist of just three stilted chalets, set on the riverbank beneath a soaring ebony grove. Personalized service on a whole other level.
- The camp is seasonal, open from June to November
- Offers guided walks, game drives and night drives
- This area has exceptional game viewing and the understated elegance of the camp makes Chamilandu a place to remember
Tongabezi LodgeVictoria Falls, Zambia
What a wonderful spot to explore the Victoria Falls and surrounds from: a unique island getaway that is just upstream from the Falls (located on the Zambian side).Why we love Tongabezi:
- Located away from the hustle and bustle of town
- Tongabezi is great for both families, groups of friends traveling together or even for a romantic escape
- Offers a selection of houses and cottages that are beautifully styled; each with its own private terrace overlooking the river
- Each ‘room’ has valet service – personalized service provided by the legendary warmth and hospitality of the people of Zambia
Somalisa CampHwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Simply put, Hwange should not be missed! Excellent game viewing and, with the likes of Somalisa Camp, there’s luxury accommodations too! Reasons why we love Somalisa:
- The camp is wonderfully situated with incredible sweeping views of the savannah plains
- Seven elegant and luxurious tents that have all the comforts that you need including a fireplace for those cold winter nights and overhead fans for the hot summer days
- Excellent guides and great staff
- Amazing deck with pool that overlooks their ‘elephant pool’ which is a natural watering hole where herds of game come for a drink. You can sit on the deck and watch the animals come to you!
Anabezi Luxury Tented CampLower Zambezi, Zambia
Found at the lower end of the Zambezi National Park in Zambia, this luxurious camp dominates the area and offers a sense of serene isolation as you spend time exploring the surrounds and have intimate game viewing encounters.
More reasons to stay at Anabezi:
- Overlooking the Mushika River flood plain and the mighty Zambezi River, the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the game viewing deck will give you a stunning panoramic view
- The plain hosts year-round grazing and offers spectacular diverse game viewing from the comfort of your tent
- Comprised of 10 luxury spacious tents on raised timber platforms at the edge of a ridge providing magnificent views
- Each tent has both an indoor and outdoor bathroom and a private plunge pool – bliss!
Chinzombo Safari CampSouth Luangwa, Zambia
Chinzombo Safari Camp is wildly luxurious, bringing levels of comfort, style and elegance previously unseen to the Luangwa Valley in Zambia. If you prefer high-end, 5 star luxury and attention to detail, you will absolutely love this property.
More reasons to love Chinzombo:
- Set under gigantic, ancient shade trees offer peace and tranquillity for guests staying in any one of the six stunning villas, one of which is a family suite with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, perfect for families or small groups
- Each villa has its own private pool, cooled sleeping areas, and massive bathroom.
- Wi-Fi throughout the camp – although keep in mind that connectivity out in the bush can be sketchy at times
- Open year round
- The views from its riverside location which teems with wildlife, plus the private, direct access into one of the most game rich areas of South Luangwa National Park all combine to make this a truly special place
Ilala LodgeVictoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Offers distinguished, yet affordable, accommodation in warm elegant African surroundings.
More reasons why we love Ilala Lodge:
- Excellent value and ideally situated to use as a base to explore the Victoria Falls as well as the lively town centre
- The falls are an easy 20 minute walk from the lodge, allowing you plenty of time to admire this natural wonder at your own pace
- The town is even closer as you enjoy a stroll through the various shops, markets and cafés
- The Palms restaurant is a great choice for any meal. You may dine inside or on the patio overlooking the gorgeous gardens in a tranquil setting
Kanga CampMana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Set in the most remote part of Mana Pools National Park is the Kanga Pan. The pan itself is the only known water source in the area available throughout the year, making it a hub for wildlife and a delight to explore on foot.
More reasons to enjoy Kanga Camp:
- Pristine and undeveloped, this area gives you a pure, unspoilt, private African safari experience
- The camp is seasonal, opens beginning of April until roughly the 10th of December
- Excellent game viewing
- Rustic camp experience with a total of 6 tents that overlook a waterhole
Latitude 15Lusaka, Zambia
Reasons we enjoy this hotel:
- This is a fresh and funky hotel based in Lusaka, Zambia – a wonderful place to spend a night or two either pre or post your safari
- Naturally sun-lit and lovingly furnished – with some great art! – with all the modern conveniences
- Fantastic restaurant with lovely ambience, great wine list and an inspired seasonal menu
Simply put… We love this place!
Lilayi LodgeLusaka, Zambia
An excellent alternative to staying in Lusaka is Lilayi Lodge.
Reasons to consider staying at Lilayi:
- Located roughly 20kms away from the city, Lilayi offers 650 hectares of unspoiled grassland that can be explored by game drives, on foot or by horseback (experienced riders only)
- This beautiful sanctuary is home to the Lilayi Elephant Nursery who rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephant calves. The nursery can be visited daily and a ‘Behind The Scenes’ tour is also available. Booking is essential, activities at an additional cost.
- Rooms are large and well appointed, Wi-Fi throughout the property so you can stay connected
Mchenja Bush CampSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Reasons why we like staying at Mchenja:
- Set beneath a magnificent grove of ebony trees on the banks of the Luangwa River, Mchenja is a cosy tented camp overlooking a huge sweeping bend in the river
- Consisting of 5 tents that have wonderful river views
- Guest staying at Mchenja can choose whether they want to view their wildlife on foot or, from an open game vehicle
- This is a seasonal camp that is open from mid-May until beginning of November
Victoria Falls HotelVictoria Falls, Zimbabwe
A wonderful place to stay in the heart of Victoria Falls. Lovingly referred to as the ‘Grande Dame of Victoria Falls’, originally built in 1904 as accommodations for workers on the Cape-to-Cairo railway, is now a 5-star luxury hotel. More reasons to enjoy this hotel;
- Take the time to walk through the hallways. It is like walking through a museum with old photographs of days gone by
- Dramatic views of the gorges of Victoria Falls
- Incredible dining and an exquisite high tea service
- Easy access to the Falls and many other activities:
- Bungee jumping
- Helicopter rides
- White water rafting… and more!
Chongwe HouseLower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
On the confluence of the mighty Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers, Chongwe House offers a beautiful view across the water and the perfect place from which one can discover this unique habitat.
- Tsika Island Bush Camp is an exclusive experience (accommodates only 6 guests) that combines a canoeing safari (2-5 days) with an authentic cultural experience
- Game drives (day and night) in the Chongwe Concession and Lower Zambezi National Park
- Boating safaris, canoeing and fishing is all possible
- Excellent area to combine with South Luangwa National Park
Chindeni CampSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Chindeni is a stunning tented camp located in the remote, southern sector of South Luangwa National Park. Situated on the edge of a permanent lagoon with the Chindeni Hills looming overhead, Chindeni is perfect for an upper mid-range camp option in South Luangwa.
- The camp is open from May – December each year, with the best game viewing to be had between May – October (during the dry season)
- With only 4 tents, the camp is super intimate and is beautifully put together. Guests love this camp with its simple, yet stylish decor
- Excellent for walking safaris, night game drives and game drives in the wildlife-dense Luangwa
- This camp is most definitely one of the most under-rated camps in the region!
Ruckomechi CampMana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Situated on a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi river.
Why we think this camp is a ‘must-see’:
- It is a remote and picturesque place with spectacular views of the broad flowing river and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment that lies on the other side of the river in Zambia
- Shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees, the camp accommodates guests in ten beautifully appointed and spacious en-suite tents.
- This is a seasonal camp starting beginning of May until mid-November
- Incredible game viewing in this area
- This place is a photographer’s paradise whether in a vehicle, on a boat or on foot
Boat SafarisWatch wildlife from the water
In certain areas you can enjoy a change from the typical game drive in a vehicle and instead, experience wildlife viewing from the water. The Selous, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and Lower Zambezi all offer opportunities to cruise along in a boat while elephant, buffalo and more come down to the water to drink, and of course, there are plenty of hippo and crocs to watch out for too!
Fly CampingSleep under the stars!
Offering a unique experience of sleeping under the stars, out in the wilderness, fly camping is perfect for those looking to really ‘experience’ the bush up close. Basic, but comfortable camps will be set up for groups (usually private and to a maximum of 6 people) to hike out to in the middle of the bush. Imagine sitting by the camp fire, listening to the sounds of the bush around you, and truly absorbing the energy, while gazing up to the endless starry night. This is a TrueAfrica experience!
Canoeing/Mokoro RidesA different perspective from the water
Canoeing offers you a great way to experience the wildlife and scenery from the water, while gliding along lakes and river tributaries – this is possible in a variety of regions, such as the Lower Zambezi (Zambia), Okavango Delta (Botswana) and Arusha National Park (Tanzania). Traditional mokoro rides are available in the Okavango Delta and are an absolute “must-do” at your water-based camp.
Night Game DrivesExplore after dark!
Much of Africa’s fauna are active in the darker hours, so why not experience a night game drive during your safari? You may be lucky enough to see some of the big cats on the hunt (leopard and lion are particularly active at night), or perhaps see some of the more elusive species such as the porcupine, serval or caracal… Night game drives can vary in length and can often be done till around 10.30pm. Not all camps can offer them, however some areas like Tarangire National Park, South Luangwa National Park and the Maasai Mara Conservancies do offer these exciting drives.