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Busanga Plains & Victoria Falls

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This week-long Zambia tour takes you from the thundering Victoria Falls to the remote northern section of Kafue National Park. Visit the Busanga Plains and experience a stay at two unique safari camps in one of the largest parks in Africa. Kafue is home to a variety of antelope herds, zebra, hippo, as well as many lion encounters. Spend your days on walking safaris, boating safaris, doing catch-and-release fishing, or watching the herd of antelope from the deck of your comfortable safari camp. Visit between August and October for an aerial safari hot-air balloon ride over the Busanga Plains and be enthralled with the wildlife of Zambia.
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Highlights
  • Tour the thundering Victoria Falls and feel the spray from its downpour
  • Walk on safari in the Busanga Plains in northern Kafue National Park
  • Cruise the river or fish the waters of Kafue National Park
  • Search for the large prides of lion that inhabit the Busanga Plains
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive Livingstone, Zambia

Arrive to Livingstone, Zambia today and transfer to your hotel located in town. Settle in to your camp this evening, Toka Leya, located about a twenty-minute drive from Livingstone and rest up for your Zambia trip.

Day 2: Tour Victoria Falls

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set out on a guided tour of Victoria Falls and Livingstone today. Spend the rest of the day as you like, or arrange for additional activities in Livingstone or through your camp. A variety of adventures activities are offered along the Zambezi River and in the immediate area for those with more time after they tour the falls. Try whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, or river boarding. Visit the Livingstone museum and learn about its history. Or opt to wander the market stalls in Livingstone and enjoy the urban lifestyle. This evening enjoy a guided sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River, spotting crocodiles and hippos along the banks.

*Please note, Victoria Falls is only a trickle in mid September through November. We can arrange for a guided tour of Livingstone instead this time of year.

Day 3: Fly Busanga Bush Camp

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transfer back to the airport today for your short hopper flight on to the Busanga Plains located in the remote northern section of Kafue National Park. Drive to your safari camp, the Busanga Bush Camp, and settle in for the evening. Kafue National Park has remained largely undeveloped due to lack of accessibility compared to other national parks, though it covers the second largest area of any park in Africa. Kafue holds 55 species of mammal and great range of antelope species, large herds of puku, red lechwe, and smaller groups of blue wildebeest and zebra that congregate around the Busanga Plains around the start of dry season.

Day 4: Busanga Plains Safari

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend your days going on game drives with your expert guide. Walking safaris around the Busanga Plains are also a frequent occurrence, with a variety of herds dotting the landscape in the morning hours. Boating on the plains while the water levels are high, and catch-and-release fishing, are also fantastic activities available. Opt for an optional hot-air balloom ride and get an aerial view of the plains from August to October. 

Day 5: Shumba Camp

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transfer today to neighboring Shumba Camp. Spend your last two days here in a higher level of comfort and enjoy the addition of a pool and fans to your last two days in the park. The activities offered here are similar to those at Busanga Bush Camp, and a complimentary hot-air balloon ride is also included in your stay if you are visiting the park between August to October. 

Day 6: Busanga Plains Safari

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend your last day soaking up the experience on your Zambia safari. Go on a walking safari or a night drive with your guide as you enjoy your last day in Kafue National Park.

Day 7: Return Livingstone

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer back to the airstrip for your flight back to Livingstone, Zambia. Connect with your international flight home.

Accommodations

Toka Leya

Toka Leya in Zambia
Toka Leya in Zambia
Toka Leya in Zambia

Shumba Safari Camp

Guest tent
Cheetah on the plains
Splash in the plunge pool

Busanga Bush Camp

Guest tent exterior
The two male lions on the Busanga Plains
Morning sunrise in a guest tent

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Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Kafue National Park Entrance Fees 
  • Park Entrance Fee
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Airport Departure Tax - Some international fares may include a portion of this.
  • Visa Fees
  • Estimated Hotel Layover in City TBD

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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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