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Game drive at Busanga

Classic Zambia Safari Adventure

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Delve into the wonders of Zambia on this 13-day Classic Zambia Safari Adventure. Start your Adventure in Kutali Camp, a hidden gem in Lower Zambezi National Park, and marvel at the captivating beauty of the surrounding Winterthorn forest and the Lower Zambezi River. Engage in a plethora of safari activities, including game drives, boat safaris, canoeing adventures, and invigorating walking safaris. Next, journey to Chula Island Camp for three days of rustic luxury and walking safaris. Then, fly to Kafue and be greeted by the Musekese Camp team. Explore the wilderness with game-viewing activities and indulge in delicious meals. Finally, take a boat ride to Ntemwa-Busanga Camp on Busanga Plains for an unforgettable wildlife encounter. Conclude your journey with a transfer back to Lusaka, cherishing the memories of this extraordinary adventure.
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Highlights
  • Observe wildlife on day or night game drives in Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Enjoy exceptional food and phenomenal wildlife viewing at Kafue National Park
  • Enjoy diverse safari activities like game drives, boat safaris, canoeing, and walking safaris
  • Visit Busanga Plains for incredible wildlife encounters
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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 to Lusaka | Fly to Kutali Camp

Upon your arrival in Lusaka, you will board Classic Zambia's very own Cessna 210 for a scenic flight to Jeki airstrip. Once you land, you will be warmly greeted by your guide who will transfer you to Kutali Camp, a charming retreat located approximately 1 hour away. Take this opportunity to settle in or board on an exhilarating game drive, immersing yourself in the captivating beauty of Lower Zambezi National Park.
 

Day 2-3: Explore Kutali Camp

Today is yours to explore Kutali Camp, a hidden gem nestled amidst the enchanting Winterthorn forest on the secluded Kulefu Island. This camp boasts an unrivaled location, offering breathtaking views of the Lower Zambezi River. Immerse yourself in a variety of safari activities, expertly guided by Classic Zambia's knowledgeable team. From thrilling game drives to tranquil boat safaris, canoeing adventures, and invigorating walking safaris, each day promises an unforgettable exploration of this remarkable wilderness.
 

Day 4-6: Explore Chula Island Camp

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the next safari camp. Spend the next three days at Chula Island Camp. During your stay, immerse yourself in an array of captivating safari activities. This rustic, mobile fly camp is situated on a small island on the Zambezi River, at the eastern end of the Lower Zambezi National Park. Located in a natal mahogany grove, this simple camp has a focus on walking safaris, led by experienced guides.

Day 7-9: Fly to Lufupa | Explore Musekese Camp

After a delightful breakfast, ride on a short game drive transfer from Kutali to Jeki Airstrip. Board the exclusive Cessna 210 at Jeki Airstrip in the Lower Zambezi, and prepare for a captivating flight to Lufupa Airstrip in the Kafue. As you soar through the skies, be enchanted by the breathtaking vistas of the Zambezi escarpment, the Kafue flats wetland system, and the majestic Kafue River.

Upon arrival at Lufupa Airstrip, you will be warmly greeted by the Musekese Camp team. A short 250-meter drive from the airstrip will lead you to the tranquil banks of the Kafue River, where a boat trip transfer awaits. This serene journey will transport you to the remote Eastern sector of the national park, as you gracefully traverse the river. Once you reach the Eastern bank, a final transfer into Musekese Camp will be arranged, whisking you away on a short drive through the captivating wilderness.

During your stay, immerse yourself in an array of captivating safari activities offered by Musekese Camp. This extraordinary camp has a rich history rooted in exploration and conservation, ensuring a truly remarkable experience. Indulge in delectable meals while relishing the awe-inspiring animal sightings that await you during your game-viewing activities.

Day 10-12: Explore Ntemwa-Busanga

After your breakfast, embark on a boat ride to proceed to the next destination for your safari adventure. Experience a relaxed and serene journey as you cross the river and then meet the Ntemwa-Busanga Team, who will accompany you on a ride to Busanga Plains. This expedition covers a distance of around 40km, taking you through the heart of the national park.

Situated on the southern fringes of Busanga Plains, Ntemwa-Busanga Camp is a traditional bush camp with thatched roofs, nestled within a remote wilderness area. This unassuming yet delightful camp is strategically positioned to fully capitalize on the varied landscapes of Busanga Plains. Take the opportunity to explore the diverse range of habitats it offers – from thickets along the riverbanks to the tree-lined perimeters, as well as the thriving flooded grasslands at the core, each supporting a rich array of wildlife. This "game drive transfer" is replete with captivating sights, encompassing everything from granite formations to scenes reminiscent of movie backdrops in riverine settings.

Day 13: Return Home

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As your journey nears its end, savor a delightful breakfast at Musekese Camp. Take a moment to soak in the serene beauty of the Kafue River before bidding farewell to this captivating wilderness. A transfer will be arranged to the Lufupa Airstrip, where you will once again witness the tranquil waters of the river during your journey. A short drive of 250 meters will bring you to the airstrip, where you will depart for Lusaka. From there, you may catch your international flight home or continue your exploration of Zambia, cherishing the memories of an unforgettable adventure.

Accommodations

Kutali Camp

Kutali Camp at night
Common Area
Dining Area

Chula Island Camp

Dining Area
Romantic night at Chula Island Camp
River view tented camp

Musekese Camp

Common Area
Experience safari sunset in Musekese Camp
Musekese Camp Bar

Ntemwa-Busanga Camp

Overlooking deck
Common area
Wildlife in Ntemwa-Busanga Camp

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Included
  • 12 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 
  • Standard beverages (beers, soft drinks, water and house wines, spirits)
  • Laundry services 
  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Inter-camp transfers by ground or air as specified in the itinerary
  • DNPW Park Fees, Conservation Contribution and Medivac.
  • Daily guided activities
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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