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Zambia

The lower Zambezi Valley is one of Africa's iconic game areas and considered by safari aficionados as among the very best; the "Big Zambezi" with alluvial plains populated by huge albida trees backing onto an impressive range of mountains.

Zambia
Best Months June - October
Epic Suggests 8-10 Days
  • Luangwa Valley

    The home of walking safaris in Africa, the Luangwa is not generally a first time safari destination because it doesn't have the profile of other areas. For those in the know however, it is one of Africa's best kept secrets.

    africa-zambia-luangwa-valleyLife on safari here is far from the madding crowds. The camps offer incredible authenticity and rustic elegance. The valley is dominated by the Luangwa River which in the safari season (June to October) harbours incredible game. If there is one area in Africa to see leopard then this is it!
  • Lower Zambezi National Park

    The Lower Zambezi Valley is one of Africa's iconic game areas and considered by safari aficionados as among the very best; the "Big Zambezi" with alluvial plains populated by huge albida trees backing onto an impressive range of mountains.

    africa-zambia-lower-zambeziThe game is spectacular with great elephant, buffalo, antelope and the full gamut of predators. Add to this the variety of experiences; drives, walks, canoeing, boating and fishing and you have the makings of a wonderfully rounded experience.

  • Victoria Falls

    A natural wonder of the world, Victoria Falls needs no introduction and is a must-see for any first time safari goer to Southern Africa.  Situated on the confluence of three countries; Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, it is a logical addition to many safaris.  Otherwise known as Mosi-Oi-Tunya (the smoke that thunders),  The Falls are three times wider and double the height of Niagara Falls.  In the peak flow months of March through September, the scene is spectacular.

    africa-zambia-victoria-fallsIn addition to a walking tour of The Falls, a helicopter flight over them is a must.  Other activities include a sunset river cruise, a visit to the local village and markets, tea on Livingstone Island, rafting the rapids, zip-lining or bungee jumping.

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  • Kafue National Park

    The Kafue National Park is one of the most remote safari areas in Africa. It is a very diverse area in the northern reaches of Zambia, comprising both marshland and savannah.  The closest comparison one could draw to other areas in Africa is the Okavango Delta.

    africa-zambia-kafue-national-parkIn the extreme north of the Kafue lies the Busanga Plains - one of Zambia's most significant wetland resources and one of the few areas in the world that remain untouched by development and human activity. Covering 750 square kilometres of breathtaking wilderness, it is considered the jewel in the Kafue crown.   Like all safari destinations in Zambia, they are more seasonal than others. In the dry months (July - October), they have few peers in terms of action.

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    Video Highlights

    This footage was shot by Epic's Managing Director, Brad Horn, whilst guiding guests on safari. The footage you see was taken on activities with the guests. This therefore is something similar to what you might see should you visit Zambia.

    Zambia is one of Africa's best kept secrets. It offers a supreme safari experience. It is ideal for the active client that wants to do more than just game-drive. The footage here is from a predominantly walking safari incorporating the Lower Zambezi National Park and the South Luangwa Valley.

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  • Sample Itinerary

    Days 1-2: Victoria Falls

    Arriving in the early afternoon, embark on a walking tour of the falls, where the sheer volume of water is staggering.  Take the opportunity to browse the local craft markets, or take a sunset cruise along the Zambezi.  Epic highly recommends a “Flight of Angels” helicopter flight to truly appreciate the magnitude of this natural wonder.  For the adrenalin junkies, whitewater rafting, zip-lining and bungey jumping can all be arranged.

    Please note: Some of our clients prefer two nights in Vic Falls, others only one. Either way we will customise a programme to ensure you get the best from your visit in the time available.
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    Day 3: Victoria Falls / Luangwa National Park

    This morning you are met and transferred to the airport for your flight via Lusaka to Mfuwe, the gateway to the Luangwa Valley.  Flying time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.

    On arrival at Mfuwe you have the opportunity to engage with a local community.  Epic's partners on the ground have excellent linkage with these communities and support a number of schools which we can arrange for you to visit.  Following your experience you are transferred to your camp and embark on your first game-drive this afternoon.
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    Days 4-6: Luangwa National Park

    Enjoy the wonderful remoteness of the Luangwa with game-drives (by day and night) and walking safaris.  If walking is your preference, we can easily tailor an itinerary to suit.  Epic recommends staying at a combination of two camps to provide variety of habitats and scenery.  Camps are small, rustic, incredibly comfortable and within easy driving distance of one another (at most a couple of hours game-drive). 

    The Luangwa is particularly noted for its leopard, among other predators. As with any wild and uncontrived environment, no wildlife sighting can be guaranteed.
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    Day 7: Luangwa National Park / Lower Zambezi National Park

    Today you drive back to Mfuwe and fly via Lusaka to the Zambezi Valley (Lower Zambezi National Park).  Flying time is roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes.

    On arrival you are met and transferred to camp. Safari life then continues unabated.
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    Days 8-10: Lower Zambezi National Park

    The Lower Zambezi is one of the most scenic safari destinations in Africa offering a wonderful array of land and water activities - day and night game-drives, walks, canoeing, boating and fishing. With such a choice of pursuits, time passes quickly here.  Like the Luangwa the game-viewing in the dry months is superb with lots of mega fauna and predators.

    Note: A popular choice is to stay in two different camps in the Lower Zambezi; there are some wonderful options available.
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    Day 11: Lower Zambezi National Park / Lusaka

    This morning you transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Lusaka and connect with your ongoing arrangements.
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    Indicative Cost

    From US$ 750 per person per day.

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    Extension: Kafue National Park, Zambia

    The Kafue National Park is a logical extension to a Zambezi/Luangwa Safari.  It is a different habitat and experience again. The Kafue is a wetland, not dissimilar in parts to Botswana’s Okavango Delta, that dries up as the year progresses.

    It provides a rich habitat for plainsgame and predators alike. In the dry months (July to October) the game-viewing in the Busanga Plains is wonderful with large herds of lechwe, puku, wildebeest, and their predators - lion, cheetah and wild dog.
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    Extension: Okavango Delta, Botswana

    The Okavango Delta is on the doorstep of Victoria Falls and an easy add-on to a Zambian safari.  Northern Botswana is undoubtedly one of Africa’s premier game-viewing destinations and the Okavango needs no introduction.

    The habitat contrasts wonderfully with the Luangwa and Zambezi valleys. The combination of the three makes for a safari without peer.
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    Extension: Cape Town, South Africa

    A popular extension to a safari is a stay in Cape Town.  One of the most beautiful harbour cities of the world, Cape Town has a lot to offer; incredible scenery, rich history, wonderful culture and fantastic food and wine.

    A point to note: The southern hemisphere winter months, when most go on safari into the interior of the continent, are not the prime months climatically for Cape Town. Cape Town receives most if its rain during this period.
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  • 1/11 | Video Highlights
  • 2/11 | Days 1-2: Victoria Falls
  • 3/11 | Day 3: Victoria Falls / Luangwa National Park
  • 4/11 | Days 4-6: Luangwa National Park
  • 5/11 | Day 7: Luangwa National Park / Lower Zambezi National Park
  • 6/11 | Days 8-10: Lower Zambezi National Park
  • 7/11 | Day 11: Lower Zambezi National Park / Lusaka
  • 8/11 | Indicative Cost
  • 9/11 | Extension: Kafue National Park, Zambia
  • 10/11 | Extension: Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • 11/11 | Extension: Cape Town, South Africa
We couldn’t have had a better trip. The mix of camps was well balanced; we were able to get a completely different experience from each one.

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