zambezi river zambia canoe safari

A canoe safari brings up-close wildlife viewing!

Drifting silently by canoe, it is possible to see a world of wildlife along the river, often at very close range.

Photo by Robin Pope

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Lower Zambezi Canoe and Walking Safari Extension

Up-Close Gameviewing, Game Walks, and Night Drives in Zambia’s Newest National Park

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $1995  
Length: 4 days
Arrive: Mfuwe, Zambia
Depart: Lusaka, Zambia
Lodging: 3 nights deluxe safari camp
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level: 4wd gameviewing, walking safaris, canoeing
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Visa Requirements

A visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Zambia.

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

On the legendary, wildlife-rich Lower Zambezi River, canoe on quiet river channels for up-close gameviewing and savor game walks, night drives, and the unrivaled location of Chongwe River Camp, a deluxe wildlife lodge at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers, favorite wilderness haunt of explorer David Livingstone. The camp is superbly appointed and was recently featured in Architectural Digest and was on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” for 2007. There are no fences around Chongwe River Camp, so animals are free to roam and they have the complete right of way. You won’t even need to leave the camp to see and hear a wide variety of wildlife!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Chongwe River Camp / Lower Zambezi

From Mfuwe, Zambia, fly to to Lower Zambezi National Park, a 2,000-square-mile area of pristine wilderness that protects a vast landscape of rolling hills and reed islands along the wildlife-rich lower Zambezi River. Transfer to Chongwe River Camp, situated on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi rivers, and settle into camp. This afternoon enjoy your first canoe safari. Overnight at Chongwe River Camp...BLD 

Days 2-3
Chongwe River Camp / Lower Zambezi

The Zambezi is Africa’s fourth largest river, and on the lower Zambezi, the river is gentle, its edges overhung with a thick riverine fringe, mostly diasporus, ficus, and other riverine species. The park is home to buffalo, hippos, zebra, and predators including leopard, lion, and hyena. Herds of elephant, numbering in the hundreds, wade in the shallows and on the reed islands of this storied river. On the canoe safaris, drift at a leisurely pace downstream in two-person canoes, watching wildlife, listening to the sound of the huge variety of birdlife, and admiring the sheer beauty of the surroundings. Further inland is a floodplain fringed with mopane forest and interspersed with winterthorn trees (Acacia albida), a great area for walking safaris. Walking safaris accompanied by an armed bush tracker are a specialty at this beautiful camp, and they provide a wonderful way to get close to wildlife. Game drives in completely open 4WD vehicles are another delight at Chongwe, and one can also enjoy night drives, a chance to see nocturnal animals such as hyena, civet, and porcupine and possibly large cats on the prowl. Overnights at Chongwe River Camp...BLD each day 

Day 4
Lusaka / Depart

Transfer to the Royal airstrip for your flight to Lusaka...

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2014
$1995 per person, double occupancy (minimum 2 persons)
Single supplement: $600
Internal airfare: $630 (subject to change)
Cost of charter flights are due at the time of reservation and are non-refundable.
Park fees: $150

All costs subject to change

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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Activities as noted
  • Airport transfers

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Airfare, optional activities, meals not specified (BLD), soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, airport departure tax, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, optional gratuities to lodge staff, transfer agents, drivers, and guides, additional hotel nights or extra costs that may be necessitated by airline changes. Note: The cost of any forced overnights in Johannesburg is not included in the Land Cost.

Chongwe River Camp

Lower Zambezi River, Zambia

Chongwe River Camp is a deluxe wildlife lodge at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers, favorite wilderness haunt of explorer David Livingstone. The camp features spacious thatched chalets with twin or double beds and private open-air en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. In addition to your own private veranda, the elegant bar, lounge, and dining room have spectacular viewing decks for watching the sunset on the river. There are no fences around Chongwe River Camp, so animals are free to roam and they have the complete right of way. You won’t even need to leave the camp to see and hear a wide variety of wildlife! Chongwe was recently featured in Architectural Digest and was on Condé Nast Traveler's 2007 “Hot List.”

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.