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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


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 

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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 

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Day 4
Lusaka / Depart

Transfer to the Royal airstrip and fly to Lusaka. Please plan your international departing flight out of Lusaka any time after 1:00pm.


Length: 4 days
Cost From: $3095  
Arrive: Mfuwe, Zambia
Depart: Lusaka, Zambia
Lodging: 3 nights deluxe safari camp
Meals: Meals as indicated
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level:

4wd gameviewing, walking safaris, canoeing

Visa Requirements

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