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Combine three of southern Africa’s most fruitful wildlife areas on this upmarket flying safari to Hwange and Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, and the vastness of the Kafue in western Zambia.

Staying on an ecologically diverse concession within Hwange National Park virtually guarantees fantastic sightings year round, including a multitude of elephant. In the Zambezi Valley the varied habitats of Mana Pools range from woodland and floodplain to the Rift Valley escarpment, providing rich sightings of mammals and birdlife.

The seasonally-inundated grasslands of Zambia's Busanga Plains, dotted with tree-islands, offer concentrations of plains game including rarer antelope such as roan and oribi, plus a high density of lion. 

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Days 2-4 : Arrive Victoria Falls and fly to Little Makalolo Camp, Hwange National Park

    On arrival at Victoria Falls, fly by scheduled light aircraft to Little Makalolo Camp in Hwange National Park for a three-night stay on a fully inclusive basis.

  3. Days 5-7 : Fly to Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools National Park

    Fly by scheduled light aircraft from Hwange to Mana Pools in the Lower Zambezi, for a three-night stay at Ruckomechi Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

  4. Days 8-10 : Transfer by boat, road and air to Shumba Camp, Kafue National Park, Zambia

    Early morning departure by boat to Chirundu on the Zambian border – a scenic trip of around one hour – followed by a four hour drive to Lusaka. Scheduled flight by light aircraft to the Busanga Plains area of Kafue National Park, for a three-night stay at Shumba Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

  5. Day 11: Fly to Toka Leya Camp, Livingstone

    Fly by scheduled light aircraft flight to Livingstone. On arrival, transfer the short distance by road to overnight accommodation at Toka Leya Camp in Mosi-oa-Tuna National Park on the outskirts of town on a fully inclusive basis.

  6. Day 12: Transfer by road back to Livingstone airport and depart

  7. Day 13: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 13 days from £9,295 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 days from £8,195 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,635
  • When to go: Jun-Oct: Friday departures from mid June to end October
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Hot-air ballooning
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Walking
Featured locations:

Mana Pools National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site beside the Zambezi has fine views towards Zambia’s Lower Zambezi and the Rift Valley escarpment. Its woodland and open plains contain a huge variety of wildlife, including large herds of elephant. It is famed for walking and canoe safaris, and offers a secluded experience.

  • Where: Mashonaland West Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, lion, Nile crocodile, roan
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris

Kafue National Park

Kafue is one of the world’s largest National Parks. It’s has a rich variety of wildlife and a profusion of game who are attracted by the diverse habitats, which range from woodland opening onto wide, grassy dambos. The vast, rolling Busanga Plain, fed by the Lufupa River, attracts large herds of red lechwe and buffalo.

  • Where: North Western Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, defassa waterbuck, lion, red lechwe, sable
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Combining perfectly with a safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Namibia as well as Zambia, the Zambian side was once considered to be the ‘poor cousin’, by comparison with the views of the river and the falls from Zimbabwe. The two countries are linked by a spectacular iron bridge above the raging waters.

  • Where: Southern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, hippo, trumpeter hornbill, common waterbuck
  • Excellent for: River safaris
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Little Makalolo Camp

This small camp lies in a grove of teak trees at the heart of Hwange National Park, overlooking a busy waterhole. Activities centre on guided day and night game drives in the Makalolo Concession, one of the best areas to see herds of buffalo and elephant, as well as lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah.

Ruckomechi Camp

This camp nestles in a grove of acacia and mahogany trees on the western boundary of Mana Pools. Ten spacious tents with full en suite facilities include a honeymoon suite and a family room, all with views of the Zambezi River and the mountainous escarpment of the Great Rift Valley beyond.

Shumba Camp

Located on a huge private concession in the centre of the Busanga Plains, Shumba is a luxurious camp named after the area’s large prides of lion. It comprises six spacious safari tents raised on platforms with spectacular views of the varied landscape of estuaries, grassy plains and island thickets

Toka Leya Camp

This camp is located beside the Zambezi River, and consists of 12 spacious safari tents. There is a lovely verandah from which to soak up the views and sound of birds, elephant and grunting pods of hippo, and activities on offer include tours to Victoria Falls (Zambian side), river cruises and guided nature walks.