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This safari combines two of southern Africa's incredible wildlife areas – the vast Busanga Plain and the diverse Hwange National Park – together with the scenic splendour of the world-famous Victoria Falls.

Your wildlife adventure starts in Busanga Plain in the northern sector of Zambia’s Kafue National Park, home to huge herds of lechwe and puku, which are preyed on by an exceptionally high density of lion.

No visit to the region would be complete without taking in the mesmerising Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. You'll spend two nights here, and enjoy a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River.

The final stop is Zimbabwe’s wildlife-rich Hwange National Park. The diversity of habitats here – from woodland to plains – means that you can see a wide range of species, many of them at the waterhole right in front of camp!

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Days 2-4 : Arrive Lusaka & fly to Busanga, Kafue National Park, Zambia

    On arrival at Lusaka airport, connect to a scheduled light aircraft flight to Kafue National Park, where you can enjoy morning and afternoon/evening safaris over the next few days, as well as boat trips in the early part of the season (June and July).

    Accommodation: Busanga Bush Camp, 3-nights

  3. Days 5-6 : Fly to Livingstone; visit Victoria Falls

    Depart Busanga Plains on a scheduled light aircraft flight to Livingstone, where you'll transfer to your hotel. Your stay includes a guided tour of the Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side) and a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. As you sail upstream on two-hour sunset cruise on the Zambezi, you will learn about the river and its wildlife, while you relax and enjoy the beautiful views, rich birdlife, hippos and the occasional crocodile. (Any other activities are at additional cost.)

    Accommodation: Zambezi Sun Hotel, 2-nights

    Alternatively, you may wish to consider upgrading your stay at the Falls to Toka Leya Camp or The River Club.

  4. Days 7-9 : Transfer to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

    Today you will cross the border into Zimbabwe via the dramatic bridge over the Zambezi Gorge, and head to Victoria Falls airport for the short flight by scheduled light aircraft to Hwange National Park..

    Activities during your stay include vehicle safaris and/or guided walks in the early mornings and late afternoons; during siesta time you can watch game from the verandah of your tent, as thirsty wildlife comes to the waterhole to drink.

    Accommodation: Davison's Camp, 3-nights

  5. Day 10: Depart Victoria Falls

    Fly by scheduled light aircraft back to Victoria Falls in time to connect with your return flights to the UK.

  6. Day 11: 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: 11 days from £7,795 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 9 days from £6,695 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,425
  • When to go: Jun-Oct: Wednesday departures from mid June to end October
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Walking
Featured locations:

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, Zimbabwe

Combining perfectly with a safari in Zambia, Botswana, Namibia or Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls are not only a wonderful place from which to begin or end a trip, but offer enough interest to be a safari destination in their own right. The wildlife in the tributaries is active all year round, and the birdlife is superb.

  • Where: Matabeleland North
  • Ideal for viewing: common waterbuck, African elephant, hippo, black eagle, Taita falcon
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, River safaris

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Combining perfectly with a safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Namibia as well as Zambia, the Zambian side of the falls 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

Hwange National Park

Bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe’s largest park is a haven for over 100 mammal and 400 bird species. Formerly occupied by San bushmen, it became a national park in 1928. The diverse landscapes of teak forests, sandveld, ilala palm islands, savannah and woodland offer a rewarding and interesting wildlife safari.

  • Where: Matabeleland North Province
  • Ideal for viewing: African wildcat, honey badger, leopard, sable, wild dog
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Busanga Bush Camp

Located right in the centre of Kafue National Park’s Busanga Plains, this bush camp accommodates eight people in four en suite tents. Activities include game drives, walking safaris and night drives, led by qualified experienced guides who are extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife.

Davison’s Camp

Located in a remote north-eastern corner of Hwange National Park, this classic tented camp is tastefully concealed within a grove of false mopane trees. It has an extremely productive waterhole that attracts a variety of plains game and predators and offers a wonderful bush experience.

Zambezi Sun Hotel

Located just a few minutes from Victoria Falls, this unpretentious and welcoming hotel reflects the Zambia’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. The architecture is inspired by an African village, and an inviting pool area, spacious rooms and sprawling gardens together create a relaxed atmosphere.