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This safari combines two incredible wildlife areas – the Busanga Plains and Hwange National Park – with the scenic splendour of the world-famous Victoria Falls.

Busanga Plains in the northern sector of Zambia’s Kafue National Park are 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. The final stop is Zimbabwe’s wildlife-rich Hwange National Park. The diversity of habitats – 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 and fly to Busanga Bush Camp in Kafue National Park

    On arrival at Lusaka airport, connect to a scheduled light aircraft flight to Kafue National Park for a three-night stay at Busanga Bush Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

  3. Days 5-6 : Fly to Livingstone, and transfer to Zambezi Sun Hotel

    Depart Busanga Plains on a scheduled light aircraft flight to Livingstone. On arrival at Livingstone airport, transfer by road to your hotel for a two-night stay on bed and breakfast basis. This includes a guided tour of the Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side) and a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Any other activities are at additional cost.

    For the guided tour of Victoria Falls you will need a multiple-entry visa for Zimbabwe, but it is well worth it. The 1.7 kilometre-long ramble through the rainforest takes around 1.5 hours. After a briefing and explanation of the falls, your guide will accompany you along a series of scenic pathways, stopping at various viewpoints to gaze at the falls.

    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, many hippos and occasional crocodile. The wide, attractive river – the fourth largest in Africa – is dotted with islands and sandbanks, and during the drier months, you may see elephant and many antelope species grazing on the banks, or even swimming out to the islands. The boat offers plenty of shade, comfortable seating, tables, bar service, snacks and toilet facilities.

    During your stay at Livingstone/Victoria Falls various optional adrenaline activities can be booked locally at additional cost – these include whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, gorge swing, and microlighting over the falls.

    To make the most of your stay at the falls, why not consider upgrading to Toka Leya Camp or The River Club? This option is available at additional cost on a fully inclusive basis, in which case scheduled activities such as cultural, museum and market tours, morning/evening game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, and morning/evening boat cruises on the Zambezi River are all included.

  4. Days 7-9 : Transfer by road and air to Davison’s Camp, Hwange National Park, in Zimbabwe

    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 for a three-night stay at Davison's Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

  5. Day 10: Depart Victoria Falls

    Fly by scheduled light aircraft back to Victoria Falls in time to connect with your homeward overnight flight via Johannesburg.

  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, 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

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 safari, 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

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 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 camp consists of eight comfortable tented rooms. Activities include game drives, walking safaris and night drives, led by qualified experienced guides who are extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife.

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.