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Zambia | Liuwa Plains Migration and Kafue National Park

Starting at Namwi Island Camp just outside Katima Mulilo, Namibia, our adventure takes us up to the Liuwa Plains National Park where we will encounter the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa. Our return journey takes us through the game rich & wildly diverse landscapes of Kafue National Park & the Nanzhila Plains before heading back to Livingstone.  

tour duration 12 Days
from R19,950
next trip 01 Nov 2021
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Our route takes us from Katima Mulilo in Namibia, where we catch our first glimpse of the Mighty Zambezi past the Sioma Falls where we cross the Barotse Floodplains and on through the town of Kalabo in Western Zambia. From Kalabo, we enter the Liuwa Plains National Park where we will encounter the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa, where at times, wildebeest and their calves can be seen in their hundreds, followed by the predators that stalk them.  We then return to Livingstone via Zambia’s biggest and oldest  National park, Kafue National Park.

Though this off-road safari will be "tough going" at times and will put your sense of adventure to the test, the rewards will far outweigh the challenges you might encounter - this trip has something magical to offer around every corner.

Included

All meals
Professional guide
Tented Accommodation

Excluded

Border Crossing fees & road taxes
Guide Gratuity
Out of country medical emergency evacuation cover

Tour Dates

01 Nov 2021 - 12 Nov 2021 - R19,950.00
01 Nov 2022 - 12 Nov 2022 - R22,250.00

Day 1

Namwi Island Camp

We meet at Namwi Island Camp in Eastern Caprivi on the banks of the Zambezi River near the Namibian town of Katima Mulilo.

By the time you arrive, your tents would have been pitched and our bush chef will be preparing the first of the culinary delights you will be enjoying on this safari. The evening will be spent socialising around the fire and getting to know each other as the sun sets over the Zambezi River, with the sound of hippos snorting and grunting in the background. During the course of the evening, the Bhejane guide will elaborate on the adventure that lies ahead.

Day 2

Kabula Camp

Making an early start after a hearty breakfast, and after you have all been issued with two-way hand held radios, we take to the road and leave for Katima Mulilo in Namibia. After refuelling our vehicles in Katima we cross the border into Zambia. As the border post procedures here can take a while, we will only be travelling a further 115 kilometres to our next overnight stop at Kabula Lodge campsite.

Situated on the banks of the Zambezi, the lodge boasts good clean facilities and, once again, the crew will have set up camp and the pots will be on the fire when we arrive. We do a sundowner boat cruise on the mighty Zambezi

Day 3

Kabula Camp
Visit the best-kept secret of the Zambezi River, the Ngonye Falls. It is not nearly as high as the Victoria Falls but the volume of cascading water is enormous and very impressive. It is also much less commercialised. We overnight at the same campsite.

Day 4, 5, 6

Liuwa Plain National Park

Today we see the last of civilization for a while as we head into Mongu to shop and refuel - believe it or not the town has a very well stocked Shoprite. With all refills done we move west onto the 50 kilometre wide flood plain of the Zambezi. In the late summer months this area is completely under water. En route we pass the winter residence of the Lodzi King and see his Royal Canoes that are part of the colourful Kambuka Ceremony when the king paddles from his winter home to drier land for summer. We cross the mighty river again via ferry and then make our way to the town of Kulabo.

Whilst in Kulabo there will be a few formalities to sort out at the Migration Office regarding passport checks and permits to enter the Liuwa Plains National Park.

Heading north we make a ferry crossing of the Luwangina River into the southern plains of the Liuwa National Park where, as we head deeper into the park, we will encounter our first herds of wildebeest.

Our accommodation for the next three days is, once again, a rustic bush camp in the great outdoors. Our camp has cold water showers and flush toilets.

After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast, we make our way into the endless expanse of the park. We break our convoy into smaller groups to facilitate better game viewing.   We spend our two-and-a-half days in Liuwa Plains enjoying all that the park has to offer, panoramic landscapes, wildebeest in their thousands and, with luck, the predators that prey on them. 

In recent years the lion, hyena and wild dog populations have increased, the result of a wonderful conservation success story.  For the birders there are large groups of Crowned and Wattle cranes and numerous secretary birds and a host of new lifers.

Day 7, 8, 9

Kafue National Park: Kasabushi Camp
Sadly today we have to say goodbye to the Liuwa Plains National Park after a morning game drive. However there is more adventure in store as we head west to Kafue National Park our home for the next 3 nights at Kasabushi Camp. We once again restock and refuel in Mongu.

Kasabushi Camp is located within the Central Kafue National Park on a beautiful stretch of the Kafue River with views of a palm-covered island. The campsite is on the west bank of the Kafue River and being in the very heart of the Park, we are able to enjoy exploring Kasabushi while also relaxing right by the Kafue River.   (An afternoon boat cruise is included in the tour package)

Our crew will provide you with packed lunches and you will be able to enjoy the parks splendour and beauty at your own leisure.

Day 12

Farewell

After a lavish breakfast, we must sadly say goodbye to our new friends and travel companions as we pack up and head for home.

Day 10

Kafue National Park - Hippo Bay Camp

After leaving the peace and privacy of Kasabushi, our group heads for Konkamoya Hippo Bay camp – ideally located on the Itezhi Tezhi lake and where we will spend our final night. 

The birdwatching along the lake is a paradise for bird enthusiasts as well a huge attraction for the wildlife in the area.

Day 11

Livingstone - Camp Nkwazi

We leave Hippo Bay and travel south in the National Park making our way to the town of Livingstone where everyone will get their Covid PCR test before heading onto Camp Nkwazi.

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North east Botswana, Namibia and Zambia

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Katima – Kabula: 65kms
Kabula – Sioma Falls: 80kms
Kabula – Mongu town: 250kms
Mongu – Kwale Camp: 80kms
Mongu – Kasabushi Camp: 387kms
Kasabushi Camp – Hippo Bay Camp: 124kms
Hippo Bay Camp – Nkwazi camp: 335kms

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Thebe River Lodge, Kasane

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4x4 with good ground clearance
A 2x4 with diff lock will not be adequate

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Not on this tour

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Yes, throughout the tour

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Intermittent

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Intermittent

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Not required for South African passport holders
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months & have at least 3 blank pages
Tourist visa required for US and UK passport holders available upon arrival at any port of entry