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Zambia | Liuwa Plains Migration and Kafue National Park

Starting in 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 2020
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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 2020 - 12 Nov 2020 - R19,950.00
01 Nov 2021 - 12 Nov 2021

Day 1

We meet at Thebe River Safaris Camp in Kasane, in North East Botswana.

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 Chobe 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

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 Kasane in Botswana and make our way for Katima Mulilo in Namibia.

After refuelling our vehicles in Katima we cross the border into Zambia. As the two border post crossings 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

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

Liuwa Plain National Park

Depart to Mongu for replenishing our supplies and refuelling. This will be the last of civilisation for a while as we head west onto the 50 km wide Zambezi (Barotse) floodplain. The area becomes flooded during the late summer months. En route, we pass the winter residence of the Lodzi King and see his Royal Canoes that form part of the colourful Kambuka Ceremony. This takes place when the King paddles from his winter home to drier land for the summer. Travel via ferry across the mighty River and then continue to Kulabo.

A few formalities need to be finalised at the Migration Office in Kulabo with regards to passport checks and permits for entry to the Liuwa Plain National Park. Another ferry crossing over the Luwangina (Kafue) River into the southern plains of the Liuwa Plain National Park. As we venture deeper into the Park, we should encounter the first herds of wildebeest.  Our stay for the next three nights will be a rustic bush camp in the great outdoors with cold water showers and flushing toilets

Day 5 & 6

Depart after a hearty breakfast, making our way into the endless expanse of the Park. Our convoy is divided into smaller groups to facilitate better game viewing. Enjoy three days exploring the Liuwa Plain National Park. Experience panoramic landscapes, countless wildebeest and with any luck the predators that hunt them.  

In recent years the lion, hyena and wild dog populations have increased in this area as a result of a wonderful conservation success story. The birders can enjoy large groups of crowned and wattled cranes, numerous secretary birds as well as a host of other species known to this area.

Day 7

Sadly today we have to say goodbye to the Liuwa Plains National Park after a morning game drive. However we have more adventure install for you as we head west to Kafue National Park our home for the next 4 nights. We once again restock and refuel in Mongu.

Day 8,9 & 10

Kafue National Park

Enjoy three days exploring Kafue National Park. Experience the Park’s beauty and splendour at your own leisure with one of Bhejane's packed lunches to enjoy along the trip. Spend two nights in the southern part of the Park. Another activity to be enjoyed is a sundowner boat cruise on the Kafue River.

Day 11

Depart for Livingstone, driving south through the Park. This evening we enjoy our last meal together around the campfire reminiscing over the fun and adventures that were experienced by all.

Day 12

Depart after another lavish breakfast and bid farewell to our new friends and travelling companions as we all head homeward.

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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