Zambia & Zimbabwe Luxury Safari
FANTASTIC WILDLIFE & FANTASTIC ACCOMMODATION
Spend 8 nights in Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls and Kafue National Park and have a truly remote safari experience from June to October only.
3 x nights
Davison's Camp, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Elephant and buffalo have right of way here
Nestled discreetly beneath a grove of false mopane trees, the remote Davison's Camp is found in the private Linkwasha Concession – one of the most prolific wildlife areas in Hwange National Park. Hidden within the shade of the treeline, this classic African tented camp, with eight tents and one family unit, overlooks an open plain and a productive waterhole.
The main area comprises a spacious lounge and dining room which leads out onto an expansive pine deck and an open campfire area, perfect for convivial evening musings or star gazing. The refreshing pool and its loungers are beautifully positioned for idle relaxation, while a small upper deck is an ideal location from which to watch wildlife at the waterhole.
Davison’s Camp is located in one of the best game viewing areas of the entire Park.
In winter, the waterhole in front of camp is a magnet for wildlife great and small.
With over 100 mammal species, Hwange has some of the highest mammal diversity of any national park.
Davison's Camp Wildlife
Hwange’s mix of different veld and landscape types means that game viewing is productive year round. Wildlife frequently encountered in our area includes lion, large herds of elephant, buffalo, cheetah leopard, spotted hyaena, cheetah, giraffe, sable, roan, blue wildebeest, impala, waterbuck and reedbuck. In summer, wildebeest, zebra and eland are found in abundance on the open plains, while in winter elephant congregate in enormous numbers around the waterholes.
Birdlife in the area is prolific (400+) and varied.
Things to do at Davison's Camp
Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest and most popular national park; our private concession means that sightings of the prolific wildlife are exclusive and private.
Game drives take place in open open 4x4 vehicles and are led by our highly experienced guides through our private Wilderness Safaris concessions which are situated in the most productive area of Hwange National Park. The varied habitats and vegetation types as well as countless waterholes mean that drives are exciting with diverse species to be seen.
Morning walking safaris
Hwange was proclaimed some 80 years ago and has served as a haven for one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa. There is no better way to experience this park than on foot with an experienced, qualified walking safari guide.
Evening drivesThe Hwange ‘night act’ includes nocturnal species such as lesser bushbaby, spotted hyaena, leopard, lion, Selous mongoose, pangolin, caracal, porcupine, scrub hare, springhare and even honey badger.
An authentic village experience takes place in a manner that is respectful to all parties. The experience is usually around four hours, with game drives to and from the village, and guided by one of the local villagers or a Wilderness guide. It often includes a guided tour of the school, meeting the headman or headwoman and enjoying cultural exchanges with the villagers.
2 x nights
Toka Leya Camp, Livingstone, Zambia
Stay on the Mighty Zambezi
Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands, Toka Leya Camp is splendidly situated in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Twelve spacious en-suite safari-style tents (including three family tents) with expansive decks soak up the dramatic views and active wildlife. Wooden walkways snake between the units and main area, limiting our footprint on this pristine area.
The camp’s generous dining, lounge and bar areas offer scenic relaxation and are complemented by an infinity pool, a sundeck for sumptuous meals and a convivial fire pit for night-time gatherings. The novel pizza oven is a great hit with all our guests, especially the younger ones!
Situated just 12 kilometres from the world-renowned Victoria Falls
The area offers many activities including safaris, fishing on the Zambezi and adrenalin-pumping adventures
Hippo, crocodile and elephant are regularly seen near camp
Wildlife at Toka Leya Camp
Toka Leya overlooks the mighty Zambezi River where hippo, crocodile and elephant are often seen, as well as an incredible diversity of birdlife. It is also centrally located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park which hosts species such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and white rhino. The occasional predator is also seen. Several sought-after bird species are found, including African finfoot, half-collared kingfisher, African skimmer (seasonal), Schalow's turaco and rock pratincole (seasonal).
Things to do at Toka Leya Camp
While Toka Leya’s location on the banks of the Zambezi River and proximity to Victoria Falls ensures a variety of exciting activities – including water- and land-based safaris and adventure pursuits – rest and relaxation is also a well-defined pastime here.
The Wellness Centre is a haven of tranquillity with a variety of spa treatments, such as massages, facials and nail care, while the gym and its panoramic deck is the ideal spot to practice inspired yoga or pilates.
Victoria Falls Tour*
A World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls straddles the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and is the most expansive curtain of water in the world. View its roaring waters, spectacular spray and a small rainforest that clings to the Falls’ edge, with a variety of mammals and birds. *A tour on the Zambian side is included in your stay; the view from the Zimbabwean side is at extra cost.
Interpretive game drives
Game drives into Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park offer sightings of general game species such as elephant, buffalo, giraffe and white rhino. There is also rich birdlife, including sought-after species such as half-collared kingfisher and Schalow’s turaco.
Whether a relaxing sunset cruise or a game viewing cruise, there are scenic views and exciting wildlife to be enjoyed from the comfort of a spacious boat. There's always an abundance of hippo and crocodile, as well as a few other surprises along the way.
Cultural community visit
Cultural visits to one of the nearby villages are respectful and insightful ways of learning about and interacting with the people and culture of this part of Zambia. The visit includes seeing one of the schools, a homestead and the village store. Guest donations have assisted with projects that focus on schooling and income-generating activities, ensuring that the community benefits from tourism in the area.
Tracking rhino at Toka Leya is an exciting way of getting up close and personal with these Endangered animals. Department of National Parks and Wildlife (previously ZAWA) scouts monitor the rhino 24 hours a day and therefore the animals’ whereabouts are always known. Travel to the location by vehicle and then track the rhino on foot, accompanied by the scout. *Subject to availability of a ZAWA Scout and on request
The Zambezi River hosts several varieties of bream (Tilapia) which are a good catch. Tiger fishing is an unforgettable challenge for keen fishermen, particularly during the warmer months (October - December). *Please note that a nominal park fee is applicable.
Toka Leya’s back-of-house tour enables guests to gain an understanding of the camp’s eco-friendly initiatives. Energy saving is explained as well as how waste water is reused in the camp nursery which was established to rehabilitate the area. The camp’s worm farm not only assists in the degradation of organic waste but is the perfect fertiliser for the indigenous trees in the nursery – which are then planted in areas where they once grew.
Livingstone Town Tours
Visit the local museum, markets and shops to get a glimpse of historic and modern Livingstone town. Guests may also visit the local village and school to learn about the people and culture of this part of Zambia.
Other activities on offer in the area include sunset cruises, helicopter flights, canoeing, jet boating and white water rafting.
*These activities are at extra cost.
3 x nights
Busanga Bush Camp
A true original at the heart of the Plains
Busanga Bush Camp lies in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a vast mosaic of expansive grassy seasonal floodplains that extend to the horizon. When the mist rises off the floodplains as they dry up in winter, incredible sunrises and sunsets are experienced here, while the floodplains and dambos teem with wildlife and birds.
Hidden on a tree-island of sycamore fig trees, the camp has four well-appointed en-suite tents each with a veranda to take in the sweeping views. The lounge and bar area is under canvas with an uninterrupted view out over the plains. A little further back is the dining area, shaded by the canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, romantically lighting up dinner; most meals are served in the open air.
The Busanga Plains provide some of the best lion viewing in Africa
Hot air balloon rides over endless plains, with hippo and dashing lechwe to be seen far below
At certain times, the rising mist over the floodplains creates spectacular photographic opportunities
Wildlife at Busanga Bush Camp
The Busanga Plains are famed for its productive prides of lion. Other predators seen here include wild dog and cheetah which are drawn to the prolific plains game of the area. Puku, red lechwe, buffalo and wildebeest are just some of these, while a special treat is the resident herd of roan antelope. As the floodplains dry out more and more game is attracted from the surrounding woodlands and it is then that zebra numbers increase and sable venture out onto the plains. Hippo are also abundant and often found in large pods in the channels. For those interested in birding, the park boasts 491 species, including as the endemic Chaplin's barbet.
Things to do at Busanga Bush Camp
Activities at Busanga Bush Camp include day and night game drives, led by qualified guides who are extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife, as well as boating during the early part of the season while hot air balloon safaris run from August to October.
Interpretive game drives in open vehicles allow guests to view large numbers of plains game such as puku, red lechwe, buffalo and wildebeest and even the rare roan antelope. The famous lions of Kafue, cheetah and wild dog are also to be seen.
Guided night drives
Led by a highly trained and knowledgeable guide, night drives offer a glimpse into Busanga Plains’ unique, nocturnal world. A diverse range of species may be seen at night, including genet, civet, owls and occasionally the elusive leopard.
Hot Air Balloon Safari
The most exclusive wildlife ballooning in all of Africa, this activity allows you to take to the skies in style. Gaze over scenic splendour, watch hippo playing far below and fly eye-to-eye with an eagle. This experience (US$200 per person and must be paid in camp with contribution going towards local anti-poaching efforts) ends with a champagne breakfast. (August to October)
Early on in the season, the Busanga Plains are still covered in much water. A boating excursion during this time allows for exploration of the channels and their life.
Specialist birding safari
Boasting 491 species, including the endemic Chaplin's barbet, birding enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice on a specialist birding safari. The area is also alive with rollers, bee-eaters, kingfishers, herons and large flocks of storks, to name a few.
Experiencing Kafue on foot is a remarkable way to enjoy the small wonders of the Park and to view general game and a variety of bird species. Walking safaris are always done with a Department Of National Parks And Wildlife Scout (DNPW) Scout.
*Seasonal and subject to availability of a DNPW scout and qualified walking guide.
RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND £STERLING RATES ARE BASED ON THE CURRENT EXCHANGE RATE TO THE US$.
Includes Return flights from Victoria Falls to Hwange, a road transfer to Toka Leya and flights from Livingstone to Kafue and Kafue to Lusaka.
All accommodation, all activities, all meals, all drinks, laundry and national park fees.
$8,065 OR £6,610 PER PERSON SHARING