Expedition 120 – Zambia and Botswana into the wild
Zambia and Botswana. From Victoria Falls to the national parks of Chobe and Kafue. Into the wild.
WHAT WE WILL SEE
Into the wild. The northern Botswana, where the Chobe River meets the mighty Zambezi River. With more than 11,000 km2, the Chobe park is bordered from the river that has a concentration and diversity of wildlife that has no equal in the country. In the land of the legendary “walking safari”, the spectacular Victoria Falls and the wild Zambezi River, Zambia is known as one of the most welcoming countries in southern Africa. They call it “the real Africa” and has recently been awarded the title of the most stable country and peaceful Africa. We will enter the beginning of the green season in the pristine Kafue national park (see our Kafue Flickr gallery) where we will have the possibility to organize both the boat safari on the Kafue River and the magnificent off-road safaris, where increase the chances of spotting leopards, hyenas, but also serval and the rare wild cat. The Kafue is the second largest national park in Africa and chances to see a leopard during the night safari is very high. The rhythms of big cities like Lusaka or Livingstone, the first capital of Zambia. Finally, the Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls have been included among the seven wonders of the planet; the largest mass of falling water in the world are here, between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls extend for two kilometers and are thrown from a height of over 100 meters. One of the strengths of nature events that most impressed us, protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Livingstone, the former colonial capital of Zambia, today lives on tourism and the various activities related to the visit to the waterfalls. For the more adventurous it is not difficult to arrange bungee jumping, rafting or helicopter rides over the falls!
11 days. Possibility of extensions on the beautiful beaches of Lake Malawi, Indian Ocean in Tanzania or in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Into the wild. A trip in a remote and wild nature. Inside Chobe national park, Botswana’s second largest park and renowned for its excellent wildlife throughout the year. In the park live the highest elephants concentration of the entire African Continent – estimate about 120,000 specimens. Chobe elephants are migratory and may cover up to 200 km in some seasons to migrate from one area to another area of the park. Choose is home to buffalo, zebras and high density of predators such as lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and cheetahs. The Chobe River is also renowned for being an amazing destination for bird lovers with over 450 species of birds found between October and March. “Zambia, the real Africa”, said the Ministry of Tourism defines Zambia; a phrase of a certainly effect but real: it synthesize the strength of this country, its wild nature and animals, its richest territory covered to 1/5 by national parks, its welcoming population and strongly proud of their traditions along with of good infrastructure … that outlines the “real Africa” for those who want to live the emotions of a trip away from the tourist circuits. Mosi o tunya is the smoke that thunders: so Kololo were described by the legendary Victoria Falls. The vapor column reaches 500 m in height and the front of the waterfall that divides Zambia from Zimbabwe is almost two kilometers long. Water falls from a height of over 100 meters: a unique show that has moved by its immensity. The falls are part of the Mosi O Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe, and is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Kafue National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world. It houses more than 55 species of mammals as well as 461 bird species and habitat ranges from forests of miombo the riverine forests, from swamps to open vast savannah of the Busanga Plains. The lush lawns are the goal of huge herds of antelope, kob; lions and elephants are among the most common inhabitants of the area. A boat safari on the Kafue River and a night jeep safari will give us the chance to spot hippos, elephants, crocodiles, as well as the leopard, which at night is, among the predators, one of the busiest. The great African cities like Lusaka, incredible rhythms and contrasts, the colonial architecture of Livingstone and the magical atmosphere as the sun prepares the evening show of the sunset. The wildlife wildest, the wonders of nature protected UNESCO, and a covered area for 1/5 of national parks. This is Zambia! There will be stops in the villages, in the markets where we often provide to buy excellent fruits! You can extend your trip on the beautiful beaches of Lake Malawi, on the Indian Ocean or in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Staff is made by professional guides trained by Malawi Tourism sector. WHO WE ARE
MEANS OF TRANSPORT
All distances will be covered with one or more means Toyota or Land Rover or similar off-road 4 × 4. A further provision, in the case of nights camping: mattresses, refrigerator, food, field kitchen, 12/220 V. current to recharge the batteries, two-way VHF, GPS, notebook to download digital photos and movies, satellite phone (cost 5 euro / min), first aid kit and a good travel library, with our guides to travel with.
In the capital city of Lusaka, will spend two nights in a nice lodge, situated in a green area in the city, near the airport. Restaurant and swimming pool are present. The three nights at the Kafue National Park on the banks of the Kafue River, in a position of absolute beauty in amazing furnished lodge with restaurant and swimming pool on the river. The nights in the Chobe National Park are organized in camping, to experience the thrill of camping and to enjoy the natural location. In Livingstone, 3 nights in a nice lodge overlooking the Zambezi River, with restaurant and swimming pool.The rooms in the lodge / chalet / hotel, is intended, unless otherwise requested, in double or, in rare cases, triple; They could be replaced for technical-organizational problems without distorting the original plan. The facilities have been carefully chosen following an idea of land conservation and sustainability of travel, preferring positions in close contact with nature. For a list of the lodge / camping write to us!
Temperatures depend largely on the season, from the latitudes and altitudes. On the right a table indicative of average temperatures in the different seasons. The hottest month is November, the coolest month is June / July. The dry season is from April / May to November. The wet season runs from December to March / April, during this time you can see the parks in their green splendor; some puppies of mammals are born in this period as well as many birds cross the mating season, changing plumage courting females. We recommend both seasons, both in fact have a special charm. Contact us for more information on the current season, they are not all the same each year!
We will cover approx 2000 km, 300 of which are dirty road to move into the parks and the rest of good tar road.
A SAFARI GUIDE
The numerous game drives (English definition that describes the excursion in 4 × 4 organized for the sighting of animals), will take place in the daytime and at night with the jeep. It is not required to take special preparation except the desire to get up at dawn and patience required in search of animals. Note that Safari will be held during the coolest hours of the day (sunrise and sunset), when animals are easier to spot. Being self-driven, however, we may decide to stop on a scene for as long as possible, always following the rules of the park. The safaris are conducted in open jeeps equipped for the safari.
The boat safari on Kafue river or on Chobe or Zambezi river is an exciting experience in the warm heart of Africa. Here the boat safari is not to be missed. Besides us, there will be a further professional guide who will accompany us for the duration of the safari to better enjoy the close contact with nature. The experience is very interesting especially for close point of view that you can enjoy boating; observe animals during their daily activity on the banks of the river is really a privilege for photography enthusiasts!
Photographers during the safari will always be permitted to bring their own camera equipment. The guides will aim first of all to put the vehicle in the best position, where safety and security permits. Inside the park the jeep will NOT communicate by radio with each other, to avoid the crowd on an animal and thus preserve the peace. Then the vehicle must be in the right place at the right time to see what you want; we prefer that a sanctuary of nature as the Kafue/ Chobe preserve this spirit of adventure that so characterizes it. Remember we are into the wild!
Important information: in the parks or in the camps, will be made to sign a disclaimer of responsibility required to access given the nature of the place.
Zambia & Botswana. From Victoria Falls to the national parks of Chobe and Kafue. Into the wild.
DAY 1, LUSAKA, ZAMBIA. Arrival in Lusaka, vibrating capital of Zambia around 12:20 or so. Customs formalities. Meeting with the staff of Africa Wild Truck and transfer to a pleasant lodge located in a green area near the city. Owls are at home in the woods and the African atmosphere is guaranteed: we chose the bush for a capital city like Lusaka, to fully enjoy the spectacle of nature. The hills around the capital are still wild and rich nature. Dinner at the lodge, a la carte.
DAY 2, LUSAKA - KAFUE NATIONAL PARK. Traveling to the Kafue National Park, second largest park in Africa, through a buffer zone. We will arrive on the banks of the Kafue River. The Kafue is as great as beautiful park. The animals will already be visible because the lodge chosen is on the banks of the river. First safari in the afternoon. Full board
DAY 3, KAFUE NATIONAL PARK. The rich diversity of habitats will be immediately apparent from our first safari and during the night safari, the night drive, 4x4 safaris during the evening hours, when it will be easier to spot nocturnal animals: in the Kafue National Park in search of lions, leopards, hyenas, genets, civets, nightjar ... and much more! Overnight as the night before, in lodge. Full board
DAY 4, KAFUE NATIONAL PARK. Starting at dawn for the morning safari, when the light is best to follow the traces of felines and try to even spot cheetahs, one of the few African parks of the southern area where you can spot it. Return to camp and relax. At night, a night safari to see the predators during the hunt. With the spotlight of the light, which is fitted to the means that we will use for the safari, we can photograph animals in a very original way. Here we saw the lion cubs drink with family, many hyenas, leopards and generally predators in full swing. Overnight as the night before, in lodge. Full board
DAY 5, KAFUE - LUSAKA . Starting at dawn towards Lusaka, a must to reach Livingstone and the Victoria Falls National Park. This is a transfer day; arrival at the lodge out of town, as the first night. Bed and breakfast
Day 6, LUSAKA - VICTORIA FALLS NATIONAL PARK. From Lusaka to the south, toward the first capital of Livingstone. Our lodge is located inside the Victoria Falls National Park, on the border with Zimbabwe. Arrive late afternoon, accommodation in the lodge. The column of steam reaches 500 m in height and the front of the waterfall that separates Zambia from Zimbabwe is almost two kilometers long. Water falls from a height of over 100 meters: a unique show that has moved by its immensity. The falls are part of the Mosi O Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe, and is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Overnight at the lodge. Bed and breakfast
Day 7, VICTORIA FALLS NATIONAL PARK. After breakfast, day tour to the Victoria Falls, one of the most famous natural attractions in the world. The falls fall from a front along almost 2 km in a narrow gorge 107 m below. Overnight as the previous night. Bed and breakfast
Day 8, LIVINGSTONE - CHOBE NATIONAL PARK. The experience of Chobe National Park, on open 4x4 vehicles, adapted for safari and boat. After entering Botswana, customs formalities, meeting at the Kazungula border, where we proceed to enter the park with a boat ride in the park, where it is not difficult to spot crocodiles and hippos, but also herbivores make their way between elephants and buffalo in addition to an incredible birdlife. On the islands there are puku, lechwe, kudu, impala and waterbuck. Lunch is served at the camp, and tea and coffee are included. After about an hour of relaxation, we go on a game drive by jeep, on open vehicles and adapted for safaris: the chances of spotting the big cats increased. Return to the camp just after sunset for a drink and for dinner and overnight camping under the stars. Full board
Day 9, CHOBE NATIONAL PARK. Rise early to not miss the morning safari, back when some predators are active. A cup of tea or coffee and fast it goes. Return to camp for lunch, or as it is called in these parts, "bush brunch" and shower. Then an afternoon safari to spot predators and other animals such as elephants and buffalo and return to camp for dinner. Night under the stars camping. Full board
Day 10, CHOBE NATIONAL PARK - LIVINGSTONE. Rise early and after a quick breakfast, a last safari in 4x4 groped for a special watch! In the early morning we will cross the border Kasane / Kazungula to enjoy an extra day in Livingstone, the former capital and colonial outpost. Visit the museum, dated 1930, the oldest museum in Zambia. In the afternoon visit to the pleasant market. Among activities we offer, ranging from the most classic to the most daring boat safaris, rafting, bungee jumping ... the opportunity to see the falls from above, by helicopter, rhino walking, 4x4 safaris within the Victoria Falls park or, for those who want, you can arrange a visit to the Falls from the Zimbabwean side, for a full view of the falls. Overnight at the lodge. Bed and breakfast. (For those who want there is a possibility to extend the trip to Okavango Delta)
DAY 11, LIVINGSTONE - INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT. Transfer to the airport for your international flight back home.
(Write us to get the lodge list)
Quotation per person
ATTENDANCE FEE: 3540 USD incluse VAT 16,5%, Tourism Levy 1%
PARTICIPANTS: MIN 6, MAX 14
The following discounts are possible:
- Discount of 40Usd per day if you decide to camp
- family discounts: for children and young boys/girls under 12 years
- 100Usd for travelers who already took part at least in a travel with AFRICA WILD TRUCK (minum base of 4 persons)
- groups discount
Discounts are subject to variations and can't be combined together.
THE FEE INCLUDES
- English speaking guides authorized by Minister of Tourism
- all transports, to and from the airport, road taxes
- all game drives activities (5 safari nel Kafue, e 5 safari nel Chobe )
- Entry fee inside Chobe 3 days, Kafue 3 days and Vic Falls 1 day
- all overnights in comfort lodges as per program (see page 3). Two nights in a tent in the bush. Possibility to vary some nights from lodge to tent.
- The camping equipment is included (spacious tents, mattresses)
- All meals - breakfasts, lunches and dinners where indicated Full board (again, apart from Lusaka and Livingstone)
- 50 US dollars that AWT entirely donates to AROUND AWT (see page 11)
- VAT (16,5%), TOURISM LEVY (1%) and government taxes.
THE FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Botswana and Zambian Visa
- Single supplement (15%)
- Euroassistance/Globy or similar travel insurance (cancellation, luggage, health insurance highly advisable – it is possible to stipulate it with the above cited agency or online – write to us, we will help you to find the best solution!)
- Meals where indicated bed and breakfast
- any possible personal expense
- anything not expressly specified under "The fee includes"
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At the moment it is essential to bring the yellow booklet that certifies the vaccine to enter Zambia. Write us with any questions and advice.
We suggest making these vaccines:
- febbre tifoide
- epatite A e B
We recommend these vaccines:
- typhoid fever
- hepatitis A and B
Concerning malaria, disease transmitted by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito, its prevention is accomplished, first of all, with a mechanic prevention i.e. avoiding getting stung, following these rules:
- sleeping under mosquito tents
- using insecticide to get rid of possible mosquitos
- after sunset, when mosquitos are more active, avoiding leaving parts of the body uncovered, wearing light-coloured long trousers and long-sleeve shirts, because dark colors attract mosquitos and spraying parts of the body uncovered with Autan Extreme
For the use of any possible antimalarial drugs we suggest that you consult your Public Health Service; health norms change very rapidly.
TRAVEL MEDICAL KIT
We suggest that you take with you a small supply of these medicines:
- analgesics/fever reducers: acetylsalicylic acid and nimesulide
- antibiotics like ciproxin or amoxicillin or clavulanic acid
- antimalarials: anyway carry with you 2 packs of Lariam for emergency cases
- antidiarrheals: loperamide or kaolin in case of symptoms (to use only if really necessary!)
- rehydration salts: in case of fluid leaks
- against car or air sickness: a pack of pills or chewing-gums
- antihistamines: in case of allergic reactions
- scissors, tweezers and thermometer
- suntan cream
- insecticides (like Autan Extreme)
Required documents and Visa
It is necessary to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after departure date with at least two free pages; for the entrance in Botswana or in Zambia check out with your Embassy. Write us for more informations
- comfortable trekking shoes
- technical sandals
- easy to dry slippers for the shower
- cotton/linen long trousers
- cotton/linen long sleeve shirts
- cotton T-shirts
- bathing suit
- belly pack for passport
- sleeping bag
- head torch-light
- water bottle
- camera/videocamera/spare batteries!!
- passport photocopy and 2 passport photos