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Bush camping and walking in Hwange

Bush camping and walking in Hwange

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What is this safari about?

Hwange Bush Camp is a seasonal, semi-permanent camp offering exceptional game viewing right in the heart of the African bush.

Situated in the remote northern section of Hwange, the camp sits in the hilly countryside of Deteema Dam. Visitors to the area will be delighted by the scenic diversity found at the Robins Area with its huge open grass lands, natural springs and pumped water points. Game viewing activities include drives in open safari vehicles and guided walks with the camp’s professional guides, ensuring visitors are treated to a grass roots experience of the region which is both exciting and educational.

Nestled under a canopy of large trees, the Bush Camp caters for a maximum of 12 guests in six spacious and tastefully decorated twin bedded Meru tents. Each has its own private en-suite facilities which include flush toilets and a bush shower with hot water available upon request.

The camp is open each year from 1st May to 31st November and a fly camping option is also on offer for the more adventurous!

Why is this special?

  • Being remote ensures an exclusive experience with few others around.

  • Offering some of the best elephant experiences anywhere in Africa, especially in the dry season.

  • Enjoy a wide variety of activities and explore the varied terrain which includes open plains and many water points.

  • Experience a small, intimate and remote camp under a private canvas of trees.

  • Very experienced guiding team, making for the BEST walking experience in Hwange.

  • Enjoy excellent outside cooking and fresh local food. Special dietary requirements can be catered for upon request.

  • Owner operated, eco-friendly and great service.

  • Awesome fly camping option available.

Where is this? 

Hwange Bush Camp is located inside the Hwange National Park, close to the south of Deteema Dam in the Robins Area of the park.

The camp is a four-hour drive from Victoria Falls and getting there is an adventure in itself! First we drive 125 km on a tar road before taking a 65 km game drive through the park to the camp. Transfers are arranged on request.

Who can go? 

This adventure is ideal for families, small groups or single travelers. People self-driving are also welcome.

Children over the age of eight years old are welcome and are required to be under the supervision of a parent or a guardian at all times. In the evening, all children up to the age of 14 years old should be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian in the room. The age limit for children on a walking safari is 12 years and above, however this decision will be at the discretion of the guide in camp.

What should I expect to pay?

Rates are USD $500 per person, per night sharing with discounts available for May and November. Fly camping is USD $400 per person, per night.

These rates are fully inclusive and include all meals, beverages, accommodation, activities, laundry and Emergency Medical Evacuation cover. Also included are local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (imported and premium spirits can be arranged on request at the guest’s added expense).

Children aged eight to 12 years old will be charged 50% of the adult sharing rate.

What extensions do you recommend?

Victoria Falls is an obvious and exciting extension to this adventure. There are also some great other lodges within Hwange allowing travelers to experience different terrain.

Accommodation varies from affordable to luxury ensuring there is something for all tastes and budgets.

 

 

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Varied Adventures of Victoria Falls

Varied Adventures of Victoria Falls

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"Extreme adventure awaits!"


What is this safari about?

If you’re looking for action, adrenalin and adventure all rolled into one then Victoria Falls is a destination you won’t want to miss.

Activities to get the heart racing range from the world famous bungee jump and gorge swing, to canoeing and some of the best white water rafting on earth. Or if you’d prefer to admire the majestic Falls from above you may like to treat yourself to a micro-light / helicopter flight. While in town ensure you make time to enjoy a meal at either the River Café, Three Monkey Café, the new Zambezi House restaurant on the river or be sure to watch the sun set on a dinner river cruise on the Boathouse.

If you’re keen to stay a few days to take in all the area has to offer, safariFRANK recommends Victoria Falls Hotel for some colonial history and old-style grandeur. We rate their breakfasts as up there with the best in the world, their afternoon high tea is not to be missed and dinner is a very special dining experience. If you’re after a more affordable and owner operated stay we recommend Bayete Lodge.

Why is this special?

  • An endless list of adventure activities to get the heart racing.
  • See ‘the spectacle’ of the Falls from one of the site’s many incredible viewing points.
  • Best white water rafting on earth with day and overnight trips.
  • There is a real sense of adventure in town.
  • Great lodging options are available to suit a variety of budgets.
  • Safe and vibrant town with a new lease on life.
  • New international airport - great for connecting flights.

Where is this?

Victoria Falls is a situated in western Zimbabwe, on the Zambezi River.

Zambia is just across the river and Botswana (Chobe National Park) is a mere 70 km away, making for an easy day trip.

Who can go?

Victoria Falls is a MUST DO destination for any traveler to Africa. With activities ranging from adventure to relaxed site seeing, it is truly a destination for all - small and large groups, young and old, family, friends and colleagues.

What should I expect to pay?

  • The rates at the two recommended accommodation establishments start respectively from around USD $650 and USD $130 per person, per night sharing.
  • These rates are on a bed and breakfast basis, and exclude transfers to and from the airport and any activities you might like to indulge in while there.

What extensions do you recommend?

Victoria Falls is a great way to start or end any safari. Conveniently located, from here it is easy to access all the safaris within Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia.

Hwange National Park is also found close by and offers some great lodges and bush camping, with wildlife sightings guaranteed.  Those looking for some further adventure may enjoy a walking safari in the area with the elephant experiences in the dry season (August to October) being second to none!

 

 

 

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Lodges of Zimbabwe

Lodges of Zimbabwe

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What is this safari about?

 

When deciding which lodges to work with, safariFRANK ensures they align with their own values. Are they honest, authentic and great value? Do they provide an unforgettable experience? Doing so means our chosen lodges are always in GREAT locations, focused on low impact sustainable tourism and support local communities as they are often owner operated.  

Our current Zimbabwe portfolio features:

  • Victoria Falls Hotel (Victoria Falls)
  • Ilala Lodge (Victoria Falls)
  • Bayete Lodge (Victoria Falls)
  • Ursula Camp (Victoria Falls)
  • Gorges Lodge (Victoria Falls)
  • Hornbill Lodge (Kariba)
  • John’s Camp (Mana Pools)
  • Kavinga Safari Camp (Chitake Springs / Mana Pools)
  • Highlands House (Harare)
  • Changa Safari Camp (Matusadona).
  • Hwange Bush Camp (Hwange)
  • Camp Hwange (Hwange)
  • Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge (Gonarezhou

Why is this special?

  • Each lodge is at an AWESOME location, many with great history and tradition.
  • Our portfolio is largely owner operated and all boast a low environmental impact with a focus on conservation.
  • Each location is renowned for great personal service and amazing food.
  • Exceptional value for money.
  • Each lodge has exciting adventure activities right on their doorstep.

Where is this?

The lodges are all found in Zimbabwe at locations as indicated above, covering most of the national parks in addition to other great locations.

Who can go?

Lodges are great for individuals, couples and small groups alike. They tend to be fairly small and intimate, mostly catering for between 10 and 20 guests at a time.

What should I expect to pay?

  • Fully inclusive prices vary greatly, from USD $130 to USD $650 per night, per person on a shared basis. Discounted prices are available outside of peak season

What extensions do you recommend?

These lodges can be added to any of the safariFRANK adventure components before, between or at the end of a safari.

Victoria Falls is a must and we also highly recommend the mobile safari or canoe / walk safari at Mana Pools. A short drive or flight across the border to visit neighboring Botswana is also a great extension.

 

 

 

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Predators of Busanga Plain, Kafue

Predators of Busanga Plain, Kafue

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What is this safari about?

Located in the remote northern part of Kafue, Busanga Plains is famous for its predators - especially the resident lion population! Here you will find lions and cheetahs preying on animals such as wildebeest, roan and lechwe.

The Busanga Plains area is also perfectly situated to see large numbers of less common animals such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi, sitatunga and servals - a special treat being the resident herd of rare roan antelope. For birding enthusiasts, the park boasts 491 species, including endemics such as Chaplin’s barbet. Crowned and wattled cranes, secretary birds and ground hornbills stalk the open grasslands, a view only interrupted by tree studded islands. Ancient fig trees (the famous One Fig) and palms draw their nutrients from giant termite hills. Each of these factors combine to create a distinctive landscape, like no other you will see in Africa!

Only accessible four months of the year, Mukambi Bush Camp lies in an area so remote that whilst renowned amongst locals, only a few visitors have discovered it. The Busanga Plains Camp consists of four big well-furnished safari tents (two twin and two double) with en suite open-air bathrooms overlooking the Busanga Plains. Red Lechwe antelope can be seen any time of the day from your tent.

Mukambi Busanga Plains Camp is open from 1st July until the first week in November. Private charter flights are available into Kafue.

Why is this special?

  • Resident predators provide exhilarating game viewing.
  • Variety of game and birds, second to none in Africa.
  • Very remote and largely undiscovered location, with vast plains and wetlands.
  • Very small and intimate camp setting.
  • Owner operator with proven low carbon track record and community involvement.
  • Lonely Planet has selected Mukambi as one of the few lodges that demonstrates an active responsible tourism policy.

Where is this?

The Busanga Plains Camp is a seasonal bush camp, deep in the heart of the stunning wetland area of the famous Busanga Plains. The camp is personal and intimate, set on a small palm tree island in the middle of the vast Busanga Plains.

This most northerly camp in the Kafue is an exciting six-hour drive from the main surfaced road running east west through Kafue. A trip to the Busanga Plains brings you back to the old safari days where the journey to your destination was half the adventure.

Who can go?

  • The safari is a great experience for the adventure traveller, families and small groups.
  • The minimum age for a stay at Busanga Plains Camp is 12 years old.

What should I expect to pay?

The rate for a minimum three night stay at Busanga Plains Camp is USD $775 per person, per night, sharing. This cost is fully inclusive other than Park fees and transfers.

There are children discounts available in addition to package deals for an extended stay at the other Mukambi Lodges in Kafue.

What extensions do you recommend?

Extensions to South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Livingstone are all a great idea.

 

 

 

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Livingstone, adventure capital of Africa

Livingstone, adventure capital of Africa

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What is this safari about?

If you’re after some serious adventure, then look no further than Livingstone – a destination which has you covered, no matter what makes your heart race. 

Get your adrenalin pumping on the famous Victoria Falls Railway Bridge by bungee jumping into the fast-flowing crocodile-infested Zambezi River below, push your limits with some of the best white water rafting on earth, take matters into your own hands and explore the area by canoe, participate in wildlife activities or treat yourself to a micro-light / helicopter flight. Here you can also slow things down and enjoy the famous Devils Pool where you can relax in the water on the edge of the largest waterfall in the world.

For a rustic, out of town stay safariFRANK recommends Waterberry Zambezi Lodge which is located on the river. Those that want to treat themselves to a bit of luxury at the end of their epic adventure safari may like to stay at Tongabezi Lodge. Both of these establishments offer great accommodation and food, as well as access to all the activities in the area.

Why is this special?

  • Swim on the edge of the largest waterfall in the world.
  • Experience the best white water rafting on earth with either a day or overnight trip.
  • Be spoilt for choice of adventure activities – there’s something for everyone!
  • Immerse yourself in the town’s inherent ‘spirit of adventure’.
  • Enjoy great lodging and wildlife encounters.

Where is this?

Livingstone is a town in South West Zambia, located a few kilometers from the Zambezi River and the Zimbabwe border. A hub for visitors to the Victoria Falls, the adjoining Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park surrounds the Zambian side of the Falls.

Who can go?

  • This adventure is for anyone that wants to have fun – young and old!
  • Livingstone is great for small or large groups and for those travelling with family, friends or colleagues.

What should I expect to pay?

The rates at the two recommended accommodation establishments start from approximately USD $450 and range to USD $655 per person, per night, sharing. These rates are fully inclusive and also cover drinks and transfers to and from the airport. There are a number of safari packages available, as well a good child discounts.

Just remember to bring some extra money for all the adventure activities – you won’t want to miss out!

What extensions do you recommend?

Livingstone is a great way to end or start any safari. It is very conveniently located, with easy access to not only all the safaris within Zambia, but also to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.

Transfers to the recently upgraded Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe are easily arranged, with connecting flights available to many southern African cities and destinations.

 

 

 

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Lodges of Zambia

Lodges of Zambia

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What is this safari about?

Based on its shared values, safariFRANK continually selects a small number of lodges for its portfolio of recommended establishments. These rustic lodges are often owner operated and focused on low impact, sustainable tourism and support of local communities.

The current portfolio is:

  • Mutemwa Lodge, Upper Zambezi
  • Wasa Lodge, Kasanka National Park
  • Musekese Camp, North Eastern Kafue
  • Mukambi Plains Camp, Busanga Plains, Kafue
  • Mambeti Lodge, Liuwa Plains
  • Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp, Southern Kafue
  • Island Bush Camp, South Luangwa
  • Mchenja / Kakuli / Nsolo and Luwi Camps, South Luangwa
  • Kaingo Camp and Mwamba Bush Camp, South Luangwa
  • Sausage Camp and Old Mondoro, Lower Zambezi
  • Tongabezi Lodge, Livingstone
  • Waterberry Zambezi Lodge, Livingstone
  • Pioneer Camp, Lusaka

Some of these camps only operate in the dry season, from around late May to mid November. Due to short seasons and small sizes, some of these lodges must be booked well in advance, so it is advised you get in early to avoid disappointment.

Why is this special?

  • Many owner operator, low environmental impact lodges.
  • Old safari tradition with renowned Zambian hospitality.
  • Great personal service at fantastic locations.
  • Good value for money and some of the best wildlife encounters anywhere.
  • Rustic, homely and intimate atmosphere.
  • Great walking and photographic locations.
  • Many other adventures, especially on the mighty Zambezi.

Where is this?

The lodges are all located in Zambia, at the locations as indicated above.

Who can go?

  • Lodges are ideal for couples and great for groups. They tend to be fairly small and intimate, catering for between eight and 20 guests at a time.
  • Age restrictions can apply for some activities available through the lodges, such as walking.

What should I expect to pay?

Fully inclusive prices vary from USD $450 to USD $950 per person, per night, sharing. Discounted prices are available outside of peak season and for children.

What extensions do you recommend?

These lodges can be added to any of the safariFRANK adventure components either at the start, in between, or at the end of a safari.

Livingstone makes for a great end to an adventure safari.

 

 

 

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Tiger fishing the upper Zambezi

Tiger fishing the upper Zambezi

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What is this safari about?

Tiger fish the upper Zambezi, Barotse and Kwando Rivers, Zambia.

Ideal for tiger fishing, the upper Zambezi River at Mutemwa is wide and varied with shallow rapids and riffles, deep holes (7m+) and eddies. The river offers islands, reed beds, grassy banks and mud wall drop offs and therefore the fishing is diverse with something for everyone whether it be drifting a live bait, spinning or fly fishing in the rapids. This stretch of river is only shared between two camps, so the water is extremely private.

Situated further north, Barotseland is known for consistently producing trophy tiger fish and bream who are known to savagely attack lures, earning them the nickname ‘The Barotse Express’. The enormous Barotse floodplains swell and flood during the rainy season, creating significant breeding grounds for incredible volumes of baitfish, which are gradually washed into the main channels leading to the impressive volume of large tiger fish and bream in this area. Whilst tiger fish are the major fishing attraction visitors have also recorded excellent catches of nembwe, humpack and thinface largemouth breams, 3 spot bream, pink happies and upper Zambezi yellow fish.

During the winter months, visitors can fish three Barotse Rivers during the annual Barotse Floodplain Fishing Safari. This is an excellent time of year to catch the enormous tigers and great bream as the floodplains empty into the main channels. To maximize this opportunity, each year on the Kwando River the “Location X” Tiger Camp is set up for six to seven weeks. The owners have decided not to name the location until clients confirm their bookings to protect this incredible fishery from over-exploitation and for the original guests to retain their “invitation only, first option” shares in this unbelievable fishing trip.

Mutemwa Lodge is owned and run by Gavin and Penny Johnson, who have been involved in upper Zambezi fishing and bush safaris in Barotseland for over 19 years. At the Lodge it's the belief that every upper Zambezi experience should encompass everything that makes the Zambezi River magical. This includes quality tiger fishing on a remote and private piece of the Zambezi, wonderful bird life, stunning sunsets, a roaring fire at night - all complimented by superb owner hospitality and great food. 

Fishing season varies, also between locations, and travellers should enquire for best and available times.

Why is this special?

  • Remote fishing for the famous tiger.
  • Great owner operator hosts Gavin and Penny Johnson.
  • Lodge or fly-camp based fishing options, in very remote locations.
  • Varied types of species and fishing opportunities.
  • Real expedition based fishing adventures.
  • Experience the magic of the mighty Zambezi.

Where is this?

Mutemwa Lodge is closely located to Sioma Falls in Sioma Ngwezi National Park and is situated on the upper Zambezi River between Sesheke and Sioma. It can be accessed via a three-hour road transfer from Livingstone Airport, or a one-hour transfer from Mapacha Airport at Katima Mulilo in Namibia.

The Barotse flood plain is a few hours north up the Zambezi River from Mutemwa. The Kwando River in turn is due east bordering on Angola.

Who can go?

  • Great for families or small groups of friends.
  • A passion for fishing is a must!

What should I expect to pay?

Rates at Mutemwa Lodge are around USD $300 per person, per night, sharing. This cost is fully inclusive, other than drinks and transfers. Good discounts for children are available.

The cost of the fly-camp fishing expeditions is approximately USD $480 per person, per night, on the same basis as above. These expeditions are available at set dates, at certain times of the year and are limited to a maximum of eight guests.

What extensions do you recommend?

Travellers wishing to fish more should consider a stay at Nxamaseri Lodge in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. It is highly recommended.

For wildlife experiences there are numerous options within Zambia and Botswana available.

 

 

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Varied adventures of the lower Zambezi

Varied adventures of the lower Zambezi

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What is this safari about?

If you are visiting Zambia make sure your itinerary features a visit to Lower Zambezi National Park. Offering a wide variety of activities within the region’s pristine and remote wilderness, visitors can enjoy game drives, walking tours, boating, canoeing and fishing the great Zambezi River.

Groups stay at Sausage Tree Camp which has some of the finest natural habitat game viewing anywhere in Africa, and its location within the Lower Zambezi National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River, means that game viewing activities take place from the lodge, both on water and land.

The Lower Zambezi is renowned for its spectacular canoeing. As one of the few privileged operators based inside the National Park, Sausage Camp is able to canoe guests down the most stunning section of the Zambezi - the Chifungulu Channel. Led by one of the highly qualified canoe guides, explore the banks of the river, where game can be seen from a totally different perspective - looking UP at them from the water rather than down from a vehicle. Canoe trips vary in length (from one to seven hours) and no experience or particular strength is required - it is an effortless drift, as the flow of the Zambezi pushes the canoes along.

Alternatively, scenic boat cruises are a very relaxing way to view the game that come down to the river to drink whilst also taking in the unique water wildlife. Until the Zambezi River is explored by boat, it is impossible to truly appreciate the huge hippopotami pods and crocodile populations. Lucky guests can experience the truly memorable sight of elephants crossing the Zambezi from Mana Pools National Park to the Lower Zambezi National Park. To view the most amazing sunsets in Africa, floating sundowners (Gin and Tonic are de rigueur!) in the middle, of the Zambezi is a must!

Sausage Tree Camp is the epitome of bush chic offering a civilized approach to a true bush experience with lavish attention to detail. This exclusive safari camp specializes in the very best game viewing with the highest international standards in comfort and service.

Why is this special?

  • Personal and professional guiding guaranteed.
  • Great and varied wildlife experiences from a luxury (but not ‘over the top’) setting.
  • Owner operated by Aussie legend, Jason Mott.
  • Sausage Tree Camp is an active participant in local conservation and community support.
  • Great location, fantastic accommodation and great food!

Where is this?

The Lower Zambezi National Park gets its stunning scenery from the combination of 120km of Zambezi River front, the concentration of game in the valley floor and the backdrop of the magnificent Zambezi Escarpment - the Southern limit of the Great East African Rift Valley.

The park receives few visitors today, but it won't be long before the great potential is realized and the Lower Zambezi National Park slowly becomes more and more like the other crowded parks of Africa.

Who can go?

Ideal for discerning travellers looking for a comfortable but authentic experience, with great food and a variety of activities on offer in a remote location.

Couples, families and small groups will all find this an amazing experience.

What should I expect to pay?

Rates start at USD $760 per night, per person, sharing on a fully inclusive basis. It however excludes Park fees and transfers. Flights to and from Lusaka land at the closely located Royal Airstrip.

Sausage Tree Camp is open throughout the best game viewing months of April to November.

What extensions do you recommend?

Extensions to South Luangwa or Livingstone make for a great overall experience.

 

 

 

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Walking the great South Luangwa Valley

Walking the great South Luangwa Valley

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What is this safari about?

This eight-night safari takes you to three camps along the Luwi River in the northern part of South Luangwa National Park. You will spend two / three nights at each camp and then walk three to five hours to the next camp – the time it takes depends on what you see on the way! This safari is perfect for adventurers and those looking for a really involved wildlife and wilderness experience.

As a seasonal sand river, the Luwi River rolls through some of the most remote areas of the National Park, carving its way through dramatically varying habitats to the confluence with the Luangwa River at Kakuli. The safari starts at the Luwi Camp, a location described as "the best little bush camp in Africa", and then explores the wild areas up towards the source of the Luwi, an area rarely frequented by visitors. A few days are then spent at Nsolo, downstream of Luwi, with the safari ending at Kakuli with its wide views high on the banks of the Luangwa.

All walking safaris in Zambia are led by an armed wildlife ranger (also known as a Scout) and he is followed by the professional safari guide. The idea of having two fully trained experts at the head of each walk was conceived in Zambia and has been tried and tested for decades with an unparalleled safety record.

Guests can also opt to spend a night or two miles from civilization under the stars with just a ‘mossie’ net, a guide and a Scout for company and camp fires to ward off nocturnal visitors. This ‘return to the wild’ sleep out is only for the most adventurous of spirit!

With only four rooms each and designed to blend with its surroundings, the bush camps are small. Using natural materials in their construction and powered with solar energy, these camps are about as ‘green’ and wild as you can get, without compromising in any way on comfort and quality of food and service.

The camps only operate in the dry season from May to October.

Why is this special?

  • Experience the birthplace of African walking safaris.
  • This ‘real deal’ walking safari covers significant ground on foot.
  • Stay in intimate bush camps founded upon traditional safari tradition.
  • Sleep out under the stars.
  • Accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable local guides, ensuring your safety.
  • Carbon neutral safari operator.

Where is this?

Luwi and Nsolo Bush Camps are both located deep in the middle of the South Luangwa National Park, the only camps on the course of the Luwi River, a tributary of the Luangwa. Kakuli is placed on the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa Rivers built on a high bank overlooking huge hippo pods and productive grazing lawns. Just up river is Mchenja, a luxurious and sophisticated bush camp which offers a wonderful place to end your safari adventure.

Who can go?

  • Couples, small groups and families that are keen for the adventure of a lifetime.
  • Groups are limited to a maximum of eight individuals.  
  • Whilst young children are not allowed in the National Park on foot (lower age limit of 12 years to walk), there is no upper age limit.
  • Walks are conducted at a slow pace, so a high level of fitness is not required. Usually there will be a tea bearer walking with and a break (or two) in the shade of a tree, or watching the river flow past.

What should I expect to pay?

Rates at the bush camps start around USD $695 per person, per night, sharing. This rate is fully inclusive of standard drinks and transfers yet excludes park fees, which are additional.

Good discounts are available for children under age of 18, as well as package deals.

What extensions do you recommend?

An extension to the other comfortable lodges in the Lower Zambezi National Park or at Livingstone will offer the best of both worlds!

 

 

 

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Wildebeest Migration Liuwa Plain

Wildebeest Migration Liuwa Plain


What is this safari about? 

Liuwa Plain is situated on the upper Zambezi floodplains of Western Zambia. Each year when seasonal floods transform the flat grasslands into a wetland paradise, the area becomes home to the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa. It is a spectacle which sees between 40,000 and 50,000 individuals migrate within the broader Liuwa system, moving between the numerous pans following seasonal burns and flooding.

At the start of the rainy season (around November) the Zambezi floods from the north and the wildebeest move south to higher ground creating a magnificent migration with literally ten’s of thousands moving along the plains - a sight to behold! They are joined by herds of zebra, tsessebe and lechwe, and predators such as wild dog, hyena, cheetah and lion.  

The area incorporating Liuwa Plain has a long and rich history. One of the earliest protected areas in Africa, Liuwa Plain was proclaimed a game reserve by the King of the Lozi people in the early 1880’s.  Since 2003, the Park has been managed by African Parks through a public-private partnership with the Zambian Government and the Barotse Royal Establishment.

A new lodge Mambeti is located on the upper Munde stream, a site chosen for its sweeping vistas and complete wildlife immersion. The accommodation comprises six luxury villas including a two bedroomed family villa, with the capacity to accommodate a total of 15 guests. This will be the only lodge inside the Park and makes for a very special experience during the migration. 

Why is this special?

  • Witness the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa!
  • View unique predator behavior - hyenas hunting in packs of up to 50.
  • Rare bird watching with 334 species.
  • Fabulous photographic opportunities.
  • Stay at the only lodge inside the Park.
  • Great conservation history and community participation
  • Wild and seriously remote…

Where is this?

Bound by the Luambimba and Luanginga Rivers, Liuwa is characterised by its spectacular flat landscape with wide-open spaces. Its seasonally flooded Zambezi floodplain is dotted with slightly elevated wooded islands.

Historically used as a royal hunting ground, people today still live inside the Park, a legacy that dates back to the late 19th century when the Barotse King, Lubosi Lewanika, proclaimed it a protected area and appointed his people as the custodians of the reserve and its wildlife – including the famous Liuwa lions, hyenas and cheetahs

Who can go?

  • Great for couples, families and small groups.
  • Ideal for those interested in remote and special wildlife encounters.
  • Birder and photographer heaven!

What should I expect to pay?

Prices are still to be announced.

What extensions do you recommend?

A stay at Liuwa can be combined (through a package deal) with a few nights at the camps in South Luangwa, creating a great Zambian wildlife experience. Add to that a stay at Victoria Falls and its pretty much as good as it gets!

safariFRANK’s Botswana or Namibia components also work well with a Zambia connection.

 

 

 

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Eco-lodge Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Eco-lodge Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

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What is this safari about?

Bateleur Camp is an exclusive private game reserve in the Timbavati and comprise of two camps, Bateleur Main Camp and Bateleur Mobile Camp. Main Camp is an 8-bed up-market safari camp and Mobile Camp is a very rustic tented safari camp for 4 to 18 people. The mobile camp is pitched in a different location for each group booking, making this a special wilderness experience.

This prime wilderness area boasts the Big Five, a large diversity of antelope species, the entire range of smaller predators, over 500 bird species, and a tremendous diversity of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

Bateleur’s traversing area extends over 10 000 hectares of the Timbavati Reserve.

Why is this special? 

  • Vehicle density is low so guests may not encounter any other guests for the duration of their stay.
  • A prime location where the average sightings of wildlife and birdlife are amongst the very best commercially available.
  • The full 10 000 hectare traversing area includes other properties on the same radio frequency, which greatly increases the chance of quality wildlife sightings.
  • Main Camp accommodates up to 8 clients, which enhances the exclusivity already provided by its remote location.
  • Mobile Camp accommodates one group at a time, achieving the same level of exclusivity and an even greater feeling of remoteness.
  • Over and above normal walking and driving activities, also on offer are bush craft, spider & scorpion learning experiences, as well as basic astronomy, which all add up to exceptional value that will exceed expectations.
  • Optional extras are interactive reptile demo, tribal dancing and rhino micro chipping.

Where is this?

The 3 500 hectare Bateleur property is located in the heart of the world renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, an exceptional safari location. All artificial barriers between the Timbavati and the adjacent Kruger National Park have been removed and the Bateleur property itself shares unfenced borders with the Kruger.

There is an airport close by with daily scheduled flights from and to Johannesburg.

Who can go?