Tongabezi, Shumba Camp, Kafunta River Lodge, Chongwe
From the Adrenaline Capital of the World to
the tranquil sounds of the Bush.
This Zambian Holiday is Ideal for the teenager
family who enjoys thrills and spills as well as a relaxed bush
Day 1-2: Tongabezi, Livingstone, Zambia
On Arrival at Livingstone Airport you will be
met by a representative of Tongabezi who will transfer you to the
Tongabezi Lodge is a romantic hideaway on the banks of the
Zambezi River just upstream of Victoria Falls. We offer a selection
of houses and cottages, each beautifully furnished using local
materials. Guests can dine beside the river or on their private
terrace. Tongabezi combines an exclusive ambience with the warmth
and hospitality of the people of Zambia.
The free flow design and open front to most of the rooms is
unique and very effective. Bathrooms have exclusive and spectacular
views over the Zambezi and personal valets complete the attention
to detail at this African dream lodge. The swimming pool feels
almost as if it is almost part of the river and is set into the
base of a rock cliff blending perfectly into the scenery.
Tongabezi Lodge accommodation is in open-fronted houses, or
cottages. Each unit has its own valet, to take care of guests, and
who also acts as a private concierge.
There are five houses; each one is unique, from the Honeymoon
House, with its private balcony overlooking the River, to the Bird
House with its sweeping views and open-air sunken bath. There is
also the open-decked Tree House, and the Dog House, and the new Nut
House, which is entirely enclosed, and boasts a private garden and
infinity plunge pool.
In addition to the houses, there are five River Cottages, all of
which overlook the banks of the Zambezi River. Each has a large
double bed or two singles, plus a mosquito net and en suite bath
and shower. You also have an indoor and outdoor area for private
dining, or to be used as somewhere to relax and enjoy the view. The
Cottages are enclosed, and may be more suited for those who are not
as happy with being in the open-fronted Houses.
There is also the Garden Cottage, which is ideal for a family or
couple seeking luxury and privacy. The house is hidden behind a
private walled garden, set back from the river, thus making it the
only accommodation at Tongabezi that does not have a view of the
Zambezi River. The cottage boasts 2 bedrooms, a private living
room, with fireplace, and open-air sunken bath.
Livingstone is the adventure capital of the world where you can
enjoy a multitude of adrenaline or relaxed activities such as:-
- Flights over the falls
- Elephant Back safaris
- Visits to Livingstone Island
- Crocodile and Snake Park
- Golf at The Royal Livingstone Golf Club
- White Water Rafting
- River-boarding the rapids
- The gorge swing
- Bungee jumping
- Health and beauty spa
Spend 2 nights at Tongabezi Lodge including full board and
Day 3-4: Shumba Camp, Kafue, Zambia
Enjoy breakfast after which you will visit the
mighty Victoria Falls. Depart Livingstone by light aircraft to the
Kafue National Park. A short helicopter transfer will take you to
the Shumba Camp.
Standing on an island of large, majestic fig
trees, in the center of the Busanga Plains, the camp overlooks vast
floodplains in all directions. This is quite a spread out camp,
built high off the ground and linked by wooden walkways. Despite
being in a very open environment the camp has been well camouflaged
with the use of grass roofs, helping it to blend into its
surroundings. From various vantage points around the camp you can
often see antelope, typically puku and red lechwe, grazing the lush
Each of the very spacious six tented rooms has been built up on
raised platforms about 2m off the ground. Canvas walls are fastened
around a wood-and-pole structure to create a substantial yet solid
tented room. Every room has two large queen-sized beds, an en-suite
bathroom with a flush toilet and an indoor and outdoor shower.
Activities from Shumba Camp center on
exploring the vast Busanga Plains by day and night 4WD safari
drives. During the early months of the season (May - June), boat
trips are also often possible. The surrounding terrain might be
better compared to Serengeti's open plains than any of Zambia's
usual bush landscape. This makes it a worthwhile and contrasting
inclusion on any safari to this country.
Spend 2 nights at Shumba Camp including full
board and activities.
Day 5-6: Kafunta River Lodge, Luangwa, Zambia
Depart the Kafue National Park and continue by
light aircraft to the South Luangwa National Park. On arrival at
Mfuwe International Airport you will be met and transferred to
Luangwa Safari House.
This stunning four bedroom private house is
situated on the edge of a seasonal lagoon where the game, including
herds of elephants and giraffe, feed and water throughout the day.
Sleeping eight, there is an enormous shared living area, balconies,
verandas, a swimming pool and an open terrace for dining. There are
hosted activities for children (minimum age 7) independent of
parents, and a child minder is also available.
From the house there is the daily option of a
walk or a game drive. The drives include morning, afternoon and
night drives. An all-day drive, with a picnic lunch, is always
available. Other activities such as a cultural day at the
Kawaza Village are also available.
Spend 2 nights at Luangwa Safari House
including full board and activities
Day 7-8: Chongwe, Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Depart the South Luangwa National Park and
continue to the Lower Zambezi to Chongwe River Camp.
The location of the house is at the end of a
massive winterthorn grove, on the banks of the peaceful Chongwe
River, a tributary of the Zambezi. The view of the nearby
mountainous escarpment is spectacular. From the main room you look
out over the deck and pool to the river and mountains beyond. All
the furniture in the sitting room has been carved from a single
huge fallen winterthorn tree, as if it has fallen across the
room. Beautifully soft coloured pebbles from the Chongwe
River have been embedded in the ceilings.
The ground floor bedrooms are each entered
through a tunnel which gives the feeling of walking through a cave.
The curved entrance gives privacy without the need for doors. The
downstairs bathrooms have water pouring out of the stone ceiling
instead of the normal shower rose, whilst the upstairs showers are
waterfalls. "Taps" are made from bone and wood and the exquisitely
carved basins have been carved out of wood and white marble by the
famous Zambian artist, Eddie Mumba. The upstairs bedrooms
have unusual baths, from which you have a view across the bush.
The Chongwe area is famous for huge male
elephants feeding through the winterthorn grove in which the house
is situated and this amazing game experience is enhanced by the
fact the Chongwe River itself it the main water source for most of
the game in the area. From the bedrooms, the sitting room and
the deck you will have game in view, feeding and watering.
Spend 2 nights at Chongwe River House
including full board and activities.
Day 9: Departure
Fly from the Lower Zambezi to Lusaka Airport
to connect with your outbound flight.