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South Luangwa & Victoria Falls with Norman Carr Safaris - Semi Customized

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Norman Carr was the founder of the walking safari in Zambia. Explore the South Luangwa through his eyes, with a stay at Kapani Lodge and the Norman Carr Bush Camps. End the trip with a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Depart the USA from your choice of gateway. FLY South African Airways to Johannesburg.

Day 2 Johannesburg: Airport Sun Intercontinental
Arrive into Johannesburg, after clearing customs make your own way to the hotel. Located 50 meters from the arrival and departure at Johannesburg International Airport. The hotel has 109 luxury guest rooms, 26 executive rooms, 2 executive suites, and 1 room for the disabled, 69 non-smoking rooms & 5 inter-leading rooms. Each room has air-conditioning, interactive TV System offering airline flight information, and satellite TV & pay movie channel. Each room also has direct dial telephone, voice mail, wake up call, modem connection, cell phone re-charger, express checkout, coffee & tea maker, hairdryer, minibar, attached bathroom with a separate shower and a separate closet. The hotel has a first class restaurant with an informal atmosphere, offering modern cuisine from breakfast through to late night a la carte dinning. The cocktail bar is an ideal meeting place for the international traveler. In-room dining with an optional “flight-friendly” menu is available. The hotel also has a health and fitness center, massage (by appointment), and indoor pool. Golf, tennis and IMAX Theater are all nearby.

Day 3 South Luangwa: Chinzombo Safari Camp (BLD)
After breakfast, make your way to the International Terminal. FLY to Lusaka, where you will board your scheduled charter flight to Mfuwe. Arrive into Mfuwe, where you will be met by a camp representative and escorted to the lodge. The Luangwa Valley was formed by the same massive forces, which created the East African Rift. Located some 600 kilometers from Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, the vast South Luangwa National Park covers an area of 5,611 sq. miles and averages 1,968 feet in altitude. The meandering Luangwa River dominates the Valley floor. This river is dynamic and constantly changing its course. The resulting lagoons and sandbanks attract an abundance of wildlife. The birds, some 400 recorded species, are spectacular and colorful. With three distinct habitats, the river, the adjoining lagoons and the plains, there is a wide diversity of game. Chinzombo Safari Camp is wildly luxurious, designed by award winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens. Chinzombo brings levels of comfort, style and elegance previously unseen to the Luangwa Valley in Zambia.  Chinzombo Safari Camp is wildly luxurious, designed by award winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens. Chinzombo brings levels of comfort, style and elegance previously unseen to the Luangwa Valley in Zambia.   The old Chinzombo Camp was for years the green season base for Norman Carr way back in the 1970’s. We are thrilled to be giving this unique place a new lease of life. The camp is super-luxurious but retains its bush feel with grass and canvas walls and spacious living areas that melt into the exquisite surroundings of the beautiful, tranquil site.  Gigantic, ancient shade trees offer peace and tranquility for guests staying in any one of the six stunning villas, one of which is a family suite with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, perfect for families or small groups. Each villa will has its own private pool, cooled sleeping areas, and massive bathroom.   The camp is set within 60 acres of private land with Luangwa River frontage; the views from its riverside location which teems with wildlife, plus the private, direct access into one of the most game rich areas of the National Park all combine to make this a truly special place.   Chinzombo Camp is the perfect place from which to explore the majestic wilds of the Luangwa in style, luxury and exclusivity – all year round .

Day 4 South Luangwa Valley: Chinzombo Safari Camp (BLD)
Enjoy a full day of game viewing. A typical day - if there is such a thing - starts with the wake up call just before dawn. Tea and coffee, cereals and toast are announced soon after, and then the walk or drive leaves the camp. A mid morning stop with tea/coffee and cake keeps you going until you return to the camp anytime between 9:30 am and mid-day. After brunch, there is a chance to rest, read or spend a few quite hours at the hide. At 4:00 pm, following afternoon tea and cake, the afternoon game drive or walk leaves the camp. The drive takes sundowners and continue with a night game drive returning to the camp at around 8:00 pm. Drinks at the bar, a delicious three course dinner and a nightcap sitting around the camp fire, under the stars finishes the day in the bush. Fall into bed at around 10:30 pm, as the hyenas call.

Day 5 South Luangwa Valley: Chinzombo Safari Camp (BLD)
Enjoy a full day of game viewing.

Day 6 South Luangwa Valley: Nsolo Bushcamp (BLD)
After a morning game drive and breakfast you will be driven to Nsolo Bushcamp. Enjoy an afternoon game walk. Nsolo Camp is a romantic, thatched camp, situated on a waterhole in the shade of a large grove of trees. Accommodation consists of four open-fronted rooms, built on raised wooden platforms under a thatched roof. Where possible, the natural features have been incorporated into the structure. At night, the canvas curtains can be drawn for added security. The bathrooms, as with all of our bushcamps, are open to the trees and stars above. The main chitenje hosts the bar and a small library of books. This is an excellent place to relax during the heat of the day and watch the constant activity at the waterhole in front of the camp.

Day 7 South Luangwa Valley:
Nsolo Bushcamp (BLD)
Enjoy a full day of game viewing.

Day 8 South Luangwa Valley: Mchenja Bushcamp (BLD)
After a morning game drive and breakfast you will be driven to Mchenja Bushcamp. Enjoy an afternoon of game viewing. Mchenja, meaning "the ebony tree", is set beneath a magnificent grove of these trees on the banks of the Luangwa River. Although this camp takes luxury in the bush to a level not previously seen in Zambia, it is designed to combine excellently with our other more rustic bushcamps. The camp comprises five stylishly designed tents each under its own thatched roof, and each with private en-suite shower and bathroom facilities and inside bath. There is a small pool alongside the bar within the thatched main chitenje, allowing guests to seek cool refuge during the heat of the day. Mchenja is the perfect destination to complete a walking safari that has combined stays at a number of our camps. Alternatively, those guests seeking a little more luxury and pampering may choose to combine a longer stay here, either walking or driving, with a number of nights at the main lodge.

Day 9 South Luangwa Valley:
Mchenja Bushcamp (BLD)
Enjoy a full day of game viewing.

Day 10 Livingstone:
Royal Livingstone (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Mfuwe for your scheduled charter flight to Livingstone via Lusaka. Arrive into Livingstone, where you will be met by an AfricaTours representative and escorted to the hotel. The Royal Livingstone is a 5 Star resort located within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Every detail has been lovingly crafted to create the impression of being in another place in time, a time of romance and adventure. The bedrooms are two-story clusters inspired by the grand estate houses of a bygone era. Each cluster comprises 10 en-suite air-conditioned rooms with private balconies and terraces that offer spectacular views of the great river and beyond. Each room offers a quiet retreat from the ruggedness of Africa, with large shaded verandas and open spaces cooled by swirling fans and tall shutters. The travelers bar and lounge is a place where guests can relax under thatched shade, decorated in harmonious greens, creams and ebony. With its comfortable armchairs and low ottomans the lounge is a place to enjoy an impeccably served high tea or to linger longer over some fine port or cigar. The a la carte restaurant will serve a range of exquisite delicacies from around the world. The Royal Livingstone is a place to enjoy the majesties of Africa with all the charms of a bygone era. It promises to introduce an unparalleled level of luxury, service and sophistication to the region. DAY VISITOR CENTER: Located near the main road and in close proximity of the Zambezi Sun (sister property to The Royal Livingstone), this facility caters for day visitors to the Falls. The center provides access to quick and easy booking for adventure activities such as white water rafting and bungee jumping. The less adventurous might like to choose from sundowner cruises, game drives, bird watching and cycling safaris.

Day 11 Livingstone: Royal Livingstone (B)
This morning you will be met at the hotel for a private, guided tour of the Falls. One of the seven natural wonders of the world the Victoria Falls is a truly spectacular sight. On your guided tour, of the Zambian side, of the Falls you will have the opportunity to experience its awesome unspoilt grandeur as your guide explains how this 150-million-year-old phenomenon was created. During peak flow (January to June) the Zambian side of the Falls is considered to be the most spectacular.

Day 12 Departure (B)
After a morning at leisure, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg and connecting South African Airways Flight to JFK.

Day 13 Arrive into the USA

Rates for the South Luangwa & Victoria Falls with Norman Carr Safaris - Semi Customized

Land, per person double occupancy

01 Nov '16 - 31 Dec '16 $10,445
Single Supplement On request
01 Jan '17 - 31 May '17 $13,335
01 Jun '17 - 31 Oct '17 $13,860
01 Nov '17 - 31 Dec '17 $12,045
Single Supplement On request

Land and Air from New York, per person double occupancy

07 Dec '16 - 31 Dec '16 $14,755
01 Jan '17 - 31 May '17 $16,785
01 Jun '17 - 19 Aug '17 $17,475
20 Aug '17 - 30 Sep '17 $17,840
01 Oct '17 - 04 Oct '17 $15,660
05 Oct '17 - 31 Oct '17 $17,535
01 Nov '17 - 06 Dec '17 $16,095
07 Dec '17 - 23 Dec '17 $16,775

Price Includes:

  • Accommodation for 10 nights
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages at Kapani, Nsolo & Mchenja (except premium alcohol & champagne)
  • Game drives & Game park fees
  • Professional driver/guides
  • Charter flights from Lusaka – Mfuwe – Livingstone
  • All transfers
  • Laundry at Kapani, Nsolo & Mchenja

Price Excludes:

  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in Johannesburg & Livingstone
  • Laundry in Johannesburg & Livingstone
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance
  • THE FLIGHTS FROM JOHANNESBURG TO LUSAKA AND LIVINGSTONE TO JOHANNESBURG IS EXCLUDED FROM THE LAND ONLY PRICE
  • Zambia Visa Entry Fee of US $50 per person, to be paid at the port of entry (Livingstone) in US$
  • Zambia departure tax ($25 per person, to be paid locally in US$)

 

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