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Section 1: From the Source

 
2 May - 9 May, 2020

Tucked within an area of Miombo Forest, the origins of the Zambezi River may seem humble, yet they have been preserved as a national monument, signifying the importance of Africa’s fourth largest river to the country in which its journey begins. This first part of the expedition includes a safari in one of Zambia’s most remote national parks, going behind the scenes of lion conservation, a flight over the river’s dramatic course through Angola and a personal insight into the history of the Lozi people, who have for centuries inhabited the Zambezi’s lush floodplains.
Traditional Lozi king Kuomboka journey in western Zambia
Lady Liuwa, the famous lioness of Liuwa Plains National Park
Guests arriving by boat taxi to The Royal Livingstone near Victoria Falls
Guest area overlooking remote Liuwa Plains National Park at King Lewanika
Hyena near game drive jeep on safari at King Lewanika in Liuwa Plains National Park
Sleeping out in Tentsile under stars from King Lewanika in Liuwa Plains National Park
Aerial view of Barotse flooplains in western Zambia
Fishing from boat on Zambezi River
Local fishers in western Zambia
Traditional mokoro canoe near Mongu in western Zambia
Image of esteemed safari guide, Rob Janisch
Exterior view of main guest area at the Royal Livingstone Hotel at Victoria Falls, Zambia
Guest suite overlooking Liuwa Plains National Park at King Lewanika, western Zambia
Tentsile sleep out in Liuwa Plains National Park from King Lewanika, Zambia
Aerial view of Matoya Lodge on banks of Zambezi River
Aerial view of private mobile camp on banks of Zambezi River
Luxurious evening bush dinner from King Lewanika, Liuwa Plains National Park, western Zambia
Traditional Lozi king Kuomboka journey in western Zambia
 
A magical welcoming dinner aboard a steam train

Game viewing and sleeping under the stars in the secluded Liuwa Plain National Park

Fly by private charter to the source of the Zambezi at Mwinilunga

Enjoy dramatic tales of Lozi history as you follow the route of the famous Kuomboka
Lady Liuwa, the famous lioness of Liuwa Plains National Park
 
Try your hand at extreme tiger fishing in Barotseland

Two nights of mobile camping amidst the remote Barotse floodplains

Go behind the scenes with the Liuwa Carnivore Project

Learn about life in Barotseland on a visit to a traditional fishing village
Guests arriving by boat taxi to The Royal Livingstone near Victoria Falls
 
Arrive in Livingstone for a night of luxury and dinner aboard a steam train before our adventure begins.
Guest area overlooking remote Liuwa Plains National Park at King Lewanika
 
Fly by light aircraft and helicopter into the Liuwa Plain National Park, to experience one of Africa’s most exclusive safaris.
Hyena near game drive jeep on safari at King Lewanika in Liuwa Plains National Park
 
Exciting game viewing in the park with a fascinating insight into the work of the Liuwa Carnivore Project.
Sleeping out in Tentsile under stars from King Lewanika in Liuwa Plains National Park
 
Set out on foot in Liuwa, arriving at our fly camp in the late afternoon for a night sleeping under the stars.
Aerial view of Barotse flooplains in western Zambia
 
A private charter takes us to the Zambezi’s source at Mwinilunga. We then continue, flying over the river’s course through eastern Angola. Landing at Lukulu in Zambia, we arrive into Matoya Lodge in the late afternoon. After visiting a local school, we enjoy a unique dinner along the riverbank; our host — the local chief of the Barotse Royal Establishment.
Fishing from boat on Zambezi River
 
Boarding motorboats, we journey upriver to the Zambezi-Kabompo confluence. Challenge yourself to catch the biggest tiger fish as we head back downriver to a private mobile camp.
Local fishers in western Zambia
 
Today we return to the river and travel by boat to a traditional fishing village. We will then enjoy a relaxed beach lunch before continuing to our second private camp.
Traditional mokoro canoe near Mongu in western Zambia
 
It’s an early start as we travel the Kuomboka in the footsteps of the Lozi King from Lealui to Limulunga. Arriving by lunchtime, we explore the small town of Mongu before boarding a private charter flight back to Livingstone.
Exterior view of main guest area at the Royal Livingstone Hotel at Victoria Falls, Zambia
 
The Royal Livingstone is a five-star hotel on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Bringing new levels of luxury to the region, this comfortable, modern, well equipped hotel reflects the elegance of times past using exquisite African architectural style. The immeculate rooms are two-storey clusters inspired by the grand estate houses of a bygone era with private balconies and terraces that offer spectacular views of the Zambezi River and beyond.
Guest suite overlooking Liuwa Plains National Park at King Lewanika, western Zambia
 
King Lewanika is the only safari lodge in the remote, wildlife rich Liuwa Plain National Park. 60 years of experience has gone into the design of the lodge, and the architects have focused on creating an intimate space which blends perfectly with its surroundings. The interiors are functional and tasteful; the views from the decks are exceptional. Liuwa has the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa, and there are also significant numbers of hyena, cheetah, zebra, wild dog, and buffalo.
Tentsile sleep out in Liuwa Plains National Park from King Lewanika, Zambia
 
Liuwa Plain is Zambia’s most remote national park and what better way to experience it than sleeping out beneath its canopy of stars? No artificial light for hundreds of miles means you’ll truly be at one with the heavens. Share a sumptuous meal and swap stories around the fire before being lulled to sleep by the distant call of a leopard. This atmospheric evening ends in a unique tented hammock before you’re woken at dawn for your next adventure.
Aerial view of Matoya Lodge on banks of Zambezi River
 
Nestled on the banks of the upper Zambezi River is Matoya Lodge. This small, remote lodge is extremely popular with anglers, yet it is also the perfect base from which to explore the idyllic Barotse floodplains. The seven thatched chalets are river facing with comfortable furnishings and an en-suite bathroom. In the main area of the lodge a lounge and small swimming pool are a retreat in which to reflect on our adventures, a cool drink in hand.
Aerial view of private mobile camp on banks of Zambezi River
 
Staying in a small mobile camp, dwarfed by its vast, wild surroundings and erected just for you offers the chance to spread your arms wide and connect with the majesty of nature. The sights and sounds of Africa are all around you, above a huge starry sky, the distant rumbling roar of lion your lullaby. Yet you are not without a touch of comfort: a cosy bed, hot bucket showers and a chef, on hand, to create delicious fresh cuisine to sustain you on your journey.
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