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Section 5: The Great River Safari

 
30 May - 6 June, 2020

The river now flows along the entire Lower Zambezi National Park, where we enjoy an unforgettable river safari. The Zambezi is then joined by the Luangwa River before broadening into Lake Cahora Bassa. We meet the outgoing team at Tamarind Lodge, then journey downstream to Chiawa Camp, home of the Cumings family, for two nights. We hear about the work of Tusk supported Conservation Lower Zambezi and the 30 years’ history of Chiawa Camp. Then safari by canoe and foot to the charming Old Mondoro for two nights before continuing to Anabezi where we are inspired by Send a Cow’s work in Zambia. We conclude our safari odyssey by motorboat through the spectacular Mupata Gorge to Redcliff Lodge near the Mozambique border.
Canoeing near hippo pods in Lower Zambezi National Parks, Zambia
Walking safari near young lion cubs in Lower Zambezi National Park
Aerial view of Zambezi River at sunrise
Speedboat fishing safari on Zambezi River, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Close up portrait of leopard in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Elephant herd walking through camp at Old Mondoro in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Guests with guide walking near near lone elephant in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Lunch stop on safari in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Fishing boat safari on Zambezi River, Lower Zambezi National Park
Sunset game drive in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Close up shot of African safari guide Rob Janisch
Exterior guest area at Tamarind Tented Camp
Exterior river view of Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Exterior river view of guest suite at Old Mondoro, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Guest dining area at Anabezi, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Interior of Redcliff Zambezi Lodge on eastern border of Zambia
Zebras walking in Lower Zambezi National Park at sunset
Canoeing near hippo pods in Lower Zambezi National Parks, Zambia
 
A five night safari in the company of several of Africa’s most notable guides

Visit Conservation Lower Zambezi Headquarters to hear first-hand how they are supported by funds raised by Tusk

Canoe the channels of the Zambezi River as it wends through the Lower Zambezi National Park

Enjoy a bush dinner and performance by the Chiawa Camp Choir
Walking safari near young lion cubs in Lower Zambezi National Park
 
Spend the afternoon learning about the work of Send a Cow in Zambia

Action-packed game viewing with the chance to spot four of the Big Five, alongside phenomenal birdlife

Head out on foot from Old Mondoro, tracking wildlife in the company of their renowned walking guides

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Mupata Gorge as you travel towards the Mozambique border

Try your hand at tiger fishing
Aerial view of Zambezi River at sunrise
 
Arrive in Lusaka and transfer by road to Tamarind Tented Camp for dinner and a talk on the journey so far.
Speedboat fishing safari on Zambezi River, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
 
This morning we boat through the Chiawa Game Management Area to Conservation Lower Zambezi where we will hear how funds raised by Tusk support their work. After lunch we continue by speedboat into Chiawa Camp.
Close up portrait of leopard in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
 
Today we explore the land and waterways of the Lower Zambezi National Park, seeking out its abundant wildlife in the company of Chiawa’s expert guides.
Elephant herd walking through camp at Old Mondoro in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
 
After breakfast overlooking the river, we continue west through the park on foot and by canoe to Old Mondoro. In the afternoon, we head to the game-rich Jeki Plains on foot or by vehicle.
Guests with guide walking near near lone elephant in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
 
Another idyllic day exploring the Lower Zambezi National Park. In the evening we are treated to a bush dinner and the harmonious voices of the Chiawa Camp Choir.
Lunch stop on safari in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
 
In the morning we head out on foot once again through the park. Stopping for a riverside lunch, we then continue in the afternoon to Anabezi.
Fishing boat safari on Zambezi River, Lower Zambezi National Park
 
Today we return to the water as we make our way by boat out of the Lower Zambezi National Park through the stunning Mupata Gorge, fishing en-route.
Sunset game drive in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
 
Return by road to Lusaka.
Exterior guest area at Tamarind Tented Camp
 
Set beneath the shade of a canopy of tamarind trees, Tamarind Tented Camp is a forested retreat along the banks of the Zambezi River. The open-sided main area of the camp sits under a thick thatch roof; when dusk falls, the only light provided by the moon, the campfire and paraffin lanterns, creating an exciting and warm atmosphere. Accommodation is in traditional meru-style safari tents which are comfortably furnished and have an en-suite bathroom complete with bucket shower.
Exterior river view of Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
 
Situated in the Lower Zambezi National Park, this remote camp is owned and run by the Cumings family. Chiawa translates to ‘place of rest’ and the fantastic staff are all skilled in faultless customer service, making each guest feel special. Each of the superior tented suites is set on its own split level elevated timber platform, either with panoramic views of the wide, slow moving Zambezi River or the dry riverbed that feeds down to the Zambezi, where animals are regularly seen.
Exterior river view of guest suite at Old Mondoro, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
 
In the Lower Zambezi, Old Mondoro offers something a little different. The concept of the camp is simple – to step back from the luxurious lodges springing up everywhere and provide guests with an authentic safari that concentrates on the wildlife and bush experience. This beautiful little camp is set in a grove of acacia trees on the banks of the Zambezi River, near the Chakwenga River confluence, overlooking a maze of hippo-inhabited islands and channels, where elephant and buffalo swim out to feed.
Guest dining area at Anabezi, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
 
In the far-eastern reaches of the park, Anabezi is characterised by the elephants which are drawn to the surrounding winter thorn trees. The camp comprises 11 luxury tents, each on a raised wooden platform overlooking the Mushika River flood plain. The tents have their own private plunge pool and an exhilarating outdoor shower. It is not unusual to enjoy game viewing at Anabezi without leaving the lodge as elephant and buffalo regularly wander amongst the tents, feeding on the tasty ana tree pods.
Interior of Redcliff Zambezi Lodge on eastern border of Zambia
 
At the edge of the stunning Mapata Gorge is Redcliff Lodge. The only lodge for over 50km, the property takes full advantage of its remote location to offer guests an exclusive experience. Iconic red cliffs, exposed when the river cut its course provide a beautiful backdrop for activities and relaxation. Comfortable guest chalets in which to rest your head are set under shady riparian trees, and hearty cuisine to revive experience-weary travellers is served in the cosy dining room.
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