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Expedition Western Zambia


The concept of the expedition tours is quite simple; we visit unusual destinations as a small group of travelers. There is one expedition leader who is an experienced guide. He/She knows how to run the operations of the tour, how to get through the borders, do the meal planning, keep the vehicle moving etc.

However these are places that we seldom visit, and as such the expedition leader will not have detailed knowledge of every destination. Where bookings are required, we will make bookings in advance, but much of the itinerary will be flexible and final route will be at the discretion of the expedition leader and subject to road conditions.

All participants on expedition trips must understand this tour requires flexibility and an appreciation of the open style of travel. This is not a set tour, it is an exploration. It’s an adventure!

Day 1 - 2 LIVINGSTONE – VICTORIA FALLS [camping Bx1 - -]
(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
The group will meet at the Waterfront campsite in Livingstone Zambia, at 14:00pm. Following an expedition briefing, and settling into our campsite, we have time to explore the Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge. Adventure activities abound, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, or a 111m bungi jump (own expense).

Day 3 - 8 LIUWA PLAINS [camping BLD] 
This remote park in the far west is pristine wilderness, which to the ardent bush lover, makes it its biggest attraction and the rewards are great. The game is spread out across the plains and takes some driving around to find. But to come upon a vast herd of blue wildebeest, a prowling wild dog, a dozing pride of lion in this forgotten piece of Africa is especially fascinating because of its completely natural and uncommercialised state. The birdlife is abundant and the very dramatic storms and lightning rising up on the horizon, contrasting with the green and gold grasslands create views of spectacular magnitude and fantastic photographic opportunities. In November, with the onset of the rains, the massive herds of blue wildebeest arrive from Angola, traversing the plains in their thousands, very often mingling with zebra along the way or gathering around water holes and pans. Other unusual antelope found include oribi, red lechwe, steinbuck, duiker, tsessebe and roan. The Jackal, serval, wildcat, wild dog as well as lion and hyena are the predators of the area. Many birds migrate here during the rains and massive flocks of birds can be seen as they migrate south. The plains are dotted with woodlands which also make for excellent birding. Please note: Due the long travelling time from Livingstone to Luiwa Plains, we may stop en-route at a campsite on the banks for the Zambezi River

Please note: Due the long travelling time from Livingstone to Luiwa Plains, we may stop en-route at a campsite on the banks for the Zambezi River.

Day 9 - 11 KAFUE NATIONAL PARK [camping BLD]
Found in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest of Zambia's national parks covering a massive 22500 square kilometres. First established as national park in the 1950s, Kafue is one of the largest national parks in the whole of Africa. Despite its size and prominent location, it remains little known and largely unexplored. It is fed by three rivers, the Lufupa in the north-west and the Lunga and Kafue in the north-east. The Lufupa River floods in the summer (December to April), creating a large floodplain delta system that attracts thousands of waterbirds. The Lunga and Kafue rivers are wide and slow-flowing, banded by riverine forest. Habitats in the park are diverse, and include floodplains, miombo woodland and dambos (grasslands which become marshy in the rainy season). It has good concentrations of plains game and their predators as well as the largest species diversity in Zambia, including animals that are rare or non-existent in other southern African countries, such as Lichtenstein's hartebeest, roan antelope, Defassa waterbuck and oribi. Birdlife is spectacular, consisting of 491 species.

Day 12 - 14 BUSANGA [camping BLD]
The Busanga Plain found in the north-west is regarded as the jewel in the crown of the Kafue NP. Busanga is a wide flood plain which is inundated for much of the year, generating expanses of grazing and lush water meadows for thousands of red lechwe and Cape buffalo; birdlife is prolific. The Plain is also renowned for frequent sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah. The Busanga lion prides in particular are “must see” for any safari to Kafue. Road conditions in the northern portion of the Kafue NP in November may be very muddy which could affect our ability to reach the Busanga Plains. It all depends on how early the rains arrive. There are also no formal campsites available in the Busanga Plains area, so we will do day game drives to the area from our base in Lufupa. The order of days 9-14 may be altered to make best use of time available to visit Busanga.

On the headwaters of the Kafue River lies the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage which is a world renowned orphanage and sanctuary for Chimpanzees, the only one of its kind in the world. The sanctuary was started by David and Sheila Siddle in 1983, when a badly wounded Chimpanzee was brought to the farm, having been rescued from poachers in DR Congo. The Chimpanzee wasn't expected to survive but the pair nursed it back to health. Since then the orphanage has expanded to house over a 100 orphaned Chimpanzees in 2500 acres of forest savanna and fruit groves. The orphanage is now home to numerous other types of animals which roam freely around most of the grounds, an assortment of birds, many of which were brought there to be reared back to health, Chimfunshi is well worth the visit, in fact it is just a privilege of being able to spend time with these fascinating animals in a natural environment. In a world of crass commercialism, Chimfunshi thrives on unconditional love and absolute dedication.

Day 21 LUSAKA – TOUR ENDS [- B - -]
Departing from Chimfunshi, we travel through the industrial heartland of Zambia – The Copperbelt - the area's production of copper and cobalt are of global importance, before making our way to Lusaka where the tour ends in the afternoon at the Lusaka Airport.

Please note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo stops!



21 Day Accommodated

Small group-max 6

Limited participation(Washing dishes, loading truck)

Departs Livingstone, Zambia Ends Lusaka, Zambia

Price from Euro 3 250

Local payment US$ 400pp

Single supplement Euro 125



Professional safari guide

Transport in 4WD expedition vehicle

20Breakfast 18 Lunch 18 dinner

Entrance fees

Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags)



Liuwa Plains National Park

Chobe National Park

Kafue National Park

Chimfunsi – Chimpanzee Haven


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This trip starts in Livingstone (Zambia) at 16:00pm. There is no need to overnight in Livingstone before departure, you can fly into Livingstone LVI on the day of departure.Would you like to book additional nights accommodation pre and post-tour? Please inform me of your airport transfer and lodge reservations that you require when you submit your enquiry/booking. See pre and post-tour accommodation here. Do you need assistance with any further travel/tour reservations not found on this website? Please ask. *Local Payment: If your tour requires local payment please have it ready on departure day, give it to your tour guide in the correct currency bank notes in cash. No US$100 bills. It is part of the tour operational costs like park entry fees, paid in cash localy in order to benefit the local communities.

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