Best of Both Worlds

Lower Zambezi National Park

Make the most of the stunning Lower Zambezi National Reserve by combining two contrasting yet complimentary safari experiences. Start and end in Lusaka.

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HIGHLIGHTS

- World class guiding
- Huge variety of activities including 4x4 day & night game drives, walking, canoeing, boat safaris and catch & release angling
- Authentic experiential safari
- Stylish and luxurious camps yet in keeping with the surroundings

SEASON

JANUARY - MARCH: MOST CAMPS ARE CLOSED
This is Zambia's 'Emerald Season' – when most camps close and many roads in Zambia become impassable so there is not much happening in the Lower Zambezi!
Chiawa and Old Mondoro are both closed.

APRIL - JUNE: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The rain gradually subsides from April and camps begin to open. The bush is very green and wildlife sightings are beginning to be very good. Days are wonderful and warm and the evenings can be cool and sometimes cold. June is a lovely time to be on safari as temperatures are extremely comfortable especially for walking safaris, and the grass is now flatter and the bush opens up offering better visibility.
Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro open 24 April.

JULY - SEPTEMBER: PEAK SAFARI SEASON
Superb time for Zambia, especially for the walking safari enthusiasts, as the temperatures are still moderate to make walking comfortable (especially in July and August). Game viewing is excellent. But as the camps operate such a limited season and this is the peak period spaces fill up well in advance so we suggest planning ahead to ensure the ultimate Zambian safari.

OCTOBER - DECEMBER: THE SEASON IS COMING TO AN END
Before the November rains the temperatures start to climb: the Lower Zambezi can get very hot in October. But the wildlife sightings are superb as animals start to keep close to water sources, this is when the Lower Zambezi comes into its own with the river being the central attraction and this becomes safari mania.
Old Mondoro closes on 14 November | Chiawa Camp closes 21 November

ITINERARY DETAIL

MOVE: Arrive at Lusaka Airport. Fly Lusaka to Jeki airstrip, Lower Zambezi National Park, with Proflight. 4x4 and boat transfer from Royal airstrip to Chiawa Camp.

STAY: 4 nights Chiawa Camp

PLAY: See the impact of conservation in the Lower Zambezi National Park with Grant Cumings, owner of Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro. Exceptional land and water based safaris, including 4x4 day and night game drives, walking, canoeing and boating in one of the richest wildlife areas. Days are as flexible and tailor-made as you like!

MOVE: Scenic boat transfer from Chiawa Camp to Old Mondoro – a highlight!

STAY: 3 nights Old Mondoro

PLAY: A perfect combination with its sister camp Chiawa Camp, Old Mondoro offers an intimate safari experience. Choose from a wide array of guided safari activities including 4x4, walking, boating, canoeing and catch and release fishing. Known for its excellent walking opportunities one can also enjoy a lodge-based safari with the frequent elephant and hippo activity around camp.

MOVE: 4x4 safari from Old Mondoro to Jeki airstrip. Fly Jeki to Lusaka Airport with Proflight. Depart ex Lusaka Airport on your international flight. 

AVAILABILITY
CONTACT

For assistance with availability and logistics, please contact us.

journeys@classic-portfolio.com | +27 21 876 2153 or +27 21 201 3869

 

Old Mondoro

About an hour east downstream by boat from sister camp Chiawa, Old Mondoro is located in the wonderfully open area of Faidherbia Forest. The camp is a far simpler affair that Chiawa yet the guiding levels, activity choice, service and excellent home-cooking remain are par. The comfortable rooms are strung out along a hippo-friendly channel off the Zambezi, enjoying great views with their half-height walls and small decks. Activities at Old Mondoro focus on game drives and boating, though the elephant and hippo activity around camp are enough to encourage a lodge-based safari! Tasty meals are served fireside or in the open-sided thatched dining room, and star-gazing in this remote spot makes a perfect pastime...

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