Legends of Zambia

Lower Zambezi National Park & South Luangwa National Park

Visit the last remaining owner-run camps - the Legends of Zambia. Start and end in Lusaka.

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HIGHLIGHTS

- Unique, owner-run camps that are personal and intimate
- A diverse wildlife experience, large to small!
- Variety of safari activities including 4x4 day & night game drives, walking safaris, canoeing and fishing

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 a huge amount happening in the Luangwa Valley and Lower Zambezi. Two of The Bushcamp Company camps - Kapamba and Zungulila - are open until 6th January offering unique Emerald Season safaris. Other camp owners tend to be taking their well-deserved. Chiawa and Old Mondoro are closed. Please note all lodges around Victoria Falls will be open so do not think all of Zambia is a no go zone.

APRIL - JUNE: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The rains gradually subside from April and camps begin to open. By May the landscape is looking lush and green, and June is a lovely time to be on safari as temperatures are extremely comfortable especially for walking safaris. The grass is now flatter and the bush opens up offering better visibility. Wildlife sightings are beginning to be very good.
The Bushcamps start opening from 16 April | Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro open 24 April

JULY - SEPTEMBER: PEAK 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. 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-lying valleys, Lower Zambezi and Luangwa Valley, can get very hot in October. The wildlife sightings are, however, superb as animals start to keep close to water sources. This is when the Lower Zambezi and Luangwa come into their own as they both have rivers as the central attractions and this becomes safari mania.
Old Mondoro closes 14 November | Chiawa Camp closes 21 November | The Bushcamps start to close from 1 November - selected camps are open until 6 January

ITINERARY DETAIL

MOVE: Arrive at Lusaka Airport. Fly to Jeki airstrip. 4x4 & boat transfer from Jeki airstrip to Chiawa Camp.

STAY: 3 nights Chiawa Camp

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

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

STAY: 2 nights Old Mondoro

PLAY: A perfect combination with sister camp Chiawa, Old Mondoro offers an intimate safari experience. Activities include 4x4 game drives boating, canoeing and catch and release fishing, but the camp is really known for its excellent walking opportunities. Otherwise, stay in camp, get comfy, and enjoy a lodge-based safari with the frequent elephant and hippo activity around camp.

MOVE: 4x4 safari from Old Mondoro to Jeki airstrip. Fly from Jeki airstrip to Mfuwe Airport, via Lusaka, with Proflight. 4x4 safari from Mfuwe Airport to Mfuwe Lodge.

STAY:1 night Mfuwe Lodge

PLAY: Arrive at Mfuwe Lodge and enjoy the enviable surroundings (with a G&T, of course) before starting your journey down to the Bushcamps. 

MOVE: 4x4 safari to Bushcamps.

STAY: 5 nights The Bushcamp Company

PLAY: Choose to stay in any of the 6 intimate and individual bush camps (2 nights and 3 nights) and experience the South Luangwa on foot in the presence of world-class guides and Zambian-born Andy Hogg. Set out from any of these secluded camps to be guaranteed an exclusive, diverse wildlife experience. End the day with a signature sundowner in the Kapamba river. 

MOVE: Road transfer to Mfuwe International Airport. Fly from Mfuwe Airport 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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