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Celebrate Zambia’s 50th year of independence

6th November 2013 Print

Explore one of the world’s natural wonders, parks rich in game and the cultural attractions of Lusaka in a new itinerary celebrating 50 years of independence that shines a light on Zambia’s treasures. The parks in this spectacular country – where walking safaris were pioneered – are among the world’s few remaining true wildernesses and, due to strict exams, its guides rank amongst the best in Africa. Celebrating five decades of independence in 2014, Zambia remains unspoilt by mass tourism, and is peace-loving and welcoming.

Robin Pope Safaris ten-night trip features the Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls) National Park, inhabited by the white rhino; the Luangwa Valley, arguably one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries; a river safari on the mighty Zambezi; a visit to the glistening salt pans, and time in Lusaka. Accommodation includes Nsefu Camp, Zambia’s first safari camp, and the uniquely-designed Stanley Safari Lodge, offering an immersive African bush experience with open-fronted suites and cottages.

The detail:
Spend three nights at Stanley Safari Lodge, located in the bush just three kilometres from the Victoria Falls, with splendid views of the spray. Go on game drives, take a sunset cruise or, for the more adventurous, perhaps try white water rafting, bungee jumping and micro lighting.

Spend three nights in the South Luangwa Park at Nsefu Camp* with six traditional rondavels overlooking a sweeping bend in the Luangwa River. Luangwa Park is known for its dense populations of game, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo and over 450 species of bird. In addition to unparalleled safaris during the day, go on evening game drives, visit the salt pans and see community tourism at its best at Kawaza Village.

Spend three nights at the Baines River Camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park, located on the north bank of the magnificent meandering Zambezi River. Every day, see buffalo and elephant feeding along the banks, and hippos resting in the mud. Go on bush walks, river safaris, take a canoe trip or go angling (catch and release) for tiger fish.

Spend one night in Lusaka, staying at Lilayi Lodge. A range of tours can be arranged, including a cultural village, Soweto market, the house of Zambia’s first president, a local crafts market or an elephant orphanage.

*During the Emerald Season, from 1 March - 21 May & 21 November - 15 December, accommodation will be at Nkwali, with six rustic chic chalets located on the banks of the River Luangwa.

The cost:
£3,107 pp (two sharing) including ten nights full board accommodation, all domestic air and road transfers, most safari activities and laundry. Excludes international flights, visas and gratuities.

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