Zambia and South Africa
Blissful Luxury in Remote Places
A multi-country Zambia and South Africa safari is the perfect journey for first-time safari-goers and veterans alike. First begin in the remote reaches of Zambia for several days of authenticity in the bush. The wilderness comes to life through walking safaris, game drives, and sunset cruises. Then take in Victoria Falls before flying to the Western Cape near Africa’s southern tip for a unique ending to your adventure.
Zambia is wild and untamed. Each year, the nearly 300,000-square-mile nation sees a fraction of the tourists of neighboring countries. Yet its wildlife is plentiful and its guides are among the best in Africa. Indeed, a safari in Zambia is as authentic as they come.
To see one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, head to South Luangwa National Park. Here, the Luangwa River and its many lagoons are the lifeblood of the park, attracting zebras, lions, and elephants. Additionally, Africa’s highest concentration of leopards also make their home within the park enhancing to your safari experience. The birdlife is prolific as well; of Zambia’s 732 total bird species, 400 are found in the park.
From Mfuwe Lodge, explore South Luangwa National Park with a diversity of experiences. Of course, day and night game drives are on offer. But with a limited network of roads, the best way to experience the pristine wilderness is on foot. A walking safari in Zambia is truly an unrivaled experience.
Next, head to Victoria Falls. Of course, Victoria Falls tops the lists for must-see sights in southern Africa. Named to the UNESCO World Heritage List and one of the Natural Wonders of the World, the Falls are a sight to behold. Take in the majestic Victoria Falls with a scenic helicopter flight for an awe-inspiring view.
The Zambezi River breathes life into the Livingstone region. Therefore, one of the best ways to explore this wild corner of Zambia is on a sunset river cruise. You can see tons of wildlife and birdlife along the banks of the river. Keep an eye out for hippos and crocodiles in the water, or elephants, buffalo, African fish eagles, egrets, and herons along the banks.
After Zambia, South Africa is the perfect place to conclude a safari. Once there, head to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the southern tip of the country. The 6,000-acre reserve is situated between the mountains, milkwood forests, and the sea where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. There are a number of ways to spend your days at Grootbos Forest Lodge. While here, explore the pristine wilderness on a fynbos safari in an open-top Land Rover. Within the reserve, 800 plant species have been recorded. Moreover, take one of the many trails through the ancient milkwood forest or one that leads to a breathtaking ocean vista.
Also, the area is home to the Marine Big Five: great white sharks, seals, penguins, southern right whales, and dolphins. Keep an eye out for them on a coastal drive. Alternatively, try a whale watching excursion by boat. Horseback riding and quad biking add another element of adventure to your stay.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve has an incredible tale of conservation, generating jobs, and enhancing prosperity to the local community. For every trip booked to South Africa, a donation is made by Ker & Downey to support the programs of the Grootbos Foundation.