10 day trip to Zambia
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Apr 17, 2012 11:15 PM Last Post By: marulajen
Apr 2, 2012 10:06 AM
10 day trip to ZambiaHi,
We are 2 female (around 30) planning to travel to Zambia for 10 days. We would liek to visit Victoria falls and do a Safari (ideally South Luangwa National Park) we will probably arrive at Lusaka. What is the best way to get to the falls (and how long does it take) and from there to the National Park and then back to Lusaka?
If you think that Kafue is a better option, please let us know as well as what you think the best way to get there is.
Apr 2, 2012 12:03 PM
1Lusaka to Liingstone (for Vic Falls) is 6 hours on a bus or 1 hour flying (70USD on standby with Proflight).
To go from Livingstone to South Luangwa you've got to backtrack by going to Lusaka and taking transport to Chipata (bus - 7 hours) before taking a shared minibus to Mfuwe. Otherwise you can fly to Mfuwe via Lusaka on Proflight.
You might consider:
1) Flying to Joburg, rather than Lusaka. From Joburg there are 2 budget flights almost every day to Livingstone. Flights to Joburg from other parts of the world tend to be easier and cheaper than those to Lusaka.
2) Going on a Chobe trip instead of South Luangwa. You'd need a double entry visa for Zambia but Chobe (in Botswana) is an incredibly good National Park. All the tourist lodges in Livingstone organise 1, 2, 3 and more days in Chobe, including transport. Chobe is only about 70 kms from Livingstone. This option keeps your moving around to a minimum. If you base yourselves in Livingstone I think you'll get the best out of your 10 days.
Apr 2, 2012 2:35 PM
2That's really good advice from organist. S Luangwa is great but it is not easy to get to. You will effectively spend two days of your ten traveling there and back unless you fly and the flights can be costly to Mufwe.
Just one thing to watch out for at Chobe which is that they are planning to bring in measures to restrict the volumes of visitors, specifically along the river front. These measures have come into force once and then been suspended due to there being so much opposition from tour operators and other visitors. But if they do come back in the net result is that volumes will be reduced, tour operators will have restrictions on the numbers of vehicles they can use and it will be harder to make ad hoc arrangements. This isn't likely to be an issue in say the next month or two but if you are planning to be there from June onwards (which is peak season) I would make some enquiries in Livingstone before you arrive and try and set something up in advance. Chobe is a fabulous park though.
Kafue is also nice - much, much bigger and wilder. You would see very few other tourists but there are also much lower concentrations of game compared to either S Luangwa or Chobe.
Apr 2, 2012 11:10 PM
3fly from lusaka to Livingstone
fly from livingstone to Mfuwe (which stops in Lusaka)
fly from mfuwe to Lusaka
if you cant afford to fly then it is a long way from livingstone to South Luangwa, and chobe is so close so its a great shout. I think South Luangwa is a better park, especially if you stay on the riverbanks (Track and Trail River camp is excellent) where you will effectively be camping, without any fences in the national park, expect elephants, leopards, hippos and lions all sniffing around your tent! This is no exaggeration!! you will 100% get elephants on camp daily, which is amazing.
Chobe has more game but its a bit more structured, the safaris are mostly boat based and are great for elephants as they will wash and play in the water and you get very close!!! I just found South Luangwa better (its also much cheaper with fewer people there) but both are great options for you!
Apr 3, 2012 7:38 AM
Apr 3, 2012 1:53 PM
5That's difficult to say. The only thing you can do is keep your eye on availability on Proflight's website. People tend to book the full-price tickets well in advance because they are often travelling as part of an organised trip to Mfuwe or Livingstone. If there are seats available the night before you want to travel, you'll have a good chance of getting them at the standby price by just going to the airport. Bear in mind that these planes are small (about 12-seaters or similar) so in August you are certainly taking a risk.
The issue for you is getting from Livingstone to Mfuwe. Perhaps you should just see what happens in Livingstone when you get there. If there's a standby place, go to South Luangwa. If not, go to Chobe. If you can't fly from Lusaka to Livingstone earlier in your trip, it's not such a big deal. There are many many buses and the trip isn't so bad.
Apr 3, 2012 3:44 PM
Apr 3, 2012 10:38 PM
Flatdogs does a great last minute special with Jollyboys. So if you go and stay with them in Livingstone and then we can book you here the day before if there is space and if there is you can get a 2 night trip here on fully inclusive basis including flights one way from Livingstone for $536 or 3 nights for $696. This does not include park fees and drinks but all your food and 8 hours and game viewing a day and staying in one of our en suite safari tents or an en suite chalet room.
This is only bookable within 24 hours but is a great deal.
Once you are here you can look at how to get out again but buses and last minute flights are both options.
Good luck with the trip and email us here at Flatdogs if you want more info.
All the best
Apr 4, 2012 2:26 AM
8I don't think you'll find many "tribes" in Zambia, at least not in the way you seem to be thinking of them. You can visit rural environments as there are tours of local villages but if you're looking for people with strange things in their ears and noses and the distant beats of an enormous drum signifying that the chief is unhappy with the lack of rain, you may have to go to somewhere more touristy.
Apr 4, 2012 2:32 AM
9Actually, there are a whole lot of things to do around Livingstone. Off the top of my head:
1) Rafting on the Zambezi
2) Game viewing in Mosi-O-Tunya NP
3) Sunset Cruise on Zambezi
4) Bungee and associated jumping-off things
5) Victorian-era steam train (with Dinner) across the Zambezi and around
6) Crocodile Feeding
7) Helicoper and Mircolight flights over the Falls
8) Side trip to Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe.
9) Village tours
10) Livingstone Museum (with a few David Livingstone exhibits)
11) Craft markets at the Falls entrance and in Livingstone.
12) Devil's Pool
13) Walking with Lions
Apr 4, 2012 6:59 PM
10The Kulamba Traditional Tribal Ceremony takes place normally the last weekend of August at a village near Chipata.
Apr 17, 2012 11:15 PM
11Hello There are other budget options in South Luangwa. Marula Lodge www.marulalodgezambia.com offers a backpackers special of $125 for 2 nights and 2 drives with all food, tea, coffee and juice included. 3 nights and 4 drives is$235 So if you can get the standby's or come up by public transport it is a good deal.
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