The Zambezi Valley

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5.0 Based on 40 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Safari
  • Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Wildlife
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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Lusaka, Zambia
  • Ends Lusaka, Zambia
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  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Experience the peace and tranquillity of canoeing on the ZambeziCamp out under the stars on secluded islandsGame drives in Chiawa Game Management Area, renowned for its elephant sightingsGame walks and canoeing in the Lower Zambezi National Park
The Zambezi Valley tour starts and ends in Lusaka. The Zambezi Valley is a safari tour that takes 8 days taking you through Lusaka, Zambia and other destinations in Zambia.

An exciting trip perfect for those wishing to encounter the spectacular wildlife and incredible scenery of Zambia in as intimate and active a way as possible. The mighty Zambezi is an excellent location for a canoe safari. Camping out on secluded beaches, the days are spent relishing magnificent scenery and abundant game, while passing the ever-present basking crocodiles and hippo pods. Away from the water there is also plenty of time for game walks and drives to experience the diverse wildlife and remarkable scenery this region has to offer.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 40 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 20 2019
5 - Excellent
Canoeing down the Zambezi
“Go on this trip. Yes, it involves wild camping (no toilets, showers, etc) but the rewards are immense. Close encounters with wild animals, beautiful scenery. The trip is well organised, food is good, and guides are great.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 19 2018
5 - Excellent
Kayaking the Lower Zambezi
“This was definitely a trip to get me out of my comfort zone (wild camping and kayaks instead of hotels and minibuses) and certainly did not disappoint. The fact you get so close to the wildlife far outweighed the fact you are wild camping (which I though I would struggle with).The sense of achievement at the end of the week was overwhelming, having travelled such a long distance in a kayak.The safari element far exceeded anything you would imagine and felt far more real than if you were in the back of a safari jeep (which I have done in South Africa). Animals spotted included elephants, hippos, lions, warthogs, buffalo, impala, zebra, baboons (and other monkeys), fish eagle, kingfisher and lots of others too much to mention.The group I was with was amazing and everyone got on so well and helped each other. The food was good throughout the week and we even had a celebratory BBQ on the last night.All in all I can safely say if I can do this holiday (and enjoy it) then anyone can!”
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 17 2018
5 - Excellent
Best. holiday. ever
“Best. Holiday. Ever.I cannot recommend enough.CB is bloody amazing as a leader and guide. He's one guide I will always remember - most guides on adventure holidays are great but instantly forgettable. But his humour and patience meant I felt like he was a friend! Great knowledge and communication skills.A really well organised trip. Group size perfect too. Tents and mattresses perfect. Plenty of water and fruit.We were pleased that upon arrival we didn't hop directly in the canoes - we stayed at the mainland campsite (sunrise! Honking hippos!). This was fab because there is a shower block there and you are hot and dusty from the transfer/flight.The canoeing is awesome. The campsites were perfect. The food brilliant (I'm veggie).But the animals! My god! So many incredible experiences. I don't know if we struck lucky but every day got more amazing than the last. It's so much better to see animals from a canoe than from a Dusty 4x4.Lastly- the group were brilliant!!Tips:We got a kaza visa online, no drama - but you only need this is you are travelling after to Zimbabwe. You need a sticker in your passport not just a stamp! (Our first mistake).By the way, Livingstone is well worth a visit and CB organised a local bus for us.You need minimum kit - we washed in the river every day. As suggested, carry your canoe stuff ready to go in hand luggage.Bring a red light torch (for bugs) gloves (just in case) and definitely binoculars (We were so stupid!) And a zoom lens. And a bottle of rum?!We took a 10 litre dry bag each for clothes and another for the sleeping bag and then shared a camera bag.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 16 2018
5 - Excellent
Paddling adventure into nature
“This is a great active safari that will get you close to nature and sleeping out under the stars.We saw lions, birdlife galore, paddled past hippos and were able to stop the canoes and get close to herds of elephant.The canoes are the perfect vehicle for the journey, yes you need to be relatively fit and have a bit of knowledge about a canoe ( they can provide advice or in uk go on a simple paddle start of 1 star canoe intro), but you get so close to animals and they were often relaxed. Also you have great fields of view across the water front.Yes the campsites are basic - pitch a tent on a sandy island but the food is great and plentiful, you don't need a shower you can dip in the safer shallows of the Zambezi, and you get to wake up to beautiful African sunrises.You do have early starts and early nights but what you get back is worth it.Advice is to have plenty of drybags and try and get a paddle suitable for your height. But anyone with a sense of adventure, a desire to see wildlife and reasonable fitness will enjoy this.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Start Lusaka; transfer to the Zambezi River.
  • Day 2-4: Three days canoeing and wildlife watching on the Zambezi River, camping on remote islands.
  • Day 5: Morning canoeing; afternoon game walk and drive in Game Management Area.
  • Day 6: Canoe to Lower Zambezi N.P.; morning game walk; afternoon game drive back to camp.
  • Day 7: Transfer to our riverside camp.
  • Day 8: Transfer to Lusaka; end.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
Transport
  • All transport and listed activities
Guide
  • Tour leader throughout
Others
  • 4 nights semi-participatory camping with either limited or no facilities, 3 nights camping in tented camp with shared facilities
  • Travel by open canoes on the
  • Zambezi
  • River
  • No previous experience necessary
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to/from Lusaka are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this The Zambezi Valley tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Zambezi Valley tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 22 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 22 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Zambezi Valley tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this The Zambezi Valley tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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