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Set in Zambia and South Africa, this incredible 12-day Southern Africa tour offers the perfect blend of safari and coastal adventures.

Wild & Luxurious Southern Africa

Set in Zambia and South Africa, this incredible 12-day Southern Africa tour offers the perfect blend of safari and coastal adventures. Activities include thrilling Big Five game drives, walking safaris, birdwatching, seasonal boat cruises and canoeing at three superb safari retreats; followed by a stay at a luxurious seaside hotel that offers the ultimate opportunity to unwind. Experience the marvels of the South Luangwa, the birthplace of the walking safari and home to an abundance of game.

Travel to the spectacular Lower Zambezi National Park, which offers a wonderful collection of habitats. Revel in the “Seven Worlds of Wonder” of the award-winning &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, and then end your journey in the cosmopolitan surrounds of Umhlanga, a mecca for sun and beach lovers.

Itinerary

12 Days / 11 Nights

This safari has been carefully designed to give you a taste of the exciting, endless possibilities and can be tailored to suit your exact preferences.

DAY 1, 2 & 3: KENNETH KAUNDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT / CHINZOMBO
Today you will be flown from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport to Mfuwe Airstrip where you will be met by a representative from Chinzombo for your game drive transfer to camp.

Spend 3 nights at Chinzombo The 6 ‘villas’ one of which is a suite with extra space for families and small groups is equipped to the very highest standards, with each villa having its own private plunge pools, cooled sleeping areas, massive bathrooms with luxurious spa amenities, one of the best guiding teams in Africa, set within 60 acres of private prime Luangwa frontage, private access in to the Park.

Your stay includes all meals, transfers to and from local airport, local inter-camp road transfers (Zambian properties only), game-viewing activities (game drives day and night), walking safaris, cultural visits (all Zambian camps), boat cruises, fishing, standard bar drinks, house wines, laundry and service charge.

While at Chinzombo you can set your own safari routine at your own pace. Activities include game drives, a little bit of walking and seasonal boat trips (normally Jan to April when the river is high).

DAY 4, 5 & 6: BAINES’ RIVER CAMP
After a mouth-watering breakfast, transfer to Mfuwe for your light aircraft transfer back to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport for your light aircraft charter to Royal Airstrip. There after a game drive transfer to Baines’ River Camp.

The spectacular Lower Zambezi National Park spans 4 092 km² (1 580 square miles) of pristine wilderness. It is situated adjacent to Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools Reserve, creating a giant expanse of protected wilderness, and boasts breath-taking vistas of the Zambezi River, as well as lush riverine surrounds. It is not uncommon to see enormous herds of elephant quenching their thirst and enjoying a good mud bath along the riverbanks, as well as leopard, buffalo and lion.

The park offers a wonderful collection of habitats, which are home to a superb diversity of animals. Visitors can explore the marshy Zambezi channels, floodplains bordered by mopane forests, hilly woodlands and the park’s open valley floor.

Spend three nights at Baines’ River Camp’s in suite. Your stay includes all meals, beverages, safari activities, return transfers to/from Royal Aerodrome, complimentary 30 minute beauty treatment or massage during your stay, complimentary daily laundry service, complimentary wireless internet connectivity (public areas only), Lower Zambezi National Park entry & activity fees & community and conservation levies.

Adventures include Private guide and vehicle or boat, game viewing and birding by boat, open vehicle and canoe and sunset cruise.

DAY 7, 8 & 9: &BEYOND PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
After a mouth-watering breakfast, transfer to Royal Airstrip for your light aircraft transfer back to Lusaka. Fly with Proflight to King Shaka International Airport. Upon arrival at King Shaka International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by a member of the &Beyond team and driven to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.

Set within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline and the famous iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats and wide range of safari activities. Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, the Reserve enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems. &Beyond Phinda is often referred to as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder.’ This fascinating variety of landscape and vegetation shelters an abundance of wildlife, including not only the Big Five but many rarer and less easily spotted species, such as the elusive cheetah or the scarce black rhino. With only a handful of lodges sharing an area of 23 000 hectares, and expert rangers and trackers in search of prime wildlife sightings, guests are assured an exclusive game viewing experience. Adding to Phinda’s wildlife charms, the marine diversity of nearby Sodwana Bay on the coast is easily accessible, with scuba diving, fishing and even turtle watching only some of the adventures available from Phinda.

Spend three nights at &Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge. Accommodation is in an air conditioned suite with ensuite bathroom dressing room, private plunge pool and game viewing deck, overlooks the grassy vlei where guests can observe herds of grazing antelope and a dazzling variety of birdlife Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry and daily lodge adventures.

Alternatively
Spend three nights at &Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge inventively designed in a rocky and Moroccan style, with a touch of purple. Your stay includes three meals, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives, Nature Walks (1 hour) accompanied by experienced armed trackers, subject to availability. Emergency medical evacuation insurance, Laundry, VAT.

DAY 10 & 11: UMHLANGA / THE OYSTER BOX HOTEL
After your morning game drive and breakfast you will be collected and transferred to the coastal town of Umhlanga in the KwaZulu Natal Province.

Umhlanga is a mecca for sun lovers and watersports enthusiasts. Meaning the “place of reeds”, this scenic area is located along KwaZulu Natal’s spectacular Golden Mile, just 20 kilometres from the bustling port city of Durban. The area falls in what was once an immense sugar cane plantation owned by Sir Marshall Campbell, who arrived in South Africa from Glasgow in 1850.

The first hotel, The Umhlanga Rocks Hotel, was built in the 1920s and was promptly followed by a throng of exceptional seaside retreats, which still dot the shoreline. Today, Umhlanga boasts world-class boutique stores and superlative centres, such as the Gateway Mall – a shopper’s paradise! It also offers a wonderful selection of eateries and attractions such as the Natal Sharks Board, professional golf courses and an array of watersports, such as scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, surfing and dolphin viewing.

Spend 2 nights at The Oyster Box Hotel in a classic sea – facing room with en-suite bathroom. Your stay includes breakfast.

DAY 9, 10 & 11: MALILANGWE WILDLIFE RESERVE
Today, you will be transferred by road to Bulawayo Airport for your private light flight to Singita Pamushana’s Lodge. On arrival, game drive transfer to the lodge.

Covering 150 000 acres of pristine wilderness, in the south eastern corner of Zimbabwe and bordering the Gonarezhou National Park. The Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve remains virtually untouched. This remote destination is home to ridges and rocky outcrops, interspersed with flat-topped mountain acacia woodlands and ironwood thickets. Here, visitors will delight in the hundreds of baobab trees and more than 500 bird species, including many raptors. The reserve also boasts an exceptional variety of plains game, larger mammals and predators.

Singita Pamushana Lodge is set in a lush forest overlooking a spectacular lake in the untouched wilderness of the fantastic Malilangwe Game Reserve. Gorgeous suites include spacious ensuite bedrooms, huge fireplaces, personal bars, air-conditioning, private plunge pools, comfortable sitting rooms and wide viewing-decks. Those in need of relaxing spots to unwind can sink into the cool depths of the inviting swimming pools or enjoy soothing soaks in the warm, bubbly waters of the luxurious Jacuzzi. An open-air sitting room, well-stocked library, superb spa and fitness centre, enhance the guest experience.

Spend 3 nights at Singita Pamushana Lodge in a suite with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes all meals and beverages (including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs, but excluding French Champagne), twice-daily 4×4 safaris, walking safaris, boat cruises, fishing, excursions to ancient rock art sites (accompanied by experienced guides), tennis, return road transfers between Buffalo Range International Airport and the lodge, telephone calls and laundry service.

DAY 12: DEPARTURE
After breakfast you will be transferred to King Shaka International Airport in time for your SA Airlink flight to O R Tambo International Airport.

Rates

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation inclusions as per itinerary above
  • Meals, local branded drinks and scheduled activities as mentioned above
  • Internal flights: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport/Mfuwe/ Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
  • All scheduled transfers: Chinzombo/Baines’ River Camp
  • All scheduled flights:
    • Kenneth Kaunda International Airport/ King Shaka International Airport
  • All necessary road transfers:
    • King Shaka International Airport / &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
    • &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve / Umhlanga
    • Umhlanga / King Shaka International Airport
  • National park fees
  • Laundry at &Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge, Baines’ River Camp and Chinzombo
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Administration Fee

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