These two Southern African nations represent some of the best remaining opportunities to discover the essence, the spirit of Africa. In these lands of exceptional wildlife and dazzling scenery, one of the last great adventures of Africa was pioneered – the walking safari.
There is no better opportunity to engage the African wilderness than on foot, face to face. One of the world’s most legendary rivers, the Zambezi, provides endless opportunities for exploration by canoe, boat or whitewater rafting. The river becomes the roaring Mosi-oa-Tunya, “Smoke that Thunders,” and shared by both countries. Named Victoria Falls by David Livingstone in 1855, this extraordinary wall of water is simply breathtaking as it crashes over cliffs and down into deep gorges before traveling on into Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Two of Zambia’s finest national parks, South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi, have abundant wildlife. But the star is still Kafue National Park, the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks, established in the 1950s. Kafuewildlife includes Cape buffalo, crocodile, elephant, giraffe, hippo, hyena, impala, leopard, lion, warthog, waterbuck and zebra, as well as hundreds of species of birds. The park is regarded as one of the best places in Africa to encounter leopard.
Zimbabwe has a growing reputation for its national parks. Its largest park is Hwange, covering an area of over 14,500 square kilometers/5,599 square miles bordering with Botswana. Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the least developed national parks in Southern Africa. Lake Kariba’s shoreline is home to large concentrations of buffalo, waterbuck, impala, zebra and elephant.
The region also has been inhabited for many thousands of years by migrating tribes of hunter-gatherer societies. Archaeological sites around the falls have yielded stone artifacts dating back three million years. This rich heritage is reflected in the rich folk art and tribal traditions. Accommodations run from luxurious lodges to secluded private tented safari camps. For those eager for a truly personal safari experience in a pristine environment, Southern Africa represents the ultimate African encounter.
Zimbabwe 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $7,265
Discover the legendary Victoria Falls and Zambezi River. Go on safari in Hwange National Park to track wildlife including large herds of elephant as well as buffalo, leopard, white rhino, spotted hyena, southern giraffe, sable, blue wildebeest, impala, common waterbuck and reedbuck. Try bird watching at Lake Kariba where more than 350 species have been recorded. Travel to Mana Pools National Park in the heart of the Zambezi Valley.
Botswana & Zambia – Three Rivers 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $6,345
Superb safari in Botswana and Zambia offers premier game viewing in exceptional surroundings. Explore Victoria Falls, the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, and the Okavango Delta. Stay in distinctive accommodations for a classic safari experience. Track Africa’s big five game animals on safaris by vehicle, boat and on foot!
Botswana & Zambia 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $9,135
Experience Southern Africa's Green Season with astounding wildlife and extraordinary safari camps. Discover Victoria Falls and the Moremi Game Reserve. See the big five by vehicle, boat and on foot. A once in a lifetime Safari excursion awaits!
Zambia 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s):
Starting Price: $13,790
Experience Zambia's legendary wildlife places, stunning Victoria Falls, and experience the African bush on walking safaris.
South Africa & Zimbabwe 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $13,950
Discover South Africa's cosmopolitan cities and rugged coast and go on safari in Zimbabwe.
Custom Zambia & Zimbabwe Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $5,850
Create your own once-in-a-lifetime safari adventure that includes Victoria Falls, one of seven wonders of the world.
South Africa, Botswana & Zambia 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $20,250
Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and the big five (leopard, lion, rhino, buffalo and elephant) make this a stellar journey.
South Africa & Zambia 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Recommended
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Cape Town, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world, has a great deal of charm and historical interest. A day in the Winelands offers you a private tour of noted vineyards to learn about the winemaking process and enjoy samples of featured wines. Safari in Sabi Sands Game Reserve to see Africa’s big five – leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Travel into Zambia for an unforgettable journey to Victoria Falls.
Southern Africa: A Connoisseur’s Ultimate Journey 17 Days Inspired Expeditions Interest(s): Recommended
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Experience some of the best the region has to offer, from classic private luxury lodges to cage diving with great white sharks.
Zambia & Botswana: Uncharted Footsteps 15 Days Inspired Expeditions Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Recommended
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This walking safari is the essence of sustainable travel and offers a wonderful way to engage the African bush. Enjoy a private tour of Victoria Falls followed by a visit to Chief Mukuni’s village. Take an elephant-back safari that winds through riverine bush.