A Silent Safari in Zambia - African Encounters

A Silent Safari in Zambia

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18 - 29 September 2023
18 - 29 September 2023
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  • Small group safaris with the personal touch
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12 days
Availability : 18 - 29/9/23
Livingstone, Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia
Max People : 8

What is a ‘Silent Safari’ and what makes it such a superb safari experience?

Our partners in Zambia use solar energy to power their lodges and camps, vehicles, and boats. Their silent electric vehicles allow you to get very close to wildlife on land and water without a noisy diesel engine disturbing the peaceful scene. With no noise and no diesel fumes, your Silent Safari in Zambia is a win-win for both guests and the environment.  Sustainability is a priority to preserve Africa’s unspoiled natural spaces and to help protect and nurture them for generations to enjoy them as we do.

Your safari starts in Livingstone with a visit to the Zambian side of the mighty Victoria Falls. You’ll stay in small and exclusive owner-operated camps in two of Zambia’s premier wildlife destinations – Kafue National Park and South Luangwa National Park. These parks are much less visited than their counterparts in Botswana, Tanzania, or Kenya, and they offer exceptional wildlife viewing. You’ll enjoy guided walks, game drives in open electric safari vehicles, and solar-powered boat trips on the Zambezi and Kafue Rivers. And you’ll seldom see another vehicle!

You’ll visit local workshops producing stunning textiles and jewellery made from recovered snare wire in South Luangwa, as well as conservation projects working to protect Zambia’s amazing wildlife. As with all our safaris, your Silent Safari in Zambia includes a donation to support local communities and wildlife.

This is an African Encounters Signature Safari and will be personally escorted from Livingstone by company founder and director Karen Platzer for groups of 4 or more participants. For groups smaller than 4 people the tour will be guided by qualified local guides.  

Karen will be taking just 8 participants on this exclusive Silent Safari in Zambia so early booking is essential!  The remote camps we use are very small and they often fill 12 months or more in advance.

  • Superb lodges and safari camps in remote locations, well away from other camps and vehicles.
  • Exceptional game-viewing on day & night game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles.
  • Incredible wildlife encounters.
  • Visit conservation and community support projects.
  • Guided walks with professional guides and rangers in South Luangwa and Kafue.
  • Game drives and boat safaris in silent solar-powered vehicles
  • This African Encounters Signature Safari will be personally escorted from Livingstone by company founder and director Karen Platzer for groups of 4 or more participants. For groups smaller than 4 people the tour will be guided by qualified local guides.

Arrival: Livingstone, Zambia

Tour length


Departure: Lusaka, Zambia

12 days

What’s included

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Luxury tented camps and chalets, all rooms with private facilities.
  • All meals on safari
  • Drinks, excluding premium brands
  • Domestic flights as per itinerary
  • Park and concession fees and permits
  • Professional local guides
  • Visits to community projects
  • Donations to conservation and community projects
  • Escorted from Livingstone, Zambia by Karen Platzer, African Encounters tour director (minimum 4 people), and local guides

What’s not included

  • International airfares
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Any Personal Expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
Itinerary at a glance

18 & 19 SeptemberLivingstone, Zambia

Independent arrival in Livingstone, Zambia where you will meet your guide. Transfer to your award-winning eco-lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River for two nights. Guided tour of the Zambia side of Victoria Falls, boat cruise on the Zambezi River, school and village visits, and optional fishing for tiger fish.

20 - 22 SeptemberKafue National Park

Fly to Lusaka and road transfer to Kafue National Park in remote western Zambia for 3 nights. Enjoy exceptional game viewing, including endangered African wild dogs and cheetah, in a silent e-Cruiser, river trips in a solar-powered e-boat, and guided walks with professional guides. 

23 - 25 SeptemberBusanga Plains

Today you will move to the Busanga Plains in the northern region of Zambia’s Kafue National Park, which is inaccessible for 6 months of the year. But when the floodwaters recede it offers outstanding game-viewing, predator action, and colourful birdlife. Here you will sleep in a unique bird’s nest overlooking the game-rich plains for the next 3 nights.  

26 - 28 SeptemberSouth Luangwa

Fly via Lusaka to South Luangwa where you will stay for the next 3 nights at your beautiful camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. It is the only camp in the valley that uses electric Land Cruisers to explore this sensitive ecosystem gently and quietly. The Luangwa Valley is known as the valley of the leopards, one of the best places in Africa to see these elusive big cats. September is breeding season for the beautiful carmine bee-eaters which will be nesting in the riverbanks. 

29 SeptemberDeparture

Fly back to Lusaka to connect with your international flight. 

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Anne Luther

Solo Traveller

My second safari with Karen, another very special experience. Small group, small camps, wonderful meals and nothing too much trouble. Karen’s itineraries are well researched and paced with 2 to 4 nights in each camp. Time to feel at home! Such professional and knowledgeable guides in each camp – I learned so much about the countries, their people, flora and fauna and of course the animals.
We had some wonderful close encounters with the animals especially the elephants. The ever amazing birdlife was either posing for or challenging the photographers.
This was meant to be my “grande finale” after 3 trips to Africa but maybe not, these safaris are addictive. Thank you Karen.