Wild Zambia - African Encounters

Wild Zambia

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21 - 31 October 2024
21 - 31 October 2024

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    Availability : 21 - 31 October 2024
    Lusaka, Zambia
    Lusaka, Zambia
    Max People : 8

    My Wild Zambia safari is a top favourite with my guests. You’ll discover why when you stay in these intimate and exclusive owner-operated camps in two of Zambia’s premier wildlife destinations. Zambia has long been a favourite destination for safari connoisseurs. Its wonderfully secluded parks and reserves see far fewer crowds than their counterparts in other countries and you’ll seldom see another vehicle on your game drives. From walking through the wildlife-rich South Luangwa to canoeing on the mighty Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi this is a safari like no other.  

    South Luangwa

    South Luangwa is the birthplace of walking safaris in Africa, and Zambia’s highly qualified walking guides are among the best on the continent. You have the option of walking between our two camps here in South Luangwa. Along with discussions about wildlife and vegetation your guides will also share their culture and traditions with you.

    Lower Zambezi

    Among the many highlights at your stunning camp in the Lower Zambezi are the daily visits from elephants as they make their way down to the river. Game drives in the neighbouring National Park, canoeing on the river, and fishing for tiger fish on the mighty Zambezi River fill your days here.


    The wildlife in these parks is exceptional and includes endangered African Wild Dogs, lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, buffalo, and much more. Watching a herd of elephants crossing the Luangwa River is a memory you will cherish forever. South Luangwa has one of the highest densities of leopards in Africa and sightings of this elusive big cat are frequent. Night game drives allow you to see them when they are most active.

    Community & Conservation

    Your Wild Zambia safari includes a donation to support local communities and wildlife. You’ll visit local workshops producing stunning textiles and jewellery made from recovered snare wire in South Luangwa, and conservation projects working to protect Zambia’s amazing wildlife.

    Karen will be taking just 8 participants on this exclusive ‘safari in comfort’ so early booking is essential!  The intimate and remote camps we love on our Wild Zambia safari fill quickly.

    • A genuine small-group safari with a maximum of 8 participants 
    • Very comfortable bush 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.
    • Experience incredible wildlife encounters and photo opportunities.
    • Visit conservation and community projects.
    • Learn about wildlife and ‘the small 5’ on walks with professional guides and rangers.
    • Guided walks and game drives in South Luangwa National Park, the home of walking safaris
    • Game drives, boat safaris, canoeing, and fishing in Lower Zambezi National Park
    • This African Encounters Signature Safari will be personally escorted from Lusaka 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: Lusaka, Zambia

    Departure: Lusaka, Zambia

    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
    • All Park and Private Conservancy fees
    • Game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles
    • Sundowners, guided bush walks and night game drives
    • Boat trips and canoeing on the Zambezi River
    • Visits to community projects
    • Contribution to Conservation and Community projects
    • Qualified professional safari guides
    • Escorted from Lusaka, Zambia, by company founder and director Karen Platzer for a group of 4 or more participants. For a group smaller than 4 people the tour will be guided by qualified local guides.

    Not included

    • International airfares
    • Visas
    • Travel insurance (mandatory)
    • Any Personal Expenses
    • Tips & gratuities

    Days 1 – 6: Independent arrival in Lusaka where you will meet your guide and fellow travellers and board your morning flight to South Luangwa National Park, for 6 nights in the Valley of the Leopard. You’ll stay at two different camps here and enjoy guided walks, game drives and sundowners overlooking the Luangwa River. It’s breeding season for migrant birds and the beautiful carmine bee-eaters will be nesting in the river banks – a truly spectacular sight.

    Days 7 – 10: Fly to Lower Zambezi National Park. Your beautiful camp is on the banks of the river and is a firm favourite with our guests. It is frequently visited by wildlife crossing the river into the Lower Zambezi National Park on the opposite bank. Spend 4 days exploring the wonderful Lower Zambezi National Park and our private concession on game drives, canoeing, boat trips on the Zambezi River, and fishing for tiger fish.

    Day 11: Fly to Lusaka to connect with your international flight. 

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    Anne Luther

    Group 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!
    We had some wonderful close encounters with the animals especially the elephants. This was meant to be my “grande finale” after 3 trips to Africa but maybe not, these safaris are addictive. Thank you Karen.