Sensational private island location
These are the only camps in the Lower Zambezi Valley to offer a location quite like that of these Islands. Set up on two private islands in the Lower Zambezi the Fly Camping Safari experience is a back to nature wilderness adventure. Game viewing is totally flexible but is primarily on foot or on the canoes; Game Drives, Boat Cruises and Fishing are still very much on offer as well. The camps are simple with old style luxury camping, under the stars and around the campfire. We recommend a 4-night stay to enjoy and properly experience the Lower Zambezi Fly Camping.
Visitors to the Lower Zambezi National Park can usually choose from an exceptional range of activities because of its location on the wide Zambezi River. Fly Camping on the Lower Zambezi offers day & night game drives are led by sharp-eyed guides on the lookout for the interesting & the extraordinary. Vehicles are raised high & have open sides to offer the best photographic opportunities. Trade the 4X4 for a kayak & hit the Zambezi with your guide. It’s pure adventure as you negotiate your way downstream, your guides picking safe lines. You don’t have to paddle a kayak to enjoy being on the Zambezi – Tusk & Mane also offer motorised boat trips, a great way to see river wildlife & the best way to watch the sunset. Guided walks reveal the smaller details of the Zambezi: birds, insects & animal tracks.
A Lower Zambezi safari is usually part of a larger itinerary in Zambia, taking in Victoria Falls and the South Luangwa via domestic flights. International access to Zambia’s Lusaka and Livingstone (Victoria Falls) airports means that Zambia can easily be combined with destinations further afield.
Old style luxury camping under stars
Lower Zambezi National Park
The Lower Zambezi National Park, by virtue of the Zambezi River and its parallel escarpment, is definitely one of Africa’s most scenic wildernesses, home to an impressive quantity and variety of wildlife that can be viewed not only on the more usual land based safari activities but also on a variety of water based activities and in the camps themselves. The valley is a huge rift in the earth’s crust, through which a mighty river flows. Mineral-rich volcanic soils deposited by the Zambezi have nurtured lush vegetation, while old meanders and oxbow lakes add to the attraction for wildlife.
The Base Camp & Fly Camp
Your accommodation affords private views of the river and the air rings with bird calls and the sound of distant hippos – it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic location. We have two types of camp – both fully mobile – the base camp is larger and more substantial with a well stocked bar and seating area under canvas and ensuite bathrooms. The fly camps are light weight and a textbook example of how light luxury in the wilderness can be.
Owner Run - Experienced and Passionate Professionals
Kyle Branch and/or Luke Evans are the owners of Tusk & Mane and will guide and host each safari. Both have extensive safari experience and Kyle is one of Zambia’s top safari guides. He was born close to the Kruger National Park in South Africa and trained with &Beyond. Kyle has worked in the Lower Zambezi for six years and is renowned for his knowledge and enthusiasm as well as being one of Africa’s leading fishing and birding guides. Luke was born in Zambia and grew up living in all three of Zambia`s major national parks. Two more experienced and passionate professionals would be hard to find anywhere in Africa.
You don’t need to be especially fit or fearless for a comfort camping safari and you will be under canvas in big game country. We recommend them for couples and families looking for an authentic, experienced-focussed safari with more than a basic layer of comfort and convenience. You will still enjoy the comforts of a more established lodge but without the more luxurious touches like a swimming pool or Wi-Fi. On a comfort camping safari you still sit down to excellent food and cold drinks and there are hot-water showers and simple but adequate toilet facilities.