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Zambia River Trail

Highlights of this Safari

  • Heavyweight game viewing by foot
  • Magnificent, unspoilt scenery
  • Intimate camps with en suite bathrooms
  • Optional wilderness sleep-out


FROM USD 6003 pp sharing

Comfort Level: M Midrange Holidays
Start/End: Start at Lusaka & End at Lusaka
Countries: Zambia
Destinations: South Luangwa National Park


Days 1 – 3: To the Luwi River

After arriving at Lusaka Airport you take a scheduled flight to Mfuwe. Here you’ll be met & driven to Luwi Bush Camp in the South Luangwa National Park. Enjoy 3 nights on a full board basis.

The adventure begins at Luwi Bush Camp, lying deep in the South Luangwa National Park and next to the seasonal Luwi River itself. A twisting ribbon of sandbanks and hippo-filled lagoons, the river attracts animals all year but especially during the dry season when the river becomes the only source of water for many miles. Elephants, buffalo and giraffe cluster the Luwi along with zebra, antelope and warthog, attracting lions, hyenas and leopards. You’ll be exploring on foot in the early mornings and late afternoons, accompanied by some of the best guides in the business. Back at camp, your thatch chalet has everything you need for comfort, including a private bathroom and solar-powered lighting. Make sure you spend some time in the hide that overlooks a hippo-filled lagoon, perfect for wildlife photographers.

Days 4 – 5: Downstream to Nsolo

Walk to Nsolo Bush Camp for 2 nights on a full board basis. Go on morning & afternoon walking safaris with your guide & ranger.

Following the flow of the river, you walk across sand drifts, palm groves and game-rich grassy hollows, arriving at Nsolo Bush Camp for lunch in the shade. Set on a bend in the river, solar-powered Nsolo consists of 4 spacious chalets on raised wooden decks with grass and reed walls and large, open air en-suite bathrooms. It is primarily a walking camp but game drives are offered to mix up the experience. The area has a healthy reputation for big game: lions are often encountered patrolling the dry river beds and wild dogs breed in the area.

Days 6: Return to the Wild

Optional sleep-out in wilderness or another night at Nsolo.

Tonight you have the option to trade your chalet at Nsolo for a bedroll and mosquito net and the chance to sleep wild. Together with your guide and armed ranger, you walk until you find a suitable place for the night, set up your modest but comfortable camp, light a fire and let the night fall around you. Supper is served under a canopy of stars with a soundtrack of the wild African night. It’s the quintessential once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Days 7 – 8: Where Two Rivers Meet

Walk to Kakuli Bush Camp for 2 nights on a full board basis. Enjoy game drives & walking safaris.

The journey continues downstream to where the Luwi meets the Luangwa River. Here lies one of Africa’s richest game areas, a place of great animal densities, and at the heart of it sits Kakuli Bush Camp, its tented suites overlooking the flowing Luangwa. With over 60 mammal and 400 bird species in the area, your hosts offer a mix of game drives and walks to maximise your game viewing experience. In high water season you can even take to the river by boat and gain a new perspective into the Luangwa environment.

Day 9: The Adventure Ends

Transfer to Mfuwe & your flight back to Lusaka Airport.

A game drive after breakfast takes you back to the border of the park and Mfuwe Airport. You’ll then fly back to Lusaka for your onward connection. If you’d like to add a day or two onto your trip and see Victoria Falls then simply let us know.


These rates are purely for informational purposes and do not reflect the actual cost in those currencies.


01.01.21 - 31.05.21
USD 6003
01.06.21 - 31.10.21
USD 8333
01.11.21 - 31.12.21
USD 6003

These rates are per person sharing & single supplements may apply. Please treat all pricing as a guide only & the rates are subject to availability & may change slightly without notice. Request a quote from us.

  • Accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • 2 Daily Activities at Safari Lodges
  • Local Drinks at Safari Lodges,
  • Laundry
  • Shared Flights in Zambia,
  • Road Transfers as specified
  • All Park fees
  • Airport taxes.
  • Flights to & from Lusaka (Zambia)
  • Premium Drinks at Safari Camps
  • Gratuities
  • Meals that are not Specified
  • Items of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
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  • SATSA – Bonded Membership (2061)
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  • Fully Independent & Owner Run
  • Travel Support from Start to Finish


Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional. Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.

Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver.  We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
Very helpful good suggestions for holiday ideas always available for questions good organising

Excellent service and they supplied good suggestions for our holiday they also organised all internal flights and arranged check in for us so we had no worries while on holiday. We have had a most memorable holiday staying at wonderful places thanks to Sabrina and Safari Online. Would recommend Safari Online to organise your holiday.

Lorraine (UK)
Professional, quick and top of the edge service!!!

From the very first contact we’re very happy about the respond time and quality of information from safari-online.com. Based on the received first tailor-made quote, which is a weblink with all the details about the flights, photos of the lodges etc. we knew that this is “our” partner for this trip. Our expectations were excelled!!!

Lukas (Germany)
It was a safari of a lifetime and exceeded all of our expectations!

Our mom grew up in Central and South Africa so we had visited the continent many times. My sister and I wanted to take our teens and husbands to Africa to experience the magic. We had a limited budget but big and specific expectations and by some miracle Walter was able to manage both.

Heather (USA)
An incredibly well organised tour with no hassles whatsoever.

Safari Online understood our needs and was able to present us with sensible options to choose from. It was evident that this tour operator has knowledgable and experienced agents who can arrange a seemless tour. We were provided with a professional online itinary which was comprehensive and easy to use, knew exactely what to expect, and encountered no stumble blocks along the way.

Gwen (AU)
Safari Online were extremely efficient and absolutely charming to work with.

Our 28-day itinerary took us to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. A magnificent and unforgettable adventure. Everything ran smoothly and efficiently from the flights, transfers, rides, connections, etc. Absolutely wonderful! Can’t thank them enough!

Ann and Mario (Canada)
Best trip I have ever been on. Highly recommend.

Would highly recommend. Safari online asked questions when booking and were efficient and knew exactly what we were looking for in terms of accommodation and animals were wanted to see. Gave advice on a few little extras with no pressure, which we did and am very grateful which make trip even more exciting. Would definitely recommend booking with them.

Walter has always been an excellent communicator and has supported us fully

We have been to Africa for 24 of the last 27 years so know a bit about what is involved. Walter has arranged the details for the last couple of years, and has done a superb job. He is always quick to respond and comes up with answers immediately……..no evasive tactics, always head-on!

Roger (UK)
Safari Online made our fantastic family holiday dream come true!!

Safari Online have been nothing but professional and incredible from the time we made our first enquiry to the last day of our stunning holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for Walter. We are now starting to plan our next family Safari for 2019. Guess who we will be booking with??? Safari Online we hope you are ready!!!!!

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