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Crawshay's Zebra Safari

This superb safari combines two of Zambia’s best national parks, the South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi. The camps are small and high quality with excellent safari guides.

Crawshay's Zebra Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Crawshay's Zebra Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Lusaka International Airport

Day 1

Lusaka Airport to Nkwali Camp by flight & 4WD

Depart Lusaka on a short flight (about 60 minutes) to Mfuwe Airport, in the Luangwa's rift valley. Here you meet your guide for an hour's drive in an open 4WD. The spread-out settlement of Mfuwe soon gives way to wildlife in the bush as you approach the small, riverside Nkwali Camp.

Nkwali
Days 1-4

Nkwali

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Built on the banks of the Luangwa River, Nkwali Camp sits under the shade of tall mahogany, ebony and sausage trees. Owned and run by Robin Pope Safaris the camp is well situated a relatively short drive from Mfuwe Airport and overlooking South Luangwa National Park.

Nkwali

Built on the banks of the Luangwa River, Nkwali Camp sits under the shade of tall mahogany, ebony and sausage trees. Owned and run by Robin Pope Safaris the camp is well situated a relatively short drive from Mfuwe Airport and overlooking South Luangwa National Park.

"Nkwali.. was as great as ever. 56 different species of animals.. pretty amazing"

Mrs K.fromMiddlesex

Arrived 11 Oct 2019, 2 nights

Nkwali is an excellently run camp with impressive open fronted chalets that truly allow you to feel like you're staying in the bush. Its position close to the airport and lower price makes it a great option for accessing the park, while taking advantage of its own pontoon across the river to avoid the worst of the crowds in the game rich Mfuwe area. With its location on the river and year round opening, it also allows rare access to the park when it transforms during the rainy season. See our full report on Nkwali

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202 reviews of Nkwali by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 4

4WD from Nkwali to Tena Tena

It's about an hour's drive (38km) between camps and you guide will normally do this between activities. The likely route shadows the eastern side of the Luangwa River, on informal tracks through a rural area of small-holdings and occasional villages.

Tena Tena
Days 4-6

Tena Tena

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Run by Robin Pope Safaris, Tena Tena is in the remote but game-rich Nsefu Sector, on the north side of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Due to the changing course of the river, the camp was moved about a kilometre upstream in 2012, and while it is still on the riverbank, the river itself can be some distance away during the dry season. Tena Tena focuses on excellent guiding and flexible activities, with personal service and attention, all in very comfortable surroundings.

Tena Tena

Run by Robin Pope Safaris, Tena Tena is in the remote but game-rich Nsefu Sector, on the north side of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Due to the changing course of the river, the camp was moved about a kilometre upstream in 2012, and while it is still on the riverbank, the river itself can be some distance away during the dry season. Tena Tena focuses on excellent guiding and flexible activities, with personal service and attention, all in very comfortable surroundings.

"The camp provides an immersive African bush experience."

Mr DfromCalifornia

Arrived 4 Sep 2019, 2 nights

Tena Tena manages to strike a balance between being simple yet stylish, without compromising at all on comfort or standards. For those looking for a touch of wilderness and superb guiding at a good-quality tented camp, Tena Tena is an excellent choice. See our full report on Tena Tena

95%
136 reviews of Tena Tena by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 6

Luangwa to Lower Zambezi by light aircraft & 4WD

From Tena, it's an hour's drive to Mfuwe Airport, before you hop over the Luangwa and Zambezi escarpments in a light aircraft flight. Landing at Jeki's bush airstrip, you'll be met by one of Chiawa's guide for the open-topped 4WD game-drive back to camp through the national park.

Chiawa Camp
Days 6-9

Chiawa Camp

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesLower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

On the banks of the Zambezi River, beneath a grove of mahogany trees, Chiawa Camp sits in the heart of Zambia's wildlife-rich Lower Zambezi National Park. Chiawa was the first camp in the park, opened by the Cumings family in 1989, and is still run by Grant Cumings. Over the years, it has evolved in size and comfort to a high degree of understated luxury.

Chiawa Camp

On the banks of the Zambezi River, beneath a grove of mahogany trees, Chiawa Camp sits in the heart of Zambia's wildlife-rich Lower Zambezi National Park. Chiawa was the first camp in the park, opened by the Cumings family in 1989, and is still run by Grant Cumings. Over the years, it has evolved in size and comfort to a high degree of understated luxury.

"Luxury in the jungle."

MrD & MsKfromGold Coast

Arrived 3 Sep 2019, 3 nights

In many ways, we think Chiawa is one of the best, and best-run, camps in Africa. The service and food are top-notch, with a team who tend to go out of their way to make everyone feel comfortable – and have consistently left us feeling that nothing was too much trouble. The camp manages to be luxurious, while still feeling homely and welcoming, a balance that can be difficult to get right. A good complement of excellent guides and a flexible attitude towards activities means that guests will usually get to do what they want, more or less when they want. We love it. See our full report on Chiawa Camp

98%
72 reviews of Chiawa Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Day 9

Chiawa to Old Mondoro by boat or 4WD

Travelling east, deeper into the national park, it's a couple of hours' to get from Chiawa to Old Mondoro. This would usually be an open-topped 4WD, enjoying a game drive, although if you preferred it might sometimes be possible by motor boat or even canoe, downstream on the river.

Old Mondoro Bushcamp
Days 9-11

Old Mondoro Bushcamp

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesLower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Hidden deep in the Lower Zambezi National Park, Old Mondoro is small and traditional – with plenty of subtle creature comforts. Owned and operated by the Cumings family, the camp has long been renowned for exceptional guiding in a truly peaceful area of the park. In such experienced hands, this is a place where the wildlife comes first – so don’t be surprised to have an impromptu night drive if leopard are spotted during dinner.

Old Mondoro Bushcamp

Hidden deep in the Lower Zambezi National Park, Old Mondoro is small and traditional – with plenty of subtle creature comforts. Owned and operated by the Cumings family, the camp has long been renowned for exceptional guiding in a truly peaceful area of the park. In such experienced hands, this is a place where the wildlife comes first – so don’t be surprised to have an impromptu night drive if leopard are spotted during dinner.

With just four reed-enclosed chalets, intimacy here is guaranteed. Looking out over the water – the Zambezi or a natural lagoon – from waist-high walls, the chalets are as close to nature as possible.

Canvas flaps can be rolled down at night should you wish, and discreet electric lighting is on hand, but foregoing these “luxuries” simply enhances the connection with the bush. Few would begrudge the permanent hot water, though – especially if you choose to take a bath under the trees.

"Staff, food, accommodation and activities were great...guides were outstanding."

Mr & Mrs EfromDevon

Arrived 18 Sep 2019, 3 nights

The open layout of the camp allows wildlife to roam through unhindered. And as elephants are partial to the overhanging winterthorn trees, you may well have to let them finish browsing before returning from a hearty lunch to your chalet. That’s the deal at Old Mondoro – and it’s very much a bonus. See our full report on Old Mondoro Bushcamp

99%
102 reviews of Old Mondoro Bushcamp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Day 11

Old Mondoro to Lusaka Airport by 4WD & light aircraft

Your last hour's game drive is through the park from Old Mondoro to Jeki Airstrip in an open 4WD. From there you'll be met by a light aircraft which will lift you up and out of the low-lying Zambezi Valley and bring you to Lusaka Airport within about 40 minutes.

Day 11

Ends: Lusaka International Airport

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Experiences you can add to this trip.

Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst staying at lodges on this trip. These are usually best arranged in advance so talk to us.


Tribal Textiles Tour

Tribal Textiles Tour

One - two hours

Visit the Tribal Textiles workshop, where hand-painted textiles are produced by more than a hundred local people. The workshop is close to Mfuwe Airport, so is ideally placed for a stop en route to/from the South Luangwa. With products ranging from cushion covers to bags and T-shirts, it's a great place for souvenir shopping while at the same time supporting the local community.

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Kawaza Village Visit

Kawaza Village Visit

Two to three hours

Just outside Zambia's South Luangwa National Park lies a normal, working rural African village which is open and welcoming to visitors to the Luangwa valley. There is nothing artificial or contrived about Kawaza Village, and it offers a rare opportunity to experience and appreciate Kunda culture, and meet local Zambians.

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