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Puku Safari

Discover South Luangwa’s prolific wildlife before exploring the wildly remote pans of Liuwa Plain National Park and relaxing in one of the Livingstone area’s most romantic and exclusive hideaways. A safari of luxury, style and impressive diversity.

Puku Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Puku 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

Chinzombo
Days 1-5

Chinzombo

4 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Opened in early June 2013, Chinzombo is located on an expansive curve of the Luangwa River, overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. Run by Norman Carr Safaris, probably Zambia's oldest photographic safari company, with a track record of running first-class safari camps, and designed by two of the safari industry's leading designer/architects, this camp is a 'first' for Zambia in terms of its sheer opulence and very clean, contemporary style.

Chinzombo

Opened in early June 2013, Chinzombo is located on an expansive curve of the Luangwa River, overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. Run by Norman Carr Safaris, probably Zambia's oldest photographic safari company, with a track record of running first-class safari camps, and designed by two of the safari industry's leading designer/architects, this camp is a 'first' for Zambia in terms of its sheer opulence and very clean, contemporary style.

"This really is a special place."

E & S H.fromCalifornia

Arrived 1 Aug 2019, 4 nights

However you look at it, Chinzombo is not a typical Zambian camp. It's a step more luxurious and more contemporary than any of the other camps in South Luangwa, and at least a little more costly, too. However, its food and guides are very good indeed – at the top end of Zambia's normally high standards – so if luxury is your priority, then it's perhaps worth the extra cost. See our full report on Chinzombo

98%
13 reviews of Chinzombo by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Night drive

King Lewanika Lodge
Days 5-9

King Lewanika Lodge

4 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesLiuwa Plain National Park, Zambia

The extreme isolation and wilderness nature of Zambia's Liuwa Plain National Park have always been major factors in its appeal – but these features have also made the logistics of visiting very challenging. With the opening of King Lewanika Lodge in the heart of the Liuwa Plains, the park's first permanent safari camp, this situation has changed.

King Lewanika Lodge

The extreme isolation and wilderness nature of Zambia's Liuwa Plain National Park have always been major factors in its appeal – but these features have also made the logistics of visiting very challenging. With the opening of King Lewanika Lodge in the heart of the Liuwa Plains, the park's first permanent safari camp, this situation has changed.

Liuwa Plain National Park isn’t for everyone, and for those wanting to tick off regular wildlife sightings, this park may not be for you. However, for those looking for a wilderness experience, with stunning vista and landscapes plus the opportunity for some unique wildlife sightings, King Lewanika is a brilliant base from which to explore Liuwa, a modern and comfortable camp in a truly amazing part of Africa. See our full report on King Lewanika Lodge

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0 reviews of King Lewanika Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Tongabezi
Days 9-12

Tongabezi

3 nights
Full BoardLivingstone & Victoria Falls, Zambia

Looking out over the Zambezi River from an open-fronted safari house, it’s easy to relax into this version of reality. When Tongabezi made its name three decades ago, the concept of its luxurious, open-plan houses was revolutionary. Today, still owned by one of the original founders, Ben Parker, the lodge retains its luxury credentials, enhanced by an impressive attention to detail.

Tongabezi

Looking out over the Zambezi River from an open-fronted safari house, it’s easy to relax into this version of reality. When Tongabezi made its name three decades ago, the concept of its luxurious, open-plan houses was revolutionary. Today, still owned by one of the original founders, Ben Parker, the lodge retains its luxury credentials, enhanced by an impressive attention to detail.

The setting – among indigenous trees some 18km upstream of the Victoria Falls – is inspirational, giving superb views over the river yet shaded from the harsh Zambian sun. Adding a tropical feel, a waterfall streams down the natural rocks into the free-form swimming pool, while the Lookout affords something of a bird’s eye view.

Meals – which are excellent – are enjoyed in the thatched dining area or on the riverside deck, where a firepit brings warmth to cooler evenings. Drinks are always on hand, and if it all gets too much, just head to the spa for a soothing massage.

"The hotel was in an amazing setting. The staff couldn't do any more for us."

Mr & Mrs fromCarshalton

Arrived 12 Sep 2018, 2 nights

Each house is allocated a personal “valet” to look after guests, and to arrange activities – from canoeing and island picnics to Falls and village excursions. Underpinned by Tongabezi’s commitment to its staff – and the wider community – it’s a standard of service that runs throughout. See our full report on Tongabezi

93%
61 reviews of Tongabezi by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Canoeing

Cultural excursion

Elephant encounter

Fishing

Helicopter

Kayaking

Microlight

White-water rafting

Day 12

Ends: Livingstone 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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Rhino Walk

Rhino Walk

Around four hours - mornings only

Spend an unforgettable morning on a walking safari tracking Mosi-oa-Tunya’s small population of white rhino, with a strong chance of being able to approach these endangered creatures on foot.

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90% (2 reviews)
The Elephant Café

The Elephant Café

Approximately four hours

Visiting The Elephant Café is a great combination of a magical elephant encounter and fine dining. Spend time getting to know the elephants, some of them rescued from the wild many years ago, and others born into the herd. Then sit down and enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the Zambezi.

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80% (1 reviews)
Chobe Day Trip

Chobe Day Trip

Full day - typically around 11 hours

For a top safari experience while visiting the Victoria Falls, don’t miss a day trip to Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Easily reachable from Livingstone, Zambia or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Chobe boasts some of the best wildlife densities in southern Africa, with exceptional numbers of elephant drawn by the permanent waters of the Chobe River.

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Microlight Flight

Microlight Flight

15 or 30 minutes

For pure exhilaration, it's hard to find something better than flying in a microlight, swooping through the spray that crashes up and off the Victoria Falls, with rainbows shimmering below. If you don't like heights, then this isn't for you! For those looking for a different way to see the Falls, the microlight flights offer a stunning birds eye view of this spectacular natural wonder.

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100% (1 reviews)
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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100% (1 reviews)
Livingstone Island & Devil's Pool

Livingstone Island & Devil's Pool

Three hours

Victoria Falls is one of the world's natural wonders, and a huge attraction for many visitors to southern Africa. We're often asked if the waterfall is best viewed from the Zambian or Zimbabwean side, but we think the best way to experience the full majesty of the falls is from the middle with a visit to Livingstone Island.

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100% (5 reviews)
Fishing on the Zambezi River

Fishing on the Zambezi River

Three hours or Seven hours

Many people head to Livingstone not just to see the Victoria Falls, but also to relax after an international flight or a busy safari, and a perfect way to do this is with a fishing trip on the calmer sections of the Zambezi River above the falls, drifting with the current, casting your line, and keeping an eye out for wildlife on the banks.

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80% (1 reviews)
Helicopter Flight - Zambia

Helicopter Flight - Zambia

12 or 25 minute flights

Witnessing the power of the Victoria Falls from the ground is a stunning sight, but to see the world’s largest waterfall from the air is a very different experience! A helicopter flight over the Falls is truly incredible, and a worthy addition to your time in Livingstone.

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100% (7 reviews)
Royal Livingstone Express

Royal Livingstone Express

Four hours approx.

The Royal Livingstone Express is a lovingly restored steam train. Guests steam along the original Rhodesian railway line onto the stunning Victoria Falls Bridge. From here guests can marvel at the falls and the Batoka Gorge before enjoying 5-courses of fine dining.

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87% (3 reviews)
Historical Bridge Tour

Historical Bridge Tour

Two hours - AM & PM departures

A feat of engineering the Victoria Falls Bridge was built in 1905 as part of Cecil Rhodes' vision to link the Cape to Cairo. With an expert guide and the appropriate safety equipment you'll not only discover the wonders of this Victorian marvel but also gain a unique perspective of the Victoria Falls themselves.

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Guided tour of Victoria Falls

Guided tour of Victoria Falls

Two hours - AM & PM departures

One of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, the mighty Victoria Falls has to be seen to be believed. Why not take an expertly guided trip to learn about the history, geology, flora and fauna of one of Africa's most spectacular sites?

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