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Slender Mongoose Safari

A detailed exploration of Lower Zambezi from two top-notch sister camps, each in a prime location in the national park. Expect a high level of care, first-class guiding and superb wildlife.

Slender Mongoose Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Slender Mongoose 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 to Lower Zambezi by air, 4WD & boat

On arrival in Lusaka, you'll be escorted to your light aircraft for the scheduled 40-minute flight to Jeki Airstrip. From here, it's about an hour to Chiawa, usually in an open-topped 4WD, but sometimes culminating in a boat trip along the Zambezi River – all the while watching for wildlife.

Chiawa Camp
Days 1-4

Chiawa Camp

3 nights
Full BoardLower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Viewed from a star bed, or over a leisurely riverboat lunch, the Zambezi takes centre stage at Chiawa. It's a truly special setting for this family-run safari lodge, where attention to detail underpins every aspect of a stay.

Chiawa Camp

Viewed from a star bed, or over a leisurely riverboat lunch, the Zambezi takes centre stage at Chiawa. It's a truly special setting for this family-run safari lodge, where attention to detail underpins every aspect of a stay.

Start with the sturdy tents, each with a private river outlook that greets you on waking – and accompanies an afternoon wallow in your sunken bath. Comfort is the watchword here, but there’s no sense of bling – this is understated luxury.

Take in the view from the hub of the camp, too, whose traditional style is a backdrop for a cool drink, relaxing with a book from the library, or star-gazing courtesy of the telescope on the upper storey.

And never far away is the wildlife, for which the Lower Zambezi is famed. From hippos at home in the river to elephants spotted from the viewing platform or any number of animals passing in front of the hides, you scarcely have to leave camp.

But when you do, whether on land or on the river, you’ll be accompanied by guides whose expertise ranges from canoeing to walking safaris, fishing to game drives.

"One of our favourites"

J & JfromYork

Arrived 2 Nov 2023, 3 nights

The pool is cool and welcoming, the food is good, the service exceptional. This is a magical corner of Zambia enhanced by an excellent camp. See our full report on Chiawa Camp

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

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Canoeing

Fishing

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 4

Chiawa to Old Mondoro by boat or 4WD

Travelling east, deeper into the national park, it takes a couple of hours to get from Chiawa to Old Mondoro. This is usually a meandering game drive in an open-topped 4WD, but if you prefer it might be possible by motorboat or even by canoe, downstream on the Zambezi River.

Old Mondoro Bushcamp
Days 4-6

Old Mondoro Bushcamp

2 nights
Full BoardLower 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.

" Everything you need for an authentic safari experience. "

Mr P M & familyfromUK

Arrived 22 Jun 2024, 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%
126 reviews of Old Mondoro Bushcamp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Canoeing

Fishing

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 6

Old Mondoro to Lusaka by 4WD & light aircraft

Your last hour's game drive is through the park from Old Mondoro to Jeki Airstrip in an open 4WD. 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 6

Ends: Lusaka International Airport

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