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Ultimate remote Africa itinerary

Zambia & Tanzania

Custom-made Luxury Itinerary Across the Best of Safari Africa

Day 1 – Intercontinental Johannesburg
Day 2 – Tongabezi, Vic Falls, Zambia
Day 3 - Tongabezi, Vic Falls, Zambia
Day 4 – Bilimungwe Camp, Zambia
Day 5 - Bilimungwe Camp, Zambia
Day 6 - Zungulila Camp, Zambia
Day 7 - Zungulila Camp, Zambia
Day 8 - Zungulila Camp, Zambia
Day 9 – Chongwe River Camp, Zambia
Day 10 - Chongwe River Camp, Zambia
Day 11 - Chongwe River Camp, Zambia
Day 12 – House of Waine, Nairobi
Day 13 – Lemala Explorer Camp, Tarangire, Tanzania
Day 14 - Lemala Explorer Camp, Tarangire, Tanzania
Day 15 – Mara River Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania
Day 16 – Kuria Hills Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania
Day 17 - Kuria Hills Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania
Day 18 - House of Waine, Nairobi

Day 1:
Arrive into Johannesburg Airport

TRANSFER
You will stay at the luxurious Intercontinental Hotel next to the arrivals at the airport to recover from your jet lag

INTERCONTINENTAL JOHANNESBURG, 1 NIGHT

The Intercontinental Airport Sun is a fabulous place to overnight at Johannesburg, especially if you have an early connection the following morning. You can relax in sumptuous and surprisingly peaceful surroundings in the knowledge that you will make it to the airport on time. The Intercontinental Airport Sun is a luxurious hotel, literally meters from Johannesburg International Airport.

The rooms have spacious bathrooms and are equipped with modern facilities. The decor has recently been updated so now there is a more contemporary feel to the hotel with flat screen televisions making the room feel more spacious, crisp linen on comfortable beds and an impressive main restaurant. If you need to unwind between flights you can take advantage of the hotel’s restaurant, heated indoor pool, gym or spa.

 

Days 2 & 4:

TRANSFER 1
You will fly from Johannesburg to Livingstone on BA Comair, a Boeing 737:
Depart Johannesburg: 11:00
Arrive Livingstone: 12:45

TRANSFER 2:
You will be met by a guide and transferred to Tongabezi Lodge by game drive vehicle. En route you will see your first elephant and giraffe herds along the mighty Zambezi River!


TONGABEZI LODGE, VICTORIA FALLS REGION, 2 NIGHTS
Tongabezi is situated on a wide bend in the Upper Zambezi River and functions as a beautiful base from which to explore the Victoria Falls and its surroundings. The lodge’s location retains its own interest as a safari lodge exploring the Zambezi River, it’s pretty islands and wildlife that comes down to drink on both the Zimbabwe and the Zambian side. 
The riverine woodland sheltering Tongabezi’s rooms, each room serviced with a warm and friendly concierge butler, also shelters Tongabezi’s wonderful treehouses. These quirky rooms are more like houses and exceptionally good fun. The established atmosphere of the lodge and mature woodland location under giant Leadwood trees are an ideal starting point for guided canoe and motorboat safaris. Elephant and buffalo populations are very healthy and can often be seen swimming across the mighty Zambezi. 
Hippos maintain the African chorus throughout the night and there is a warm ambiance to the location which is rather soporific. Activities such as whitewater rafting and helicopter trips over the Falls can easily be booked with the concierge.

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TRANSFER:
You will fly from Livingstone to the South Luangwa on a private charter Proflight, a Cessna Caravan 12-seater:

TRANSFER:
You will be met by a guide and transferred to Bilimungwe Camp by game drive vehicle. En route you will cross the wild and beautiful Luangwa River. Your guide will keep an eye out for your first leopards and lions.

Days 4 – 6:
BILIMUNGWE CAMP, 2 NIGHTS

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It’s hard not to be seduced by the charm of Bilimungwe.
Here, the traditions of the African bushcamp meet elegance and style to create a stunning camp that feels like it has grown organically out of the surrounding landscape. Set beneath a huge mahogany tree, the heart of Bilimungwe is the cool, shady lounge area that looks out over one of the camp’s three waterholes. Settle down in a cosy armchair with a sundowner and relax as you watch an enviable display of spectacular birds and animals that clearly feel as comfortable here as you do. With the open waters of the Luangwa River also on your doorstep and a nearby plain where leopard prowl, it’s clear that this is a nature-lover’s paradise, and with Manda Chisanga – Bilimungwe’s award-winning resident guide – to lead you, you could not be in better hands.

Rooms
Bilimungwe’s four raised thatched rooms have been carefully designed to ensure the height of comfort whilst still retaining that authentic bushcamp feel. The tangle of mature mahogany trees that surround camp are echoed in the rich, wood interiors and the beautiful wooden furniture, handmade by local artisans. Bright African textiles bring splashes of colour to the elegant rooms. After an early morning game drive, head back to your room for a refreshing, open-air waterfall shower, or continue the wildlife spectacle from your private deck. Two of the chalets have twin beds (queen-sized beds) and two have doubles (king-sized bed). Bilimungwe sleeps up to eight guests and is open from May to December.

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Activities

Take advantage of the exceptional knowledge and charm of resident guide Manda Chisanga, and head out with him on a combination of walking safaris, day and night game drives, and sundowners on the river’s edge. In between outings, find a chair and enjoy the wildlife magnets that are Bilimungwe’s three permanent waterholes. Who needs satellite television when you have your very own ‘Bush TV’ to entertain you?

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TRANSFER
You will be transferred between camps Bilimungwe and Zungulila by game drive vehicle.

Days 6 - 9:
ZUNGULILA LODGE, SOUTH LUANGWA, 3 NIGHTS

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The most exciting camp in the Bushcamp collection, Zungulila is a charming camp that embodies the essence of old Africa and a bygone era, with breathtaking views onto the Kapamba River and an expansive plain where natural springs attract huge herds of game. Zungulila is eminently peaceful and you will be having exclusive use of the whole camp, guides and staff. 
Guides will lead you through untamed wilderness, along the banks of the sparkling Kapamba River, round a final bend and towards a small gathering of thatched tents on the side of a raised knoll.

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Rooms
Enjoy the serenity of Zungulila from four spacious tents. Built under thatch roofs, each shaded tent has its own private bamboo veranda with immense views over an impressive variety of wildlife – from thirsty elephant at the springs and flocks of birds on the river, to prowling lion and large herds of buffalo on the grassy plains. With stylish interiors, ensuite bathrooms, hot-and-cold running water, outdoor showers and sunken plunge-pool you can enjoy your creatures and your creature comforts in this classic tented bush camp. The rooms will be made up to accommodate the families exactly as they wish to stay.

 

Activities
If you long to explore Africa as it used to be, then Zungulila is the right place. The expert guides will lead you on foot through some of the park’s most untouched wilderness, where large herds of buffalo roam the grassy plains and thirsty elephants come to drink at the springs and along the river. Activities are focused around walking, but we have opened up a number of game drive loops in the area and so to get even further afield, day and night game drives are also on offer. In the evening, after wading through the river, we invite you to join your hosts for sundowners, or sit around the campfire for a drink, before recounting the day’s adventures over a starlit supper overlooking the river. There is nowhere else as good as this in Africa.

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TRANSFER 1:
You will flyfrom the South Luangwa to the Lower Zambezi on a Proflight private charter Cessna Caravan:

TRANSFER 2:
You will be met by a guide and transferred to Chongwe River Camp by game drive vehicle, on the wide banks of the iconic Zambezi River.

Days 9 - 12:
CHONGWE RIVER CAMP, LOWER ZAMBEZI, 3 NIGHTS

Chongwe River Camp is a family-owned and managed safari camp, standing at the 
confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers on the western border of the Lower Zambezi National Park opposite Mana Pools. This luxury bush camp provides a multiplicity of game viewing experiences, complemented by superb tiger fish angling and majestic views of the rivers and the escarpment to the north.

Accommodation
Chongwe River Camp is an unfenced, comfortable bush camp with eight spacious and well- appointed Mulati tents, each with a great river view. Shaded by thorn trees, the chalets stand under thatch in the midst green lawns. 
Each tented room accommodates two people, in twin or double beds. Electric bedside lamps stand beside the bed in case you are woken by the sounds of the wild. Fittings are mostly made of local materials. Each chalet has a huge private open-air bathroom where you can have a hot shower under the stars or in the morning sunshine.

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Activities
This is a first-rate big game area. At Chongwe River Camp, you can observe game on morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles or on a motor-boat safari. Guided game walks provide a more intimate experience of the wilderness and the opportunity to savour the space and tranquility. A canoe safari is an unobtrusive way of encountering big game. To be honest, you could stay in camp and watch the procession of animals coming to drink at the river, if not roaming through camp. Over 250 bird species have been recorded in the environs of the camp. 
In addition, there is fantastic fishing: tiger fish, bream and a variety of catfish. The camp operates a strict catch-and-release policy and provides standard tackle. Serious fly fishermen may wish to bring their own gear.

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Food
The menu is really excellent and amazingly varied. Guests are always amazed by the kitchen team’s ability to prepare such dazzling meals in such a remote location. Meals are al fresco, sometimes in the bush, though the camp will usually provide a private dinner on request.


Facilities
The camp has comfortable, shaded sitting areas, with lots of cushions, in which to relax, or you can cool off in the pool. The campfire is a magnet for sundowners and tales of the day’s adventures. 
Chongwe River Camp is a warm and unpretentious tented camp in a prime wilderness area. The game is first-rate and the guides are excellent. The camp is very comfortable, and the price reflects the absence of the extra bells and whistles. The relative simplicity of Chongwe River Camp is one of its attractions: it allows you get an genuine, unmediated experience of the bush.

 

Day 12 - 13:

TRANSFER:
You will fly from the Lower Zambezi National Park to Lusaka on a private charter Caravan flight.


TRANSFER:
You will fly from Lusaka to Nairobi in East Africa, on Kenya Airways.
You will be met by a driver and transferred 40 minutes to the pleasant Nairobi suburb of Karen. Here you will overnight at the lovely House of Waine before your morning flight across the border to Tanzania.

HOUSE OF WAINE, NAIROBI SUBURBS, 1 NIGHT
House of Waine is set in the foot of the Ngong Hills. It is about 40 minutes from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, within 15 minutes of Nairobi attractions like the Giraffe Centre, the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary, and Kazuri Beads. 
Each of the eleven rooms are attractively and individually decorated around a different theme. Many of the rooms can be occupied as either a twin or a double, and there are some interconnecting rooms for families. Rooms are equipped with televisions, direct dial ‘phones, safes and tea/coffee facilities. Large marble bathrooms provide the usual amenities and abundant natural light.

With its wrought-iron four-poster bed, claw foot bathtub and working fireplace, the Victoria room is perfect for honeymooners and other romantics. From the sumptuous breakfasts and lavish afternoon tea to the fine dining at dinner, House of Waine’s cuisine is based on fresh, local ingredients. The seasonal set menus change daily and are served in the dining room, the pool pavilion, the lounge, or in the leafy gardens. Two bars are reserved for the exclusive use of guests. There is also a heated swimming pool.

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TRANSFER 1:
Depart Nairobi on Kenya Airways 
Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport


TRANSFER 2:
You will be met by a driver and transferred through the stunning scenery to Lemala Tarangire  Explorer Camp.

Days 13 - 15:
LEMALA EXPLORER CAMP, TARANGIRE, 2 NIGHTS:

Lemala Explorer Camp is based on the pioneering safaris of yesteryear, where the essence is on the wildlife experience. These comfortable mobile camps follow the routes of the migratory herds, affording the best game viewing opportunities available. The mess tent is decorated in a simple, yet elegant style and offers home comforts including big sofas, coffee table with books and games. The campfire is a great place to exchange safari tales before enjoying a communal candle-lit dinner indoors or out in the wild. 
The camps have a true wilderness feel to them and are situated in prime locations in isolated sectors of the wildlife areas. Optional activities like walks are available and night game drives are also available at Tarangire.

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TRANSFER 1:
You will fly from the Tarangire to the Northern Serengeti in a private charter.


TRANSFER 2:
You will be driven by your Mara River guide to the Camp in the Northern Serengeti.


Days 15 - 16:
MARA RIVER CAMP, NORTHERN SERENGETI, 1 NIGHT


Mara River Camp is the ultimate camp in the Serengeti, within touching distance of the  Mara River and set under large Euclea trees in the heart of the best game viewing area of  the Northern Serengeti. Here, in this immense remote wilderness, guests can enjoy fabulous landscapes and terrific game viewing with practically no crowds. Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high, but nothing compared to when the migration starts arriving when the area then turns into a wildlife paradise par excellence. 
The mobile tents are spacious and each is fitted with 2 double beds and whilst having an  the authentic bush experience the rooms have all the little luxuries that make it comfortable. After an evening game drive, your tent attendent ensures your safari showers are filled with hot water to wash away the dust of the African savannah. Both these camps are exceptional in sublime locations offering a high quality safari experience with excellent guiding and tasty home cooked meals freshly prepared. The camp can be booked on a private basis. The camp organizes great picnic breakfasts and lunches for those who want to go on full day game drives. 
The communal areas have separate living and dining areas and is beautifully decorated with leather sofas, chandeliers, side cabinets, rugs, chests and even a bar. In the evening, guests gather around the campfire to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapes. Superb tents in intimate surroundings, personal hosting, al-fresco meals, fireside discussions, sundowners, spectacular views and breath-taking sunsets.

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TRANSFER:
You will transfer the short distance by game drive vehicle to the nearby Kuria Hills Camp.

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Days 15 - 16:
KURIA HILLS CAMP, NORTHERN SERENGETI MARA, 2 NIGHTS


Offering unrivalled luxury, Kuria Hills Lodge is situated in the Wogakurya Hills, close to the Mara River and within the main corridor of the world-famous wildebeest migration. Large boulders and kopjes form the prominent features of the site and each guest tent has been carefully positioned amongst these to ensure privacy and spectacular vistas of the gentle grassed slopes, open woodland and tree lined watercourses, which all make up the scenic north Serengeti landscape. 
Magnificent kopjes dominate the public areas, with superb views from the bar, sitting and dining areas, swimming pool and the decks. Guests may enjoy several dining options in camp or out in the bush with a choice of freshly cooked starters, main course, desserts and  house drinks. Tea is served in the afternoon before your game drive and cocktails at sunset on one of the kopjes overlooking the Isuria escarpment. 
A separate tent in the wild forms the Melengali Spa where you can indulge in massages and manicures in a peaceful, natural setting. Whether you are here for the migration between  June and October or for privacy and seclusion at other times of the year, you will find Lemala Kuria Hills a place of incredible luxury and beauty where you can relax or explore the amaz- ing wildlife, landscapes and habitats of the northern Serengeti with our superb guides either on foot or in our custom-designed 4x4s.

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Days 18 - 19:

TRANSFER 1:
You will fly from the Northern Serengeti to Kilimanjaro Airport by private charter plane.


TRANSFER 2:
You will be met by a driver and driven the 40 minutes to the House of Waine to overnight  before your morning flight back to Johannesburg.

HOUSE OF WAINE, NAIROBI SUBURBS, 1 NIGHT
House of Waine is set in the foot of the Ngong Hills. It is about 40 minutes from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, within 15 minutes of Nairobi attractions like the Gi- raffe Centre, the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary, and Kazuri Beads. 
Each of the eleven rooms are attractively and individually decorated around a different theme. Many of the rooms can be occupied as either a twin or a double, and there are some interconnecting rooms for families. 
Rooms are equipped with televisions, direct dial ‘phones, safes and tea/coffee facilities. Large marble bathrooms provide the usual amenities and abundant natural light.With its wrought-iron four-poster bed, claw foot bathtub and working fireplace, the Victoria room is perfect for honeymooners and other romantics. From the sumptuous breakfasts and lavish afternoon tea to the fine dining at dinner, House of Waine’s cuisine is based on fresh, local ingredients. The seasonal set menus change daily and are served in the dining room, the pool pavilion, the lounge, or in the leafy gardens. Two bars are reserved for exclusive use.

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Day 19:

TRANSFER 1:
You will fly from Nairobi to Johannesburg on Kenya Airways.

Price on application 
* based on twin/double sharing

Map of Trip Below.

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