Canoeing in the zambezi,  spectacular game viewing, fascinating walking safaris, whitewater rafting

Little, if anything, compares to the intense thrill of seeing a leopard at close quarters on a walking safari with one of the greatest guides in Africa in the game-rich South Luangwa Valley. And there’s still more: three great rivers, including the Zambezi, and an amazingly rich and diverse spectrum of wildlife and habitats make this relatively under-developed country one of our favourite safari destinations. Here, you still feel as if you are exploring something raw and untamed.

As well as the incredible, thundering cascades of Victoria Falls, there are little-known corners that we can help you to explore: the bird-lovers paradise of Kafue; the beautiful Bangweleu Swamp and the gloriously remote North Luangwa.

Even more enticing than its scattering of excellent camps (think: rustic luxury, rather than bush glamour; unspoilt nature, not glitz) Zambia is home to some truly outstanding guides, with whom we work very closely.


As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.


Looking for a fresh perspective

Lucy and David Brooke have been to Africa many times before, but this time they wanted something a little different. Even though they were surprised by our suggestion of Zambia, it turned out it was exactly what they were looking for.

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Up close and personal in Zambia

From micro-lighting above hippo and crocodile to floating down the Lower Zambezi in a canoe, Claire Diacono packed her trip full of activities to get the most out of her short stay in Zambia.

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Kutandala – An experience to treasure

Marissa Wesley had a holiday of a lifetime when she visited Zambia. Guided by Rod he introduced her to the fascinating wildlife and beautiful scenery. The food was also a highlight of her trip, with Guz being of the best cooks she had ever met.

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Places to Stay

At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay.

Nsolo Bush Camp

Nsolo Bush Camp, Luwi River

Nsolo Bush Camp is nestled in the shade of a grove of trees looking out over the Luwi River which is effectively a dry riverbed for much of the year. It is also a well known highway for Luangwa lions and a fantastic walking area so for those looking for a bit of an adrenalin rush this could be for you. In our opinion, it also epitomises what a truly great bush camp is all about.

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Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp, Zambezi River

If a true safari experience in an exquisite setting is what you are looking for, you need not search further. When the Cumings family dreamt up Chiawa and made their dream a reality, they created a stunning retreat by the Zambezi River where you will enjoy the best of Africa.

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Chinzombo Camp, South Luangwa

Designed by the visionaries behind North Island and Little Vumbura, Chinzombo is a revolutionary camp in the South Luangwa. Built amongst ancient trees on a ridge atop the Luangwa River, the legendary Norman Carr guides really bring this game rich and stunning area to life.

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Tongabezi, Zambezi River

Set on the banks of the Zambezi River just upstream from the famous Victoria Falls, Tongabezi is a beautifully designed lodge filled to the brim with African atmosphere and within easy access of the extensive thrill-seeking and sight-seeing opportunities at Victoria Falls.

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For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.


Norman carr walking safari

The view from a safari vehicle is a good introduction to life in the bush. As you look on at a pride of lion, they too look at you – who is actually on safari, one asks? Pioneered by Norman Carr in the 1950’s, a walking safari takes your African experience to the next level. Africa is wild, it is unpredictable, it is beautiful.

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Livingstone island and devil’s pool

Diving into Devil’s Pool seems the most absurd idea in the world, but if you dare this is one of the most exhilarating experiences around. Your guide will take you by boat to the very spot where Dr David Livingstone in 1855 first caught sight of Mosi-oa-Tunya, (the smoke that thunders - Victoria Falls).

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Mobile Camping Safari in South Luangwa

The South Luangwa National Park is vast, but we have found a very secluded spot where no vehicles roam - just you on foot walking in a real wilderness area where the animals are nervous and skittish from your presence. This is perfect for clients looking for some adventure.

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Photographic hides in South Luangwa

The professional photographer’s choice for achieving astounding results and at the same time experiencing wildlife peacefully and undisturbed at incredibly close range, step into one of the naturally built hides in the South Luangwa and take in your surroundings watching game up close.

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North Luangwa

Few lodges and so few visitors, you feel truly ‘out there’ and the guides attracted to the area tend to be the most passionate conservationists in Southern Africa which can be infectious.

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The Upper Zambezi

Spending a few days relaxing along the Zambezi river makes the perfect end to a safari in Zambia, Botswana or Zimbabwe. Located up stream from Victoria Falls are some luxurious lodges in the most tranquil and sere setting.

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We know Zambia better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

Best time to visit

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Best time to go

Best visited between June and October for dry days and cool nights. During this time you will benefit from seeing game concentrated around the waterholes. The heaviest rains tend to fall in January and February when most camps are closed. The Falls are a huge draw when visiting Zambia; they tend to be at their fullest in May with lots of spray and great opportunities to see lunar rainbows during full moon. June through August offer the best photographic opportunities as the spray dies down.

The popular Livingstone Island trips and Devils Pool are open from August/ September to November. For those who are keen to raft avoid March to May time as the operation is closed. For keen fishermen August through to November is a superb time as water levels drop and temperatures increase creating crystal clear waters all contributing to some excellent Tiger Fish opportunities. A visit to Zambia is often combined with Malawi for some down time on the Lake or with Zimbabwe.

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