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luxury Zambia safaris


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Africa + Indian Ocean


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

Little, if anything, can compare to the intense thrill of seeing leopard at close quarters on a walking safari in the game-rich South Luangwa Valley with one of the greatest guides on the planet. And there’s still more: three great rivers, including the Zambezi, three massive lakes, and an amazingly rich and diverse spectrum of wildlife and habitats make this relatively under-developed country one of our favorite parts of Africa.  In Zambia, you still feel as if you are exploring something almost undiscovered.

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

Even more than its scattering of excellent camps (think: rustic luxury, rather than bush glamor; unspoiled nature, not glitz) Zambia is home to some truly outstanding guides, with whom we work very closely. As always, we strongly recommend that you take expert advice to ensure the right match for you.

Best visited: June to October

All itineraries are individually designed, but as an indication, we can arrange a ten day Zambia safari, (excluding international flights) from $6300 per person.

“I'm so grateful to Henrietta Loyd for persuading me to take the children to Africa now”
Louisa Bell, NY USA
zambia safari and vacation specialists

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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 favorite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member traveling 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.

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For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made vacations, 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.


guided walking safari zambia

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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swimming at the top of Victoria Falls in Zambia

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 in zambia

luxury mobile tented camping africa zambia

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 seeking adventure.

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photographic hides in South Luangwa

south luangwa zambia luxury safari

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

visit north luangwa in zambia

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

Victoria falls luxury vacation Zambia

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 serene settings.

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The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream.  In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable vacation. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

walking and RELAXATION in zambia

best luxury safaris Zambia

Zambia is a destination which is still relatively underdeveloped and is why it is one of our favorite parts in Africa. Zambia hosts some of the best walking safaris and we recommend starting off in Luangwa with game viewing on foot to experience the real remoteness of Africa. If you're a bird lover then visit the paradise of Lafue, and you cannot leave Zambia without visiting the Victoria Falls, we therefore recommend ending your trip with a few days of relaxation on the Zambezi River.

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As every one of the holidays we create is unique, 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.

looking for a fresh PERSPECTIVE

luxury wildlife vacation Zambia Africa

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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Zambia travel experts

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

zambia safari and wildlife travel experts

Marissa Wesley had a trip 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 one of the best cooks she had ever met.

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Our relationships count for a lot and we still work with some of the same people we have worked with for twenty years. There is also constant change and the teams are always reviewing and adding to the experiences which they can offer and the lodges, hotels and guides they work with.

Innocent tEmbo

bush guide

best safari guide Zambia

Having trained with one of Africa’s most prestigious safari companies, Innocent Tembo has proved himself as a secret weapon in the guiding world of Zambia. With an understanding of the complex balance and purpose of each creature in the bush, Innocent will delight you with his knowledge and personality. 

One client remembers tracking down an elusive leopard, only made possible through Innocent’s attention to detail and perseverance that was well worth the effort as the viewing was out of this world, seeing a majestic leopard close up, and so difficult to track in such wild terrain. Innocent excelled from the moment he left school, his enthusiasm recognized whilst working for film crews capturing wildlife around the area of Lion Camp.  He is an unforgettable spirit who will track big game and similarly uncover the smallest treasures in the bush. 

At cazenove+loyd we look for leaders in their field and Innocent is definitely a guide who stands out in the crowd.  His own 'natural habitat' is wide and varied: riverbanks full of bathing hippo and plains grazed by antelope and zebra, let Innocent bring his beautiful home to life and create an unforgettable vacation.

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

luangwa national park

luxury vacation to zambia

Kakuli has one of the best locations in the South Luangwa National Park, raised up on a riverbank overlooking a natural grazing lawn where the Luangwa and Luwi Rivers.  This is prime game viewing territory and one of the few camps where we could safely say that you really don’t need to leave the camp for your game viewing.

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nsolo bush camp,
Luwi river

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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 trekking area. For those looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush this could be for you.  In our opinion, it also epitomizes what a truly great bush camp is all about.

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luangwa national park

Kapani is the mothership of a handful of excellent camps that make up Norman Carr Safaris who were the pioneers of conservation and trekking safaris in the South Luangwa National Park. Norman’s first camp in the area was established in 1950 and he built Kapani in 1986. It's age is starting to show and the lodge is low key and comfortable rather than luxurious.  However, his family still call it home and it is steeped in local history.

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zambezi river

Zambezi luxury river lodge

Rustic and romantic, Sindabezi is set on a small island in the middle of the Zambezi River, just 45 minutes away from Victoria Falls by boat and car. You can kick off your shoes and feel the sand under your feet at this wonderfully relaxed haven.

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Chiawa Camp, 

Zambia luxury tented safari camp

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, 

luxury river safari camp Zambia

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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Kaingo camp, 

Zambia luxury sleep out safari

Deep within the most game-intensive area of the South Luangwa National Reserve, Kaingo is a bright and beautiful camp where wildlife conservation has been passed down through many generations, all within the most beautiful of settings.

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zambezi luxury river lodge zambia

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

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