DAVID LIVINGSTONE TRIP
Normally taken in May and November
Arrive in Lusaka and transfer to Lilayi Lodge (Lilayi Lodge is situated on the out skirts of Lusaka on a 7000 hectare private game reserve) activities include game drives, leisure stroll or relaxing by the pool side
KAPISHYA HOT SPRINGS
Road transfer from Lusaka to Shiwa Ngandu for 2 nights stay at The Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge a treat your self to views of the flowing river and a dip in some of the world’s finest natural hot springs. Accommodation is on full board basis.
A full day spent on the estate, indulging in any of the following activities; A visit to 42 roomed mansion built by Sir Gore Brown in 1925. The house has an incredible history with original furniture and art facts. Next we climb the bare back rock hill, a famous hill from where Dr Livingstone took his bearings and from the top you will see Lake Shiwa. It is in Lake Shiwa where Dr Livingstone lost his dog. We end this day with a float down stream to Kapishya Hot Spring
Early morning start from Kapishya to Manshya Falls for breakfast before transferring to the village of Mbati. On arrival in the village we visit the local people, tour the local school and the clinic. Set up camp and enjoy the evenings and the real adventure begins with full board in a camping set up.
SAMATA AND KABINGA VILLAGES
We travel in dug out canoes on the Chambeshi River from Mbati to Samata village a journey taking approximately 5 to 6 hours, En route just relax or try and catch the local fish. On arrival at Samata’s village, you visit the local people before being transferred by the support staff in vehicles to Kabinga village. Dr Livingstone also stayed in this village over 100 yrs ago
We spend the whole day at Kabinga’s village visiting the local school and the local market. You also have the opportunity to meet the local chief and his elders and learn about the local history. Travel back to the campsite for over night.
After breakfast, we take a short boat trip, then set off on foot across a dry flood plain, We should actually cover a total of 23 km on foot to the shores of Munakashi river. This is the exact route Dr Livingstone took. We cross the river and the vehicles pick us up for transfers to Kopa mission.
Vehicles transfers us to Katubala area where we will hire local porters to accompany us as we set off on a 16 KM walk on the wild side through the African bush
Leave the bush and travel through the beautiful Zambian Country side. Today we travel for 16 KM traveling leisurely in Dr Livingstone’s footsteps whilst listening and watching nature in its totality. Ending up at the campsite set on the Lumbatwa river for the night.
SHOEBILL ISLAND CAMP
We drive to Shoebill Island Camp in the Bangweulu Swamps. For the next 2 days we take a well deserved break from walking and relax on Shoebill island at the Shoebill Bill Island tented camp.
Today we will spend the entire day exploring the area and our activities will range from walking, boating, birding and tracking down the endangered shoebill stork a very rare bird with only about 3000 of them remaining in the world, and the majority of these birds are actually found in this area, After the shoebill we set off to track down the Balck Lechwe, a rare antelop and indigenous to this area. Over night at the Shoebill island camp.
Depart Shoebill Island Camp in the Bangweulu Swamps and drive to Lulimala river for an 18 KM walk and camp in the African bush.
After leaving the bush camp we will walk for 15 km to visit the Livingstone memorial just outside chief chitambo’s area. This spot commemorates where Dr Livingstone died. We then visit chief Chitambo who is the grand nephew of Chief Chitambo who met Dr Livingtsone over 128 yrs ago. The Chief will share stories with us that have been passed on through generations. We camp nearby
KASANKA NATIONAL PARK
Depart Chief Chitambo’s area for a short drive to Kasanka National Park , This is one of Zambia smallest park and yet very beautiful. Over night in the lodge.
The entire day is spent in and around the park, morning game drive, canoeing the Luwombwa river in the afternoon, This is the last day in the bush and so a grand meal befitting this occasion with a celebration will be in order. Over night at the lodge.
Drive back to Lusaka and over night, A conducted tour of Lusaka is arranged and those with the energy a visit to one of the local night clubs can be arranged. Over night at Lilayi Lodge.
Depart Zambia for Home
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