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Safari Secret: Lower Zambezi National Park
The Lower Zambezi National Park features magnificent scenery from the combination of 120km of Zambezi River front, the concentration of game in the valley floor and the backdrop of the Zambezi Escarpment, the Southern limit of the Great East African Rift Valley. The park is opposite Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site across the Zambezi River. Relatively new, the National Park was officially gazetted in 1983 and consists of over 4092 square kilometres. The park has a large variety of species including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects, distributed in varying densities and in complex and diverse eco-systems. Wildlife sightings in the park include elephant, hippo, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra, impala, bushbuck and kudu. Of the carnivores, there are solid numbers of leopard, lion and hyena. Other commonly seen animals are wild dog, serval and the African wild cat. Smaller animals include the side striped jackal; dwarf, slender and banded mongoose, large spotted genet, civet, tree squirrel, honey badger, porcupine and aardvark.
Activities: Morning and afternoon leading into night game drives, guided walking safaris, fishing on a catch and release basis, canoeing excursions on the Zambezi River, boat cruises and birding safaris.
How to get there: Fly from Lusaka (35 minutes) or Livingstone via Lusaka (90 minutes), in a shared light aircraft, to either Jeki or Royal Airstrip. From the airstrip it is a short game drive or boat excursion to the various camps in the area.
Where to stay: Royal Zambezi Lodge, Anabezi Camp, Sausage Tree Camp, Chiawa Camp
A&K Philanthropy (AKP) Update: Chipego Bike Shop
In 2015, A&K and Sanctuary Retreats donated hundreds of bicycles which along with their shipping containers, were used to establish a village bike shop and a bike tour enterprise, called the Chipego Bike Shop, run by five local woman. Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy assisted with the delivery of the bikes and the construction of the shop, as well as the training of its new employees. In addition to providing the community with access to mobility, the bike shop provides an income opportunity for these woman who have previously never had a form of employment. The woman also set aside a portion of their profits to fund projects in the local community including the sponsorship of school fees for selected students and a contribution to the new maternity ward.
Rather than touring the community on foot – we recommend guests take a leisurely guided bike ride through the streets. By doing a bike tour of the community, guests are contributing towards the bike initiative. A portion of the funds will be put towards maintenance of the bikes as well as a service fee to the community guide. Bike rides available at USD10 per person.
Return to the wild
Sleep out under the stars –the wildest experience the South Luangwa has to offer. Sleep out under the stars in the spectacular and extremely remote Luwi dry river bed with just a bed roll and a mossie net, not even a tent! Experience the thrill of the first safari pioneers, including Norman Carr himself, as they discovered the wonders of the South Luangwa. Guests venture out from the remotest bush camp on foot in the mid-afternoon, find a spot to camp and make the camp fire for a game ranger's dinner which they help to cook themselves. Then, having shared adventure stories around the fire, sleep out under the magnificent African sky whilst the guide and scout keep a watch until morning.
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Proflight baggage policy update
Please take note of the following baggage allowances
- Flexible fares (B class) - baggage allowance of 30 kg
- Classic fares (Y class) - baggage allowance of 23 kg
- The piece concept has been removed allowing you to carry as many pieces as you would like as long as your total checked weight is within the weight allowance.
- No change to hand baggage and infant baggage.
- Excess weight above the allowed checked weight will be charged at a set Kwacha rate of K20 per kg excess.
- This is also payable in USD but will be converted at the current Rate of Exchange.
- Extra bag purchase at airport are no longer an option: any weight above the allowance will be charged on a per kg basis only.
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