Zambia Elephant Experience


Thanks to the generosity of Africa Dynamics, 10% of the purchase price of this trip will be donated directly to The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Marine Anti-Poaching Unit.

With some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent, a remarkably low population, and a massive country, Zambia has an aura of Africa undiscovered.

Your first two nights in Zambia will be spent at the luxurious Lilayi Lodge, just one hour from the Lusaka Airport. Situated within the bush and offering delightful elephant experiences –you may spend time with these majestic creatures on elephant walks, or view the baby elephants at the nursery – a project of Game Rangers International.

Your next three nights are spent at the premier Shumba Camp in the Kafue National Park, Zambia’s largest and oldest National Park. Meaning ‘lion’, Shumba is aptly named after the prides of lion seen in the area. The Plains are home to hundreds of red lechwe, puku, roan and oribi, in addition to prolific birds, and other wildlife.

Following your time in the Kafue, you will head to the Lower Zambezi National Park to Chiawa Camp. The newest of Zambia’s exceptional, undeveloped wildlife areas, you will enjoy three nights in this massive wildlife sanctuary.

Your final two nights will be spent at Toka Leya Camp at Victoria Falls, located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. This area offers many activities including rhino walks, fishing on the Zambezi, and adrenalin-pumping adventures. Hippo, crocodile and elephant are regularly seen in or near camp.


One of the highlights of this trip is the visit to the Lilayi Elephant Nursery. Managed by Game Rangers International and established with ongoing critical support from the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, the Nursery rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephant calves who can be viewed daily from the viewing platform located near the entrance.

Itinerary Overview:

Days 1 – 2: Lilayi

On arrival in Lusaka, you will be met and transferred to Lilayi Lodge, located on the outskirts of Lusaka, less than a one hour drive from Lusaka airport yet with a feeling of being deep in the African bush. Lilayi offers 650 hectares of unspoiled grassland, which is inhabited by nearly 23 different species of mammal and more than 300 bird species. A game drive in an open vehicle is one of the most exciting ways to explore the area. A highly skilled guide will accompany safari goers, and inform them about the rare and beautiful animals viewed during the drive. Listed amongst these are the majestic Roan Antelope, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest and Tsessebe.

A dear asset to Lilayi is that of the Lilayi Elephant Nursery. Managed by Game Rangers International and established with ongoing critical support from the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, the Nursery rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephant calves who can be viewed daily, from the viewing platform located near the entrance.

Enjoy a morning walk with the elephants and a behind the scenes tour of the orphanage project during your two night stay.

Overnight: Lilayi Lodge

Transfers, meals, house wine/spirits/beer, elephant walk, elephant nursery visit, game drives

Days 3 – 5: Busanga Plains

In the morning, you will be transferred to the Lusaka Airport where your pilot will meet you for your light aircraft transfer to Shumba Camp.

On arrival at the Shumba Camp Airstrip, you will be welcomed by the camp staff.

Shumba Camp is situated in the centre of the Busanga Plains close to permanent water and within easy access of the teeming floodplains. Shumba is named after a favourite species in the area: its large prides of lion that are often seen right next to camp – or even, unusually, in trees. Viewing of this and other species is possible from the comfort of the tent or main deck, while the camp’s fig trees ensure both shade and constant bird activity.

Shumba Camp comprises six spacious luxury safari tents, all on raised platforms with spectacular views. The dining area is elevated so as to take in this vista and each morning’s sunrise; dinner takes place either here or in the cosy boma where guests can also enjoy elements of local Zambian culture.

Guests have the option of game drives in and around the Plains and water-based activities when they are still inundated. Night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area, and floating in a hot air balloon (August – October) high over the Plains is an unforgettable experience.

Overnight: Shumba Camp

Transfers, meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, oark fees, laundry, local drinks, hot air balloon (seasonally)

Days 6 – 8: Lower Zambezi National Park

In the morning you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft transfer, returning to the Lusaka Airport. At the Lusaka Airport, you will take a light aircraft flight to Chiawa Camp in the Lower Zambezi, where you will be met by the camp staff.

Resting peacefully on the banks of the Zambezi River, under a grove of evergreen Mahogany trees, the multi-award winning and much acclaimed Chiawa Camp holds the prime position in the heart of Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. Constructed mainly of natural materials Chiawa Camp blends in effortlessly with its idyllic surroundings and it is here where guests receive the very best Africa has to offer.

The family owned and operated Chiawa Camp in the incredible Lower Zambezi National Park is Zambia’s premier luxury safari camp and offers unusually varied activities such as game drives, walking, canoeing, boating and angling in the company of Africa’s finest guides.

Indulge in attentive yet unpretentious, personalized service, fabulous cuisine and fantastic “tents” with spectacular views of the Zambezi and its resident wildlife. All this in a beautiful setting with leopards, lions, elephants, hippos and other wildlife as your neighbors.

Chiawa is renowned for its dedication to its staff, conservation and local communities. Experience one of Africa’s very finest safari camps and enjoy the wildlife adventure of a lifetime.

Overnight: Chiawa Camp

Transfers, meals, beverages, twice daily game drives, canoe trips, bush walks, boat trips, fishing, laundry

Days 9 – 10: Near Victoria Falls

In the morning you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft transfer from Chiawa Camp to Livingstone Airport via Lusaka. Upon arrival in Livingstone, you will be met by your driver for your road transfer to Toka Leya Camp near Victoria Falls.

Overlooking the Zambezi River and some of its islands is Toka Leya Camp, comprising 12 raised, spacious en-suite safari-style tents. The camp’s dining and lounge areas offer ample space for relaxation. Meals are served on the sundeck, the pool deck and dining room all overlooking the Zambezi. The spa rounds off the experience, making Toka Leya the ideal place for a leisurely couple of nights before or after a safari.

Activities (on fully inclusive rate) include a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises, back-of-house tours, fishing and guided nature walks. Tours of Livingstone town and museum and visits to Mkuni Market and a nearby village add cultural diversity. Other activities on offer in the area at additional charge include helicopter flights, microlighting, canoeing, jet boating, and white water rafting. We recommend the rhino walk and visit to the local village in addition to a tour of the Falls!

Overnight: Toka Leya Camp

Transfers, meals, local drinks, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry, guided tour of Victoria falls (Zambian side), guided tour of Livingston Town and Museum, sunset river cruise, visit to local village

Day 11: Departure

In the morning, you will be returned to the Livingstone Airport for your departing flight.

* Options for add-ons include Botswana Delta Experience, Cape Town & Winelands, or Coastal Mozambique Adventure.

10,250 / person

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Conservation, Safari, Wildlife

Best times to go

All year

Trip length

11 days/10 nights




Seraphina Gordon
+1 425 558 9944

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Project this Trip Supports:

Marine Anti-Poaching Unit

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

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