Zambia & Madagascar

This is an itinerary that is close to our hearts. The beauty and isolation of Zambia and Madagascar, make this a very unique trip. The fauna and flora of both countries, are truly out of this world. Remote locations come at a cost, but one cannot overlook these incredible destinations when planning a trip.

Days 1 - 5 Lower Zambezi, Chongwe River Camp

Chongwe River Camp is nestled in a unique and unrivalled location situated directly opposite Mana Pools in Zimbabwe and looks onto the confluence of the Chongwe channel and the Zambezi River with the mountains of the escarpment to the north. The Chongwe channel is perfect for canoe trips as it is relatively free of hippos and strong currents.

Activities offered at Chongwe are varied, from day and night 4WD game drives in open vehicles, walking safaris with your guide and an armed parks scout, to river activities including canoeing and gentler trips in the larger motor boats. You could also choose to take a full day drive into the park if you wish - Chongwe is situated just outside the park boundary in the Game Management area but still in a very game rich area. Or you can try your hand at fishing, on a catch and release basis - tiger fish are a specialty and the guides at Chongwe are all expert fishermen.

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Days 5 - 8 South Luangwa, Norman Carr Safaris - Chinzombo

Frome Jeki you will catch your chartered flight to Mfuwe Airport, South Luangwa. Your guide will fetch you and take you straight to one of the most magnificent camps that exists in Zambia.

Situated on a sweeping curve of the Luangwa River, Chinzombo brings style and sophistication to the Luangwa Valley. This wildly luxurious camp retains its bush authenticity with grass and canvas walls and spacious living areas that melt into the exquisitely tranquil riverside setting.

Each villa offers panoramic views of the Luangwa River and the abundant wildlife that frequents its banks. Sprawling, ancient shade trees and private plunge pools offer comfort and relaxation for guests staying in any one of the six stunning villas.

Venture into one of the most game rich areas of the national park with their award-winning guiding team. The South Luangwa is renowned for its world-class predator action, with especially strong sightings of the elusive leopard. Explore the region’s diverse habitats with game drives, safari walks and boat cruises (seasonal). Pamper yourself with an in-villa spa treatment during your midday break between safari activities.

When acquiring Chinzombo’s location, a portion of the proceeds funded relocation of black rhino to North Luangwa National Park, where the North Luangwa Conservation Programme operate a rhino breeding and re-introduction project.

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Days 8 - 9 Saxon Boutique Hotel, Johannesburg

It's time to head back to the city, as we take you out of Zambia to a country and city that is renowned for action and culture. South Africa never disappoints. There are many day trip activities to do in and around Johannesburg. We will discuss all the options with you and arrange your day around your personal interests.

Nestled in the exclusive suburb of Sandton, the Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa makes a world class statement of African elegance, combined with personalised attention to detail. The welcoming entrance with stately staircase sweeps around a central glass dome, permitting natural light to blend with and enhance the contemporary African décor and handcrafted ethnic artefacts, creating the perfect cordial environment

Set in six acres of lush landscape gardens, this elegant hotel has been designed to capture and embrace its natural environment. Accommodation is designed to satisfy the most discerning traveler, with 24 exclusive suites in exquisite detail and magnificence ensuring that any trip to Johannesburg will be complimented by a stay at The Saxon.

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Days 9 - 14 Miavana, Nosy Be, Madagascar

With gorgeous villas dotted along a pearl-white coastline fringed by nodding palm trees, Time + Tide Miavana is a masterpiece of barefoot luxury. Situated off the north-east coast of Madagascar, Nosy Ankao is the largest of five pristine islands that form a reef-protected archipelago. Miavana offers sensational views over the endless Indian Ocean, with direct beach access from every luxury villa.

Guests are privy to a host of water activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, kite surfing and fishing. Boat excursions to see dolphins, manta rays and whales are also on offer. Or take the plunge and head underwater for scuba diving or snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters. Explore the beautiful island on foot or by bicycle, watch turtles lay their eggs (best between December and February), or watch as the hatchlings scamper their way across the beach to make it to the ocean safely between December to April.

Hop in a helicopter for a half-day escape to Madagascar’s Ankarana Reserve or Montagne d’Ambre (Amber Mountain) National Park, home to the second smallest species of chameleon on Earth, seven species of lemur, about 77 recorded species of birds, and the cat-like fosa – Madagascar’s only predator.

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