Zambia Safari for Couples: Private Activities & Romantic Accommodations

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Total Trip:

10 Days
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Countries Visited:

Zambia
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Places Visited:

Zambezi River, Livingstone, Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park, Luangwa River, Lower Zambezi National Park
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Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Romance blossoms in Zambia with island escapes surrounded by hippos, honeymoon suites hidden amongst herds and champagne cruises past elephants. With three of the country’s three most exclusive properties, this safari itinerary combines an evocative private safari with new definitions of getaway. You will be alone in the wild, enveloped by wildlife thrills while enjoying the opulence of contemporary design. Featuring Victoria Falls, South Luangwa, and Lower Zambezi, experience it all together

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Day 1

Zambezi River (Near Livingstone) – Privacy and Decadence on the Riverbank

The roaring Zambezi River separates Sindabezi Island Lodge from the world. There are just five decadent, open-air thatched cottages on the island, each hidden away from one another, enveloped by the roar of the river and the playful antics of nearby hippos. In one sense, the lodge is the classic waterfront escape with endless views from the verandah, a gentle breeze fluttering the curtains, comfy chairs for lazing the day away. But this is Zambia, and the excitement of wildlife is never far away. Sometimes you will spot elephants and giraffe on the distant bank, and sometimes you will hear the bellowing yelps of a baboon troop.

After landing at Livingstone International Airport, it will be a one-hour transfer by road and boat to Sindabezi Island Lodge. Check in, settle in, and appreciate the remoteness of the lodge. In the dry season, it is not unusual for elephants to swim across the river and feed on the island’s vegetated sandbanks, inspiring images that prove that you are not alone, even if there are no other people in sight. You will have both indoor and outdoor en-suite bathrooms, with an outdoor shower that is beautiful when the moon is glowing. The spacious room opens out onto the river, keeping you intrigued as the animals come and go. There is also the main camp area with roaring evening fire and raised dining area. After your arrival, the rest of the day is at your leisure, and there is always a boat available for your first romantic cruise on the river.

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Day 2 - 3

Zambezi River (Near Livingstone) – Romance, Escapism and Victoria Falls

It would be easy to spend your first couple of days just lounging at the lodge, immersed in each other’s company. Languid breakfasts spent while Nile crocodiles slope past, afternoon cocktails as elephants use their trunks as snorkels, canapés, and champagne as the sun paints the river a kaleidoscope of reds. There are few more tranquil settings in Africa and nothing artificial breaks the atmosphere: the Zambezi keeps roaring past, exotic birds continue to grace the trees, and you grow accustomed to the antics of elephants. Throughout these two days, there is always a boat to take you up and down the river to look for wildlife or seek out the idyllic space to uncork a vintage imported wine bottle.

However, there is one astonishing sight that will ensure that you leave the lodge properly at least once: Victoria Falls. Take a boat to the precipice and listen to the rising decibel levels as the water thunders past before dropping into the misty charm below. A guide will bring you on the Victoria Falls walking trail and over the narrow bridges that seem to come from an old-world explorers movie. Then will come the real romantic highlight, a private helicopter flight over this natural wonder of Africa. Beneath the propellers, you will see elephants on the move, floodplains waiting expectantly for water, cataracts, and islands dotted around the falls, and a mile-wide sheet of relentless water crashing into a chasm that’s almost impossibly narrow.

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Day 4

South Luangwa National Park – The Authenticity of Safari Under Canvas

Safari encourages all your senses. The sights are magical, but so is the soundtrack and the exotic smells. Built high above a floodplain in a private concession, Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp epitomizes the feast for the senses. There is something delightfully rustic and old-world about the camp, as it blends into its surroundings and always seems to be surrounded by wildlife. Intimate and exclusive, the camp provides an iconic safari under canvas experience with the oversized safari tents open to all of nature’s sounds.

Watch the sun rise from your bed, take an outdoor shower in a shaded forest, and admire the endless procession of wildlife seen from your private viewing deck. On a romantic safari, you may not want to leave the room as Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp’s elevated location means you enjoy fabulous game viewing straight from your bed. Fly from Livingstone to South Luangwa National Park before a short game drive transfer to the camp. You will have a private guide and vehicle for the next three days, and the safari program will be tailored to your interests and mood. Daytime drives are the start of the fun, complemented by walking safaris and nighttime drives that slowly reveal the charms of Zambia’s flagship park.

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Day 5 - 6

South Luangwa National Park – Exploring Zambia’s Evocative Big-Game Paradise

Your sunrise game drive on the savannah will weave along the rugged trails towards a menacing pride of lions. Four lionesses prowl and blend silently and secretively into the shriveled grass. Heads appear and then disappear. Your driver will take you 500 meters away to a small zebra herd away from the pride. At first, you will wonder why, but then ten minutes later, you will notice that tension seems to hang in the air. The zebra are skittish, no longer grazing, but also unable to detect the threat. The lions remain invisible, but everyone knows that they are close. All of the sudden, there will be a spurt of dust as two lionesses run, covering the 20 meters to the herd in just a few seconds. Black and white stripes collide, and the herd gallops, shoulder muscles rippling impressively. In seconds, it will appear to be over, the zebra escaping the two lionesses. But in the next few seconds, the drama will really unfold, the other two lionesses expertly delivering the final stages of an ambush.

Watch teeth rip into flesh as the drama of the hunt continue, zebra voicing protests of sorrow and a big male lion roaring his approval. These big game scenes are what South Luangwa is all about, and it is not just lions. The park’s leopard population is legendary, and the opportunity for nighttime drives makes it easy to spot them. You are also likely to encounter wild dogs, a rare predator that lives on the floodplain beneath the camp. Hyenas are heard or seen every hour or so, along with jackals and vultures that follow the decaying carcasses. During your time here, early-morning and nighttime game drives are when you are most likely to see the predators in this evocative prowling mode.

South Luangwa is not just drama. After the lions have killed, you can make your way to a secluded spot for a champagne brunch, with views over endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe. You can stay out for a private lunch in the bush, or return to the charm of the camp. Choose to walk hand in hand through the afternoon, with expert guides bringing intimate moments with the park’s other endemic species: Crawshay’s zebra and Cookson’s wildebeest. Photography hides are idyllic places to escape the world while gazing straight up at an elephant’s four-ton frame. Move into the night, and you can dine beneath the moonlight to enjoy the silhouetted giants on the horizon. Or you can sit back at the camp to trace the herds that gracefully wander through the camp. South Luangwa is an immersion in Africa’s wildlife charm, and your flexible program will help you to experience the side to the continent you would most like to see.

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Day 7

Lower Zambezi National Park – The Ultimate Seclusion Amidst the Wildlife World

Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp is indelibly rustic, but the brand-new Safari Suite at Chiawa Camp is unquestionably opulent. Measuring 220 square meters and occupying the ultimate river location in Lower Zambezi National Park, your decadent suite will be as secluded as they come. Access is via a private four-wheel drive track which keeps the suite away from the rest of the camp and its guests. Large verandah areas provide expansive views over the river, where everything from puku to buffalos to hippos are seen throughout the day. Gaze down on the river, and you may even see hyenas and lions coming to drink. There is a lounge area with a fireplace, an outdoor dining patio, and a private swimming pool, all with commanding views over the river.

Fly direct from South Luangwa to Lower Zambezi and settle into the exclusivity. It is not called a honeymoon suite, but it more than fulfills this role in offering seclusion and space in a very remote part of the park. Throughout your three days here, you will not need to venture to the main part of the camp at all as you can feast from your own minibar, dine on your deck, and benefit from privately-guided game drives and walks throughout. You will have a butler, a driver and a guide that will tailor your program to your mood and energy levels. Just as in South Luangwa, it will be easy to lounge on the verandah and not miss out on the wildlife.

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Day 8 - 9

Lower Zambezi National Park – Flexible Private Safari From Your Opulent Base

A Zambia safari is filled with intimate extras. Take a flask of coffee onto the canals, where a guide will paddle you to a pod of hippos setting up their wading spaces for the day. Take a picnic to a shaded sausage tree and watch the interaction between puku and reedbuck. Uncork your wine bottle as an epic battle between two male elephants unfolds, and then dine in the bush and listen to the surreal sounds that float across the plains. Watch klipspringer jump across rocks, walk towards a herd of wildebeest and marvel at their enthusiasm, and then trace the clues to find the glowing red skin of a hartebeest herd.

Lower Zambezi has the same big four as South Luangwa – leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo – along with a series of water specialists. Boat safaris are integral to the program, both motorboat safaris and unique canoe safaris into a maze of canals. Game drives seek out the drama and the giants, while walks give you a new perspective on the lesser known of Africa’s species. Best of all, this park is relatively small and compact. You will not need a long full-day game drive in order to see it all. Drives can be two hours long, and you can take drinks and food to beautiful lakeside locations, where the behavior of unusual species can be closely observed.

Move into the evenings, and the romance will take over. Relax on the verandah and listen to the unique soundtrack. Bellowing baboons and growling lions provide the bass, hyenas yelp and elephants blow their trumpets to create the melody, and then strange birds and rustling antelopes add treble. There will be nobody near. It will just be the two of you and the wildlife world that makes Zambia such an authentic safari destination. There is something mysterious about it all, as this is not the classic romantic escape. Rather than gazing out over a beach and turquoise waters, you are taking in the unpredictable magic of the African wilderness.

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Day 10

Lower Zambezi National Park to Livingstone – Departure

After your final private breakfast on the verandah, you must return to the modern world, but not before a last game drive and adventure through the bush to pass lions and other mammals on their morning journeys. Fly to Livingstone from the Lower Zambezi airstrip, where a representative will assist in transferring you to your international departure.

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Trip Highlights

  • Celebrate together with Zambia’s finest accommodation with several nights at an opulent island lodge, the next enjoying the beauty of safari under canvas, and then finish surrounded by wildlife in a 220 square meter honeymoon suite
  • Enjoy the wonders of the wild with privately-guided safari activities handcrafted towards your interests and mood each day
  • Walk hand in hand through big-game paradise with exclusive walking safaris in South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks
  • Admire the country from the air with a helicopter ride above Victoria Falls and light aircraft taking you to the national parks
  • Follow the big cats on magnificent game drives during the day and night, and then maximize your opportunity to see leopards and lions on a hunt
  • Enjoy a fresh perspective with a romantic boat safari in Lower Zambezi as you sip champagne as elephants and hippos dominate the riverbanks
  • Benefit from the just-for-couples extras, like sunset picnics that overlook wildebeest-dotted plains and moonlit dinners in the bush
  • Savor the authenticity of African safari in Zambia’s two flagship national parks, while enhancing the atmosphere of romance through the country’s old-world escapism
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Detailed Description

Zambia will rewrite your definition of romantic escapism. Find yourselves on a small secluded island surrounded by hippos and the rumble of Victoria Falls. A private champagne cruise along a riverbank that teems with wildlife will begin your adventure together, and then you can relax in your open-air bathtub as zebra graze nearby and then dine under the stars with elephants silhouetted in the distance. On a private safari to Zambia, you will not just getaway from the world, you will journey into the redolent big-game wilderness. You can go for days without seeing other tourists, yet it is hard to go minutes without seeing another animal. Private activities are tailored to your interests, from walking hand in hand across the savannah to sunset drives accompanied by fine wines, each enhancing the connection with a new world.

Your exclusive 10-day safari will be handcrafted for you as a couple and uses three complementary bases to explore the wilderness. Lose yourself in the privacy of Sindabezi Island Lodge, a multi award-winning bush retreat that is open to the sights and sounds of the Zambezi. Experience the charm of a safari under canvas with three nights at the intimate Puku Ridge Camp in South Luangwa, where contemporary luxury combines with the thrills of the wild. Then enjoy Zambia’s newest flagship suite with the decadent honeymoon suite at Chiawa Camp in Lower Zambezi National Park, a property that is completely disconnected from the rest of the camp and its guests.

The elegance of Sindabezi Island Lodge is perfect for recuperating after your long flight. Spend several languid days at this exemplar of escapism, with private excursions revealing the bounty of nature. You will pop the champagne on a helicopter ride above Victoria Falls, enjoy fine dining on a Zambezi River cruise, and then settle into the romance of your couple’s safari. Authentic and atmospheric, South Luangwa will immerse you in the best of Africa’s big game wilderness. Stay clear of other visitors in a private concession and explore the depths of a park that delights in its predator encounters. Everything will look and feel like Africa from the wildlife documentaries, with walks and drives that will showcase a continent untamed.

Light aircraft provides your transportation between destinations, creating more dreamy memories from a journey into nature. In both South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi, you will rarely have to look far for the wildlife as animals will surround your suite, from grazers munching peacefully to giant mammals drinking from the water below. Several days in Lower Zambezi National Park will complete your safari, and the atmosphere is exquisite, the secluded suite offering premier views over a wildlife-rich wetland. Boat safaris are added to the hand-in-hand walks, while your suite has its own trail for private game drives. Elephants, hippos, lions, giraffe, zebra, and dozens of strange antelope species you are sure to have never heard of before abound, and the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi present the wonderful drama of African safari. For more inspiration, consider reading some reviews of Zambia safaris from our other travelers and let your daydreams run wild.

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Starting Price

$4495 per person (excluding international flights)

This trip is customizable for your private travel.
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What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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