Zambia is an achievable goal for many safari enthusiasts because it combines so much in a compact destination. In this itinerary, just two parks offer you game drives, out-of-this-world birding, boating, canoeing, walking and sleep-outs. That’s before you add sundowners, stargazing and balmy nights around the campfire. Light aircraft get you between parks quickly while accommodation builds up from comfortable rusticity to quietly indulgent.
Starting and ending in Lusaka, your trip takes in Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Parks. The Zambezi River is the focus at the first and the centre point for lodge views and many activities. The Luangwa River isn’t as amenable but you’ll soon see why South Luangwa is the famed birthplace of transcendent walking safaris.