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Ontdek de ongerepte wildernis van West Zambia. Zie de machtige Zambezi rivier naar beneden storten bij de ontzagwekkende Victoria watervallen en volg de op een na grootste wildebeest migratie in Afrika in Luiwa National Park. We ontdekken de immense wildernisgebieden van Kafue National Park, voordat we het Chimfuzi Wildlife weeshuis bezoeken. Chimfuzi is een van de grootste chimpansee reservaten ter wereld waar zieke en gewonde chimpansees worden verzorgd.
Dag 1 -2 - Livingstone - Victoria Falls
The group will meet at the Waterfront campsite in Livingstone Zambia, at 14:00pm. Following an expedition briefing, and settling into our campsite, we have time to explore the Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge. Adventure activities abound, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, or a 111m bungi jump (own expense). (camping Bx1)
Dag 3 -8 - Liuwa Plains
This remote park in the far west is pristine wilderness, which to the ardent bush lover, makes it its biggest attraction and the rewards are great. The game is spread out across the plains and takes some driving around to find. But to come upon a vast herd of blue wildebeest, a prowling wild dog, a dozing pride of lion in this forgotten piece of Africa is especially fascinating because of its completely natural and uncommercialised state. The birdlife is abundant and the very dramatic storms and lightning rising up on the horizon, contrasting with the green and gold grasslands create views of spectacular magnitude and fantastic photographic opportunities. In November, with the onset of the rains, the massive herds of blue wildebeest arrive from Angola, traversing the plains in their thousands, very often mingling with zebra along the way or gathering around water holes and pans. Other unusual antelope found include oribi, red lechwe, steinbuck, duiker, tsessebe and roan. The Jackal, serval, wildcat, wild dog as well as lion and hyena are the predators of the area. Many birds migrate here during the rains and massive flocks of birds can be seen as they migrate south. The plains are dotted with woodlands which also make for excellent birding. (camping B, L, D)
Dag 9 -11 - Kafune National Park
Found in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest of Zambia's national parks covering a massive 22500 square kilometres. First established as national park in the 1950s, Kafue is one of the largest national parks in the whole of Africa. Despite its size and prominent location, it remains little known and largely unexplored. It is fed by three rivers, the Lufupa in the north-west and the Lunga and Kafue in the north-east. The Lufupa River floods in the summer (December to April), creating a large floodplain delta system that attracts thousands of waterbirds. The Lunga and Kafue rivers are wide and slow-flowing, banded by riverine forest. Habitats in the park are diverse, and include floodplains, miombo woodland and dambos (grasslands which become marshy in the rainy season). It has good concentrations of plains game and their predators as well as the largest species diversity in Zambia, including animals that are rare or non-existent in other southern African countries, such as Lichtenstein's hartebeest, roan antelope, Defassa waterbuck and oribi. Birdlife is spectacular, consisting of 491 species. (camping B, L, D)
Dag 12 -14 - Busanga
The Busanga Plain found in the north-west is regarded as the jewel in the crown of the Kafue NP. Busanga is a wide flood plain which is inundated for much of the year, generating expanses of grazing and lush water meadows for thousands of red lechwe and Cape buffalo; birdlife is prolific. The Plain is also renowned for frequent sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah. The Busanga lion prides in particular are “must see” for any safari to Kafue. (camping B, L, D)
Dag 15 -20 - Chimfunshi Chimpanzees
On the headwaters of the Kafue River lies the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage which is a world renowned orphanage and sanctuary for Chimpanzees, the only one of its kind in the world. The sanctuary was started by David and Sheila Siddle in 1983, when a badly wounded Chimpanzee was brought to the farm, having been rescued from poachers in DR Congo. The Chimpanzee wasn't expected to survive but the pair nursed it back to health. Since then the orphanage has expanded to house over a 100 orphaned Chimpanzees in 2500 acres of forest savanna and fruit groves. The orphanage is now home to numerous other types of animals which roam freely around most of the grounds, an assortment of birds, many of which were brought there to be reared back to health, Chimfunshi is well worth the visit, in fact it is just a privilege of being able to spend time with these fascinating animals in a natural environment. In a world of crass commercialism, Chimfunshi thrives on unconditional love and absolute dedication.
(camping B, L, D)
Dag 21 - Lusaka - Tour Ends
Departing from Chimfunshi, we travel through the industrial heartland of Zambia – The Copperbelt - the area's production of copper and cobalt are of global importance, before making our way to Lusaka where the tour ends in the afternoon at the Lusaka Airport. (B)
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