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Old 31-01-09, 09:10 PM
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Question Help with planning Zambia expedition


Hi guys and dolls, I have an assignments which I must research and put together.

Currently time is against me, so I want to ask the experienced and knowledgeable members for their input.

“Prepare an itinerary for a 20 day Zambia expedition. The trip starts and ends at Kasane. Discuss the border procedures at the Botswana and Zambia border posts. Accommodation must be a mixture of camping and lodges. Mention places of interest on the route e.g. National parks and historical sites.”

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AB, what time of the year?
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The assignment does not specify a particular season, so make a suggestion and lets start from there.

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AB, have a look at my trip report from June/July this year - it has comprehensive information re Kasane, Kazungulu, Livingstone, Kafue etc.

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If you have freedom of time, if would suggest you choose august. It's full dry season then and it gives you the opprtunity to program adventerous tracks without having to fight against mud or black cotton.

Since you have to start and end up in kasane, I would suggest you only visit the Western part of Zambia.

A twenty tour could be

1:
Day one: make a slow morningdrive in Chobe to the border post. Drive to Katima and stay there for the night.
2:
Buy all you need in Katima Mulilo (well stuffed OK, bottle store, fuel, ...)
3:
Cross border at Shesheke and take M10 to Sioma or Nyonge falls (three hours drive). You can stay near the falls or at the mission post 10 km more north. (you gain a day if you leave Katima the day before arround noon)
4:
day visit to Sioma falls (take Mokoro cross river and walk to the falls)
5:
day visit to Sioma NP (camp in the park or return for the evening at Sioma falls)
6:
day visit to Sioma NP (idem)
7:
drive to Sitoti pontoon, cross and drive to Senanga. Stay there for the night (motel or camping)
8:
Hire boat and visit the zambezi and its swamps from there
9:
early morning start: Continue to Mongu and buy what you need (Shoprite). Continue to kafue NP and choose Northern part: drive to Lufupa camp and stay there.
10:
Visit area arround Lufupa camp (game drive) (if possible book a camp in Busunga plains for the night and drive up and return the following morning)
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early morning start:drive to Busunga plains, stay there for a few hours and return in the late afternoon to Lufupa
12
Long day drive: head North to Kasempa and from there to Solwesi. Stay there in motel or camp. The track from lufupa to Kasempa is beautifull and adventerous, once over kasempa it is good concrete (potholed arround Solwesi)
13
drive (200 km easy drive+ good track) to Chimfunsi resort and stay there for the night
14:
Visit Chimfunsi
15:
Drive to Kitwe-Lusaka and stay at Pioneers. if time left buy what you need at Manda Hills
16:
Drive to Monze and from there to Lochinvar NP. stay at the lakebeach for the night
17: Visit shortly the waterfront, the park, and then continue for Ithezi-Thezi (the entrance to kafue-south). For this, drive to Namwala and take the pontoon. Drive the 'Highway from Namwala' (a beautifull easy driving but sandy track); stay for the night at Thezi-thezi (camp with view on the lake)
18: From thezi-thezi in South kafue, and end up in Livingstone (a long day drive that needs an early start but a major part of it is adventerous game-driving). if you do not reach Livingstone before dark, stay at gwembe safaris
19:
Visit Vic Falls Zambian and Zimbabwe side (leave your car in Zambia)
20:
From Livingstone to Kazungula, take pontoon and end up in Kasane. End your (holly)day with a magic sundowner cruise on the Chobe river.
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Hi Eric, Tony, and Mfuwefarmer, thanks for the emails, and support, I really appreciate it, every little bit helps, I have opened a file, and progress is VERY slow, at some point I will start evaluating and dissecting.

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Hi AB
Also look at our trip report to Tanzania, some usefull info there on border procedures etc. I would definitely include Kapisheya Hot Springs (camping) and the next door Shiwa Ngandu (spelling?) manor (hotel) in the assignment somewhere. The other obvious place that comes to mind is Livingstone (the falls) and there you can choose from various accommodation options from camping to 5 star hotels (at a price).

At Lusaka we saw a new hotel just outside the city (think it was a Protea nogal) that charged a "special" rate of $995 per night.

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charged a "special" rate of $995 per night.
Die "special" is willer as die wildtuin....is jy seker dis reg?
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Die "special" is willer as die wildtuin....is jy seker dis reg?
Het nie ingery nie, dit was op n groot advertensiebord langs die pad. Kon dalk Zim dollars gewees het, of die tuinier het die syfers op geplak....

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The lodge you are probably talking about must probably be the Protea Safari Lodge, some 54 km North of Lusaka center.

last time we were there (august 200 they advertised on a big blue panel along the road. 605.000 KWACHA per night (at that time 4000 Kwacha for one dollar so +/- 150 US $.

Our experience: get in and start bargening: we slept -as a last day luxery option after five weeks travel- with all 5 of us in a fine garden chalet for less than that price.
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Old 11-02-09, 02:09 PM
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Hi AB,

We live in the Kafue and will gladly assist with any planning you may have. I fully agree with Eric's route except it seems a pity to miss Liuwa if you are all in 4x4's. If you can push the trip to early Nov you will have the advantage of the early rains and probably a bit more adventurous off roading. Did you see my trip report?

Try and give us an idea of the type of people you will be travelling with too. If they are not used to this type of travelling then places like Senanga may be scary! We camped there and there was a full blown disco going on until 12. And we won't mention the food.... Ablutions were new but hadn't been cleaned for a month!

If they want to see game then it is best to do Liv, lower Zam, S Luangwa etc. Please also don't write off the source of the Zambezi. It is epic and you can stay at Hillwood farm for a few days which has quite a bit of game, HUGE history and fab facilities.

So perhaps try the following as option 1:

**leave Kasane early and stay at Sioma
**miss the ferry and use the track on the west of the Zambezi to Liuwa
**cross Liuwa and stay at some of the camps
**leave Liuwa via the north and head for Lukulu but don't overnight there. Find somewhere to wild camp if you are not too many vehicles.
**thru Mwinilungu to the source.
**leave the source and head to the copperbelt (Solwezi Shoprite should be open with in the next month or two - can find out for you) for Chimfunzi etc.
**then do the route thru the Busanga Plains to Lufupa
**exit either thru the Kafue park to Vic and LZam or back via Mongu.

Option 2:
**leave Kasane early and stay at Sioma
**miss the ferry and use the track on the west of the Zambezi to Liuwa
**cross Liuwa and stay at some of the camps
**leave Liuwa via the north and head for Lukulu but don't overnight there. Find somewhere to wild camp if you are not too many vehicles.
**thru Mwinilungu to the source.
**instead of coming down thru the Busanga Plains, stay in the Copperbelt and Chimfunzi
**Cross the DRC pedicle to Manza
**Head to Kasanka and the incredible bat population and the elusive Sitatunga
**Up to Kapishya Hot Springs. They have a camp in the N Luangwa too - not sure of details.
**Mutinondo Wilderness
**Lusaka
**Vic Falls (and LZam if you have time)
**then home

Email me direct if you need help!

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The camp in North Luangwa Thirstie mentions is Buffalo camp. It is managed by Marc Harvey (grandsun of Gore Browne, the builder of Shiwa N'gandu castle and without any doubt one of the best nature guides in Zambia). He owns Kapishya lodge. If he's in Buffalo's it is his girlfriend Mel who runs Kapishya. The Buffalo camp is situated on the borders of Malweschi river and specialises in footwalks in North Luangwa. For us it was a similar intense experience as our first experience with the inner okavango delta (chiefs Island) in 1997. It is an absolute highlight.
Mark is fully prepared to guide footwalks, even with children. We had very close encounters (lion, wild dog, buffaloherds, ..) and never had any bad feeling about safety or whatever. If staying there you will walk during 6 to 7 hrs a day in very prestine nature. Please note that the camp closes as soon as the rains start;
Going down to North Luangwa National park coming from the great North is an easy job: the track is in very deasent condition. Half way you will find Mano scout camp and very near by the excellent Natwange Community Camp site.
Consider planning as follows:
Take an easy morning start from Kapishya. Visit Shiwa (or make a game drive in the small but beautifull park) and continue for Great North.
Choose the direction of Mpika. After some 27 km a clear sign post shows the track to North Luangwa.
Drive some 40 km on track (perfectly mentionned on T4A). The track is perfect and you'll reach the legendary Mano Scout camp within 1 hr after having left the great North.
If time is on your side, overnight at Natwangwe Community camp site. Site nr 6 is a little paradise just near the Malweshi and offers a boma for lager groups. Make an early morning footwalk with the very motivated and friendly carekeeper (excellent birding).
Then continue the track. From now on it goes down steeply but mostly comfortable. You'll have one river to cross. Once in the Valley the track becomes bumby and inpassable in wet. You'll reach Buffalo within 2 to 3 hrs from Natwangwe;
Stay at least two nights in Buffalo.
From there you can either:
- Continue for the valley track to Mfuwe; In that case drive to Chifunda pontoon to cross the Luangwa and consider an overnight in the excellent Chifunda Community camp site (camping or chalets). Next morning leave and drive the valley track. With an early morning start one can reach Mfuwe before evening, but that would be a sin. Instaed drive to Mwanya Community camp site and overnight (excellent guides for foot walks -camping or chalets). Take an early start next morning and drive straight to Nsefu National park (20 minutes from the campsite). Little known but absolutely marvellous National park, really worth to criscross during a day or more. From the park gate , count one more hour te reach Mfuwe.

OR
- return on your track to climb to great North and continue for Mutinendo.


If you consider this tour, read two very interesting books:
- 'The africa house' by Christina lamb
- 'The eye of the elefant' by Mark and Deila owens.

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Thanks to everyone for all their input greatly appreciated.

There definitely is a wealth of knowledge out there.

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Would really appreciate to learn from Eric about the track west of the Zambezi, missing the ferry at Sioma, to Liuwa. Is this a better option than using the ferry to cross to the east of the Zambezi and on to Sananga and Mongu? We hoped to fill up on supplies at Shoprite in Mongu.


And would also be pleased to learn from AB vT about his Zambia "assignment".


Our trip will be 6 vechiles from Johannesburg to Liuwa Plins National Park in August 2009, via Nata, Chobe and Katima and then up the Zambezi River.


In particular I would appreaciate info on campsites and lodges north of Sioma - Sananga and Mongu. Perhaps mfuwefarmer can advise please ?

In anticipation, greateful thanks. Go Bokke this afternoon !

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sugarbush,

For us it is some tima ago now that we last visited the western part of Zambia (last more recent years we concentrated on the North East).
What we experienced in West was (allready) six and eight years ago, so you'll need an update or confirmation trough other members here:
In august the western track to Liuwa was perfectly acceptable altough slow going and rough. No back up possibilities in case of breackdown or injuries.
Also in august the rivercrossing at Sitoti is perfectly ok, the track between the river and Senanga is a real adventure and very slow going (20km/h maximum). Fuel available in Senanga. Road between Senanga and Mongu WAS in good condition but was fastly deteriorating. Last reports we had said it was horrible. Shoprite and Fuel in Mongu. Track from Mongu direction Liuwa very reasonable.
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In August the access to Liuwa via the west of the Zambezi plus across the plains (Kalabo to Mongu) is perfectly do-able but both routes are rough. Have a look at my trip report on this forum - got lots of lovely photos. Senanga to Mongu has recently been tarred (albeit by the Chinese) and should be very fast. Last time we did it (Sept 09) it was groovy but I guess that means nothing in Africa. Will be coming up that way next Monday so will send new info.

When you say you want info on camping north of Senanga/Mongu are you planning on travellling north of Liuwa? You can camp in the the grounds of the Senanga Hotel and in Mongu the Catholic Church normally have no problem if you ask to camp in their grounds. Father Jim Chambers is the minister down there.

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