River & Plains

Combining the Lower Zambezi & Kafue National Parks (8 Nights)

Explore the pristine and remote Lower Zambezi National Park before flying to Kafue National Park, the oldest park in Zambia and one of the largest in Africa.

Combine two of Zambia’s great wilderness areas into one epic safari! Let the Mighty Zambezi river captivate you with her beauty and power, canoe down tranquil channels, try your hand at angling and soak up the infamous sunsets. Explore the wonder of the Winterthorn forests and its plethora of wildlife, spend memorable moments with elephants, and traverse the wild beauty of the Lower Zambezi from sunrise to sunset by land or water. Life at Royal Zambezi Lodge is truly ‘where luxury meets the wild.’

Then let the unique landscape of the Busanga Plains mesmerize you with her vastness. Lechwe and puku stand in their hundreds as far as the eye can see, and water channels carved into the dried plains give a home to hippos and water birds. This remote part of Kafue National Park is known as lion country, with many prides prowling the open grasslands. A rich ecosystem filled with life, this is a unique land like no other. Rise with the sun sipping coffee around the campfire, and watch as the mist lifts to unveil scenes of the wilderness; perhaps a lioness and her cubs walk past the camp en route to find shade or a hippo fight unfolds.. it has happened before. Mukambi Safaris Busanga Plains Camp is truly ‘ unique by nature.’

8 NIGHTS | From US $6,327 per person
*Save $1,358 per person.

*Upgrade to a Presidential Suite at Royal Zambezi Lodge for only $240 per person extra.


5-Star sharing accommodation, all meals, local drinks, two activities per day, NP entry fees (for Kafue National Park), private guiding, laundry, Green Levy, Wi-Fi, return Royal Airstrip transfers, VAT, Tourism Levy, and a one-way domestic flights on the following routes:

  • Lusaka – Royal Airstrip
  • Royal – Busanga
  • Busanga – Lusaka

(Itinerary can be reversed in line with availability)

Valid between 1 July – 15 November 2024.

Minimum 2 pax required to book. Luggage restrictions on all flights are strictly set at 15kg per person check-in & 5kg hand luggage ALL in soft bags. T&C’s apply.


Premium/imported drinks, National Park entry fees for Lower Zambezi National Park, fishing tackle hire, fly fishing for more than 2 pax, community visit, Royal Bush Spa, Royal shop, credit card fees, bank charges, Lusaka meet + greet, items of a personal nature and departure tax at Lusaka Airport.

Day 1: Arrival at Royal Zambezi Lodge

Board a short flight from Lusaka to Royal Airstrip in the Lower Zambezi. On arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred 10 minutes by vehicle to Royal Zambezi Lodge. Guests will be introduced to the lodge by one of the managers before checking into their suites.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon getting familiar with your new home for 4 nights on the banks of the Zambezi River, or speak to our team about what activities are available if you prefer to get out there immediately.

Days 2-4: Royal Zambezi Lodge

The Lower Zambezi is yours to explore! Our team will discuss what activities you’d like to experience from day 1. There is an array to choose from, including game drives, river cruises, angling, canoeing, walking safaris and more.

Day 5: Royal Zambezi Lodge to Busanga Plains Camp

Check out. We say our goodbyes, but now you are part of the Royal family, so we have no doubt you will be back!

You will be transferred back to Royal Airstrip to catch your charter flight to Busanga Plains – your next destination in the beautiful Kafue National Park. You will be welcomed at the Busanga Airstrip and transferred 40 minutes by vehicle to Mukambi Safaris’ Busanga Plains Camp, enjoying a game drive as you go. On arrival at the unique and remote camp, you will be welcomed by the team, settling into the boma with a drink, an incredible view, and a camp briefing. Guests will then be shown to their luxury tents before enjoying time around the camp; there is a swimming pool, an aerial viewing point, and a comfortable boma area – all with panoramic views of the Plains. The camp manager will discuss the activities with you.

Days 6-8: Busanga Plains Camp

Guests will get a wake-up call at their tent in the mornings and have time to freshen up before their morning activity.

  • Light breakfast before the morning game drive.
  • Lunch is served at midday.
  • Relaxation time before and after lunch and until evening activity (viewing deck and swimming pool are available in camp).
  • Late afternoon tea (served at 15:30) before evening activity – game drive.
  • Dinner will be served after the evening game drive.

NOTE: There is a chance to spend a night under the stars on the Starbed. To be booked with your camp manager.

Day 9: Leaving Busanga Plains Camp

Check out. Your dream safari in two of Africa’s best national parks has come to an end. We are grateful you chose to create memories with us in two incredible destinations in Zambia. This is not goodbye, but see you again soon!

You will be transferred to Busanga Airstrip to catch your charter flight back to Lusaka.

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