A 9 night Zambezi Safari Package

A 9 night journey will follow the ever changing landscapes flanking Southern Africa’s most beautiful river system, the mighty Zambezi. This itinerary captures the essence of a bygone safari era, a tribute to the explorations of yore. While designed to evoke the atmosphere of a bygone era, it pays homage to the natural wonders and gracious hospitality that continue to define the present-day safari experience. Activities and amenities reflect modern standards, ensuring a blend of nostalgia and comfort.

A 9 night Zambezi Safari Package

Points of Interest Travel Route

Lusaka Airport – Baines’  River Camp – MV Matusadona – Victoria Falls Hotel – Victoria Falls Airport

Day 1 –4

Baines’ River Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park

Upon arrival at Lusaka International Airport in Zambia, you will board a charter flight for your 30 minute air transfer to Baines’ River Camp on the Zambezi River.

Depending on your arrival time at the camp, you will enjoy an afternoon safari activity of your preference. For the next two days, explore the breathtaking wilderness of the Lower Zambezi Valley.

Highlights from Baines' River Camp

Tranquil River Setting

All the amenities at Baines’ overlook the mesmerising Zambezi River.

Diverse Activities

Boat safaris, game drives, safari walks, canoeing, beach boules and gin tasting.

Luxury Accommodation

Secluded, free-standing units each with their own private veranda facing the river.

Activities on offer at Baines' River Camp

Measuring over 5,000 square kilometres of unfenced yet protected habitat, this safari destination has remained free of mass tourism. In the absence of tarred roads, power lines and light pollution, you will experience the authentic African safari on a variety of safari activities that are on offer. Game viewing and birding is offered in open vehicles, on foot and by boat. A gentle canoe safari down one of the beautiful tributaries of the Zambezi is pure magic and for those with a sense of adventure, tiger fishing provides that little kick in your safari. You will also have the opportunity to visit and engage with the local communities and conservation organisation.

Day 4 – 7

MV Matusadona, Lake Kariba

On your last morning at Baines’ River Camp, a river transfer along the banks of the Zambezi awaits, followed by a road transfer to Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe (4 hours in total). Upon boarding at Marineland Harbour, MV Matusadona sets off onto Lake Kariba and you are invited to feel at home on your private safari cruiser for the next few days. You will enjoy game viewing by motorised boats, and bream and tiger fishing during the mornings and afternoons. The vessel cruises daily to a new destination, giving you the opportunity to enjoy ever changing vistas of Lake Kariba and view wildlife on the shoreline of the Matusadona National Park. 

Highlights from MV Matusadona

The most striking cruise boat on Lake Kariba

Famous for its overwhelming sunsets, wildlife viewing and tiger fishing, Lake Kariba is surrounded by a number of wildlife areas.

A luxurious & private houseboat experience

Enjoy the ultimate in barefoot luxury on a family holiday aboard your private safari cruiser on Zimbabwe’s iconic Lake Kariba.

The most comfortable & luxurious cabins

MV Matusadona offers a simply timeless break from the rigours of “real life”. Step on board, it is time to relax!

Activities on offer on the MV Matusadona

MV Matusadona is undoubtedly Lake Kariba’s most prestigious safari cruiser, measuring 28.6 metres in length and 6.5 metres on the beam, comprising three levels with air-conditioning throughout the indoor areas and 3 well-appointed en-suite cabins. Service excellence is guaranteed by a crew of four, consisting of the voyage manager, captain, cook and deckhand. Lake Kariba is renowned for its vast expanse of water, breath-taking sunsets, game viewing, prolific birdlife, sport angling and simply the joy of cruising in an extraordinary water wilderness.

Day 7 – 10

Victoria Falls Hotel, Livingstone

During breakfast we cruise to Kariba Harbour where a game drive vehicle will transfer you to your charter flight to Victoria Falls Airport. You will be accommodated in exquisite Stable Rooms at the Victoria Falls Hotel, a grand dame which has been preserved true to its original style and has an outstanding reputation of service excellence.

Please note that this itinerary is a suggestion and may be subject to availability and changes. Activities and schedules may vary based on the specific dates of your travel. It’s recommended to book in advance and coordinate with the safari lodges and camps for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Highlights from Victoria Falls Hotel

A spectacular vista from our supreme location

One of the world’s Classic five-star hotels commands prime location overlooking Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, an acclaimed Natural Wonder of the World.

Five-star luxury in the heart of the Victoria Falls

Style, glamour and sophistication are hallmarks of the Executive Suites, which are luxuriously appointed with warm, inviting décor.

A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the world

A member of the prestigious, invitation-only The Leading Hotels of the World.

Activities on offer at Victoria Falls Hotel

This historic town offers so many excursions, that you will have trouble fitting it all into a few days: Helicopter or micro light flights over the Falls, guided tours of the Falls, the famous adrenaline activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and gorge swings, or a champagne tram ride onto the bridge at sunset.

Bookings & Enquiries

Contact details

Contact Linda Fisher:

Tel: +27 (0)33 342 7498
Whatsapp: +27 (0)82 806 4074

Send an email

Dates & Seasons

Lodge is open:

1 March – 30 November

Green Season:

1 Mar – 30 June & 1 – 30 November

High Season:

1 July – 31 October

Secret Season Long Stay Special

November 2023, Stay 3 Nights, Pay for 2, USD1480-00 per person per package on a fully inclusive basis. Email reservations@bainesrivercamp.com for more information.