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Explore Lochinvar National Park: birding & Culture - 4 days

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Bird-watchers will simply go crazy here! The Lochinvar National Park make rewarding destination for bird enthusiasts seeking to delve deeper into Africa’s little known Lochinvar birding area with over 400 bird species. The wattled crane is the crown jewelry of Lochinvar National Park which is easy to spot.

Livingstone Tour Guide - Mcfirster H.
Mcfirster H.
5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)
07:00 AM

Meeting Point

At your hotel/lodge in Livingstone

07:00 AM

Livingstone - You will be picked from your Lodge/Hotel

Day 1: Day of travelling from Livingstone to Lochinvar National Park

07:00 am: You will be picked from the reception of your Lodge/Hotel in Livingstone in a comfortable and air-conditioned transfer vehicle by our driver and tour guide

Thereafter, you will leave for Kalomo travelling by road up north on T-1 the main tourist road of Zambia (Livingstone – Lusaka T-1 road). It is a good tarmac road and you will cover a distance of about 128 kms before reaching Kalomo.

09:00 am: Arrive in Kalomo town and take your first breakfast of the day at any good restaurant . Kalomo is the first colonial capital city of the then Northern Rhodesia now current Zambia.

You will visit and tour the Colonial Administrators Residence otherwise popularly known as the first "state house" of Zambia. You will also visit and tour the site of the first standard chartered Bank of Zambia just nearby the Colonial Administrators Residence.

Tour Kalundu Mound:

About 3 km after Kalomo on the main road towards Choma is a slightly raised mound of earth through which the road passes. This marks the site of an Iron-Age village. The mound is the accumulated debris of many centuries of human occupation. You will stop-over and tour this interesting Kalundu Mound Iron-Age village site. Thereafter, you will drive to Choma, the provincial capital town of Southern Province of Zambia.

11:30 : You will then arrive in Choma and immediately visit and tour the Choma Museum; Commence cultural educational tour of the Choma museum and art gallery. You will further undertake an outdoor tour of the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula statue, a political freedom fighter for Zambia’s independence. You will see the Iron Balls as well in the yard that were used for Bush clearing in the Kariba Dam, Gweembe valley.

Choma town tour.

You will take a walk from Choma Museum into Choma town for an hours walk about. You will enter Spar shop just in case you wish any personal goodies.

You will take your lunch at any good restaurants in Choma.

Depart for Monze

Thereafter, you will depart for Monze; You will pass through small village siding along the way, namely Batoka, Muzoka, Pemba, Chisekesi , Rusangu in that order before finally reaching Monze town(Distance is 97.4 km from Choma to Monze).

15:30 pm: You will arrive in Monze, and take some light snacks. Thereafter, you will leave Monze town for Lochinvar National Park. After the tall and famous Maize Silos, you will turn west wards into the Monze - Niko - Namwala road. You will pass near the Monze Secondary School Boarding School before branching off to visit and tour the Samu Lya Moomba national heritage.

Narration: Samu Lya Moomba holds a special place in Zambia's history as it was the location where some freedom fighters from across Zambia would meet to strategize on the attainment of Zambia's political independence.

18:30 pm: Arrive at Lochinvar National Park. Spend the first night at the camp site and eat dinner.

20:00 pm: Enjoy yourself around a born fire and listen to some old African tales from a wise man of Lochinvar Village

21:30 pm Retire to bed to sleep.

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Please note that the times reflected above are purely approximated and may differ to the actual times during the tour


07:00 AM

Day 2: Activities in Lochinvar National Park, the bird-watching paradise of Zambia

Day 2 Program

07:00 am: Wake up, bath and then take your delicious breakfast.

07:30 am: Go to Lochinvar National Park: You will be driven and enter the Lochinvar National Park through the main park gate: Our experienced Tour Guide will take you inside the Park to areas of huge bird concentration of bird species. These areas are all concentrated along the Kafue Riverine frontage around the Chunga Lagoon area .

Narration: Game viewing: The wildlife population in Lochinvar National is small due to induced negative human activities. However, you will not miss seeing the Kafue Lechwe, a rare lechwe subspecies.

How you do your activities

-Once inside the Lochinvar National Park, you will start off by passing through Gwisho Hotsprings, -Then drive to Baobab tree and drums. Then drive to Chunga Lagoon.

Commence the exciting birdwatching and wilding activities on foot as guided by the tour guide.

Lunch will be provided in-between activities.

16:30 pm: Start returning back to exit the Lochinvar Park through the same main gate you used in the morning.

18:30 pm: Have a delicious diner

20:30 pm: Entertainment of cultural traditional dances by the locals.

21:30 pm: Retire to bed

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Please note that the times reflected above are purely approximated and may differ to the actual times during the tour

07:30 AM

Day 3: Full day of Batwa Cultural Activities at Nyimba Island on the Kafue River

Overview

Today is a special cultural day as you will travel by boat from Chunga Langoon to Nyimba Island to meet with Batwa people, Zambia's first and indeginous people. Historically, the name Batwa is often associated with small, marginalized groups that tend to take on the language and culture of the larger neighboring group

Narration (information tip): The Batwa people may be one of the smallest and least regarded language groups in Zambia. In the Kafue flats outside Lochinvar National Park, they live on Nyimba Island and their main source of livelihood is fishing. However, today the Batwa have fully integrated and adopted the same lifestyle as any other Bantu group. They own vehicles, farm and plow with oxen and plant maize as do their neighboring Ila and Tonga tribesmen.

Sequence of events.

07:30 am: Take your breakfast,

10:30 am: Transferred back to Monze town to connect with other means of transport to travel either to Lusaka or Livingstone. You will be welcomed by the Batwa people with songs and dances from the men and women. Feel free to join them in dancing.

11:30 am: You will straight away be taken to the senior headman who looks after the entire island for formal welcome and introduction.

12:00 pm: You will take your lunch. Thereafter, you will go around touring Nyimba Island Village to see how the local people live.

14:30 pm: You will go back to the senior headman’s residence where you will be entertained to various Batwa cultural activities including traditional dances.

16:00 pm: Bid farewell to the first people, board your engine boats and return to camp

18:30 pm: Take your evening dinner.

19:30 pm: Enjoy some light evening entertainment.

22:00 hrs Retire to sleep.


07:30 AM

End of Tour: Transferred back to your Lodge/Hotel in Livingstone.

07:30 am: Wake up, take bath and eat your breakfast

08:30 am: Depart from the camp for Monze en route to Livingstone.

09:30 am: Pass through Family Safari Lodge to see some resident wild animals

12:00 pm: Arrive in Choma and take your lunch.

15:30 pm: Arrive in Livingstone and you will be straight away transferred to your lodge/hotel.

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Please note that the times reflected above are purely approximated and may differ to the actual times during the tour


Ending Point

At your hotel/Lodge in Livingstone

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Inclusions & Exclusions

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What‘s included

- Transfer services from Livingstone to Lochinvar National Park and back to Livingstone after the tour

-Activities on Day 2

-Camping accommodation at Lochinvar Safari Lodge.

-Park entry fees into Lochinvar National Park

- Meals


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What‘s not included

- Accommodation in Livingstone city

- Gratuities, any expense of personal nature

Travel and medical insurance

- Any activities not listed in this itinerary

- Camping accommodation inside the Lochinvar National Park.

Notes: If you wish to camp inside the Lochinvar National Park at Chunga Lagoon instead of camping at our Lochinvar Safari Lodge camp located outside the Lochinvar National park, kindly note that you will kindly be required to pay an extra amount of $80 on top of the principal amount. However, you must let us know in advance whether you wish to camp inside the :Lochinvar National Park

- You have the option of going for a boat cruise on Kafue River so as to visit certain inaccessible places which have a high population of birds at an extra cost of U$D 45 pp.

TIPING & SERVICE CHARGE

The application of a 10% service charge is a mandatory requirement in Zambia for all hospitality bookings.


Tour Important Information

-To ensure that we offer you the best service, kindly assist us with the following information: (1). At least one or two days before the commencement of the activity, please provide us with the physical address and possibly the cell phone number of the lodge/hotel in Livingstone where we will pick you from.

-You may be joined by other travelers on this same trip to Lochinvar National Park in which case you will share most of the facilities.

-You will stay by camping at Lochinvar Safari Lodge camp site which is located outside the Lochinvar National park.

Alternative camping accommodation inside the Lochinbar National Park at Chunga Camp site.

You may also camp inside the Lochinvar National Park at Chunga Lagoon. This means that you will not camp at our Lochinvar Safari Lodge camp which is located outside the Lochinvar National Park. Kindly note that you will kindly be required to pay an extra amount of $80 pp on top of the principal amount.

- Activities option

You have the option of going for a boat cruise on Kafue River so as to visit certain inaccessible places which have a high population of birds at an extra cost of $45 pp.

TIPING & SERVICE CHARGE

The application of a 10% service charge is a mandatory requirement in Zambia for all hospitality bookings.

What you may bring

- Good set of Binoculars

- Comfortable walking shoes and clothes

- A sun hat and possibly sunglassses

This safari tour is not available during the rainy season from December right up to March of the following year as the roods inside the park are inaccessible

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Livingstone Tour Reviews

Interesting way to travel between Livingstone and Lusaka

Mcfirster is a great guide and nice person. Some interesting stops between Livingstone and Lusaka to learn a bit more about the everyday life in Zambia.

Benjamin L.

Thank you very much Benjamin and Mathews for having decided to travel with me as your Tour Guide between Livingstone and Lusaka for one full day. It was great fun being in your good company for one full day, laughing and joking all the way to Lusaka. The lunch we had together in Monze was simply delicious and fantastic. Please come again and visit Zambia in the near future with me as your tour guide again.

$475/ per person

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