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Secret Zambia with Rod Tether

by Zambezi

9 March 2012

Aspiring explorers will need to be quick to secure a place on a new escorted Zambia expedition with one of the country’s leading guides, Rod Tether.

The new guided safari is available on limited departure dates from April to July 2012. 

Highlights include seeking out the elusive Sitatunga antelope and Pel's Fishing Owl along with elephant and hippo amongst the rich river floodplains of Kasanka, and tracking down the Shoebill Stork, probably the most sought-after bird in the world, by poling through the Bangweulu Swamps.  A sojourn at the historic Impandala House – Stewart Gore-Browne’s eccentric English manor house – on the shores of Lake Shiwa Ng'andu, will include a day trip to Kapishya Hot Springs and boat trip on the lake.  The trip ends with a stay at Jake and Gillie's Private House on the edge of the world-famous South Luangwa National Park, with game drives to encounter big game including leopard, lion and buffalo.

As featured in The Independent (UK).


African style "tweets" and other August snippets

by Zambezi

16 August 2011

A laughing dove, our latest fan, dropped into the Victoria Falls office to take the term "landing page" to another level...or perhaps he was just figuring out how to "tweet".  Follow the story on Facebook.

 a laughing dove drops by

There's even more fun to be had - how Ridgebacks deal with the cold; the "lions" miss all their tackles... Zambezi Safaris on Facebook

Migration updates in Tanzania, Kenya and Kasanka (Zambia)

A "Gooney Bird" over Kenya: One of the world's best known aircraft, an iconic DC3 registered as "5Y WOW" and named "Furahah" (Swahili for Happiness) is now based on Mombasa.


You're invited to the BirdFair, 19 to 21 August at Rutland

by Zambezi

15 August 2011


  Zambezi Safari & Tr@velCo Ltd Zambezi logo  

An invitation to the BirdFair


...see us at the Birdfair, Rutland, 19 to 21 August 2011


Hi everyone, not long before BirdFair...

...we're looking forward to seeing old friends and new faces, Friday to Sunday 19 to 21 AugustPel's f1shing owl

Join us in Marquee 1, stands 59 and 60

  • Get updated on some African news ... from East Africa (the migration is now well and truly on the move), southern Africa (where we've just had snow in Namibia!; the 3rd year of flooding in the Okavango and both the upper and lower Zambezi) and from central Africa (where we're running new expeditions)
  • We have some unbeatable packages on offer - here's a sample:


    • An unbeatable package at Victoria Falls – get into the wilder birding habitats in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia and use this package at the start and/or end of a safari – 3 nights, 4* comfort




    • A week-long safari in Zambia's Luangwa during the green period (November to April) 


    • Lower Zambezi “summer migrants” and residents: Lilian's lovebirds, Pel’s fi5hing owls, Crested guineafowl, African skimmers and more! Helmet Vanga, Mozambique


    • Madagascar “Vanga Triangle” from the very end of August to December visit at least one site in each of Madagascar’s three chief climatic/floristic zones: eastern rainforest, southern spiny bush and western tropical deciduous forest. 


    • The Mafuri Safari - a 4 night package exclusively available from Wilderness Safaris - combines Mashatu (350 species) and Pafuri region, Kruger NP (400 species) November to April


If you can't join us at Rutland then

We hope you can join us!

John, Trish, Jackie, Mark and the Zambezi gang

Carmine bee-eaters, lower Zambezi River


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Bird heaven

by Zambezi

4 August 2011

In preparation for the Birdfair at Rutland later this month (19-21 August), the team have been all a twitter with ideas for some of the best birding trips in Africa.

We're particularly excited about a new itinerary featuring Madagascar's 'Vanga Triangle', taking in the country's three chief climatic zones.   We've also revised perennial favourites such as the Lower Zambezi, great for summer migrants as well as resident Pel's owls, and Zambia's Luangwa in the green season.

Not to mention two exceptional offbeat trips with some of our favourite guides:

Gorongosa National Park and Mozambique's beaches - exploring the river estuaries of the Quirimbas, of which the beautiful mangrove kingfisher is a highlight. The riparian forest is a great habitat for black-bellied starlings and other birds. The mangrove forest provides roosting spots with sightings of Dimorphic egret, great white egret, pink-backed pelican, yellow-billed stork, crab plovers and woolly-necked storks. 

And a privately guided mobile safari into the wilds of Western Kenya for some of the best birding on the African continent.

Family breaks for Easter

by Zambezi

26 March 2011

Our families have grown up with African travel in their blood so we’re old hands when it comes to planning well researched, safe and memorable family safaris!
From five to eighty five year olds we know the best spots for families seeking out of this world African adventures.  See our Top Tips

Easter's late this year, coming towards the end of green season in Southern Africa.  This can be a great time to take the family on safari - you'll have some of the top camps and guides to yourselves and enjoy some fabulous savings.

Top trips include the South Luangwa...

8-night South Luangwa for Adventurous Families (as featured in The Times, 26 March): Stay at one of the top luxury lodges in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia for seven nights with your own dedicated specialist private guide and vehicle, perfect for families.  Kids will love looking out for everything from hippos and crocodiles to lion, leopard and elephants. Game drives are tailored with children in mind, meals are served at times convenient to the family and in addition to the usual safari activities the kids can spend time with an expert guide and scout to teach them to become a game ranger for the day, track game on foot and learn how to identify footprints.

Or why not consider South Africa.

9-night Life and Soul of South Africa on Safari: Climb aboard for magical elephant back safaris in the Kapama Private Game Reserve followed by two nights in the Waterberg region staying at a private bush home with a superb range of horses.   Finally check in for culture and culinary adventures with four nights in Cape Town.  Families with younger children will love the recent addition of a self-contained family villa in the Kapama Private Game Reserve.  Guests can enjoy the extraordinary experience of interacting with the mammoth animals on daily elephant rides or around the waterhole as they swim and play.  From elephant back to horseback, the next stop is a private bush home located on its own private game reserve in the magnificent, malaria-free Waterberg region.   Guests can take their pick from 60 horses for some of the most exciting game viewing on horseback in Africa, whatever your age or riding ability.  The trip culminates with four nights in the heart of Cape Town.

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