Zambia & Zimbabwe Self-Drive 2012


Here is my first trip report covering our self drive safari trip to Zambia and Zimbabwe.  All the trips I have done in Africa (bar the first one) were camping self drives, I just love the freedom, flexibility and adventures this offers.  Two years ago we have done a self drive safari in Botswana, often touted as the best safari destination in Africa and I was pretty sure that Zambia and Zimbabwe would not manage to compare to such a fantastic experience – but I am please to report that I was very, very wrong!  Zambia and Zimbabwe surpassed our expectations and it was one of the best and most exciting trips we ever made!   True, the density of the wildlife in is not as staggering as in some other countries but we really felt part of the wilderness in this trip – I mean, watching big cats from the comfort of your bed at night and being able to walk in the bush was just insane!


Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park

Details of the trip


Dates 23 August to 16th September
Total kms travelled: 4600km
Start and end point – Livingstone, Zambia
Car: Toyota Hilux rented from Bushlore with all camping equipment
Logistics assistance provided by ATI Holidays.


Route Map

Route Map


Click on the links below to go to corresponding part of trip report:




For planning and navigation we used the Tracks 4 Africa Zambia and Zimbabwe map, loaded onto a Garmin GPS unit.


Here are all the links of the accomodation we used:


Maramba River Lodge, Livingstone:
Peregrine Bush Camp/Taita Falcon Lodge, Livingstone: 
Nanzhila Plains, Kafue National Park:
Mayukuyuku, Kafue National Park:
Eureka Campsite, Lusaka:
Croc Valley Camp, South Luangwa National Park:
Flatdogs, South Luangwa National Park:
Zikomo, Nsefu Sector, South Luangwa National Park:
Chita Lodge, Lusaka:
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe:
Chundukwa Lodge, Livingstone:

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