40 Travel Zambia May 2007 NkaniNkaniVakachaVakacha New family lodge at Livingstone A new property offers affordable family hospitality in the Livingstone area. Waterberry Lodge lies on the banks of the Zambezi 30 minutes upriver from Victoria Falls. It caters for anyone from honeymooners to large groups, and its relaxed atmosphere makes it an ideal base from which to explore the region. As well as the attractions and activities at Victoria Falls, the lodge offers on-site wilderness awareness training, and organises trips to sister lodges in Kafue and Sioma Falls in Western Province. www.waterberrylodge.com New walking trails in South Luangwa Expert Africa has teamed up with two owner-run operators to offer a new 10-night walking safari in South Luangwa National Park. The Perekani Trail, tailored for groups of four to six guests, moves on foot from Tafika, Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile Bushcamp (Remote Africa Safaris: www.remoteafrica.com), to Mwamba Bushcamp and Kaingo Camp (Shenton Safaris: www.kaingo.com). Luggage is transported separately. www.expertafrica.com Also in South Luangwa, t..he Bushcamp Company has a new walking safari package for 2007. The five-night Hippo Pools trail starts and ends at Mfuwe Lodge, with two nights each at .......................Zungulila Walking Camp and Gwala Walking Camp. Guests will explore a remote area of the park on foot, with a small, specialist team.www.bushcampcompany.com New suite at Chongwe Chongwe River Camp’s Albida suite, due to open 1 July 2007, comprises two en suite deluxe rooms with a lounge/dining area and shared pool. The idea is to cater for families, or alternatively offer privacy for two separate couples. Guests may join the main camp for meals and a drink, if they wish. The suite will feature Bedouin-style tented roofs, open-air bathrooms and a Zanzibar-style lounge. www.chongwe-river.com New lodge for Lower Zambezi The Royal Zambezi Lodge opened in April 2007 on the banks of the Zambezi River, close to the Lower Zambezi National Park. This fully refurbished 5-star lodge offers a full range of activities, including game drives, fishing, river cruises and canoe safaris. Accommodation is in 14 tented suites. Guests can also enjoy fine cuisine provided by internationally acclaimed chef, Nick Wilton, and relax in one of Zambia’s only spas. www.royalzambezilodge.com Golfing renovations The Livingstone Golf Club, established in 1908, has undergone a makeover, with all 18 holes renovated for the start of the 2007 High Season. This scenic and historic course, close to Victoria Falls, has a distinctive Edwardian clubhouse and over 118 tree species in the grounds. Rates include green fees and caddies, with golfing lessons and club hire also available. www.livingstonegolf.com Currency: Zambian Kwacha (US$1 = Kw4010, as of May 2007). US$ accepted at most hotels and lodges ATMs: available in Lusaka and Livingstone Electricity: 220V, delivered at 50Hz; sockets for 3 square-pin plugs (as per UK) Weights and measures: metric International dialling code: +260 Tourist board website: www.zambiatourism.com Visas: Visitors from the US and UK require visas. Visa waivers can be granted to ‘bona fide’ tourists on pre-booked two-week trips. Check with your travel agent/operator. Driving: on the left Cell (mobile) phones: wide coverage through Celtel Zambia. Local SIM cards available. Top traveller’s tips WATERBERRY LODGE Waterberry Lodge: a new family retreat. DID YOU KNOW? THE TRUNK OF THE BAOBAB TREE (ADANSONIA DIGITATA) CONSISTS OF SPONGY TISSUES THAT CAN STORE WATER FOR THE DRY SEASON. A LARGE TREE CAN HOLD UP TO 9,000 LITRES. CHONGWE RIVER LODGE Stand back!
May 2007 Travel Zambia 41Exciting, innovative, passionate & fifteen years of tailor-making Zambian safarisBANGWEULU KAFUE KASANKA LIVINGSTONE LOWER ZAMBEZI LUANGWA 0845 130 6982wildlifeworldwide.com