Zambia: 48 hours in Zambia

Try a two-day itinerary that takes in the African nation's unique wildlife and stunning natural surrounds.

Zambia: 48 hours in Zambia
Zambia: 48 hours in Zambia

DAY 1

8am Visit Munda Wanga Environmental Park and Botanical Gardens for breakfast and a chance for delegates to stretch their legs after a morning arrival at Lusaka International Airport from Heathrow.

9.30am Groups of up to 2,000 can gather at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre, while smaller conferences can be held in one of the Intercontinental Lusaka's nine event spaces for 200 to 600. For a more intimate meeting of 30 to 100, use the Dream Valley Park and Lodge, which has two thatched venues.

12.15pm Hop onto an hour-long flight into Livingstone - Zambia's gateway to the spectacular Victoria Falls.

2pm Late lunch on the 21m African Queen catamaran, which takes up to 120 guests along the Zambezi River to spot wildlife.

4.30pm Cocktails on the waterfront Tongabezi Lodge's deck before a short trip to private Sindabezi Island, where ten guests sleep in luxury and relax with spa treatments. Larger groups can stay at the five-star Royal Livingstone Hotel, with 173 rooms, a ten-minute walk from Victoria Falls.

7.30pm Small groups staying on Sindabezi Island can dine in the candlelit treehouse, while up to 92 can board the restored 1920s Royal Livingstone Express train for a private dinner through Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.

DAY 2

8am Breakfast to bush sounds, then go to the 212-room Zambezi Sun hotel to make use of its conference centre for up to 450, or two boardrooms for ten and 12 delegates.

11am Up to four delegates can take a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls, while microlights seat one, plus a pilot. Zibrant's global account director Claire Okrafo-Smart, who took 35 pharmaceutical delegates to Zambia in May with DMC Green Route Africa, says microlighting is a "completely unique experience for the gutsy".

1pm Traditional African braai (barbecue) at the Thorntree River Lodge, where delegates can interact with rescued elephants.

3.30pm Twin-engine boats carry up to 12 guests to Livingstone Island, from where David Livingstone first sighted Victoria Falls. Adventurous delegates can swim safely in the island's Devil's Pool, perched 128m over the falls, during dry season, normally September to December. In September, the owners of Tongabezi Lodge joined Bundu Adventures to offer the Under the Spray experience allowing delegates to raft Batoka Gorge's rapids and pools at the base of the falls.

7.30pm Dinner in one of Sun International's two authentic African boma venues - seating 20 to 300 - with marimba music, acrobats and craft stalls.

DIRECTORY

Zambia National Tourist Board

Contact: Chilala Mayanda Habasimbi

Tel: 020 7589 6655, ext 4

Email: ztblondon@aol.com

Web: www.zambiatourism.com

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