The Great Loop


This 18-night itinerary (11 nights lodging and 7 nights camping) combines and Great East Road withe Great North Road, allowing you to see Kasanka National Park, North & South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi - it makes a wonderful loop. It also allows you to stay in a range of remote exclusive campsites, which we think are some of the best in Africa. The lodges - Chongwe, Buffalo Camp and Takwela - all offer fantastic experiences too, but can be swapped with more affordable options.

7th time to Africa and this was the itinerary i'd been waiting for. Remote, exciting and educational (with plenty of game!). Thank you, Safari Drive!

Michael Baggs


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based on 2 in a vehicle



based on 4 in a vehicle
We do not recommend travelling this route in low season


based on 2 in a vehicle


based on 4 in a vehicle



Location 1

Latitude 15, Lusaka

Day 1

Day 1 you will arrive in Lusaka International, where you will be met by a member of our team and transferred to Latitude 15. Our favourite boutique hotel in Lusaka. Here you will be introduced to your vehicle and have your briefing.

Location 2

Forest Inn, near Mkushi

Day 2

Today you have the morning to collect your supplies for the trip ahead. You will then out of Lusaka to Forest Inn near Mkushi.

Location 3

Kasanka Exclusive Campsite, Kasanka National Park

Day 3 & 4

Today you have a good drive ahead to Kasanka National Park, home to the famous bat migration. This is a very wild area, not too visited by tourists - which is a good thing!

Location 4

Mutinondo Exclusive Campsite

Day 5

Today you leave Kasanka heading further north, staying at the remote and charming Mutinondo campsite.

Location 5

Chikolongo Exclusive Campsite

Day 6

Another day, another remote campsite. This time just outside North Luangwa National Park.

Location 6

Buffalo Camp, North Luangwa

Day 7 & 8

Make your way into North Luangwa to the wonderful Buffalo Camp. This camp was one of the first in North Luangwa - we've been using them for years and our clients love it here. The guides are excellent.

Location 7

Takwela Camp, near North Luangwa

Day 9

Takwela is a relatively new camp, located just outside North Luangwa's southern gate. The camp is located on a stunning river bank in the wild and should you consider adding a night into this itinerary then we would suggest here.

Location 8

Kalovia Exclusive Campsite

Day 10 & 11

Possibly our favourite remote campsite - enjoy two nights here.

Location 9

Flatdogs, South Luangwa

Day 12 & 13

Flatdogs is known as the heart of South Luangwa. Many love coming here and consider it a great value for money stay. From here you can drive into South Luangwa yourself or do the guided activities on offer.

Location 10

Bridge Camp, Great East Road

Day 14

Today you leave South Luangwa to Bridge Camp. A pit stop between Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi.

Location 11

Chongwe River Lodge, Lower Zambezi

Day 15, 16 & 17

Today you make your way to Chongwe River Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River. Here you can unwind for a few days before having to fly home.

Location 12

Latitude 15

Day 18

Return to Latitude 15 for your final night in Zambia. Your vehicle will be collected from you here.

Location 13

Depart Zambia

Day 19

Today you will be transferred to the airport in good time for your international flight home.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 79

Over the years we have researched and refined the list of vehicle equipment that we provide. The equipment is identical in every vehicle but we always ensure you have the essentials for each country and its respective driving conditions.

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