One of the best aspects of our safaris is the variety of activities on offer; whether it’s a love of birds, water, big game or just wanting to feel a little closer to the bush, we’re here to help you plan your safari, make it your trip and your memories. With the most experienced guiding team in Zambia, all under the guidance of Africa-renowned guide trainer Kyle Branch, the guiding expertise and emphasis is something we are very proud of and one that adds a huge ‘x’ factor to make your safari especially memorable
Game Drive - Day
Game drives are a sure bet for any and everyone on safari, allowing you to get closer and cover greater distances. Across all of our camps we have a road network designed to maximize game viewing opportunities whilst also preserving the different habitats and leaving great expanses for walking. Zambia’s parks are blessed with low visitor numbers, as such we never have too many vehicles at sightings, and most times none at all!
A highly recommended experience whilst staying at Musekese Camp, is a visit to the ‘Musekese Conservation’ anti-poaching base-camp. Our guides will take conservation-interested guests to see a real life anti-poaching and conservation camp and get to learn from the officers and wildlife biologists what life is really like in the world of conservation and the specific successes and challenges faced by the team in the Kafue. The whole project was founded on the back of tourist revenues from visiting our camps!
Private Activities & Guides
Booking a private activity is an excellent way for specialist photographers, serious birders or families with young children to experience the bush with a little more privacy and in your own time. Private activities should be pre-booked for which there is a daily fee, and at Classic Zambia we have the option for Director-Guided activities too, allowing guests to get an even deeper and more holistic guided experience.
Boating is arguably one of the finest ways in which to experience both the Kafue and the Zambezi Rivers. A boat safari never fails to impress, highlighting crystal-clear perennial waters drawing in boundless wildlife and a stunning array of birds. From Musekese Camp in the dry-season months a boat safari is a hugely rewarding game viewing experience, with swimming elephants and drinking leopards. On the Zambezi, the density of hippo and crocodiles with the background of the escarpment is genuinely spectacular.
This is a quintessentially Zambezian pursuit! A must-do activity for our guests staying at either Chula Island or Kutali. Low angle, silent drifting, tranquility are all words to describe a canoe safari - our expert guides offer a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Canoe safaris are also a new addition to the activity offering at Musekese in the Kafue and only available in May and June (dependent on water levels seasonally in the Eden Lagoon).
Walking is best in the morning when temperatures are cool and tracks and signs are fresh! Walks are tailored to suit, but are typically a more gentle amble through the bush. This allows you to experience the smaller, more intricate things that might be missed from a vehicle. Our guides are highly trained and qualified with guest safety and enjoyment at the forefront of each walk.
Fly in a light-aircraft
Did you know that Classic Zambia has it’s very own aircraft? Our Cessna 210 (STJ!) began operating in 2021 and services all of our camps, allowing guests seamless linkages between all the major wildlife and international transport hubs, such as Lusaka and Livingstone. We aim to offer a one-stop shop for safari in Zambia, taking out the hassle of booking multiple separate items on one itinerary.
Birding is exceptional throughout both the Kafue and the Zambezi (and complimentary between the areas) – whether on a multi-hour birding walk in the bush, or on a short meander around the confines of the camps with your guide and/or host, you will be sure to see birds both numerous and rare, from African Finfoot to Zambian Barbet. Our guides are experts in this field and have the local knowledge to find even the rarest of birds and empart the birders' passion to the non-birders!
At Musekese, near the camp itself, is an elevated hide overlooking the Northern portion of the Eden Lagoon. Relax on a comfy bean bag with a cold drink and binoculars in hand and see what unfolds around and underneath you.
Our camps are undoubtedly the perfect places from which to cater for the needs of wildlife photographers, from professionals to keen amateurs and beginners alike. Our guides along with bespoke camera mounts in our safari vehicles and stable-hulled boats (and associated low angles) will be able to get you the best possible photographic moments. We have several highly-skilled wildlife photographic guides in the team, able to coach and help with in-situ settings as well as post-activity editing on suites such as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
Game Drive - Night
A night drive is a very Zambian safari pursuit. After stopping for ‘sundowners’ our spotters seek out nocturnal wildlife using a spotlight. The night drive lasts for an hour or two and affords sightings of wildlife that are never normally encountered in daylight hours. Nocturnal creatures such as genets, civets, hyena, owls, honey badger and even aardvark to name a few can be seen, with the perfect balance of luck and guiding skill.