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Thorn Tree Safaris

Livingstone, Zambia

Thorn Tree Safaris have been creating bespoke Zambian professional filming trips, cycle challenges and wildlife safaris since 2005. Thorn Tree Safaris provides great experience of Zambia's majestic wildlife, rich wetlands, lakes and breath taking sunsets. The cycle and safari tours will show you the diverse tribal and cultural heritage of Zambia, by meeting these beautiful people at first hand and joining them for traditional music, dance and ceremonies. Thorn Tree Safaris offers Zambia tours with a difference.  

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Film fixing

Thorn Tree Safaris take the stress out of your Zambian and Central African location film work, having worked with many top class film crews in the past, they are able to help your project succeed.  Many years of "film fixing" experience ability to speak the languages and in depth local knowledge, have gained Thorn Tree local trust.

Thorn Tree Safaris manage filming access across the breadth of many Central African settings – from iconic landmarks and cultural gems, through to the most remote settings on Lake Tanganyika or deep in the bush. Whether you are filming in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi or Tanzania – they can help. The committed, creative team negotiates across all control requirements, from filming permits, roadblocks, land access and border controls.

  • Fluent in local languages for full translations
  • Extensive local knowledge to help you find the perfect location, props and crew
  • Permits and paperwork managed ahead of time – saving precious time and resources
  • Quality past experience of film fixing
  • Logistics planning with an experienced crew
  • Range of vehicles to choose from to suit all eventualities
  • Top notch chefs ready to feed you throughout the day
  • Full costings available up front to help you budget
  • Full army of “men on the ground” to cope with any cultural and local idiosyncrasies that may arise
Film fixing

Thorn Tree Safaris Film fixing

Cycle tours

Cycle through some of the most untouched parts of Africa on mountain bikes. From the sedate to physically challenging, with back up crew always on hand for repairs and reassurance! These tours give you a unique view of Zambian, Malawian and Tanzanian landscapes and parks. Experience the charm of the local people first hand.

Thorn Tree Safaris guarantee an unforgettable experience. Whereas you focus on getting up close to communities and African wildlife as you cycle across Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania, the experienced support team will be there to back you up all the way. Thorn Tree Safaris will feed and water you throughout the entire trip, and arrange all of your accommodation all you have to do is enjoy the ride.

With well-established routes to choose from Thorn Tree Safaris has designed tours specifically for your group, standard cycle and can work with clients to create a route according to the specific requirements.

Thorn Tree Safaris allows tourist to cycle through some of the most untouched parts of Zambia on top of the range mountain bikes.  Routes range from the sedate to physically challenging, with the backup crew always on hand for repairs and reassurance.

Livingstone Gorge Trail – 68km cycle tour to hot springs where you can bathe and relax. 50km cycle along the Victoria Falls Gorge edge. Soak up the spectacular views

Lusaka to Livingstone – Cycle from the capital city Lusaka, through South-East Zambia and finish at the spectacular Victoria Falls in Livingstone.

Heart Of Africa Route – Malawi Trail – This challenging route starts in the capital Lilongwe, taking you through rubber plantations, cool forest highlands and down to the shores of Lake Malawi. Tanzania Trail – looking out across the stunning Indian Ocean, Tanzania and offers many attractions including Mount Kilimanjaro and the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater

Tri-Africa Route – from Zambia, Botswana and Namibia! With this route you will get to all three of these beautiful countries. Take note of the cultural differences in Zambia, Botswana and Namibia have.

 

Cycle tours

Thorn Tree Safaris Cycle tours

Luxury camp

Thorn Tree Safaris are based in Livingstone, Zambia only 4km from the spectacular Victoria Falls. Prana House - a 14 bedded self catering house and  luxury tented camp  set away from town, in the most tranquil of bush settings with 10 luxury chalet tents that can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests at any one time.

Prana luxury tented camp is set away from town, in the most tranquil of bush settings.  With  10 luxury chalet tents that can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests at any one time (double, twin and triple combinations all available).

Facilities include a beautiful swimming pool, lawned area and nightly camp fire, solar heated showers, communal lounge area with books and board games, access to kitchen for self catering or let our resident cooks cater for you on request.

If you truly want to escape it all, there are also three “bush tents” with beds and showers much deeper in the bush.  Enjoy the peace, relax and enjoy the tranquility. Game wandering through the camp on a regular basis.

Thorn Tree Safaris also manage Prana House – a 14 bedded self catering house which is available to rent.

Luxury camp

Thorn Tree Safaris Luxury camp

Wildlife safaris

Zambia is home to some of the best natural wildlife parks in Africa - this is the true safari experience on dirt roads and uninfluenced by man. With Thorn Tree Safaris guides search for lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo & leopard in the breath-taking Luangwa Valley of Zambia or Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Thorn Tree Safaris can also take you to Namibia, Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe – no request is too much.  Just contact then and let them know your requirements and they can help you put together and itinerary and manage your whole safari for you.  They do all the ground work, whilst you absorb all the beauty that Zambia and Central Africa has to offer.

These safaris can be taken either from the safety of our vehicles or, for the braver adventurer, on foot. Zambia is one of the few countries in Southern Africa where walking safari’s can be taken.

In this untainted corner of Africa, you can also marvel at millions of fruit bats in migration in Kasanka Nature Reserve; tour the wild waterfalls of Northern and Luapula Province; soak up the sun on the white, sandy beaches of Lake Tanganyika; search for the pre-historic Shoebill in Bangweulu Wetlands; experience our unique culture by meeting villagers and joining cultural celebrations and dances, by prior arrangement with the headmen only; go on a bird watching safari; and much, much more.

Wildlife safaris

Thorn Tree Safaris Wildlife safaris

Fishing

On the Chambeshi River of north eastern Zambia is the most remote head stream of the Congo River and therefore considered its source. Through the vast labyrinth of waterways is a fisherman’s paradise for Hydrocynus Vittatus, tiger fish, famous for their ferocity when hunting. Or you may prefer a trip to Lake Tanganyika for perch as well.

Thorn Tree Safaris provide fishing activities in the Chambeshi River of north eastern Zambia, a remote headstream of the Congo River. Lake Tanganyika is also a well-renowned venue for freshwater angling with the sheer number of fish in the lake and the variety of species. Amongst the favourites are the Nkupi, the goliath Tiger fish and, the Nile perch, which can reach up to 80kg in weight. Most species of fish require a great deal of fishing skill to catch.

Thorn Tree Safaris exposes tourists to the great Bangweulu Swamps, which are part of Lake Bangweulu were spinners and lures are the most common method of catching these fish although using light tackle, a fly and a fly-rod is becoming very popular and brings an extra dimension to a very exciting sport.

Fishing

Thorn Tree Safaris Fishing