Remote South Luangwa offers the ultimate walking, wildlife and photography experience, conservation and how responsible tourism will lead the way of the future for a “green” safari. Eventually making Zambia one of the most sort after African destinations to explore on foot.
Join Justine on a journey and find out why South Luangwa is so special.
Home to wonderful camp staff and stories of “Why the Hippo has no hair” and “Why the Giraffe has a long neck” bringing together the elements of wildlife and culture. Situated on the banks of the Luangwa River the camps idyllic atmosphere, gives guests the opportunity to see wildlife and nature at its best. The lush vegetation of green season and the contrasting dryness of safari season is stunningly beautiful.
Brief Itinerary Outline
Day 1: Monday 11 Sep 17
This evening board your Emirates flight to Dubai on arrival please make your way for your onward connecting flight to Lusaka, Zambia.
Day 2 : Tuesday 12 Sep 17
On arrival in Lusaka we will make our way through customs and immigration where will be met and assisted to our connecting flight to Mfuwe. The gateway to the beautiful South Luangwa National Park.
On arrival in Mfuwe we will be met by our welcoming safari guide and transferred to South Luangwa. Enjoy the scenic drive and sights of the local people and villages. Once in the park we will enjoy our first game viewing experience. Our first night will be at the stunning bush camp of Luwi.
Luwi Bush Camp – (D)
Day 3 : Wednesday 13 Sep 17
This morning we are up early at around dawn 0530, enjoy a light breakfast before heading on our first walking experience. Setting out on foot we will explore the local area , find fresh wildlife tracks and the smell of wild basil. As we get our bearings we become one and one with nature.
Luwi Bush Camp – (BLD)
Day 4 : Thursday 14 Sep 17
Leave camp early on foot and start downstream towards Nsolo Camp, the river widens in this section and the Luwi’s white sands carve a dynamic route through open grazing lawns, palm and trichelia groves, thicket and game rich “dambos” for which the Luangwa Valley is so well known. Arrive at Nsolo in time for brunch to find your luggage waiting for you in your room. Have a rest and soak up the magical atmosphere of this, one of the oldest bush camps in the Luangwa.
Nsolo Camp – (BLD)
Day 5 : Friday 15 Sep 17
For the most adventurous of spirit, have a normal morning breakfast and wildlife activity, depart Nsolo Camp after afternoon tea. Heading downstream we find a spot in the middle of the dry sand river bed to set up our bedrolls and mossie net. On dusk build the camp fire and make preparations for your “Return to the Wild” sleep out night under the stars with all the luxuries of 5 star food and even your own bush toilet.
Sleep Out – (BLD)
Day 6 & 7 : Saturday 16 Sep 17
After our great night under the stars we meander further down the Luwi River to where we will meet the main Luangwa River and to our home for the next two nights Kakuli Camp. Well renown for its high leopard population and frequent visits through camp. Enjoy the warm atmosphere and stories from our camp staff and guide.
Kakuli Camp – (BLD)
Day 8 & 9 : Monday 18 Sep 17
Diverse habitat, wildlife and the landscape will bring such an array of different experiences. Heading on foot to Mchenje is no exception. The ebony trees surround the camp and walking along the river bed will bring a sense of how harsh this environment can be. This majestic camp and area will show you some of South Luangwa best wildlife viewing experiences.
Mchenje Camp – (BLD)
Day 10 : Wednesday 20 Sep 17
Time for some real luxury to heal our tired feet as we leave Mchenje for Chinzombo.The camp is super-luxurious with spacious living areas that melt into the exquisite surroundings of the beautiful, tranquil site. Gigantic, ancient shade trees, peace and mystique and the views from its riverside location teem with wildlife.
Chinzombo – (BLD)
Day 11 : Thursday 21 Sep 17
This morning enjoy a later start before we start making our journey to Lusaka. We say a sad farewell to the camp staff and all of the people we have met along the way. Foremost our guides and game scouts who have been at the heart of our time in South Luangwa with all of their wonderful knowledge.
On arrival in Lusaka you will be transferred for your onward flight arrangements. Those joining us on the South Africa extension we will continue our journey to Johannesburg and overnight at the City Lodge OR Tambo.
City Lodge OR Tambo Johannesburg – (B)
Day 12 & 13 : Friday 22 Sep 17
Mid morning we will make our way to Pretoria Station for our Rovo’s Rail departing around 1500H to Cape Town. Spending the next 2 nights on board this historic train, taking us back in time we will enjoy some of South Africa’s spectacular scenery and dine in true Victorian style. Relax in the observation carriage as we visit the Diamond Mine Museum in Kimberley and pass through the stunning winelands of the Cape.
Rovos Rail – Pullman Suite (BLD)
Day 14 – 16 : Sunday 24 Sep 17
Arriving in Cape Town we will disembark around 1800H and be transferred to the PortsWood Hotel. Located in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the hotel’s historic lobby features an 18th century well and holding cell for prisoners. Over the next 2 days we can select from a range of optional activites such as visit to the wineland region of Stellenbosch, half day excursion to Robben Island, cable car to the top of Table Mountain and a half or full day trip to the Cape of Good Hope.
PortsWood Hotel (B)
Day 17: Wednesday 27 Sep 17
This morning we bid farewell to the friendly staff at the PortsWood and the beautiful Cape Town. We will be transferred to the airport for our onward flight arrangements to Australia or another destination of your choice.
End of Arrangements
A little note from Justine:
“Our itineraries are designed to take you into the heart of any wildlife experience, we choose our destinations very carefully and like to get off the beaten track to support “green” and responsible tourism. The places we stay are small intimate, boutique and authentic they include great company, awesome cuisine and the chance to meet some really amazing people.
We hope that you join us on one of our trips to explore wildlife through photography and many other different angles. I look forward to taking you on your next journey of a lifetime.”
Pricing and special quotation notes:
Zambia – From AUD$11,950 per person
Zambia & South Africa – From AUD$ 14,440 per person
***The suggested itinerary is based on land arrangements only, international flights are currently not included. Please note itinerary is subject to change. **Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 people travelling twin share. Solo traveller options are available.
Seasonality – the itinerary is currently been priced in safari/dry season from June to October in 2017 – Peak season pricing applies. ***Optional activities are subject to weather conditions.
The itinerary can be tailor-made to suit different dates within peak season.
***Please make sure that you read all of the inclusions and exclusions below. All pricing is subject to change until travel arrangements are finalised and confirmed. Currency fluctuations are beyond our control and all exchange rates are subject to change. Terms and conditions apply.
All accommodation on a per person twin share basis.
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