Authentic Zambia

Luangwa Valley, Zambia

From $6300 per person in low season
From $7400 per person in high season

based on 8 nights

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Daily experiences

  • All inclusive

per person based on 2 people sharing, including domestic flights, accommodation and road transfers, as well as shared safari activities daily.

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At a Glance

  • Incredible game viewing in pristine areas of the South Luangwa National Park

  • Expert guides lead you on foot along ancient hippo tracks and through towering ebony glades

  • Staying in remote, intimate little camps overlooking perennial rivers and waterholes

  • Share your stories of the day around the camp fire as a delicious supper is prepared for you

  • See if you can spot the elusive wild dog which are frequently seen in this part of the National Park

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Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the drier months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.

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Insider's View

See if you can spot Mfuwe Lodge's resident Pel's fishing owl in the early evenings!

Enjoy some serious walking in quiet and remote areas - incredible game-viewing virtually guaranteed!

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

For the safari aficionado and those who want a total bush experience, this itinerary is perfect. Enjoy the luxury and hospitality of some of South Luangwa’s most intimate bush camps, while exploring this remote and pristine area on foot accompanied by your expert guide. Get up close and personal with what the South Luangwa has to offer in game, scenery and pure wilderness.

  1. Fly to South Luangwa (via Lusaka)

  2. Days 1-3: South Luangwa National Park

    Your adventure starts when your light aircraft coasts over the Luangwa Valley, and lands at Mfuwe Airport. You'll be met and taken through the Mfuwe villages, bustling with life, to your first lodge, set within the South Luangwa National Park and encircled by two permanent lagoons. Here you will enjoy your first game drives from the lodge, and in the evenings relax on Mfuwe's enormous deck. We also recommend you head to the spa to try one of the treatments to relax and rejuvenate.

    Accommodation: Mfuwe Lodge (2 nights)

  3. Days 3-5: South Luangwa National Park

    After your introduction to South Luangwa at Mfuwe Lodge, your vacation continues as you head southwards to Kuyenda Bush Camp. Remote and intimate, Kuyenda rests on the banks of the Manzi dry river, a perfect game trail for the prides of lion that hunt in this area. The camp overlooks a grassy plain where giraffe and elephant can often be seen - in fact the elephant often wander right through camp with impunity. Run by Phil Berry, one of Africa's top guides, walks are exciting and rewarding - and in the evenings the spot lit night drives have a good chance of finding leopard and lion.

    Accommodation: Kuyenda Bush Camp (2 nights)

  4. Days 5-7: South Luangwa National Park

    Moving further south, you will then stay at Chindeni Bush Camp, a very stylish and contemporary camp which overlooks the Chayumba Lagoon. Your stay here includes the opportunity to explore on foot and by game drive, before returning to camp for delicious brunches and dinners. Your safari day starts early and there is plenty of time to relax on your spacious deck in the afternoons.

    Accommodation: Chindeni Bush Camp (2 nights)

  5. Days 7-9: South Luangwa National Park

    Leaving Chindeni you will then head further southwards to the company's flagship camp, Kapamba. Situated on the banks of the Kapamba dry river bed, this camp is in a pristine area, packed with game and giving great opportunities for both walks and game drives. The camp itself is the ultimate in luxury - from the plunge-pool sized baths and double showers in the bathrooms, to the delicious meals conjured from their bush kitchen. The guiding is second to none, and in the evenings, sit around the camp fire and listen to stories of the Luangwa.

    Accommodation: Kapamba Bush Camp (2 nights)

  6. Fly home (via Lusaka and Johannesburg)

Reviews

5

Anna Devereux Baker (Staff)

The southern part of South Luangwa is an extraordinary place to explore, both on foot and in 4X4 vehicles. The guides at these remote and intimate little bushcamps are excellent, and the camps themselves are beautifully situated in order to be within reach of all of the different environments that South Luangwa offers. Walk through the thick riverine forest which fringes the banks of the luangwa, perhaps spotting a shy bushbuck or watching families of elephant as they come down to drink, before the bush opens onto the wide open plains, beloved of giraffe and lion. Explore the dambos before their last vestiges of water dry up, and perhaps spot the Pel's fishing owl as he swoops between the towering hyphaene palms on his way back to his roost. It's an incredible area, packed with game from aardvarks to leopards, and is richly rewarding to those who are willing to walk quietly, stop, look and listen. It's one of my favorite parts of South Luangwa, a park in which I lived for years, and an area to which I will always return.

Experiences

  • Elephants at Mfuwe Lodge

    In November, as the season changes in Zambia, the many wild mango trees start to drop their bright orange fruits. These attract huge numbers of monkeys and birds, but also much larger wildlife!

Location

Luangwa Valley, Zambia

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.

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