Begin your adventure into Zambia’s pristine wilderness, arriving at Kapani Lodge in South Luangwa. Take a thrilling game drive through the bush before relaxing with a sundowner and enjoying the African sunset. After dark, join a night drive to search for shy nocturnal species such as genet, civet, porcupine and honey badger. See lion at their most active during this time, prowling around in preparation for the night’s hunt. Drive deeper into the National Park to Luwi Bushcamp.

Sleep in thatched huts serenaded by the animals of the night before braving the wilderness on foot with armed guides. Explore the sparkling waters of the Luwi river course to its confluence with the Luangwa River, home to five hundred hippo. Enjoy spectacular river views from your tented accommodation and take a night drive in search of the many leopard in the area. Continue your journey to your final camp at Mchenja, set under the shade of majestic ebony trees. Sip a sundowner by the riverbank before heading back to Mfuwe the following morning for your onward flight home.

Highlights

  • South Luangwa Valley
  • Expertly guided walking safaris
  • 4×4 game drives

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1-2: Thrilling game drives

South Luangwa

You will be met at Lusaka Airport and escorted onto your domestic flight to Mfuwe (flight Lusaka – Mfuwe own arrangements). Your safari guide will meet you at Mfuwe Airport and drive you to Kapani Lodge in time to settle in before brunch.

You will have the rest of the day to relax, until tea at about 3pm followed by the afternoon game drive. After sundowners, the night drive is a search for nocturnal species such as genet, civet, porcupine and honey-badger, rarely seen in daylight hours.

This is the best chance of spotting leopard and lion when they are at their most active. Return to camp at around 7:30pm in time for dinner.

Destination: Zambia
Accommodation: Kapani Lodge
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Day 3-4: Incredible wildlife

South Luangwa

After two nights at Kapani you will be driven deep into the National Park to Luwi Bushcamp. Described as Africa’s last real bush camp, wonderfully rustic and authentic, Luwi is set in the shade of large trees close to a permanent lagoon.

The four rooms at Luwi have dry grass walls and thatched roofs with en-suite bathrooms open to the trees and stars above. Your safari guide will introduce you to the armed escort scout who will accompany you on your first real walking safari.

The guide will take time to point out the tracks and signs that he uses to interpret the bush. Your first night in the bushcamp is likely to be accompanied by the noises of animals around camp.

When day breaks, your guide will interpret the calls that kept you awake as you head out together and pick up the fresh tracks of a pride of lion or investigate the alarm calls of the local troop of baboon. This is no nature trail – this is the real thing – you are tracking big game through the African bush, on foot like the first Luangwa pioneers.

Destination: Zambia
Accommodation: Luwi Bush Camp
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Day 5-6: Close encounters

South Luangwa

On the second morning at Luwi, head out from camp as you did on the previous day but this time your guide will walk you down the Luwi river course. Your destination is Nsolo, the second of your bushcamps. After a few hours gentle walking you will arrive into camp.

A cool drink will be ready for you, brunch will be on the table and your bags will be in your room.

Your home for the next two nights will be a raised deck with dry grass walls and a tall, cool thatched roof. Once more your en-suite bathroom is open to the sky above.

Destination: Zambia
Accommodation: Nsolo Bush Camp
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Day 7-8: Sparkling waterways

South Luangwa

The next move takes you further down the Luwi River, again on foot or by 4×4 game viewer if you prefer, to its confluence with the main Luangwa River and to Kakuli Camp.

This camp is tented and has stunning views along a stretch of the Luangwa that is home to over five hundred hippo. Each of the four large Mehru style tents has a spectacular river view.

Much of the gameviewing is still on foot although there are more game viewing tracks in this area so it is possible to use vehicles and with a dense population of leopards in the area the night drives are usually most rewarding.

Destination: Zambia
Accommodation: Kakuli Bush Camp
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Day 9-10: Riverbank sunsets

South Luangwa

A taste of luxury awaits you at Mchenja. The last of your camps is set under the shade of immense ebony trees. The four individually designed tents each have a bath inside as well as an open, en-suite shower and toilet.

The main chitenje (lounge) houses a small plunge pool alongside the bar and sitting area and meals are usually taken on the river bank.

Destination: Zambia
Accommodation: Mchenja Bush Camp
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Day 11: Flying on!

Depart South Luangwa

Last drive through the National Park as you transfer from Mchenja to Mfuwe Airport for your flight out of the valley.

Destination: Zambia
Accommodation: Mchenja Bush Camp

Included

  • En-suite accommodation
  • All meals
  • Transfers as specified
  • Laundry
  • Most local beverages and house wine
  • All game viewing activities
  • NB rates will be charged in US$ and the ZAR rate quoted is subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

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