Summary

from NAD325000.00 Per Person Sharing11 Days
Departs from: Zambia
Ends in: Zambia
Destinations: Zambia

Please note that this itinerary is costed in USD, so there might be quite a variation in the price, owing to currency fluctuations.

Begin your adventure into Zambia’s pristine wilderness, arriving at Luwi Bushcamp 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 NsoloBushcamp.

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.

Please note that this tour is priced in USD and prices will change due to currency fluctuations and seasonal demand

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

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 3-4: Incredible wildlife

South Luangwa

Set on a bend in the Luwi sand river, a dry river bed often used as a thoroughfare for antelope and predators, Nsolo offers a wide variety of exciting game viewing opportunities. This solar-powered camp is frequented by trumpeting elephants, and the river lures hungry crocodiles and honking hippos who are sure to give you a show. The surrounding area boasts the elusive wild dogs of Africa, who frequently den nearby, and is also a favorite spot for honey badgers, two animals you should have on your safari bucket list. Nsolo is run by an excellent team, and has a reputation for its incredible guides and incomparable walking safaris, as well as attentive staff and mouth-watering food. You’ll find this unique location has everything you want in a bush camp, and more.

This intimate “bush luxury” camp consists of only four spacious chalets with locally-sourced grass and reed walls, all conveniently raised on wooden decks. Nestled under shady evergreen trees, the chalets have large, open-air bathroom facilities with a flush WC and hot and cold showers. The private verandahs, some of which wrap around trees, will charm you with views of the surrounding bush and waterholes in the Luwi River. A small camp with plenty of personality, the shady chitenje lounge with a bush bar and dining area have open sides to offer you a peaceful refuge on the banks of the river. Snuggle into a comfortable seat here with a sundowner and a selection from the camp’s library, or watch a variety of large and small game who visit these permanent Luwi riverbed water pools. The communal dining table is often set out in the sandy river bed, surrounded by the camp’s signature flickering lanterns for an enchanting dining experience. And perhaps the best thing about mealtime is the delectable creations Chef presents, along with his charming anecdotes and lively storytelling. Talk about unforgettable!

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

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 7-8: Sparkling waterways

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 9-10: Riverbank sunsets

South Luangwa

Chinzombo brings levels of comfort, style and elegance previously unseen to the Luangwa Valley. Here, modern architectural forms were combined with organic geometry, regional materials, and indigenous Zambian building methods. “Minimalism for the bush, the least environmentally obtrusive structure, yet fitted with all the requisite luxury for a first-class camp,” explain architects Rech and Carstens. Ground-breaking and truly original design make for a unique safari experience, and we didn’t even get to the excellent guiding – also award-winning – and abundance of wildlife yet.

The six Chinzombo villas (with one designed for a family of five) appear to float over the landscape. The simple use of steel, natural materials, locally produced leather, reed work and canvas, plus the lack of concrete or brick, complement the wilderness perfectly, melting the villas into the exquisite surroundings. Spacious living areas comprise large, cooled bedrooms, massive luxurious bathrooms (where you can take a long, relaxing bath while watching game outside), WiFi, and private plunge pools on shady decks overlooking the Luangwa. An exclusive camp that still retains its bush feel; this is the best of both worlds. A winding footpath connects the villas and lounge, dining, bar and fire pit area through the shade of the surrounding msikzi trees. Décor is simple and minimal, using raw linen, timber, copper and hand-made crockery that has a respectful nod to Chinzombo’s cultural history, and the pioneer of the South Luangwa safari experience, Norman’s, legacy.

Destination: Zambia
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Day 11: Flying on!

Depart South Luangwa

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

Destination: Zambia
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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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