ZAMBIA ADVENTURE SAFARI

WILD ZAMBIA

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This 13 day participation safari takes you on an epic exploration of the best wilderness areas in Zambia.

You’ll see the most unspoilt and untouched wildlife areas in the world, teeming with birds and animals, and experience the peace and solitude that comes with camping in these isolated havens. Truly a holiday of a lifetime!

This safari is a participation safari – clients will be expected to pitch their own tents and help out with some camp chores. The route detailed in the itinerary is flexible and dependent on road and weather conditions – this is an adventure expedition!

ITINERARY

Day 1: LILONGWE (Mafumu Lodge)
Upon your arrival at Lilongwe Airport in Malawi you’ll be transferred to your home for the night, Mafumu Lodge. The lodge offers excellent standards of service, and all rooms have air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, digital satellite TV, international direct dialling and email facilities.  

The lodge offers a mouth-watering breakfast buffet, and a á la carte menu featuring both African and international cuisine. There is also a well-stocked bar.  

Day 2: LUAMBE NATIONAL PARK (camping)
After last minute preparations we head northwards into Zambia. Crossing the border, we continue through Lundazi and drive to Luambe National Park. Arrival will be in the late afternoon after a full day of travelling.

At just 254 km², Luambe is one of Zambia’s smallest national parks. Situated on the eastern bank of the Luangwa it lies in the heart of the Luangwa valley North and South Luangwa national parks. The wildlife found in Luambe is similar to that of its larger neighbouring parks and includes all the typical large herbivores, carnivores as well as some less well-known species. However, the animals of Luambe are generally present at lower densities than in the bigger parks. The huge advantage of Luambe is that it’s less crowded than its more famous neighbours. There are over 200 species of bird in Luambe and elephant populations as well as those of lion and leopard are said to be on the increase – so it’s well worth visiting now before everyone else catches on!

Clients are welcome to help with the setting up of the camp and helping with camp chores. Evening dinner is around the campfire, reminiscent of camping expeditions of old. 10 hrs Driving time. Please note that due to the remote location of the park, the toilet and shower facilities are basic.
​Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 & 4: NORTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK (Buffalo Camp Chalets)
Today we travel to the North Luangwa Park, Zambia’s most iconic, alluring and remote wildlife area. The Park covers 4636 square kilometres and offers one of the most incredible safari experiences in Zambia, if not all of Africa – untouched and unspoilt, with few roads and no permanent lodges, this is the true African wilderness experience. 

The area is known for its massive herds of buffalo, as well as large prides of lions, Cookson’s wildebeest, bushbuck, warthog, baboon, puku, impala, elephant, hyena and leopard.  

Buffalo Camp is small and intimate and consists of six en-suite chalets with views of the Mwaleshi River. The camp is surrounded by vast plains, undulating hills and riverine forests, and is open between June and October only. At the end of the season, the chalets are completely disassembled and rebuilt in time for the next year’s open season.  

Your time at Buffalo Camp will be spent on exciting game walks and drives. On the morning of day 4 you and your experienced guide will venture out into the Park on foot, gaining incredible insight into the African bush, and its many plant and animal species. A sundowner drive is offered in the evening, and allows you a chance to see some of the more rare and shy nocturnal animals. 
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5:  KAPISHYA HOT SPRINGS (camping)
Today we pack up camp and head east, back towards the Great North Road, and head to the iconic Shiwa Ngandu Estate, where we camp at Kapishya Hot Springs.

Kapishya is a natural, sulphur-free hot spring set along the banks of the Mansha river. There are various activities available at Kapishya and on the estate, such as river floats, game drives, visits to the manor house, horse back riding and bird walks. It is situated on the Estate of Shiwa Ngandu (The Africa House) which is rich in history and a visit to this landmark house can be arranged in the afternoon for those that wish. 
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 & 7:  KASANKA NATIONAL PARK (camping)
On day six we break camp, then travel for two hours to Mpika where we stop for an hour or so to resupply, before continuing towards our next overnight spot at Kasanka National Park.  

The Park is a prized conservation area with a myriad of bird and animal species, many endangered. You’ll have a chance to see sitatunga, rare bushpigs, sable antelope, and plenty of elephants and buffalo.  

We will camp overnight in a simple campsite with pit latrines and hot showers. Our chef will prepare another delicious dinner under a starry African sky. 

On day seven you will explore the area on foot and on game drives. The swamp in front of the camp is home to tiny sitatunga, and there are hides overlooking the swamp and lake from which to view other animals. This area really is one of Africa’s best-kept wildlife secrets and an exceptional hidden corner of pristine wilderness. 
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 & 9: BANGWELU SWAMPS (camping)
100km north of Kasanka National Park are the vast Bangwelu Wetlands – Africa’s greatest swamp. We will depart early and make our way to this varied and spectacular area.  

Bangwelu is divided into three habitats – open water to the north-west, huge swamps in the middle, and seasonally flooded grass plains on the southern and eastern fringes. This area is home to huge herds of black lechwe, shoebill storks (a ‘must see’ bird on many birders’ lists), as well as elephant, buffalo, oribi, tsessebe, reedbuck, sitatunga, and an incredible variety of bird species.  

Our two days here will be spent exploring the area on foot and on game drives, taking in this unique and largely unknown wilderness haven. 
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10: MUTINONDO WILDERNESS (camping)
After breakfast we leave Thornicoft and head to Mutinondo Wilderness, a stunning location that combines peace, tranquillity and miles and miles of uninhabited Africa. We will drive to Mutinondo through the South Luangwa National Park, through miombo woodlands, across sandy riverbeds, and through extremely remote areas.  

Mutinondo is 10 000 acres of privately owned wilderness, situated on the western escarpment outside the park. You’ll find pristine miombo woodlands, massive granite inselbergs, crystal clear rivers, thundering waterfalls, and beautiful glades.

The campsite is set on the edge of a wooded rocky outcrop, with cooking areas, pit latrines and piping hot showers. Our cook will prepare a delicious dinner in what must be one of the most beautiful, tranquil places on the planet. 
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 & 12: SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK (Thornicroft Lodge)
After breakfast it’s a five hour drive to the northern entrance gate of South Luangwa Valley, known for its enormous variety and concentration of mammal and birdlife. From there we drive through the park,  to the Mfuwe area.  

Thornicroft Lodge offers African style tents that are simple, yet comfortable, and have views of a lagoon where many birds and animals can be seen quenching their thirsts. Accommodation is in eight two-person dome canvas tents, with communal ablutions and hot water showers. Delicious meals are served in an intimate thatched dining area, and guests can cool off in the camp’s swimming pool.  

Day 12 is spent on a morning game drive and an evening game drive in the enormous South Luangwa National Park, one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The reserve is home to the rare Thornicroft’s giraffe, large populations of elephants and buffalo, and Cookson’s wildebeest and Crawshay’s zebra, both endemic to the area. Birders will not be disappointed, as the area is a haven for about 400 bird species.  
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13: LILONGWE, SAFARI ENDS
After a delightful breakfast, we travel five hours back to Lilongwe, where we have a light lunch and say goodbye after 13 days of African adventure! 
Included meals: breakfast

PRICE

$3 322 pps

+ $290 park entry fees

13 days

HIGHLIGHTS

  • South Luangwa National Park

  • Mutinondo Wilderness Area

  • Kasanka National Park

  • Bangwelu Swamps

  • Shiwa Hot Springs

  • North Lunangwa National Park

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation as per schedule

  • All camping equipment

  • Meals as indicated

  • Activities as indicated

  • Experienced guide & skilled cook

  • Taxes and transfers

  • Drinking water

  • Mattress and pillows on camping nights

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This safari has set departure dates:

2018
29Jul18 – 11Aug18
02Sep18 – 15Sep18

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