This classic Luangwa safari will enable you to experience the best of the bountiful South Luangwa in Zambia, one of the most fascinating places in all Africa. This itinerary will give you the best opportunity and plenty of time to combine walking and driving safaris and explore the amazing variety of habitat and species of the South Luangwa, with award winning guides in small, remote camps – exploring a landscape unchanged for thousands of years.

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This classic Luangwa safari will enable you to experience the best of the bountiful South Luangwa in Zambia, one of the most fascinating places in all Africa. This itinerary will give you the best opportunity and plenty of time to combine walking and driving safaris and explore the amazing variety of habitat and species of the South Luangwa, with award winning guides in small, remote camps – exploring a landscape unchanged for thousands of years.

Bush camps have all been specifically located to allow you to walk from camp to camp in a circuit if you wish; arriving at your destination camp with your bags waiting in your room and in time for brunch and a cold drink. Alternatively you can transfer by an open 4X4 game viewing vehicle. The bush camps are all very different in design and have unique charm and lovely views of the dry sand Luwi, or Luangwa rivers.

Trip summary

  • Departure Lusaka
  • End South Luangwa National Park
  • Countries
    • Zambia
  • City
    • South Luangwa National Park
  • Theme Safari and Natural Parks
  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Arrival in Lusaka - Chinzombo or Kapani
    Day 1-2

    Meeting at Lusaka airport and assistance for your domestic flight to Mfuwe, a flight of just over 1 hour.

    Pickup at Mfuwe airport by your safari guide and drive to the the lodge to settle in and recover from your journey. In the afternoon, game drive and sundowners. Afterward, you’ll search for nocturnal species such as genet, civet, porcupine and honey-badger, rarely seen in daylight hours.

    Return to camp at around 7:30pm in time for dinner.

  • 2
    Luwi Bush Camp
    Day 3-4

    Journey deep into the National Park to Luwi Bush Camp. Your first night is likely to be accompanied by the noises of the wildlife around camp.

    When day breaks and after a light breakfast around the camp fire, morning walk to pick up the fresh tracks of a pride of lion or investigate the alarm calls of the local troop of baboon. You will be tracking big game through the African bush, on foot like the first Luangwa pioneers.

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  • 3
    Nsolo Bush Camp
    Day 5-6

    Walk down the meandering Luwi river course with your guide. Your destination is Nsolo, the second of your bush camps.

    After some gentle walking and exploration you’ll arrive at the camp to find a warm welcome, a cool drink, brunch on the table and your bags in your room. The next two days are spent on foot or in an open safari vehicle exploring the wilds of the Nsolo area.

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  • 4
    Kakuli Bush Camp
    Day 7-8

    Journey further down the Luwi river,on foot or by 4x4 game viewer if you prefer, reaching its confluence with the main Luangwa river and to Kakuli Camp.

    There are more game viewing tracks in this area so it is possible to use vehicles as well as explore the area which is famous for its high population of leopards on foot.

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  • 5
    Mchenja Bush Camp
    Day 9-10

    The last camp on the trail is set under the shade of immense ebony trees. The five individually designed tents each have a bath inside as well as an open, en-suite shower and toilet. The main lounge houses a small plunge pool alongside the bar and sitting area and meals are usually taken on the river bank.

    Game walks, drives and the wildlife viewing in this area are some of the best in Luangwa Park.

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  • 6
    End of tour
    Day 11

    Transfer to Mfuwe airport for your flight out of the Luangwa Valley.

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Standard bar drinks
    • Selected domestic flights
    • Transfers to and from Mfuwe airport
    • Inter-camp transfers
    • Game-viewing activities
    • Laundry
    Price does not include
    • Tips
    • Personal expenses
    • International flights
    • National parks fees