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South Luangwa Safari

TEN NIGHTS SOUTH LUANGWA SAFARI

This 10 night South Luangwa Safari is the ultimate South Luangwa experience, spending 2 nights each at the following camps; Kapani Lodge, Luwi, Nsolo, Kakuli and Mchenja Bush Camps.

Please note that all of our Zambia safaris can be tailor-made. This itinerary is just a suggestion and can be amended to better fit your requirements.

Days 1 & 2: Kapani Lodge, South Luangwa National Park

You will be met at Lusaka Airport and escorted onto your domestic flight to Mfuwe. This flight takes just over an hour.

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 gameviewing this evening which will be by vehicle leaving camp around 4pm. You will stop for sundowners in the Park and then continue with the second half of the drive, which is conducted after dark in search of nocturnal species such as the genet and civet, the porcupine and honey-badger which will never be seen in daylight hours. It is during these early evening hours that the cats, including lion and leopard, are most active, patrolling their territories, looking for prey.

You will return to camp at around 7:30pm in time for dinner.

Days 3 & 4: Luwi Bush Camp, South Luangwa National Park

After two nights at Kapani Lodge you will be driven deep into the South Luangwa National Park to Luwi Bush Camp, a wonderfully rustic camp set in the shade of large trees close to a permanent lagoon. The rooms at Luwi Bush Camp have grass walls and thatched roofs with bathrooms that are open to the trees and stars above.

This afternoon your professional guide will introduce you to the armed escort scout who will accompany you on your first real walking safari. Your guide will take time to point out the tracks and signs that he uses to interpret the bush that you are walking through. This first excursion will be a taster for what is to come.

Your first night in the bush camp is likely to be accompanied by the noises of animals around camp. You may lie awake, eager for dawn to come. When it does, 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!

Days 5 & 6: Nsolo Bush Camp, South Luangwa National Park

On the second morning at Luwi Bush Camp you will 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 Bush Camp, the second of your bush camps.

After a few hours' gentle walking you will wander into the new 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 grass walls on three sides and a tall, cool thatched roof. Once more your bathroom is open to the sky above.

Days 7 & 8: Kakuli Bush Camp, South Luangwa National Park

Your next move takes you further down the Luwi River, again on foot, to its confluence with the main Luangwa River and to Kakuli Bush Camp.

Kakuli is a tented camp and has stunning views along a stretch of the Luangwa that is home to over five hundred Hippo.

Most of the gameviewing is still on foot although there are more roads 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.

Days 9 & 10: Mchenja Bush Camp, South Luangwa National Park

Finally a real taste of luxury awaits you at Mchenja Bush Camp. The last of your camps is set under the shade of immense ebony trees. The individually designed tents each have a bath inside as well as an outside shower and toilet. The main chitenje houses a small pool alongside the bar and sitting area and meals are usually taken on the river bank.

The game in this area of the South Luangwa National Park is abundant, so if there is anything that you have yet to see, the chances are you will find it here.

Day 11: End of safari

This morning you will have the opportunity to stay a little longer in bed. Breakfast at Mchenja Bush Camp will be followed by a gamedrive through the Park ending up at Mfuwe airport for your flight to Lusaka and onwards.

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