Zambian Luxury Escape Safari

Mfuwe to Lusaka

       

Zambian Luxury Escape Safari

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: £ 2,895 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Mfuwe

Safari Ends: Lusaka Number of Days: 9
Countries visited: Zambia
Click here for Departure Dates Vehicles, Guides & Equipment Booking Code: WZNC

Safari Price Includes:

3 Meals a day (unless differently specified)
Vehicle
Trailer
Camping fees
Professional guide

Safari Price Excludes:

Travel and medical insurance
Personal spending money
Visas, passports, vaccinations
Personal taxes
All optional activities unscheduled or optional National Parks entrance fees
Gratuities
Restaurant meals and all other items of a personal nature.
All drinks, even on days with full board basis.

Zambia Luxury Safari

The Luangwa Valley is renowned for the quality of mammal and bird encounters, its luxurious
accommodation and fantastic standards of guiding. A walking safari is the very essence of a Luangwa
experience and there’s plenty of opportunity to explore the bush on foot. We’ve also included a unique opportunity to experience the real Africa, as you camp in
the dry Luwi riverbed under the stars and with wildlife all around!

Zambian Luxury Escape Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kapani Lodge Dinner

Upon arrival in Lusaka, you’ll be met by our local representative and make the journey to Mfuwe, gateway to the Luangwa Valley. The flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe takes a little over an hour. Upon arrival you’ll make the 45-minute transfer to the
excellent Lodge. The drive to the lodgewill take you through traditional Zambian villages and give you
your first taste of the real Africa. As you approach Kapani watch out for evidence of the large elephant
population and your first glimpse of the huge variety of flora and fauna of the South Luangwa.
The Lodgeis an exclusive, luxury lodge with a swimming pool in the heart of the Luangwa Valley, on the edge
of the national park. It offers intimate accommodation, with some of the best game-viewing in Zambia, if not Africa. Its spacious suites and pleasant grounds make it the perfect location to start your safari. Wildlife often wanders through the lodge’s grounds, so you can relax into the wonderful experience that is a Zambian safari!
The lodge has eight suites, each with its own lounge and bar fridge. The beds have overhead fans inside their
walk-in mosquito nets. Many meals are taken al-fresco (depending on the season). The bar and dining area is set
on a deck overlooking the Kapani Lagoon and adjacent grazing lawns, offering fantastic views and the chance to
see big game as you drink your well-earned sundowner!
Upon arrival at the lodge, brunch will be served on the shady deck overlooking the lagoon, after which we’ve
allowed some time to rest and recover from the long flight. This afternoon you may also have the opportunity to
visit Yosefe School, to meet the pupils and teachers and gain an insight into the Zambian education system and
way-of-life. Such visits are usually very rewarding for both yourself and the children.
After tea (if you’re not too tired and depending on flight schedules) you’ll head out on your first game drive. We
use open four-wheel drive vehicles to maximize your safari experience. Night drives are one of the highlights of
the Luangwa Valley; it is bustling with predators and the best time to see them in action is during those first few
hours of darkness.


Day 2: South Luangwa National Park Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, you’re up early for a morning game drive.
After brunch, you’ll be treated to a drumming workshop and play by the local drama group – SEKA. SEKA works
with the local community to raise awareness of issues such as human and wildlife conflict. They’ll show you how
to drum and dance in the African style, and then perform a lively play with dance, mime and singing all about the
bush and what we can learn from it. We pay them to come and do this, and so make a financial contribution to
their work.
This afternoon, you’ll head out once again for an afternoon game drive.


Day 3: Luwi camp Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

South Luangwa is the jewel of the country’s national parks and comprises 9,050 square kilometres of unspoilt African wilderness. You can expect to encounter numerous large animals around scenic ox-bow lakes and ‘grazing lawns’ –
elephant, buffalo, hippo, Thornicroft’s giraffe, lion, crocodile, warthog, puku, Crawshay’s zebra,
Cookson’s wildebeest and eland are all common, and the Luangwa has the world’s highest naturally
occurring population of leopard. For the birdwatcher, too, Luangwa could hardly be better.
The sun-scorched banks play host to vast colonies of carmine bee-eaters, which together with lovebirds and kingfishers lend more than a splash of colour to this beautiful destination. Early on day four, you’ll head out on a game drive which will also take you to Luwi camp – your next safari base. Luwi is a true wilderness camp. Located along the dry Luwi River, it offers fantastic game-viewing and walking safaris; it’s our favourite!
The camp has four thatched bamboo chalets set in a beautifully shady grove of trees on the banks of the river.
The rooms are simple yet extremely comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and hot showers. Close-by there’s a
hippo-filled lagoon.
The Luwi area is famous for its lions and the thrill of tracking them on foot is an experience not to be missed -
having heard the lions calling throughout the night, it’s exhilarating to find fresh tracks and follow them, hoping to
see a lion behind the next bush...
Over the next two days you’ll enjoy game walks, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, to give you this
exciting experience. Dinner can be served in the bush, underneath the stars – a fantastic end to your day.
During your time at Luwi, you will also have the opportunity to experience the safari of a lifetime – sleeping out
under the stars, with only the vast wilderness and wildlife within it for company. Your campout site is in the dry
Luwi river bed, and armed with a bed roll and mosquito net, you’ll discover the South Luangwa in the same way
as the first safari pioneers. You’ll help collect firewood for dinner and cook your steak on the campfire, before
settling down for an evening of safari tales. The overnight trip is led by two guides who between them have over
60 years experience in the bush; they’ll stay awake and keep watch while you sleep under the African sky.
Note; this experience is for the adventurous only. For those who don’t want to participate, you can stay at Luwi
camp. We’ll do the excursion in groups of four, so you’ll go out either on days three or four.


Day 4: Luwi camp Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 3 for Itinerary


Day 5: Mchenja Camp Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will walk – just as the first explorers like Livingstone did - to your next camp. Your luggage will be waiting for
you when you arrive (if you would prefer to drive, that is also possible).
Mchenja, meaning "ebony", occupies a stunning setting beneath a magnificent grove of ebony trees on the banks
of the Luangwa River. The ideal of Mchenja is to combine luxury with an authentic setting – providing a true
Zambian experience. The camp has five smart tents, each with a thatched roof and deck overlooking the river.
The tents are en-suite with an inside bath and outside shower room. There is also a small pool, bar and area for
socialising, relaxing in the heat of the sun and exchanging your exciting safari stories!
During your time at Mchenja, you can choose to do your wildlife-viewing on foot or from an open game-viewing
vehicle. The nearby ebony trees also provide another safari experience as some of the wildlife uses the trees as
refuge. This is a stunning camp in a fantastic location.


Day 6: Mchenja Camp Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 5 for Itinerary


Day 7: Kakuli camp Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk to Kakuli camp (again, if you’d prefer to drive that’s also possible).
Riverside Kakuli is located on the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa rivers, with views of the river (and wallowing hippos) from all of the tents. There are four spacious, thatched safari tents, each with an open-air bathroom. The central area of the camp is raised on a wooden deck. It overlooks a grazing lawn, which in turn leads down to the Luwi and Luangwa Rivers, favoured by meandering wildlife. The wildlife viewing (and photographic opportunities) in and around the camp are endless.
Over the next two days you’ll enjoy a selection of game drives and bush walks.


Day 8: Kakuli camp Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 7 for Itinerary


Day 9: Lusaka Camping Breakfast

After an early morning game drive or walk, you’ll make the return journey to Lusaka for an overnight stay in
Zambia’s capital – Lusaka.



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Zambian Luxury Escape Safari Departure Dates

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