Zambia Wildlife Photography Tour

Lusaka to Lusaka

       

Zambia Wildlife Photography Tour

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: £ 2,845 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Lusaka

Safari Ends: Lusaka Number of Days: 9
Countries visited: Zambia
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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 wildlife photorgraphy safari

The Luangwa Valley is renowned for the quality of mammal and bird encounters and offers endless inspiration. Alongside the watchful eye of Nick, who will accompany you throughout, there will be five full days of workshops and tuition. When you are not out on safari, you’ll learn how to work with your images and catalogue them on photo editing software – providing you with the confidence to go on and take wonderful wildlife shots, and optimise them to show friends and colleagues.

Zambia Wildlife Photography Tour Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Mfuwe Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Upon arrival in Lusaka, you’ll 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.
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. Kapani is 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 t the perfect location to start your photography safari.
Wildlife often wanders through the lodge’s grounds, so you will have the opportunity to practise your
photography skills while back at the lodge as well as out on safari. You will have the chance to go into the nearby village and visit Yosefe School, each offering excellent photographic opportunities.
If you are interested in learning a little about taking photographs of people, then Kapani is also a good base for that and we’ll be able to facilitate your wish to learn about taking photographs of different subjects. We can arrange extra excursions to a local school, textile workshop, local market etc – these are great locations for people scenes. There’s also a fantastic local drama group, SEKA, whose plays make for colourful and interesting photographs. The centre of the lodge houses a lounge and library, where Nick will help you with your image manipulation and cataloguing or you may do this on the wildlifeviewing platform, so as not to miss anything. The lounge is designed to be exceptionally cool during the hotter months – of which October is one. Your lessons on how to work with your images will most likely take place in the middle of the day when it’s very hot; you’ll be out taking photos in the morning and later in the day. Of course, there’s always the
possibility that interesting wildlife will wander into the lodge’s grounds, and then you may wish to go out and take more images! Kapani gives us a great opportunity to be flexible, thus capturing the best shots possible, also on night-drives when you can sight leopards, lions hunting, civets, genets and owls.


Day 2: Mfuwe Lodge Breakfast, Lunch

See day 1 for Itinerary


Day 3: South Luangwa Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On day four, you’ll transfer to Kakuli camp. The actual transfer is about an hour, however you will travel through
some of the most spectacular and game-rich bush along the banks of the river, and so the transfer may turn out
to be a little longer as Nick teaches you how to photograph different animals in different environments. This is a
good opportunity to get varied and diverse photographs, as is being in two different areas of the park and its
surrounds, which is why we have chosen to have two bases during the tour.
You will spend the next four days photographing the wildlife of the South Luangwa National Park, from Kakuli.
Riverside Kakuli is located on the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa rivers. There are four spacious, thatched
safari tents, each with an open-air bathroom. The wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities in and around
the camp are endless:
- Each of the tents overlooks the Luangwa River, where masses of hippos wallow in the waters and
crocodiles line the river banks
- 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
- You can choose whether to go out on a walking safari or game drive, providing different perspectives
from which to take your photographs
- Kakuli offers night safaris. This stretch of the Luangwa is fantastic for wildlife; it is bustling with predators
and the best time to see them in action is during those first few hours of darkness. This will provide you
with some of the most exciting wildlife photographic opportunities you can imagine
During the four days you’ll spend time out and about capturing great wildlife shots, under the expert tuition of
Nick, before going back to camp and spending time learning from him how to work with your images and
catalogue them on photo editing software – instruction will be given on how to work to best effect with the
software packages.


Day 4: South Luangwa Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 3 for Itinerary


Day 5: South Luangwa Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 3 for Itinerary


Day 6: South Luangwa Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 3 for Itinerary


Day 7: Mfuwe    

Leave Kakuli, and drive through the park to Mfuwe for your flight to Lusaka in time for your flight


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