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New! Walking in Zambia

Trip Length 7 days

From $4,995

  • Experience the freedom of Africa's untamed wilderness as you explore South Luangwa National Park on foot
  • Enjoy excellent wildlife sightings, including elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe, and leopard
  • Feel the romance of adventure in two beautiful bushcamps—an unforgettable African experience!

Africa's best-kept secret is Zambia's Luangwa Valley, an Eden-like paradise with huge concentrations of wildlife. This is where African walking safaris were born, and this new adventure zeroes in on South Luangwa National Park, one of the greatest—yet least visited—wildlife sanctuaries in the world, with the lowest ratio of people to animals in Africa! Game viewing by vehicle here is always superb, but on this safari you'll experience the freedom of Africa's untamed wilderness as you explore on foot, including walking safaris from remote bush camps, where hot showers, gourmet meals, and great hospitality await you! This is your chance to relive the past and to get in touch with the real Africa.

Day 1: Welcome to Zambia

Arrive in Lusaka, Zambia, where you will be assisted with your flight to Mfuwe, the gateway to South Luangwa National Park. Upon arrival in Mfuwe, you will met by your guide and transferred to Mfuwe Lodge, a handsome lodge overlooking the permanent Mfuwe Lagoon, which is always a most prolific area for wildlife. In fact, game watching at Mfuwe Lodge is non-stop, as a parade of animals comes to drink from the channel that runs through the dambo (a seasonally inundated depression that eventually dries out) in front of camp. Quite often, elephants walk right through camp! You'll enjoy our first explorations this afternoon, and continue with a night game drive—a special highlight. Small mammals are particularly interesting in Luangwa, where the spotlight often reveals elephant shrews, genets, civets, porcupines, serval cats, and an astounding variety of mongooses.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mfuwe Lodge

Day 2: Safari Thrills at Mfuwe Lodge

South Luangwa National Park is dominated by the mighty Luangwa River, whose annual floods constantly rearrange the architecture of the valley floor. Here, riverside floodplains offer a mosaic of habitats that range from flooded lagoons fringed with evergreen forest to grassy dambos and tracts of deciduous mopane woodland. This multitude of environments makes for a wonderful variety of flora and fauna. In addition to its abundant elephants, hippos, antelopes, and predators, Luangwa hosts an incredible variety of small animals: baboons and vervet monkeys abound, and eight species of mongoose are found in the park. South Luangwa is also the stronghold of Zambia's endemic Thornicroft's giraffe.

Bird life is exceptionally abundant and varied. Large water birds such as the yellow-billed stork are common and conspicuous; others like the huge Pel's fishing owl are more reclusive residents. You may well see colorful carmine and white-fronted bee-eaters, or flocks of quelea finches so massive they can darken the sky. While in South Luangwa you'll take walks and go on game drives, and are sure to have excellent wildlife encounters.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mfuwe Lodge

Days 3-4: Chamilandu Bushcamp in South Luangwa National Park

Today we'll drive 3 to 4 hours to our first bushcamp, deep into an untouched corner of South Luangwa. Each individually designed camp is located near a river or waterhole for prime wildlife viewing.  All of the camps feature no more than 8 spacious chalets, often located on platforms, with en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, large beds, solar-paneled lighting as well as paraffin lanterns.

Activities at the bushcamps include short and long game drives plus the opportunity for walks along riverbanks on fairly easygoing terrain. Lunch is often served al fresco on the banks of a river or hippo pool.  After lunch, you can relax and take a siesta in comfortable hammocks before the afternoon walk or game drive begins. You'll walk a total distance of around 2-4 miles per day. There will be plenty of refreshment stops along the way and a porter will carry drinking water, snacks, and coffee for the journey. The walk will end back in camp in time for afternoon tea. You can also go on day and night game drives. Night drives with a spotlight are a special highlight: you may see lions on the kill, leopards on the prowl, aardvarks, or any of the other odd creatures that only come out during the African night.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Chamilandu Bushcamp

Days 5-6: Kapamba Bushcamp in South Luangwa National Park

You'll move to your second bush camp, located in a different area of the park. It might be possible to walk to your next camp, or you can choose to drive and then take a game walk from the new camp in the afternoon. Each camp is chosen for their scenic settings and proximity to wildlife. This is a chance to experience on foot the freedom of Africa’s untamed wilderness.

A walking safari is an exciting way to relive the past, to follow in the footsteps of the great explorers, and to be among the last of the great bastions of wildlife. Along the trail, surprises are the order of the day: leaping impala, screeching baboon troops, loping giraffe! Together with the warmest of hospitality, sumptuous meals and first-class guides, our bushcamps are the perfect gateway for individuals and small groups wishing to explore the spectacular wildlife of the South Luangwa.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Kapamba Camp

Day 7: Depart from Zambia

After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure flights home.

  • Breakfast

No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

pricing

2018 Prices, per person
From $ 4,995 (2 members)
From $ 800 internal air
 

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Chamilandu Bushcamp — South Luangwa National Park

There's nothing quite like waking up in a four-poster bed in a handsome tree-house chalet, set on the banks of Luangwa River beneath a soaring ebony grove! Welcome to Chamilandu, an exclusive and elegant camp with just three stilted chalets and exceptional game viewing and vistas of the Chindeni Hills. You don't even need to leave your bed to see the wildlife—from your unique vantage point you can watch as animals roam across the landscape, or swing through the trees above your head. Enjoy a sundowner from the comfort of the thatched bar and dining area, as you watch the wildlife do the same at the river.

Kapamba Camp — Luangwa Valley, Zambia

Overlooking the Kapamba River, each of the camp's four chalets offer views of the abundant wildlife that come to drink. With river-facing en-suite bathrooms, unwind in a hot tub watching hippos in the river below!

Mfuwe Lodge — Zambia

Enjoy relaxed charm at the award-winning Mfuwe Lodge, perfectly located in the prolific game area of South Luangwa. Set beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany, its thatched buildings are arranged around the banks of two lagoons where an endless stream of wildlife will keep you enthralled as you lounge on the open deck or take a dip in the swimming pool. Thanks to a thorough refurbishment in 2010 the airy interior of the lodge is an exquisite complement to its natural surroundings. Giraffe, buffalo, antelope, crocodile are constant visitors to Mfuwe Lodge’s lagoon, whilst in November the local elephants regularly wander right through the lobby, lured by a nearby wild mango tree.

  • Experience the freedom of Africa's untamed wilderness as you explore South Luangwa National Park on foot
  • Enjoy excellent wildlife sightings, including elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe, and leopard
  • Feel the romance of adventure in two beautiful bushcamps—an unforgettable African experience!

Africa's best-kept secret is Zambia's Luangwa Valley, an Eden-like paradise with huge concentrations of wildlife. This is where African walking safaris were born, and this new adventure zeroes in on South Luangwa National Park, one of the greatest—yet least visited—wildlife sanctuaries in the world, with the lowest ratio of people to animals in Africa! Game viewing by vehicle here is always superb, but on this safari you'll experience the freedom of Africa's untamed wilderness as you explore on foot, including walking safaris from remote bush camps, where hot showers, gourmet meals, and great hospitality await you! This is your chance to relive the past and to get in touch with the real Africa.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Zambia

Arrive in Lusaka, Zambia, where you will be assisted with your flight to Mfuwe, the gateway to South Luangwa National Park. Upon arrival in Mfuwe, you will met by your guide and transferred to Mfuwe Lodge, a handsome lodge overlooking the permanent Mfuwe Lagoon, which is always a most prolific area for wildlife. In fact, game watching at Mfuwe Lodge is non-stop, as a parade of animals comes to drink from the channel that runs through the dambo (a seasonally inundated depression that eventually dries out) in front of camp. Quite often, elephants walk right through camp! You'll enjoy our first explorations this afternoon, and continue with a night game drive—a special highlight. Small mammals are particularly interesting in Luangwa, where the spotlight often reveals elephant shrews, genets, civets, porcupines, serval cats, and an astounding variety of mongooses.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mfuwe Lodge

Day 2: Safari Thrills at Mfuwe Lodge

South Luangwa National Park is dominated by the mighty Luangwa River, whose annual floods constantly rearrange the architecture of the valley floor. Here, riverside floodplains offer a mosaic of habitats that range from flooded lagoons fringed with evergreen forest to grassy dambos and tracts of deciduous mopane woodland. This multitude of environments makes for a wonderful variety of flora and fauna. In addition to its abundant elephants, hippos, antelopes, and predators, Luangwa hosts an incredible variety of small animals: baboons and vervet monkeys abound, and eight species of mongoose are found in the park. South Luangwa is also the stronghold of Zambia's endemic Thornicroft's giraffe.

Bird life is exceptionally abundant and varied. Large water birds such as the yellow-billed stork are common and conspicuous; others like the huge Pel's fishing owl are more reclusive residents. You may well see colorful carmine and white-fronted bee-eaters, or flocks of quelea finches so massive they can darken the sky. While in South Luangwa you'll take walks and go on game drives, and are sure to have excellent wildlife encounters.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mfuwe Lodge

Days 3-4: Chamilandu Bushcamp in South Luangwa National Park

Today we'll drive 3 to 4 hours to our first bushcamp, deep into an untouched corner of South Luangwa. Each individually designed camp is located near a river or waterhole for prime wildlife viewing.  All of the camps feature no more than 8 spacious chalets, often located on platforms, with en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, large beds, solar-paneled lighting as well as paraffin lanterns.

Activities at the bushcamps include short and long game drives plus the opportunity for walks along riverbanks on fairly easygoing terrain. Lunch is often served al fresco on the banks of a river or hippo pool.  After lunch, you can relax and take a siesta in comfortable hammocks before the afternoon walk or game drive begins. You'll walk a total distance of around 2-4 miles per day. There will be plenty of refreshment stops along the way and a porter will carry drinking water, snacks, and coffee for the journey. The walk will end back in camp in time for afternoon tea. You can also go on day and night game drives. Night drives with a spotlight are a special highlight: you may see lions on the kill, leopards on the prowl, aardvarks, or any of the other odd creatures that only come out during the African night.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Chamilandu Bushcamp

Days 5-6: Kapamba Bushcamp in South Luangwa National Park

You'll move to your second bush camp, located in a different area of the park. It might be possible to walk to your next camp, or you can choose to drive and then take a game walk from the new camp in the afternoon. Each camp is chosen for their scenic settings and proximity to wildlife. This is a chance to experience on foot the freedom of Africa’s untamed wilderness.

A walking safari is an exciting way to relive the past, to follow in the footsteps of the great explorers, and to be among the last of the great bastions of wildlife. Along the trail, surprises are the order of the day: leaping impala, screeching baboon troops, loping giraffe! Together with the warmest of hospitality, sumptuous meals and first-class guides, our bushcamps are the perfect gateway for individuals and small groups wishing to explore the spectacular wildlife of the South Luangwa.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Kapamba Camp

Day 7: Depart from Zambia

After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure flights home.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Chamilandu Bushcamp — South Luangwa National Park

There's nothing quite like waking up in a four-poster bed in a handsome tree-house chalet, set on the banks of Luangwa River beneath a soaring ebony grove! Welcome to Chamilandu, an exclusive and elegant camp with just three stilted chalets and exceptional game viewing and vistas of the Chindeni Hills. You don't even need to leave your bed to see the wildlife—from your unique vantage point you can watch as animals roam across the landscape, or swing through the trees above your head. Enjoy a sundowner from the comfort of the thatched bar and dining area, as you watch the wildlife do the same at the river.

Kapamba Camp — Luangwa Valley, Zambia

Overlooking the Kapamba River, each of the camp's four chalets offer views of the abundant wildlife that come to drink. With river-facing en-suite bathrooms, unwind in a hot tub watching hippos in the river below!

Mfuwe Lodge — Zambia

Enjoy relaxed charm at the award-winning Mfuwe Lodge, perfectly located in the prolific game area of South Luangwa. Set beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany, its thatched buildings are arranged around the banks of two lagoons where an endless stream of wildlife will keep you enthralled as you lounge on the open deck or take a dip in the swimming pool. Thanks to a thorough refurbishment in 2010 the airy interior of the lodge is an exquisite complement to its natural surroundings. Giraffe, buffalo, antelope, crocodile are constant visitors to Mfuwe Lodge’s lagoon, whilst in November the local elephants regularly wander right through the lobby, lured by a nearby wild mango tree.

Dates and Pricing

No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

pricing

2018 Prices, per person
From $ 4,995 (2 members)
From $ 800 internal air
 

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 7 days

From $4,995

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