For travelers searching for a true off-the-beaten-path safari experience, this 10 night safari to North and South Luangwa in Zambia is exactly what you have been looking for!
Bordering the Luangwa River,the Northern and Southern Luangwa National Parks contain some of the most breathtaking and untouched wilderness in Africa. As a result of this and the parks’ successful anti-poaching campaigns, the area has developed into a world-renowned wildlife haven. You will explore this remote wilderness on game drives as well as on foot, which offers a truly unique perspective on this spectacular wilderness. Being on foot in these isolated and natural surroundings cannot be beaten and will give you the chance to see elephant, hippo and even lion close-up under the supervision of Zambia's more talented and knowledgeable armed guides.
Day 1-3: Tafika Camp, South Luangwa
Tafika Camp, a remote camp on the banks of the Luangwa River in South Luangwa National Park, is ideal for those who really want to get away from it all.
Nestled among giant Leadwood trees, Tafika offers a relaxing and peaceful base to enjoy walking safaris and day and night game drives. With a wide variety and abundance of game in the Nsefu sector, and some of the most experienced guides in the valley, Tafika Camp offers guests a safari experience to be remembered and you will seldom see another vehicle while game viewing. Tafika is also the only camp in the valley that offers both cycling and micro-lighting. Viewing game from the air on a micro-light is an experience not to be missed and offers another perspective to the Luangwa Valley. Pass over the sunlit treetops; skimming an eagle’s eyrie; swooping over dispersing crocodile in the Luangwa River; the experience is unforgettable. There is also the opportunity for a cultural visit to nearby Mkasanga village and to see the school that Remote Africa Safaris supports.
With six spacious thatched chalets, including a family chalet, Tafika accommodates a maximum of 14 guests in a warm friendly atmosphere. Built from local materials around the trunks of stunning sausage trees all the chalets have en-suite facilities with showers open to the stars. Shaded from the hot noon-day sun by giant Leadwood trees, there are plenty of quiet spots to sit and watch activity on the river, read, or just close your eyes and listen to the sounds of the bush. The food is excellent and is supplemented by a wonderful supply of fresh fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden.
Overnights at TAFIKA CAMP. Includes: Road transfers, National Park fees, full board accommodation, activities (excl. microlighting at Tafika), bar & laundry. Contribution to Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund
Day 4-6: Chikoko Trails, South Luangwa
Slightly upstream from the Tafika, Chikoko Trails is compromised of two small exclusive bush camps: Chikoko Tree Camp and
Crocodile River Camp, accessible only by foot. These camps are ideal for those that are keen to get away from the restrictions and inactivity of game drives and to get lost in the African bush.
Set in a beautiful corner of the valley, in a true wilderness area where there are no roads, these camps have excellent game densities and offer guests a great opportunity to experience the bush on foot in isolated and natural surroundings. Being on foot in these isolated and natural surroundings cannot be beaten. The minutiae of the bush comes to the fore; the smells, the essence of the macro world; the sense of timelessness.
The daily routine is to take a long walk in the morning, starting early to avoid the heat of the day and lasting approximately four hours. The ground is flat though sometimes uneven, but the pace is generally leisurely as the guide will stop and talk about points of interest as you go. We recommend the wearing of comfortable, lightweight walking shoes/boots. Ample drinking water is provided and there is also a mid-way stop for tea/coffee brewed over an open fire while you sit back and enjoy the bush.
Guests return to camp mid-morning with time for relaxing, lunch and a siesta followed by another shorter afternoon walk arriving back at camp by dusk. From August on-wards these walks start out earlier in the morning to avoid the mid-day heat. Ample drinking water is provided for these activities.
It is usual to enjoy good sightings of leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant, and zebra, as well as Cookson’s wildebeest and Thornicroft Giraffe (both unique to this area). Kudu and roan antelope are frequently sighted and huge herds of buffalo are abundant in these parts. With its undisturbed natural vegetation, as you might expect from Zambia, a huge number of different species and variety of birds add to the game viewing enjoyment for all. Each camp offers accommodation for a maximum of six people with en-suite facilities with flush toilets, showers (with hot water provided in the evening) and running (cold) water throughout the day. All luggage and supplies are brought in to both camps by porters. Full support is provided with an experienced walking guide, armed scout and chef as well as general camp staff.
Overnights at CHIKOKO TRAILS. Includes: Road transfers, National Park fees, full board accommodation, activities, bar & laundry. Contribution to Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund
Day 7-10: Mwaleshi, North Luangwa
After exploring South Luangwa you will fly to the remote North Luangwa National Park and stay at Mwaleshi Camp, 10km from the Mwaleshi and Luangwa river confluence. North Luangwa provides a sanctuary for a plethora of wildlife. Here you may catch a glimpse of hyenas hunting puku in the shallow waters of the Mwaleshi, enjoy impressive herds of buffalo, the endemic Cookson's Wildebeest and a large number of resident lion.
In the untouched North Luangwa, accompanied by an experienced manager/guide and an armed National Park scout, you will enjoy the freedom of Africa's vastness on foot. Thanks to the availability of a vehicle - which drops off and collects guests - individuals are able to explore further afield either by vehicle or on a day trip to the Mwaleshi Falls, located upstream of the camp.
Set on a scenic bend of the Mwaleshi River, this camp is a truly special place - unlike any other in Zambia. With just four thatched chalets built entirely of natural materials with en suite bathrooms and and uninterrupted views of the river, Mwaleshi offers you a genuine feeling of solitude and seclusion.
Overnights at MWALESHI. Includes: Full board accommodation, road transfers, bar (Inclusive of house wine), laundry and all game viewing.
Day 11: Departure
The price for this adventure is US$ 6,365 per person sharing (for two people, ) excluding international flights. This incredible special is valid between July 1st, 2013 and October 31st 2013.
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