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Ultimate South Luangwa

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  • 9 Days
  • 25 May – 15 July 2024
  • Pickup: Airport

Embark on a safari adventure to Kafunta River Lodge, Three Rivers Camp, and Lion Camp, all amazing camps located in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, known for its diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes. Each lodge offers a unique experience, from game drives to walking safaris, providing ample opportunities to explore the wilderness and encounter Africa’s incredible animals. With your itinerary spanning multiple lodges, you’ll have the opportunity to explore different areas of the park, each with its own distinct ecosystems and wildlife. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars to capture the incredible moments and sights you’ll encounter on your South Luangwa safari!

Departure & Return Location

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka, Zambia
(Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Meet & Assist Lusaka airport
  • Return flights Lusaka - Mfuwe - Lusaka
  • All accommodation and activities as described
  • All Park Entry fees
  • Conservation levies and taxes
  • Laundry
  • Standard drinks in camp
  • Airport and inter-camp transfers

Price Excludes

  • Visas
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls and laundry
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional Tours

Complementaries

  • The Africa Safari Co. Cap
  • The Africa Safari Co. Backpack
  • Travel Kit and documentation
What to Expect

When embarking on a safari to South Luangwa National Park, you can generally expect to see Abundant Wildlife as South Luangwa is renowned for its high concentration of wildlife including elephants, hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, various antelope species (such as impalas, kudus, and pukus), buffalo, zebras, and more. One of the highlights of South Luangwa is its excellent chances of spotting predators, particularly leopards. The park is famous for its leopard sightings, and you may also encounter lions, hyenas, and occasionally wild dogs. Plus South Luangwa is a birdwatcher’s paradise, boasting over 400 bird species. Keep an eye out for colourful birds like Lilian’s lovebird, Carmine bee-eaters, African fish eagles, and various species of storks, herons, and raptors.

Itinerary

Days 1-3:Kafunta River Lodge

Depart Lusaka on your Flight to Mfuwe. On arrival met and transferred to Kafunta River Lodge. Kafunta River Lodge offers a classic safari experience with comfortable accommodations and excellent game viewing opportunities. Its location near the Luangwa River provides great sightings of wildlife, especially during the dry season when animals congregate around water sources. The chalets are spacious and well-appointed, offering a blend of rustic charm and modern amenities. You can relax on your private veranda and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Spending three nights at Kafunta River Lodge is a fantastic choice for immersing yourself in the wildlife and beauty of South Luangwa National Park. Here’s what you can expect during your stay: morning and evening game drives led by experienced guides. These drives are excellent opportunities to spot a wide variety of wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions, leopards, and numerous antelope species. The park’s diverse habitats provide rich opportunities for wildlife sightings. Plus explore the bush on foot with guided walking safaris. This allows you to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the African wilderness up close while learning about tracking animals and the smaller details of the ecosystem.

In between game drives and activities, take some time to relax at the lodge. Lounge by the pool, unwind in the communal areas, or indulge in a massage to rejuvenate after a day of adventure. Kafunta River Lodge also offers cultural experiences, such as visits to local communities and schools, providing insight into the traditional way of life in the area and opportunities for cultural exchange.

Days 4-5:Three Rivers Camp

Transfer from Kafunta River Lodge to Three Rivers Camp for two nights.

Three Rivers Camp offers a more intimate and exclusive experience. Situated at the confluence of three rivers, this camp offers stunning views and a serene atmosphere. With only five luxury tents, you’ll have a more personalized safari experience and the chance to explore the wilderness in a quieter setting.

The camp’s spacious tents are elegantly furnished and designed to provide maximum comfort while immersing you in the sights and sounds of the African wilderness. Each tent features en-suite facilities and a private veranda overlooking the surrounding bushveld or the confluence of the Luangwa, Kapamba, and Lusangazi rivers.

Explore South Luangwa National Park on game drives led by experienced guides. These drives offer excellent opportunities to encounter a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, and more. The park is renowned for its high density of predators and large herds of herbivores, providing thrilling wildlife sightings. Or embark on guided walking safaris to experience the bush up close and learn about the smaller details of the ecosystem. Walking safaris offer a different perspective and allow you to appreciate the intricate interactions between flora and fauna. South Luangwa is a paradise for birdwatchers, with over 400 bird species recorded in the park. Keep your binoculars handy as you explore the camp and surrounding areas, where you may spot colourful bee-eaters, majestic fish eagles, and rare species like the African skimmer.

Days 6-8:Lion Camp

This morning we will set off and drive off north towards your bush camp inside the National Park.

As the most remote lodge inside South Luangwa National Park, Lion Camp opens only during the peak game viewing months of the dry season here in the Luangwa. It is a stylish, unique and independent lodge which is able to accommodate a maximum of 18 guests. Lion camp sits on one of the oldest bush camp sites within the National Park, originally sited because it was one of the best game viewing areas in the north of the park. Located 40km upstream from the main Mfuwe gate, and on the banks of an oxbow lagoon or “wafwa”; the lodge looks out onto open grassland which is frequented by grazing mammals by day, and becomes a hunting ground for lion by night.

Accommodation at Lion Camp will be in a luxurious canvas and thatch chalet. Built on raised wooden platforms, they are linked to each other and the main area by a raised wooden boardwalk. Your chalet will have either a four poster king-size double bed or twin beds, and a walk-in mosquito net. En-suite with a shower and toilet, it also has a private deck which overlooks the open plain in front. In between meals, your time is free until the afternoon safari, so you can swim in the infinity pool, explore the library or fitness centre, or game view from your deck. In the absence of fences, game moves freely through the lodge grounds. Elephant, hippo, bushbuck and other antelope are regularly seen within the confines of the camp and there are healthy populations of lion, leopard, buffalo and giraffe in the immediate area.

Afternoon tea is served at 15h30, you will then head out on an afternoon activity – normally a game drive but it is possible to walk and meet a vehicle for sundowners and then continue on a night drive. You will return to the lodge around 20h00 and have time to freshen up before a 3 course dinner is served.

Day 9:Lion Camp to Lusaka

As we bid farewell to the vast expanse and make our way back to Mfuwe for our flight to Lusaka, we carry with us memories of thrilling safaris, breathtaking landscapes, and the warmth of Zambian hospitality.

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Accommodation

Kafunta River Lodge

Three Rivers Camp

Lion Camp

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

Yes. Single Supplement on request.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

– US Dollar (USD)

What is cancellation policy?

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