Zambia Photographic Safari 2024
10 days visiting South Luangwa & Lower Zambezi National Parks
(14-23 May 2024)
This 10-day photographic safari to Zambia, exploring the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks is an exceptional opportunity for capturing stunning wildlife moments. These parks are renowned for their diverse wildlife, picturesque landscapes, and unique photographic opportunities.
The South Luangwa National Park boasts an abundance of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, hippos, and numerous bird species. Its varied terrain, from woodlands to the Luangwa River, offers fantastic settings for photography.
In the Lower Zambezi National Park, you’ll encounter a different ecosystem with opportunities to photograph wildlife along the Zambezi River. The park is known for its river-based activities, such as boat safaris and canoeing, providing close encounters with elephants, crocodiles, and a variety of birdlife.
Overall, this photographic safari in Zambia promises an unforgettable experience, offering incredible opportunities to capture the beauty and diversity of Africa’s wildlife — a journey not to be missed for those passionate about photography and wildlife.
Book Early as places are limited to 6 pax
14 May 2024 – South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Start your photographic adventure by catching the early morning scheduled flights from Lusaka International Airport to Mfue. The early morning departure sets the tone for the incredible wildlife encounters and photographic opportunities that await in this picturesque region of Zambia. The transfer from Mfue International Airport to Flatdogs Camp is an excellent opportunity to start immersing oneself in the natural beauty and anticipation of the safari ahead. Arrive for lunch, then time to relax before your first game drive in the afternoon.
15 May 2024 – South Luangwa National Park
Starting with an early morning game drive is perfect—witnessing the park as it awakens offers the best chances to capture stunning shots. The soft light of dawn often creates magical atmospheres, perfect for photographing animals in action or the serene beauty of the landscape.
An afternoon game drive complements this by showcasing different behaviors and activities of the wildlife. The changing light during sunset adds a golden hue to the surroundings, providing an excellent backdrop for photography. It’s an opportunity to capture animals in their natural habitats, perhaps catching them in motion, interacting with each other, or simply lounging under the warm African sun.
The combination of morning and afternoon drives maximizes your chances of encountering a wide array of wildlife, ensuring ample opportunities to capture the essence of South Luangwa National Park through your lens. Each drive is a chance to compose striking images and create a visual story of this incredible safari experience.
16-18 May 2024 – South Luangwa National Park
Three more days of game drives in South Luangwa National Park (morning and afternoon) promises an abundance of photographic opportunities! The park’s diverse ecosystem, teeming with wildlife like elephants, lions, leopards, hippos, and a variety of bird species, provides an incredible canvas for photography. The dynamic landscapes, from open plains to lush riverbanks, offer a range of settings to capture the essence of the wildlife and the surrounding environment. With the guidance of experienced guides, you’ll have the chance to capture those special moments—whether it’s a lioness on the hunt, a herd of elephants crossing the river, or a stunning sunset against the savannah backdrop. Each sighting presents a unique chance to create captivating photographic memories.
19 May 2024 – Lower Zambezi National Park
Start the day with breakfast before heading to Mfue airport for your flight via Lusaka International sets the tone for a seamless journey to the Royal Airstrip in the Lower Zambezi.
From there, transferring to Baines River Camp in Lower Zambezi National Park promises an entirely new wildlife and birding experience. This area, with its picturesque Zambezi River setting, offers fantastic opportunities to capture wildlife against the backdrop of the river and the park’s diverse landscapes.
The variety of birdlife in Lower Zambezi National Park is remarkable, making it a paradise for birdwatchers and photographers alike. From majestic raptors to colorful waterbirds, there’s always something remarkable to capture through your lens.
The change in environment, from the savannahs of South Luangwa to the riverine landscapes of Lower Zambezi, introduces new photographic opportunities and an entirely different perspective on Zambia’s natural beauty. It’s a fantastic continuation of your wildlife and photography journey!
20 May 2024 – Lower Zambezi National Park
Game drives in Lower Zambezi National Park from Baines River Camp offer an incredible opportunity to explore the park’s diverse landscapes and encounter a variety of wildlife. The park, with its riverine forests, open plains, and the majestic Zambezi River, presents a picturesque backdrop for your safari adventures.
Setting out on game drives allows you to traverse through this stunning terrain, keeping an eye out for elephants, buffalo herds, antelopes, lions, leopards, and more. Each sighting provides a chance to capture the animals in their natural habitat, against the backdrop of the Zambezi’s scenic beauty.
Moreover, the Lower Zambezi is renowned for its stunning birdlife. Keep your camera ready to capture the vibrant colors of kingfishers, African fish eagles, herons, and other avian species that grace the riverbanks and skies.
The game drives here are not just about spotting wildlife; they’re about experiencing the magic of the African wilderness and capturing its essence through photography. Each drive holds the potential for incredible sightings and photographic moments that encapsulate the beauty of Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park.
21 May 2024 – Lower Zambezi National Park
Embarking on a river safari from Baines River Camp is a fantastic way to explore the Lower Zambezi and witness its beauty from a unique perspective. The Zambezi River is rich in wildlife and offers an entirely different experience compared to traditional game drives.
On a river safari, you’ll glide along the water, getting up close to the riverbanks where you can observe animals coming to drink, bathe, or graze. Elephants often come down to the river, and hippos and crocodiles are commonly spotted. Birdlife along the river is also abundant, providing ample opportunities to capture stunning photographs of various species.
The tranquil setting of the river creates an atmosphere of calmness, allowing you to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the natural surroundings. The gentle movement of the boat as you navigate the waterways offers an ideal platform for capturing unique and intimate moments of wildlife behavior and the breathtaking landscapes along the Zambezi.
A river safari is a serene and captivating way to conclude your wildlife photographic adventure, offering a final opportunity to create lasting memories before bidding farewell to the beauty of Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park.
22 May 2024 – Lower Zambezi National Park
The final day of game drives in Lower Zambezi National Park offers a chance to savor every moment and capture those last, beautiful photographic memories. As you explore the park’s diverse landscapes and follow the Zambezi River’s course, you’ll encounter wildlife against the stunning backdrop of the riverine forests and plains.
This day isn’t just about capturing images; it’s about cherishing the experiences that unfold. Whether it’s witnessing elephants cooling off in the river, catching sight of a leopard in the trees, or capturing the vibrant hues of birds in flight, each moment contributes to your photographic journey.
The Zambezi, with its scenic vistas and rich biodiversity, presents endless opportunities for unique and stunning photographs. The changing light throughout the day offers varied moods and atmospheres, allowing you to create a diverse collection of images that tell the story of your time in this remarkable national park.
As the day draws to a close, reflect on the incredible sights you’ve witnessed and the moments you’ve captured. Each photograph represents not just an image but a memory—a glimpse into the beauty and wonder of the African wilderness.
23 May 2024 – End of Itinerary
Starting the day with breakfast at Baines River Camp sets the tone for a smooth departure. It’s a perfect opportunity to savor your last moments in the tranquil beauty of the Lower Zambezi while enjoying a delicious meal.
Departing from Baines River Camp for your flight back to Lusaka International Airport marks the end of this incredible photographic safari adventure. As you travel, take a moment to reflect on the amazing experiences and breathtaking sights you’ve encountered in South Luangwa National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park.
The memories captured through your lens, the encounters with wildlife, and the stunning landscapes will stay with you, providing a treasure trove of moments to cherish long after the journey ends. Whether it’s the majesty of elephants, the grace of giraffes, or the vibrant colors of the birds, each image encapsulates a part of Zambia’s natural wonders.
As you make your way home, carry with you not just the photographs but also the essence of Africa’s wilderness—the sounds, the sights, and the awe-inspiring beauty that made this safari an unforgettable experience.
Price + Inclusions
|Zambia Photographic Safari
|Price per person
Departure date from Nairobi: 14 May 2024
Participants: Maximum 6
- All internal flights from Lusaka
- Transfers as specified in the itinerary on a shared basis
- Meals as specified
- Activities as specified on a shared basis- subject to change due to weather conditions
- English-speaking driver/guide
- Custom 4×4 Safari vehicles
- Game drives in national parks as per itinerary
- Park fees
- Travel Kit and documentation
- Travel and medical insurance
- Meals and drinks not specified
- Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls etc.)
- Optional extras (touring, activities etc.)
Terms and Conditions:
*Price is in Australian dollars Price correct as of 4 December 2023 but may fluctuate due to surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change.
^Deposit conditions apply. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments. Packages may be withdrawn without notice. Gratuities, vaccinations, visas & travel insurance are not included. Please check prices, availability & other information with your travel consultant before booking.
Baines River Camp