Luangwa Deluxe Itinerary

Location: 
South Luangwa
Accommodation: 
Safari tents with shared facilities
Price: 
$845 per person
Max group size: 
8
Days: 
5

After a day spent on safari seeing the best of wildlife that South Luangwa National Park has to offer, you return to delicious food, warm atmosphere and comfortable lodgings.

Day 1
Your South Luangwa Safari begins mid-morning as you are collected in Chipata and transferred to our beautiful campsite located within the surrounds of Wildlife Camp. Game viewing begins an hour before reaching camp as we drive through the heart of Lupande Game Management Area, so eyes peeled! After a quick briefing and a short while to settle into the camp, you'll have a lazy lunch before heading off on the first game drive. You leave camp as soon as everybody is ready to get ahead of the 16:00 rush, allowing for both an afternoon and night drive rolled into one. The early departure gives a head start on the other lodges and means you can enjoy sundowners at one of the beautiful oxbow lagoons in an area that few other vehicles reach on their drives. Driving through the park after dark offers excellent chances of seeing leopard, lion, honey badgers and all the other nocturnal surprises this amazing park is waiting to reveal. You'll arrive back at camp between 20:00 and 20:30 for a delicious home cooked dinner.

Day 2
It's an early wakeup call in preparation for the morning drive. Enjoy a light breakfast, served with coffee or tea before setting off for the second foray into the National Park. During the drive there are excellent chances of sighting elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and zebra. You return to camp at around 11:00 in time for a welcome brunch. The early afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure; perhaps you fancy a snooze, a swim in the Wildlife Camp pool, or just the opportunity to swap stories and photographs at the bar. In the cool of the early afternoon we'll eat lunch, and then it is time to leave camp on foot with an experienced walking guide and armed escort scout, heading for the beautiful bush camp set on the edge of the Luangwa River. On the way the guide will explain the art of tracking and all about the varied fauna and flora of the valley, all the while keeping eyes and ears open for the big game that frequent the area. You arrive at the bush camp in time for sundowners followed by a delicious dinner cooked over an open fire. The evening is spent around the campfire, telling stories and stargazing, before being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the African bush.

Day 3
After breakfast at bush camp, the second walking safari begins, this time back to main camp. En route you will learn more about the local significance of the unique Luangwa flora, including the many spiritual and medicinal uses for the plants and trees found in the valley. Following lunch you visit the Chipembele Education Centre (Chipembele means rhino in the local Nyanja language). The centre is situated 45 minutes drive from camp in the Lupande Game Management Area and is run by Steve and Anna Tolan, a British couple dedicated to the education of local communities about the importance of Wildlife Conservation. The Tolans have received international acclaim for their work, and you will spend a fascinating couple of hours touring the centre, possibly even getting to know one or more of the orphan animals they often take in and raise to be returned to the wild. Sundowners are enjoyed in a beautiful spot overlooking the Luangwa River, before another night drive back to camp and a tasty dinner at 20:00.

Day 4
The fourth day is really the highlight of the safari, as the safari heads deep into the South Luangwa National Park, venturing further than most visitors ever get. After an early start and alight breakfast at the camp you set off on the all-day adventure, heading towards more northerly sections of the park. Following a welcome breakfast break in the vicinity of the Tena Crossing, you continue your game drive north, and lunch time finds you at Fisheagle Lagoon which is home to several pods of (very vocal) hippo. The heat of midday is spent relaxing in the shade of a grove of Sausage trees, perhaps catching 40 winks in the process. In the afternoon the journey continues through the ebony groves and lagoons of the northern section of the park. This is wild area and always carries the anticipation of sighting rare game such as wild dog or eland en route to the sundowner spot. After the sunset the night drive begins with excellent opportunities to spot shy nocturnal animals such as genets, civets, bushbabies and maybe even the diminutive Sharpe's Ghrysbok. The all day adventure ends back at camp in time for a welcome BBQ dinner, drinks and a warming campfire. This is a long but hugely rewarding day, and you might fancy an early night on your return!

Day 5
The final breakfast is a scrumptious affair, with a big fry up at the Kakumbi Salt Pan. Although you should keep a sharp lookout for all the usual game, this is a particularly special day for the birders. The route passes through the hauntingly beautiful Cathedral Mopane Forests, so besides the elephant and giraffe, eyes will be on full alert for the specialised woodland birds, such as racket-tailed rollers and white-helmet shrikes. The salt pan itself attracts a host of water birds, and large flocks of majestic crowned cranes are a virtual certainty. Finally it is back to camp to get ready for the trip back to Chipata, but there will be some time to catch up on your safari, journal or simply relax by the pool before you depart. Itineraries are subject to the availability of the various activities. It may be necessary for us to shuffle itineraries around, but we will do our very best to ensure that you don’t miss out on anything!

Includes: all activities, meals and accommodation, transfers to and from Chipata, all National Park entry fees, entrance to Chipembele Education Centre, wine with dinner and all sundowners.