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Exciting Safari in Zambia

On this safari you will visit South Luangwa National Park, camp on exclusive campsites near the Nsefu Sector of South Luangwa National Park and North Luangwa National Park, explore the pristine wetland of Bangweulu Swamps, and see the world´s largest mammal migration on Kasanka National Park (on the October trip).

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Minimum of 5, maximum of 10 participants
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 12 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian
  • Starts in Mfuwe, South Luangwa and ends in Lusaka
  • Languages: English and German-speaking guides
  • Park fees are included

Meet the guides

Andrew
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Highlights

  • Game drives and nature or game walks
  • Game drives in Kasanka, South, and North Luangwa National Parks
  • Opportunity to see lechwe and hippos, elephants, antelopes, wild dogs, and lions
  • Witness the uniqueness in ecology, fauna, and flora of Bangweulu Swamps
  • See bat migration in Kasanka National Park (only in October)
  • Game drives in a pop-up roof 4X4 vehicle
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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14 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: 4-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Mfuwe Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
17:00

You will be provided accommodation in various locations which include Croc Valley Camp, Kalovia Campsite, Kanunshya Campsite, Chikolongo Campsite, a campsite in Mutinondo Wilderness, Nsobe Campsite, Kasanka National Park Campsite, and Forest Inn near Mkushi.

Camping type accommodations will be in big bow tents (3m x 3m x 2m) equipped with stretcher, high density mattresses, and linen.

Program

Day 1: Mfuwe

After arrival at Mfuwe Airport transfer to the camp (Croc. Valley or similar). Camping next to the Luangwa River. Dinner is being served underneath the clear African sky.

Meals: Dinner

Days 2 and 3: South Luangwa National Park to Mfuwe Area

These days you will spend with game viewing inside the national park. You will explore the area with the game viewing vehicle. Game drives along the Luangwa River often produce spectacular sightings. Hippo families occur in high numbers in the river, unequaled in Africa.

During the dry season (July to October), many side channels of the river dry up, leaving the fish trapped. This attracts many different species of predators, such as the African fish eagle, jackal, and hyena, to mention but a few. The colorful Carmine bee-eaters are often seen perching in front of their nests on the river banks.

Camping on the banks of the Luangwa River at Croc Valley Camp or similar.

Meals: Full board for two days

Day 4 and 5: South Luangwa National Park to Nsefu Sector

Early in the morning you pack up the camp and drive via traditional villages to the Nsefu sector of the park. South Luangwa National Park is known for its abundance of African wildlife: Thorneycroft’s giraffe, Cookson’s Gnu, Crawshay’s Zebra, and big herds of buffalo and elephant. In the mornings you will do game walks along the Luangwa River, in the afternoon game drives with the 4x4 vehicle.

Camping on the banks of the Luangwa River near Chibembe Reserve

Meals: Full board for two days

Day 6 and 7: Through Luambe National Park to North Luangwa National Park

Packing up and driving via Luambe National Park to North Luangwa Park which is remote and wild. You will do a game walk along the Luangwa river with a scout. Big herds of hippos call this area their home; elephants, various species of antelopes as well as wild dogs, and even lions can be seen from the camp.

Camping at North Luangwa River Lodge.

Meals: Full board for two days

Day 8: North Luangwa National Park

Today’s stage takes you from the hot Luangwa Valley up the steep escarpment (altitude 1400 m). While you drive the temperature gets cooler and the dry savannah gives way to the Miombo forest. In the northern area of the park, you set up the camp at Samala Camp near the Mano Gate. In the afternoon you will take a walk along the river and it is possible to take a refreshing bath in the mountain stream.

Camping at Samala Campsite at the park’s border.

Meals: Full board

Day 9: Kapishya Hot Springs

The next stopover on the trip is Kapishya Hot Springs, which allows us to relax in the hot springs. Nearby, there is the historic house Shiwa N'Gandu (possible visit at own expense). In the afternoon, you will take a walk to the Chusa waterfall. Overnight camping.

Meals: Full board

Day 10 and 11: Mutinondo wilderness

Early in the morning, you drive to your next stop, Mutinondo Wilderness. Huge ‘whalebacks’ (granite boulders) scattered in between the Miombo forest create the unique landscape of Mutinondo. You have a full day to explore and enjoy the special atmosphere in this area. Camping accommodation.

Meals: Full board

Day 12 and 13: Bangweulu Swamps

These remote swamps are unique in ecology, fauna, and flora. The water covers huge areas of the swamps until about April each year when the waterline slowly recedes, and water birds congregate to feed in the pools and channels.

It is here that we will be looking for the elusive Shoebill Stork. This interesting, strange-looking bird has become very rare in most parts of Africa, but here in the Bangweulu, they are fairly common.

You move on foot and with a boat (depending on the water level) to find the water birds, the huge herds of Lechwe antelope, and other animals like tsessebe (a species of antelope), zebra, buffalo, and black-backed jackal. The herds of thousands of Lechwe in this seemingly endless landscape is an unforgettable African experience!

Camping at Nsobe Campsite. (2x VP)

Day 14: Mkushi

After the last game drive or walk in the morning, you carry on to Lake Waka-Waka and arrive in the afternoon at Mkushi, where you stay overnight at Forest Inn. Dinner in the restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 15: Lusaka

Transfer to Lusaka and departure in the afternoon. Meals: Breakfast

Optional additional night in Lusaka and departure on day 16.

Change of itinerary in October

At the end of October, millions of fruit bats arrive at Kasanka National Park, therefore Bundu Adventures changes the itinerary accordingly to be able to see one of the world’s biggest migrations of mammals.

Itinerary:

  • Days 1-8: see above
  • Day 9: Mutinondo Wilderness
  • Day 10 and 11: Bangweulu Swamps
  • Days 12 and 13: Kasanka National Park

Early in the morning, you go further to the Kasanka National Park. Towards the end of October and in November millions of straw-colored fruit bats arrive from the Congo. This is known as the world’s biggest migration of mammals - a sight not to be missed! With some luck, you will be able to observe the rare and shy Sitatunga Antelope (among other animals). The birdlife is amazing as well at this time of the year. Camping inside the National Park.

Meals: Full board

  • Day 14: Kundalila Falls - Mkushi

On the Great North Road, you head towards Lusaka. En route, you will make a detour to Kundalila Falls to do a short hike to the falls, where you can also take a refreshing swim. Overnight at Forest Inn near Mkushi. Dinner in a restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

  • Day 15: Lusaka

Transfer to Lusaka and departure in the afternoon. Meals: breakfast (Optional additional night in Lusaka and departure on day 16).

Guides

Andrew Kolwani

Location

Starting off at Mfuwe, this tour will take you through Luangwa River, South Luangwa National Park, Luambe National Park, North Luangwa National Park, Mutinondo Wilderness, Bangweulu Swamps, Kasanka National Park, Kundalila Falls, Mkushi, and ending in Lusaka.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All meals (except dinner in Mkushi)
  • All transfers (inclusive airport transfer on the first and last day of the program)
  • Competent English-speaking guide and a helper/cook
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag and pillow), big tents (1.80 m height) with stretcher, high-density mattress, and linen
  • All park entrance fees
  • All activities as indicated in the program

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks (we supply juice and drinking water).
  • Visa fees to Zambia if applicable.
  • Night game drives
  • Entrance fee to Shiwa N’gandu (about 20 USD per person)
  • Personal insurance, personal expenditure (i.e. curios)
  • Tips

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mfuwe Airport (MFU) and depart at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Bundu Adventures will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Mfuwe Airport Airport transfer included: Mfuwe Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Saturday August 17, 2024
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