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Are you planning for an adventure of a lifetime? Intricate Africa Safaris has a lifetime's experience in planning adventures. Africa, the name alone drives one's imagination rogue. In this safari, you will be guided by a team who has the local knowledge to produce an unbelievable experience for you. Spend the days on game drives and walks as you discover true wildlife encounters. Get hooked on Africa and plan your next safari before you even leave the continent!
During this retreat, you will stay at Flatdogs Camp. Due to the remoteness of the park and the difficulties of operating so far from anywhere, the cost of a safari has been prohibitive to many people. That is where Flatdogs Camp comes in. The Luangwa Valley and all of its magic then becomes open to everyone! At Flatdogs, they pride themselves on offering accommodation to rival the up-market lodges, at a fraction of the cost.
The chalet rooms are made of stone and are designed to keep you cool. The six regular rooms are found in three separate buildings. Each chalet building has a downstairs double room with en-suite bathroom, and an upstairs twin or triple room with their own bathroom, just downstairs from the bedroom. The two rooms in each building are completely separate with their own facilities but can be joined through the small kitchen area if a family or group of friends want to book both rooms.
Both rooms have their own downstairs gauzed-in veranda sitting area. They also have one larger family chalet. The building has three bedrooms in total, one twin en-suite, one double en-suite, and an upstairs twin loft room. Both downstairs rooms have private en-suite bathrooms with a shower, water closet, and basin. They have an extra bed to sleep three when required. The upstairs loft bedroom doubles as a sitting area, opening out on to a raised deck overlooking the river.
The loft room has two more single beds but has no en-suite bathroom so people sleeping here would need to share the bathrooms downstairs. The deck is a wonderful place to relax and watch the sun set over the river. Each room has an electric fan and there are large mosquito nets surrounding the beds. They are on mains electricity and have a standby generator for emergencies.
The ladies, Ellyzed and Judy, will clean the rooms each day and will put your mosquito net down in the late afternoon while you are on a night drive. For those who are keen to cook for themselves, each chalet’s kitchenette is fitted with a hob or oven, microwave, kettle, and fridge-freezer. Laundry is collected daily and returned usually within 24 hours.
On the banks of the Luangwa with the best views in camp, they have sited six of the luxury en-suite safari tents. The seventh luxury tent is the honeymoon tent which looks out onto a lovely lagoon where elephant come to mud-bathe, and the giraffe, bushbuck, and puku enjoy a drink. There is also a whole host of birdlife.
These tents are spacious enough for full-sized beds, hanging rack for clothes, and bedside tables and lamps. A door leads into a shaded open-air bathroom with hot shower, flush toilet, and basin. The luxury tents also have mosquito nets and electric fans as well as fully-gauzed windows. One of the six river-front tents is the family tent which has a double bed, two single beds, and one large en-suite bathroom, comfortably sleeping four people.
Slightly smaller with river views and bush settings, the three standard en-suite safari tents offer a cheaper option but still have all the necessary comforts! One tent looks over a lagoon where elephants, giraffe, hippo, puku, and bushbuck regularly visit and two look onto the river.
Mains electricity and plug sockets, and three pin UK-style plugs are found in all the safari tents. All standard tents have full-sized beds, mosquito nets, hanging rack for clothes, and an open air bathroom with hot shower, flush toilet, and basin.
South Luangwa is Zambia's best kept secret. The unique habitat of the valley floor sets the stage for unforgettable big cat encounters. Intricate Africa Safaris offers a three-night special that sees you taking morning and evening game drives in the spectacular park. They also offer different levels of accommodation to suit your individual budget needs. Included in the tour price is a return flight from Mfuwe Airport (MFU).
The tour will start in Lusaka. Fly from Lusaka to arrive at Mfuwe Airport (MFU), where you will be greeted by the team and transferred to your lodge. After settling in, later today, you will take a sunset game drive to the South Luangwa National Park.
For the second day, you will have to rise early and depart for a drive or walk in the park. You will spend the morning in the park, coming back to camp for brunch. Later on, you will depart for a combined evening and night drive.
Another early call sees that you enter the park on a mission to find tracks and signs of the previous evening's big cat activities. In the afternoon, you will depart with the team for an excursion to a local tie and dye factory.
On your fourth and last safari day, you will depart from Mfuwe Airport (MFU) after breakfast. This will officially end of tour.
On the third day of your safari, you will visit a local tie and dye factory which was established to subsidize the local villagers.
Tongai's first love is the wilderness and he leads all the exclusive safaris. Tongai is also a journey planner of the highest order and is involved with the hand-picking of all the establishments that Intricate Africa Safaris uses on their safari
This safari will take place in South Luangwa, Zambia. Unspoiled wilderness best describes South Luangwa National Park, a place which is kept a secret among the tourist community. Accessible only by light aircraft, words alone cannot begin to describe this true eden. It is one of those places you keep wanting to go back to. Activities would usually include walks and drives around the wilderness.
The South Luangwa National Park is one of the last great wildlife wonders of the world. It is 9,000 square kilometers of pristine wilderness in Zambia’s Eastern Province. It has been visited by wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world since its creation as a national park in 1972. The Luangwa offers a safari experience unmatched by any other destination, allowing year round access, open game viewing vehicles, walking safaris and night game drives.
The Luangwa Valley is home to an astonishing diversity of life, including around 100 species of mammals, more than 400 bird species, and over 2,000 types of plants! Added to this, there is an amazing density of game particularly along the riverine strip, and guests often comment that there is something around every corner! The river continually erodes a new course through the soft soil of the valley floor, leaving behind dambos or ox-bow lagoons which hold water late into the dry season.
These conditions support large quantities of game in a stunning habitat, where game thrives, predators follow, and the guides regularly find lion, leopard, hyena, and other smaller predators such as civet, genet, and mongooses. You can also enjoy daily sightings of Thornicroft’s giraffe, a subspecies found only in the southern end of the valley. Further north, you can find Cookson’s wildebeest, another endemic resident found nowhere else in the world.
The bird life in the valley is also exceptional, especially during the rainy summer months. There are beautiful and interesting birds all through the year and learning about them is often an unexpected bonus on a guided safari.
During this safari, Intricate Africa Safaris will provide your daily meals for you. They cater for most food types and requirements. However, drinks over dinner are not included.
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