13 Days Wild Zambia Safari

  • Lilongwe, Malawi; Lundazi - North Luangwa Park - Makupula - Kasanka National Park - Lake Bangwelu - Mpika - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Camping Safari Zambia

Established in 1986, Land and Lake Safaris has been leading specialized safaris and adventure excursions across Malawi and Zambia for over 30 years. You are invited to join this one of their best selling safaris in Zambia, Wild Zambia Safari. Full of wonder and adventure, this safari has been specially designed to ensure you have really experienced the best of Zambia. Get cozy in your sleeping bag while you listen to hyenas laugh in the distance, and more importantly, explore lands that few people get to truly experience.

Highlights

  • 2 game drives at Thornicroft Lodge
  • North Luangwa game walks and game drive
  • Nesting shoebills game walk, drive, or canoe trip at Bangweulu Swamps
  • Morning walk and afternoon drives at Kasanka National Park
  • Enjoy and Camp at Kapishya Hot Springs
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 11 activity days
  • English
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Mafumu Lodge (one night)

Mafumu Lodge offers an exceptional standard of personalized service. It has 30 executive rooms, all larger in size than the normal hotel standard. All the rooms are air conditioned and en-suite, with digital satellite TV, international direct dialing, and email facilities. When it comes to mealtimes, guests have well looked after. The guest house offers a mouth-watering buffet breakfast as well as an à la carte menu featuring both African cuisine and international dishes. There is also a well-stocked bar.

Camping at Lundazi area (one night)

On your first night of camping in Lundazi area, there will be no ablution facilities are available; however, basic ablution equipment is provided. Clients are welcome to help with the setting up of the camp and helping with camp chores.

Buffalo Camp (two nights)

Buffalo Camp is a seasonal bush camp opening at the beginning of June and closes at the end of October. The camp is rebuilt and taken down each year.

Kasanka Park (two nights)

The campsites only have a simple pit toilet, shower, and shelter but the staff is on hand to help with hot water for showers.

Mutinondo Wilderness (one night)

The campsite is set on the edge of a wooded rocky outcrop with cooking areas, pit latrines, and nice hot showers.

Thornicroft Lodge (two nights)

Named after the endemic giraffe species, Thornicroft Lodge has nine comfortable en suite stone, wood, and canvass chalets; all set overlooking the Luangwa river. Each chalet is designed to give you unrestricted views of the area. Comfortable beds, mattresses, and bedding ensure you have the best nights rest possible, whilst being safely tucked inside your large walk in a mosquito net.

The color scheme is in African earth tones; the aim being to create a feeling of simplistic sophistication, with necessary modern conveniences to make your stay enjoyable. Natural materials have been used artistically to give each chalet its unique style and ambiance. The restaurant serves good wholesome meals, whilst tea and coffee are available throughout the day. The bar serves a selection of drinks for all occasions and the lounge and swimming pool remains a popular “chill out” area especially during the hot summer months.

Camp at Kapishya Hot Springs and Bangweulu Swamps

You will camp one night at Kapishya Hot Springs and two nights at Bangweulu Swamps.

Day 1: Arrival - Mafumu Lodge

On arrival, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your lodge. After your trip briefing at 6:00 p.m., you are free to enjoy the remainder of the evening as you wish. Overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2: En route - Lundazi area

After last minute preparations, you will head northwards into Zambia. Crossing the border, you will continue through Lundazi then turn west towards North Luangwa Park. The drive will take till about 4:00 p.m., then at a suitable site, pitch camp for the night. This is your first night in the wild and a perfect initiation to the Wild Zambia and “wild camping”. Evening dinner is around the campfire, reminiscent of camping expeditions of old. Today includes eight hours driving time.

Day 3: North Luangwa Park - Buffalo Camp Chalets

From your overnight and depending on road conditions, it’s a relatively short hop to the entrance gate of the park, where you will cross on the pontoon. A leisurely game drive is enjoyed, following the Luangwa River southwards, then inland till you reach Buffalo Camp. Overnight at Buffalo Camp Chalets with all meals included.

Day 4: North Luangwa Buffalo Camp Chalets

You will have a morning game walk - possibly the most exciting walk you will ever undertake in Africa. Led by an experienced and qualified guide and supported by experienced game scouts, you will get an insight into wild Africa as never before. Insects, birds, plants, shrubs, and all manner of the wild and natural phenomenon are experienced and explained. Return to the camp for a rest then an afternoon walk, followed by a sundowner and a night drive back to camp. Overnight at Buffalo Camp Chalets with all meals included.

Day 5: Kapishya Hot Springs

After saying goodbyes, you will drive up the escarpment to the Great North Road. Drive to the iconic Shiwa Ngandu Estate and camp at Kapishya Hot Springs. Overnight camping with all facilities and meals included. Today includes five hours driving.

Day 6: Kasanka National Park

Break the camp, then it is a two-hour journey to Mpika, where you will stop for an hour or so to resupply before continuing towards your next overnight to Kasanka Park. Overnight camping inclusive all meals. Total driving time is eight hours.

Day 7: Kasanka National Park

Explore this delightful area. Morning walk and afternoon drives, ending at one of the hides overlooking the lake and swamps for a superb sundowner. Game drives are done in Land and Lake Safaris' own big vehicle that has been specially modified for optimum game viewing with pop up roofs and big windows. Overnight camping with all camp meals included.

Day 8: Bangweulu Swamps

Break the camp and try to depart as early as possible, passing the junction to David Livingstone tree (where he died and his heart was buried, before his body was carried to Dar as Salaam then onwards to England). It’s a pleasant, varied, and interesting journey north to The Bangweulu wetlands. Overnight camping with all camp meals included.

Day 9: Bangweulu Swamps

This is the day to explore the unique area. Game walk to see the nesting shoebills and depending on the time of year, drives, and canoe safaris are all available. Included in your tour price is an activity to see the nesting shoebills, and this will involve walking across the floating vegetation, maybe a drive or a canoe trip to initially get to the nest sites. Afternoon activity is available and is an optional extra if organized by the lodge. Overnight camping inclusive all camp meals.

Day 10: Mutinondo Wilderness

This morning, depart from the swamps, then head back to the main "great north road" and your overnight camp, Mutinondo. Overnight camping with a cook preparing all your camp meals. Arrival is mid afternoon with time to explore this area on foot. Total driving time is seven hours.

Day 11: Thornicroft Lodge

It is a five-hour drive to the northern entrance gate of South Luangwa Valley. From there, you will drive through the park, along the 05, to the Mfuwe Area. Arrival is late afternoon.

Game drives are undertaken in specially modified 4X4 open safari vehicles led by a qualified guide with an intimate knowledge of the park and its fauna and flora. Thornicroft Lodge will ensure you enjoy your safari in comfort and style, whilst ensuring your game viewing experience, is memorable and rewarding. Overnight on all inclusive basis.

Day 12: Thornicroft Lodge

Two game drives are included in your itinerary; one in the morning and the other in the afternoon or evening in the lodge's open game viewing safari cars. Between game drives, there is a pool for you to relax by. Overnight on an all inclusive basis.

Day 13: Departure

After breakfast, you will transfer five hours back to Lilongwe and the end of your trip.

North Luangwa Park

North Luangwa Park, covering 4636 square kilometers offers one of the finest wilderness experiences in Zambia, if not Africa itself. Until recently, it was not open to the public and there are no permanent lodges there. The beauty of visiting this park is the truly remarkable opportunities to experience Africa as it was - the real Africa. It is wild and untouched and you are simply an unobtrusive witness to its natural beauty and drama.

There are very few roads and you’re unlikely to see anyone else for the duration of your trip. The park is noted for its massive herds of buffalo, a spectacular sight if they’re seen on the run, kicking up dust for miles behind them. Large prides of lion inhabit the territory and it is not uncommon to witness a kill.

Other common mammals are hyena, Cookson’s wildebeest, bushbuck, zebra, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey, puku, and impala. Elephant and leopard are also seen, but not as frequently as in the South Park. You are, however, more likely to see hartebeest, reedbuck, and eland here. The beauty of North Luangwa is that you get a feel for raw Africa, just you and the wild.

Kapishy Hot Spring

Kapishya is a natural, sulfur free hot springs set along the banks of the Mansha river. There are various activities available at Kapishya and on the estate, such as river floats, game drives, visits to the manor house, horse back riding, and bird walks. It is situated on the Estate of Shiwa Ngandu (The Africa House), which is rich in history and a visit to this landmark house can be arranged in the afternoon for those that wish.

Kasanka Park

This park is a valuable conservation area with diverse flora and fauna including many endangered species and exceptional birdlife. Kasanka offers views of sitatunga and sable antelope and rarities like bush pigs. Elephants, hippos, and buffalos are all evident and the park is increasingly clear of grass and ideal for walking. The rivers are all perennial so there’s always water for the animals and boating for the visitors!

The Bangweulu wetlands

This is one of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife secrets with over 100,000 Black Lechwe and the world’s most visible Shoebill storks. When the Bangweulu swamp dries up, bird watching is mostly done on foot around the many pools which remain - with an appetizing stock of stranded fish and snails. The Shoebill storks can still often be seen by the more determined!

Game drives are spectacular amongst the big herds of Black Lechwe, an attractive species found only in the Bangweulu. The area supports an incredible diversity of water and plains-birds as well as elephant, buffalo, tsessebe, reedbuck, oribi, and sitatunga. You don’t have to be a birding fanatic to love Bangweulu!

Mutinondo

Mutinondo is 10,000 hectares of privately owned land encompassing pristine Miombo woodland, massive chunks of granite inselbergs, crystal clear rivers to swim in, and picturesque waterfalls and glades (dambos).

The price of this safari includes daily meals.

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick up from Lilongwe International Airport (LLW)
  • All activities as per the itinerary
  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • National park fees (290 USD to be paid directly to the guide)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Lilongwe International Airport (LLW). Transfer from this airport is included. Land and Lake Safaris' team will pick you up at the airport.

  • 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 14 days before arrival.

Lilongwe, Malawi

Established in 1986, Land and Lake Safaris has been leading specialized safaris and adventure excursions across Malawi and Zambia for over 30 years.

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13 days / 12 nights

Departure:
Friday August 10, 2018
(13 days / 12 nights)
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