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Over and above the memorable camps, which offer starry night vistas from the comfort of each chalet, Remote Africa Safaris offers a host of unusual activities ranging from the physical including cycling and walking safaris, to the less active and more cultural. All of these will be added to your experience, providing a unique immersion in the safari experience. Enjoy the true essence of an African safari, exciting game viewing, tranquil surroundings, comfortable camps, as well as excellent guides and cuisine.
Tafika Camp accommodates up to 14 guests in six spacious chalets with en-suite facilities, built from natural materials around the trunks of stunning sausage trees. Four chalets have twin double beds in each room. The honeymoon suite has an enormous king size bed, and a final chalet with two rooms, a king size bed, and two doubles serves as the family suite.
Mwaleshi Camp only has four thatched chalets rebuilt annually out of natural materials, en-suite bathrooms open to the stars, and uninterrupted views of the spectacular Mwaleshi River. The camp will offer you a genuine feeling of solitude and seclusion. Life in camp is comfortable yet refreshingly simple.
You will be transferred from Mfuwe Airport (MFU) to Tafika. It will take a 2-hour drive or a 15-minute charter flight to Tafika's Lukuzi airstrip. From Lukuzi airstrip, you will boar Remote Africa Safaris's charter aircraft for a 30 minute flight to Mwaleshi. After that, you will board a charter plane for a 40-minute flight directly to Mfuwe Airport (MFU). Your luggage should be 15 kilograms per person and be packed in soft bags.
Remote Africa Safaris' game drives will accommodate a maximum of four guests per vehicle guaranteeing unobstructed viewing and photography, and enabling all guests on board to share in the knowledge and insights of the skilful guides. Game drives from Tafika will take place in the morning and late afternoon. Night drives will stop for a sundowner before dedicated spotters seek out nocturnal wildlife with a spotlight, allowing the guide to pay full attention to the safety and comfort of their guests.
Mwaleshi will offer an unparalleled walking safari experience in some of the remotest parts of the Luangwa Valley. Each camp accommodates a maximum of six guests, ensuring an intimate safari experience, tracking game on existing animal trails through wilderness that is only accessible on foot. It will be an exciting adventure where new levels of life are constantly discovered.
You will encounter fascinating insects that live within animal droppings to tiny elephant shrews, delicate wide-eyed antelope, enormous giraffe, and more. On foot, you will be given the rare opportunity to experience the bush at nature’s pace and to be immersed in the wonders that present themselves at every turn. Walking safaris are always lead by an experienced Remote Africa Safaris guide, an armed National Park scout, and accompanied by a tea bearer.
Mountain bike safaris are available from Tafika Camp for the more active safari goer, accompanied by an experienced guide, usually the owner, John Coppinger. The route will take you along the tracks and paths of the Game Management Area, adjacent to Tafika Camp, and into the park along the main roads. Rides will take approximately 1.5 hours in duration and generally take place in the afternoon, giving participating guests enough time to join the night drive just before sunset. Shorter rides can be combined with a cultural visit to the local Mkasanga Village.
From Tafika Camp, there will be an opportunity for a cultural visit to Mkasanga Village where the school is supported by Remote Africa Safaris in the form of educational materials, teachers’ salaries, and pupils’ scholarships. Highlights of these visits will include a guided tour of the school and the village, with an introduction into the daily lives of Mkasanga residents. You will always be welcomed in Mkasanga with great enthusiasm and plenty of smiles and the local choir delights in the opportunity to serenade visitors with the harmonies of Africa.
Your first three nights will be spent at Mwaleshi Camp. It is located in the vast wilderness of North Luangwa National Park and is a 45 minute flight from Mfuwe Airport (MFU). The camp is hidden within a scenic bend of the Mwaleshi River and 10 kilometers upstream of the confluence with the Luangwa River. There are few roads in this remote area and the majority of activities are done on foot, following existing animal trails. All senses become attuned to the surrounding bush as guests experience the variations in the magical diversity of the area.
Your last four days will then be spent at Tafika Camp. It is located on the west bank of the Luangwa River, north of the Nsefu sector of the South Park, hence makes it ideal for those who enjoy the serenity of the bush. Here, exceptional game viewing is combined with exciting activities including daily day and night drives, mountain bike safaris, walking safaris, and visits to the local Mkasanga Village.
The Nsefu sector boasts some of the finest leopard viewing in Africa. This, combined with the abundance of diverse game populations, some of the most experienced guides in the valley, and the unusual and exhilarating safari activities available, make for an unforgettable African adventure. Walkers will enjoy the freedom of Africa's limitlessness on foot, accompanied by an experienced manager / guide and an armed National Park scout. Thanks to the availability of a vehicle, which drops off and collects guests, attractions further afield can be explored, such as the Mwaleshi Falls which is located upstream of the camp.
The Luangwa Valley, an extension of the Great East African Rift Valley, is the honey pot of Zambia. Here dramatic seasonal variations, a dynamic river system, fertile soils, and lush vegetation ensure a prolific supply of wildlife. Home to the majority of big game including lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo, the Luangwa Valley also boasts two endemic species namely Thornicroft's giraffe and Cookson's wildebeest.
An impressive concentration of both hippos and crocodiles makes the Luangwa River one of the most densely populated in Africa. Meanwhile, smaller mammals and over 400 recorded species of birds add to the game viewing experiences, reinforcing the Luangwa Valley's impressive reputation as the home of Zambian game.
During this safari, you will be served daily meals. For your breakfast, you will have a light continental breakfast. Your midday lunch, you will have a buffet. There will also be an afternoon tea / coffee with delicious freshly baked cakes. Lastly, your dinner will consist of a three course meal beneath the stars.
Upon arrival at Mfuwe Airport (MFU), you will be picked up by Remote Africa Safaris. The pick-up is included in the price.