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This seven-night safari in Zambia's South Luangwa is hosted by award-winning photographer Nick Garbutt and renowned sculptor Nick Mackman, winner of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation 2015 Artist of the Year.

Combining early morning and late afternoon game drives (when light conditions and wildlife activity are at their absolute best) with practical demonstrations and tuition in field sketching, sculpture and photography, the two Nicks aim to help participants translate what they see in the field into photos and sketches, then finally into finished pieces of photographic or sculptural art. Late November and early December are particularly exciting times to be in South Luangwa. By then, the first rains have arrived and the park takes on a fresh flush of green and feeling of renewal predominates.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Lusaka and fly to South Luangwa National Park

    After arriving at Lusaka, we take a short onward domestic flight to Mfuwe, where it is just under an hour's drive to South Luangwa National Park. Depending on our arrival time, there may be an opportunity for a short game drive immediately. In the evening there will be an introductory presentation by Nick Garbutt and Nick Mackman and an outline of the exciting days that lie ahead.
    Accommodation Mfuwe Lodge – 7-nights

  3. Days 3-8 : Art and sculpture workshops in South Luangwa

    We have six full days to explore this spectacular wildlife area. Game viewing efforts will concentrate on early mornings and late afternoon/early evening when the natural light is often sublime and wildlife sightings are at their best. Afternoon drives often continue for an hour or so after dark, when the likelihood of seeing active leopards increases, and there is also a chance of seeing nocturnal animals such as porcupines, civets, genets and even very occasionally an aardvark. Between game drives and in the evenings, both Nick Mackman and Nick Garbutt will use the time to run their tutorials and workshops. You will be encouraged to participate in these as much as possible.

  4. Day 9: Fly back to Lusaka and onward overnight flight to the UK

    There may be time for one final morning game drive prior to transferring back to Mfuwe for the short domestic flight to Lusaka and onward to the UK.  

  5. Day 10: Arrive UK

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 10 days from £5,595 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 9 days from £4,795 pp
  • Single supplement: From £760
  • Group size: 10
  • When to go: Nov
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Return flights between Lusaka and Mfuwe
    • 7 nights Mfuwe Lodge
    • All meals
    • All transfers
    • Park fees and permits
    • Services of expert Zambian driver guides
    • Wildlife art workshops, lectures and guidance supported by Nick Garbutt and Nick Mackman
  • Activities available:
    • Birdwatching
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Walking

Expert leaders

Nick Garbutt

Photo of Nick Garbutt

An award-winning photographer and author, with a background in zoology, Nick has forged a career by combining these skills with leading tours and lecturing.

Nick has written and photographed several critically acclaimed books, including: ‘100 Animals to See Before They Die’, ‘Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide’, ‘Wild Borneo’, and ‘Chameleons’. He is a regular contributor to international magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic and Geographical.

Nick has twice been a winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2000, he won the prestigious Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife. His photographs appear widely in books, calendars and other publications worldwide. He is a Special Lecturer on the MSc course in the Wildlife Photography and Imaging at Nottingham University, where he studied.

Nick Mackman

Photo of Nick Mackman

Nick is an award-winning ceramic sculptor, who gains inspiration from the full breadth of the animal kingdom. The majority of her pieces are based on observations of animals in the field.

She aims to get under the skin of the animal, giving each sculpture its own personality. Many of her subjects are highly endangered and, in depicting them, she seeks to enlighten the viewer to their beauty, humour and tenderness.

Her work is widely exhibited in international collections, and in 2010 she won the Wildlife Artist of the Year Open Category. In 2012 was again a category winner and overall runner-up. Each year she makes the trophies for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2015 she won the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation 2015 Artist of the Year award with her fantastic collection of ceramic warthogs.

Featured location:

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa is undoubtedly the jewel of Zambia’s national parks. It lies in the north-eastern part of Zambia and comprises some 9,050 square kilometres of unspoilt African wilderness. Its eastern boundary is the meandering Luangwa River whose regular changes in course leave scenic ox-bow lagoons.

  • Where: Eastern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: leopard, Cookson’s wildebeest, Thornicroft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra, African elephant
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Walking with wildlife, Just Conservation
Featured accommodation:

Mfuwe Lodge

This award-winning lodge lies inside South Luangwa National Park, a few minutes’ drive from the main gate. Thatched chalets are set around two lagoons, and after a game drive you can relax on the open deck or take a dip in the swimming pool while an endless stream of wildlife keeps you enthralled.