Our single most popular safari, based in the South Luangwa National Park, home of the world’s highest naturally occurring population of leopard.
In the Luangwa Valley, you’ll take early morning, afternoon and night drives with an expert naturalist guide and magnificent walking safaris for which the valley is justifiably famous. We combine a lodge with a stay in a selection of superb satellite camps, set along dry river beds and in perfectly wild locations. Each camp is uniquely situated, with excellent game-viewing and stunning views of the valley.
Day1: Depart UK
Day2: Arrive Lusaka, 1-night
Day3: Fly to Mfuwe and transfer to South Luangwa National Park
After flying to Mfuwe you will be met and transferred to your first accommodation in the park, with the possibility of seeing some wildlife en route. Once you have settled in to your lodge, there will be some time to relax before lunch and recover from the journey. Later in the afternoon you will head out for your first game drive in South Luangwa National Park
Days4-5: Transfer to Luwi, 2 nights
Today you transfer to your next accommodation at Luwi. Once again wildlife activities are based around a morning activity, returning to the lodge in the middle of the day for lunch, before heading out again in late afternoon. All meals are included at Luwi, along with wildlife activities.
Luwi is a superb camp in a wild and remote part of the Luangwa Valley. It is as close to the perfect ‘bush camp’ as it is possible to get – remote but comfortable. In fact, the camp is constructed in the legendary Norman Carr’s favourite camping spot, when he brought his anti-poaching patrols, and the first ever walking safaris into the park in the mid-1950’s. Four reed-and-thatch chalets sit in a beautiful shady grove and accommodate a maximum of six guests. There is solar-powered lighting and an al-fresco dining area and each of the rooms has en-suite facilities consisting of hot showers and flush toilets. The evenings at Luwi will be spent under the stars, absorbing the sounds of the night or chatting about the bush around the camp fire. Game-viewing here is conducted principally on foot and offers excellent opportunities for mammal-watching at close quarters and birdwatching alike.
Days6-7: Transfer to Nsolo, 2 nights
Transfer on foot to Nsolo Bush Camp. All meals are included during your stay at Nsolo, along with wildlife activities.
Days8-9: Transfer to Kakuli, 2 nights
You transfer on foot to Kakuli Bush Camp where you spend two nights. All meals are included during your stay at Kakuli, along with wildlife activities.
Day10: Fly to Lusaka and depart
Day11: Arrive UK
You should note: This itinerary is based on a special discounted rate on the basis of staying at a minimum of three different properties. Nightstops may vary, and are subject to final confirmation two weeks before departure.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 11 daysfrom £5,395 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 9 daysfrom £4,445 pp
When to go: May-Nov: Daily
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.
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Walking with wildlife, Just Conservation
Starting life as a village, Zambia’s capital city was expanded by colonial settlers and is now very much the beating heart of the country. With vibrant market stalls and tree-lined boulevards, it offers an authentic African experience as well as a variety of good quality accommodation and a cosmopolitan sensibility.
Where: Southern region of the Central plateau
Excellent for: City stopover
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
for further recommendations.
Kakuli is a luxurious ten-bedded tented camp located on an elevated section of the Luangwa’s west bank. As well as offering walking safaris, and day and night drives, you can watch wildlife on the river and even the lawn right in front of you, from the camp’s central thatched dining area.
Nestled under an ancient ebony grove, the intimate and exclusive Luangwa River Camp accommodates a maximum of five couples. The surrounding oxbow lagoon and plains of the Luangwa Valley hold vast concentrations of wildlife, including elephant, leopard, lion, hippo and puku, as well as over 400 bird species.
This stunning four-bedroom private house is situated on the edge of a seasonal lagoon where herds of elephant and giraffe feed and drink throughout the day. It provides a large living area, verandahs, a swimming pool and an open-air terrace for dining, as well as hosted activities for children.
Luwi is a superb camp constructed on the site of legendary Norman Carr’s first every walking safari in the South Luangwa National Park. Four reed-and-thatch chalets, accommodating a maximum of six guests, sit in a beautiful shady grove and offer probably the perfect bush camp - remote yet comfortable.
Set under the shade of ebony trees, this stylish and luxurious camp overlooks the Luangwa River in an impossibly picturesque location. Each of the five spacious tents stands on a wooden deck under a thatched roof, and activities from the camp consist of day and night drives and walking safaris.
Located deep in the bush of North Luangwa National Park, this tiny seasonal camp stands on a beautiful stretch of the perennially flowing Mwaleshi River. It is a real wilderness retreat, and the abundant wildlife includes lion, elephant buffalo, and herds of endemic Cookson’s wildebeest.
Located on private land just outside South Luangwa National Park, this lodge lies in an area of ebony woodland and open grassland that is superb for wildlife viewing. It consists of five cool and spacious chalets - including one for a family - built from woven bamboo with stone floors and thatched roofs.
On a sweeping bend of the river, in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park, lies what was the first photographic safari camp in Zambia, dating back to the early fifties. The dining room overlooks the river at the spot where elephant come to drink and cross, with the bar overlooking a busy waterhole.
Nsolo is a simple, yet luxurious tented camp with four open-fronted chalets overlooking a nearby waterhole. One of the more historic camps in Zambia, it is also one of South Luangwa’s more remote. Walking safaris are a speciality, and there are also opportunities for night drives to see nocturnal animals.
This conveniently located hotel is close to both the city centre and the airport in Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka – the perfect stop before or after your safari. It has 142 modern en suite rooms and suites, all with balcony and air conditioning, and a variety of leisure facilities are available.
Tafika is superbly situated just to the north of the Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa National Park on a magnificent stretch of the Luangwa River. The camp consists of six comfortable chalets and offers a highly personalised, friendly service and flexible wildlife-viewing activities.
One of the most stunning sites in the Luangwa Valley, this remote, small camp stands in a grove of mahogany trees on a wide sweep of river. It consists of five beautifully designed safari tents, and a charming open-sided dining room and bar. Morning, evening and night drives and walking safaris are all offered.