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Travel when the rains just end for a totally different view of this wildlife paradise.

The ultimate green season safari begins once the rains have freshened everything up! It’s rarely possible to travel by boat along the Luangwa River as it is invariably full of crocodiles, hippos and fallen trees. However, between February and April the water is high enough to permit boat safaris and the vibrancy of the vegetation and the colours of the birdlife has to be seen to be believed!

For more inspiration, read regular clients' John & Hazel Belchamber's blog on their trip to Zambia in the green season.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Lusaka and transfer to Radisson Blu Hotel for an overnight stay

  3. Days 3-9 : Fly to Mfuwe and transfer to South Luangwa National Park

    Transfer by light aircraft to Mfuwe, the gateway to South Luangwa National Park. The flight takes just over an hour, and there are spectacular views from the air as you fly into the South Luangwa Valley. On arrival at Mfuwe Airport, you will be transferred to your lodge. After enjoying afternoon tea, there's time for a game viewing activity and night drive.

    Your 7 nights in the South Luangwa are normally split between two or three tented camps/lodges, all with meals included.

    Safaris from all the camps and lodges are conducted both by open 4-wheel drive vehicles and on foot (in the dry months of mid-May to early November), with armed scouts and fully qualified safari guides. Night drives with powerful spotlights are a highlight.

  4. Day 10: Depart Mfuwe for Lusaka, 1-night

  5. Day 11: Arrive UK

Key info

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 days from £4,795 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 10 days from £3,895 pp
  • When to go: Jan-Apr: Late January to mid-April
  • Activities available:
    • Walking
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
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Kakuli Bush Camp

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.

Luangwa River Camp

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.

Nkwali Camp

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.

Nsefu Camp

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.