ZAMBIA 2017 

10 DAY PHOTO SAFARI 

ZAMBIA is a multiparty democratic central African country. It became independent of the British South African Company in 1964. The country is slightly larger than Texas. The climate is tropical with a rainy season October to April.  Two thirds of the country is forested, the other third is mostly agricultural. The mean elevation is roughly 3700 feet, although the elevation does rise to 8,000 feet. 

The 15 million plus population is made up of 18 named ethnic groups with 18 different languages. Most of the languages are part of the Bantu language.  While there are 110,000 land lines there are 10.1 million cell phones and the general assessment is that this is one of the best phone systems in sub-Saharan Africa

There are 88 airports in Zambia, however, when you search the average number is around twelve. Eight with paved runways. About 25% of the roads are paved.

TRIP SUMMARY - 3 JUN 2017 - 13 JUN 2017

We begin our Safari by flying to Lusaka, the Capital of Zambia. We then catch a connecting flight to the South Luangwa National Park. The airport is in Mfuwe, ZA (MFU).  (All internal flights are included in the base safari price.)

 
For scenery, variety and density of animals, South Luangwa is the best park in Zambia and one of the most majestic in Africa. Impalas, pukus, waterbucks, giraffes and buffaloes wander on the wide-open plains; leopards, of which there are many in the park, hunt in the dense woodlands; herds of elephants wade through the marshes; and hippos munch serenely on Nile cabbage in the Luangwa River. The bird life is also tremendous: about 400 species have been recorded.
— Lonely Planet

The itinerary below allows us to become absorbed in the wonder of South Luangwa National Park beside the Luangwa River, one of the greatest parks in Africa. 

TRIP DETAILS

3 JUNE - 7 JUNE FLATDOGS CAMP – 5 NIGHTS

On June 3 we will arrive in Lusaka and be met and assisted to check in for your internal flight to Mfuwe.  We urge you to arrive in time for the morning flight, but another leaves at 4 in the afternoon.   From Mfuwe our camp is only 30 minutes away. 

Luxury ensuite safari tents with large windows all around mean you can see and hear animals feeding in camp and hippopotamus honking to each other in the river.  Tents are spacious with king or twin beds, mosquito netting, electric lights and plug sockets for re-charging batteries (UK style plug sockets).  These tents also include ensuite, semi-open  bathrooms with shower, WC and basin. 

If you arrive on an early flight, there is time to settle into camp and have some lunch and your first afternoon safari. 

Each afternoon, we meet for tea at at 3:30, then you’ll head into the park at 4pm, ready to explore this magnificent wilderness. Guides take huge pride in their work, being able to identify numerous alarm calls and to track animals and try to anticipate their next move so as to position you for the best sightings.   Once it’s nearly dark,  we can carry on game-viewing with a spotlight, searching for  interesting nocturnal residents, like the leopard, lion, porcupine, civet, genet, owls and hyaena.  You will return to camp at around 20h00 in time for dinner and to relive your sightings with us!    

Each morning we'll enjoy an early breakfast of toast and cereal, tea and coffee at  5:30am before heading out at 6 on a morning game drive, exploring the park, taking the sightings as they come  with our guide detailing all we see and adding observations drawn from his years of experience in the Park.    You will head back to camp at around 10am, in time for breakfast or a brunch/lunch type meal.  Then there is time to relax during the heat of the day and enjoy a dip in the pool  or a siesta after our early start?  

We may also choose a walking safari from camp one morning.  Depending on sightings we may also choose an all day safari, with a picnic lunch and an armed scout so that we can explore further into the Park returning to camp either just after sunset or at 8pm as usual. 

If you are interested in village life in this area, we can also happily organize a visit to the nearby Mfuwe village, including our anti-poaching base and some of the local community projects, including the schools.   

JUNE 8 & 9 Kapamba BUSHCAMP – 2 NIGHTS

On June 8 we will transfer to Kapamba Bushcamp,  a small, remote bushcamp in the southern region of South Luangwa Park.  Set on the banks of a shallow, spring-fed river, Kapamba is surrounded by some of the park's richest wildlife.  Here's the description we've received:  

Watching an elephant take a dip in the river can be quite an experience when you're lounging in your own private bath the size of a plunge pool!  The central bar and dining room is positioned under a huddle of matumi and sausage trees, with a wide deck that stretches out with views of the river.   There are only four spacious en-suite chalets which have been cleverly designed so they feel simple yet utterly original.  The rooms are open-fronted with wide verandas and river views, twin showers and sunken stone plunge pools - the ultimate in bush indulgence. Clever wrought-iron shutters are drawn each evening so that you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the African night without worrying about unwanted visitors wandering into your room whilst you sleep.  Kapamba offers game drives, night drives and walking safaris as well as special sundowners taken in the middle of the Kapamba river, so you can enjoy your cool drink while your feet are dipped in they crystal clear shallows!   

JUNE 10 - JUNE 12   FLATDOGS CAMP – 3 nights

On the 10th of June, after early activities at Kapamba, we will return to Flatdogs.   For our last three nights of safari we will stay in North African styled rooms, light, airy spaces with cool stone walls and a verandah.   Safaris will continue as before, aiming to catch even more sightings and outstanding photographs.  

13 June Internal flight back to Mfuwe

We will transfer back to Mfuwe airport in time for onward  flights to Lusaka and home.

PRICE

US$4,950 PER PERSON WITH DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

INCLUDES:

  • All road transfers and flight transfers within Zambia
  • Accommodation as specified
  • All meals after we've reached our camp
  • National Park fees and Luangwa Conservation Fund Fee
  • Two game viewing activities a day

EXCLUDES:

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • $50 Visa for entry into Zambia
  • Tips
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal travel insurance 

SIGNUP FORMS

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Once you've decided to join us , fill in the forms below and send the required deposit.  You'll find the complete payment schedule within this form. 

We recommend you visit the US government site for travel information,  specifically the quick facts and the entry and exit requirements for Zambia at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/zambia.html

QUESTIONS?

Please call or text Tom with your questions  941.321.6206 or use the CONTACT form.