Walking with Zambia’s Wildlife – Safari in South Luangwa National Park [Pioneer Exclusive] - Awesome Experiences

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Walking with Zambia’s Wildlife – Safari in South Luangwa National Park [Pioneer Exclusive]Zambia

From £2,073 per person for 4 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
Get set for the ultimate speedy safari in the wildlife-heavy surrounds of South Luangwa National Park. We’ve chosen lodges with quick commutes from the airport, so you can maximise time among lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo – and a multitude of other species.

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Fitness Level 1Must-do Outdoor Experiences Pioneers ClubWonders of Wildlife
Summary

Zambia

You can expect to see lions, leopards, elephants and more on this fantastic safari experience in Zambia’s sprawling South Luangwa National Park. As well as game drives you’ll explore the wilderness on foot with a walking safari, and search for smaller but no less impressive species including wide-eyed nocturnal bush babies. More than 40 varieties of mammal and 400 bird species live in the untamed wilderness of South Luangwa National Park, amongst terrain that ranges from dense forest to watery marshland. 

  AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE: 

  • See big cats, hippos, elephants, giraffes and more in an area teeming with wildlife 
  • Get up close to smaller species on a walking safari through the wilderness 
  • Set off for a night drive under starlit skies, in search of nocturnal animals including leopards and lions
  • Stay at one of Zambia’s most atmospheric safari lodges
  • Visit nearby villages to learn more about local life   

On this four-night experience you’ll be based at one of the exclusive lodges dotted around the park. Each day includes two safari activities, getting you up close to the incredible wildlife. Head out on a game drive in the morning and you can expect to see elephants, giraffes, impalas and zebras, while an evening drive brings the prospect of spotting more nocturnal species, including lions and leopards hunting for prey. You’ll also explore on foot, truly immersing yourself in the sights and smells of the bush, and you’ll also get to see some of the park’s smaller, harder to spot species that you wouldn’t spot from the back of a jeep.

In between your wildlife wanderings you’ll have time to relax back at your accommodation, and you may well spot elephants, zebras and giraffes wandering past your lodge. You also have the chance to learn more about the local culture with a trip to one of the nearby villages, where you can meet a traditional healer, learn how to make kachasu (a type of homebrewed beer) or visit a local school.

Zambia Summary


Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers. 


BOOK ONLINE below now, or CALL 0208 432 0885 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri for assistance with booking

Please use your unique Pioneers Club code (sent by email) at checkout to confirm your 20% discount.

Please have your passport and Debit/Credit card to hand. International flights are not included.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £800 per person and take approximately 15 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. Please check the current prices and availability using the ‘Search for Flights’ link below and ensure that your flight arrival and departure times and dates align with the start and end dates and airport locations shown on the Experience itinerary. Please do not book flights until your Experience booking is confirmed.

Experience start point: Lusaka (LUN). Suggested arrival time: before 9am.

End point: Lusaka (LUN). Suggested departure time: after 11pm.

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Full Itinerary

See below for your hotel options

You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. The table below displays the hotels listed for each category. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


Click on the accommodation names to find out more from the hotel websites:

Classic:

Premium:

Deluxe:

Track and Trail River Camp

Flat Dogs Camp

Kafunta River Lodge

Mfuwe Lodge

Itinerary

Get acquainted with Zambia’s diverse and captivating wildlife on this four-night trip. After a 1.5 hour internal flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe, you’ll transfer by private car to your Classic, Premium or Deluxe lodge, ready for a safari through one of Africa’s least explored national parks. Accommodation is on an all-inclusive basis.

Classic: Track and Trail River Camp or Flat Dogs Camp

Authentic charm are the buzzwords at these lovable camps close to the main gate of the national park. They are of a very comparable standard and you’ll be allocated a room in one of the two lodges, depending on availability on the particular dates you have chosen. Track and Trails comes with little chalets spread around the grounds and a simple spa and a swimming pool overlooking the river, while Flat Dogs offers ensuite safari tents and chalets. Both camps are regularly visited by elephants and other wildlife.

Activities

Two safari activities per day are included in the price of your trip:

Choose between morning or night drives through the park, accompanied by professional and passionate guides. Morning drives set out at 6am: Over the course of four hours, you’ll drive through the wilderness in search of elephant, giraffe, zebra, impala and many other species. Night drives set off at 4pm, seeking out nocturnal animals including lion, leopard, hyena, mongoose and bush babies. Or choose to get even closer to nature on a walking safari, setting off in the coolness of early morning. Walking for around four hours, you’ll track animals using dung, spoor, or the alarm calls of birds and animals alerting you to the presence of predators. At Flatdogs, there’s also the option of a drive and walking safari combination (two hours of each).

Stay at Track and Trail, and you’ll also get the chance to visit nearby Kawaza Village and spend a few hours learning about local life. On your wander, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the day to day, pounding maize, brewing kachasu (local beer) and visiting the village school. You can also spend time with a traditional healer, who uses natural medicine and knowledge passed on from generation to generation. You’ll eat a tasty lunch prepared by the Kunda people, before they share their dances and stories. Flatdogs is very integrated into the local community and can arrange ad hoc visits to nearby Mfuwe Village, where it is involved in a number of projects including supporting the local school and farmers, and offering night drives to school children so they can see the wildlife that surrounds them up close.

Track and Trail River Camp

Track and Trail

Flat Dogs Camp

Flat Dogs Camp


Premium: Kafunta River Lodge

A 40-minute drive from the airport, Kafunta is a family-run lodge just outside the national park (hence the quick transfer). It’s friendly and comfortable, with a fantastic position by the riverbed and a stunning infinity pool looking out over the wilderness. It also houses the only natural hot tub in the vicinity, fed by thermal springs underneath the hotel. Rooms are simple safari chic, with lots of stone and thatch, as well as en suite bathrooms.

What makes Kafunta really special is the wildlife that passes through camp on the way to the onsite watering hole, including see zebra, impala, wart hog, baboons – and elephants. Another plus is the way guests enter the park – in peak season, you can travel across the water by pontoon to access the wildlife viewing area.

Activities

Two safari activities per day are included in the trip: The focus is on three to four hour Jeep safaris at this lodge, in comfortable vehicles with shaded canopies and a maximum of six guests. Between April and October, access to the park is via car-ferry pontoon across the lagoon making for a memorable journey!

Night drives begin with sundowners under vast African skies, then set off in search of predators and small nocturnal animals such as bush babies. There’s also the option to join one of the area’s popular walking safaris with a guide and scout. Set out on an easy walk through the bush in the early morning, spotting smaller animals and birds over the course of three to four hours, while observing elephant and giraffe at a distance. Visits to nearby Mfuwe village (to see the craft market, Luangwa Ladies workshop, Mulberry Mongoose jewellery workshop and Tribal Textiles factory and shop) can be arranged on request.

Kafunta Lodge


Deluxe: Mfuwe Lodge

This award-winning lodge avoids any pre-game drive traffic jams with a setting just inside the gates of the National Park. Eighteen spacious, air-conditioned chalets are spread across the banks of two lagoons busy with the local wildlife (including giraffe, hippo, antelope and crocodile). Visit in November, and you’ll also see elephants wandering through reception on their way to snack at a nearby mango tree. Between safaris, take a dip in the pretty pool, burn off some of the excellent food in the outdoor gym, or indulge in some deep relaxation in the Bush Spa, set out onto the lagoon.

Activities

Two safari activities per day are included in the price of your trip:

Slap bang in the middle of the park’s best game-viewing area, the camp specialises in morning and night drives to see its neighbours. Morning drives set out at first light: over the course of four hours, you’ll seek out giraffe, buffalo, impala, elephant and zebra. Night drives set off at 4pm: savour a sundowner under a vast African sky before setting off in search of nocturnal animals including lion, leopard, hyena, mongoose and bush babies. Walking safaris, bird watching and visits to local schools or villages can be booked with 24 hours notice.

Mfuwe Lodge


Overall meals included: Full board

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise 
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise 
  • Meals as listed 
  • Safari activities and park entry fees 
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees 

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences 
  • Tips for guides, drivers and other staff 
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour and during border crossings during your experience 
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise 
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry 

What to pack:

  • Binoculars 
  • Camera 
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen 
  • Mosquito repellent 
  • Cool, comfortable clothes with long sleeves and trousers, in muted colours 
  • Walking shoes/boots 


For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here

If you intend to travel solo, click here

Children: Please note this experience is not suitable for children under 12.


BOOK ONLINE below now, or CALL 0208 432 0885 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri for assistance with booking

Please use your unique Pioneers Club code (sent by email) at checkout to confirm your 20% discount.

Please have your passport and Debit/Credit card to hand. International flights are not included.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £800 per person and take approximately 15 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. Please check the current prices and availability using the ‘Search for Flights’ link below and ensure that your flight arrival and departure times and dates align with the start and end dates and airport locations shown on the Experience itinerary. Please do not book flights until your Experience booking is confirmed.

Experience start point: Lusaka. Suggested arrival time: before 9am.

End point: Lusaka. Suggested departure time: after 11pm.

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