Luangwa Predator Safari

Dates: 8 – 15 September 2014 (7 nights | 8 days)

plus 4 day optional add on to Lower Zambezi (15 – 19 September)

Availability: Yes

This trip is open to 5 to 8 people only. This rate includes flights from Lusaka, park fees, accommodation, guiding and drinks.

Join our trip to Predator Season trip to Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park This is one of the great game parks of Southern African and is particularly regarded for its wonderful riverine scenery, high leopard concentrations and excellent guiding. This photographic expedition coincides with the dry winter season.

We can expect excellent predator concentrations, particularly leopard, in and around the shrinking wafwas where animals concentrate at this time of year. (Luangwa has vast flocks of yellow-billed storks, pelicans and other water birds and birding is also very exciting at this time of year with fishing parties a common sight at the lagoons. Large concentrations of carmine bee-eaters nest in the river banks. Hippo are also found in dense concentrations.

Robin Pope Safaris has excellent guides and I have been working for them for 10 years. Vehicles are open. The sixth window seat is for the scout that joins us if we want to go on walks.

Itinerary

Day 1

You will be met from your international flight at Lusaka International Airport and fly with Proflight to Mfuwe International Airport. Here you will be met by Robin Pope Safaris and driven by road to the start of the safari at Nkwali Camp where we will spend the next 4 nights.

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Nkwali is located on the banks of the Luangwa on a magnificent meander in the river overlooking the National Park where leopards roam along the bank and can often be spotted from camp. Situated on Robin Pope Safaris’ private land outside the park there is a private game viewing area behind camp as well as exclusive access into the park either by boat or across the pontoon. The six chalets with bamboo woven walls and thatch roofs offer a rustic luxury opening up to magnificent views of the river as well as open air en-suite bathrooms. I think you will discover that the camp staff here are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.

Day 5

We will visit the Kawaza School which has been adopted by Project Luangwa and is supported by everyone visiting Luangwa and then drive onwards to Nsefu Camp where we will spend the next 3 nights.

Situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector on a magnificent meander on the Luangwa River across which elephants often cross lies the historic camp Nsefu. Nsefu is one steeped in history and was built in 1951 and barring some upgrades the camp and rooms are still in the same place in the original style. The Nsefu sector was first pronounced a game reserve in 1966 some five years before the South Luangwa was even declared and has always been recognised as an outstanding game-viewing area. Robin Pope Safaris took over Nsefu in 1998, spent a year upgrading it and opened it the following July.

Zambia  South Luangwa National Park

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The camp welcomes just twelve guests in six original brick and thatch rondavels with en-suite facilities, each room opening up to what can simply be described as the best view in the South Luangwa.

Day 8

We will return to Mfuwe in time for your onward flight back to Lusaka. I guarantee that you will want to return.

Good add ons

We can also arrange add ons. Recommendations including Lower Zambezi National Park and Victoria Falls.  Please note that Victoria Falls is best visited from the Zimbabwe side at this time of year as the water levels in Zambia are  very low.

Rates

Rate: $6120 | single supplement to be advised

Includes: internal flights, departure taxes, accommodation for 7 nights, guiding by David Rogers, meals and drinks.

Add on to Lower Zambezi ($2678 per person)

Excludes: international flights to Lusaka