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Luangwa Explorer

  • Leopard at night
  • The Luangwa River, Zambia
  • Walking safari in the Luangwa
  • The BushCampCompany, Zambia

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Luangwa Explorer

A 9-day safari in Zambia's Luangwa combining a lodge with a group of small bushcamps to get into the thick of it!

One of our favourite and most successful "core" safari options since 1998.  Distinguished by truly excellent game, an emphasis on walking and some of the best guides and hosts you'll find in Africa. 

A decade ago this combination using Andy Hogg and Phil Berry's small bushcamps was largely reserved for either seasoned or very intrepid visitors to the relatively remote Luangwa.  Nowadays the Luangwa is a bit more mainstream with a proliferation of options and very reliable scheduled flights from Lusaka.

One thing that hasn't changed is the size of these small bushcamps where the safari comes first and the soft furnishings second.  That said you'll find that some of this contemporary bushliving has more than a touch of style and good class about it. The guides are amongst the best in Zambia, the service is personal and comfortably relaxed - these camp combinations remain characteristically seamless.

The first and last nights are spent at Mfuwe Lodge. It quite big but it's the perfect transit lodge.  We then get down to real business.  You'll spend 3 nights at Kuyenda, Chamilandu or Chindeni followed by 3 nights at Bilimungwe, Kapamba or Zungulila in the southern sector. The order of the camps depends on availability at the time of booking. 

Walking safaris are the real draw here and there's simply no better way to get a top drawer experience. There's loads of flexibility here, we walk between camps if we feel like it, we drive if we don't. The logistics are seamless. 

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You won't find such a good price anywhere else - up to 25% off the normal published rates. We promise to match or better your other offers if you do!

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UK+44 (0) 1752 878858
+44 (0) 1752 878858
USA+1 (347) 708 1794
+1 (347) 708 1794
Canada+1 (647) 694 1402
Australia+61 (2) 8417 2176
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  • Enquiries and bookings

    Contact the Zambezi team

    Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

  • All the facts
  • Where 

    • Starting and ending in Lusaka, includes
    • 1 night at Mfuwe Lodge in the South Luangwa 
    • 3 nights at Kuyenda, Chamilandu or Chindeni, south of Mfuwe Lodge.
    • 2 nights at Bilimungwe, Kapamba or Zungulila in the southern sector of the South Luangwa National Park.
    • 1 night at Mfuwe Lodge in the South Luangwa
    • Includes return flights Lusaka to Mfuwe to Lusaka

     Highlights 

    • This safari focuses on walking trails from seasonal bush camps.  These are slow walks over easy terrain.  (If lots of walking isn't your "cup of tea" then we have loads of flexibility to provide more game drives.)
    • The guiding standards in the Luangwa are amongst the best available in Zambia
    • Each bush camp accommodates only 6 guests so a high degree of exclusivity is assured
    • The South Luangwa Park is regarded as one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. Well known for its large herds of elephant, buffalo, antelope and hippo.  Wild lion encounters are guaranteed.  The area offers stunning riverine floodplain scenery along the Luangwa River.
    • Night drives are a specialty on which leopard are frequently encountered
    • Thornicroft's giraffe and Cookson's wildebeest are endemic
    • Birding is a particular highlight from mid-September to April when migrants are feeding and breeding.  Over 400 species are recorded in the Luangwa.

    Best time of the year 

    • This safari runs year round with different pricing for low, shoulder and high season
    • Game concentrations are at their peak during September and October - bear in mind that it's very hot before the rains which usually arrive in November
    • Early June and late September to October are great if you'd prefer to avoid the traditional Mfuwe crowds.

    Best Access 

    Scheduled daily flights from Livingstone via Lusaka into Mfuwe.  Livingstone to Lusaka takes an hour, another 45' flying time from Lusaka to Mfuwe.

    Tips and notes 

    • If walking is a keen pursuit then we can tag on a "walking-only" safari option between two small camps in the northern part of the South Luangwa.  June to October only.
    • If you have the time and the budget to spare, an extension into the very remote North Luangwa offers the total Luangwa experience.
    • This safari is an excellent combination with Malawi for a safari and (freshwater) beach combination.
    • The lower Zambezi (Zimbabwe or Zambia) wildlife areas (in Mana Pools and Lower Zambezi National Park) or the Kafue National Park are easy combinations
    • A green season safari is available from Mfuwe Lodge between November and May
    • Advance bookings are essential for July, August and September

    Price and other costs

    • The price quoted here is for low season 1 Nov to 31 May
    • Shoulder season: 1 to 30 June and 1 to 31 October
    • High season: 1 July to 30th September
    • Prices are based on minimum of 2 guests sharing and include full board accommodation, park fees, soft drinks, beer, house wine, laundry, all safari activities, all transfers including return Lusaka flights.
    • Prices exclude visas fees, gratuities, items of a personal nature, insurance and drinks at the safari lodge.
    • This safari starts and ends inLusaka.  International or regional inbound and outbound flights are excluded.  (Our team can advise or take care of these arrangements on request.)

     

    The Green Season in Zambia - November to April

    • Our rains start in mid-November and end in April.  
    • This is what we call the "green season".  
    • Access is limited and it's raining so why safari in the "green season"? 

    No dust, crystal clear skies, dramatic clouds, perfect light, cool weather; the region's awash with migrant birds, mostly in breeding plumage and all well nourished by an abundance of insects and fresh seeds; the African bush is green and lush and whilst game is often dispersed, large nursery and breeding herds are easily found and seasonal fruits from wild mangos to marulas attract game in good numbers.  

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Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

Where 

  • Starting and ending in Lusaka, includes
  • 1 night at Mfuwe Lodge in the South Luangwa 
  • 3 nights at Kuyenda, Chamilandu or Chindeni, south of Mfuwe Lodge.
  • 2 nights at Bilimungwe, Kapamba or Zungulila in the southern sector of the South Luangwa National Park.
  • 1 night at Mfuwe Lodge in the South Luangwa
  • Includes return flights Lusaka to Mfuwe to Lusaka

 Highlights 

  • This safari focuses on walking trails from seasonal bush camps.  These are slow walks over easy terrain.  (If lots of walking isn't your "cup of tea" then we have loads of flexibility to provide more game drives.)
  • The guiding standards in the Luangwa are amongst the best available in Zambia
  • Each bush camp accommodates only 6 guests so a high degree of exclusivity is assured
  • The South Luangwa Park is regarded as one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. Well known for its large herds of elephant, buffalo, antelope and hippo.  Wild lion encounters are guaranteed.  The area offers stunning riverine floodplain scenery along the Luangwa River.
  • Night drives are a specialty on which leopard are frequently encountered
  • Thornicroft's giraffe and Cookson's wildebeest are endemic
  • Birding is a particular highlight from mid-September to April when migrants are feeding and breeding.  Over 400 species are recorded in the Luangwa.

Best time of the year 

  • This safari runs year round with different pricing for low, shoulder and high season
  • Game concentrations are at their peak during September and October - bear in mind that it's very hot before the rains which usually arrive in November
  • Early June and late September to October are great if you'd prefer to avoid the traditional Mfuwe crowds.

Best Access 

Scheduled daily flights from Livingstone via Lusaka into Mfuwe.  Livingstone to Lusaka takes an hour, another 45' flying time from Lusaka to Mfuwe.

Tips and notes 

  • If walking is a keen pursuit then we can tag on a "walking-only" safari option between two small camps in the northern part of the South Luangwa.  June to October only.
  • If you have the time and the budget to spare, an extension into the very remote North Luangwa offers the total Luangwa experience.
  • This safari is an excellent combination with Malawi for a safari and (freshwater) beach combination.
  • The lower Zambezi (Zimbabwe or Zambia) wildlife areas (in Mana Pools and Lower Zambezi National Park) or the Kafue National Park are easy combinations
  • A green season safari is available from Mfuwe Lodge between November and May
  • Advance bookings are essential for July, August and September

Price and other costs

  • The price quoted here is for low season 1 Nov to 31 May
  • Shoulder season: 1 to 30 June and 1 to 31 October
  • High season: 1 July to 30th September
  • Prices are based on minimum of 2 guests sharing and include full board accommodation, park fees, soft drinks, beer, house wine, laundry, all safari activities, all transfers including return Lusaka flights.
  • Prices exclude visas fees, gratuities, items of a personal nature, insurance and drinks at the safari lodge.
  • This safari starts and ends inLusaka.  International or regional inbound and outbound flights are excluded.  (Our team can advise or take care of these arrangements on request.)

 

The Green Season in Zambia - November to April

  • Our rains start in mid-November and end in April.  
  • This is what we call the "green season".  
  • Access is limited and it's raining so why safari in the "green season"? 

No dust, crystal clear skies, dramatic clouds, perfect light, cool weather; the region's awash with migrant birds, mostly in breeding plumage and all well nourished by an abundance of insects and fresh seeds; the African bush is green and lush and whilst game is often dispersed, large nursery and breeding herds are easily found and seasonal fruits from wild mangos to marulas attract game in good numbers.