Luangwa 4 Day Special

Location: 
South Luangwa
Accommodation: 
Safari tents with shared facilities
Price: 
$695 per person
Max group size: 
8
Days: 
4

Nestled at the tail-end of the famed Great Rift Valley, South Luangwa National Park is a  vast and remote area of pristine wilderness. With an abundance of wildlife rarely seen in other national parks or game reserves, it is one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

Included in the Luangwa 4 Day Special Safari: all activities, meals (including wine) and accommodation, transfers to and from Chipata, all park entry fees and sundowners.

Day 1
Your South Luangwa Safari begins mid-morning as you are collected in Chipata and transferred to our beautiful campsite located within the surrounds of Wildlife Camp, but game viewing begins an hour before we reach our destination, as we drive through the heart of Lupande Game Management Area, so keep your eyes open!  After a quick briefing and time to settle into the camp, you will have a lazy lunch before heading off on the first game drive. We leave camp as soon as everyone is ready to beat the 16:00 rush, allowing for both an afternoon and night drive rolled into one. Our early departure gives us a head start over the other lodges and means you can enjoy sundowners at one of the beautiful oxbow lagoons in an area that few other vehicles reach on their drives. Driving through the park after dark offers excellent chances of seeing leopards, lions, honey badgers and all the other nocturnal wonders this park is waiting to reveal. You will arrive back at camp between 20:00 and 20:30, just in time for  a warm dinner.

Day 2
It’s an early wake-up call in preparation for the morning drive. Enjoy a light breakfast, served with coffee or tea, before setting off for our second foray into the national park. During the drive, there are good chances of seeing elephants, buffalos, giraffes, hippo's and zebra. We return to camp at around 11:00 to a welcome brunch. The early afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure; perhaps you fancy a snooze, a swim in the Wildlife Camp pool or just the opportunity to swap stories and photographs at the bar. In the cool of the early afternoon, lunch is served and then it’s time to leave camp on foot with an experienced guide and an armed scout for our walking safari. On our walk, the guide will explain the art of tracking and all about the varied fauna and flora in the valley, while we keep our eyes and ears open for the big game that frequent the area. We arrive back at camp in time for refreshing sundowners, followed by dinner and then spend the evening around the campfire, gazing at the stars and discussing the safari so far.

Day 3
The third day is the real highlight of the safari, as we trek deep into South Luangwa National Park, venturing further than most visitors ever do. After an early start and a bite, we set off on an all-day adventure, heading towards more northerly sections of the park, taking a break near the Tena Crossing to have a proper breakfast. We then continue our game drive north and lunch at Fish Eagle Lagoon, home to several pods of (very vocal) hippo's, before escaping the midday heat in the shade of  Sausage trees. In the afternoon our journey continues through the Ebony groves and lagoons of the northern section of the park, a wild area where you can see some of the rarer animals, such as wild dogs and elands, en route to the sundowner spot. After sunset, the night-drive begins, with excellent opportunities to spot shy nocturnal animals such as genets, civets, bushbabies and maybe even the diminutive Sharpe's Grysbok. Our adventure-filled day ends back at camp, as we are welcomed with a barbeque dinner, refreshments and the warm glow of a campfire. After a long and rewarding day such as this, you might fancy an early night!

Day 4
On the last morning, we start our day with a scrumptious breakfast at the Kakumbi Salt Pan. We'll be seeing more game, but this is a particularly special day for the birders. The route passes through the mystical Cathedral Mopani Forests, where we'll see specialized woodland birds, such as racket-tailed rollers and white-helmet shrikes. The salt pan itself attracts a host of waterbirds, and large flocks of majestic crowned cranes are guaranteed. Finally, we return to camp to prepare for the trip back to Chipata, but there's no rush, with time to write in your journal or to simply relax by the pool before we depart.

Disclaimer: the itinerary is subject to the availability of above-mentioned activities. Although we might have to reshuffle the schedule, we promise to make your safari absolutely unforgettable.