The magic of the South Luangwa and Luambe National Parks in one very special deal – 8 nights for the price of 7
15th June 2021 – 1st July 2021 = US$3270.00 per person sharing
1st July 2020 – 31st October 2020 = US$3637.50 per person sharing
LUANGWA EXPLORER SAFARI – valid 15 June-end Oct 2021
Day 1 Arrive in Lusaka where you will be met and helped through to check in for your onward flight to Mfuwe.
Flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe Proflight Zambia
0715/0825 or 1040/1150 or 1630/1740 depending on the day of the
You will be met at Mfuwe airport by one of our safari guides and
transferred by road to camp (+/- 30 minutes)
Day 1-5 FLATDOGS CAMP – 4 nights
The luxury ensuite safari tents offer you a back to nature taste of the wild, with large windows all around the tent so you can see and hear the animals feeding in camp as well as the hippopotamus honking to each other in the river in front of you! The tents are spacious with king or twin beds, large mosquito net, electric lights and plug sockets for re-charging batteries (UK style plug sockets). There is also a room safe and tea and coffee-making facilities. The luxury tents have semi open ensuite bathrooms with hot shower, WC and basin.
If you are arriving early or on the lunchtime flight, there is time to settle into camp and have some lunch before your first afternoon safari. In the afternoons, we meet for tea at 15h30, so you can meet your guide and discuss your interests with him before you head into the park at around 16h00, ready to explore this magnificent wilderness. Our 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.
As the sun starts to dip towards the horizon, your guide will aim to find a good spot to stop so you can stretch your legs and watch the sun set with a cold drink in hand… Then, once it’s nearly dark, you will carry on game-viewing with a spotlight, searching for some of our interesting nocturnal residents, like the leopard, lion, porcupine, civet, genet, owls and hyaena. You will return to camp just after 20h00 when the Park closes, in time for dinner and to relive your sightings with us!
In the mornings, it’s an early start so you can make the most of the light and when the animals are at their most active. We offer you an early breakfast of toast and cereal, tea and coffee at 05h30 before you head out at 06h00 on a morning safari, exploring the park, taking the sightings as they come, with your guide detailing all you are seeing and adding interesting observations drawn from his years of experience in the Park. You will head back to camp at around 10h00, in time for breakfast or a brunch/lunch type meal – whichever you prefer? Then there is time to relax during the heat of the day, enjoying a dip in the pool perhaps or a siesta after your early start? The Luangwa is well known for its walking safaris, an unforgettable way to experience the Park, so if you would like to walk instead of drive, please let us know so we can organize this for you.
If you are interested in village life in rural Zambia, 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 schools, we are supporting in this area. The safari package includes your accommodation in a luxury ensuite safari tent, all meals, two game-viewing activities per day, National Park Entry fees*, LCCF (Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund fee), laundry and return airport and other transfers. Not included are drinks apart from tea and coffee or items of a personal nature like shop purchases and internet use.
Day 5 You will be collected from camp at around 0830 for your road transfer to Luambe National Park. This drive is an interesting journey through rural villages, the Nsefu Sector of the National Park and then out of the South Luangwa and north along the banks of the Luangwa to Luambe National Park. The drive will take around 4 hours depending on what you see enroute!
Day 5-9 LUAMBE CAMP – 4 nights
Luambe National Park is a gem just waiting to be discovered. The Park is one of Africa’s best kept secrets and was just waiting for someone to arrive who understood its vast potential. The Luambe Camp team were just the right people to take over the Park’s management and protection and they have created a wildlife refuge and extraordinary bushcamp. There are only 4 safari tents at the camp, so a maximum of 8 guests to enjoy the Park to themselves. The camp has been designed to take in the stunning sweep of the Luangwa in front, with its enormous pod of hippo gathered together in incredible numbers, adding to your sense of discovery as you arrive.
The tents use solar lighting and water heating and have ensuite facilities.
From camp, the daily routine is similar to that at Flatdogs, with morning and afternoon activities organized for you, to take in as much of this beautiful wilderness as possible. Activities are mostly game drives, but with the opportunity to do some walking as well. Luambe is so isolated that you have a real feeling of discovery as you explore the Park - you could be the first to find a new waterhole or an owl’s nest or sign of roan and eland, the Park has been so untouched over the years. The safari package includes your accommodation, meals, wine, local and house drinks, safari activities and transfers from and back to Mfuwe.
Day 9 You will be transferred by road back to Mfuwe airport to connect onto your outward flight.
[Mfuwe to Lusaka Proflight Zambia
1220/1330 or 1810/1920]
End services Lusaka airport
This package includes all accommodation on full board basis also including two safari activities per day, National Park Entry fees for both the South Luangwa and Luambe National Parks*, all conservation and tourist levies, all airport and inter-camp transfers, local drinks and house wine while at Luambe camp and laundry services.
This package does not include internal flights, drinks while at Flatdogs Camp or items of a personal nature like gratuities, shop purchases etc.
*National Park Entry fees for 2021 have not yet been finalised by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife. These may still increase and unfortunately increases will have to be passed onto the guests.
NB If you would like to add on internal flights Lusaka-Mfuwe-Lusaka, these can be included in the itinerary at US$595.60 per person return including all taxes.