Grade

Moderate

Accommodation

Lodge

Transportation

Safari Vehicle

Air Ticket

Included

Safari Guide

Iolo Williams

Group Tour

7

Departure

12th - 23rd Oct 2019

£5,499

Join wildlife presenter Iolo Williams on a wildlife packed safari to South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. 

For wildlife, and wildlife-lovers, it doesn’t get any better than the South Luangwa National Park. With its verdant floodplains rustling with huge herds of game, mopane woodlands and indigenous hardwood forests filled with over 400 species of birds, and a mighty river that attracts thirsty animals like a magnet, it’s a natural utopia and one of Africa’s truly great wildlife sanctuaries.

Bordered on one side by the Muchinga Escarpment and the Luangwa River on the other, the park consists of 9,050 square kilometres (half the size of Wales or Massachusetts) of untouched wilderness supporting one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.

It was none other than explorer David Livingstone who first recognised the extraordinary allure and unique nature of the South Luangwa Valley. Crossing the Luangwa River in 1866, he declared, “I will make this land better known to men that it may become one of their haunts. It is impossible to describe its luxuriance.” It wasn’t until 1938 that the area was proclaimed a game reserve, and then given national park status in 1971. In 1961 the legendary Norman Carr put the Luangwa on the map as a safari destination leading the first walking safari in the reserve.

Over 60 different species of mammal call the South Luangwa National Park their home, drawn by the diverse range of habitats from sandy seasonal river courses to the mineral-rich alluvial floodplains that stretch out to distant blue hills. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog stalk the smaller game, whilst primates such as yellow baboons and vervet monkeys swing through the trees. Down on the river, huge densities of elephant, hippo and crocodile enjoy the cool waters.

Unlike some other African national parks, in the South Luangwa the focus is always on the wildlife. Sprawling visitor centres and restaurant complexes are nowhere to be found here just traditional safari lodges and intimate, rustic bushcamps that merge discreetly into the landscape, from where you can enjoy the true pleasure of being surrounded by an unspoilt African wilderness.

 

Walking Safaris

 

Not until you’ve followed in the footsteps of the great explorers and experienced the compelling mix of excitement, fear, vulnerability, respect and awe that a walking safari delivers, can you really understand the true nature of the African wilderness.

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of feeling your heart pound in your chest as you tiptoe your way through the bush, alarm calls from other animals echoing in the air, inching towards a small clearing and peering through the branches where yes, there it is a pride of lions is busy devouring a recent kill.

The South Luangwa is the home of the walking safari this is where it was first pioneered by Norman Carr back in the 1960s and, with the continent’s finest local guides to lead you, we’re proud to say that nobody does it better. To stride out on your own two feet is the only way to understand the wilderness, and it’s the best zoology lesson you’ll ever have.

Our guides will let you in on the secrets of the bush, from teaching you how to track a leopard by identifying spoor and listening for tell-tale alarm calls, to explaining how to soothe insect bites with the juice of a sausage tree. If you have a particular interest in a specific area such as birding or local bushcraft, then just let your safari guide know and he will tailor the walk accordingly. With every step there is something new to learn, a new bird or animal to spot and a new unforgettable experience.

Safety is, of course, paramount. Our guides are highly trained and they will instruct you on how to behave when approaching some of the larger animals. Alongside your guide, an armed national park escort scout, provided by the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), is required to accompany you on walks. We are proud of our untarnished safety record so whilst your heart may inevitably race, you need not fear that you will come to any harm.

It is a rare privilege to be able to walk in an African national park. With so many different habitats to explore, from open plains to sandy river banks, eerie mopane forests to swampy lagoons, no two outings will ever be the same, but we guarantee that you will remember every one.

Please note that per ZAWA regulations, children under 12 years of age are not allowed on walking safaris.

 

Highlights

  • One of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa
  • Impressive diversity of habitats
  • Over 60 species of mammal and 400 species of bird
  • Unspoilt with relatively few tourist visitors
  • Home of the walking safari with the finest expert guides
Trip Overview
  • Location
  • Days
    12
  • Nights
    11
  • Accommodation
    Lodge
  • Transportation
    Safari Vehicle
  • Air Ticket
    Included
  • Safari Guide
    Iolo Williams
  • Group Tour
    7
  • Departure
    12th - 23rd Oct 2019
Day 1
London to Lusaka
Depart London for Flight to Lusaka
Day 2
Lusaka - Mfuwe
 On arrival in Lusaka you catch your connecting internal flight to Mfuwe, a short flight of about 1 hour. After meeting you at Mfuwe Airport we will have a short 45 minute drive on mainly good quality, tarmaced roads to our lodge. On arrival, we will enjoy lunch, have time to settle in before departing in the late afternoon for a night Game drive. We will enjoy a sun-downer drink in the bush before arriving back at the lodge in time to relax around the fire before dinner. Evening meal with your host and guide Iolo Williams. This will be the perfect Zambian welcome and should set the tone of for the rest of the safari.    On arrival in Lusaka you catch your connecting internal flight to Mfuwe, a short flight of about 1 hour. After meeting you at Mfuwe Airport we will have a short 45 minute drive on mainly good quality, tarmaced roads to our lodge. On arrival, we will enjoy lunch, have time to settle in before departing in the late afternoon for a night Game drive. We will enjoy a sun-downer drink in the bush before arriving back at the lodge in time to relax around the fire before dinner. Evening meal with your host and guide Iolo Williams. This will be the perfect Zambian welcome and should set the tone of for the rest of the safari.
Day 3
Track and Trail River Camp
Today we will have an early start for our Morning game drive. We then have a short drive to the entrance of the park.  With more than 60 different mammal species in the park, there is an abundance and diversity of wildlife that sets the Luangwa apart from other wildlife destinations. The survival of these animals depends on the meandering Luangwa River; crowded with hippos, crocodiles and wading waterfowl. Birdwatching is superb in the Luangwa Valley; with over 400 species of birds recorded you could easily see over 100 different species in a three day visit. Some particularly attractive ones include; Carmine Bee-eaters, Malachite Kingfishers, Lilac-breasted Rollers, Bateleur Eagles, Saddle-billed Storks, Crowned Cranes, Pel's Fishing Owls and Fish Eagles. Late morning we will head back to camp for lunch. Later in the afternoon we will set out on an evening game drive. 
Day 4
Track and Trail River Camp
Today we will ebark on an early morning walking safari, the ultimate South Luangwa Experience. There's nothing quite like the thrill of feeling your heart pound in your chest as you tiptoe your way through the bush, alarm calls from other animals echoing in the air, inching towards a small clearing and peering through the branches where yes, there it is a pride of lions is busy devouring a recent kill. After our walking safari we will head back to the camp for lunch and relax for the afternoon. Night game drive late afternoon.
Day 5
Track and Trail River Camp
Another full day of game viewing activities in the park.
Day 6
Track and Trail River Camp
Another full day of game viewing activities in the park
Day 7
Track and Trail River Camp
Another full day of game viewing activities in the park
Day 8
Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park
Today we transfer a short distance to the award-winning Mfuwe Lodge, which will be our base for the next three days. Set inside the park, just five minutes drive from the main gate, the lodge's allure is instantly obvious. Beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany, its eighteen air-conditioned chalets are arranged around the banks of two lagoons where an endless stream of wildlife will keep you enthralled as you lounge on the open deck or take a dip in the swimming pool. The airy interior of the lodge is an exquisite complement to its natural surroundings. This region of the park is renowned for its prolific game - giraffe, hippos, buffalo, antelope, and crocodile are constant visitors to Mfuwe Lodge's lagoon. Voted Best Lodge in Zambia in 2009 Mfuwe Lodge also offers you the chance to relax at its Bush-Spa or buy a few mementos of your time in Zambia at our curio shop.
Day 9
Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park
Another full day of game viewing activities in the park
Day 10
Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park
Another full day of game viewing activities in the park
Day 11
Mfuwe - Lusaka - London
An early start for our flight back to Lusaka. We then connect with our ongoing flight back to London.
Day 12
Arrive London

Checklist

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash.
  • Hair brush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins.
  • Deodorant.
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF.
  • Night time Moisturizer/Lotion.
  • If under any medication, enough stock
Cost Per Person
GBP £5,499

  • Guest Tour Leader - Iolo Williams
  • International Flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • En - Suite Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All Transport
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Visas
  • Guides Tips & Gratuities
  • Items of a Personal Nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks

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