Read the first-hand account from one of our US clients who recently returned from Zambia and his experience of travel during a pandemic.
We’ve been to Africa more than twenty times and loved every trip. But, this Zambia trip was exceptional. The wildlife was amazing, and Ellen Cantle put together a spectacular combination of three quite diverse landscapes and terrains. We went in September, toward the end of the dry season. It’s a great time to go.
After overnighting in Lusaka at the Latitude 15 hotel, we were transferred to the airport for a small aircraft flight to Mfue. On arrival, we were met and driven to Tafika Camp, located in a remote area in the somewhat northern region of South Luangwa National Park. Tafika consists of six open plan natural grass chalets set on a grassy peninsula on the Luangwa River. Family owned and run, I doubt there’s anything owners John and Carol, their daughter and son-in law Jennifer and Nick, and the staff would not do to ensure the safari ambitions of every guest are realized.
While there are some trees, they are scattered and the landscape and terrain is mostly open plain and salt pan. While walking safaris were an option, during our three night stay, we opted for game drives. The wildlife sightings were amazing! In addition to bushbucks, waterbucks, elephants, impala, zebra, leopard, hyena, mongoose, puku, giraffe, hippos, tree squirrels, genet, kudu, lions (including a pride eating a recently killed hippo), monitors, crocodiles, baboons, and tons of birds, we also had a sighting of the shy and elusive bush baby. The number and variety of wildlife were almost dizzying.