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South Luangwa Wildlife Safari

The entirety of this 10-day safari will be spent in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in this rich wildlife destination. From your secluded lodges and camps you'll be able to head into the bush and search for giraffes, hippos, zebra, thousands of elephants and a prodigious predator population, including lions, leopards, painted dogs and more.

Duration 10 days
Price From $7,979
When May - Jun
Destination Zambia

Safari Overview

The work of the Zambian Carnivore Programme has ensured South Luangwa National Park is a haven for the country's predators. Lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and painted dogs all thrive here, but this doesn't mean that prey species are in short supply. Elephants, buffalo, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest and a bevy of antelope species can be found roaming the park, and by ensuring herbivore herds are kept on the move (which allows vegetation to regrow), healthy predator populations contribute to a healthy ecosystem overall. The circle of life will be on full display in this national park, where expert guides will accompany you on bush walks and game drives.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Explore a number of regions within South Luangwa National Park while staying at top lodges and camps.
  • See the park's diverse habitats from above as you fly between camps.
  • Marvel at the diversity of the park's rich wildlife, including over 400 species of bird and more than 60 mammal species.
  • Seek out packs of painted dog – Africa's second-most endangered canine – as they rear pups in their dens.
  • Look out for wallowing hippos and crocodiles which populate the tributaries of the Luangwa River.
  • Sightings of lions, leopards and spotted hyenas are further highlights.
  • Watch as herds of herbivores graze on the grasslands and gather in huge concentrations at water sources.

With eight full days in South Luangwa, you'l be able to fully experience the national park on this safari.

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Day by day

Day 1

Mfuwe - South Luangwa National Park

Upon arrival into Lusaka Airport you will be met and shown to your flight to Mfuwe. At Mfuwe Airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to your accommodation. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have a chance for a siesta before heading off on your first game drive or bush walk.

Overnight: Mfuwe Lodge L, D

Day 2

South Luangwa National Park (Inter-Camp Transfer)

After your morning game activity you will be driven to your next camp in South Luangwa, enjoying a game drive as you go. Upon arrival at your next camp, settle in and have lunch. In the afternoon, head out on a game activity in the area.

Overnight: Zungulila Bushcamp B, L, D

Day 3

South Luangwa National Park

Continue enjoying walking safaris and game drives around this area of South Luangwa National Park. Walking safaris are a fantastic way of seeing the bush here. The expert guides will walk with you through some of the most wild and untouched wilderness, where you may be able to spot elephants drinking from the lagoons. The evenings are spent enjoying a sundowner by the river or sitting around the camp sharing your adventures with the other guests. Walking safaris in Luangwa Valley are one of the most exciting ways to explore and appreciate this unique ecosystem by getting up close and personal with the wildlife.

Overnight: Zungulila Bushcamp B, L, D

Day 4

South Luangwa National Park (Inter-Camp Transfer)

After your morning game activity you will be driven to your next camp in South Luangwa, enjoying a game drive as you go. Upon arrival at your next camp, settle in and have lunch. In the afternoon, head out on a game activity in the area.

Overnight: Kapamba Bushcamp B, L, D

Day 5

South Luangwa National Park

Enjoy the second of your two days at Kapamba Bushcamp, situated on the banks of the Kapamba River. Spend your time on game drives around the valley, where the game is fantastic and the guides are excellent. The South Luangwa Valley is undoubtedly one of the finest areas to visit in Africa. Beautiful water glades provide the perfect grazing grounds for a variety of antelope, including impala, puku, eland, waterbuck, bushbuck and kudu. Elephants number around 20-35,000 in the entire valley, with roughly 10,000 inhabiting the park itself. Lion populations are stable, though the slightly reduced number of lions is in fact probably why the leopard numbers in the valley are so high – estimates place the population at one leopard every 2.5km!

Overnight: Kapamba Bushcamp B, L, D

Day 6

South Luangwa National Park (Inter-Camp Transfer)

After your morning game activity, you will be driven to an airstrip to catch your short internal flight to your next camp in South Luangwa. Upon arrival at your next camp, settle in and have lunch. In the afternoon, head out on a game activity in the area.

Overnight: Tafika Camp B, L, D

Days 7-9

South Luangwa National Park

Enjoy a further three full days at your final lodgings, Tafika, another riverside camp with fantastic panoramic views of the Luangwa River and beyond. The surrounding area is great for birdwatching, with the jet-black eyes of the Pel's fishing owl and flocks of crowned cranes on the Nsefu Salt Pan being particular highlights; and as always in South Luangwa, the game-viewing is spectacular. Herds of zebra, giraffe, elephant, antelope and wildebeest roam the plains, with lions chasing down the old and the sick. Hulking Nile crocodiles lie in wait beneath the surface of rivers and waterholes, waiting for the opportune moment to strike. Leopards stalk their prey through the brush, while packs of painted dogs pursue their prey in a ruthlessly coordinated team pursuit, hoping the imposing spotted hyenas don't appear to rob them of their kill.

Overnight: Tafika Camp B, L, D

Day 10

Depart South Luangwa National Park

This morning you will transfer back to the airport for your international flight back home.

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