• St Zambia South Luangwa National Park Wild Dog Shutterstock Paula French
  • St Zambia South Luangwa National Park Wild Dog Shutterstock Paula French

Itinerary Summary

10 Days
Sep 2024
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
10 Days £11140 Sep 2024 Zambia Small Group Safari
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Zambia Photographic Safari: In Search Of Painted Wolves

Visit Lower Zambezi National Park and Kafue National Park in Zambia with acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Dyer in search of wild dogs. At Natural World Safaris we firmly believe in right time, right place, and Zambia is the perfect destination to take advantage of good sightings of a large pack of wild dogs.

Around 100 years ago there were probably 500,000 wild dogs left in Africa; today we are left with just 6,500 making them the continent’s second most endangered carnivore. Wild dogs are widely misunderstood and often maligned. They are ruthless and efficient killers, working as a pack, hunting swiftly and efficiently but it is this team work that also makes them endearing. Watching the pack interact, talking together, playing together, looking after each other is a real privilege. While seeking them out will be the focus of this safari (no particular encounter can be guaranteed) there will also be plenty of other wildlife encounters as we explore two wildlife-dense pockets of Zambia.

Nick Dyer is an award-winning photographer and painted wolf conservationist who will be on-hand to share his in-depth knowledge. You’ll be immersed into the Zambian bush staying in two well-located bush-camps, falling asleep as the sounds of predators and layers of calls that echo around the nocturnal wilderness penetrate the canvas of your tent.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Receive expert photography coaching skills from wildlife photographer and conservationist Nick Dyer
  • Explore the wilderness of Zambia as you head out into the plains with lions, giraffe, and other big game
  • Stay in some of the Zambia's top camps and fall asleep to the sounds of the bush
  • Support the Painted Wolf Foundation and aid conservation efforts in the areas you visit

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Discover the painted wolves of Zambia, with Specialist Leader Nick Dyer,

from $13,034 per person, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Lusaka

After your international flight lands at Lusaka, you will spend the night at the Wild Dog Lodge.

Days 2-5

Kafue National Park

Departing Lusaka, you will be flown to Lufupa airstrip and transferred to Musekese Camp a small, authentic bush camp set overlooking a seasonal lagoon close to the Kafue River in the exclusive north-east section of Kafue National Park. During your stay you will explore the Musekese region with the camp’s team of expert guides and Nick. Game viewing in the area is superb and as well as seeking out painted dogs, you will also have the opportunity to encounter other game and predators.

Days 6-9

Lower Zambezi National Park

Departing from Lufupa, you will fly to the Jeki airstrip and transfer to the comfortable Kutali Camp in the remote eastern sector of the Lower Zambezi National Park. Alongside your photographic guide, Nick Dyer, you will head out in search of painted dogs and other wildlife and four of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo.

Day 10

Depart Zambia

On your final day you will be flown from Jeki back to Lusaka for your international flights home.

Trip details

Trip information

This small group departure 2024 starts on the 15th September to the 24th September, for 10 days.

£11,140 / $12,810 USD per person sharing excluding international flights
Single Supplement of £1,825 / $2,100

Each trip includes a donation to the Painted Wolf Foundation

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