This Zambia luxury Camping Safari offers a thorough exploration of South Luangwa National Park, one of Africa's top wildlife destinations.
The tour price excludes return flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe in South Luangwa. It includes all meals, game viewing activities, cultural excursions, road transfers, and more.
Experience the unspoilt South Luangwa National Park in open 4x4 vehicles and on foot. On guided game drives see a wide array of wildlife and birds while soaking up the beautiful wild bush scenery.
Sunset to night game drives include sundowners in the bush before searching for nocturnal animals with a spotlight. In season you can also explore the wilderness on guided early morning walks with expert guides in South Luangwa Park.
Stay in luxury safari camps with en-suite bathrooms and deck areas next to the Luangwa River, where you can see various animals and birds. Enjoy a comfortable stay in this unique wilderness setting, providing a genuine African safari experience at an affordable price!
NOTE: Not all animal sightings are guaranteed
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation in luxury ensuite safari tents
- All meals
- Two game-viewing activities per day
- National Park entry fees
- LCCF (Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund) fee
- Return airport and other transfers
What is NOT included in the tour
- Drinks not metioned
- Personal items
- Visas if needed
- Accommodation before or end of safari
- Walking Safaris
- Drive safaris
- Night game drives
- True African Experiences
Day 1: Livingstone to Mfuwe & South Luangwa National Park
You start your 7 Day South Luangwa Camping Safari by catching a domestic flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe, bringing you to the doorstep of South Luangwa National Park. You will be collected at Mfuwe airport by your guide who will transport you to your accommodation - You will spend three nights at any two camps - Kuyenda, Chanmilandu, Kapamba, Zungulila, Chindeni or Balimungwe camps.
Depending on your arrival time your lunch will be served in the a la cart restaurant, and then you will have some more time to enjoy the atmosphere of the camp in the African bush. At teatime, around 3:30 pm, you will meet your guides and have the opportunity to discuss your special interests. Then, it is time for your first exciting game drive in South Luangwa National Park, the top wildlife destination in Zambia.
You will leave at around 4:00 pm, setting off in an open 4×4 that has been custom-built for this environment. The open sides ensure unobstructed views of the veld. Your highly qualified guides will provide excellent service and will share their expert knowledge of the African bush and its inhabitants. Signs of wildlife activity like tracks and scats will be pointed out as you are guided to exciting sightings of the animals and birds of this famous, yet remote national park.
By sunset, you will stop at a scenic spot to enjoy the changing colours of the African sky, while drinks are served. From there your game viewing adventure gets an added dimension as the guides use a spotlight to find rarely seen nocturnal animals and birds, as varied as beasts of prey like the lion and leopard, but also smaller creatures like civet and porcupines.
Back at your accommodation, a campfire awaits where you can relax after enjoying your dinner.
- Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
- Please note: Return flight from Lusaka is not included in the tour price. Guide only meets guests at Mfuwe
Day 2 - 6: Mfuwe & South Luangwa National Park
From day two to six we explore South Luangwa National Park in depth, making the most of our opportunities to not only drive through the bush in an open vehicle but also experience the wilderness on foot in the company of expert guides.
Your days begin with a light breakfast at about 5:30 am, consisting of coffee or tea, toast and cereal. Without wasting any time, we board the open 4x4 at 6:00 am to make the most of the early morning which is an excellent time for spotting an abundance of animals at South Luangwa National Park. The meandering Luangwa River is a good place to spot large numbers of hippo and elephants, and you are sure to see many animals coming to drink at the edge of the water. These may include rare Thornicroft’s giraffes and also the Crawshay’s zebra that is endemic to this region. Bird lovers will be in heaven, as there are more than 400 species in South Luangwa National Park. The riverine forest includes trees like mahogany and ebony, and you will also see examples of the giants of the tree world – the baobab. Throughout your explorations, your guide will be opening up the wonders of this unspoilt environment by sharing detailed information about the flora and fauna of the Luangwa Valley ecosystem.
By 10:00 when we return from our early morning game drive, brunch will be waiting for us at our tented camp. Now you can choose between both breakfast and lunch dishes. Late morning is time to relax, either by the pool or in your comfortable tented room.
Later in the afternoon, we return to the game park for a sunset game drive that includes sundowners surrounded by the bush. Afterwards, the spotlight will guide our drive as we look for, amongst other things, leopard and hyena that prefer to roam the bush at night. Nocturnal birds such as owls may also cross our way. By 20:00 we are usually back at the camp where dinner is served. After dinner, you can make the most of the clear dark skies to star gaze, or you can simply relax and share stories around the campfire.
Apart from game drives, other activities are available as well. In the dry season (usually from June to October) walking safaris (usually taking three to four hours) are very popular. In fact, South Luangwa is thought of as the birthplace of the typical African walking safari! If you want, you can also combine a walking tour with a game drive, doing two hours of each. A walking tour will give you the opportunity to get really close to nature, seeing, apart from the more than 60 species of animals, amazing birds, plants, and insects.
Cultural tours to local Mfuwe village are available. On these tours, you can learn more about the community and their conservation initiatives. We specifically visit the Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund (LCCF), which is also an anti-poaching centre. At a local school, you can learn about the support work done in the area.
- Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7: Mfuwe to Livingstone – Zambia
On your last morning of this South Luangwa Camping Safari, you have breakfast at the camp, after which it is time to say goodbye. You are then taken back to Mfuwe airport for your return flight to Lusaka.
NOTE: Cost of flight nit included in package.