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South Luangwa Safari

South Luangwa is one of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas and is also one of the leading destinations for walking safaris.

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South Luangwa Safari

South Luangwa is one of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas and is also one of the leading destinations for walking safaris. This is truly unique way of viewing the animals, birds and flora of this region and getting to know your guide, guard and support team. The following suggested tailor made itinerary will give you a cross section of experiences of the area and lodges:

Day 1: Arrive South Luangwa National Park

Day 3: Change camps

Day 5: Change camps

Day 7: Change camps

Day 9: Change camps

Day 10: Depart South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National PArk

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Liions at South Luangwa

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South Luangwa has been one of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas and has also been one of the leading suppliers of walking safaris. This is truly unique way of viewing the animals, birds and flora of this region and getting to know your guide, guard and support team. The following suggested itinerary will give you a cross section of experiences of the area and lodges:

Day 1: Arrive South Luangwa National   Park

There are a number of ways to get Mfuwe, the small airport that serves the South Luangwa National  Park and the chances are it will be a small aircraft for the final leg. Begin with a stay in a lodge with a view over the river. Depending on the time of the year the river could be flowing but later in the year it will become a series of pools offering a lifeline to all the animals in a dry landscape. This afternoon, enjoy the first game drive in to the Park. A couple of nights here allow for acclimatization to the new environment.

Two nights

Day 3

Game drives this morning go deep into the Park and to the first seasonal camp (they are all dismantled as the rains arrive). These camps are all well located along a tributary river that leads down to the main Luangwa River. They are small sized, sometimes with just 8 – 10 guests. Game drives here will include viewing some of the special animals to be found locally such as the rare Thornicroft Giraffe, Puku, arguably the prettiest zebras – Crawshays zebra and over 400 different birds. All of the Big 5 are here except the rhino which has been poached to extinction. The chances of seeing large prides of lions and packs of wild dog is high and sightings of leopard a regular feature. Two nights here gives a good chance to get to know the area. Meals are likely to be under a giant tree or in an open area overlooking the river. A great chance to swap stories and think about what opportunities the next drive may bring.

Two nights

Day 5

Today, transfer to the next small camp with the option of going in the safari vehicle or setting out on foot. There will be only a few people walking and the guide, guard and support men all have very sharp eyes do not miss a thing. How long the walk takes will depend on the speed of the slowest member and any detours around lion, elephant etc that may be needed. The fact that you are on foot gives a frisson and an alertness that is absent in the vehicle. It also allows time to see the small animals and to find tracks of lion, python and all that has passed that way recently. In addition it puts the size of the animals encountered in to a personal perspective. The guides inform you of what you pass and see and ensures your safe passage to the next camp. Again two nights is recommended here to make the most of the surroundings.

Two nights

Day 7

On to the next camp, again either on foot or by vehicle. Each camp has its own distinct character and the staff members are very loyal to their group and proud of the quality of service they offer. For those that want a truly different experience there is the chance to sleep out on a sand bank under a mosquito net with just you, the stars, the animal noises and a camp fire. In truth the guard and guide are camped not very far away ensuring all is well. Spend two nights here.

Two nights

Day 9

Return to a camp on the Luangwa River for the last night of the safari. Perhaps undertake a night drive to see those animals that only come out after dark.

One night

Day 10: Depart South Luangwa National   Park

Start the journey home or combine time here with a few days on Lake Malawi or at the Victoria Falls.

South Luangwa National Park

Photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Luangwa Safari

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The adrenalin rush of taking a walking safari instead of travelling by vehicle makes for a very exciting safari experience.

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