South Luangwa Rustic Experience

Experts have dubbed South Luangwa to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuary in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. The Luangwa River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life-blood of this 9059 km2 Park. The Park hosts a wide variety of wildlife, birds and vegetation.

The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness, ranging from; dry, bare bushveld in the winter, to a lush, green wonderland in the summer months. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species in South Luangwa National Park. The only notable exception is the rhino, sadly poached to extinction.

An interest in the vegetation of Zambia will enhance your experience of the bush. Some magnificent trees and plants grow in the Luangwa Valley and it certainly adds to the richness of one’s experience to be able to recognize the different tree species and to discover exotic wildflowers.
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Highlights
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Camping
  • Walking Safari
  • Game drive

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Description
South Luangwa
Day 1 to 3

Wildlife Camp is a safari-camp on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia. The camp provides guests with an affordable front-row seat to one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, South Luangwa National Park. Since 1992 Wildlife Camp has been one of the most famous and popular camps in the Luangwa Valley, providing guests with spectacular and authentic experiences in the African bush. Wildlife Camp is known for its down-to-earth style and consists of rustic chalets.

Wildlife Camp’s morning driving safaris start at 6:00 and return to camp at about 10:15. Safaris are conducted in comfortable open vehicles to let you truly appreciate the bush. Morning safaris are usually the perfect way to see and photograph Zambia’s big mammals – elephants, zebra, giraffe and buffalo are common and antelopes such as impala, puku and kudu fill in the gaps. Birding in South Luangwa National Park is spectacular and the valley floor hosts trees older than a 1000 years old.

Night drives leave camp at 16.00hrs and return around 20.15hrs, just in time for a late three course dinner for our full-board clients. After enjoying the late afternoon light you will stop for sundowners. Once refreshed, you will continue to search by spotlight for nocturnal animals. As soon as the sun goes down, a different set of animals appear. Large spotted genets and African civets are always a highlight, and the birders will be glad to hear that the South Luangwa National Park has an impressive Pel’s Fishing Owl population. The park is famous throughout Africa for its excellent leopard sightings, and even though none of these animals can be guaranteed, it is sometimes enough just knowing that they are around.

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Bars / RestaurantsWifiSwimming PoolLaundry ServiceHotel / LodgeHikingOff Road / 4x4Sight Seeing
Wildlife Camp
3
Full Board
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South Luangwa
Day 4 to 6

Wildlife Camp’s Bushcamp consists of 4 twin dome tents, two bush toilets and a bucket shower – it has no electricity and is basic in many ways but rich in atmosphere and location. The view gives a 180 degree panoramic picture of the Luangwa River and all her inhabitants.

An afternoon walk led by a fully qualified guide and scout will take you out to the Bushcamp, where your cook and two more staff members will already be waiting. A glorious sunset and a cold beer await and if you pick the right time in the dry season a herd of 500-or-more buffalo might just surprise you when they come down to the Luangwa for water after a hot day. As the sun disappears a camp fire appears and the guide and the scout – who will spend the whole night with his firearm by his side to ensure your safety – will tell you many stories; most of them unbelievable but all of them true.

After a three-course dinner prepared on the fire and late night coffee it is time to retreat into the tents for the night. Do not fall asleep immediately – try and stay awake to soak up the sounds of Africa as you have never heard them before.

Day 6 : The next morning sunrise and birdsong wakes up the bush and after breakfast it is time to pack up and head back to camp on foot – another three hour walk among the giants, and the dwarfs, of Africa.

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CampingGame ViewingHikingSight Seeing
Wildlife Camp, Bush Camp
2
Full Board
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Total package price from: 1 250

Standard Terms and Conditions

  • Prices are per person sharing, depending on season
  • Prices shown here are very much a guideline, contact us to discuss your specific requirements so that we can quote for your unique needs and in your preferred currency
  • Rates are subject to availability at the time of booking confirmation
  • Check with us regarding visa – most international nationalities require a visa for Zambia

Included

  • Accommodation in en-suite chalets or en-suite tents
  • Two activities per day
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and 3 course dinner
  • Laundry service
  • Accommodation taxes, applicable Tourism Levies and Value Added Tax

Excluded

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Flights to and from South Luangwa
  • Drinks from the bar
  • Park entry fees
  • Any activities not specified

 

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