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Walking Safaris In Zambia

SOUTH LUANGWA WALKING TRAIL
10 days & 9 nights in wild africa

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The LUANGWA VALLEY, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa.  It covers an area of over 9000 sq. km. through which the meandering Luangwa River runs.  The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game - including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo - and over 400 species of birds. WALKING is the only way to really discover the secrets of the bush. Walks are led by an experienced naturalist and accompanied by an armed game scout.  

Combining Nkwali Camp for 2 nights, Walking Mobile Camp for 4 nights and Nsefu Camp for 3 nights.

DAY 1: MFUWE TO NKWALI CAMP
On arrival at Mfuwe International Airport a representative of The Safari Company will meet you. The drive to Nkwali Camp takes 1 hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. Overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, the camp is ideally situated for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of the camp or if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

DAY 2: EXPLORING SOUTH LUANGWA
At dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge is heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after, entering the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon. The game in the area is excellent - and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken by a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Tea will be served in the afternoon and then off on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world. Usually one returns to camp about 20.00 hrs with dinner generally at 20.30.

DAY 3: WALKING SAFARI
After an early breakfast, you will be heading north to start your walking mobile which has become known as THE wilderness experience of the South Luangwa. Your drive is some 90kms to the Mupamadzi River along a bush road, through remote parts of the park. You arrive in camp for lunch around mid day. The mobile camp is already set up for your arrival with well-equipped walk-in tents. The shower is under a tree and the toilet is a long drop with a wooden throne. Enjoy a relaxing siesta after lunch before tea and going for a walk around camp in the afternoon to return for sundowners and dinner in the open under the stars!

DAY 4: WALKING SAFARI
Up at sunrise for the morning walk. The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unused to man. From ant’s to buffalo, a bird’s nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush. Lunch, siesta and afternoon walk.

DAY 5: WALKING SAFARI   
The mobile camp will be packed and moved to another remote location as you walk further down the river. Lunch will be ready as the guests arrive late morning. Lunch, siesta and afternoon walk.

DAY 6: WALKING SAFARI
The final day of exploring the area on foot.  The clear watered Mupamadzi River is a major tributary of the Luangwa and all walks are led by an experienced naturalist and accompanied by an armed game scout.  The terrain is varied, with foothills of the escarpment covers with low mopane, open grass land plains with kopjes as well as the riverine woodland and scrub.   

DAY 7: NSEFU CAMP
After an early breakfast, transfer to the Luangwa River crossing point. This is a 4 to 5 hour drive. Nsefu staff will meet and boat the party across the river, and then a 45 minute drive to Nsefu Camp. The camp is on a sweeping bend of the river. Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. This area was recognized then as a phenomenal area and it still is. There are only two camps in this sector of the Park. The camp consists of six round rondavals with luxurious ensuite facilities and each room has a clear view of the river through large windows and from the wooden verandahs. On arrival you will be shown to your rondavel and then lunch will be served followed by a well deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive. Time to rest those weary legs!!  

DAY 8: NSEFU CAMP
Today is a chance to drive or walk through the ebony groves. Or you may decide this is an ideal day depending on the heat and time of year to explore the Nsefu Sector of the National Park possibly with an all day picnic drive to the salt pans that will cover different habitats and is an exceptional days safari.

DAY 9: NSEFU CAMP
Being the last whole day at Nsefu you resume game activities in the morning and evening with the possibility of visiting Kawaza village as an option to meet local people and experience life in a real non tourist village. If you wish to visit this village please mention this at the time of booking or on arrival at camp on day 1.  

DAY 10: THE SAFARI ENDS

Depending on your flight time you will be transferred by vehicle to Mfuwe Airport which is approximately 1.5 hrs drive from camp. Where possible we would incorporate a game drive.

Costs:
Jun - Oct 2003: Approx. USD 3475.00 per person sharing.

Included:
2 nights at Nkwali Camp, 4 nights at bush camps in the national park, 3 nights at Nsefu Camp, all meals, all drinks, laundry, all game viewing (day & night drives), park fees, services of professional walking guide, transfers from Mfuwe Airport.

Excluded:
International flights, personal expenses, airport and departure taxes, visa costs, comprehensive travel insurance.

Activities:
Several hours walking per day in one of the most remote wilderness areas in Africa, game drives, night drives, sundowners.

Best season:
June to October is dry season in southern Africa when foliage has thinned out enough for safe walking. It is also cooler during the winter months (Jun - Sept). This time of the year is the best for game viewing.

Map of safari route:

Extend your stay:
to the Victoria Falls, Livingstone
Visit the famous Victoria Falls - one of the natural wonders of the world. Stay at the lodge of your choice (River Club, Islands of Siankaba, Royal Livingstone (excl. dinner) or Victoria Falls Safari Lodge) situated on the banks of the upper Zambezi. Fly from Mfuwe to Livingstone.

Cost of extension:
The cost of the extensions to Victoria Falls depends on the choice of accommodation and the length of stay. Please contact us for a detailed quote.

Extend your stay:
to the Lower Zambezi Valley
Fly from Mfuwe to Jeki airstrip in the Lower Zambezi National Park, located along the Zambezi River across from Mana Pools. The major attraction is canoe safaris, combined with walks, game drives, night drives and boat cruises while staying at comfortable permanent camps situated on the banks of the Zambezi River. Choose between Chiawa Camp, Sausage Tree Camp, Kiubo River Camp (just outside the park) and Kulefu Camp.

Cost of extension:
The cost of the extensions to the Lower Zambezi Valley depends on the choice of accommodation and the length of stay. Please contact us for a detailed quote.

Term and conditions: Please read our terms and conditions for more information on how to book, travel insurance, cancellation fees, baggage and other important issues.

 



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