The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa and is at its most dramatic in the Emerald Season, with the Luangwa River now flowing over into the brimming lagoons. Boating into these lagoons, flooded ebony groves and flowing channels gives you a view of the Valley which is normally inaccessible during this season.
Day 1: Luangwa
On arrival at Mfuwe Airport you will be met and transferred to Luangwa River Camp, through colourful village life. The five room camp is situated opposite the Luangwa Wafwa (a game rich area of the park) in the Upper Lupande Game Management Area. It offers all the creature comforts of a camp yet with all the intimacy, tailored activities and flexible mealtimes you come to expect from a bush camp. The camp is unique with its décor of locally crafted and handmade details. The main area is elevated between 1-3 metres on wooden decks affording great views to the park and river. The swimming pool is sunk into the deck, linked by a waterfall. Depending on your arrival time you may settle in for some lunch, siesta then off on an afternoon safari activity. There is an option to turn back after sundowners or continue to see what nocturnals you can spot, returning to camp by 8 pm.
Day 2: Luangwa
The next day will be spent as you wish – an option is there to take a walking activity or game drive; or even both. For those with a knack for shopping can take a trip to Tribal Textiles for locally printed fabrics which are sewn into various items – perfect for souvenirs or gifts for friends and family. Perhaps a trip to Kawaza Village to experience an authentic Zambian village, interact with the locals and even sample a local meal. Nothing is set in stone; you can discuss your specific interests with your guide.
Day 3: Luangwa
Today you will take the boat up to Nsefu Camp. This will take between 2 and 4 hours depending on what you see on the way. The Luangwa River will be high and many of the lagoons will be full. The bird life is amazing along the river and you will often see a bull elephant or a lion on the banks. Nsefu Camp is on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. There are six round rondavels with luxurious en suite facilities and each room has a clear view of the river through large windows and from the new wooden verandahs. On arrival at Nsefu you will be shown to your accommodation and then lunch will be served followed by a well-deserved siesta before you set off on an afternoon safari activity.
Day 4: Luangwa
Over the next few days you will explore the area by boat and by foot. There are many lagoons, ebony groves and channels that will be flooding and so you will be boating over land which is the driving area of the park in the dry season. Also, taking a scout with you, you will be able to enjoy a walk to explore further afield in the park for an all day picnic. Lunch will be under a tree or next to a lagoon and you will then be able to take a siesta or simply spend a lazy couple of hours reading a book or watching the fascinating animals and landscape around you. Returning to camp when you are ready – you may decide to continue straight on your evening boat ride and return to camp at sunset – these are very flexible days.
Day 5: Luangwa
Another day to explore the area by boat or foot.
Day 6: Luangwa
You will boat back to Nkwali in the morning, which has a wide view of the Luangwa River. It is on the Luangwa and overlooking the Park. 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 Nkwali or if in the afternoon for tea. This afternoon enjoy an afternoon and night game drive.
Day 7: Luangwa
At dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after and your photographic expedition will begin, 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.
After breakfast you will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport for your flight to Lusaka and onwards connection.
Dates Reflect Seasonality. Only Valid During Emerald Season.
Airport transfers, boat transfers, meals as indicated, all safari activities, park fees and alcoholic drinks.
International flights, optional activities, visas, tips and items of a personal nature.