Classic Zambia – A Road Less Travelled
Zambia over the last couple of years has become recognised as a significant safari destination – this is a result of an abundance of wildlife combined with top of the range guides and offering a wide variety of safari options and accommodation competing with its neighbours but not losing the reputation of a remote and traditional safari experience.
Named after the mighty Zambezi River that flows through the western and southern areas of Zambia, this adventurous country is home to a World Heritage Site, the renowned Victoria Falls, 17 waterfalls, a rich heritage, 4 great lakes (1 man-made) and most importantly 19 National Parks covering over 60 000sq km – all in all 32% of Zambia has been set aside for wildlife. Zambia is a perfect destination for walking safaris. The Zambezi River is fed by its Kafue and Luangwa tributaries, and forms the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe before flowing through Mozambique and ending off into the Indian Ocean. The biggest tourist attractions to Zambia is of course the town of Livingstone and the 4 major parks, that being the South Luangwa National Park, North Luangwa National Park, the Lower Zambezi National Park and Kafue National Park.
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On arrival into Lusaka Airport, you will be met by your private photographic guide, Stuart Levine.
Stuart was born in Durban, South Africa in 1970. He moved to the countryside shortly thereafter and spent his early years fishing and hiking in the outdoor environment. He completed his final schooling years in Pietermaritzburg and then undertook his military service. Following on from the army, Stuart completed a three year Diploma in Tourism before embarking on a year of travel.
Upon returning to South Africa, he commenced his dream career as a Field Guide at Londolozi Private Game Reserve before joining Singita Private Game Reserve where he stayed for the next eight years. He assisted in the pre-opening field and environmental work at Singita Lebombo in the Kruger National Park, before furthering his experience at a five star game lodge in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Stuart embarked on an exciting adventure in East Africa when he joined Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania in September 2005 – in his words, “the opportunity of a lifetime”, to guide in the great Serengeti/Mara eco system. Stuart became Head Guide at Grumeti in 2007 and managed the department for 3 years and later, trained new guides via in house six month development courses.
Since leaving Singita Grumeti in 2011 he has furthered his passion for the continent by private guiding guests through some of Africa’s great nature conservancies in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda, and hopes to continue exploring this great continent long into the future.
Stuart has travelled to many parts of the world over the last 15 years including Europe, the USA, the Middle East, south East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and a number of African countries. He is a passionate sports fan, a keen photographer and has a genuine understanding of how to create a truly memorable African experience for all his guests.
Transfer across to domestic departures for your Proflight charter flight through to Mfuwe Airport.
At Mfuwe Airport, you will be welcomed by the Bushcamp Company and transferred to your first lodge, Mfuwe Lodge.
MFUWE LODGE Award-winning safari lodge set in the most prolific game area of the South Luangwa. The perfect place to enjoy excellent game viewing, recharge your batteries, or to start and finish your journey
Ease yourself into Luangwa life with a stay at Mfuwe Lodge. Set inside the park, just five minutes drive from the main gate, the lodge’s allure is instantly obvious. Beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany, its eighteen air-conditioned chalets are arranged around the banks of two lagoons where an endless stream of wildlife will keep you enthralled as you lounge on the open deck or take a dip in the swimming pool. The airy interior of the lodge is an exquisite complement to its natural surroundings.
This region of the park is renowned for its prolific game – giraffe, hippos, buffalo, antelope, and crocodile are constant visitors to Mfuwe Lodge’s lagoon, whilst in November the local elephants regularly wander right through the lobby, lured by a nearby wild mango tree.
A game drive tends to be the most popular Zambia safari activity and is conducted in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. Vehicles leave camp in the morning and return before brunch, halting for a midmorning coffee stop. Cooler boxes and a First aid kit are carried on each vehicle, which is also equipped with a VHF radio for safety and for our guides to share news of interesting sightings so that the likelihood of any of our guests missing out on a great sighting is minimized. Your Zambian safari guide is an expert in the bush and will point out interesting subjects as if by magic: a flick of a tail here, a curve of an ear there, a movement wherever.
If one opts for a game drive in the afternoon, this will depart after high tea and then stop at sunset for sundowners (snacks and a drink, usually a cocktail, of your choice) before an experienced tracker assisting the guide switches on a red filtered spotlight and looking for the nocturnal creatures on a “night drive”. The light will be handled sensitively, avoiding shining on the eyes of any animals but particularly the herbivores so as not to influence any behaviour or outcomes. Even the vehicle’s head lamps are covered with red filters, as the red light reduces discomfort and improves the viewing experience for all concerned.
Enjoy this mornings drive before making we make our way through to Kapamba Camp, your accommodation for the next 3 nights
Kapamba Bushcamp A remote and romantic camp situated in a prime location on the Kapamba River. In a remote corner of the South Luangwa National Park lies Kapamba, a camp that combines the isolation and superb game-viewing opportunities of a true bushcamp with a touch of… dare we say it… luxury.
Set on the banks of the shallow, spring-fed eponymous river, Kapamba is surrounded by some of the park’s richest wildlife. Watching an elephant take a dip in the river can be quite an experience when you’re lounging in your own private plunge pool. The central bar and dining room is positioned under a huddle of matumi and sausage trees, with a wide deck that stretches out with views of the Kapamba River. And if that’s still not close enough for you, why not enjoy your G&T from the middle of the river itself, your feet dipped in the cool, crystal shallow BUSH WALKS – Bush walks are an interesting way to get a back stage pass look at the Zambian wildlife, and how the ecology of the Lower Zambezi works. Guides are trained naturalists who can not only identify spoor, birds, plants and insects but also explain in interesting detail how these all interact with each other, how each relies on each other in this, the great circle of life. Taking advantage of the cooler weather, bush walks usually take place in the early morning and are led by one of our pro guides and a Zambia Wildlife Authority armed “escort scout”. Your professional guide will be carrying additional water, a first aid kit, radio, pencil flare and a “bear banger” to warn off any aggressive animal. After the walk, which will last between 1-3 hours, a short (or long if you prefer) game drive will take you back to camp
Once again time to move on to your final camp, Chindeni Camp
CHINDENI CAMP A sublime tented camp on the edge of a permanent lagoon with the Chindeni Hills providing a truly breathtaking backdrop
In an enviable location on the edge of a lagoon where hippo chortle and elephant wallow, stands Chindeni – undoubtedly one of the most beautiful tented camps in the South Luangwa. There’s something about sleeping under canvas that ignites a sense of adventure in everyone. At Chindeni you can combine that thrill with style and comfort in one of its four opulent tents. Gaze out from your private veranda onto the lagoon which attracts birds and animals from miles around. Or settle back with a gin-and-tonic in the central lounge and dining area – a glorious expanse of varnished decking arranged on several levels around the surrounding ebony trees, boasting, of course, the same spectacular view of the serene lagoon and its inhabitants.
Walking safaris avaliable .
Final game drive before transferring back to Mfuwe Airport in time for your flight back to Lusaka Airport.