Zambia Classic: South Luangwa Valley

Safari, Zambia Classic: South Luangwa ValleySafari, Zambia Classic: South Luangwa Valley

Zambia Classic

South Luangwa Valley

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Dinner under the stars as elephants walk by. Sipping champagne to the sound of hippos squelching in their wallow. The music of a thousand birds by day, and by night a serenade of mysterious forest sounds. It’s the Africa you’ve been searching for, and you’ve found it on this CW Walking Safari.

Here, where the walking safari was pioneered, you will explore Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Your adventure begins at award-winning Mfuwe Lodge, a luxurious point of entry from which you’ll venture deep into the bush. Safari by foot to three remote yet deluxe bush camps for an intimate wildlife experience in one of Mother Africa’s last unspoiled regions. Following the footsteps of the great explorers, you are immersed in the riches of Africa’s natural diversity. Led by the continent’s finest local guides, you discover secrets of the bush. Almost every step reveals a new creature or plant, a new and profound experience. This is the real Africa—with all the beauty and excitement that a walking safari promises.

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Activity Level
Easy to moderate daily,
with game drives
interspersed
Meet
Lusaka, Zambia
Depart
Lusaka, Zambia
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9 days, 8 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides
  • All meals included, local wine, and beer included with dinners
  • Premium tented camps and safari lodge (with private baths)
  • Airport “meet and greet” service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Internal flight(s)
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
per person double occupancy
Single supplement + $1,350
 

Solo surcharge + $0
 

*Please contact us for 7+ traveler pricing.

Call 800.234.6900 to book this trip.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1 - 2
Mfuwe Lodge
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3 - 4
Bilimungwe Bushcamp
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5 - 6
Kapamba Bushcamp
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7 - 8
Zungulila Bushcamp
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9
Departure to Lusaka
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Day 1 - 2

Mfuwe Lodge

You are met upon arrival into Lusaka and transferred to your short flight by light aircraft to Mfuwe. Upon arrival at the small Mfuwe airport, you will be taken to your home for the next two nights. Prolific game give this region its renown: buffalo, antelope, giraffe, crocodile, and other impressive creatures will join you at the lagoon of Mfuwe Lodge. There are two game drives a day, one setting out at first light, and then another in late afternoon when wildlife is most active. In the evening, relax with sundowner cocktails, then enjoy a new spectacle as spotlights pick out a parade of nocturnal creatures. You’ve arrived in animal-lovers’ paradise.

Included: Game drives, bush walks, and internal flight. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour

Mfuwe Lodge

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Voted Zambia’s “Best Lodge,” Mfuwe Lodge crouches beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany. Its charming thatched buildings sit on the banks of two lagoons where a steady stream of wildlife offers enthralling vignettes. Each of its 18 thatched chalets gives visitors a private piece of Africa, with secluded covered verandas that overlook the lagoon shores where hippos wallow and animals come to drink. Rooms offer stylish African interiors, comfortable sitting rooms, and bathrooms en suite with panoramic walk-in showers. Lodge facilities are designed to complement the natural surroundings and include open deck, swimming pool, bush spa, and curio shop.

Day 3 - 4

Bilimungwe Bushcamp

Today you head off on a morning game drive that takes you to Bilimungwe, your camp for the next two nights. You’ll journey deeper into the exceptional, lush diversity of South Luangwa National Park. This modern-day Eden has verdant floodplains alive with huge herds of game, mopane woodlands, and indigenous hardwood forests that sustain more than 400 species of birds. The concentration of game around the Luangwa River and its oxbow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa; the mighty river attracts thirsty animals like a magnet. Renowned explorer David Livingstone was one of the first to note the extraordinary riches of South Luangwa Valley, saying “It is impossible to describe its luxuriance.”

On walking safaris and game drives around Bilimungwe, you will come to know the broad variety of habitat. As for wildlife watching, the area is so rich with opportunity, it’s hard to choose where to look first.

Included: Game drives and daily bush walks. Meals: BLD

Bilimungwe Bushcamp

South Luangwa National Park

A warm welcome awaits you at Bilimungwe Bushcamp. This exclusive, premium lodge has just four raised thatched chalets offering spacious accommodation with bathroom en suite, indoor and outdoor shower, and private porch with remarkable views onto one of three waterholes. The heart of camp is its lounge, built beneath the protective canopy of a huge mahogany tree. It overlooks a shady waterhole, drawing thirsty visitors throughout the day including warthog and elephant.

Day 5 - 6

Kapamba Bushcamp

The magic of Luangwa continues to enchant as, after a hearty breakfast, you set off on foot from Bilimungwe. A three-to-four-hour safari will take you through the bush to Kapamba Bushcamp, where you will spend the next two nights.

Hippopotamus, 14 different species of antelope, Thornicroft’s giraffe (unique to Luangwa Valley), eland, impala, kudu, baboons, vervet monkeys, and dozens of other animal species are prolific in Luangwa—as are 400 different species of bird.

During your stay, enjoy morning and afternoon walks, and day and night game drives. On night drives, look for sightings of the night ape and nocturnal bush baby.

Included: Game drives and daily bush walks. Meals: BLD

Kapamba Bushcamp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Kapamba Bushcamp combines serene isolation and superb game-viewing opportunities with unexpected touches of luxury in such a remote location. Beautifully positioned on the banks of the shallow Kapamba River, fed by freshwater springs, this idyllic spot is surrounded by some of Luangwa’s most diverse wildlife. Central bar and dining room sit beneath a cluster of matumi and sausage trees; the wide deck is a vantage point for views of the Kapamba River. Rest comfortably in one of four spacious, en suite chalets. Simple and original in design, the open-fronted rooms have wide verandas with river views, twin showers and sunken stone plunge-pools. Watching elephants bathe in the river as you lounge in your private pool is just one of the many astonishingly beautiful moments that await you.

Day 7 - 8

Zungulila Bushcamp

Leaving Kapamba Bushcamp, enjoy a leisurely walk along the river, arriving at Zungulila in time for lunch. During the next two days, your expert guide will lead you on foot through untouched wilderness, where large herds of buffalo roam grassy plains and elephants pause to drink at fresh springs along the Kapamba riverbanks. Activities are focused around walking; day and night game drives will take you even further afield. In the evening, after wading through the river, join your hosts for sundowners, or sit around the campfire recounting the day’s adventures. Enjoy a starlit supper at your table overlooking the river.

Included: Game drives and daily bush walks / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Zungulila Bushcamp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Zungulila combines modern convenience with the essence of old Africa. From its river-bend location, breathtaking views extend onto an expansive plain where natural springs attract a variety of game. Camp consists of just four shaded tents, built under thatched roof, with private bamboo verandas opening onto sweeping views filled with wildlife. Stylish interiors, en suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, and sunken plunge-pools assure your privacy and comfort.

Day 9

Departure to Lusaka

Following a final breakfast, you bid farewell to the extraordinary beauty of the South Luangwa Valley and all of the friends you have made along the way. You will be transferred to the Mfuwe airport for your included flight back to Lusaka. From there, you may continue your explorations—perhaps on our Victoria Falls Spotlight.

Included: Departure transfer and internal flight. Meal: B
Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guides

Fannuel Banda

Raised in Mfuwe, Fannuel was lucky to have his early interest in wildlife encouraged by his grandparents and other mentors. As a young man, he gained experience in the world of safari travel by working at related jobs including foreman for a lodge and transfer driver. His charm and spirit earned him an appearance on the BBC program ‘No Going Back’. After successfully passing his guide exams Fannuel qualified as a walking guide and now welcomes guests into the wilderness at camps throughout the region. He lives with his wife and two young sons in Mfuwe.

Manda Chisanga

As a child, Manda was taken by his grandfather on journeys around Zambia. These early travels set the state for Manda’s lifelong fascination with his countryside and led to his career as safari guide. He has spent most of his professional guiding time in South Luangwa National Park, and while he currently resides with his wife in Mfuwe, he has also lived in all the Zambian provinces. His rich knowledge of his homeland and his warm, compassionate nature make him an endearing partner on safari as he shares amusing anecdotes and engages in discussions about local issues. Manda’s qualities earned him the Paul Morrison Guide Award from Wanderlust magazine; he generously used his prize money to set up the Mfuwe Solar Cooker Project.

Peter Milanzi

As a boy, Peter’s father worked for the Park Authorities. Growing up in Lochinvar National Park, his interest in wildlife got an early start. Skilled guiding runs in the family; his twin brother Misheck is also a guide. Peter’s first safari experience was as bartender in Luanga Valley safari camps, and he still mixes an excellent cocktail! Inspired by his father and brother, he became a guide in 2003. When he is not expertly revealing the wonders of the African wilderness to visitors, Peter is a traveler himself; he has been to the United Kingdom and looks forward to further journeys with his wife, a teacher, and their young daughter. With his open heart and mind, he makes every safari a special pleasure.

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