Zambia

Blessed with awe-inspiring natural wonders, an abundance of wildlife, huge water bodies and vast open spaces, Zambia offers unforgettable holidays exploring the real Africa.

Acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, Zambia's welcoming people live in peace and harmony. And here, in the warm heart of Africa, you will find some of the finest Safari experiences on the planet, including face to face encounters with Nature at its most wild.

Spectacular waterways provide adrenaline-thrills or a leisurely playground of activities for all ages. Seventeen magnificent waterfalls, apart from the spectacular Victoria Falls, provide 'cascade followers' an adventure into the remote undeveloped rural areas where a taste of village life can be experienced.

Spectacular daily sunsets are almost guaranteed. Zambia is a safari enthusiast’s dream with over 30% of the country’s land allocated to National Parks. Not only is there an array of some of the world’s biggest and best game parks to choose from, such as the vast Kafue National Park or the famous South Luangwa, there are many safari activities available too. Whether it’s a canoeing safari along the game-rich shores of the Lower Zambezi, or following in the footsteps of the pioneers into the Zambian interior on a mobile walking safari through North Luangwa National Park, you are sure to find something in the continent’s spectacular wildlife and scenery to thrill and amaze you.

Zambia, in southern Africa, is a landlocked country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife, with many parks and safari areas. On its border with Zimbabwe is famed Victoria Falls – indigenously called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or "Smoke That Thunders” – plunging a misty 108m into narrow Batoka Gorge. Spanning the Zambezi River just below the falls is Victoria Falls Bridge, a spectacular viewpoint.

Safari Highlights

  • We have 2 private vehicles throughout the entire safari for our small and private group, with only 1 person per row of seating (the vehicles have 3 rows behind the driver, plus a seat next to the driver if you want to be lower down to the ground)

  • Knowledgeable and passionate safari guides in Zambia will drive and guide us in open vehicles to help us get the images we are after.

  • The leopards, elephants, wild dogs and the beautiful landscape of the Luangwa River stand out as the highlights of this safari, combined with the very small camps (4 rooms each), lack of other safari travelers make this safari destination unique.

  • This safari offers superb game viewing and photographic opportunities in some of the best areas in Africa.

  • This itinerary focuses on a real wildlife experience in very private game drive areas.

  • The areas visited offer an insight into the fantastic wildlife in South Luangwa.

The Schedule

August 19, 2019 (1 night)
Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Upon your arrival at Livingstone Airport, you will be met and assisted onto you scheduled flight P0801 08:55/10:05 pm Mfuwe/Lusaka. You will then be transferred approximately 45 minutes by road to Mfuwe Lodge where you will overnight for 1 night.

Bordering the Luangwa River, the northern and southern Luangwa National Parks contain some of the most breathtaking and untouched wilderness in Africa. As a result of this and the parks’ successful anti-poaching campaigns, the area has developed into a world-renowned wildlife haven. The South Luangwa National Park is renowned for its walking safari, which allows visitors to view elephant, hippo and even lion close-up under the supervision of professional and knowledgeable armed guides.

Mfuwe is a unique lodge situated in the South Luangwa National Park with 18 luxury en-suite thatched chalets, each with a private decking area that overlooks a lagoon that attracts abundant wildlife. Overlooking a beautiful oxbow lagoon, our lodge provides the visitor with a special glimpse of Africa as she was - untouched, unspoiled and unforgettable. 

Accommodation comprises 18 guest chalets, each with its own private deck. Game drives and walks are conducted by an experienced and knowledgeable team of guides. The lodge also boasts a Bush Spa where a range of relaxing and healing African therapies are provided. 

August 20-22 (2 nights)
Bilimungwe Bush Camp, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Today you will depart Mfuwe by road to Bilimungwe, camp in the remote southern part of South Luangwa National Park.

It's hard not to be seduced by the charm of Bilimungwe. 

Here, the traditions of the African bushcamp meet elegance and style to create a stunning camp that feels like it has grown organically out of the surrounding landscape. Set beneath a huge mahogany tree, the heart of Bilimungwe is the cool, shady lounge area that looks out over one of the camps three waterholes. Settle down in a cosy armchair with a sundowner and relax as you watch an enviable display of spectacular birds and animals that clearly feel as comfortable here as you do. With the open waters of the Luangwa River also on your doorstep and a nearby plain where leopard prowl, it's clear that this is a nature-lovers paradise, and with Manda Chisanga - Bilimungwe's award-winning resident guide - to lead you, you could not be in better hands. (In the event that Manda is not available, another guide from The Bushcamp Company's excellent and experienced team will be on hand).

Bilimungwe's four raised thatched rooms have been carefully designed to ensure the height of comfort whilst still retaining that authentic bushcamp feel. The tangle of mature mahogany trees that surround camp are echoed in the rich, wood interiors and the beautiful wooden furniture, handmade by local artisans. Bright African textiles bring splashes of colour to the elegant rooms. After an early morning game drive, head back to your room for a refreshing, open-air waterfall shower, or continue the wildlife spectacle from your private deck. Two of the chalets have twin beds (queen-sized beds), while the other two each have a king bed. Bilimungwe sleeps up to eight guests and is open from May to December


August 22-24 (2 nights)

Zunguglila Bush Camp, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Today you will depart Bilimungwe to Zungulila, this is approximately 30 minutes by road. Zungulila Bushcamp makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. The tented chalets and the main area are reminiscent of by-gone days, but the outdoor showers and private plunge pools are definitely modern. 

Each of the chalets and the main area have expansive views of the plains leading to the Kapamba River and afford wonderful opportunities for watching the large herds of buffalo and other game that frequent the area.

NOTE: Customized extensions to this safari, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Victoria Falls and other destinations may be arranged through Andy Biggs Photo Safaris as desired. Ask us for further information.

August 24-25, 2019 (2 nights)
Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

This morning we will have a game drive en route back to Mfuwe Lodge. Our time in the remote area of the southernmost areas of South Luangwa National Park is coming to and end and the drive back to Mfuwe will take us along the Luangwa River, a haven for elephants and ungulates due to the river’s waters. As we leave behind the remote and rugged south, we gain more floodplains along the Luangwa River, more impala and especially more leopard sightings. We will spend our final 2 nights back at Mfuwe Lodge, which is famous for its elephants that walk through the reception area during certain times of the year.

August 26, 2019
Today you will depart Mfuwe for your flight P0801 08:55/10:05 pm Mfuwe/Lusaka connecting to P0704 10:45/11:55 am( subject to change). You will then depart on your outbound flight from Livingstone.

The Cost

The cost of this all-inclusive safari is $8,830 per person. The same rate applies for each participant regardless of whether they are doing photography and participating in the workshop, or not. This fee includes all in-country ground and air transportation as well as hotel accommodation (double occupancy) and all meals.

Due to the limited number of spaces available, if a solo guest is willing to share a room and we can match with another guest of the same gender, we will do so. If a solo guest is unwilling to share, then a single supplement of $1,800 will be charged.

Please note: We will attempt to adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. We reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participant.

 

What Do I Do Next?
Our groups are small, so space is limited. If this exciting trip has your name on it; if you're excited by the thought of becoming a member of this trip, then now is the time to register. Remember, there will be limited space available for this workshop. When they're spoken for, that's it. If you have any questions before registering, send us an e-mail with any inquiries to info@andybiggs.com.

 
 

Trip Details

Safari Leader: Andy Biggs

Dates: August 19-26, 2019

Cost: $8,830. Single Supplement $1,800

 

What's Included?

  • Accommodation on a shared basis

  • Meet and greet at Lusaka Airport

  • Flights between Livingstone / Lusaka / Mfuwe / Lusaka / Livingstone

  • All safari activities

  • Services of the lodge guides & staff

  • All park fees

  • All meals and drinks (excluding premium brands)

  • Daily laundry

  • The current Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax or Government Sales Taxes


What is Not Included?

  • International airfare and/or other transportation between your home and Livingstone, Zambia

  • Visas (if applicable)

  • Travel Insurance

  • Personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls etc.)

  • Gratuities for staff and guides

  • Pre- and post- safari tours