The Luangwa Explorer
9 days, top guides and 3 camps in Zambia’s safari hotspot… there’s a reason why it’s a firm Zambezi favourite, Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park is the country’s finest wildlife sanctuary.
Home to leopard, hippo, crocodile, elephant and buffalo with healthy populations of wild dog, the unique Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest.
- South Luangwa National Park
- 9 days/8 nights
The Luangwa Explorer does just what it says… we’ve selected intimate luxury bushcamps (just 4 rooms in each camp) and the unique Mfuwe Lodge which sits overlooking an oxbow lagoon. All offer great personal service and knowledgeable professional guides in an untouched and unspoilt destination.
Highlights of the Luangwa Explorer
- We’ll travel from Lusaka to Mfuwe Lodge – 18 chalets with private decks, swimming pool and bush spa. All meals and game drives included. The main focus of the safari is on the walking trails around and the bushcamps – don’t worry, if walking isn’t your ‘thing’ we’re flexible and can arrange game drives for you instead, groups are so small we can tailor the safari to suit you
- we’ll stay 3 nights at Chamilandu Bushcamp in a prime river location. The camp has just three stilted chalets under an ebony grove
- 3 nights at Bilimungwe Bushcamp a little gem of a camp hidden under vast mahogany trees. The spacious thatched stilted chalets have views over one of three watering holes. A lovely spot for sundowners followed by an outdoor boma dinner
- we return to Mfuwe for our last night at the lodge.
Best time to go the the Luangwa
- Luangwa is a year round destination. Prices vary according to which season you choose (see tips and notes below)
- Early June and late September into October – avoid the crowds
- September and October – best time to see game but it’s very hot during these months
- The rains arrive in November.
You're met on arrival for your game drive transfer to the Lodge within the park. Activities include games drives (day/night) and walks. prolific game-giraffe, antelope, buffalo, baboons and elephant.
Early morning game drive and bush breakfast then game drive transfer to Chamilandu for lunch and siesta. afternoon drive and sundowners then back to camps for dinner.
Early start-tea and biscuits then out on a bush walk-this. Back to camp by 11 for brunch and siesta. Heading off again after 4 to look at tracks, trees and wildlife. Back to camp for dinner.
Days follow the same easy schedule-returning around 7 for drinks by the fire followed by lots of discussion of the days events and dinner.
Arriving at Bilimungwe Bushcamp for lunch. This camp is close to waterholes where wildlife come down to drink. There are seating areas where you can watch the game or sit with your camera and a book
Guests often spot wild dogs here, pups too if you're lucky! Large deck overlooking the waterholes and their resident elephant herds. Enjoy wildlife from your chalet and dine under the stars.
Transfer back to Mfuwe for your last night. Swim in the pool overlooking the river or look out at the wildlife in and around the lagoon. Afternoon game drive and dinner.
Transfer back to Mfuwe for your last night. Swim in the pool overlooking the river or look out over the small river in front of the lodge. Mfuwe Lodge will feel like a city after days in the bush!
Arrange to visit Tribal Textiles and other shops on the way to the airport, to pick up a few locally made gifts and memorabilia. Transfer to Mfuwe airport.
Tips and notes
Luangwa Explorer safari
Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
1 Nov – 31 May : from US$3,817 pp
1-30 Jun & 1-31 Oct : from US$4,179 pp
1 Jul – 30 Sept : from US$4,926 pp
Includes a 10% long stay discount and all parks fees
- Return flights Lusaka – Mfuwe
- 2 nights Mfuwe Lodge
- 6 nights individual bushcamps
- Airport and inter camp transfers
- All game viewing activities
- tea coffee water at Mfuwe Lodge
- all drinks at bushcamps (excl. bottled wine)
- no single supplement
- Government tax and surcharges
- Bar drinks and laundry at Mfuwe
- imported bottled wine at bushcamps
- Visa fees
- National Park entry fees
- Luangwa Conservation and Community fund
Only an hour from the lodge, Kuyenda is a small cluster of traditional thatched huts in a shady grove of mahogany trees on the Manzi River. Home to Phil Berry and Babette Alfieri since the late-90’s it’s one of the last rustic and really authentic camps around. Renowned for its walking trails and the encyclopaedic knowledge of its guides.
Chamilandu is just over 2 hours from the lodge. Three handsome stilted tree houses offer a panoramic view overlooking the river into the Chindeni Hills. A nearby hide and seven oxbow lagoons behind camp draw in wildlife especially in season between June and October.
Bilimungwe has 4 spacious thatched chalets with a large lounge under a massive mahogany tree. Rebuilt in 2011 this contemporary bushcamp strikes an elegant balance between tradition and stylish comfort. The guiding team is lead by the award-winning Manda Chisanga and walking is the main focus on the nearby plain and 3 waterholes through the season from June to November.
One of the most attractive tented bush camps in the park, Chindeni commands grand views from the edge of a permanent lagoon across to the Chindeni Hills. Its 4 opulent tents with private verandas and the comfortable central lounge area make this camp a good choice for kicking back as the game is drawn into camp.
In a relatively exclusive and game rich area in the remote south Kapamba has 4 spacious thatched chalets overlooking the Kapamba River. This is an especially good area for walking and is the only bushcamp in the park open from April into January.
These bushcamps, some from their early days in the 1990’s through their upgrades in 2010/11 have provided many hundreds of our guests with experiences unmatched elsewhere in Southern Africa. Each camp is renowned for its remote character, special charms and some big personalities who’ve guided and hosted through the years.
This safari formula wins with our guests year in and year out!
How to get there
Arrive at Livingstone then take a scheduled flight (runnng daily) to Lusaka (approx. 1 hour) and on into Mfuwe (a further 45 minutes). We can arrange your international flights for you, please ask your Zambezi consultant for details.
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