Day 1: Mfuwe
After arrival at Mfuwe airport transfer to our camp (Croc. Valley or similar).
Camping next to the Luangwa River. Dinner is being served underneath the clear African sky (-/-/D).
Days 2 and 3: South Luangwa National Park- Mfuwe area:
These days we will spend with game viewing inside the National Park. We will explore the area with our game viewing vehicle. Game drives along the Luangwa River often produces spectacular sightings. Hippo families occur in high numbers in the river, unequalled in Africa.
During the dry season (July to October), many side channels of the river dry up, leaving the fish trapped. This attracts many different species of predators, such as the African fish eagle, jackal, and hyena, to mention but a few. The colourful Carmine bee-eaters are often
seen perching in front of their nests in the river banks.
Camping on the banks of the Luangwa River at Croc Valley Camp or similar. (2x FB).
Days 4 and 5: South Luangwa National Park – Nsefu Sector:
Early in the morning we pack up our camp and drive via traditional villages to the Nsefu sector of the park. South Luangwa NP is known for its abundance of African wildlife: Thorneycroft’s giraffe, Cookson’s Gnu, Crawshay’s Zebra and big herds of buffalo and
elephant. In the mornings we will do game walks along the Luangwa River, in the afternoon game drives with our 4x4 vehicle.
Camping on the banks of the Luangwa River at Kalovia Campsite, exclusively reserved for our group (2x FB).
Days 6 and 7: Through Luambe NP to North Luangwa National Park:
Packing up and drive via Luambe National Park to North Luangwa Park which is remote and wild. We will do game walks along the Luangwa river with a scout. The campsite is beautifully located on the confluence of the Mwaleshi and the Luangwa river. Big herds of
hippos call this area their home; elephants, various species of antelopes as well as wild dogs and even lions can be seen from our camp.
Camping at a campsite at the the park’s border. (2x FB)
Day 8: North Luangwa National Park:
Today’s stage takes us from the hot Luangwa Valley up the steep escarpment (altitude 1400 m). While we drive the temperature gets cooler and the dry savannah gives way to the Miombo forest. In the northern area of the park we set up our camp at an exclusive campsite near the Mano Gate. In the afternoon we will take a walk along the river and it is possible to take a refreshing bath in the mountain stream.
Camping at the Chikolongo Campsite at the park’s border (FB).
Day 9: Kapishya Hot Springs:
Next stop over on our trip is Kapishya Hot Springs, which allows us to relax in the hot springs. Nearby situated is the historic house Shiwa N'Gandu (possible visit at own expense). In the afternoon we will take a walk to the Chusa waterfall.
Days 10 and 11: Mutinondo Wilderness:
Early in the morning we drive to our next stop, Mutinondo Wilderness. Huge ‘whalebacks’ (granite boulders) scattered in between the Miombo forest create the unique landscape of Mutinondo. We have a full day to explore and enjoy the special atmosphere in
Days 12 and 13: Bangweulu Swamps:
These remote swamps are unique in ecology, fauna and flora. The water covers huge areas of the swamps until about April each year, when the waterline slowly recedes, and water birds congregate to feed in the pools and channels. It is here that we will be looking for the elusive Shoebilled Stork. This interesting, strange looking bird has become very rare in most parts of Africa, but here in the Bangweulu they are fairly common.
We move on foot and with a boat (depending on the water level) to find the water birds, the huge herds of Lechwe antelope, and other animals like tsessebe (a species of antelope), zebra, buffalo and black backed jackal.
The herds of thousands of Lechwe in this seemingly endless landscape, is an unforgettable African experience!
Camping at Nsobe Campsite (2x FB)
Day 14: Mkushi:
After a last game drive or walk in the morning we carryon to Lake Waka-Waka and arrive in the afternoon at Mkushi, where we stay overnight at Forest Inn.
Dinner in the restaurant (B/L/-)
Day 15: Lusaka:
Transfer to Lusaka and departure in the afternoon.
(Optional additional night in Lusaka and departure on day 16).
NB: Change of itinerary for the trip in October: (end of October millions of fruit bats arrive at Kasanka National Park, therefore we change the itinerary accordingly to be able to see the world’s biggest migration of mammals)
Itinerary on request!