South Luangwa National Park
(South Luangwa National Park - Central)
(South Luangwa National Park)
Journey in the adventure style of old & sleep under the stars with this distinguished safari through the crown jewel of sub-Saharan Africa – Zambia. Led by one of the country's finest guides, you'll tour South Luangwa, virtually a haven for exotic wildlife. Travelers will interact with the elements during river cruises & countless walking safaris. You'll encounter elephants, hippos, crocodiles, puku, lions, leopards & more while staying at an exclusive lodge & luxury mobile camp. This is an authentic walking safari like no other. The ultimate bush adventure by foot without forsaking personal service and comfort. Experts have dubbed South Luangwa as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of game around the Luangwa river and its ox bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa. You'll take a charter flight back to Lusaka where you will catch your international flight home. Ideal for photographers & outdoor enthusiasts, this is Africa served al fresco!
Due to Water Levels the Lower Zambezi is not reachable from November through March. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MOBILE CAMP IS CLOSED NOVEMBER THROUGH MAY SO THIS COMPLETE TRIP IS NOT AVAILABLE DURING THIS TIME.
Upon arrival you will receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, maps, restaurant suggestions, Top Tips for exploring each city or region and a 24 hour concierge service (for restaurant reservations, spa treatments, child minders, day tours etc).
Upon arrival into South Africa you will be met inside the airport and escorted through Customs and Immigration avoiding any queues.
Airport transfer to/from your hotel with private vehicle
The 3-star Peermont Metcourt at Emperors Palace offers stylish and comfortable rooms as well as a "group-friendly" experience for corporate, convention and leisure guests. The hotel offers a variety of room configurations and amenities which include LCD flat screen TV, satellite DSTV channels for all languages, tea and coffee stations, secure internet connections, laptop safe, working desk with business-convenient plug points. The hotel's clean and modern façade is complimented by a private and sheltered pool terrace, set in a beautifully landscaped garden, providing guests with food and beverage service throughout the day. Specifications include a comfortable, large ground floor reception area with enough space to accommodate large tour and convention groups with ease. There is also an express-style deli for quick and convenient meals, a business centre with workstations and data connectivity for laptops, boardroom with state of the art facilities, and Wi-Fi internet access in public areas. The hotel also features the F.L.A.G Café and the 21° Cocktail Bar.
Travel today between Johannesburg and Lusaka. Flights are approximately 2 hours.
Luggage restricted to 15kg per person in soft sided bags. Travel time is approximately 1 and a half hours.
After lunch, head out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving you the chance to see the nocturnal world within the park.
This hilltop lodge with just ten suites is found in Zambia's vast South Luangwa National Park. Home to probably the highest concentration of hippos in the world, as well as lions, leopards and elephants. South Luangwa is famous for its walking safaris. The roar of lions or the saw of leopards can often be heard from the wooded valleys that surround the lodge.
Walking is the best way to see the bush. Your experienced guides love showing you the indicators of the wild, ‘rewinding’ the action of the last few hours from just a few small give away signs. See where an elephant stopped to browse, where a leopard scratched a tree or a pangolin rolled into a ball. Accompanied by an armed game scout and taking careful note of the wind to mask any scent. There’s nothing like seeing lion tracks or the giant footprint of an elephant to make guests relish the comforts of camp. The area is home to 60 mammals and over 400 bird species, making it one of the top birding destinations in the world.
The South Luangwa National Park is known as the home of the walking safari and all camps offer walks. Walking through big game country is a truly exciting experience and as South Luangwa led the way for guide training and licensing in Zambia the standard of guiding here is superb. Taking a scout with you, you will be able to enjoy a walk or explore further afield in the park. Enjoy a box lunch under a tree or next to a lagoon, take a siesta, or simply spend a lazy couple of hours reading a book with the fascinating animals and landscape all around you.
Pick up by 4X4 from Puku Ridge and will transfer to Zebra Plains Camp. Transfer time is approximately 3 hours. We suggest guests begin a walking safari with a stay at Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp or Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge before departing.
The terrain around camp is ideal for exploring with plenty of shade and long sweeping views. Garth Hovell, a well-respected safari guide with almost twenty years of experience, will lead walks twice a day. You will also be accompanied by a tea bearer and armed ZAWA scout. One morning you might wander along a river bank, observing elephants before canoeing across to an island across from camp to get up close to plains game. Later that day you may choose to explore nearby Zebra Plains where zebra, buffalo and eland gather in large herds on the open savanna in the wooded terrain. Your next stop might be the Changwa Channel, home to one of the highest hippo concentrations on earth.
Zebra Plains is perched on a sand bank at the confluence of the Luangwa and Chibembe Rivers. The unspoilt bush around camp is home to large populations of zebra, elephant, buffalo, crocodile and puku, as well as various endemic species and over 400 bird species. The diversity of habitats here provide from some of the most spectacular walking in Africa over terrain that is ideal for exploring with plenty of shade and long sweeping views.
Get ready for another day of wildlife exploration in and around your camp The “dry” season is from May to November and is the easiest time to travel. June to August are the coolest months, with cold mornings and evenings. October is the hottest month in Zambia, so be prepared for temperatures of over 40°C. Clothing should be cool and comfortable. Jerseys and fleeces are required for winter mornings and evenings. Muted colours are the most suitable on a walking safari. It is advisable to wear long sleeves and long trousers due to mosquitoes as well as long grass. Sturdy and comfortable shoes are essential. A fully complimentary laundry service is offered daily. Laundry will be hand washed and coal ironed. Game viewing at South Luangwa is considered to be some of the best in the world. It is a notably good place to see leopards, particularly in the dry season when they have less cover in which to hide. Out in the bush with an armed game scout and a guide, you can follow animal tracks along sandy paths. It’s not just the big animals that are fascinating – termites, dung beetles and chameleons all have their stories to tell too.
Spend your last morning exploring the amazing wildlife in the area of your camp lead by your expert guide. You will see that the concentration of wildlife in the area is simply awe-inspiring - zebra, antelope, buffalo and puku congregate on the plains alongside endemic species such as the Thornicroft's giraffe, Cookson’s wildebeest and unique Crawshay's zebra. Predators here include lion, leopard and the elusive wild dog whilst the rivers and tributaries are teeming with hippo, elephant and crocodile. There are also over 400 species of birds.
Travel today between South Luangwa and Lusaka.
Depart from Lusaka international airport - End of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTVisitors to South Africa for tourism, short business meetings, or those in transit do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days. We recommend that the passports of all travelers to South Africa contain at least two completely blank (unstamped) visa pages each time entry is sought. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages (as many as four) at the back of the passport. While South African statutes require only one completely blank visa page, this rule has been applied inconsistently by South African immigration officials. In addition, any trip to a neighboring country would necessitate another blank page upon return.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of South Africa for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are relatively wide spread and good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/south-africa.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Pretoria (administrative). Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1910. Language: The official languages are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Religion: Most inhabitants profess Christianity. There are also Hindu, Muslim and Jewish communities, and traditional beliefs are still practiced widely, sometimes in conjunction with Christianity. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC; 250 volts AC (Pretoria), 50Hz. Three-pin round plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +27. Area codes are used even if you are making a call in the same area. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage extends to most of the country except in the very remote areas. Internet: Internet cafes are present around the country and wireless is available at airports and in upmarket hotels.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport and visa are required for both US and Canadian citizens. A visa may be obtained in advance at a Zambian Embassy or Consulate or at the port of entry. Processing generally takes 5-7 working days. The fee is approximately $50 for a single-entry visa, $80 for a three-year, multiple-entry visa, or $20 for a day-trip visa (typically issued to tourists visiting Victoria Falls from a neighboring country). Please try to bring exact change whenever practical. At the time of entry, the immigration officer will stamp your passport with the permitted length of stay. Typically, an immigration officer will admit an American or Canadian citizen for the exact number of days they request, up to a maximum of thirty days. Visitors with indefinite departure plans may want to request admission for thirty days on arrival in the country.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of Zambia for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Medical facilities are poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/zambia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Lusaka. Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1964. Language: English is the official language, but there are over 73 local dialects. The main languages are Bemba, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja and Tonga. Religion: Around 30% of the population is Christian (Protestant and Roman Catholic), a smaller number are Muslim and Hindu, and a small minority have traditional animist beliefs. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +260. There are public telephones and most calls are made through a post office. Mobile Telephone: Coverage is patchy in rural areas but good around Lusaka. Internet: There are Internet cafes in Livingstone and Lusaka.
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