South Luangwa National Park
(South Luangwa National Park - Central, South Luangwa National Park - Northern)
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 Lusaka, you will be met on arrival after customs by our representative that will help you transfer to your next destination and welcome you to Zambia.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide.
Lusaka is the preferred destination for business people as well as those who want a leisurely escape. Embassies and government buildings are just across the street and the main shopping and commercial districts are within a 10-minute drive. Of interest are the Lusaka Museum, Kabwata Cultural Village and Mundawanga Botanical Gardens.
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.
Located closest to the Mfuwe main gate the Flatdogs Camp provides access to South National Park, one of the last great wildlife wonders of the world. Join the highly experienced Safari Guides as they show you the incredible diversity of the Zambian mammals while enjoying luxurious accommodation. Enjoy the Chalet Rooms, unique Jackalberry Tree House, and en suite Safari Tents with stunning views. Prepare your taste buds for the delightful bistro-style menu that the professionally trained chefs will prepare for you to enjoy in the restaurant either under the thatch, in the courtyard or in the gardens overlooking the river. Relax by the pool, have a cocktail at the bar, purchase your souvenirs from the gift shop, talk to your loved ones back home at the internet café, or visit the Mfuwe Village as Flatdogs is heavily involved with the local village, the options are endless. Flatdogs Camp is sure to offer you a luxurious and memorable stay.
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.
Spend the day exploring South Luangwa National Park with your guide. South Luangwa is Zambia's premier park. Many places are claimed to be "one of the remaining wilderness areas" or "one of the last wildlife sanctuaries" but the South Luangwa National Park can live up to all these names and more. The Luangwa Valley is vast, remote, home to both people and a truly impressive number of animals. The South Luangwa park is 9050 sq. km with the river, its tributaries and the riverine strips being the focus of the wildlife viewing. There are the diverse habitats, from huge ox bow lagoons of varying stages of maturity, woodlands, ebony groves, grassland and thickets, that host truly impressive numbers of wildlife. The birdlife is also excellent with around 450 species to be seen.
On the banks of the Luangwa River, Nsefu marks the spot where tourism first arrived in Zambia. The camp originally opened in 1951 and, although carefully renovated in the late 1990s, it retains an air of the early pioneers.
Enjoy this transfer from your South Luangwa National Park lodge in the Centralized area of the park to your lodge in the Northern area of this dynamic National Park grounds. Keep your keen-eye focused, as you'll have an opportunity to take part in some game viewing during this transfer. These ground based transfer vary in travel time from approximately 45 minute to 3 hours.
You will join others from the lodge and choose two activities per day. There is a full range of game drives and night drives in the South Luangwa National Park using open 4X4 vehicles accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. The emphasis in this area is the wonderful opportunities for Walking Safaris. On your walks you will be escorted by a professional guide and an armed national parks scout.
Lions and leopards are often seen in the area around the camp, as are buffalo and elephant. For big game like this, you'll really need a vehicle to get up close and here in the South Luangwa, you'll have the privilege of going on game drives at night. You'll be amazed how much can be seen when you go down to the river for sundowner cocktails before leisurely driving back to camp. Bush babies in the trees stand out with their enormous eyes, puku and impala scarcely notice as vehicles pass by. Guests often see hyena and leopard in the early evenings and are able to get very close in the lodges specially designed 4 x 4 vehicles. On the open plains below the camp there are always grazing herds of antelope and of course they attract the predators that everybody wants to see.
Enjoy this transfer from your South Luangwa National Park lodge in the South to your lodge in the Centralized area of this dynamic National Park grounds. Keep your keen-eye focused, as you'll have an opportunity to take part in some game viewing during this transfer. These ground based transfer vary in travel time from approximately 45 minute to 3 hours.
Travel today between South Luangwa and Lusaka.
Depart from Lusaka international airport - End of itinerary.
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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