Because road transfers to and from Luambe National Park have made the north more accessible, a 3-night stay at the new camp Takwela in North Luangwa completes this incredible trip. These three tiny camps provide a private and personal safari experience while taking in the natural splendour of the Luangwa Valley's middle and northern regions and end your safari with three nights in the Nsefu Sector of South Luangwa National Park.
Pioneer Camp is an ideal place to stay if you need to be near Lusaka but don't want to be in it! Only 14 km (30 minutes) from the International Airport, we offer a restful stopover before, after or during your Zambian safari. We have a range of chalets and a shady campsite, with the bar and restaurant at the heart of Pioneer, a great place to meet fellow travellers and discuss your safari experiences!
Day 5 – 7: Kasikizi Bushcamp, Southern Luambe National Park
Defining features of the Kasikizi Bushcamp Experience, Kasikizi Bushcamp is designed in the true Luangwa bushcamp style – simple seasonal grass chalets with en-suite ablutions in a high-density wildlife area. Kasikizi is ideal for guests staying 4 or more nights in Luambe and enjoy walks, outdoor dining and a true wilderness experience.
Located In a Game Rich Area: Kasikizi Is Sighted in A High-Density Wildlife Region in The Park.
Authentic Accommodation: 3 Simple Grass Chalets Offer A ‘Back to Nature’ Camp Experience.
Great In Combination: The Combination of The Grass Chalets and Tents at Luambe Works Very Well.
Day 7 – 10: Takwela Camp, North Luangwa National Park
Takwela Camp, the latest camp operated by Remote Africa Safaris, opened in July 2019 in North Luangwa. The North Luangwa is a remote and well-managed park that enjoys significant support from the Frankfurt Zoological Society and a highly motivated complement of staff from Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife and North Luangwa Conservation Project.
Situated on Remote Africa’s private land at the confluence of the Luangwa and Mwaleshi Rivers, Takwela has stunning views across a resident hippo pod to the pristine bush on all sides. The area is known as ‘Chitukuko’ which means ‘place of development’ in the local Tumbuka dialect. ‘Takwela means, ‘we have taken off’, an apt name for our expansion in the North Luangwa.
Takwela offers an intimate wilderness experience and the rare opportunity to visit a beautiful and unexplored area of the North Luangwa. Whilst the floodplain is not as extensive as in the mid-Luangwa, it is still a prime wildlife country and will produce excellent viewing as wildlife become more accustomed to our presence. By its remoteness, guests will virtually have exclusive access to over 50kms of Luangwa River frontage!
Operating season: 15 Jun – 31 Oct |2 chalets (2 twin doubles) | Minimum age 12 years (8 years from 2021)
Day 10 – 13: Zikomo Safari Camp, South Luangwa National Park (Nsefu Sector)
Zikomo Safari is in Zambia, across the river from South Luangwa National Park. It is set amidst an ancient valley filled with diverse African wildlife. This peaceful eco-lodge in the African bush offers spacious accommodations: comfortable handcrafted chalets, or if you are self-driving, an expansive campground on the riverbank.
Our Main Block offers a fine restaurant, bar and gathering place overlooking the swimming pool and the sprawling flood plain of the tranquil hippo filled Luangwa River.
True African Style, only a forty-five (45) minute drive from Mfuwe International Airport, this affordable eco-lodge is in an area away from other safari lodges, camps and accommodations. Zikomo Safari camp is spread under a canopy of enormous shade trees on the banks of the Luangwa River. Zikomo’s placement in the isolated Nsefu sector allows guests immediate access to one of the least crowded and most wildlife-rich areas in the world.
When you arrive at Lusaka International Airport (LUN), our staff will greet you and assist you with your luggage before transferring you to Pioneer Lodge in Lusaka and It will take approximately 20 minutes.
Then check-in, relax and spend the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. You will spend one night in bed, having dinner and breakfast at Pioneer Lodge. Dinner will be served later in the evening, followed by bedtime.
Day 2: Flight to Mfuwe in South Luangwa NP
After breakfast and check-out, the Pioneer Lodge driver will transfer you to Lusaka International Airport for your 1hr10min flight to Mfuwe.
When you arrive at Mfuwe airport, you will be met by a Luambe guide/driver who will take you on a 4-hour road transfer to Luambe Camp, where you will spend your first two nights.
After check-in, lunch will be served, followed by free time for relaxation. Later in the afternoon, you'll have afternoon tea/coffee, then go on an afternoon/evening safari, return to the camp, relax, and have dinner before going to bed at your leisure.
Day 3 & 4: Full Day in Luambe National Park
You will have two full days in Luambe National Park to explore safaris on either a game drive or a walking safari.
Luambe Camp offers a Luangwa Valley experience reminiscent of the early days in the valley – remote and wild! With 4 spacious, Ensuite safari tents, guests can enjoy a spectacular location beneath the trees on the banks of the Luangwa River.
One of only two camps in the entire park, your stay will ensure a very personal experience where you can be assured that you will have wildlife sightings all to yourself. Luambe Camp is the perfect end to this safari after exploring the frontiers in two magical parks.
Day 5: Depart Luambe Camp for to Kasikizi Bushcamp
You will have breakfast at Luambe Camp, then go on a game drive before ending your morning safari at Kasikizi Bush Camp, or you can undertake a walking safari between the camps, from Luambe Camp to Kasikizi Bushcamp. You'll arrive almost on time for lunch, check-in, and lunch will be served. The rest of the day will be spent relaxing.
With only three ensuite grass chalets overlooking a spectacular floodplain, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Luangwa River. Kasikizi Camp is great for walking safaris, leaving straight from camp and heading out into the wilderness.
The area around Kasikizi has been proven to be particularly good for lion and wild dog sightings and there is also an elephant crossing right in front of camp.
Enjoy the vast wilderness, starry dinners and sunrise breakfasts served on open fires on the floodplain while uncovering the secrets of the south
Day 6: Full day in Southern Sector of Luambe NP
With either a walking safari or a game drive safari, you will get a full day to explore the southern part of Luambe National Park.
Kasikizi Camp is great for walking safaris, leaving straight from camp and heading out into the wilderness. Game drives will lead to the so far undiscovered south of the park with new safari loops created as guests join us on this exciting discovery. There will be little overlap in terms of activities with Luambe Camp (unless for great sightings of course).
Day 7: Game drive transfer to North Luangwa NP
Breakfast is served before you travel for a four-hour adventure game drive road trip from Kasikizi to Takwela Camp in North Luangwa National Park, where you will spend three more nights on an incredible Luangwa Safari.
Takwela Camp, in the breathtakingly unspoilt North Luangwa National Park, with only two chalets overlooking the Mwaleshi and Luangwa river confluence, is reached after a 4-hour road trip.
After check-in and lunch, you'll have some free time to rest before your afternoon safari adventure, after which you'll return to the camp for dinner and goodnight.
Day 8 & 9: Safaris in North Luangwa National Park
In North Luangwa National Park, you will enjoy two full days. Takwela provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see an unknown part of the enormous North Luangwa wilderness up close and personal. Guests can enjoy both game drives and walking safaris to explore this gorgeous location, which features fantastic birding and wildlife sightings as well as natural springs close to the camp.
What to expect at Takwela Camp?
Sunrise -Early morning hippo bellows and a friendly morning knock on the door welcome the new day.
Breakfast -Relaxed breakfast around the campfire.
Morning activity -4-hour game drive or walking safari with a stop for morning tea.
Midday lunch - Scrumptious buffet lunch with freshly grown greens from our garden.
Early afternoon - Siesta time. Relax in camp, review your flora and fauna lists, count hippos or read on your verandah.
Afternoon tea -Tea and coffee and tasty freshly baked cakes.
Afternoon activity- 2.5 - 3hr evening walking safaris, returning before sunset / An evening game drive with a sundowner stop for drinks and snacks and then continuing with a spotlight after dark to see nocturnal animals.
Sundowners - Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and delicious snacks by the Luangwa River.
Dinner - Three-course meal by candlelight.
Bedtime -Cotton sheets and expansive mosquito nets keep you comfortable while Luangwa lullabies of hippo laughs and hyena whoops carry you to sleep.
Day10:Transfer from North Luangwa to South Luangwa
Breakfast will be served early this morning before departing Takwela Camp for a 5-hour game drive to Zikomo Safari Camp, where you will spend your final three nights.
After checking in, you'll be served lunch and have some free time to rest. You can go on an afternoon/night game drive or remain in and relax while enjoying the Luangwa River from your chalet, which is surrounded by wildlife.
Day 11 & 12: Full days in South Luangwa NP
You will enjoy two full days to explore South Luangwa National Park and go on two wildlife viewing safaris, one in the morning and one in the afternoon/night. In the morning, you can go on either a walking safari or game drive safari, and in the afternoon, you may go on a night game drive safari.
While on safari at Zikomo, you can take an optional excursion to Kawaza Cultural Village to learn about the traditions and culture of one of Zambia's 73 tribes.
Day 13:Local flight from Mfuwe to Lusaka
Breakfast is served in the morning, after which you will check out and then your guide will transfer you to Mfuwe airport in time for your flight to Lusaka. Our representative will greet you upon your arrival in Lusaka and then help you in checking your luggage for your outbound international flight.