This itinerary is ideal for clients looking for a full Luangwa valley safari since it includes top-notch wildlife regions in both the south and north Luangwa national parks. In South Luangwa National Park, clients will enjoy day and night game drives with plentiful wildlife, whereas in North Luangwa, most of the activities are done on foot, resulting in the famous Luangwa walking safari. This route delivers a true close-to-nature experience while also revealing Zambia's secret beauty, the Luangwa.
Walking safaris in the middle of nowhere
Guides who are passionate and among the best in the industry
Leopards and a plethora of birds can be seen on a day or night game drive safari.
Ease yourself into Luangwa's life with a stay at the award-winning Mfuwe Lodge. Set inside the park, just five minutes drive from the main gate, the lodge’s allure is instantly apparent. Underneath a covering of ebony and mahogany, its eighteen air-conditioned chalets are organized around the banks of two lagoons where an endless following of wildlife will keep you captivated as you lounge on the open deck or swim in the swimming pool. The spacious interior of the lodge is an excellent complement to its natural surroundings.
The area of the park is renowned for its abundant game – hippos, buffalo, antelope, giraffe, and crocodile are constant visitors to Mfuwe Lodge’s lagoon, while in November the local elephants regularly wander right through the lobby, attract by a nearby wild mango tree. Whether you stay late or just have lunch en route to a Bushcamp, Mfuwe Lodge’s relaxed beauty and enviable environment make it an excellent stopover. Awarded Best Lodge in Zambia in 2009 Mfuwe Lodge also extends you the chance to relax at its Bush-Spa or buy a few souvenirs of your time in Zambia at our curio shop.
Mfuwe Lodge Accommodation: 18 Guest Chalets (2 suites, 3 family rooms, 3 doubles, and 10 twin rooms)
Every chalet has its private deck the cottages are equipped with an en-suite shower, twin washbasins and toilet, international power sockets, toiletries, hairdryers, personal safe, mosquito nets, and air conditioners.
Buffalo Camp – North Luangwa National Park
The camp founded in 1980, the buffalo was the first allowed to operate in North Luangwa National Park, all thanks to the anti-poaching efforts of its founder John Harvey. Today it still offers a unique experience of African wildlife, thanks to the vast knowledge of its owner Mark Harvey and his experienced staff. The camp is built almost from scratch every year – 7 Chalets, Kitchen, bar and dining area rise from nearly nothing within 4 weeks.
Accommodation: Guests are accommodated in en-suite chalets with hot and cold running water. Most of them consist of a double and single bed, but additional ones can be provided for family accommodation. The cottages are open-fronted with a panoramic view of the river but are designed to prevent unwanted visits from curious animals. There are two types of accommodation available. full board included all meals and activities whereas self-catering does not cover activities that have to be arranged separately. Bar & Restaurant: The cash bar at Buffalo camp offers all essential while in the bush beverage such as ice-cold beer, coke and of course in & tonic for those spectacular sunsets. The restaurant serves meals throughout the day to full board guests.
Day 1: Meet & Greet /Flight to Mfuwe
Take your flight to Lusaka Intl Airport (LUN) and Our agent will meet you at the airport and assist you with luggage then help you to check onto your domestic flight to Mfuwe in South Luangwa National Park.
When you arrive at Mfuwe Airport, a guide from Mfuwe Lodge will greet you, assist you with your luggage, and transfer you by road to Mfuwe Lodge, your home for your first three nights in the Luangwa Valley. The journey takes about 45 minutes and takes you to pass the Mfuwe’ s communities.
Arrive and check-in, depending on your arrival time you may choose to proceed on a night game drive in search of nocturnal wildlife before returning to the lodge for dinner and bed.
Day 2 & 3: Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa NP
Breakfast will be served before you depart for a morning wildlife drive or walking safari, returning to the lodge almost in time for brunch and free time to relax before the afternoon tea /coffee time, followed by an afternoon/night game drive, in search of nocturnal wildlife before returning to the lodge for dinner and bed.
Day 4: Transfer flight to north Luangwa NP
Breakfast and an early morning game drive will be followed by a transfer to Mfuwe Airport for a 30-minute charter flight to Mwaleshi Airstrip in North Luangwa National Park.
A guide from Buffalo Camp will be waiting for you when you arrive at Mwaleshi Airstrip. He will take you on a 30-minute transfer to Buffalo Camp, arriving in time for lunch.
Check-in, lunch and free time to relax before the afternoon tea/coffee time followed by the afternoon/evening game viewing activity such as a walking safari, followed by sundowners, before returning to the camp for dinner and bedtime at your convenience time.
Day 5 & 6: Buffalo Camp in North Luangwa NP
After breakfast, you will depart for a walking safari or game drive, taking a break with tea and snacks, and then returning to the lodge for lunch and some leisure time in your room. The afternoon activity could be a brief walking safari or a wildlife drive with sundowners, followed by dinner and bed at the lodge.
Day 7: Air Transfer to Lusaka via Mfuwe
After breakfast, you may go on a morning game drive and then go to Mwaleshi Airstrip for your short flight to Mfuwe Airport and then your flight from Mfuwe to Lusaka for your onward connection, depending on your flight itinerary.