Classic Zambia’s Private Photographic Safari

12 Days
Zambia
Photography

Explore Zambia’s premier safari destinations through game drives, walking safaris and river activities. This luxury itinerary combines two of the country’s premier safari destinations, Lower Zambezi National Park, and South Luangwa National Park and to create the ultimate Zambia safari itinerary for wildlife enthusiasts looking to rove the parklands by road and river.

Highlights

  • Private Guided Photography Safari
  • South Luangwa National Park Game Drives Safari
  • Lower Zambezi National Park Safaris
  • Water-based game Drive Safaris in Lower Zambezi
  • Photographic Friendly Vehicle in South Luangwa
  • Luxury Lodges and Camp in Lower Zambezi & South Luangwa

Inclusions

Latitude 15 Degrees Hotel, Lusaka

  • 1 Night Luxury Ensuite Room Accommodation
  • Dinner and Breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Royal Zambezi Lodge – Lower Zambezi

  • 5 Nights Deluxe Room Accommodation
  • All meals, soft drinks, house wines, local beers, non-premium drinks, filtered water teas
  • Two activities per day (Age restrictions: No U12 yrs. old for Canoeing, Walking Safaris & Hiking)
  • Private Guiding/Vehicle/Boat
  • National Park Entry Fees
  • Complimentary 15min foot/hand massage at the award-winning Royal Bush Spa
  • Laundry Service /Wi-Fi Service / Green Levy/ VAT 16%
  • Two-way Royal airstrip Transfers
  • Passenger Safety Tax (Light Aircraft): $5 pp/per departure.

Mfuwe Lodge – South Luangwa National Park

  • 2 Nights Luxury Ensuite Chalet Accommodation
  • All meals, tea/coffee
  • Two game activities per Full day
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    Inclusions

    Latitude 15 Degrees Hotel, Lusaka

    • 1 Night Luxury Ensuite Room Accommodation
    • Dinner and Breakfast
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Royal Zambezi Lodge – Lower Zambezi

    • 5 Nights Deluxe Room Accommodation
    • All meals, soft drinks, house wines, local beers, non-premium drinks, filtered water teas
    • Two activities per day (Age restrictions: No U12 yrs. old for Canoeing, Walking Safaris & Hiking)
    • Private Guiding/Vehicle/Boat
    • National Park Entry Fees
    • Complimentary 15min foot/hand massage at the award-winning Royal Bush Spa
    • Laundry Service /Wi-Fi Service / Green Levy/ VAT 16%
    • Two-way Royal airstrip Transfers
    • Passenger Safety Tax (Light Aircraft): $5 pp/per departure.

    Mfuwe Lodge – South Luangwa National Park

    • 2 Nights Luxury Ensuite Chalet Accommodation
    • All meals, tea/coffee
    • Two game activities per Full day
    • Private Guide and Vehicle
    • National Park Fees, Tourism Levy & Conservation Levy
    • Shared road transfers (Mfuwe Airport)
    • Laundry, 16% government VAT taxes and service charge

    Chamilandu Bushcamp – South Luangwa National Park

    • 3 Nights Ensuite Chalet Accommodation
    • All meals, tea/coffee & Drinks from the Bar
    • Two game activities per full day
    • Private Guide and Vehicle
    • National Park Fees, Tourism Levy & Conservation Levy
    • Private road transfers (Mfuwe Airport & Bushcamp inter-camp)
    • Laundry, 16% government VAT taxes and service charge

    Transportation included are;

    • Complimentary Local Flights (Lusaka (LUN)– Lower Zambezi (RYL)
    • Complimentary Local Flights Lower Zambezi (RYL) – Mfuwe in South Luangwa (MFU)
    • One-way Local flight Mfuwe in South Luangwa (MFU) to Lusaka (LUN)
    • All Shared Road and Airport Transfers
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The Itinerary

Day 1

Meet & Greet/ Flight to Lower Zambezi

You tour being when you arrive at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda Intl airport or Lusaka International airport (LUN). On arrival, you will be welcomed by our representative who will assist you with the luggage and depending on your arrival time you will be check-in onto the local flight to the Royal airstrip in Lower Zambezi.

When you get to Royal Airstrip you will be met by the guide from Royal Zambezi Lodge where you will stay for 5 nights. Check-in and you will be served some snacks and tea/coffee then you will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure and later in the evening, you will be served some delicious dinner before bedtime at your leisure.

Days 2-5

Explore Lower Zambezi National Park

During these days you will have two game viewing activities each day. However, the plan below is flexible as you will have private guiding you will agree with your guide on how you go about your day to perfectly suit your photography activities.

Early Morning: An early start means an equally early wake-up call. We serve a continental breakfast from about 6 am and at sunrise, you head off on your selected early morning activity. These early starts are generally the best times to spot the wildlife as the temperature is fresh and the animals are still very active, especially the big cats who will be returning from their night’s hunting.

Safaris are planned very carefully to coincide with the times when you are most likely to see wildlife. This means early, late afternoon, or even night game drives are essential for better chances of seeing animals at their most active. Here’s how a typical day may unfold:

Late Morning: Around late morning, you will return to the lodge maybe for brunch or relax before lunch. If you opt to stay out all day, we will furnish you with a bush lunch to make the most of your time outdoors

Lunch & Afternoon: Particularly in the hot season, it is usually much hotter in the middle of the day, and so most of our guests opt to have lunch in the lodge then either relax in their suites, have a dip in the pool or treatment in the bush spa. Tea and cake are available from 3.30 pm before you then head out for an afternoon activity.

Evening: As with the early morning, the evening game drive is often the best time to see the wildlife. The predatory animals begin to stir from their heat-of-the-day slumber, and similarly, their prey becomes ever more active and alert as darkness falls. Vehicles and boats usually return just before dark giving time for a shower, pre-dinner drinks and then dinner. The evenings are often rounded off with a few drinks around the bar or campfire swapping safari stories.

Night: At times, you will have the opportunity of going on a night game drive. Vehicles are equipped with powerful spotlights, and our expert trackers will generally spot any wildlife well before you will. The night is often the best time to spot the elusive leopard, which more often than not will be high up in a tree.

A game drive at night gives you a completely different perspective of the bush and is an unforgettable experience

Day 6

Flight from Lower Zambezi-South Luangwa NP

Today you will have breakfast in the morning possibly a Morning game viewing activity either a Game Drive Safari or River Cruise then you will have lunch and depending on your flight time from Lower Zambezi to South Luangwa your guide will take you to Royal airstrip then a local flight to Mfuwe.

On your arrival at Mfuwe Airport you will be met by the guide from Mfuwe Lodge, he will assist you with luggage and transfer you for about 45 minutes to the Lodge.

Check-in and relax. Later in the afternoon, you will have afternoon tea/coffee with some snacks followed by your afternoon/night game drive Safari and returning to the lodge almost in time for dinner and later bedtime.

Day 7

Explore South Luangwa National Park

Breakfast in the morning followed by the Morning Photographic Safari activity for about 4 hours then back to the lodge in time for brunch and free time to relax. In the afternoon around 3 pm afternoon tea/coffee followed by afternoon game viewing activity and back to the lodge almost in time for dinner and later bedtime.

Note: You will have private Guiding hence the program will be flexible to suit your photographic requirements or plan.

Day 8

Game Drive Transfer to Chamilandu Bushcamp

Today you will have breakfast early in the morning and then you go out for your photographic Safari activity and return to the lodge in time for Brunch and check out. After Brunch you guide will take you on a Transfer of 2hrs -2hrs30min a beautiful game drive safari through the park to Chamilandu Bush Camp where you will spend another 3 night of unforgettable Photographic Safari experience in the Southern Part of the park, a more remote and private area perfect for Photo Safaris.

You will be arriving almost in time for afternoon tea/coffee time. Check-in and you will relax then followed by afternoon tea/coffee and then you will go out for the afternoon/evening game drive Safari or you have an option of staying in Camp and enjoy the wonderful view at leisure or you can spend some time at the fantastic Game viewing Hide by the lagoon.

Then in the evening dinner is served followed by bedtime at your convenient time.

Day 9 & 10

More Safaris activities -South Luangwa

On these days you will have all meals as scheduled and you will have two Game viewing activities for your photography Safari each day.

Daily Routine;

Breakfast: Delicious breakfast around the Campfire before your morning Safari

Morning activity: Game drive or walking safari with a stop for tea/coffee break

Midday lunch: delicious buffet lunch freshly prepared by our chefs

Early afternoon: Relax in camp, time to visit the Hide and enjoy the wildlife viewing at leisure. It’s perfect for photographers with different animal species visiting the lagoon as well as amazing birds’ activities.

Afternoon tea: Tea and coffee time and Snacks before your afternoon Safari

Afternoon and evening activity: 4-hour afternoon and evening game drive with a stop for sundowner drinks and snacks. Continue with spotlight viewing after dark to see nocturnal animals in action.

Sundowners: Enjoy sundowner drinks and delicious snacks during your evening activity out in the bush.

Dinner: Enjoy the delicious Three-course meal

Bedtime: Very comfortable Cotton sheets and expansive mosquito nets

Day 11

Local Flight from Mfuwe to Lusaka

Depending on your flight time from Mfuwe to Lusaka, you have the option of doing the Morning game Drive Safari then transfer to Mfuwe lodge for about 2 hrs and then your transfer to Mfuwe Airport followed by a scenic 1hr10min Domestic flight to Lusaka.

On your arrival in Lusaka, you will be met by our representative who then transfers you to Latitude 15 degrees Hotel where you will overnight on dinner, bed and breakfast stay. Check-in and then you will relax depending on your arrival time, dinner will later be served before you retire to bed.

Day 12

Transfer to Lusaka Intl Airport

Breakfast in the morning and later you will check out of the hotel, depending on your international flight our driver will transfer you to Lusaka International airport and our representative will assist you to check-in onto your flight back home.

Optional: In the Morning before being dropped off at the airport in Lusaka, you can do a short Lusaka City Tour to get to know this beautiful city and its people.

Where You'll Be Staying

Royal Zambezi Lodge,

Lower Zambezi

Located on the opposite bank to Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools, the Royal Zambezi Lodge is situated on the majestic Zambezi River. This intimate, family-owned lodge makes the most of the environment in which it is situated, letting nature provide guests with a magnificent setting for their African holiday. The lodge is positioned to allow visitors to take full advantage of a wide variety of safari activities in the area, which is home to elephants, buffalo, lions and the elusive leopard! Activities…
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Mfuwe Lodge,

South Luangwa National Park

Award-winning safari lodge set in the most prolific game area of the South Luangwa. The perfect place to enjoy excellent game viewing, recharge your batteries, or start and finish your journey to our Bushcamps. Ease yourself in Luangwa 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 obvious. Beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany, its eighteen air-conditioned chalets are arranged around the…
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Chamilandu Bushcamp,

South Luangwa National Park

A breathtaking camp on one of the South Luangwa’s prime river locations, perfect for a bird’s-eye view of the wildlife that the river and its lagoons attract. There’s nothing quite like waking up at Chamilandu. Early morning views don’t get much better than the rippling waters of the Luangwa River, the gentle rise of the Chindeni Hills and a vast African sky – especially when you’re lying in a four-poster bed in a handsome stilted tree-house. You don’t even need…
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Latitude 15 Degrees Hotel,

Lusaka, Zambia

Latitude 15° is located in the well-to-do suburb of Kabulonga, with embassies for neighbours. Featuring 2 restaurants and 2 outdoor pools, Latitude 15 Degrees offers luxury accommodations in Lusaka. The individually decorated rooms with attached bathroom offer air conditioning, a sofa, telephone and a flat-screen TV. They also include a mini-bar and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. The bathrooms have a shower and bath. Local cuisine with an international twist is served in the restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.…
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What's not included

Visa fees & Medical/Travel Insurance - International Flights - All bars at Mfuwe Lodge and Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower - Lunch, Dinner and Laundry at Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower - Champagne & premium wine & spirits, imported beers - Fly Fishing: FOC for up to 2 pax, thereafter $50 per person per day due to the use of an extra boat (Max 2 pax per boat for fly fishing) *Standard fishing included - Fishing Tackle Hire: $25 pp/per day (Can be prepaid) - Scout fee for Chilapila Hiking Challenge: $50 flat fee for one scout (Max 6 hikers) More than 6 pax, additional scout is required at extra $50. (NB: Challenge only available in winter months: June/July/August) (Please check the website under activities for more details) - Cultural Village Visit - $50 per person (Minimum 2 pax) (Can be prepaid) - Late check-out fee - $150 per person to cover lunch, extra activity. Use of room is not included. (Can be prepaid) - Departure Tax at Livingstone, Lusaka & Mfuwe Airports - $16 pp/per departure payable directly by guest/s at relevant airports. - Jeki Airstrip Transfer/Activity (Min 2 pax) - $70 per person one-way - includes transfer & National Park fees for half-day activity. Approx 1.5 hr transfer or 2-3 hr activity - *4.1% Credit Card Fee for all payments settled using 3G online payment service. Guests can also settle their accommodation before their arrival date via bank transfer & settle any outstanding extras accounts in USD/Kwacha cash in camp. - Anything of personal Nature and Not included above

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Why Choose Absolute Zambia Safaris?

Absolute Zambia Safaris is a specialist in bespoke and private safaris in Zambia. Through our large safari operators, we proudly assist our guests in designing custom-made safaris.

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Feedback From Our Previous Clients

Gary V
Gary V
2023-12-19
Another perfect holiday We were a party of eight, most of us on a return trip (last one in 2020 - also with Absolute Zambia Safaris) under the expert guidance of Robert. It was again a holiday without a single complaint. Pickups were reliable and punctual, the David Livingstone resort is perfectly located on the banks of the Zambezi with comfortable beds, sumptuous food, an infinity pool, and an unlimited supply of food and drinks on the silent but spacious sunset cruise. Robert (from Absolute Zambia Safaris) dealt with all our changes, additions, amendments, and cancellations with endless patience and understanding. It was a perfect holiday, we will be back. Thank you Absolute Zambia Safaris.
Lisa A
Lisa A
2023-11-24
Amazing five-day trip Absolute Safari organised an amazing five-day trip for us which included 2 nights in Mwanfushi safari lodge and 2 nights by Victoria falls. Everything worked out perfectly and Robert was quick on the email, answering and organising according to our wishes. Our driver Brian was excellent and always on time and the price very reasonable. Can highly recommend.
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Sunshine25775779985
2023-10-10
exciting trip at the Lower zambeji National Park It was a wonderful experience. I came to know about absolute Zambia safari from TripAdvisor only. I contacted them and Robert was very nice and every time he answered my email very promptly. It was my solo trip and good that I decided to be a client of the absolute Zambia safari because they arranged everything for me. I just dropped into the plan. In my game drive, I saw almost every animals available in the lower Zambezi national park. it was my three day two night trip. The place named Kianbi safari challet where I stayed during the trip was very peaceful and lovely. I again wish to visit Zambia and if I go, I will choose the same absolute Zambia Safari group.
Florencia S
Florencia S
2023-08-01
Amazing experience!! Robert is very professional and his organization and arrangements exceeded every hope we had with our trip. It was just fabulous!!! We did a 2-week trip around Zambia, what a beautiful country!! Thank you again Robert, you did a wonderful work!!
marys
marys
2022-12-07
More than I could have hoped for! I didn't know much about Zambia when we were planning our trip, but I had heard wonderful things about South Luangwa National Park. After reading some reviews, I contacted a few agencies in Zambia to plan our trip. Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris was truly amazing -- the entire experience was so much more than we had expected and everything worked out beautifully. Great properties, unbelievable safaris with knowledgeable guides, excellent and almost too plentiful food, I don't have enough superlatives to describe our visit, but I will certainly call on Robert again when I go back to Zambia!
Litote
Litote
2022-10-08
Véritable Afrique Difficile d'imaginer les éléphants qui passent à coté de votre chalet la nuit? Les hippopotames qui broutent l'herbe devant votre chambre? Les singes qui prennent votre dentrifice si la porte est ouverte? Après plusieurs decennies consacrées à la protection des animaux sauvages (période de braconnage de 1970-1990), la Zambie se met à l'écotourisme avec d' excellents standards de services, nourriture, eau potable et confort de chambre. Des simples comprimés contre le paludisme sont conseillés. Les lodges que nous avons visités prennent soin de supprimer le maximum d'insectes possibles pour que les soirées soient bien sans souci. Robert Zgozi nous a organisé un voyage époustouflant (15j) pendant lequel nous avons vu une bonne dizaine de léopards, une vingtaine de lions et lionnes ainsi que d'innombrables d'autres espèces. Notre voyage a traversé quatre parcs (Kafué, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi et Mosi Oa Tunya ) avec des guides qui étaient de véritables encylopédies de faune et de flore locaux. Nous avons choisi la saison sèche (septembre) pour voir le maximum d'animaux. Ce parcours nous a permis de faire un crochet à Victoria Falls où nous étions suspendus au dessus des chutes dans le Devils Pool. Adrénaline garantie. Par ailleurs, tous les Zambiens que nous avons rencontrés étaient accueillants et souriants. Ce voyage n'était pas donné mais nous le referions bien un jour. Notre groupe familial de 4 adultes partagent plein de souvenirs ensemble grâce à ce voyage. Beaucoup de transits se font en avion car le pays est très grand. Je déconseille vivement les transits entre parc par voiture. Robert Zgozi est Zambien ; il sait communiquer l'amour et la connaissance approfondie qu'il a de son pays. Nous l'avons trouvé sur le site national "Zambian Tourism", Nous vous conseillons ses service si vous souhaitez un voyage clé en main. Merci Robert Zgozi :) Rob NB: La Zambie est un pays anglophone
Sunderland2
Sunderland2
2022-09-28
Fabulous trip to Sth Luangwa We’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to South Luangwa all organised by Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris. I contacted this company as I read it was Zambian owned and I was very impressed by Robert’s speedy replies to my queries. We stayed in 2 different camps which Robert recommended to suit our budget and we weren’t disappointed. Both camps were everything we’d hoped for. We did a combination of chalets and tents with all meals, game drives and transfers included. Robert actually surprised us twice by meeting us at our Lusaka hotel on arrival in Zambia and our return after the trip. We found Robert to be a very friendly, likeable and professional guy who went above and beyond to make sure our trip went smoothly. You can’t go wrong with this company, we will definitely use them again on our next trip to Zambia.
Mubita M
Mubita M
2022-09-08
Experiencing South Luangwa I didn’t know what to expect it being my first time in South Luangwa, it was lovely, all of it (the entire experience!). We stayed at Mfuwe lodge and opted for 3 game drives a day, this doesn’t give you a lot of time for sleeping in but all the fresh air and being in the bush, watching all the animals made us feel so refreshed. And don’t get me started on the food!! Absolute Zambia Safaris gave us exactly what we needed and we enjoyed everything bit of it. Their staff is patient and friendly; they take care of every last detail including a range of options to suit your budget. All in all, it was the true definition of a holiday carefree and stress-free and we most certainly will be going back.
Silent639
Silent639
2022-09-02
The real zambian agency My family and I have just returned from a trip to Zambia. Before booking, as always, I searched for all the best local travel agencies. My choice was Absolute Zambia Safaris. First of all it is one of the few, if not the only one, that is Zambian-owned. So all the staff know perfectly every single area of the country, from the most aware to the most remote. The owner, Mr. Robert Zgozi, has over ten years of experience in the Zambian tourism industry, having worked for top-tier tourism companies, as well as being a lover of unspoiled nature. Before defining the various stages of the journey, Mr. Robert, like a true friend, advised us both the best areas of the country, the best lodges and resorts, and all flight connections. Having traveled extensively in Africa for more than 10 years, I know perfectly well the difficulties of organizing transfers, of finding the best accommodations for the budget available. Robert and his staff have been able to organize any type of activity with extreme professionalism. The organization has always been perfect. All the staff interested in our trip were always present as soon as we reached an airport, a lodge. We didn't have to think about anything but enjoying the beautiful nature and the people of Zambia. Although our international flight (from Italy) was canceled and rescheduled two days later, putting the entire trip at risk, Mr. Robert was able to help us change the itinerary without missing a single scheduled activity. Incredible! While we were in Lower Zambezi, we suddenly decided to go three days to Victoria Falls. Robert, within two hours, organized all the transfers and the resort, taking care in the meantime to get us refund for the two nights lost in Lusaka. Never before have I been assisted in such a professional and friendly way in my previous travels. Among other things, he could also have organized trips in combination with neighboring countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana), having direct contacts. The surprise? While we were in South Luangwa, he came in person to meet us and find out how the journey was progressing. Incredible! Briefly a note on Zambia. it is truly an incredible country. Its people are so friendly and hospitable that you immediately feel like a genuine Zambian. I never felt any sense of danger. In fact, the country is considered among the safest in the world for travel. Landscapes take your breath away. Nature is majestic. Here you can really see anything: wildogs (herd of 20 specimens with cubs), dozens of leopards and cubs, lions and lionesses, different scenes of lions and leopards hunting, huge herds of hippos, huge herds of elephants, birds of extraordinary beauty, including the crowned crane and secretary bird. One negative note: unfortunately having had to go home and leave this extraordinary country that has given me unforgettable moments that will remain forever etched in my mind and in my heart. So I would recommend both visiting Zambia and doing it with Absolute Zambia Safaris. Have a good trip!
Irena12
Irena12
2022-08-02
One of the best safari operators Absolute Safaris is one of the best operators I have ever encountered - Robert managed to do an incredible thing and organise my custom 11 days Luangwa trip in Zambia at the shortest possible notice ( literally few days before arrival)! My trip was absolutely wonderful, everything worked perfectly and I loved every moment on the safari. I have had so many wonderful wildlife sightings, and all the camps were in beautiful locations, very comfortable with great service and very professional guiding. Truly one of the best safaris of my life ( I have spent most of it in Africa). My big thanks to Absolute Safaris, for their professionalism and outstanding customer service. Will definitely be back.

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