Discover Zambia’s Luangwa Safari

9 Days
Zambia
Classic

Join us on a thrilling and exhilarating 9 days Zambian safari to see some of the best wildlife and breathtaking African scenery the Luangwa Valley has to offer. For a total of four nights, stay at Flatdogs Camp in South Luangwa National Park, followed by four nights at Luambe Camp in Luambe National Park.

You’ll spend three nights in this park, which covers 9,475 square kilometres (3,475 square miles) of untouched wilderness that you can explore with game drives and guided safari walks. The Luangwa Valley is home to a staggering diversity of life, with around 100 mammal species, 400 bird species, and over 2000 plant species.

You will spend four nights in Luambe National Park, which provides a Luangwa Valley experience that is reminiscent of the Valley’s early days – remote and wild!

Inclusions

  • 8 Nights’ accommodation on full board basis at Flatdogs Camp and Luambe Camp
  • Two (2) safari activities per day Flatdogs Camp and Luambe Camp
  • National Park Entry fees for both the South Luangwa and Luambe National Parks, all conservation and tourist levies
  • Two-way Internal flights (Lusaka – Mfuwe – Lusaka)
  • All airport and inter-camp transfers
  • Local drinks and house wine while at Luambe camp
  • Laundry services at Flatdogs Camp & Luambe Camp

The Itinerary

Day 1

Meet & Greet/ Local Flight Lusaka to Mfuwe

You’ll book an international flight to Zambia’s Lusaka International Airport (LUN). Our representative will greet you upon arrival and assist you in checking your luggage on your local flight from Lusaka International Airport to Mfuwe Airport in South Luangwa National Park.

A Flatdogs Camp guide will meet you at Mfuwe Airport and take you to Flatdogs Safari Camp in the South Luangwa National Park, one of the world’s last great wildlife wonders.

After a 45-minute drive to the camp, you will check-in and relax before dinner is served later in the evening then bedtime at your chosen time.

Days 2-4

Exploring South Luangwa National Park

You’ll have three full days to explore South Luangwa National Park, either on game drives or on foot as part of a walking safari. Your days will begin with a delicious breakfast, followed by a morning activity such as a game drive safari or a walking safari, followed by a return to the camp for lunch and free time to relax.

Afternoon tea will be served before the afternoon/evening game drive, which will begin with afternoon game viewing and then transition into a night safari with the use of spotlights in search of nocturnal animals after dark.

You will then return to the camp almost on time for dinner, and then to your preferred bedtime.

Day 5

Game Drive transfer from South Luangwa

Breakfast will be served before your Luambe Camp Guide/Drive meets you at Flatdogs to begin your journey to Luambe National Park. Enjoy a 4-hour road trip that will give you plenty of time to take in the new scenery, varied wildlife, and amazing birdlife you’ll see along the way.

After that, you’ll check-in, get lunch served, and then have time to relax and enjoy the closer-to-nature experience. Then there will be tea/coffee, followed by a late afternoon/early evening safari activity, before returning to the camp almost in time for dinner and a later bedtime.

Days 6-8

Explore Luambe National Park

This is your great opportunity to explore the amazing Luambe National Park during these days, and here is a list of things you can do during your stay:

Morning (5:00 am – 9:30 am) – Wake up to various birdcalls and the grunting hippo as they welcome a new day in the beautiful Luangwa Valley while enjoying a quick coffee with biscuits. Then, the early mornings are a great time for mammal monitoring drive with the Luambe guides or ZCP (when available). Other great morning activities include anti-poaching walks, coffee with the carmine bee-eaters OR walking the camera trap circuit to check on the night’s activity!

Midday Siesta (11 am – 2 pm) – This is your time to relax! Have a rest in your tent, or grab your binoculars and spot the birdlife from under the shade of a tree. Alternatively, spend time in the main area with our team learning more about the history of the project, looking at what was caught on the camera traps or updating the leopard family tree. A tasty lunch will be on offer at the camp before heading out for your late afternoon game drive.

Late afternoon / early evening (3 pm – 8 pm) – The late afternoon is a great time to walk the Luangwa listening to the hippos before finishing with sundowners OR heading to Chitingulu village to learn about life for the communities you live next to National Parks. Your evening will be spent relaxing in camp, with a sundowner in hand, watching the pinky sunsets over the river while listening to the antics of the hippo followed by a delicious 3-course meal in the dining area. After dinner, it is a great opportunity to listen and record the bat activity in camp for those with an interest in the smaller, more unique creatures of Luambe!

Day 9

Transfer to Mfuwe Airport / Local Flight

Breakfast will be served first, then check out of the camp and you will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport and a local flight to Lusaka where you will connect with your outbound flight.

On arrival at Lusaka International airport, you will be greeted by our representative who will then assist you in checking in for your outbound flight.

Where You'll Be Staying

Flatdogs Camp,

South Luangwa National Park

Owner-run Flatdogs Camp offers guests a personal, unforgettable safari experience in one of the most untouched National Parks in the whole of Southern Africa. Set in a riparian woodland habitat, the camp is kept as natural as possible and offers guests a great range of accommodation; the open Jackal-Berry Treehouse with waterhole views, the fabulous Croc’s Nest, which is a tented house with river views and private pool, the cool and spacious chalet rooms made of stone & thatch, which…
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Luambe Camp,

Luambe National Park

Experience a park that’s being restored -Join Luambe Conservation Project in restoring the National Park The only accommodation in the park and an exciting conservation project. What you will love about Luambe Camp: THE REMOTENESS: Luambe Camp is the only accommodation in the entire park, so you can be assured that you will have wildlife sightings all to yourself DIVERSE TERRAIN & WILDLIFE: Enjoy game drives and guided walks through the woodlands, grasslands and out into the floodplains with your…
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What's not included

Visa fees & Person Travel/ Medical Insurance - International /Regional flights - All Drinks while at Flatdogs Camp - Private Guide & Vehicle - Drinks of premium Brands - Items of personal nature like gratuities, shop purchases etc

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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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