Luangwa Valley Frontier Safari

13 Days
Zambia
Walking

A 13 days safari through Luambe, North Luangwa, and South Luangwa National Parks Discover new and intriguing regions in these parks on a thirteen-day safari across the Luangwa Valley! Experience most of what Luambe National Park has to offer with the Luangwa Frontier Safari, which features the Luambe Camp.

Because road transfers to and from Luambe National Park have made the north more accessible, stay at Takwela Camp in North Luangwa completes this incredible trip. These two intimate camps provide a private and personal safari experience while taking in the natural splendour of the Luangwa Valley’s middle and northern regions and then end your safari with three nights in the Nsefu Sector of South Luangwa National Park.

Highlights

  • Day and Night Game Drive Safari
  • Walking Safari and Big Cats
  • South Luangwa and North Luangwa National Park
  • Luambe National Park Exclusive Park with only two camps

Inclusions

  • 12 nights’ Accommodation
  • Dinner and Breakfast at Pioneer Lodge in Lusaka
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner) while in Luambe, North and South Luangwa National Park
  • Drinks at Luambe Camp and Takwela Camp
  • 2 safari activities a day in Luambe, North and South Luangwa National Park
  • All National Park fees & bed levies
  • Laundry Service at Luambe Camp, Takwela Camp and Zikomo Safari Camp
  • Return Lusaka – Mfuwe Domestic Flights
  • All Mfuwe Airport & Intercamp Transfers

The Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival / Transfer to Pioneer Lodge, Lusaka

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 four 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 & 5

Full Days 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 6

Game Drive Transfer to Waka Waka Airstrip / Flight to Mwaleshi Airstrip North Luangwa

Breakfast is served  and morning activity then you will transfered to Waka Waka Airstrip  and then a Share Charter flight from Waka Waka to Mwaleshi Airstrip, at the airstrip you will be picked up and about 45min drive in 4×4 open vehicle + 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 5min walk to Takwela Camp, What an adventure. 

Check in at 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.

Later Lunch will be served and you will have some free time to rest before your afternoon safari adventure, after which you’ll return to the camp for dinner and goodnight.

Day 7 and 8

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.

Day 9

Transfer to Mwaleshi Airstrip then Shared Charter flight to Mfuwe Airport in South Luangwa

Breakfast will be served early this morning before departing Takwela Camp then transfer to the Airport in time for a short flight to mfuwe airport, where you will be welcomed and transfered to  Zikomo Safari Camp,  and 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 10 ,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.

Where You'll Be Staying

Pioneer Lodge & Camp,

Lusaka

Pioneer Camp is an excellent 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 variety of chalets and a shady campsite, with the bar and restaurant at the heart of Pioneer, a tremendous place to meet fellow travellers and discuss your safari experiences!
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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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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’…
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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…
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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…
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What's not included

Visa Fees & Personal Travel Insurance - International & Regional Flights - All Premium drinks at Luambe Camp, Kasikizi Bushcamp and Takwela Camp - All drinks from the bar at Zikomo Safari Camp and Pioneer Lodge - Private Vehicle & Guiding - Items of a personal nature & gratuities

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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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