The Original Remote Luangwa Safari

10 Days
Zambia
Classic

Experience amazing Safaris in a wildlife haven and a destination that every true wilderness lover should experience. Now, for the first time in years, wildlife enthusiasts can get to experience all 3 of Luangwa Valley’s finest National Parks – namely, the iconic North and South Luangwa National Parks and the re-birthed gem of Luambe National Park. It is hard to imagine a more authentic and compelling safari experience.

Highlights

  • South Luangwa National Park
  • North Luangwa National Park & Luambe National Park
  • Day and night game drives & Walking Safari
  • Remote Wilderness Setting & Exceptional Game Viewing

Inclusions

  • Tafika Camp, South Luangwa NP (Nsefu Sector): 2 Nights Ensuite Accommodation, meals, local and house drinks, safari activities, laundry, park fees
  • Mwaleshi Camp, North Luangwa NP: 3 Nights Ensuite Accommodation, meals, local and house drinks, safari activities, laundry, park fees.
  • Luambe Camp, Luambe National Park: Accommodation, meals, wine, local and house drinks, safari activities and park fees
  • Transportation: Return Domestic Flights (Lusaka – Mfuwe – Lusaka), Charter Flights Tafika Camp – Mwaleshi Camp – Luambe Camp and All Road Transfers (Mfuwe Airport – Tafika, & Luambe Camp – Mfuwe Airport).

The Itinerary

Day 1

Meet & Greet/Flight to Mfuwe

When you arrive at Lusaka Intl airport you will be welcomed by our representative then local flight to Mfuwe. Upon arrival at Mfuwe airport, you driver/guide from Tafika Camp will be waiting for you then transfer driving through the Nsefu Sector of the magnificent South Luangwa, you will arrive at Tafika Camp.

The location just north of Nsefu makes the setting of this authentic safari camp an absolute magnet for game viewing and safari activities. Day and night drives, walking safaris and cycling are just some of the activities available from the camp.

Day 2

South Luangwa (Nsefu Sector)

Full day exploring South Luangwa national Park Nsefu Sector, start your day with breakfast Sunrise on the banks of the Luangwa River around the camp fire. Then depart for the morning activity Game drive or walking safari with a stop for morning tea.

You will later be back to the camp in time for some delicious buffet lunch with freshly grown greens from the Tafika garden. Then relax in camp, visit one of the camp hides at leisure, review your flora and fauna lists, read and write in our small camp library or take a look at the vegetable garden

Later in the afternoon you will enjoy some tea and coffee and tasty freshly baked cakes and followed by 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.

Other options are Mountain bike safaris from 16h00 – 17h30 and then join the evening game drive Or Cultural visit to Mkasanga village from 15h30 – 17h00 and then join the evening game drive.

During the afternoon activity you will enjoy sundowner drinks and delicious snacks during your evening activity out in the bush. Back to the camp in this for dinner, enjoy some three-course meal beneath the stars. At your free time you will retire to bed.

Day 3

Transfer to Mwaleshi Camp, North Luangwa

After 2 nights at Tafika, you will travel with RASAIR on a 25-minute air transfer from Lukuzi Airstrip to Mwaleshi Camp. Renowned for its walking safaris, Mwaleshi is located in the vast wilderness of North Luangwa National Park, hidden within a scenic bend on the Mwaleshi River.

The camp is truly a special and remarkable place, unlike any other. It is the realness of the experience, that dash of adrenaline associated with standing downwind of an elephant and catching its unmistakable scent that makes walking safaris unforgettable.

Day 4 & 5

Full days in North Luangwa NP

You will have two full days of exploring North Luangwa National Park; your day will begin with a delicious relaxed breakfast around the fire, followed by a 4-hour walking safari with a stop for morning tea and return to the camp in time for the delicious buffet lunch with freshly grown greens from the Tafika garden.

After lunch, you have free time to relax and unwind. Relax in camp, check your flora and fauna lists, or read in one of the hammocks, then enjoy afternoon tea and coffee with delicious freshly made cakes, followed by an afternoon activity. Evening walking safaris last 2.5 to 3 hours and return before dark. While watching the sun set over the Mwaleshi river, you may also have pre-dinner drink and deliciously snacks.

Later that evening, you will be served a three-course meal by candlelight before retiring to your room at your leisure.

Day 6

Transfers to Luambe National Park

After 3 nights in North Luangwa, you start returning back south by charter flight to Waka Waka Airstrip where your 4-night stay in Luambe will begin. Now, you will have ample time to take in new surroundings, diverse wildlife and experience the astonishing birdlife that is being discovered in this newly revived National Park. Luambe National Park offers a Luangwa Valley experience reminiscent of the early days in the Valley – remote and wild!

Day 7 – 9

Explore Luambe National Park

You will have three full days to explore Luambe National Park. Below is the sample daily program;

Your morning: (5:00am – 9:30am)

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, in the early mornings, with the Luambe guides or ZCP, go on an animal monitoring drive (when available). Anti-poaching treks, coffee with the carmine bee-eaters, or strolling the camera trap circuit to check on the night’s activity are all fantastic morning activities!

Midday Siesta (11am – 2pm)

This is your time to unwind! Relax in your tent or take out your binoculars to observe the wildlife from the shade of a tree. Spend time in the main area with our crew to learn more about the project’s history, look at what was caught on video traps, or update the leopard family tree. Before heading out on your late afternoon game drive, enjoy a delicious lunch at the camp.

Late afternoon / early evening (3pm – 8pm)

Late afternoons are ideal for walking the Luangwa River while listening to hippos and finishing with sundowners OR visiting Chitingulu village to learn about living in the communities that surround national parks. Your evening will be spent resting in camp with a sundowner in hand, enjoying the rosy sunsets over the river while listening to the hippo’s antics, followed by a delicious three-course lunch in the dining room. For those interested in the smaller, more peculiar species of Luambe, it’s a perfect opportunity to listen to and record bat activity in camp after dinner!

Day 10

Departure Day

After a full breakfast at Luambe, we begin the 3,5 – 4 hr. road transfer back to Mfuwe Airport and Flight Back to Lusaka.

What's not included

Visa Fees - International & Regional Flights - Travel & Medical Insurance - Premium Drinks - Items of a Personal Nature

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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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