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14 Day Classic Zambia’s Photographic Safari

OUR SAFARIS14 Day Classic Zambia’s Photographic Safari

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Places Covered

Lusaka - Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Park

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

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.

Notes:

Chamilandu Bushcamp has a Photography Hides , the best time to visit the hide is between after lunch and before the afternoon game drives Safari or You can decide we are very flexible on this. Chamilandu is very well positioned and if the hide is quite your guide can take you to the River Elephant Crossing point where you can take photos of the Elephant Cruise the river between the National Park and the Game Management Area, this offers a very beautiful background of the Chindeni Hills.

Day 1 – 2/Day 12 – 14: Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower- Lusaka, Zambia

Modern Lusaka hotel situated in the Arcades Shopping complex. Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower is located in the heart of Lusaka and within Arcades Shopping and Entertainment Complex on the Great East Road. Guests visiting this hotel have the benefit of being closely situated to the Mulungushi Conference Centre as well as having direct access to shops and restaurants. The hotel caters for both corporate and leisure guests' alike being a mere 25 minutes from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower restaurant, The Steakhouse Restaurant and Rooftop Bar, Cloud 9 are ideal to relax after a day of exploring Lusaka or sitting through meetings. Enjoy the most comfortable hotel accommodation in Lusaka with the various guest room configurations - our 137 guest rooms can be split between twin rooms and king size rooms. Conferencing is made easy with the wide range of conferencing facilities varying between Mitambo 1 and 2 which can comfortably seat 48 delegates when combined.

Day 2 – 7: 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 elephant, buffalo, lion and the elusive leopard! Activities are offered by highly experienced guides, with over 50 years of experience in the Lower Zambezi region.

The Royal Zambezi Lodge offers guests outstanding hospitality and luxury, with attention paid to the finest detail. The thatch and copper roofs create a natural but sophisticated setting for you to relax. Our chef sources fresh, local ingredients to treat you to exciting and healthy cuisine.

The accommodation

The Royal Zambezi Lodge has 15 suites, all overlooking the river. Throughout the lodge, the décor combines contemporary, understated design with traditional safari elegance.

If you are looking for the ultimate indulgent experience, the Deluxe and Presidential suites allow you to submerge yourself into the natural surroundings without compromising on luxury. Unwind and sip on chilled champagne just meters from the river, whilst relaxing in your own private deep copper bath. Or enjoy a refreshingly cold, outdoor shower or dip in your private plunge pool while the wildlife drinks from the river below.

The Classic suites treat guests to cotton linen, feather pillows and extra length beds. The rich textures and natural tones will create a relaxing environment in which you can unwind and listen to the African bush outside. Join us for a true African experience, wide-open spaces and magnificent sunrises and sunsets.

More details for Royal Zambezi Lodge; https://www.royalzambezilodge.com/

Day 7 – 9: Mfuwe Lodge – South Luangwa National Park

Ease yourself into 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 banks of two lagoons where an endless stream of wildlife will keep you enthralled as you lounge on the open deck or take a dip in the swimming pool. The airy interior of the lodge is an exquisite complement to its natural surroundings.

This region of the park is renowned for its prolific game - giraffe, hippos, buffalo, antelope, and crocodile are constant visitors to Mfuwe Lodge's lagoon, whilst in November the local elephants regularly wander right through the lobby, lured by a nearby wild mango tree. Whether you stay overnight or just have lunch En route to a Bushcamp, Mfuwe Lodge's relaxed charm and enviable surroundings make it the perfect stopover. Voted Best Lodge in Zambia in 2009 Mfuwe Lodge also offers you the chance to relax at its Bush-Spa or buy a few mementoes 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)

Each chalet has its private deck the chalets are equipped with an en-suite shower, twin washbasins and toilet, international power sockets, toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, skin moisturizer), hairdryers, personal safe, mosquito nets, and air conditioners.

More details for Mfuwe Lodge; https://bushcampcompany.com/mfuwe_lodge.php

Day 9 -12: Chamilandu Bushcamp – South Luangwa National Park (Southern Part of SLNP)

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 to leave your bed to see the wildlife - from your unique vantage point, you can watch as animals roam across the landscape, or swing through the trees above your head.

There are just three stilted chalets at this exclusive camp, set on the riverbank beneath a soaring ebony grove. Enjoy a sundowner from the comfort of the thatched bar and dining area, as you watch the wildlife do the same at the river.

Exceptional game viewing and understated elegance make Chamilandu a place to remember.

Summary

  • Location: Overlooking the Luangwa River and the Chindeni Hills, South Luangwa, Zambia (2 ¼ hours from Mfuwe Lodge)
  • Season: Open from June to November
  • Activities: Guided walking safaris; game drives (day and night); birdwatching
  • Children: Children over 12 are welcome (under 12s welcome if a private camp is booked)
  • Electricity: Solar power for lighting, battery charging facilities and hot water
  • Accommodation: 3 raised tree-houses, each with a standing fan: 1 double (king-sized), - 2 twins (queen-sized)
  • Co-ordinates: S 13°19.006' - E031°38.342'

More details for Chamilandu Bushcamp; https://bushcampcompany.com/bushcamps/chamilandu.php

Day 1: Arrive at Lusaka /Transfer to Protea Hotel, Lusaka

When you arrive at Lusaka Intl Airport you will be welcomed by our representative who will assist you with the luggage and transfer you to the Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower.

Check-in and you will overnight be based on Bed and Breakfast.

Day 2: Flight to Royal Airstrip in Lower Zambezi National Park

Breakfast in the morning and check out then transfer to Lusaka Intl Airport for your local flight to 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 lunch then free time to relax. Later in the afternoon, your adventure Photographic Safari begins. You will go out for your afternoon Photographic Safari activity either a Game drive or by boat on the Zambezi River then back to the lodge, dinner and bedtime.

Day 3,4,5 & 6: Explore Lower Zambezi with Game Viewing activities

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 may be 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 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 7: Flight from Royal to South Luangwa National Park (Mfuwe)

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 8: Game Drives in South Luangwa National Park (Mfuwe Area)

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 9: Morning Game Drive /Transfer to Chamilandu Bush Camp (Southern Part of the Park)

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 10 & 11: Explore South Luangwa National Park with Game Drives Safaris (Southern Part)

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 specious 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 12: Transfer to Mfuwe Airport /Flight to Mfuwe

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 you will be put a closed Transfer vehicle to Mfuwe Airport and 1hr10min Domestic flight to Lusaka.

On your arrival in Lusaka, you will be met by our representative who then transfers you to Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower where you will stay for two nights on Bed and Breakfast.

Day 13: Lusaka

You will stay at leisure and possibly do some shopping and explore the City of Lusaka. (Optional)

Day 14: 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.

Inclusions;

Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower – Lusaka

  • 3 Nights Luxury Ensuite Room Accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Lusaka Airport Transfers

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 /Wifi 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

Domestic Flights 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)

Exclusions;

  • Visa fees & Medica/Travel Insurance
  • International Flights
  • All bar 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.
  • Spa & Shop
  • 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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