7 Days – South & North Luangwa National Park Safari

Overview:

This is package is the best for clients who are interested in a complete Luangwa valley safari experience, it features top class wildlife areas south and north Luangwa national park. Clients will experience day and night game drive with abundant wildlife while in South Luangwa national park while in north Luangwa most of the activities are done on foot thus the famous Luangwa walking safari. This itinerary brings really offers closer to nature experience and uncovers the Luangwa hidden gem of Zambia.

Description

Highlights:

South Luangwa National park – The Valley of the Leopard: Boat for its abundance of wildlife with the game you likely to see Leopard, Lions, Wild dogs, Crocodile, Elephants, Zebras, Hippos, Giraffes, Crocodile, small cats & Lots of Birds, etc. Unique Nights Game drives and Famous Walking Safaris

North Luangwa National Park: The real and surviving wilderness of Africa & famous for its massive herds of buffalo, a spectacular sight if they’re seen on the run, kicking up dust for miles behind them. Large prides of lion also inhabit the area. Other common mammals are the hyena, Cookson’s wildebeest, bushbuck, zebra, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey, puku, and impala. Elephant and Leopard are also seen

Day 1 – 4: Mfuwe Lodge – South Luangwa National Park

Day 4- 7: Buffalo Camp – North Luangwa National park

 

DAY 1 TO 4: Mfuwe Lodge – South Luangwa National Park

About South Luangwa National Park

For most visitors, South Luangwa National Park is by far the most practical park to visit in the valley. This is Zambia’s premier wildlife park, with magnificent wildlife and many great camps. This is where the now legendary walking safaris began from over 60 years ago, and this particular African destination preserves some of the most exceptional safari guides. There are many contenders for the title of Africa’s best game park. The Serengeti, Amboseli, Ngorongoro Crater, Etosha, Kruger, Moremi, and Mana Pools would undoubtedly be high on the list. South Luangwa has a better right than most. Any of these other areas will match its extraordinary high game densities. Many others the lesser known of Africa’s parks will have equally few guests. One or two also provide night drives, which open up a unique, nocturnal world to view, providing leopards to be generally seen and even watched while hunting.

However, few have South Luangwa’s expert guiding coupled with its exceptional wildlife spectacles, day and night, in the privacy of a true wilderness.

 

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 apparent. Underneath a covering of ebony and mahogany, its eighteen air-conditioned chalets are organized around the banks of two lagoons where an endless follow of wildlife will keep you captivated as you lounge on the open deck or swim in the swimming pool. The spacious interior of the lodge is an excellent complement to its natural surroundings.

The area of the park is renowned for its abundant game – hippos, buffalo, antelope, giraffe,, and crocodile are constant visitors to Mfuwe Lodge’s lagoon, while in November the local elephants regularly wander right through the lobby, attract by a nearby wild mango tree. Whether you stay late or just have lunch en route to a Bushcamp, Mfuwe Lodge’s relaxed beauty and enviable environment make it the excellent stopover. Awarded Best Lodge in Zambia in 2009 Mfuwe Lodge also extends you the chance to relax at its Bush-Spa or buy a few souvenirs 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)

Every chalet has its own private deck the cottages are equipped with en-suite shower, twin wash basins and toilet, international power sockets, toiletries, hair dryers, personal safe, mosquito nets, and air conditioners.

 

DAY 4 TO 7: Buffalo Camp – North Luangwa National Park

About North Luangwa National Park

The North Luangwa National Park is a secluded expanse of land in the northernmost part of three parks in the valley of the River Luangwa North Luangwa is held to be one of the last surviving wildernesses in Africa, covering 4636 square kilometers. Closed from the public and no permanent lodges there. Entrance is with one of the few safari operators granted authorization to conduct walking safaris.

The appeal of visiting this park is the genuinely remarkable possibilities to experience Africa as it was. It is wild and pure, and you are merely an unobtrusive witness to its natural beauty and drama. The North Luangwa National Park was established as a game reserve in 1938, but it converted a national park in 1972.

There are very few roads, and it is unlikely to see anyone for the duration of your trip. Like the South Park, it rests on the western bank of the Luangwa River adjoined on the other side by the Muchinga Escarpment that extends over 1000 meters from the valley floor. Its blurred outline can unquestionably be seen from the Luangwa River.

Some tributary rivers are running through the park and into the Luangwa River which plays an essential ecological role in the area. The crystal-clear Mwaleshi River streams down the Escarpment in a range of small waterfalls. It drops in the dry season, leaving several pools along the way, attracting the animals from the bush to its banks looking for water. No game drives are allowed in the Mwaleshi area, and access is by planned walking safaris only.

The vegetation varies from mopane woodland to riverine forest, open grasslands, and acacia thicket. Trees incorporate the beautiful sausage tree, vegetable ivory palms,   leadwood, and red mahogany.

The Park is renowned for its massive herds of buffalo, a dramatic sight if they’re recognized on the run. Big prides of lion also inhabit the area. Other common mammals are impala hyena, Cookson’s wildebeest, bushbuck, zebra, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey, and puku. Leopard and Elephant are also seen, but not as regularly as in the South Park. You are more likely to view hartebeest, reedbuck, and eland here, though. Stock the birds in the South have been documented here as well. Seen regularly are the crowned cranes, Lilian’s lovebird, purple crested Lories, broad billed roller, the carmine bee-eater, Pel’s fishing owl and giant eagle owl. Seldom seen are the bat hawk, osprey and black coucal. The Frankfurt Zoological Society re-introduced to the park black rhinoceroses in 2003. These are heavily guarded and not usually seen.

Buffalo Camp – North Luangwa National Park

The camp founded in 1980, the buffalo was the first allowed to operate in North Luangwa National Park, all thanks to anti-poaching efforts of its founder John Harvey. Today it still offers an entirely unique experience of African wildlife, thanks to the vast knowledge of its owner Mark Harvey and his experienced staff. The camp is built almost from scratch every year – 7 Chalets, Kitchen, bar and dining area rise from nearly nothing within 4 weeks.

Accommodation: Guests are accommodated in ensuite chalets with hot and cold running water. Most of them consist of a double and single bed, but additional ones can be provided for family accommodation. The cottages are open fronted with a panoramic view of the river but are designed to prevent unwanted visits from curious animals. There are two types of accommodation available. Full board included all meals and activities whereas self-catering does not cover activities which have to be arranged separately. Bar & Restaurant: The cash bar at Buffalo camp offers all essential while in the bush beverage such as ice-cold beer, coke and of course in & tonic for those spectacular sunsets. The restaurant serves meals throughout the day to full board guest.

Itinerary summary:

 

Day 1 – Arrive, Meet & Greet /Flight to Mfuwe

Arrival off your international flight meet and greet by our representative who will assist you with luggage and immigration formalities then show you the domestic check in desk for you flight to Mfuwe in South Luangwa National Park.

On arrival at Mfuwe Airport a guide from Mfuwe Lodge will be waiting for you, welcome and assist you with your luggage and transfer you Mfuwe Lodge your home for first 3 Night in the Luangwa Valley. The transfer takes about 45 min on a nice tard road through the settlements of Mfuwe.

Arrival and Check in and then you will go out for the Night game drive looking for nocturnal animals and return to the lodge for dinner and bed.

 

Day 2 – Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park

Morning breakfast and then you will go out for a morning gave drive or walking safari and return to the lodge in time for brunch and free time. Then afternoon tea followed by an afternoon/night game drive and return in time for dinner and bed.

 

Day 3 – Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park 

Today you will spend much of your time on game viewing activities. Same as day two, Morning breakfast and then you will go out for a morning gave drive or walking safari and return to the lodge in time for brunch and free time. Then afternoon tea followed by an afternoon/night game drive and return in time for dinner and bed.

 

Day 4: Transfer flight to North Luangwa National Park

Today you will have breakfast and morning game drive then transfer to Mfuwe Airport for your 30 mins charter flight to Mwaleshi Airstrip in North Luangwa National Park.

On arrival at Mwaleshi Airstrip a guide from Buffalo Camp will be waiting for you, He will take you on a 30 min transfer you to Buffalo Camp arriving in time for lunch.

Check in and lunch then tea and afternoon game viewing activity which would be a walking safari and then sundowners and then return to the lodge for dinner and bedtime.

 

Day 5 – Buffalo Camp in North Luangwa National park

Morning breakfast and you will leave for a walking safari or Game drive with some tea and snacks for a break time and then return to the lodge for Lunch and relaxing time to enjoy your room. Then afternoon activity which could be a short walking safari or a game drive and sundowners and return to the lodge for dinner and bed.

 

Day 6 – Buffalo Camp in North Luangwa National Park 

Today will more like day five, Morning breakfast and you will leave for a walking safari or Game drive with some tea and snacks for a break time and then return to the lodge for Lunch and relaxing time to enjoy your room. Then afternoon activity which could be a short walking safari or a game drive and sundowners and return to the lodge for dinner and bed.

 

Day 7 – Transfer by Air to Mfuwe Airport/Flight to Lusaka

Morning breakfast and depending on your flight schedule, you might do a morning game drive and transfer to Mwaleshi Airstrip for your short flight to Mfuwe Airport and then Your flight from Mfuwe to Lusaka for onward connection.

 

Included are as follows:

 

Mfuwe Lodge – South Luangwa National park

 

  • 3 nights Ensuite Chalet Accommodation with Hot/Cold Water
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily)
  • 2 game viewing activities per day (Day & Night game drive safaris)
  • Walking Safaris
  • Laundry, tea, and coffee – any time
  • 16% government VAT taxes and service charge
  • Park Fees
  • Wi-Fi Service
Buffalo Camp – North Luangwa National Park

 

  • 3 nights Ensuite Chalet Accommodation with Hot/Cold Water
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • 2 game viewing activities per day (Walking Safari or Limited Game drives safaris & Sundowners)
  • Park Fee and All Taxes
Transfers & Flights Included are:

 

  • Flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe in South Luangwa National Park
  • Transfer from Mfuwe Airport to Mfuwe Lodge
  • Transfer from Mfuwe Lodge to Mfuwe Airport
  • Flight from Mfuwe Airport to Mwaleshi Airstrip in North Luangwa National park
  • Transfer from Mwaleshi Airstrip to Buffalo Camp
  • Transfer from Buffalo Camp to Mwaleshi Airstrip
  • Flight from Mwaleshi Airstrip in North Luangwa National park to Mfuwe Airport
  • Flight from Mfuwe Airport to Lusaka – onward connection

 

Excludes:

 

  • Visa Fees & Insurance
  • International Flights
  • Departure Tax – US$ 16 Per Person
  • Drink from the Bar & Laundry at Buffalo Camp
  • Tips and anything of Personal Nature

 

 

 

 



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