8 Days River Journeys South Luangwa National Park

This safari covers one of Zambia’s prominent parks. South Luangwa. Luangwa Valley that marks the end of the Great Rift Valley is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas and possibly the most beautiful wildlife sanctuary in Africa. “The Luangwa Valley is at its most tense in the Emerald Season, with the Luangwa River presently flowing over into the brimming lagoons. Boating into these flooded lagoons, ebony groves and flowing currents give you a  glimpse of the Valley which is normally unavailable to reach during this particular season “.

The Luangwa River is one of the only significant rivers in Africa, and even in the world, that has not turned into a dam for hydropower. This river still annually rises, floods into lagoons and channels, changes course and resulting in new pools and in so doing creates a rich floodplain river system. Accessing the heart of the park during the flood can be done by staying at the first camping site Nsefu built in the fifties which is a fantastic adventure. You will also be able to reach various locations of the Luangwa from 3 areas; Luangwa River Camp, Nsefu & Nkwali Camps. Making your safari even experience more memorable and unique.

Tips on activities on offer:

Walking, game drives both day and night, Kawaza Village Tour, Tribal Textiles tour (for souvenirs), Chipembele Wildlife Orphanage visit.

Description

Itinerary:
Day 1: Luangwa River Camp

Arriving at Mfuwe International Airport, a guide from Robin Pope Safaris will meet you with onward transport you to Luangwa River Camp where you will be ushered into your bush suite to rest.

Luangwa River Camp is an intimate camp with only five chalets located opposite the Luangwa Wafwa in the Upper Lupande GMA. Having all the creature comforts of a five-star camp yet with all the intimacy, tailored ventures, and flexible mealtimes you come to anticipate from a bush camp. The camp is filled with its décor from locally crafted handmade accessories.

The main area is above the ground between 1-3 meters on wooden decks affording great views of the park and river. The swimming pool is sunk into the floor on two levels with a spillover adjoining the two pools one spilling over the other.   Seating areas are all high and open plan with a bar area as well as a dining and reading area.

 

Day 2: Luangwa River Camp

The second is a day to experience. The South Luangwa National Park with a mix of activities including game drives, walking also boating.

 

Day 3 – 5: Nsefu Camp

Taking the boat up to Nsefu Camp which usually takes 2 to 4 hours depending on what you see during the journey. The Luangwa River is typically high, and many of the lagoons will be full. The bird life is fantastic alongside the river. Often you will see a bull elephant or a lion on the banks of the river. Nsefu Camp has six round rondavels with luxurious en-suite facilities. Every room has a definite view of the river through big windows and from the new wooden decks. Arriving at Nsefu you will be shown to your rooms, and lunch will be served followed by a well-deserved rest before going for an afternoon adventure.

As the week goes by you will have a chance to explore the location by boat and on foot, looking at ebony groves, lagoons, and flooded channels. A guide will take you to remote places enjoying the park in a more exclusive way of taking a rest while having an all-day picnic. Which includes lunch served under a tree or next to a lagoon, taking a rest spending a couple of hours reading a book or watching the animals and the landscape. Returning to camp when you are fit – you may decide to proceed straight on your evening boat ride and back to camp at sunset.

 

Day 6: Nkwali Camp

Boating back to Nkwali in the morning, with a comprehensive view of River Luangwa overlooking the Park.  Nkwali has six rooms all looking out over the river and have spacious bathrooms.  Activities are thereby sent according to your time of arrival you can enjoy lunch looking out over the lagoon into the back of Nkwali or afternoon tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

 

Day 7: Nkwali Camp

At dawn, breakfast set around the campfire with porridge heated on the fire and the toast made by roasting it with coals.  After breakfast the Morning walks or drive with a chance photographic expedition with the natural light, accessing the park by boat from the camp to nearby pontoon. The game in this area is exceptional and including various families of elephants and giraffes like the Thornicroft Giraffe. Mid-Morning rest of tea, cake, and coffee taking in the views of the lagoon and the Luangwa River. After that returning to camp for lunch at mid-day. After having lunch, cooling off in the swimming pool. Tea will be served in the afternoon will be served then followed by a game drive continuing into the early night for a chance to see nocturnal animals. The ride ends at around 20.00 hrs, and dinner generally served at 20.30.

 

Day 8: Transit

After breakfast, you will be transported to Mfuwe Airport for your flight to Lusaka and onwards connection.

 



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