This trip to Zambia concentrates on the South Luangwa in the dry season, staying for 9 nights in camps run by Norman Carr Safaris - with a clear focus on walking safaris and the opportunity to walk from camp to camp between four superb little bushcamps. Your route follows the Lubi River, a tributary of the Luangwa River which dries up during the dry season, from dense bush to open grassland near the Luangwa River.
Zambia's weather is generally fine and dry from June to October). For the equivalent trip during the green season (December to May), see Aardvark safari (wet).
Starting from London Heathrow, your scheduled British Airways
overnight flight takes you directly to Lusaka.
1 night at Kapani Lodge (full board & activities) | South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Landing early in the morning in Lusaka, you connect to a light aircraft for a flight (about 60 minutes) to Mfuwe Airport, beside South Luangwa National Park. Here you meet a safari guide who drives you for your first night to one of the oldest camps in the Luangwa Valley, Kapani Lodge.
You usually arrive in time for lunch, after which there's an activity – usually a 4WD game drive. (All game drives in the Luangwa Valley are in open 4WD vehicles.)
2 nights at Luwi Bushcamp (full board & activities) | South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
After your morning game drive, and a substantial brunch, you are driven for a few hours through the park to the start of the walking trail. Activities for the rest of this trip focus mainly on walking safaris in small groups with an armed guide. You begin by staying for 2 nights
2 nights at Nsolo Bushcamp (full board & activities) | South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
After a full day exploring the area around Luwi bush camp, this morning's walk follows the path of the dry Lubi River
. As usual, as you walk with your safari guide and armed game scout; your entire luggage is transferred by vehicle. By late morning both you and your luggage arrive for 2 nights
at Nsolo camp.
2 nights at Kakuli Bushcamp (full board & activities) | South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Having spent a day walking around Nsolo, continue your journey along the Lubi River
to its confluence with the Luangwa. During the walking (dry) season, the drying Luangwa forms a series of pools, linked by streams and populated by dense pods of hippos and endless crocodiles. Overlooking this, you stay for 2 nights
As an alternative to walking safaris, Kakuli offers 4WD game drives; these usually continue (after sun-downer drinks) into a night drive – in search of leopards and the Valley's other nocturnal wildlife.
2 nights at Mchenja Bushcamp (full board & activities) | South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Shadowing the Luangwa River and walking upstream, it's only a few hours walk Kakuli to Mchenja – although you can opt to be driven if you prefer. Either way, you reach one of the Luangwa's Valley's best locations: a grove of dark, tall ebony trees beside the banks of the Luangwa River. There spend 2 nights
1 night at Pioneer Camp (bed & breakfast) | Lusaka area, Zambia
Spend the morning exploring the area around Mchenja, with its old ox-bow lagoons then transfer through to Mfuwe Airport for your 60 minute flight back to Lusaka. On arrival in Lusaka you'll be collected at the airport and taken for one night
at Pioneer Camp.
Relax at camp in the evening in 25 acres of lawns and woodland, and book yourself onto the twenty minute transfer to Lusaka Airport for your British Airways
return flight the next day.
Rising early in the morning, after a good breakfast, you will be transferred to Lusaka Airport. There you connect back to your direct flight back to London Heathrow with British Airways
. You arrive back into Heathrow in the late afternoon – after a superb trip to Zambia.