This safari visits three of northern Zambia's wildlife areas, seeking the rarer species like the swamp-dwelling sitatunga antelope in Kasanka and the prehistoric shoebill in the Bangweulu Wetlands before a brief stop on South Luangwa ; these 10 nights in Zambia are really designed for 'Old Africa hands' and serious bird-watchers – it is not a suitable safari for most first-time visitors.
Both Kasaka and Bangweulu can be visited earlier in the year – when shoebill sightings are often better - making this a perfect trip to experience Zambia's Emerald Season.
Starting from London Heathrow, your scheduled British Airways
overnight flight will take you to Zambia's capital, Lusaka.
2 nights at Wasa Lodge (full board & activities) | Northern Zambia, Zambia
On arrival in Lusaka you are met and flown by light aircraft for about 2 hours to Kasanka National Park. There you are met by a guide and open 4WD at the airstrip, and driven the short distance through the park for 2 nights
on the edge of Lake Wasa. Here your simple lodge is Wasa Lodge.
2 nights at Luwombwa Lodge (full board & activities) | Northern Zambia, Zambia
Spent a morning visiting Fibwe Hide
, which affords Africa's best chance of observing sitatunga feeding in the wild. After a delicious brunch, a game drive will take you deeper into the park, further west, to a small camp beside the perennial Luwombwa River. The simple chalets nestling on the riverbanks are a great base for canoeing, walking and 4WD safaris in this remote park. Spend 2 nights
at Luwombwa Lodge.
3 nights at Shoebill Island Camp (full board & activities) | Northern Zambia, Zambia
Enjoy the thrill of a small plane flight from Kasanka and over the mighty Bangweulu Floodplains. On a seasonal island in the Bangweulu Wetlands, Shoebill Camp is a very simple tented camp from where you can explore on foot and by dug-out canoe – watching for the amazing birdlife, including the rare and remarkable Shoebill Stork. Stay for 3 nights
to explore from Shoebill Camp.
2 nights at Kapani Lodge (full board & activities) | South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
After breakfast and a morning activity, you fly by light aircraft to the famed South Luangwa National Park. Landing in Mfuwe Airport, you will be met and taken to Kapani Lodge, one of the Valley's longest-established lodges. It's the perfect base for drives and walks amongst the relaxed game at the heart of South Luangwa National Park. Stay here for 2 nights
at Kapani Lodge.
1 night at Pioneer Camp (half board) | Lusaka area, Zambia
After a relaxed day at Kapani you'll be driven to Mfuwe Airport, for a 60-minute flight back to Lusaka. There you'll be met by a representative of Pioneer Camp, who will drive you twenty minutes to Pioneer Camp.
Getting up very early in the morning, you will be driven to Lusaka Airport as the city wakes up, arriving in time to connect with your direct flight back to London Heathrow with British Airways
. You arrive back into Heathrow in the late afternoon – refreshed after a superb trip to Zambia.