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Duiker Safari

Three luxurious bushcamps in stunning riverside locations, split between the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi national parks, offer a wide variety of expert-guided safari activities in stunning game-rich environments.

Duiker Safari: Summary

Duiker Safari in a nutshell

This smart fly-in safari visits Zambia’s two premier parks, South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi, staying at three stylish, small camps in stunning riverside locations. All are in game-rich areas, so expect big game sightings without leaving your room.

After flying to the South Luangwa National Park, you’ll stay at two luxurious sister-camps, Kakuli and Mchenja. Day and night drives here use open-topped 4WDs, but both camps also place a real emphasis on walking safaris, led by expert wildlife guides and accompanied by armed rangers. Aside from more widespread species, you’ve a good chance to see some of the Luangwa’s endemics here: Thornicraft’s giraffe, Cookson’s wildebeest and Crawshay’s zebra.

After flying from the Luangwa to the Lower Zambezi, you’ll arrive at Chongwe River Camp, which overlooks the national park from the confluence of the Chongwe and mighty Zambezi rivers. Immersed in the wilderness, the views are idyllic.

In addition to the Luangwa’s land-based safari activities, here you can also enjoy the wildlife from canoes and boats. This will add a new perspective to your safari, from seeing hippos and crocodiles close up, to the animals drinking and many water birds. Floating with the current, drink in hand, is also a very relaxing way to enjoy game-viewing.

Great guiding at each camp, creature comforts and a range of activities make this a really lovely way to enjoy two of Africa’s top national parks.

At a glance

Starts: Lusaka International Airport
3 nights Kakuli Bushcamp - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
3 nights Mchenja Bushcamp - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
4 nights Chongwe River Camp - Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
Ends: Lusaka International Airport

Kakuli Bushcamp

Days 1-4

Kakuli Bush Camp is a small, intimate camp situated in an area of South Luangwa National Park known for its high density of wildlife. One of Norman Carr Safaris’ seasonal camps, it overlooks a floodplain from an elevated bank of the Luangwa River, not far from its confluence with the Lubi (pronounced Luwi) River.

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Mchenja Bushcamp

Days 4-7

Mchenja Bushcamp is Norman Carr Safaris' most luxurious bushcamp. It's a beautiful camp in a lovely setting within an ebony grove, beside a bend of Zambia’s Luangwa River. The whole camp has lovely wide views of the river, and is cool and shaded under the grove of tall ebony and sausage trees around it.

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Chongwe River Camp

Days 7-11

Chongwe River Camp is located at the confluence of the Zambezi River and its tributary, the Chongwe River, which forms the western boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park. It lies in a game management area (GMA) that reaches a further 80km west along the Zambezi – so while it is outside the (unfenced) park boundary, it is still in a very productive wildlife area, with elephants regularly seen in camp.

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Kakuli Bushcamp

Kakuli Bushcamp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Mchenja Bushcamp

Mchenja Bushcamp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Chongwe River Camp

Chongwe River Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Duiker Safari.

  • Tracking leopard with an expert guide on foot
  • The booming call of Pel’s fishing owl, heard from my veranda
  • Sitting silent in the 4WD, surrounded by elephants
  • Canoeing between lilies on a mirror-like waterway
  • Sundown drinks in the middle of the Zambezi

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Duiker Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Canoeing

  • Cultural excursion

  • Fishing

  • Fly-camping

  • Guided walking safari

  • Night drive

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Key species to see on the Duiker Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Duiker Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Leopard

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Wild dog

59% chance

Wildebeest

32% chance

Eland

28% chance

Aardvark

26% chance

Roan antelope

13% chance

Sable antelope

7% chance

Cheetah

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build some of these optional excursions into your Duiker Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Tribal Textiles Tour

Tribal Textiles Tour

One - two hours

Visit the Tribal Textiles workshop, where hand-painted textiles are produced by more than a hundred local people. The workshop is close to Mfuwe Airport, so is ideally placed for a stop en route to/from the South Luangwa. With products ranging from cushion covers to bags and T-shirts, it's a great place for souvenir shopping while at the same time supporting the local community.

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Kawaza Village Visit

Kawaza Village Visit

Two to three hours

Just outside Zambia's South Luangwa National Park lies a normal, working rural African village which is open and welcoming to visitors to the Luangwa valley. There is nothing artificial or contrived about Kawaza Village, and it offers a rare opportunity to experience and appreciate Kunda culture, and meet local Zambians.

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