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Giraffe Safari

A safari to the remotest parts of Zambia’s Luangwa Valley. Perfect for experienced safari goers and first time Africa adventurers. Explore with expert guides whilst staying at small bush camps.

Giraffe Safari: Summary

Giraffe Safari in a nutshell

This classic Zambian safari spends nine nights deep in the bush, split between North and South Luangwa. Its focus is on remote wilderness locations and excellent small bush camps with a mix of 4WD and walking safaris. It will appeal to experienced safari goers who appreciate how secluded and untamed these parts of the Luangwa Valley really are.

All three camps are owned and operated by the Coppinger family, who we’ve been working closely with for over 20 years. Whilst ensuring an intoxicating safari experience is paramount, the accommodation is also very well appointed and the food, delicious.

You’ll start by flying into the South Luangwa, where Tafika has just six chalets, all overlooking the Luangwa River. The main activities here are game drives and walking safaris, though mountain-biking safaris are also popular and a visit to the local community would be enlightening.

You’ll then hop by light aircraft to the incredibly remote North Luangwa National Park. With only four chalets, Takwela Camp offers an intimate experience in an untouched wilderness. Explore by vehicle and on foot in the company of an excellent guide.

Your last three nights are spent at Mwaleshi Camp in North Luangwa. Mwaleshi exclusively offers walking safaris, which rank with the best in Africa. It’s another small camp in an area with abundant wildlife.

At a glance

Starts: Lusaka International Airport
3 nights Tafika - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
3 nights Takwela Camp - North Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
3 nights Mwaleshi Camp - North Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
Ends: Lusaka International Airport

Tafika

Days 1-4

Home to John and Carol Coppinger, the founders of Remote Africa Safaris, Tafika is a small and apparently fairly rustic camp on the banks of the Luangwa River, in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Its location on the northern side of the beautiful Nsefu Sector makes Tafika – along with its two satellite bushcamps on the other side of the river – the most northerly of South Luangwa's operational safari camps. This allows most activities to be carried out in quiet areas of the park that see very few other visitors.

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Takwela Camp

Days 4-7

For many years the only camps that we have been able to offer in Zambia's North Luangwa National Park have been walking-only camps. While this has always ensured a top class walking-only experience, it has limited access to the park for people interested in a more varied safari experience. We're therefore delighted that Takwela Camp, which opened in July 2019, offers both game drives and walking safaris in the North Luangwa.

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Mwaleshi Camp

Days 7-10

Set in a seriously remote part of Zambia’s North Luangwa National Park, the seasonal Mwaleshi Camp stands beside the crystal-clear Mwaleshi River, 10km from its confluence with the Luangwa. It’s a small, rustic and unpretentious walking camp in a remote and peaceful wilderness area.

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Tafika

Tafika

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Takwela Camp

Takwela Camp

North Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Mwaleshi Camp

Mwaleshi Camp

North Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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Highlights

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

  • Biking through a village like a local
  • A leopard on its kill in the dead of night
  • Stalking through the bush with an expert guide
  • The adrenaline of tracking lion on foot
  • Convivial company from great companions

Activities

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

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

  • Guided walking safari

  • Mountain biking

  • Night drive

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Key species to see on the Giraffe Safari

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


Buffalo

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Leopard

98% chance

Lion

95% chance

Wild dog

54% chance

Eland

40% chance

Black Rhino

13% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

Roan antelope

0% chance

Sable antelope

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Giraffe 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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