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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 bushcamps.

Giraffe Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Giraffe Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Lusaka International Airport

Day 1

Flight & 4WD from Lusaka to the Luangwa

From Lusaka Airport, take a scheduled, 70-minute flight to Mfuwe Airport, the gateway to the Luangwa, to meet your guide. Your next leg is by 4WD, past rural smallholdings and the Nsefu Sector of the park to Tafika: a gentle two-hour drive, depending on the wildlife seen en route.

Tafika
Days 1-4

Tafika

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Unique, owner-run and with genuinely warm hospitality, Tafika combines some of Zambia's best guiding with great food and strong community connections. Tafika is rustic luxury at its best: rooms constructed with golden reeds, an elevated riverside setting, excellent cuisine and top-notch guiding.

Tafika

Unique, owner-run and with genuinely warm hospitality, Tafika combines some of Zambia's best guiding with great food and strong community connections. Tafika is rustic luxury at its best: rooms constructed with golden reeds, an elevated riverside setting, excellent cuisine and top-notch guiding.

Spread out on the banks of the Luangwa River, it's a captivating camp. Most guests are return visitors and it's easy to see why they come back time and time again. Owners John and Carol Coppinger have lived here for over 20 years, bringing up their children here, and welcoming guests to their corner of the Luangwa. Their daughter Jennifer, herself a qualified guide, and her husband Nick now skillfully manage the lodge alongside them, bringing new ideas to this experienced team, yet retaining same calm efficiency and authenticity that have long given Tafika its down-to-earth, family feel.

The camp itself is lovely. Only 6 chalets, spread across lush lawns, are ingenious. Crafted from reeds and thatch, they're rebuilt every year after the rains, and filled with home comforts amid the rustic ambience – huge beds with colourful linen from local business Tribal Textiles, USB charging ports, flushing toilets and hot showers under the stars.

From delicious meals, shared with the super team, to a productive wildlife hide at the centre of camp; fresh coffee round the campfire at dawn to the excellent safari activities – it’s a treat to stay here.

"It's a lovely camp, with very comfortable chalets, a great position on the river"

Ms PfromLondon

Arrived 2 Oct 2023, 2 nights

Guiding is second to none: by bicycle, 4x4 or on foot. And consider walking to Tafika’s sister camps along the Chikoko Trails to get a real sense of Luangwa’s wilderness, with people who know the wildlife and landscape here like the back of their hands. See our full report on Tafika

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318 reviews of Tafika by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Mountain biking

Night drive

Day 4

4WD & flight from Tafika to North Luangwa

After an early morning safari and breakfast, it's barely a ten-minute drive to Lukuzi Airstrip. You then have a scenic 20-minute flight in a small light aircraft (typically six seats, including the pilot) to North Luangwa, where you will be met by your guide for the short drive to Takwela.

Takwela Camp
Days 4-7

Takwela Camp

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesNorth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Few places offer a greater opportunity to escape from the outside world than the remote and intimate Takwela. At the confluence of the Luangwa and Mwaleshi rivers, it feels at one with its wilderness setting.

Takwela Camp

Few places offer a greater opportunity to escape from the outside world than the remote and intimate Takwela. At the confluence of the Luangwa and Mwaleshi rivers, it feels at one with its wilderness setting.

Sit on the riverbank in front of your chalet and watch the hippos wallowing below – or listen from your comfortable bed to their grunts echoing across the water.

By all means roll down the canvas flap at the front of your chalet at night, but to keep it open is to feel more in tune with the environment. Open-air showers with reed walls accentuate that feel, while simple kikois can be used to temper the extremes of heat.

The natural world is key to the chitenge too: a U-shaped central area where mature trees help to support the high thatched roof. Settle down with a drink or a book, enjoy lunch in the shade, or take time spotting wildlife that’s drawn to the lagoon behind camp.

"an amazing setting looking over the confluence of the Mwaleshi and Luangwa river"

DavidfromDoha

Arrived 4 Sep 2023, 4 nights

To explore the North Luangwa, where visitors are something of a rarity, is to marvel at the park’s remoteness. Whether viewed from the air on an incoming flight, or from an open-topped 4WD, or on foot, it instils a sense of wonder – a world interpreted by guides who are passionate about this near-untouched corner of Zambia. See our full report on Takwela Camp

99%
17 reviews of Takwela Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 7

4WD or walk from Takwela to Mwaleshi

The transfer between Takwela and Mwaleshi is always a safari. In the cooler months, opt for the rewarding 10km walking safari; when it’s warmer, you might prefer an early-morning walk around Takwela before a short game drive to Mwaleshi for lunch. Either way, there’s plenty to see in the national park!

Mwaleshi Camp
Days 7-10

Mwaleshi Camp

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesNorth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Mwaleshi is a great little walking camp with excellent guides in one of the remotest areas of Zambia One of only three camps in North Luangwa, Mwaleshi is a remote, rustic place that specialises in walking safaris.

Mwaleshi Camp

Mwaleshi is a great little walking camp with excellent guides in one of the remotest areas of Zambia One of only three camps in North Luangwa, Mwaleshi is a remote, rustic place that specialises in walking safaris.

"If I could go back to only one camp in Zambia, it would be here.."

Ms A fromCalgary

Arrived 16 Oct 2023, 2 nights

If you love walking in a vast, unspoilt wilderness with simple but comfortable accommodation and good food, then Mwaleshi is the place for you. North Luangwa is one of the least commercialised national parks in Africa. Thanks to the commitment and dedication of conservation organisation Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Zambia Department of National Parks and Wildlife, it’s now thriving and offers excellent wildlife sightings. Sister camp to Tafika, Mwaleshi is part of Remote Africa Safaris, hence its guides are superb. They bring the best out of your walking experiences, often tracking big game, getting (safely) close to lions or herds of buffalo. Back at camp, enjoy the slow, relaxing pace, maybe wallowing in the Mwaleshi River or just dozing on a day bed outside the reed rooms, which are built afresh every year. The main building with a small lounge, bar and dining area, is just as relaxing and not a single nail has been used in its construction. Brightwell the chef is a genius, creating fabulous meals on an old cast-iron stove, an open fire and an earth oven. See our full report on Mwaleshi Camp

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60 reviews of Mwaleshi Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Day 10

4WD & light aircraft from Mwaleshi to Lusaka

After a final morning activity at Mwaleshi, watch out for wildlife during your 40-minute light-aircraft flight over the South Luangwa to Mfuwe. Here you will connect with the 70-minute flight back to Lusaka Airport, to continue with your onward travel plans.

Day 10

Ends: Lusaka International Airport

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Experiences you can add to this trip.

Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst staying at lodges on this trip. These are usually best arranged in advance so talk to us.


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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