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Oribi Safari

This is a great safari for those looking to immerse themselves in true wilderness, with few additional frills yet considerable, authentic comfort. The standard of guiding is consistently impressive and the walking safaris throughout are a real highlight.

Oribi Safari: Summary

Oribi Safari in a nutshell

This remote safari features four camps spread across Zambia’s South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks. Each camp is small, offering a highly personalised and intimate experience. Their knowledgeable teams share remarkable insight of the surrounding environments, and their collective experience allows for fascinating encounters, especially during superbly guided walking safaris.

Based on the banks of Luangwa River, Tafika is one of the more northerly of South Luangwa’s camps. The area sees fewer visitors than elsewhere, and allows for flexibility in activities: opt for day and night game drives; walking safaris; a visit to a local community school; a mountain bike safari or an afternoon spent in the custom-built hides watching animals up close.

Situated in a similarly undisturbed portion of the park, Mapazi camp is equally small, rustic and well-suited for the phenomenal walking safaris it focuses on. All activities are led by Deb Tittle, a renowned guide with over 20 year’s experience.

In Lower Zambezi, Kutali and Chula Island camps both occupy water-front locations on islands in the Zambezi River. Being small, mobile fly-camps their design is in keeping with the authenticity experienced in South Luangwa, and their standard of guiding remains impressively high. Here, canoeing, fishing and boat cruises compliment the day and night game drives and walking safaris.

At a glance

Starts: Lusaka International Airport
3 nights Tafika - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
3 nights Mapazi Camp - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
2 nights Kutali Camp - Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
2 nights Chula Island Camp - Lower Zambezi 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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Mapazi Camp

Days 4-7

Mapazi Camp is a new walking only camp located in the far north of Zambia's South Luangwa National Park - one of the most renowned areas in Africa for walking safaris. All activities at Mapazi are privately guided by Deb Tittle, a renowned safari guide with over 20 years guiding experience in the South Luangwa.

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Kutali Camp

Days 7-9

Kutali Camp lies in a beautiful riverside location on the small Kulefu Island, deep in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. Opened in July 2018, it is a simple, rustic fly camp - fully mobile, and rebuilt each season, with some highly experienced guides.

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Chula Island Camp

Days 9-11

Chula Island Camp, formerly known as Buffalo Island Camp, opened in July 2018. This rustic, mobile fly-camp is situated on a small island on the Zambezi River, to the eastern end of the Lower Zambezi National Park. Located in a natal mahogany grove, this simple camp has a focus on walking safaris, led by experienced guides.

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Tafika

Tafika

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Mapazi Camp

Mapazi Camp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Kutali Camp

Kutali Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Chula Island Camp

Chula Island Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

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Highlights

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

  • Enjoying local produce from Tafika’s vegetable garden
  • Exploring South Luangwa's remote wilderness on foot
  • Spending time in a local community and school
  • Keeping watch for wild dogs in South Luangwa
  • Sighting some of Lower Zambezi’s 378 bird species

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Oribi 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 Oribi Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Oribi 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

Wildebeest

47% chance

Wild dog

41% chance

Eland

11% chance

Cheetah

0% 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 Oribi 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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