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Scrub Hare Safari

Camps run by welcoming owners with a passion for their environment are rare, and Tafika is one of the best. Combine this with walking safaris at equally excellent bushcamps for the best South Luangwa offers.

Scrub Hare Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Scrub Hare 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 BoardSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

A unique, owner-run camp with genuinely warm hospitality, great food, community connection and some of the best guiding in Zambia Tafika is rustic luxury at its best: think reed rooms, a gorgeous riverside setting, excellent cuisine and top-notch guiding.

Tafika

A unique, owner-run camp with genuinely warm hospitality, great food, community connection and some of the best guiding in Zambia Tafika is rustic luxury at its best: think reed rooms, a gorgeous riverside setting, excellent cuisine and top-notch guiding.

Tafika is an unforgettable camp on the banks of the Luangwa. Most clients are return guests and it’s easy to see why they come back time and time again. The relaxed, homely feel is hardly an accident – owners John and Carol Coppinger have lived here for over 20 years, even bringing up their daughters in the bush (they now work here too).

The rooms are fabulous: made of reeds and thatch, they’re rebuilt every year, with plenty of home comforts accompanying the rustic ambience – huge beds with colourful linen from local business Tribal Textiles, flushing loos and hot showers, fans for hotter evenings and solar lighting.

Meals are imaginative, varied and fresh with produce grown in their own veg garden, the pride and joy of guide Isaac Zulu.

"Excellent location, excellent guiding."

Mr & Mrs B & AfromUK

Arrived 1 Oct 2019, 3 nights

Guiding by John, Isaac, Alex Phiri and Bryan Jackson is second-to-none – walk to their sister camp Chikoko Trails to get a real sense of the bush. And make time to visit Mkasanga Village, home to most of the staff, where Tafika has helped support education and healthcare. You’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome. See our full report on Tafika

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273 reviews of Tafika by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Mountain biking

Night drive

Day 4

4WD, boat & walk from Tafika to Chikoko

After an early morning breakfast, it’s a half-hour game drive to the Luangwa River for the short boat crossing. From here, your guide will lead you on a walking safari to Chikoko Tree Camp, stopping midway for refreshments and arriving in camp mid-morning – well in time for lunch.

Chikoko Tree Camp
Days 4-6

Chikoko Tree Camp

2 nights
Full BoardSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

On a remote, wildlife-rich walking trail, Chikoko is a brilliant little bush camp, simply but beautifully designed with great staff. Chikoko is just about as rustic as a bush camp could be with an imaginative, design and bags of character.

Chikoko Tree Camp

On a remote, wildlife-rich walking trail, Chikoko is a brilliant little bush camp, simply but beautifully designed with great staff. Chikoko is just about as rustic as a bush camp could be with an imaginative, design and bags of character.

"The walks were both exciting and very interesting."

Mr R.fromCowbridge

Arrived 5 Oct 2019, 2 nights

Most guests come here as part of a walking trail from sister camp Tafika, about a four hour walk away. On the banks of the Chikoko River (which is usually dry through the walking season) it’s far smaller and simpler than Tafika but still has the same relaxed atmosphere. Like its big sister, the rooms are made of reeds but are on two floors, with the bed upstairs and the shower, sink and toilet below. The main ‘building’ is simply a thatch shelter spread among the branches of a huge tree, with the ‘lounge’ a small sofa, chairs and brightly coloured cushions scattered around its roots. It has a fabulous ‘back-to-nature’ vibe, totally unspoilt and incredibly relaxing. But the best thing about this camp is chef Patson and the food he creates. He’s been here for some 20 years and he’ll shine with pride if you visit his kitchen – just an earth oven and an open fire, yet meals here are wholesome and delicious. The guiding and local knowledge is exceptional too, all contributing to one very cool safari experience. See our full report on Chikoko Tree Camp

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104 reviews of Chikoko Tree Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Day 6

Walking safari from Chikoko to Crocodile

After lunch and a siesta, you'll set off in the afternoon, led by your guide and an armed game scout. With your binoculars in hand, it’s a 3-4 hour walk to Crocodile. There are no roads here, so you’ll follow game trails, pausing to observe the wildlife learn about the bush and, of course, to have refreshments.

Crocodile Bushcamp
Days 6-8

Crocodile Bushcamp

2 nights
Full BoardSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The tiny and stylishly rustic Crocodile Bushcamp – also known as Crocodile River Camp – is one half of a pair of bushcamps, known as Chikoko Trails Camps, that occupy a remote walking-only section of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Made of reed and thatch, and rebuilt every year after the rains, it's one of the simpler camps that we feature.

Crocodile Bushcamp

The tiny and stylishly rustic Crocodile Bushcamp – also known as Crocodile River Camp – is one half of a pair of bushcamps, known as Chikoko Trails Camps, that occupy a remote walking-only section of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Made of reed and thatch, and rebuilt every year after the rains, it's one of the simpler camps that we feature.

"The walks were both varied and very informative as well as being exciting."

Mr R.fromCowbridge

Arrived 7 Oct 2019, 2 nights

Though the structures of Crocodile are deliberately rustic, the standards of guiding here are exceedingly high – and even the food is top-notch (which is quite remarkable when you see the kitchen facilities). The bushcamp's emphasis is firmly on enjoying the wilderness, the environment and the game. For those of us who love walking safaris and remote areas, it is one of the best places in Africa. See our full report on Crocodile Bushcamp

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81 reviews of Crocodile Bushcamp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Day 8

Walk, boat, 4WD & flight back to Lusaka

Leaving Crocodile you’ll walk and boat back across the river, sometimes stopping at Tafika for a drink or lunch. Then it’s about 2 hours by road back to Mfuwe Airport for your schedule flight back to Lusaka Airport, which takes a little over an hour.

Day 8

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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