May 2007 Travel Zambia 39 Nkani Vakacha Safaris for kids Wildlife Camp in South Luangwa now offers tailor-made safaris for children. Game drives, art and craft activities and mini identification courses are led by a qualified resident teacher. Activities are tailored to suit children of all ages. The camp cultivates a family atmosphere, with flexible meal times and special ‘picnic suppers’ for night drives. www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com New camps for Wilderness Safaris Wilderness Safaris is opening two new camps in the Luamfwa area of South Luangwa National Park. Kalamu Tented Camp and Chinengwe Bush Camp will each accommodate six guests and will host a variety of activities, including walking safaris. www.wilderness-safaris.com Sanctuary Lodges come to Zambia Sanctuary Lodges and Camps have taken over ownership of a new collection of camps and lodges in some of Zambia’s most outstanding wildlife areas. These are: Sussi and Chuma Camps, in Mosioa- Tunya NP above Victoria Falls; Lechwe Plains Tented Camp in Lochinvar NP; Kulefu Tented Camp in the Lower Zambezi NP; Puku Ridge Tented Camp and Chichele Presidential Lodge in South Luangwa NP. These camps will be closed for refurbishment for the remainder of 2007, with the exception of Sussi and Chuma, and will re-open in 2008. For further information about reservations email: email@example.com. Celebrity safari From 17–24 November the Bushcamp Company is hosting a special safari week at Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa, with well-known personalities joining guests to lead activities. These include Jonathan and Angela Scott, wildlife photographers and TV presenters; Jonathan Truss, wildlife artist; Phil Berry, world authority on giraffes; Derek Solomon, leading local ornithologist; and Manda Chisanga, safari guide and traditional plants specialist. Activities will include game drives, lectures and practical demonstrations. www.bushcampcompany.com Art Safaris Accomplished artist Mary-Anne Bartlett has tailor-made two of her popular art safaris for 2007. Art Safaris aim to enhance guests’ appreciation of the natural world, while developing their artistic skills and techniques in the field, and sharing ideas with fellow artists. Safaris for 2007 are as follows: 5–19 September, 15 days Malawi/Zambia (featuring Liwonde NP, South Luangwa NP and Dzalanyama Forest Reserve); 21–28 September and 1–8 October, 7 nights South Luangwa NP. Art Safaris follow responsible travel guidelines, supporting host communities and planting indigenous trees to offset carbon emissions. Artists of all standards and non-painting partners are welcome. www.artsafari.co.uk Bush camping Robin Pope is developing bush camping at the little-known Mushilashi Palmgrove in South Luangwa National Park. Dates for Bush Camping and Walking Mobile Safaris for both 2007 and 2008 are on the website. www.robinpopesafaris.net New menu Tongabezi Lodge, upstream from Victoria Falls, is introducing delicious new recipes that make use of local ingredients. These include mango cake, green chilli chicken and sweet potato laksa. www.tongabezi.com Test your new equipment and computer software before going on safari. My suggestion is to spend most of your money on lenses. A camera is really just a box. The better the lens the smaller the f-stop: an f2.8 lens is what you should be aiming for. Don’t forget a bean bag: you can save on weight by filling it with rice when you reach your destination. Bring a spare battery, plus plenty of memory cards and the ability to download and back them up. David Rogers is the author of three books on Zambia and leads digital safaris to South Luangwa. See his work at www.davidrogers.co.za Safari Photographer’s tips Safari guides start young at Wildlife Camp. JOHAN W. EIZENGA MIKE UNWIN MIKE UNWIN
40 Travel Zambia May 2007 NkaniNkaniVakachaVakacha New family lodge at Livingstone A new property offers affordable family hospitality in the Livingstone area. Waterberry Lodge lies on the banks of the Zambezi 30 minutes upriver from Victoria Falls. It caters for anyone from honeymooners to large groups, and its relaxed atmosphere makes it an ideal base from which to explore the region. As well as the attractions and activities at Victoria Falls, the lodge offers on-site wilderness awareness training, and organises trips to sister lodges in Kafue and Sioma Falls in Western Province. www.waterberrylodge.com New walking trails in South Luangwa Expert Africa has teamed up with two owner-run operators to offer a new 10-night walking safari in South Luangwa National Park. The Perekani Trail, tailored for groups of four to six guests, moves on foot from Tafika, Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile Bushcamp (Remote Africa Safaris: www.remoteafrica.com), to Mwamba Bushcamp and Kaingo Camp (Shenton Safaris: www.kaingo.com). Luggage is transported separately. www.expertafrica.com Also in South Luangwa, t..he Bushcamp Company has a new walking safari package for 2007. The five-night Hippo Pools trail starts and ends at Mfuwe Lodge, with two nights each at .......................Zungulila Walking Camp and Gwala Walking Camp. Guests will explore a remote area of the park on foot, with a small, specialist team.www.bushcampcompany.com New suite at Chongwe Chongwe River Camp’s Albida suite, due to open 1 July 2007, comprises two en suite deluxe rooms with a lounge/dining area and shared pool. The idea is to cater for families, or alternatively offer privacy for two separate couples. Guests may join the main camp for meals and a drink, if they wish. The suite will feature Bedouin-style tented roofs, open-air bathrooms and a Zanzibar-style lounge. www.chongwe-river.com New lodge for Lower Zambezi The Royal Zambezi Lodge opened in April 2007 on the banks of the Zambezi River, close to the Lower Zambezi National Park. This fully refurbished 5-star lodge offers a full range of activities, including game drives, fishing, river cruises and canoe safaris. Accommodation is in 14 tented suites. Guests can also enjoy fine cuisine provided by internationally acclaimed chef, Nick Wilton, and relax in one of Zambia’s only spas. www.royalzambezilodge.com Golfing renovations The Livingstone Golf Club, established in 1908, has undergone a makeover, with all 18 holes renovated for the start of the 2007 High Season. This scenic and historic course, close to Victoria Falls, has a distinctive Edwardian clubhouse and over 118 tree species in the grounds. Rates include green fees and caddies, with golfing lessons and club hire also available. www.livingstonegolf.com Currency: Zambian Kwacha (US$1 = Kw4010, as of May 2007). US$ accepted at most hotels and lodges ATMs: available in Lusaka and Livingstone Electricity: 220V, delivered at 50Hz; sockets for 3 square-pin plugs (as per UK) Weights and measures: metric International dialling code: +260 Tourist board website: www.zambiatourism.com Visas: Visitors from the US and UK require visas. Visa waivers can be granted to ‘bona fide’ tourists on pre-booked two-week trips. Check with your travel agent/operator. Driving: on the left Cell (mobile) phones: wide coverage through Celtel Zambia. Local SIM cards available. Top traveller’s tips WATERBERRY LODGE Waterberry Lodge: a new family retreat. DID YOU KNOW? THE TRUNK OF THE BAOBAB TREE (ADANSONIA DIGITATA) CONSISTS OF SPONGY TISSUES THAT CAN STORE WATER FOR THE DRY SEASON. A LARGE TREE CAN HOLD UP TO 9,000 LITRES. CHONGWE RIVER LODGE Stand back!