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50 Travel Zambia November 2007 NkaniNkaniVakachaVakacha New suites at Kafunta After completing a programme of refurbishments, Kafunta River Lodge, in South Luangwa, has added two luxury two-tier suite chalets. Each has a spacious ground floor bathroom, a large open bedroom and a sitting room leading onto a verandah. On a mezzanine floor (open at the front), a second double bed allows guests to sleep closer to nature. This second bed can be exchanged for two singles, to allow for families. An upper floor balcony overlooks the river. www.luangwa.com Bats and beach Two new offerings from Robin Pope Safaris. This November the Kasanka Bat Safari will take guests to .....witness the phenomenal migration of straw-coloured fruit bats in Kasanka National Park, where millions congregate to feed for a short six weeks on seasonal fruit. The safari also includes a day visit to Bangweulu Swamps to see black lechwe, and is combined with a stay at Nkwali. Meanwhile, looking forward to next July, RPS will be opening a luxury lodge at the southern end of Lake Malawi for those who want to combine bush with beach. Pumulani will have ten luxury villas and will offer snorkelling, swimming, boat trips and sheer relaxation. www.robinpopesafaris.net New bush camps The Bushcamp Company will open two new walking trails camps in June 2008. Zungulila and Gwala are situated in a remote section of South Luangwa National Park. All activities are conducted on foot, and guests will follow the Kapamba River through a genuine wilderness area. Despite their remoteness, the camps boast all the comforts of home, including en suite facilities and private verandas. In addition, Bilimungwe bush camp will remain open during the green season, becoming one of only two bush camps in South Luangwa to do so. www.bushcampcompany.com Photographic safari Luangwa River Lodge has joined forces with acclaimed wildlife photographer, film-maker and author Robin Taylor to offer a seven-night photographic safari workshop in the Luangwa Valley. The practical, hands-on workshop is designed for photographers at all levels, with plenty of time spent in the bush. The group will have exclusive use of the lodge for the duration, thus ensuring individual attention for each participant. The emphasis is on working together, learning how to take great wildlife pictures and having a relaxed ‘bush’ experience. Expert guides accompany the eight-person group at all times. Trips depart 29 March and 5 April 2008. Bookings at luangwariverlodge@gmail.com New camps for Wilderness Safaris Wilderness Safaris will open two luxury safari camps in Zambia in 2008. Set to open in May, Toka Leya will be located on the banks of the Zambezi River close to Victoria Falls in the eastern sector of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The camp will comprise 12 en suite safari-style tents, will have a spa onsite. Set to open in July, Kwena Lagoon Camp will be Wilderness Safaris’ second camp in the South Luangwa National Park. Situated in the Luamfwa Concession in the park’s southern sector, it will comprise eight safari-style tents, Guests will be able to enjoy day and night game drives and walking safaris. www.wilderness-safaris.com Safari Cycle South Luangwa Remote Africa is the first operator in South Luangwa National Park to offer cycling safaris. Four mountain bikes are available at Tafika camp, from where gusts may enjoy two-hour afternoon rides, accompanied by an armed scout and guide to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment. Routes are tailored to riders’ abilities and interests, and include trips into the national park or to the nearby village. Rides are generally combined with the afternoon game drive, meeting the vehicle at sunset to continue with game viewing activities. www.remoteafrica.com New with a view: suites at Kafunta KAFUNTA SAFARIS REMOTE AFRICA SAFARIS

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