S E E U S O N T H E W E B AT wildlifeworldwide.com meandering Luangwa River whose regular changes in course leave characteristic ox-bow lagoons which are one of the most scenic aspects of the park. Set amongst beautiful riverine vegetation of evergreen Mahogany and Ebony Trees, these lagoons and the ‘grazing lawns’ around them are a magnet to the outstanding wildlife of the park. You can expect to encounter numerous large animals here - Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, Thornicroft’s Giraffe, Lion, Nile Crocodile, Warthog, Puku, Impala, Crawshay’s Zebra, Cookson’s Wildebeest, Spotted Hyena, Greater Kudu and Eland are all common, and the Luangwa Valley probably has the world’s highest naturally occurring population of Leopard. For the birdwatcher too, Luangwa could hardly be better. The sun-scorched riverbanks play host to vast colonies of Carmine Bee-eaters, which together with numerous raptors, lovebirds, weavers and kingfishers lend more than a splash of colour to this beautiful destination. Your stay in Luangwa is centred around Kapani Lodge and its ‘satellite’ bush camps, Luwi, Nsolo, Kakuli and Mchenja. Kapani Lodge is a small lodge on a quiet lagoon beside the Luangwa River which accommodates twenty guests. The rooms have an airy continental feel to them with high ceilings, overhead fans and large windows. Each bedroom has en-suite facilities, a large lounge/sitting area and a bar fridge. Most meals are served ‘al fresco’ with mid-morning brunch either on the beautifully manicured lawns or on the shady viewing platform overlooking the lagoon which also houses the bar. The lodge offers walks, day and night-time drives, as well as the chance to listen to the sounds of wildlife using special acoustic equipment, the latter being at additional cost. The four superb ‘satellite’ camps along the dry Luwi River (a tributary of the Luangwa) are only a walking safari’s distance apart. Each bush camp is uniquely situated and each offers superb game-viewing opportunities. You will be able to enjoy morning and afternoon game drives as well as night-time safaris making use of powerful spotlights. You will also spend time on foot, with armed scouts, exploring without the use of a vehicle. No two days will be the same: you will sit by tranquil lagoons, track Lions, enjoy hearty bush breakfasts on the banks of the river, and enjoy unrivalled game-viewing! Luwi which accommodates eight people is set in a beautiful shady grove of trees. Each of the reed and thatch rooms has en-suite facilities. This is as close to the perfect ‘bush camp’ as it is possible to get. Nsolo has five open-fronted ‘chalets’ on raised wooden platforms overlooking a nearby waterhole and whilst most of the time here is spent on walking safaris there will also be the opportunity for night drives. Kakuli is a tented camp which accommodates ten people at the Luangwa’s confluence with the Luwi River. All the tented rooms have en-suite bathrooms. There is a thatched dining and lounge area overlooking the river and a wide grazing lawn. Mchenja is in a shady ebony grove upstream from Kakuli. The camp has five luxurious tents on raised wooden platforms, each with an indoor bath and outdoor shower. The camp also has a plunge pool. The game viewing in the area is superb and Mchenja is the perfect way to finish a walking safari through the Luangwa (Mchenja is the only bushcamp in Luangwa which is open in the green season from January to March). Please note there is a small surcharge to stay at this camp. Generally guests will spend the first night at Kapani, followed by a combination of nights at each of the intimate and remote bush camps, before returning to Kapani for the final night. This may of course be adjusted to suit. Day 11. Homeward [B] Take an early morning transfer to Mfuwe airport in time to catch your flight to Lusaka, where you board the daytime flight to the UK. (You may perhaps consider extending your stay to Victoria Falls, the Lower Zambezi or even Malawi.) 77 Cost per person: Jun £3,150 1 to 18 Jul, 19 Aug to Oct £3,395 19 Jul to 18 Aug £3,695 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, transfers, meals as indicated, guided activities & drinks Accommodation: Safari lodge & rustic camps Departure dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, June to October (based on British Airways flights. Daily departures are possible flying on Kenya Airways). Africa / Zambia Wild Dog Kapani Lodge, South Luangwa At Wildlife Worldwide we specialise in tailor-making our holidays. It is what we started doing in 1992, it has been our philosophy right from the start. A tailor-made journey gives you the freedom and flexibility to travel how, when and where you want to. And of course, you are unconstrained by the wishes of a group. Throughout the brochure we show a series of itineraries to whet your appetite. These are all suggestions and ideas, none are cast in stone. We can change the properties, extend or shorten your trip, combine destinations and countries, fly you in Business Class, organise car rental and of course offer advice and suggestions from a wealth of experience that we have gained over many years. Call us on 0845 130 6982 and we will be happy to discuss the options with you! Tailor-made holidays – a unique journey designed just for you!
78 F O R R E S E R V A T I O N S C A L L U S O N 0845 130 6982 South Luangwa Mobile Walking Safari 13 days London to London Days 1 to 3. South Luangwa [B (Day 3 only), L & D (Days 2 & 3 only)] Depart London for Mfuwe, travelling via Nairobi and Lusaka. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Nkwali for a 2-night stay. Nkwali has six large safari chalets with woven bamboo walls and en-suite facilities. Walking safaris and game drives are on offer here, in one of South Luangwa Park’s prime wildlife-viewing areas. Days 4 to 8. Mobile Walking Safari [B, L, D] Transfer by road to the remote northern region of South Luangwa National Park, from where you commence your walking safari. For the next five nights you follow the Mupamadzi River, covering approximately ten kilometres a day. The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the wildlife shy and unused to man. The mobile camps are fully serviced, comfortable and well-equipped, with walk-in tents, showers set up under trees, and meals served under the open sky. Days 9 to 11. [B, L, D] Continue to Tena Tena for a 3-night stay. The accommodation at Tena Tena consists of six large walkin safari tents, each with en-suite facilities. It also has a magnificent thatched bar with superb views overlooking the river. Wildlife-viewing is by road and on foot. Days 12 & 13. Homeward [B (Day 12 only)] Today you transfer back to Mfuwe for your homeward flight, via Lusaka. The Luangwa Valley Our ‘Leopards of Luangwa’ itinerary features Kapani and its satellite camps, Luwi, Nsolo, Kakuli and Mchenja, but these are just a few of the excellent camps that are on offer in Luangwa. The camps we work with in Zambia, as with other countries, we hand-pick, and we know them well. All of the camps have en-suite facilities, superb guides, great food and wonderful views. Most camps offer game-drives in open 4-wheel drives (daytime and night-time), and walking safaris – we will chat through the options with you. Why not consider one or more of the following: Tena Tena, operated by Robin Pope Safaris, is a well established camp accommodating only eight guests in spacious tents, beautifully furnished in rich colours creating a Middle Eastern feel. The bathrooms are made from woven bamboo and join the tents under a large grass archway. In addition to the normal game-viewing activities Tena Tena offers extended camp-to-camp portered walking safaris. This is featured in our ‘South Luangwa Mobile Walking Safari’ also on this page. Nsefu (Luangwa's original tourist camp first constructed in the 1950's) is nearby, offering accommodation for twelve guests in six rooms, each with large windows and a wooden verandah. The view of the Luangwa River is superb from here and includes a terraced area where wildlife grazes during the day. Nkwali is set in a stunning area of ebony woodland and open grasslands and accommodates twelve guests in six comfortable, cool and spacious chalets. The area is well known for its Leopard, Elephant and giraffe sightings. Nkwali offers walking safaris, game drives and night drives. Tafika, owned by John and Carol Coppinger, is superbly situated just to the north of the Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa National Park on a magnificent stretch of the Luangwa River. The camp consists of six comfortable grass and pole chalets catering for a maximum of twelve guests. With so few guests the camp offers a highly personalised, friendly service and the game-viewing activities are very flexible. Lighting and refrigeration at the camp are solar powered. In addition to traditional game-viewing Tafika offers unique boating and canoeing safaris between mid-February and mid-April when the river level is high. Whilst being a brilliant naturalist guide John is also a highly skilled pilot and offers early morning micro-light flights – a great way to start the days game-viewing. Combine your visit to Tafika with a stay at its two satellite camps Chikoko and Crocodile Camp. Both are simple camps constructed of thatch overlooking grassy plains. The chalets at Chikoko have been built three metres above the ground to perfect the view! All luggage and supplies are portered into the camps as there are no roads – this is a walking safari at its very best. The camps lie slightly upstream of Tafika on the opposite bank of the Luangwa in a wilderness area of great natural beauty teeming with big game. Kaingo run by Derek Shenton is one of the very special Luangwa camps. Set in a wooded grove on the banks of the Luangwa, Kaingo is a luxury property accommodating only 12 people. They have Mwamba, a satellite camp along the Mwamba River which sleeps six and the two make an excellent combination. A special feature of these camps is the photographic hides designed by Derek and used by some of the world’s top photographers. In the southern area of the park is a series of unique and superb camps – Kapamba, Chamilandu, Chindeni, Bilimungwe and Kuyenda. Each one has a unique setting, they all offer great walking and driving safaris and they are exceptionally well run. They combine well with the other camps in South Luangwa, and can easily be combined with a safari to the north. Cost per person: Jun to 18 Jul, 19 Aug to Oct £4,495 19 Jul to 18 Aug £4,795 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, transfers, meals as indicated, guided activities & most drinks Accommodation: Permanent & mobile camps Departure dates: 9, 14, 20, 25, 30* Jun, 4*, 9,14, 19, 24, 29 Jul, 4, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28* Aug, 1*, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 Sep. *4 nights on mobile safari Walking Safari, Luangwa Tafika, South Luangwa