Spend 9 nights and 10 days exploring the South Luangwa National Parks and Victoria Falls with the pioneer of walking Safaris, Norman Carr Safaris, and The Islands of Siankaba located in the middle of the Zambezi River.
Properties and Services quoted on are:
Meet and Greet on Arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
Proflight Scheduled Flights – Lusaka/Mfuwe/Lusaka/Livingstone/Lusaka – Inclusive all Airport Taxes
South Luangwa – Norman Carr Safaris – 2 nights Kapani Lodge, 2 nights Nsolo Bush Camp and 2 nights Kakuli Bush Camp – Inclusive Accommodation, All Meals, Transfers to and From Mfuwe Airport, inter-camp transfers, All Game-Viewing Activities (Game Drives, Walking Safaris, Night Drives), standard bar drinks and house wines, Park Fees, Luangwa Community and Conservations Fees and Laundry.
Livingstone – 3 nights at Islands of Siankaba – Inclusive Accommodation in a Luxury Room, All Meals, Transfers to and from Livingstone Airport, Tour of the Victoria Falls, Sundowner Cruises, Fishing, Mokoro Trips, Guided Nature Trail Walk, Picnic Island Lunch, Cultural Tour of local villages on foot or bamboo trails bike, Local drinks and House Wines and Laundry.
This package is available from 20th May – 31st October 2014
Arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport where you will be met and assisted through immigration and customs by our airport representatives.
You will then transfer to the domestic terminal for your flight to South Luangwa. The flight to South Luangwa is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. On arrival at Mfuwe Airport you will be met by a representative from Norman Carr Safaris and driven to Kapani Lodge, which is approximately a 1 hour drive. You will drive through Mfuwe Town which is a fascinating drive – giving you an insight into local life.
South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa is Zambia’s premier park. Many places are claimed to be “one of the remaining wilderness areas” or “one of the last wildlife sanctuaries” but the South Luangwa National Park can live up to all these names and more. The Luangwa Valley is vast, remote and home to both people and a truly impressive number of animals. It was none other than explorer David Livingstone who first recognised the extraordinary allure and unique nature of the South Luangwa Valley. Crossing the Luangwa River in 1866, he declared, “I will make this land better known to men so that it may become one of their haunts. It is impossible to describe its luxuriance.” It wasn’t until 1938 that the area was proclaimed a game reserve, and then given national park status in 1971. In 1961 the legendary Norman Carr put the Luangwa on the map as a safari destination leading the first walking safari in the reserve.
Over 60 different species of mammal call the South Luangwa National Park their home, drawn by the diverse range of habitats from sandy seasonal river courses to the mineral-rich alluvial floodplains that stretch out to distant blue hills. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog stalk the smaller game, whilst primates such as yellow baboons and vervet monkeys swing through the trees. Down on the river, huge densities of elephant, hippo and crocodile enjoy the cool waters. The South Luangwa National Park is 9050 sq. km with the river, its tributaries and the riverine strips being the focus of the wildlife viewing. There are the diverse habitats, from huge ox bow lagoons of varying stages of maturity, woodlands, ebony groves, grassland and thickets, that host truly impressive numbers of wildlife. The birdlife is also excellent with around 450 species to be seen. The Luangwa River remains one of the last untouched major river systems in the world. Each year the river drops to almost knee deep and then in the Emerald Season rises to the top of the banks. The river is up to 4 meters deep and averages 400 meters wide and at peak will flow at 47 million gallons per hour.
Days One – Three at Kapani Lodge
Operated by one of the oldest companies in the National Park, Norman Carr Safaris, Kapani Lodge is situated on the banks of one of the Luangwa River’s many ox-bow lagoons. It is located close to the main Mfuwe area of the South Luangwa just outside the park. The brick and thatch rooms are designed for the warmer weather with high ceilings, overhead fans and large gauzed windows. A thatched building in the centre of the lodge houses the lounge and library. It is pleasantly cool in the hot weather and warm and cozy in the cooler months. There is also a lovely swimming pool.
Your time at Kapani will be spent exploring this part of the park on game drives and night drives. You may also visit one of the local schools that is supported by Norman Carr Safaris during your time at the lodge. Walks are also offered from Kapani, although you may want to save your walking experience for the two bush camps.
Days Three to Five – Nsolo Bush Camp
After a filling breakfast at Kapani Lodge you will be driven to Nsolo Bush Camp on a game drive transfer; this will take around 3 – 4 hours and is a slow game drive through the Park giving you great opportunities to see the wildlife during the gorgeous morning light. You will get to camp in time for a sumptuous buffet brunch before having a few hours of ‘siesta’ time to watch the goings on from your room or the lounge. Located on the banks of the Luwi River is an open sided, shady chitenje lounge with a bush bar and dining area offering a peaceful refuge where guests can study the camps collection of books or watch a variety of game visiting the permanent pools of water in the Luwi riverbed.
Nsolo is one of the more historic camps in Zambia. It was sited by Norman, Adrian and the legendary Rice Time Tembo in 1987. Nsolo is the local name for the honey guide and the camp was named after this extraordinary little bird. By amazing co-incidence it was later learnt that this area used to be home to a famous local hunter – also called Nsolo!
The next few days will be spent exploring this area of the park predominantly by foot although game drives and night drives are also offered. All walks are accompanied by an armed National Parks Scout and give the opportunity to learn more about nature and its fauna, flora and many inhabitants that are often missed whilst on a vehicle. There are some beautiful places to explore around these bush camps and birdlife is prolific.
Days Five – Seven – Kakuli Bush Camp
After a light breakfast, you will walk to Kakuli Bush Camp, arriving in time for brunch. Kakuli means old buffalo bull – it was the nickname affectionately given to Norman Carr by the local people of the Valley. This beautiful camp has four traditional walk-in safari tents each with en-suite bathrooms made with natural materials. The bar and dining chitenje (lounge) is constructed of reed and thatch forming the centre point of camp. The entire camp is on an elevated stretch of river bank overlooking a wide grazing lawn which follows the Luangwa River until it meets the confluence of the Luwi River. The next few days will be spent exploring this area of the park on game drives, night drives and walking safaris.
You will fly from South Luangwa to Livingstone, via Lusaka
Bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls is also known as the Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders” a name given to it by the Kolobo Tribe living in the area in the 1800’s. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as 546 million cubic metres of water per minute plummet over the edge (at the height of the flood season) over a width of nearly 2km into a gorge over 100 metres below. The Victoria Falls Bridge, commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes in 1900 affords a magnificent view both down the gorge on one side and through to the Falls on the other as well as being the location of the bungee jumping activity, a must for the adrenaline seekers!
The Islands of Siankaba – Days Seven to Ten
The Islands of Siankaba luxury lodge is located on two private islands in the middle of the mighty Zambezi River situated between the ‘Seventh Wonder of the Natural World’, the magnificent Victoria Falls, and the world famous Chobe National Park. This lodge has been developed as a luxurious five star retreat with outstanding cuisine and uncompromising levels of personal service to exclusively sleep just fourteen guests. Each of Siankaba’s seven secluded chalets have been uniquely designed to maximize comfort and privacy whilst boasting spectacular views of the Zambezi River. The unique feature of the lodge is the series of walkways and bridges that link the two islands together. The quirky design incorporates the use of natural materials that blend in with the feel of the surrounding bush while taking full advantage of the beauty of the riverine setting. The Islands of Siankaba is the perfect retreat for discerning travelers who wish to witness the wonderful Victoria Falls yet also escape the crowds and enjoy being in an area of exceptional natural beauty with quiet, unspoiled surroundings.
Spend the next three days enjoying a wide range of activities from viewing the Victoria Falls to Sundowner cruises and Mokoro trips, Guided Nature Trail walks and a Cultural Tour of the Local village on foot or Bamboo Trails bike including a visit to the Siankaba nursery school.
After breakfast and a morning activity, you will depart the lodge and be taken to Livingstone Airport for your flight back to Lusaka and onward connection.
visa fees for Zambia, premium brand drinks and wines, gratuities, curios and any other items of a personal nature. Prices also exclude any additional government taxes which may be introduced or increases in departure taxes, fuel surcharges or levies. All prices are quoted in United States Dollars.