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12 Most Classic Zambia’s Private Photographic Safari

South Luangwa NP, Lower Zambezi NP
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Duration

12 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

15 people

Languages

English

Overview

Safari Overview:

Explore Zambia’s premier safari destinations through game drives, walking safaris and river activities. This luxury itinerary combines two of the country’s premier safari destinations, Lower Zambezi National Park, and South Luangwa National Park and to create the ultimate Zambia safari itinerary for wildlife enthusiasts looking to rove the parklands by road and river.

Safari Highlights:

  • Private Guided Photography Safari
  • South Luangwa National Park Game Drives Safari
  • Lower Zambezi National Park Safaris
  • Water-based game Drive Safaris in Lower Zambezi
  • Photographic Friendly Vehicle in South Luangwa
  • Luxury Lodges and Camp in Lower Zambezi & South Luangwa

Inclusions:

Latitude 15 Degrees Hotel, Lusaka

  • 1 Night Luxury Ensuite Room Accommodation
  • Dinner and Breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Royal Zambezi Lodge – Lower Zambezi

  • 5 Nights Deluxe Room Accommodation
  • All meals, soft drinks, house wines, local beers, non-premium drinks, filtered water teas
  • Two activities per day (Age restrictions: No U12 yrs. old for Canoeing, Walking Safaris & Hiking)
  • Private Guiding/Vehicle/Boat

National Park Entry Fees:

  • Complimentary 15min foot/hand massage at the award-winning Royal Bush Spa
  • Laundry Service /Wi-Fi Service / Green Levy/ VAT 16%
  • Two-way Royal Airstrip Transfers
  • Passenger Safety Tax (Light Aircraft): $5 pp/per departure.

Mfuwe Lodge – South Luangwa National Park:

  • 2 Nights Luxury Ensuite Chalet Accommodation
  • All meals, tea/coffee
  • Two game activities per Full day
  • Private Guide and Vehicle
  • National Park Fees, Tourism Levy & Conservation Levy
  • Shared road transfers (Mfuwe Airport)
  • Laundry, 16% government VAT taxes and service charge

Chamilandu Bushcamp – South Luangwa National Park

  • 3 Nights Ensuite Chalet Accommodation
  • All meals, tea/coffee & Drinks from the Bar
  • Two game activities per full day
  • Private Guide and Vehicle
  • National Park Fees, Tourism Levy & Conservation Levy
  • Private road transfers (Mfuwe Airport & Bushcamp inter-camp)
  • Laundry, 16% government VAT taxes and service charge

Transportation included are:

  • Complimentary Local Flights (Lusaka (LUN)– Lower Zambezi (RYL)
  • Complimentary Local Flights Lower Zambezi (RYL) – Mfuwe in South Luangwa (MFU)
  • One-way Local flight Mfuwe in South Luangwa (MFU) to Lusaka (LUN)
  • All Shared Road and Airport Transfers

Itinerary

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Day 1: Meet & Greet/ Flight to Lower Zambezi
Day 1: Meet & Greet/ Flight to Lower Zambezi

You tour being when you arrive at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda Intl airport or Lusaka International airport (LUN). On arrival, you will be welcomed by our representative who will assist you with the luggage and depending on your arrival time you will be check-in onto the local flight to the Royal airstrip in Lower Zambezi.

When you get to Royal Airstrip you will be met by the guide from Royal Zambezi Lodge where you will stay for 5 nights. Check-in and you will be served some snacks and tea/coffee then you will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure and later in the evening, you will be served some delicious dinner before bedtime at your leisure.

Days 2-5: Explore Lower Zambezi National Park
Days 2-5: Explore Lower Zambezi National Park

During these days you will have two game viewing activities each day. However, the plan below is flexible as you will have private guiding you will agree with your guide on how you go about your day to perfectly suit your photography activities.

Early Morning: An early start means an equally early wake-up call. We serve a continental breakfast from about 6 am and at sunrise, you head off on your selected early morning activity. These early starts are generally the best times to spot the wildlife as the temperature is fresh and the animals are still very active, especially the big cats who will be returning from their night’s hunting.

Safaris are planned very carefully to coincide with the times when you are most likely to see wildlife. This means early, late afternoon, or even night game drives are essential for better chances of seeing animals at their most active. Here’s how a typical day may unfold:

Late Morning: Around late morning, you will return to the lodge maybe for brunch or relax before lunch. If you opt to stay out all day, we will furnish you with a bush lunch to make the most of your time outdoors

Lunch & Afternoon: Particularly in the hot season, it is usually much hotter in the middle of the day, and so most of our guests opt to have lunch in the lodge then either relax in their suites, have a dip in the pool or treatment in the bush spa. Tea and cake are available from 3.30 pm before you then head out for an afternoon activity.

Evening: As with the early morning, the evening game drive is often the best time to see the wildlife. The predatory animals begin to stir from their heat-of-the-day slumber, and similarly, their prey becomes ever more active and alert as darkness falls. Vehicles and boats usually return just before dark giving time for a shower, pre-dinner drinks and then dinner. The evenings are often rounded off with a few drinks around the bar or campfire swapping safari stories.

Night: At times, you will have the opportunity of going on a night game drive. Vehicles are equipped with powerful spotlights, and our expert trackers will generally spot any wildlife well before you will. The night is often the best time to spot the elusive leopard, which more often than not will be high up in a tree.

A game drive at night gives you a completely different perspective of the bush and is an unforgettable experience.

Day 6: Flight from Lower Zambezi-South Luangwa NP
Day 6: Flight from Lower Zambezi-South Luangwa NP

Today you will have breakfast in the morning possibly a Morning game viewing activity either a Game Drive Safari or River Cruise then you will have lunch and depending on your flight time from Lower Zambezi to South Luangwa your guide will take you to Royal airstrip then a local flight to Mfuwe.

On your arrival at Mfuwe Airport you will be met by the guide from Mfuwe Lodge, he will assist you with luggage and transfer you for about 45 minutes to the Lodge.

Check-in and relax. Later in the afternoon, you will have afternoon tea/coffee with some snacks followed by your afternoon/night game drive Safari and returning to the lodge almost in time for dinner and later bedtime.

Day 7: Explore South Luangwa National Park
Day 7: Explore South Luangwa National Park

Breakfast in the morning followed by the Morning Photographic Safari activity for about 4 hours then back to the lodge in time for brunch and free time to relax. In the afternoon around 3 pm afternoon tea/coffee followed by afternoon game viewing activity and back to the lodge almost in time for dinner and later bedtime.

Note: You will have private Guiding hence the program will be flexible to suit your photographic requirements or plan.

Day 8: Game Drive Transfer to Chamilandu Bushcamp
Day 8: Game Drive Transfer to Chamilandu Bushcamp

Today you will have breakfast early in the morning and then you go out for your photographic Safari activity and return to the lodge in time for Brunch and check out. After Brunch you guide will take you on a Transfer of 2hrs -2hrs30min a beautiful game drive safari through the park to Chamilandu Bush Camp where you will spend another 3 night of unforgettable Photographic Safari experience in the Southern Part of the park, a more remote and private area perfect for Photo Safaris.

You will be arriving almost in time for afternoon tea/coffee time. Check-in and you will relax then followed by afternoon tea/coffee and then you will go out for the afternoon/evening game drive Safari or you have an option of staying in Camp and enjoy the wonderful view at leisure or you can spend some time at the fantastic Game Viewing Hide by the lagoon.

Then in the evening dinner is served followed by bedtime at your convenient time.

Day 9 & 10: More Safaris activities - South Luangwa
Day 9 & 10: More Safaris activities - South Luangwa

On these days you will have all meals as scheduled and you will have two Game viewing activities for your photography Safari each day.

Daily Routine;

Breakfast: Delicious breakfast around the Campfire before your morning Safari

Morning activity: Game drive or walking safari with a stop for tea/coffee break

Midday lunch: delicious buffet lunch freshly prepared by our chefs

Early afternoon: Relax in camp, time to visit the Hide and enjoy the wildlife viewing at leisure. It’s perfect for photographers with different animal species visiting the lagoon as well as amazing birds’ activities.

Afternoon tea: Tea and coffee time and Snacks before your afternoon Safari

Afternoon and evening activity: 4-hour afternoon and evening game drive with a stop for sundowner drinks and snacks. Continue with spotlight viewing after dark to see nocturnal animals in action.

Sundowners: Enjoy sundowner drinks and delicious snacks during your evening activity out in the bush.

Dinner: Enjoy the delicious Three-course meal

Bedtime: Very comfortable Cotton sheets and expansive mosquito nets

Day 11: Local Flight from Mfuwe to Lusaka
Day 11: Local Flight from Mfuwe to Lusaka

Depending on your flight time from Mfuwe to Lusaka, you have the option of doing the Morning Game Drive Safari then transfer to Mfuwe lodge for about 2 hrs and then your transfer to Mfuwe Airport followed by a scenic 1hr10min Domestic flight to Lusaka.

On your arrival in Lusaka, you will be met by our representative who then transfers you to Latitude 15 degrees Hotel where you will overnight on dinner, bed and breakfast stay. Check-in and then you will relax depending on your arrival time, dinner will later be served before you retire to bed.

Day 12: Transfer to Lusaka Intl Airport
Day 12: Transfer to Lusaka Intl Airport

Breakfast in the morning and later you will check out of the hotel, depending on your international flight our driver will transfer you to Lusaka International airport and our representative will assist you to check-in onto your flight back home. Optional: In the Morning before being dropped off at the airport in Lusaka, you can do a short Lusaka City Tour to get to know this beautiful city and its people.

Included/Excluded

  • Visa fees & Medical/Travel Insurance
  • International Flights
  • All bars at Mfuwe Lodge and Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower
  • Lunch, Dinner and Laundry at Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower
  • Champagne & premium wine & spirits, imported beers
  • Fly Fishing: FOC for up to 2 pax, thereafter $50 per person per day due to the use of an extra boat (Max 2 pax per boat for fly fishing) *Standard fishing included
  • Fishing Tackle Hire: $25 pp/per day (Can be prepaid)
  • Scout fee for Chilapila Hiking Challenge: $50 flat fee for one scout (Max 6 hikers) More than 6 pax, additional scout is required at extra $50. (NB: Challenge only available in winter months: June/July/August) (Please check the website under activities for more details)
  • Cultural Village Visit - $50 per person (Minimum 2 pax) (Can be prepaid)
  • Late check-out fee - $150 per person to cover lunch, extra activity. Use of room is not included. (Can be prepaid)
  • Departure Tax at Livingstone, Lusaka & Mfuwe Airports
  • $16 pp/per departure payable directly by guest/s at relevant airports.
  • Jeki Airstrip Transfer/Activity (Min 2 pax) $70 per person one-way - includes transfer & National Park fees for half-day activity. Approx 1.5 hr transfer or 2-3 hr activity
  • *4.1% Credit Card Fee for all payments settled using 3G online payment service. Guests can also settle their accommodation before their arrival date via bank transfer & settle any outstanding extras accounts in USD/Kwacha cash in camp. - Anything of personal Nature and Not included above.

Durations

Multi day

Tour's Location

South Luangwa NP, Lower Zambezi NP
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