Zambia, or Zambiaahhhhhhh….. as I have always referred to it, is arguably my favourite destination across all of Southern Africa. The people, the landscapes, the emptiness and remoteness of so much of the country make for a fantastic experience in their own right, and when you add in the teeming wildlife then you have one of the continent’s leading safari destinations. And yet, Zambia remains a country that does not feature heavily on the standard itineraries offered by so many companies. For me, the wildlife viewing and photography in this beautiful place have always exceeded my requirements, and I have spent many happy years photographing in this incredible country.
Our trip will incorporate a 3 night stay at the fantastic Mfuwe Lodge and 5 nights at the remote Chamilandu bushcamp in an area where we will have exclusive access to some outstanding game viewing. The bushcamp is situated in the remote southern section of the park, far away from other lodges, and will give you a complete immersion into the ways and pace of the African bush. If you have never stayed in a remote bushcamp, then you are in for a very special treat indeed. From here, we will conduct game viewing by vehicle during the day and night, and also on foot (daylight only obviously!) This is where Zambia really comes into its own; there is nothing more exciting than photographing and watching wildlife whilst sharing the same piece of soil as them. It is a timeless experience and one that truly puts perspective on our place in the global scheme of things. Of course, we will always be accompanied by experienced armed guides who will be imparting their incredible knowledge and tracking skills to the group, getting us into some exciting encounters…and always ensuring we’re kept safe! To feel Africa beneath your feet connects it directly to your soul (no pun intended!), and for many, a stay at one of these remote bushcamps can be a life-changing experience.
As with all my trips, I will be limiting the number to six guests…and not wedging in as many as possible! This means that you have plenty of space in the vehicle as we have three rows of three seats each. As such there is an empty seat on each row…giving you the chance to swing those binoculars and lenses around without fear of colliding with someone else! With a full group of 6, we will have the bushcamp all to ourselves also, making for an even more exclusive experience. This is the Africa you’ve dreamed of, and a far cry from the over-worked, over-run destinations that other parts of the continent will offer. I will also be on hand throughout the trip to make sure you get as much, or as little, guidance as you need with the camera, and to help ensure you capture some very special memories.
In terms of wildlife, then check out the video on Facebook, as this will give you a good idea of what we can expect to see. Leopards an
d lions abound in the valley, along with the greatest concentrations of hippos and crocodiles on the planet, countless elephant and other herbivores and a cast of thousands when it comes to the smaller mammals. For bird enthusiasts, the avian life in South Luangwa is truly spectacular, from multi-coloured bee eaters to swooping fish eagles….and all things in between!
This is also an easy trip to extend if you so wish, and we can provide advice and help on perhaps visiting other areas in Zambia, the Victoria Falls or further afield in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia or Zimbabwe.
With just six spaces, this trip will fill extremely quickly.
In summary, the headlines are:
Price: UK£5,495; US$7,395 (per person, based on double occupancy*.
Start/End: 16-24 August 2018 (9 days, 8 nights)
Start point: Lusaka Airport, Zambia
End point: Lusaka Airport, Zambia
*Single accommodation is available at a supplement, please enquire.
Note: guests are responsible for all travel to/from the start end points, but all travel is included from airports to hotels and accommodation and back to the end point. If you would like to extend your trip, this can also be assisted with – please enquire at the time of reservation.
Booking: to secure your place on this trip, a 50% deposit is required by 30 October 2017, with the remainder payable 90 days before the trip is scheduled to take place. However, please confirm your intention to take part as soon as possible as I have very limited openings on this trip and a long waiting list.
- Airport meet and greet in Lusaka
- Internal flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe
- 3 nights accommodation at Mfuwe Lodge (all meals included)
- All game viewing and guided activities in our own private vehicle
- Transfer to the remote Chamilandu bushcamp through South Luangwa National Park
- 5 nights accommodation at Chamilandu (all meals and drinks included except bottled wines)
- All taxes, park entry, conservation and community fees
- Laundry at Mfuwe Lodge and at Chamilandu
- Transfer back to Mfuwe airport at the end of the trip
- English-speaking guides throughout
- Full photographic assistance and tuition for the trip
- Visa fees if applicable (please check if your country requires a visa to enter Zambia)
- International flights to Lusaka, Zambia (we can advise on which flight to book)
- Items of a personal nature
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at Mfuwe Lodge
- Bottled wines at Chamilandu
- Personal travel insurance
- Excursions, meals or travel not detailed above
I hope you can join me on this exciting journey and visit one of the most exciting regions that Zambia, and the whole African continent, has to offer.
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