This affordable Zambia Tented Camp Safari offers a comprehensive exploration of South Luangwa National Park, rated as one of Africa's top wildlife destinations. The tour price includes return flights from Livingstone to Mfuwe, near South Luangwa, as well as meals, game viewing activities, cultural excursions, road transfers and more.
Explore South Luangwa on open 4x4 game drives, encountering a rich abundance of wildlife and birds, whilst admiring the beautiful wild scenery. Embark on thrilling sunset to night game drives enjoying sundowners in the bush before searching out nocturnal animals with a spotlight. In season you can also set off into the wilderness on foot, joining guided early morning bush walks in South Luangwa Park.
Stay in luxury safari tents with en-suite bathrooms and deck areas overlooking the Luangwa River, where you can spot various animals and birds. The tented camp offers comfortable accommodation in a unique wilderness setting, providing a genuine African safari experience at a great price!
This 6 Day South Luangwa Tented Camping Safari starts with a flight from Livingstone to Mfuwe, near South Luangwa National Park. From Mfuwe airport you are transferred to the tented camp just outside of the national park, in the Mfuwe area.
Settle into your luxury tent and relax at the camp, resting up after your travels. Have lunch at the camp restaurant and take it easy until tea time, at about 3:30 pm, when you meet with your guides. Over tea, your guides fill you in on what to expect out in the untamed bush and discuss any special interests your group may have.
Then it is time to venture out into the untamed wilderness that is South Luangwa National Park, one of Africa's top game parks.
We depart on our open 4x4 game drive at about 4:00 pm. The game drives are conducted in fully-equipped 4×4 Land Cruisers, customized for game viewing in Africa. The open safari vehicles are ideal for wildlife photography, offering excellent visibility and immersing you in the wild environment. Your professional guides track down wildlife in Luangwa Valley, drawing on their intimate knowledge, gained over years of experience.
As dusk approaches, we stop in a scenic location to enjoy sundowners while we watch the sunset. After watching the dramatic colours of sunset we proceed through the bush using a spotlight to find the way and locate nocturnal creatures in the fading light. As darkness falls our chances of sighting elusive nocturnal animals increase. Shy night time creatures we may encounter range from porcupines to leopards and owls.
Returning to the tented camp we tuck into a tasty dinner and unwind at the bar or around the campfire. Tonight you fall asleep in a spacious safari tent next to the river, listening to the sounds of nearby animals and birds.
Please note: the flight from Livingstone is included in the tour price, with your guide meeting you at Mfuwe airport.
Days two to five are all about experiencing the unique flora, fauna and landscapes of South Luangwa National Park, as well as getting a taste of Zambian culture and rural life.
Your qualified guides take you on early morning and late afternoon game drives in open 4x4 vehicles. The morning game drives depart after a light breakfast at the camp (at about 5:30 am), returning from South Luangwa Park at about 10:00 am for brunch. After a breakfast or lunch style brunch, you are free to snooze, swim in the pool or read a book in the shade. At about 4:00 pm we set off on a sunset game drive in South Luangwa, stopping for sundowners as the sun dips below the horizon. The game drive continues into the night, with the aid of spotlights. The thrilling night drive ends back at the camp where dinner is served at about 8:00 pm. The remainder of the evening is free for you to relax in the bar or beside the campfire, reliving the adventures of your day in the Zambian wilderness. At the end of the day retreat to your comfortable safari tent, listen to the sounds of nature and enjoy some stargazing.
In addition to 4x4 game drives, you will also have the chance to embark on early morning game walks in South Luangwa National Park during the dry season (about June to October). South Luangwa is heralded as the birthplace of African walking safaris, offering outstanding game viewing on foot. Other activities offered at the camp include cultural tours to nearby Mfuwe village, which include visits to some of the local community and conservation projects. One of the stops is at the Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund (LCCF), a local anti-poaching and wildlife conservation centre.
South Luangwa is a world-renowned game viewing destination, hosting a rich array and incredible abundance of wildlife and bird species. The morning bush walks are ideal for experiencing the smaller creatures and plants of Luangwa up close, giving you time to soak up the details of this pristine ecosystem. Bush walks last for three to four hours, and can also be combined with morning game drives (two hours of walking and two of driving). The spotlit night drives, on the other hand, offer an exhilarating adventure and chance encounters with carnivores such as lion, civet, genet, hyena, and even leopard. The guides are there to answer questions and share their wealth of knowledge with you as they reveal the wonders of South Luangwa to you.
On the final morning of this South Luangwa Tented Camping Safari, you have breakfast at the tented camp, before packing up and saying goodbye. You are then transferred back to Mfuwe airport for your return flight to Livingstone at Victoria Falls in Zambia.
This South Luangwa Safari is ideal as an add-on to our short Victoria Falls Safaris, making a fantastic and easy combination adventure. We highly recommend doing this South Luangwa Safari before or after our Victoria Falls Adventure Tour Package (Zambia), or our Victoria Falls Budget Tour Package (Zimbabwe).
Accommodation is at a charming tented camp, a stone's throw away from South Luangwa National Park. The safari camp is situated near the Mfuwe gate, not far from the small airport and village also named Mfuwe. The tented camp is located on the banks of the Luangwa River, surrounded by unspoilt wilderness. Facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant, comfortable outdoor seating areas and a bar.
On this safari, you stay in luxury safari tents with en-suite bathrooms. The tents stand beside the river, providing views over the water and bushveld. Each tent has a small deck area for sitting back and watching the birds and animals along the river. Hippos, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, and various birds are regularly spotted on the far side of the river. The tents are set up under thatch roofs and feature modern amenities, including electric fans and lights, and power points (plug sockets) for charging batteries. The en-suite bathrooms are partially open-air and fitted with hot water showers, flush toilets and basins. Other features of these spacious walk-in tents include large windows with insect netting, tea and coffee making facilities, safes, comfortable beds with fresh linen and mosquito nets, and bedside tables with lamps.
Meals are served at the a la carte restaurant with the early morning breakfast consisting of cereal and toast, served with tea or coffee. Brunch is your choice of breakfast or lunch dishes, and for dinner, you can choose from the specials of the day or items on the menu. The restaurant serves a wide range of meals, using locally grown produce as much as possible. There are outdoor tables in the garden overlooking the river and in the courtyard, as well as indoors in the thatch-covered dining area.
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