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Itinerary: Wild Zambia Camping Safari

Wild Zambia Camping Safari

An adventure, participating camping safari starting in Malawi onto Zambia visiting South and North Luangwa, then back to Malawi.

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Wild Zambia Camping Safari

Day 1 – Arrival – Mafumu Lodge
Today on arrival you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your lodge. Mafumu Lodge offers an exceptional standard of personalized service, the Mafumu Guest House has 30 executive rooms, all larger in size than the normal hotel standard. All the rooms are air conditioned and en-suite, with digital satellite TV, international direct dialing and email facilities. After your trip briefing at 18.00 you are free to enjoy the remainder of the evening as you wish. When it comes to mealtimes, guests are well looked after. The guest house offers a mouth-watering buffet breakfast as well as an à la carte menu featuring both African cuisine and international dishes. There is also a well stocked bar. Overnight Lodge on Bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2 – Zambia – Thornicroft Tented Camp
After breakfast, a trip to the local supermarket to collect last minute items , then we depart for Zambia. Its a 5 hr drive to Luangwa Valley - Thornicroft camp is a group of 8 X 3m X 3m X 1.8m high Canvass dome tents, erected on a plinth facing a locally thatched communal dining area and fire pit. Each Tent has 2 X single beds in and an electrical bulb and a small table between the beds.Bedding is supplied but guests need to bring their own towels. Communal ablution facilities are situated just behind the tents. The camp overlooks a lagoon, not the Luangwa river. Meals are provided from the main lodes restaurant and camp guests are allowed to use the swimming pool. Access to the river in front of the Lodge bedrooms is restricted, but camp guests can sit on the river bank in front of the main lodge building. Overnight Camping on all meals inclusive basis

Day 3 – Thornicroft Tented Camp
2 x game drives are included in your itinerary - one in the morning and the other in the afternoon/evening in the Lodges open game viewing safari cars. Between game drives there is a pool for you to relax by. Overnight Camping inclusive all lodge meals

Day 4 – Mutinondo Wilderness Camping
This morning depart Thornicroft Camp and drive through the South Luangwa Park on the 05 road. This road runs through from the south eastern sector to the north western boundary and takes us through Miombo woodlands, across sandy river beds through extremely remote areas of South Luangwa. No other vehicles or traffic is likely to be encountered and the route is an exciting adventure in itself that not many people have done. We are totally self sufficient and the aim is to drive out the park, up the western escarpment. Some flexibility is built into the programme and our final destination today is dependent on the road condition - if the road is bad we will dry camp - hence being totally self sufficient. Our aim, however is Mutinondo - 10,000 hectares of privately owned land encompassing pristine Miombo woodland, massive chunks of granite inselbergs, crystal clear rivers to swim in and drink from and picturesque waterfalls and glades (dambos). The campsite is set on the edge of a wooded rocky outcrop with a spectacular view from the HQ (nsaka) offering some non canvas comfort. Cooking areas, comfortable ablutions with hot showers are well designed and afford us to relax after a long and exciting journey. Overnight camping with our cook preparing all our camp meals.

Day 5 – Kasanka National Park Camping
This morning we have a slower start to the day with part of the morning available for local exploration on foot in beautiful area. Return mid morning, strike camp, then its only a few hours drive to Zambia's first National Park under private management, Kasanka. This park is entirely reliant on tourism revenue and charitable funding . It is a valuable conservation area with diverse flora and fauna including many endangered species and exceptional birdlife. Kasanka continues to offer its best game viewing with Sitatunga and sable on offer every day and rarities like bushpigs often seen. Elephants, hippos and buffalos are all evident and the park is increasingly clear of grass and ideal for walking. The rivers are all perennial so there’s always water for the animals and boating for the visitors! There are currently 3 camping sites available for visitors in Kasanka, one is near the pontoon along the Kasankariver, another downstream across the Kasanka at “Kabwe” and the other at “Fibwe”, near to the hide. The sites only have a simple toilet, shower and shelter but staff are on hand to help with water. Overnight Camping with all meals included and prepared by our accompanying cook

Day 6 Kasanka National Park Camping
Today we explore this delightful area. Game drives are done in our own vehicles that have been specially modified for optimum game viewing with pop up roofs and big windows. Overnight Camping with all camp meals included.

Day 7 Bangwelu Swamps Camping
Break camp and try to depart as early as possible, passing David Livingstone tree [where he died and his heart was buried, before his body was carried to Dar Es Salaam then onwards to England]. Its a pleasant , varied and interesting journey north to The Bangweulu wetlands. This is one of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife secrets with over 100,000 Black Lechwe and the world’s most visible Shoebill storks. When the Bangweulu swamp dries up, birdwatching is mostly done of foot around the many pools which remain - with an appetizing stock of stranded fish and snails. The area supports an incredible diversity of water and plains-birds. The Shoebills storks can still often be seen by the more determined! You don’t have to be a birding fanatic to love Bangweulu - game drives are spectacular amongst the huge herds of black Lechwe, with Elephant, Buffalo, Tsessebe, Reedbuck, Oribi and Sitatunga also adapted to life in this wetlandenvironment.Overnight Camping with all camp meals included

Day 8 Bangwelu Swamps Camping
A day to explore this unique area - game drives or walks are all available. Hiking to see the shoebill may be charged for depending on where the storks are at the time, but for those enthusiasts it will be money well spent ! Overnight Camping inclusive all camp meals

Day 9 Mpika/ Hot Springs Camping
After saying our goodbyes, we drive Eastwards back towards the Great North Road. We then head towards Mpika or if time allows the Hot Springs at Shiwa. The springs are an idyllic spot to spend your time relaxing in the natural, sulphur free water. These natural Springs are fed by three cold water springs which permeate down 6-7 kilometres to be super heated and then forced back to the surface dropping 10oc with every kilometre, so ending up on the surface at a luxurious 41oc. As your feet sink into the soft white sand, you can forget about the stresses of the outside world and truly relax. Located on the bank of the river Mansha, this pleasant campsite has an ablution block consisting of two sets of toilets and hot showers. A basic kitchen area, fire places and shade huts are dotted around the site in the shade of the Miombo woodland. Overnight Camping with all camp meals included

Day 10 North Luangwa Park Buffalo camp chalets
Today we head to Zambia’s most iconic, remote and alluring park - North Luangwa. Drive down the escarpment into this remote tract of land. Covering 4636 square kilometres the area offers one of the finest wilderness experiences in Zambia, if not Africa itself. Until recently, it was not open to the public and there are no permanent lodges there. The beauty of visiting this park is the truly remarkable opportunities to experience Africa as it was - the Real Africa. It is wild and untouched and you are simply an unobtrusive witness to its natural beauty and drama. There are very few roads and you’re unlikely to see anyone else for the duration of your trip. The park is noted for its massive herds of buffalo, a spectacular sight if they’re seen on the run, kicking up dust for miles behind them. Large prides of lion inhabit the territory and it is not uncommon to witness a kill. Other common mammals are hyena, Cookson’s wildebeest, bushbuck, zebra, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey, puku and impala. Elephant and leopard are also seen, but not as frequently as in the South Park. You are more likely to see hartebeest, reedbuck and eland here, however. The beauty of North Luangwa as that you get a feel for raw Africa, just you and the wild. Overnight bushcamp chalets with all meals included

Day 11 North Luangwa Buffalo Camp Chalets
This morning we undertake a game walk - possibly the most exciting walk you will ever undertake in Africa. Led by an experienced and qualified guide and supported by experienced game scouts, you will get an insight into wild Africa as never before - Insects, birds, plants, shrubs and all manner of wild and natural phenomenon are experienced and explained. Return to Camp for a rest then an afternoon sundowner drive is offered where we can fully appreciate the magnificent beauty of natural and wild Africa. Overnight Camping with all camp meals included.

Day 12 Lundazi Castle / Chalets
From North Luangwa, continue through the park to the eastern entrance, cross a pontoon, then continue through remote rural villages till you we reach Lundazi. - a remote town near the Malawi border. Here we stay in the historic and unusual Lundazi Castle or Lundazi Chalets. Lundazi Castle is a historic castle that has been converted to a hotel in the centre of town and Lundazi Chalets are a little way out of town and is newly built. Rooms in the castle are generally non ensuite so you are expected to share, the chalets have en suite facilities. All meals included..

Day 13 – Return and end of Safari
Breakfast then its an hour to the border, and 5hrs to Lilongwe – arriving midday.

International flights and visas (if required) are not included in the price

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