Bush camping is one of the most exclusive activities on offer in Africa today. Enjoy a mobile and walking safari in the game rich riverine areas of the lagoons and woodlands running alongside the Luangwa river.
Having become well known as a mobile safari operator, as well as running its own high quality mobile safaris, this tour operator now has the pleasure of offering a range of “All Lodge”, “Bush Camp” and “Walking” safaris. These have been selected from the portfolios of other top class operators, choosing only the very best to make up interesting and often unique safari itineraries in some of the finest game viewing areas of southern Africa.
Concentrating mainly on Zambia, these safaris include the top national parks of South Luangwa/Nsefu sector, Lower Zambezi, Liuwa Plains, Kasanka as well as other game areas such as the Bengweulu Swamps and or a combination of the above.
The camps (more like boutique lodges) are all in strategic, beautiful and often remote locations. Accommodation is in a mix of safari tents, reeded huts, chalets and other similar all with en-suite bathroom facilities, full “lodge’ amenities, each with cooks, guides and other crew to look after you.
Your choice can be from 4-5 night to 10 night safaris, single location or 2-3 camp safaris, bush camping or walking safaris. Transfer between camps will either be light aircraft or by road often as a game drive in itself.
Brief Overview Luangwa Bush Camping is camping and walking in the Nsefu Sector, in the game rich riverine areas of the lagoons and woodlands that run along side the river. The camp is simple, with walk in tents, mattresses on the ground, a bucket shower and bush loo but all the details are there and you want for nothing. The meals are cooked over the fire and served straight from the coals.
With no more than four people on each trip, camping in simple but comfortable style, you will experience the game-rich Nsefu sector of the park with one of the best guides in Africa.
Bush camping is simply one of the most exclusive experiences on offer in Africa.
Day 1 On arrival at Mfuwe International Airport a guide will meet you. The drive to camp is 1 hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. On private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, with a wide view of the Luangwa River, the camp is ideally situated for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. On arrival you will enjoy a lunch looking out the lagoon before the afternoon and night game drive.
Day 2 The day is spent walking in the game rich area of the Luangwa riverine habitat, with ebony groves, many lagoons and of course the Luangwa River itself. During your morning walk the camp will be moved to a second site and lunch will be waiting for you on arrival, alternatively you and your guide may decide to have a picnic lunch en route. This is a very flexible day and your guide will discuss options to suit you and any other guests.
Day 3 Up for an early breakfast and then a 3 hour game drive through the park to the Luangwa River crossing point opposite your next camp, where the staff will meet and boat the party across the river to camp. This remote and small camp lies within the National Park and enjoys a stunning location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. A grove of mahogany trees shade the large custom-made tents. From the thatched dining room and bar, guests can watch the elephants, hippo and antelope on the riverbank. The camp has 5 tents, each with a dressing room, open air bathroom and private verandah that overlooks a water hole. Most meals are taken under the shade of a huge Mahogany tree in the centre of the camp. On arrival lunch will be served followed by a siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive.
Days 4+5 Up at sunrise for breakfast and the morning walk to the first bush camp. Situated in a secluded area of the Nsefu sector the camp is simple and “bush”. Arriving in time for a leisurely lunch followed by a siesta. An afternoon walk will follow tea and then back to camp for sundowners and dinner around the camp fire.
Days 6+7 Following a relaxed breakfast you will walk out of camp and head towards Nsefu Camp, arriving in time for lunch. The camp is on a sweeping bend of the river. Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area and it still is. There are six round rondavals with luxurious ensuite facilities and each room has a clear view of the river through large windows and from the new wooden verandahs. On arrival you will be shown to your rondavel. Lunch will be served followed by a well deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive.
Day 8 After breakfast you will be transferred by vehicle to Mfuwe Airport which is approximately 1.5 hrs drive from Nsefu, incorporating your final game drive.
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The trip was fabulous, well planned and well executed.
The hospitality and accommodations at the lodges were great, only surpassed by the wildlife.
I can't say there were no surprises (i.e. elephants holding us captive in our tent at Seba camp while they ate Marula fruit; hippo in the front yard at our Toka Lea tent; or having a baby hyena chewing the brake line under our vehicle rendering us without brakes, etc.) They were all fun, of course, providing special photo opportunities.
Thanks to such great driver/guide, my husband and I really had unique sightings every day - all day. We spent hours enjoying the numerous up close leopard, lion and elephant encounters.
All of the transfer / plane connections went as planned.
The overall safari was excellent. The guide was pleasant and personable and had abundant knowledge of Botswana's bird and wildlife. Our game viewing was superb and the route chosen through Botswana was ideal.
Our cook was the king of four wheel drive cooking and able to create culinary marvels over an open fire.
Marina & Massimo - from Italy
We had a marvellous time in Southern Africa.
We spent 1 week in botswana + 1 week in zambia, sleeping in a tent litterally in the middle of the game! During the night elephant scratching and crashing trees, hippos eating grass, buffalos walking, just beside beside us!
And in the day so much game + beautiful landscapes, even more beautiful than we had expacted (rivers are a surprise!)
Our guide was an excellet guide, trust him and for sure you'll see the most beautiful places to experience Africa
A very exciting holiday, unique. We're thinking about going back for new trips.
I would highly recommend a trip with this operator.
The itinerary was far better planned than we could possibly have managed ourselves, even if we had done thousands of hours of research and internet searching.
We loved the trip, the company, and for us especially, the flexibility to change plans at a moment’s notice when our circumstances changed. Nothing was too much trouble. . Every detail was wonderfully organized. We will be back!
We took a one-week safari in Zambia in May of 2008. We had an excellent experience.
The tour operator worked with me before the trip - by phone and email - to design a safari that met our needs. The safari was private for me and my two daughters. We visited Lower Zambezi and Kafue game parks. I had an excellent host, guide, and raconteur. We discussed everything from the excretory habits of hippos to the current political situation in South Africa.
We stayed in the camping sections of excellent lodges in each park. We had three excellent meals each day, prepared on a remarkably sophisticed kitchen powered off the Toyota Land Cruiser. We were not looking for luxury, but were looking for comfort. We found just the right mix of both on this trip.
I'd highly recommend the operator to anyone looking for a private (or small group), custom-designed, safari without frills but with plenty of comforts.
Ake Fransson - from Sweden
some words about the safari.
With high expectations we started the safari from Maun in Botswana and ended it 15 nights later in Lusaka Zambia.
Thoose nights and days went far to fast with excellent game drives with very knowledgeable guides and with chefs that made some magic things to all our meals. On top of all that we fell into sleep to the sound of lions and had hippos around the tents at night.
A very well organized safari with all the ingredients you can only hope for.
Our experience was excellent. The safari met and, in some aspects surpassed our expectations. The trip was well thought out and was done as it was planned. We had a great service from travel professional, by our guide. The knowledge about routes and the driving skills were excellent too, and he did his best to let us enjoy the trip.
Throughout the trip the food was really fine in quality, quantity and variety.
It was amazing to bush camp amongst the game, but with enough comfort, and with the confidence of being with someone whose knowledge about wildlife is so good. Doing a walking game viewing we did in a private game concession was also exciting.
We really enjoyed the game viewing, as we had several excellent spots - four leopards - three days -, a herd of 18 lions, a lioness with cubs, and lions mating – three days - , lions almost hunting sable antelope, a herd of 16 giraffes, a big herd of buffalo, a huge herd of Zebra – may be 40, too. We will never forget Chobe’s, Okavango, or the Kwai river landscapes, or the astonishing night sights of the Kudiakam pan.
My friends and family and I spent eight of the most memorable days of our lives with this company on safari in Botswana.
As people who grew up on National Geographic nature documentaries and camping in North America's national parks, I was worried that we might find Botswana nice, but not quite up to all the hype. Not the case!
Our experience in Botwana, in every way, simply blew the doors off all of our expectations! No matter you've seen or done before, there is no preparation for the thrill of lions - huge and hungry-looking - walking past your open vehicle so close you could pet them and roaring so loudly you feel it in the pit of your stomach.
Clearly you do not want to entrust your safety to amateurs during such an encounter. Beforehand, the operator patiently but thoroughly coached us on how to handle ourselves with lions and other potentially dangerous wildlife. In fact, the wilderness expertise of the s staff was truly impressive. They seemed familiar with the names and behaviors of every animal and plant we encountered. By the end of the trip, under their tutelage, all of us learned to read animal tracks and spoor like a Bushman.
Although the operator offered us a tempting "semi-luxury" option, we chose the "semi-participatory" version for our safari. We wanted the feel of a camping trip more than a catered excursion, although our actual "participation" in the camp chores was limited to putting up and taking down the tents. As someone who is used to sleeping on the ground, I found the stand-up height tents, cots and thick sleeping pads a comfortable surprise. Showers were available at each campsite. Throughout the trip the food was delicious, and the battery-powered refrigerators guaranteed an endless supply of cold drinks.
It is a cliche to call a safari like this a "trip of a lifetime" but our case it is simply not true. As I told them, we will be back, I hope, for many such "trips of a lifetime."
George Chandler - from Australia
Best safari we have ever been on in Southern Africa. The operators vehicle, trailer and camping equipment was superior to most of the other safari operators.
With a deep freeze, fridge, plenty of water and camp lights and GPS they can travel to isolated destinations because they carry all the water and supplies needed without having to replace them every few days.
The food was plentiful and well prepared and made cooking easy. We enjoyed healthy and tasty meals. The variety of meals was impressive.
The tents, camp beds, lights and table are of high quality and make camping more comfortable especially if you are not young.
We visited some of the best game viewing areas and were impressed with the number of animals and beautiful scenery. We were able to take great still and video pictures and are delighted with the results.
Our guide's knowledge of animals, birds, trees, african tribes and routes was impressive and made the safari more interesting.
We had a very enjoyable and safe safari and would recommend this tour operator to other people of thinking of going on safari in Southern Africa.
PS: Just so you know - we are ex South Africans and have been on many safaris.
Laurette Simmons - from United States
I am more than happy to comment on our trip.
It is terrific to be on a trip with a person who so delights in every detail, planning and running our trip as if it were for his own best friends and while he worked very hard to make everything go smoothly he also seemed to enjoy himself. I don't know how he manages to make each trip feel so fresh and each client feel so valued.
We are very lucky to have travelled with them and recommend the tour operator enthusiastically.