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Zambia

8_wildlife_lrgZambia is an enormous country and its natural resources are protected by impenetrable sub-tropical bush and impassable roads.

An exception, and highlight, is the spectacular Victoria Falls and its lifeblood, the Zambezi River. Here, access is by excellent paved roads and an international airport in Livingstone, which is about 20km upstream from Victoria Falls.

The falls themselves, glimpsed through the squalling spray during high-water season, beggar the imagination for their size and tremendous power. Seen during low-water season, they form a picturesque series of single-drop cascades.

With the Victoria Falls to compete with, the attractions in the area go largely unsung unless experienced first-hand. The game parks, lush sub-tropical savannah and the beautiful Zambezi River combine to create a seductive spell that’s hard to break.

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To snap out of the trance look no further than the adventure activities, of which there are many. In water, on land and in the sky, there is an array of activities ranging from sedate and elegant to the exact opposite.

Giving you the best of southern Africa, our tours and safaris go from Namibia, through Etosha and the Caprivi to Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park; the grand finale is Victoria Falls from where you can fly home via South Africa.

The only thing carved in stone are the sculptures at the craft market and we are always happy to tailor any Zambia safari to your specific needs.

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Kafue National Park is the largest national park in Zambia, covering an area of about 22,400 km² . It is the second largest park in Africa and is home to over 55 different species of animals.  The park is named for the Kafue River. It stretches over three provinces: North Western, Central and Southern.

The jewel in Kafue’s crown is the Zambezian flooded grasslands ecoregion in the north, including the Busanga Swamp and plains. These support large herds of herbivores and their predators. In the dry season the animals keep close to the swamps and marshy creeks and are easily seen. The area is also noted for its birdlife.

Busanga Plains is a seasonal wetland area in the far northern part of Kafue National Park. The plains are dotted with small ‘islands’ dominated by enormous Wild Fig trees and Wild Date palms, and surrounded by fields of grass and papyrus. During most of the year the vast plain is flooded, making it a perfect sanctuary for game and bird-life.

This is an ideal time to spot large numbers of wildlife, including red lechwe, puku, roan and sable antelope, zebra, blue wildebeest, eland and huge herds of buffalo. Lion are common, as are cheetah and leopard. It ranks as one of Africa’s most remote and beautiful wilderness areas.

The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Mist that Thunders) is a waterfall located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are some of the largest in the world.  Victoria Falls is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer, is believed to have been the first European recorded to view the Victoria Falls.

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Safari highlights

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Kafue National Park
Busanga Plains
Zambezi River
Victoria Falls

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TOUR DATE:

Date on request
Days 12 / 11 Nights

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Day 1 – 2:
Morning arrival on international flight in Lusaka

There is a 3-hour road transfer in comfortable, air conditioned high clearance vehicles to the reserve.

Mukambi Lodge overlooks the Kafue River, one of the best-kept secrets in Africa. Kafue National Park at nearly 23.000sq km is one of the largest reserves in Africa and is roughly the size of Wales. Its has very distinct and diverse eco-systems making it a game viewing paradise: riverine forests, miombo woodland, mopane woodland, teak forest, savannah and even wetlands (Busanga Plains), associated with the huge Kafue river form the parts of the reserve that we will be visiting.

Of all the Zambian parks, Kafue National Park has the widest range of mammal species. Animals that you are likely to encounter are elephant, buffalo, warthog, zebra, hippo and several antelope species like impala, puku, sable, hartebeest, bushbuck, roan and eland. As for the predators, all are present: lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, serval, caracal and jackal.

In the northern part of the park, the wetlands of Busanga Plains, is also a good place to see sitatunga and red lechwe. The diversity of habitats makes Kafue National Park an excellent bird photography area. It boasts an impressive list of 478 of Zambia’s 733-recorded species. Bird species in the park include African fish eagle, woolly-necked stork, marabou stork, saddle billed stork, goliath heron, crowned crane, wattled crane, ground hornbill, giant kingfisher, sacred ibis, Pel’s owl and purple-crested lourie amongst others.

Mukambi lodge is perfectly situated on a bend of the Kafue River. The large, open camp is designed to ensure your privacy at your chalet. You will be accommodated in luxury en-suite chalets overlooking the Kafue River. Each chalet has teak furniture, four-poster beds and a viewing deck to relax on. Perfect after a days hard photographing.

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Day 3-5:
We move from Mukambi loge to their bush camp, situated in the northern heart of the Kafue reserve. The Busanga plains are a floodplain of waters from the Kafue River. In this season, the water recedes away, leaving lush grazing for the grazers. The large numbers of grazers then attract the predators, a perfect scenario for excellent viewing and inter action. Busanga’s game numbers during these dry times are legendary and one can expect to see large herds of buffalo, puku, impala and elephant. It is also one of the best places to see the elusive sitatunga.

Accommodation will be at the bush camp, a beautiful camp within a grove of trees overlooking the plains. Here you will be staying in meru styled tents. Each tent is a walk in affair with solid beds and en suite facilities ensuring relaxing comfort. We will stay at this camp for three nights. There is no electricity at this camp.

The remote Busanga plains are one of Zambia’s best-kept secrets meaning the area is lacking in tourists. This is a real highlight of the area- having the open plains all to yourself, with all manner of wild animals around your is a beautiful experience.

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Day 6 – 7:
We transfer back to Mukambi to complete the stay at Kafue in the luxury of the main camp. Game drive and boat cruises will be the order of the stay here and seeing some of the divers’ areas that weren’t seen in the first visit.

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Day 8 – 10:
We transfer by road to Lusaka from where we catch a scheduled, 1-hour flight to Mfuwe.

Nestled deep within the rift valley of Zambia lies a reserve that combines some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa with a setting as unique as it is wildlife is diverse. South Luangwa, with the Murchison escarpment on its eastern border and the Luangwa River to the west is a reserve that conjures up scenes of classic Africa. It has all the romanticism of adventure and exploration from day’s gone bye; but today it is the wildlife that is the main attraction- the wildlife and Luangwa River. During the rainy season, the reserve is a veritable marshland of mud and elephant damaged roads- almost impassable. However, during the dry season, the languidly meandering Luangwa river dries up, forming pools of water, ox-bow lakes and dead-end tributaries- and it is these pools of water in the high woodland which produce such stunning wildlife viewing.

South Luangwa hosts large populations of elephants, buffalo, hippopotamus and (Thornycrofts) giraffe. Leopard and Lion are exceptionally well represented- indeed; South Luangwa is touted as having one of the highest densities of leopard in Africa. Birds are also a major attraction in Luangwa- with over 420 species recorded. The highlight of the birding experience here is seeing the various storks and herons flocking to feed on the fish in drying pools.

Mfuwe Lodge is famous for its elephants walking trough the reception area, but it is also well known for its simple, open style planning and luxurious chalets. From the comfort of the Lodge guests may view some of Africa’s majestic wildlife as animals come down to drink. Elephant, hippopotamus, many antelope species and crocodiles are plentiful in this area. In between game drives, walks and meals, guests may relax around the pool or in the unique library which is entirely dedicated to nature conservation related issues, African culture, tradition and history.

One third of each chalet’s perimeter can be opened, to allow the guest to enjoy the views, the sounds, the scents and the mood of the African wilderness. Each chalet has a large private deck overlooking one of the lagoons. The bathrooms have both bath and shower, with separate toilet. The bathing corner can be completely opened to offer guests an open-air bathing experience.

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Day 11:
An early morning flight transfer from Mfuwe takes us back to Lusaka. From here it is a road transfer to Livingstone and the Sosi lodge on the mighty Zambezi River. Based in stunning surrounds, we will be able to explore the stunning power and beauty of Victoria Falls. We will have ample time to enjoy all angles of the falls, from below, and above, where the mighty Zambezi seems so calm, but only a few meters away the waters turn into a tumultuous frenzy. This really is the best way to end a safari and the noisy, spray and power of the falls will be an endearing last image of this safari.

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Day 12:
After a morning spent around the falls, we transfer back to Lusaka. Here, after 12 glorious days in excellent safari country, the tour comes to an end. You board your (evening) international flights home and this is unfortunately the end of the safari.

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Tour Cost

Price on request

Included in the quoted price:

  • International flights from Johannesburg
  • Local flights and transport for the entire safari
  • Entrance and accommodation (2 persons per tent) to all reserves
  • All meals, based on the itinerary above. Drinks are included, except premium brands
  • Two game drives per day
  • The services of our guides

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Excluded from quoted price:

  • Gratuities to staff and guides
  • Alcoholic and soft drink beverages
  • Extra activities not included
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel visas
  • Gratuities to staff and guides

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Photographic highlights are:

  • Classic scenes of the Luangwa river meandering through the wide river banks
  • Hundreds of Hippopotamus in the pools and main river of the Luangwa River
  • Elephants walking through the reception of Mfuwe lodge, South Luangwa
  • Large elephant herds in the woodlands, drinking at the rivers edge and in camp
  • One of the only places to see Thornycrofts Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis thornicrofti
  • The habitat diversity of Kafue National Park
  • Very high density of leopard, with very relaxed individuals in South Luangwa
  • Flocks of storks, herons and egrets feeding in the drying pools for fish- South Luangwa
  • Brilliant birding in Kafue
  • The open plain game viewing of Busanga- the highlight of this tour.
  • The numerous predators (lion, leopard, serval) of Busanga plains.
  • Buffalo herds drinking at the rivers edge numbering into the thousands
  • One of the best places to see cheetah are on the Busanga and Kafue plains
  • Photographing the magnificent Victoria falls and Zambezi rivers

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What to bring along:

  • A range of warm and light clothes. The days are warm, but the mornings and evenings can be relatively cool.
  • Hats and caps. The weather may be cool, but the sun is still very harsh.
  • Sunscreen (African Sun is always a threat to the skin.)
  • Cameras and lenses
  • Binoculars
  • Lots of Film

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Notes:
a) Please also note that the accommodation outlined in the itinerary may, very occasionally, need to be amended. Replacements lodges and hotels will always be of the same standard as the ones outlined in the itinerary and will in no way affect your holiday. Should we have to implement any changes to the above we will notify you as soon as possible.
b) A 15% non-refundable deposit is required on confirmation of safari.
c) Full payment is required sixty (60) days prior to arrival.
d) Quoted price is subject to availability and fuel/gas price- and exchange rate fluctuations.
e) Terms & Conditions.


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For millennia, this low, rocky ridge has overlooked the wide, water-rich valley. From this vantage point among the trees, predators and hunters would quietly observe the prolific hunting grounds spread out below. But now visitors come to Puku Ridge to revel in the abundance of wildlife and the comforts of a traditional old-world safari camp.

The diverse wildlife along the dambo offers great opportunities for photography, whether you choose to explore on foot with a keen-eyed guide, or range further afield in a safari vehicle.  And in the evenings, you dine with the night sounds of Africa for a soundtrack.

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Safari highlights

Puku Ridge area

TOUR DATE:

Date on request
Days 6/5 Nights

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Day 1 – 5:
We will meet at JHB international Airport (ORTI). From here we will fly straight to Lusaka where we will transfer to Mfuwe. Flights are arranged to link with the scheduled Mfuwe flight. At Mfuwe we will be met by a sanctuary ranger. It is a 45 min transfer to the reserve from the airstrip.

Based at the luxurious Puku ridge camp for the next 5 nights, we will use the time to explore the area and take spectacular images of the wildlife in and around the national park.

We will be going out on morning and afternoon drives in search of scenes and subjects to photograph. During the mid day hours the guides will present formal talks on various aspects of wildlife photography, have feedback sessions on images taken whilst on the workshop and discuss post processing techniques as well as the very popular workflow talks. These are always popular talks with lots of interaction and discussion amongst everyone present.
Accommodation: Puku Ridge camp

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Day 6:
After a morning drive and a hearty brunch, you will be transferred to the airstrip where you catch your flight back to Lusaka and then the onward transfer to JHB. This will unfortunately be the end of the workshop.

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Tour Cost

Price on request
No Single supplement

All-inclusive safari: Includes international flight: JHB-LUSAKA return. Return flights from Lusaka-Mfuwe, all accommodation, game drives, meals, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and the service of our guides.
For international clients wanting to attend, we will deduct the international flight cost

Included in the quoted price:

  • Return lights Johannesburg-Lusaka
  • Return flights from Lusaka-Mfuwe
  • Pickup and transport for the entire tour safari and drop off at your destination
  • Game drives & activities
  • Entrance to concession and accommodation in camp
  • All meals

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Excluded from quoted price:

  • Gratuities to staff and guides
  • Extra activities not included
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel visas

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Photographic highlights are:

  • Classic scenes of the Luangwa river meandering through the wide river banks
  • Hundreds of Hippopotamus in the pools and main river
  • Large elephant herds in the woodlands, drinking at the rivers edge and in camp
  • One of the only places to see Thornycrofts Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis thornicrofti
  • Excellent lion population
  • Very high density of leopard, with very relaxed individuals
  • Flocks of storks, herons and egrets feeding in the drying pools for fish
  • Excellent sightings of large water birds in the Luangwa River
  • Buffalo herds drinking at the rivers edge numbering into the hundreds

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Equipment:
Digital SLR’s. Have at least a 300mm lens. Laptop if you have one.

Includes:
Notes and CD with notes, images and presentations, data projector for viewing on screen.
Full board and lodging

Location:
Puku ridge camp, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia (Passports Required)

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Notes:
a) Please also note that the accommodation outlined in the itinerary may, very occasionally, need to be amended.
Replacements lodges and hotels will always be of the same standard as the ones outlined in the itinerary and will in no
Way affect your holiday. Should we have to implement any changes to the above we will notify you as soon as possible.
b) A 15% non-refundable deposit is required on confirmation of safari.
c) Full payment is required sixty (60) days prior to arrival.
d) Quoted price is subject to availability and fuel/gas price- and exchange rate fluctuations.
e) Terms & Conditions.

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