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River Journeys

 "The Luangwa Valley is at its most dramatic in the Emerald Season, with the Luangwa River now flowing over into the brimming lagoons. Boating into these lagoons, flooded ebony groves and flowing channels gives you a view of the Valley which is normally inaccessible during this season". 

The Luangwa River is one of the last remaining major rivers in Africa, and even in the world, that has not been damned for hydropower.  This vast river still annually rises, floods into lagoons and channels, changes course and resulting in new lagoons and in so doing creates an rich flood plain river system. To be in the heart of the park, at peak flood time, staying at the first camp built in Zambia (1951) with the river being your only access, is quite an experience.
Day 1 On arrival at Mfuwe International Airport a guide from Robin Pope Safaris will meet you with onward transfer to Luangwa River Camp where you will be shown to your bush suite to refresh. Luangwa River Camp is a small intimate camp with only 5 chalets situated opposite the Luangwa Wafwa in the Upper Lupande GMA. It has all the creature comforts of a five star camp yet with all the intimacy, tailored activities and flexible mealtimes you come to expect from a bush camp. The camp is unique with its décor of locally crafted and hand made details. The main area is elevated between 1-3 metres on wooden decks affording great views to the park and river. The swimming pool is sunk into the deck on two levels with a spill over adjoining the two pools (one for swimming and the other for seating). Seating areas are all elevated and open plan with a bar area as well as a dining and reading area.

Day 2 This is a day to explore The South Luangwa National Park with a mix of walking, game drives and boating.

Day 3 – 5 Today you will take the boat up to Nsefu Camp. This will take between 2 and 4 hours depending on what you see on the way. The Luangwa River will be high and many of the lagoons will be full. The bird life is amazing along the river and you will often see a bull elephant or a lion on the banks. Nsefu Camp is on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. There are six round rondavels with luxurious en suite facilities and each room has a clear view of the river through large windows and from the new wooden verandahs. On arrival at Nsefu you will be shown to your accommodation and then lunch will be served followed by a well deserved siesta before you set off on an afternoon activity. Over the next few days you will explore the area by boat and by foot. There are many lagoons, ebony groves and channels that will be flooding and so you will be boating over land which is the driving area of the park in the dry season. Also, taking a scout with you, you will be able to enjoy a walk to explore further afield in the park for an all day picnic. Lunch will be under a tree or next to a lagoon and you will then be able to take a siesta or simply spend a lazy couple of hours reading a book or watching the fascinating animals and landscape around you. Returning to camp when you are ready – you may decide to continue straight on your evening boat ride and return to camp at sunset – these are very flexible days.

Day 6 You will boat back to Nkwali in the morning, which has a wide view of the Luangwa River. It is on the Luangwa and overlooking the Park. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

Day 7 At dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after and your photographic expedition will begin, entering the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon. The game in the area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken by a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Tea will be served in the afternoon and then off on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world. Usually one returns to camp about 20.00 hrs with dinner generally at 20.30

Day 8 After breakfast you will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport for your flight to Lusaka and onwards connection.

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights from $1350 pp

Price excluding international flights:
22nd Jan - 31st March $4250 2017
 
No single supplement
Safari Summary

Notes

Included
We include return flights between Lusaka and The Luangwa Valley!!!!.
All safari costs (activities, national park fees, bar and laundry),  
airport transfer from Mfuwe Airport.

Excluded
airport taxes and visa.

Single supplements can be avoided on lot of dates and so if you are a single traveller and flexible please call for availability. 

Full Safari Details
River Journeys

Itinerary
Luangwa River Camp 2 nights, 

Nsefu 3 nights 

Nkwali 2 nights

"The Luangwa Valley is at its most dramatic in the Emerald Season, with the Luangwa River now flowing over into the brimming lagoons. Boating into these lagoons, flooded ebony groves and flowing channels gives you a view of the Valley which is normally inaccessible during this season". 

The Luangwa River is one of the last remaining major rivers in Africa, and even in the world, that has not been damned for hydropower.  This vast river still annually rises, floods into lagoons and channels, changes course and resulting in new lagoons and in so doing creates an rich flood plain river system. To be in the heart of the park, at peak flood time, staying at the first camp built in Zambia (1951) with the river being your only access, is quite an experience.
Day 1 On arrival at Mfuwe International Airport a guide from Robin Pope Safaris will meet you with onward transfer to Luangwa River Camp where you will be shown to your bush suite to refresh. Luangwa River Camp is a small intimate camp with only 5 chalets situated opposite the Luangwa Wafwa in the Upper Lupande GMA. It has all the creature comforts of a five star camp yet with all the intimacy, tailored activities and flexible mealtimes you come to expect from a bush camp. The camp is unique with its décor of locally crafted and hand made details. The main area is elevated between 1-3 metres on wooden decks affording great views to the park and river. The swimming pool is sunk into the deck on two levels with a spill over adjoining the two pools (one for swimming and the other for seating). Seating areas are all elevated and open plan with a bar area as well as a dining and reading area.

Day 2 This is a day to explore The South Luangwa National Park with a mix of walking, game drives and boating.

Day 3 – 5 Today you will take the boat up to Nsefu Camp. This will take between 2 and 4 hours depending on what you see on the way. The Luangwa River will be high and many of the lagoons will be full. The bird life is amazing along the river and you will often see a bull elephant or a lion on the banks. Nsefu Camp is on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. There are six round rondavels with luxurious en suite facilities and each room has a clear view of the river through large windows and from the new wooden verandahs. On arrival at Nsefu you will be shown to your accommodation and then lunch will be served followed by a well deserved siesta before you set off on an afternoon activity. Over the next few days you will explore the area by boat and by foot. There are many lagoons, ebony groves and channels that will be flooding and so you will be boating over land which is the driving area of the park in the dry season. Also, taking a scout with you, you will be able to enjoy a walk to explore further afield in the park for an all day picnic. Lunch will be under a tree or next to a lagoon and you will then be able to take a siesta or simply spend a lazy couple of hours reading a book or watching the fascinating animals and landscape around you. Returning to camp when you are ready – you may decide to continue straight on your evening boat ride and return to camp at sunset – these are very flexible days.

Day 6 You will boat back to Nkwali in the morning, which has a wide view of the Luangwa River. It is on the Luangwa and overlooking the Park. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

Day 7 At dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after and your photographic expedition will begin, entering the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon. The game in the area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken by a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Tea will be served in the afternoon and then off on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world. Usually one returns to camp about 20.00 hrs with dinner generally at 20.30

Day 8 After breakfast you will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport for your flight to Lusaka and onwards connection.

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights from $1350 pp

Price excluding international flights:
22nd Jan - 31st March $4250 2017
 
No single supplement
Book this safari
Safari Summary

Notes

Included
We include return flights between Lusaka and The Luangwa Valley!!!!.
All safari costs (activities, national park fees, bar and laundry),  
airport transfer from Mfuwe Airport.

Excluded
airport taxes and visa.

Single supplements can be avoided on lot of dates and so if you are a single traveller and flexible please call for availability.