• Shentons Safari, South Luangwa National Park
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Shentons Safari - Great for Photography

Exactly the kind of safari we at 'Busanga Safaris' really enjoy and do not hesitate to recommend - a safari for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.  Spend a week (or more) taking in all that the Luangwa Valley has to offer. We put this safari in our Photography & Art section because it just gives so much opportunity to sit and draw or photograph in places acknowledged by many top professionals. With x 3 activities daily including game drives, walking safaris and visits to the camps' very own viewing blinds, Kaingo and Mwamba camps in the South Luangwa are the creations of the Shenton family, who have a proud history of three generations of wildlife conservation in Southern Africa. 

Derek Shenton, who built and now runs these camps with his wife Juliet, is the son of Barry Shenton, a former Parks Ranger in Luangwa and Warden of Kafue National Park. Derek, an 'Honorary Ranger" in South Luangwa National Park has developed Kaingo and Mwamba into camps that are well known for exceptional game viewing in a beautiful, yet relaxed atmosphere. In spite of numerous opportunities to expand. Kaingo,12 beds, and Mwamba,6 beds, remain small and wildlife-focused to ensure guests have an exclusive and unique wildlife experience second to none. 

Kaingo and Mwamba are located deep within the most game-intensive area of the South Luangwa National Park. Situated on the west bank of the Luangwa river opposite the Nsefu sector, the area around Kaingo and Mwamba allows visitors to experience this ancient valley without interference from human settlement. This also means that wildlife is able to follow its natural migrations undisturbed by fishing or hunting by humans and away from other safari vehicles - there are no other camps in the immediate game-viewing area.

Unique photographic hides of Derek's own design are a special feature of this safari. These hides are guaranteed to get you close enough to the wildlife to take a whole host of stunning photos or to just relax and enjoy the wildlife in complete safety. They have attracted profesional photographers and filmmakers, including world-renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting of National Geographic, Owen Prumm of Discovery Channel, David Rogers of Africa Geographic, Lyn Johnsson of National Geographic and various independent film makers such as Peter Lamberti (Valley of the Golden Baboon). The BBC used Hippo Hide in the filming of the "Wild Africa Series."

“One of the wonderful features of Derek Shenton’s camps is the network of blinds he sets up each year to allow close-up views of hippos, elephants, and the other wildlife. From his hippo hide, hidden in a corner of the Luangwa River you are close enough to feel as if you are part of the pod – a truly unique perspective that is both a tribute to Derek’s ingenuity and to his superb knowledge of the Luangwa Valley” Frans Lanting – National Geographic 

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Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
From $950 pp

Price excluding international flights:
May & June $762 pppn
July or October $826 pppn
August or September $884 pppn
Safari Summary

Notes.

Includes. Domestic flights between Lusaka - Mfuwe - Lusaka, meals / drinks, activities.
Excludes. Visa, airport tax

Single supplement may be avoidable on certain dates.  Please contact Tony for assistance.
otherwise the single supplement applies. 

The safari uses both camps - the exact itinerary will be confirmed when booking. 

Can be combined with a safari to other parts of Zambia.

Season of operation Kaingo: 20th May to 1st November.

Season of operation Mwamba; 1st June to 31st October.

Full Safari Details
Shentons Safari - Great for Photography

Exactly the kind of safari we at 'Busanga Safaris' really enjoy and do not hesitate to recommend - a safari for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.  Spend a week (or more) taking in all that the Luangwa Valley has to offer. We put this safari in our Photography & Art section because it just gives so much opportunity to sit and draw or photograph in places acknowledged by many top professionals. With x 3 activities daily including game drives, walking safaris and visits to the camps very own viewing blinds, Kaingo and Mwamba camps in the South Luangwa are the creations of the Shenton family, who havea proud history of three generations of wildlife conservation in Southern Africa. 

Derek Shenton, who built and now runs these camps with his wife Juliet, is the son of Barry Shenton, a former Parks Ranger in Luangwa and Warden of Kafue National Park. Derek, an 'Honorary Ranger" in South Luangwa National Park has developed Kaingo and Mwamba into camps that are well known for exceptional game-viewing in a beautiful, yet relaxed atmosphere. In spite of numerous opportunities to expand. Kaingo 12 beds and Mwamba 6 beds, remain small and wildlife focused to ensure guests have an exclusive and unique wildlife experience second to none. 

Kaingo and Mwamba, are located deep within the most game-intensive area of the South Luangwa National Park. Situated on the west bank of the Luangwa river opposite the Nsefu sector, the area around Kaingo and Mwamba allows visitors to experience this ancient valley without interference from human settlement. This also means that wildlife is able to follow its natural migrations undisturbed by fishing or hunting by humans and away from other safari vehicles - there are no other camps in the immediate game-viewing area.

Unique photographic hides of Derek's own design are a special feature of this safari. These hides are guaranteed to get you close enough to the wildlife to take a whole host of stunning photos or to just relax and enjoy the wildlife in complete safety. They have attracted profesional photographers and filmmakers, including world-renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting of National Geographic, Owen Prumm of Discovery Channel, David Rogers of Africa Geographic, Lyn Johnsson of National Geographic and various independent film makers such as Peter Lamberti (Valley of the Golden Baboon). The BBC used the Hippo Hide in the filming of the "Wild Africa Series." For details of each hide please go to "Notes" at bottom of this page.

“One of the wonderful features of Derek Shenton’s camps is the network of blinds he sets up each year to allow close-up views of hippos, elephants, and the other wildlife. From his hippo hide, hidden in a corner of the Luangwa River you are close enough to feel as if you are part of the pod – a truly unique perspective that is both a tribute to Derek’s ingenuity and to his superb knowledge of the Luangwa Valley” Frans Lanting – National Geographic

Overlooking the Luangwa River deep within the prime area of the South Luangwa National Park, a special feature of Kaingo is the unique deck built out over the river. From this relaxing vantage point just below the central dining area one can view game coming down to drink, basking hippos, aquatic birds, crocodiles fishing, and daily elephant crossings.

Game-drives and walks from Kaingo provide exciting photographic opportunities for guests, the action often starting just outside camp. Kaingo's relaxed, personal and friendly atmosphere offers its guests fantastic game-viewing opportunities within an area of incredible beauty and varied terrain. 

The camp's stylish design and practical layout centres around a large open-sided sitting room including a dining area, library and Kaingo's renowned thousand year old lead-wood bar. Kaingo's chalets are nestled discreetly apart on the banks of the river, camp has just two king, two twin chalets and two honeymoon suites  with stunning views of the river. Expect great meals and nice touches including homemade soaps, textiles, and farm produce.  And solar power means nothing but the wheeze-honk of a hippo interfering with the sounds of a lions roar, a leopards call or the early morning 'drumming' of the Ground Hornbill.

You will be offered 3 separate game-viewing activities a day which may include walking safaris, game drives or time spent at a hide or blind (normally during midday) Overlooking the Luangwa River.

The varied terrain around camp includes the picturesque Fish Eagle lagoon, one of the largest ebony forests in the Park, and the spectacular Lion Plain (the biggest plain in the valley a hugely productive grassland that teems with wildlife) bordered by the meandering Luangwa and Mwmaba Rivers. The area is ideal walking country (under the watchful escort of an armed scout and guide). A network of carefully planned low impact roads provide excellent coverage of this game-rich terrain. The area is home to two extremely productive lion prides (16 cubs on show last year), which guests had the pleasure of following and there are more than 10 individual leopards around Kaingo and Mwamba. 95% of visitors will see leopard.

By experiencing Kaingo Camp and transferring to the Mwamba Bush Camp, our guests can enjoy the unique environment and character of both camps. We recommend a safari of a minimum seven nights (quoted above) and up to ten nights split between the two camps as the ideal length of time.  The journey between the two camps is either a relaxed three hour walking safari, or morning drive, filled with an abundance of game and interesting landmarks, such as massive buffalo herds numbering over 500 on the vast Lion Plain.

Set on the banks of the Mwamba River, a tributary of the Luangwa, the camp, sited under huge evergreen ebony trees, enjoys shady views of perennial waterholes, both of which have hides perched over them for fantastic photographic opportunities or simply quiet times viewing the animals. Mwamba takes only 6 guests in 1 king, 1 twin and 1 honeymoon chalet. The reed and thatch chalets are uniquely designed with two skylights (protected by mosquito gauze) set into the roof allowing you to experience sleeping under the stars. Each chalet has a huge ensuite bathroom with flush toilets and hot showers. Lighting is all solar powered. The accommodation reflects a thoughtful balance between back-to-nature simplicity and essential comforts. Meals are of the same high standard as Kaingo, and the bush-style dining and bar area or "chitenge" is set under the deep shade of huge ebony trees entwined with python vines. A spectacular sundowner spot on top of a large termite mound and a glowing campfire under the night sky completes the camp's friendly and personal atmosphere. The nights at Mwamba are filled with wildlife action. Bats and owls (Pearl Spotted and Scops in particular) set up the backround sounds together with whirring cicadas. Puku and Impala alarm calls are often followed by the grunt of a leopard or whoop of a hyena as they pass through camp. Elephants are never far away and are especially fond of the tamarind and ebony fruit within the camp. There are two resident hippo in the waterholes that graze on the river bank at night, completing the picture. The game around Mwamba is excellent; large herds of buffalo, zebra, eland and in particular Cookson's Wildebeest (one of the last herds in the SLNP are found on the plains and in the Mopane/Crocodile bark woodlands close to camp). They are followed by the "Mwamba pride", which consists of six beautiful lionesses and two classically dark maned males. Fantastic leopard sightings are also common due to the thick riverine bush along the Mwamba and by the large numbers of impala and puku in the open glades around camp. Elephants use the Mwamba's waterholes regularly and there is a family of elephants who visit the waterhole next to the honeymoon chalet to drink and mud themselves in the afternoons. There are also two young orphan bulls who visit camp.
Another appeal of Mwamba is its excellent walking area. The land varies tremendously from wide open plains such as Lion Plain and Eland Plain, interspersed by shady Mopane/crocodile bark woodland with short grass (interspersed with waterholes and lagoons), and bordered by Combretum thickets along the Mwamba river. This is a classic area for walking safaris and the limited number of loops and game-viewing tracks makes it a pleasure for our guides to help you explore this vast, untouched part of the park.

The Hides

The Hippo Hide is located on a deep corner at the confluence of the Luangwa and Mwamba rivers. Here hundreds of hippos congregate throughout the season in both bachelor and breeding pods. The hippo hide is carved into the bank of the river directly above these pods and its inhabitants are hidden by a grass screen. Comfortable seating and cleverly designed camera props make this a photographer's dream. Yawning and fighting pictures guaranteed! Also watch out for the resident crocodile who has learnt to snatch unsuspecting Oxpeckers from the hippos' backs. Watch elephants, giraffe and buffalo coming in to drink - it was here the BBC filmed an enormous crocodile taking a buffalo in the Wild Africa Series.

Elephant Hide is a wooden platform nestled between an ebony and a sausage tree directly above a centuries-old elephant highway. Knowledge is passed from elders to juvenile elephants in the community and for hundreds of years this beautiful spot in the river has been used for drinking, mud bathing, social greeting and river crossing. When the elephants come to the river at the crossing point we gather everyone and race to the hide where the tree gives us a unique - and safe - vantage point from which to watch their activities.
A very special activity offered at Shenton Safaris are sleep-outs up the elephant hide. Our Elephant Hide is situated high up in the boughs of a tree on the riverbank. After dinner at Kaingo we will take you to the elephant hide for your night of real African Adventure. We set a bed up in the treetops for you and position a scout (discreetly in an enclosed vehicle) on the ground beneath you. Mike Unwin (author of the Bradt guide to Southern African Wildlife) said his night spent up our elephant hide was one of his most memorable and exciting ever spent in Africa.

Carmine BeeEater Hide is put in place early in September once the Carmines are established at their nesting site. Guest wade through the river to the hide (anchored on a boat in front of the colony) which is so exciting many clients say getting there is half the fun. The Carmines are very used to the hide's presence and carry on about their business as though it wasn't there. This hide provides fantastic photo opportunities of this spectacular bird. A must for serious birders and novices alike!

Mwamba's Last Waterhole Hide is perched on an outcrop directly above an active waterhole. This waterhole is busy throughout the season, but is most spectacular from late September when all the other water in the area has dried up. This waterhole provides fantastic opportunities to watch different species of thirsty game coming in to drink. The stage remains constant but the players change throughout the day - it is very easy to while away hours in this hide watching the ever changing show. It is particularly good in the mornings between 8 and 9am. (just as an aside - 95% of our guests see leopard). 60% of all guests who come and stay with us love it so much, they soon come back again.

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
From $950 pp

Price excluding international flights:
May & June $762 pppn
July or October $826 pppn
August or September $884 pppn
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Safari Summary

Notes.

Includes. Domestic flights between Lusaka - Mfuwe - Lusaka, meals / drinks, activities.
Excludes. Visa, airport tax

Single supplement may be avoidable on certain dates.  Please contact Tony for assistance.
otherwise the single supplement applies. 

The safari uses both camps - the exact itinerary will be confirmed when booking. 

Can be combined with a safari to other parts of Zambia.

Season of operation Kaingo: 20th May to 1st November.

Season of operation Mwamba; 1st June to 31st October.