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Zambia Wildlife Holiday - What is special about a Zambia Safari - Part 2

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​What makes a Zambia Wildlife Holiday so special and which style of Zambia Safari suits me?

​Continuing our discussion about what makes a Zambia Safari so special, we would like to elaborate further on some of the smaller specialist companies in Zambia, who have perfected the art of comfortable bush camps, first class guides and making your Zambia wildlife holiday such a special and unique experience.

One of the common threads with these operators is that the owners were often long standing safari guides in Zambia before setting up their own lodges and camps. You can imagine what an advantage it is to have that sort of experience when it comes to the setting up your camps in the prime wildlife viewing areas you are so familiar with. Trying to stop ourselves getting too jealous about this wonderful life they have led, surrounded by pristine wilderness, stunning wildlife and the only traffic jam they have ever experienced is a herd of grumpy Buffalo blocking their path! - we further explored this type of safari operator.

One such guide was John Coppinger, who after 14 years of guiding in Zambia set up his own company with his wife Carole called Remote Africa which is one of the most respected safari companies in Zambia. The base camp for Remote Africa is the stunning Tafika from where you can take a stunning variety of activities including, jeep safaris, walking safaris, mountain bike safaris and for a completely different perspective of the South Luangwe National Park, a micro-light flight with John. Situated just outside the Nsefu Sector of the South Park, Tafika boasts some of the finest leopard viewing in Zambia and when combined with a stay at Mwaleshi Camp, gives the visitors the rare opportunity to visit both South and North Luangwa National Parks.

We are proud to be a partner of Remote Africa and enjoy some fantastic rates with them. Why not check out our 7 day Zambia Safari with Remote Africa, with 3 nights at Tafika and 4 nights at Mwaleshi for just £2975 per person in high season.

Another smaller family run safari specialist in Zambia with a great reputation are Shenton Safaris who have family connections which go way back to the formation of the National Parks and the focus on promoting high quality safaris as the basis of a sustainable income for the Zambian goverment and its people.

There is often pressure on owners of highly rated camps and lodges to expand their model and either create bigger properties or diversify into various different income generators; often losing sight of what had made their wildlife experience so successful in the first place. To our dismay we have seen this happen in both Africa and India and it is not a pretty sight. So it is refreshing to come across a company like Shenton Safaris who have stuck resolutely to their founding principles and generated a big buzz around their small and intimate camps at Kaingo and Mwamba

A unique aspect of Shenton Safaris is their idea to set up photographic hides, expertly set up in locations to focus on a particular species, such as Elephants, Hippos, Bee-eaters or other charasmatic wildlife. These hides are used regularly by National Geographic, BBC and Discovery channel for numerous photographic shoots and the making of wildlife documentaries.

Wildlife Trails is able to offer an exhilerating 8 day Zambia safari with Shenton Safaris for only £2470 per person. So please contact us anytime to discuss your Zambia Wildlife Holiday in more detail and design your perfect Zambia Safari.

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