15 day safari

Prices from

£6500

Excluding international flights

Tour Highlights

  • Chance to visit the South Luangwa in Zambia
  • Great opportunities to see Leopard and Wild Dogs
  • Superb small scale wildlife lodges with excellent naturalists
  • Safari can be tailored to your requirements

Big Cats Galore on this Bespoke Zambia Safari

Zikomo Lodge is a real gem and is attracting a lot of interest from film companies like the BBC and Smithsonian channel; due to regular sightings of Wild Dogs, Lion and Leopard. From here we continue our journey through the most famous game reserve in Zambia, staying 4 nights at Flatdogs Camp where we can continue to observe game by both vehicle and high adrenaline walking safaris. The South Luangwa is one of the few parks in Africa to allow night drives, and the Flatdogs guides’ knowledge of animal behaviour really pays off after dark – get ready for action. After our stay at South Luangwa, we fly back to Lusaka and then drive south to Mukambi Lodge; gateway to the beautiful and less visitied Kafue national park. After a night in Mukambi, we can enjoy a morning game drive as we head towards the superbly located Busanga Plains Camp. Busanga Plains Camp is strategically located between the teeming floodplains frequented by several lion prides and the papyrus-edged Busanga Swamps, abundant with birdlife and home of the shy sitatunga. Famed for its tree-climbing lions, Busanga Plains is also known for its endless parade of wildlife and birds – huge herds of lechwe, puku and buffalo, which in turn sustain the top predators, including cheetah and wild dog.

When to Go:
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Bespoke Wildlife

DAY 1

ARRIVE INTO LUSAKA AND OVERNIGHT AT PIONEER CAMP

On arrival at Lusaka international airport you will be met and transferred to ‘Pioneer Camp’ for your overnight accommodation. Although only a short drive from the airport, the camp is located in a green oasis; a welcoming, peaceful environment after your long international flight.

Accommodation : Pioneer Camp

DAY 2

FLY FROM LUSAKA TO MFUWE AND TRANSFER TO ZIKOMO SAFARI LODGE

After breakfast you will be transferred back to Lusaka airport for an onward flight to Mfuwe. On arrival after just over 1 hours of flight time, you will be met and transferred 2 hours to ‘Zikomo Safari Lodge’ in the Nsefu Sector of South Luangwa. The BBC and Smithsonian Channel have filmed their recent documentaries about Wild Dogs, Leopards and Lions here for a reason!

Accommodation : Zikomo Safari Lodge

DAYS 3-5

THREE FULL DAYS OF GAME DRIVES AND NIGHT TIME SAFARIS AT ZIKOMO

Three days of safari activities in the more remote and wild North Luangwa, with opportunities for walking safaris as well. Enjoy game drives and guided walks through the woodlands and out onto the plains with your guide and discover all that the Luambe wilderness has to offer. The grasslands of the Chipuka Plains are favoured by buffalo, elephant and other species such as impala, puku, kudu, Crawshay’s zebra and the Thornicroft’s giraffe. Visitors could also be lucky enough to spot reedbuck, Cookson’s wildebeest, eland, wild dog, leopard, hyena and lion

Accommodation : Zikomo Safari Lodge

DAY 6

SAFARI DRIVE TRANSFER FROM ZIKOMO TO FLATDOGS

After breakfast you will transfer by car to South Luangwa where you will overnight at ‘Flatdogs Camp’; situated adjacent to the main entrance of the South Luangwa National Park and set on the east bank of the Luangwa River. Nestled under shady trees, and in tune with everywhere near-by, the camp itself is full of game. Elephants wander through most evenings, giraffe are never far away, bushbuck hide in the shady bushes seemingly unaware of the human activity around them.

Accommodation : Flatdogs Camp

DAY 7-9

THREE FULL DAYS OF GAME DRIVES AND NIGHT TIME SAFARIS FROM FLATDOGS

Three full days in the South Luangwa enjoying game drives, walking safaris and night time drives. The South Luangwa is one of few parks in Africa to allow night drives, and the guides’ knowledge of animal behaviour really pays off after dark; knowing where predators might hunt, which other predators might be around to take advantage, and how to ensure we don’t interfere with the normal behaviour of these animals is crucial to your enjoyment.

Accommodation : Flatdogs Camp

DAY 10

DRIVE BACK TO MFUWE AIRPORT TO FLY BACK TO LUSAKA. ON ARRIVAL TRANSFER 4 HOURS SOUTH BY CAR TO KAFUE.

After breakfast you will be transferred back to Mfuwe to connect with the return flight to Lusaka. On arrival you will be driven 4 hours south to the beautifulyl located Mukambi Lodge, which is your gateway to Kafue national park and its abundant wildlife.

Accommodation : Mukambi Lodge

DAY 11

SAFARI DRIVE FROM MUKAMBI TO THE INCREDIBLE BUSANGA PLAINS

Today you will enjoy a safari as you transfer from Mukambi Lodge to the beautiful seasonal plains camp called ‘Busanga Plains Camp’. The camp has 4 luxury safari tents with open-air showers and flushing toilets The boma is on stilts and overlooks the plains where lion and cheetah prey on large herds of lechwe, puku and buffalo. Crowned and wattled cranes, secretary birds and ground hornbill stalk the plains.

Accommodation : Busanga Plains Camp

DAYS 12&13

TWO FULL DAYS OF GAME DRIVES IN THE STUNNING BUSANGA PLAINS

Game drives depart from Busanga Plains camp daily. One departs at sunrise and the afternoon drive (partly a night drive) leaves at approximately 2 hours before sunset. Drives are 3.5 to 4 hours long. You will make your way across the open plains from camp, the beauty of drives here is the openness of the plains, it guarantees that you will see multiple species in view at once. It also means you have the chance to see some spectacular stalking by predators of the various types of antelope, and the speed at which they can run on open ground

Accommodation : Busanga Plains Camp

DAY 14

DRIVE BACK TO LUSAKA WITH LUNCH AT MUKAMBI LODGE EN ROUTE

We try to make this return to Lusaka and your final full day in Zambia as enjoyable as possible. We start with an early breakfast and safari drive out of the seasonal camp at Busanga Plains to Mukambi lodge. There will be time to relax there and some wildlife spotting at the river, before enjoying a lovely lunch. You will then drive 4 hours north back to Lusaka where you will again overnight at Pioneer Camp

Accommodation : Pioneer Camp

DAY 15

TRANSFER TO LUSAKA AIRPORT TO CONNECT WITH YOUR ONWARD FLIGHT

Pricing Info & Dates

Costs £6500 based on two people sharing and not including flights. Travel from June 2021 until October 2022

Includes:

  • £100 donation for Gorilla Doctors
  • Internal flights within Zambia
  • All meals at the wildlife lodges
  • Small group vehicle safaris with expert naturalists
  • All transfers and activities as described

Excludes:

  • Cost of international flights and travel insurance
  • Cost of applicable travel visas
  • Gratuities for local staff and naturalists

Tour Route Map

What

Our Clients Say About Us

★★★★★
Zambia Safari

We visited two camps in South Luangwa, Mwamba Bush camp & Kaingo camp.Both brilliant for the wildlife and the photographic hides. Guides first rate, accommodation top class, camp staff helpful friendly. We then moved down to the Lower Zambezi to Baines River Camp. Excellent accommodation,again staff friendly, only draw back was the forty minute boat trip to reach the national park. Again good wildlife sightings. Allan at Wildlife Trails was very helpful, promptly answered any questions we had, everything went smoothly while in Zambia. The itinerary he suggested was perfect for our trip.

ByLynn and David