Norman Carr's Footsteps

This is a set date departure safari created and led by Tony McKeith. Inspired by the late Norman Carr who is recognized as being the godfather of wildlife conservation in Zambia and walking safaris which he pioneered in the South Luangwa. Tony will escort you on a journey to the Luangwa adding an extra dimension to your safari. October is the key time in the dry season when the bush crackles under your feet and cicada's scream in the trees. Rivers dry up and push great pods of Hippo together in the remaining pools and game is forced to drink under the gaze of lions and crocodiles.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$4117 - $4117
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
8 days
Best months:
October
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Night drive safaris Night drive Birding safaris Birding
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This is a set date departure safari created and led by Tony McKeith. Inspired by the late Norman Carr who is recognized as being the godfather of wildlife conservation in Zambia and walking safaris which he pioneered in the South Luangwa. Tony will escort you on a journey to the Luangwa adding an extra dimension to your safari. October is the key time in the dry season when the bush crackles under your feet and cicada's scream in the trees. Rivers dry up and push great pods of Hippo together in the remaining pools and game is forced to drink under the gaze of lions and crocodiles.

The safari begins with a short stay at ‘Kapani’ the home of Norman Carr safaris before heading further in to the wilderness to stay at two amazing bush camps ‘Luwi’ and ‘Nsolo’ established by Norman. The ethos of these small, sensitively operated camps is designed to blend with the environment and provide a superb level of comfort and style and introduce visitors to the bush, teaming with wildlife. This is all done with a passion that is evident in every member of the team looking after you. The camps' own guides, either trained by Norman himself or by his senior guides, all adhere to the philosophies instilled by Norman and posses an incredible depth of knowledge. They will join the safari on interesting and exciting day time and night game drives and also on gentle walking safaris to take you under the skin of the Luangwa and really see, feel and smell the bush at ground level.

Arranged as small group safari of just 6 guests, this allows the safari to remain private and flexible, each day will be kept as busy as you wish; exploring on foot or in open 4x4 game drive vehicles, watching game come and go from viewing blinds or relaxing in camp where wildlife is always in view and often in camp. Arranged seamlessly from the moment you arrive in Lusaka to checking in for your homeward flight.

Busanga Safaris connection to the work of Norman Carr extends beyond the Luangwa to Western Zambia where Norman Carr was the first warden of the Kafue, a vast and still relatively unknown wilderness which is home to vast numbers of game and especially known for the incredible diversity of species, many of which cannot be seen anywhere else in Zambia. The Kafue is the spiritual home of Busanga Safaris and the physical home of Tyrone McKeith (son of Tony) who is regarded a champion of the Kafue, working tirelessly to help conserve wildlife and having established a classic tented safari camp ‘Musekese’. Both highly regarded, Tyrone & his J&M Safari partner, Phil Jeffery, are qualified conservationists, expert guides and Hon Zambia Wildlife Authority Rangers. The Norman Carr Footsteps safari can be extended to visit the Kafue incorporating both the vast Busanga Plains and Musekese on the banks of the wide meandering Kafue River. Contact us for details and ideas for an extension to the Kafue.

Oct 15th
Having arrived in Lusaka you will be met by a representative and assisted to pass through passport control, recover you luggage and to check in for your connecting flight to Mfuwe in the Luangwa Valley. As you approach Mfuwe you will see the sandy Luangwa River as it snakes across the bush and in the distance the Muchinga escarpment. It is now that you get a feel for the size of the wilderness you are about to enter. On landing you will be met with a warm welcome by Tony McKeith.  We load your luggage and set off, passing through colourful Mfuwe town. The drive to Kapani takes around 45 mins and at Kapani you will be settled into a beautiful appointed safari chalet where you will have time to relax and unwind before a brief introductory chat with Tony about the safari. Depending on your arrival flight you may also have time to take a first game drive to explore the bush and watch the sun go down, returning to camp whilst searching out nocturnal species. Back in camp we can relax and enjoy dinner and a night cap after what will have been a long day.

Oct 16th 
This morning after a light breakfast we will combine a game drive into the park with a transfer journey to Luwi bush camp which will be our base for the next three nights.

This journey gives you great opportunities to see some beautiful wildlife during the gorgeous morning light. You will get to camp in time for a sumptuous buffet brunch before having a few hours of ‘siesta’ time to watch the goings on from your room, head to the nearby ‘hippo hide’ or have a proper sleep! In the afternoons we head out on an afternoon walk. You will be staying in a safari chalet constructed each season from local materials, very well appointed with a private en suite and each one offering complete privacy. This is a real bush camp and so game moves freely through camp day and night, drifting off to sleep with the sound of lions calling in the distance or the crack of a branch breaking under the weight of an elephants trunk.

Oct 17th - 18th 
During the next two days after an early wake up and a light breakfast, we will walk in the mornings to get a taste for the bush before the heat of the day sets in and sucks the game into the shade. Exploring the area around the dry, white, sandy  Luwi River on gentle walking safaris in the company of your guides and armed ranger is a very special experience where the peace of the bush surrounds you and a footstep in the sand or a broken stick is translated by your guide in to the movement  and habits of the wildlife that have passed that way. Back in camp and a chance to freshen up. In the afternoon there will be a chance to walk again or we can explore further afield and into the night on a game drive in search of the predators who become active almost as soon as darkness falls. Returning to camp with time for a warm shower before an apéritif by the camp fire and dinner with your hosts under the vast African sky.

Oct 19th - 20th & 21st
On the morning of day four of your safari we will make our way to your next camp, Nsolo. We can either reach our next camp by foot or by vehicle, the final plan can be decided the day before depending on your preference. If you decide to walk, your bags will be waiting for you in your room when you arrive in time for brunch. All the chalets have individual decking and en suite outdoor showers and toilets. Enjoy the taste sensations of the sumptuous meals, which are often served under the stars. Over the next three days we will participate in twice daily game drives or walks, becoming more absorbed by the environment and wildlife as days pass. Again we will use the expert local knowledge of the camps' own guide who knows every inch of the bush in this area. Elephants move through in good numbers, the dry river channels now just sandy ghosts of the wet season rivers feed to the main Luangwa, a magnet for game and birds at this time of year. Here also we have chance to see Carmine bee eaters as they near the end of their breeding season. 

Oct 22nd
Today sees a relaxed breakfast in camp before bidding farewell to the staff in camp and setting off on a game drive across the park and eventually to Mfuwe airport. the time of the flight to Mfuwe will depend on your onward flight, we will do our best to spend as much time in the bush as possible.

After the 1 hour flight back to Lusaka. You will connect with your homeward fight or continue on to visit the Kafue following in the foot steps of Norman Carr.

 
 

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