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.
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.
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.