Safari into South Luangwa national park in Zambia – green season

WHAT WE WILL SEE

We will focus on a nine days safari into South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, entering in the heart of it with safari vehicles. During nocturnal hours we will take part of game drives looking for predators. Leopard concentration is high and in this season there are many new born species including lions and impala. There are several shows that can be seen on the banks of the Luangwa River.

South Luangwa is full of its beauty during rainy season. Main tracks are still accessible and thanks to our 4×4 we will go where other means can not reach. With this itinerary we want to take away the urge for safari and nature, we want to make a refill of energy and reconnect with the purest and wildest part of Africa. The rhythms of nature will take care of us that, finally, disconnected from all that is technology, will reappear the natural rhythms of the night and a paradise for naturalistic photography lovers.

An unforgettable safari into South Luangwa national park to discover lions, leopards, hyenas, vultures, hundreds of elephants in a green and particular context, out of the scheme and the usual imaginary of dry Africa. Burchell’s zebra is common in Luangwa Valley, while Thornicroft giraffe and Cookson’s gnus are two endemic species of the park: they can only be seen here. Among the primates easy to spot yellow baboons, the velvet monkeys. The chance to see the leopard during the night safari is very high. All at an absolutely affordable price.

DURATION: 9 days with possibility of extensions in Mulanje, at our lodge & camp, or on Malawi Lake or in Zanzibar.  Ask us more info!

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THE JOURNEY: Safari into South Luangwa national park in Zambia

9 days on the Luangwa river, into South Luangwa national park, 8 nights to enjoy full nature, in fixed tents. Luangwa is the heart of an enchanting ecosystem boasting antelopes, zebras, buffaloes, elephants and an abundance of predators. Lions, jackals, hyenas, cheetahs, small herds of endangered wild dogs and, last but not least, relatively simple to see, the leopard. The park also houses two endemic rarity:  Thornicroft's giraffe and Cookson's hartebeest.  A true ornithological paradise with more than 400 species of birds. The park is famous for its leopards: this lonely feline, however, is difficult to spot, but during night safaris we will have more chances. Lions and hyenas are easy to spot. We will arrange night safaris,  one of the most fascinating and fascinating experiences that can be done at South Luangwa National Park, one of the few areas in Africa where this activity is allowed.

1° DAY Mfuwe, ZAMBIA, South Luangwa. Arrival at Mfuwe. Transfer to camp located along the river. Overnight stays on the banks of the Luangwa River. Hippos, elephants and giraffes often cross the river.

2°-3° DAY SOUTH LUANGWA national park. The rich diversity of habitats will be clear in our first morning safari and during the night drive, 4x4 safaris during evening hours, when it is easier to spot the nightlife: inside South Luangwa National Park looking for lions, leopards , hyenas, genes, owls, nightjar ... Fixed tents on the banks of the Luangwa River.

4° DAY SOUTH LUANGWA national park. On safari, a word used to describe off-road inside the park. During the morning we will try to go back to our footsteps, where the evening before some particular scene captured our attention or exploring new areas. In the afternoon night safaris, looking for leopardS or all other animals, scents, smells, sounds, stars, this evening will give us a gift. Overnight as the previous night.

5° DAY SOUTH LUANGWA national park. Safari in the morning and night safaris. We will dedicate the day to watch animals during thecooler hours of the day: in the morning, just after dawn, and in the afternoon, before and after sunset. We will try, as every day, to take full advantage of the opportunities to spot all animals. In the morning it is easy to see elephant cross the river, as well as impala and puku devote themselves to defending the territory. Baboons are busy with the daily toilet and some little fall from the top of some "sausage tree" fortunately without any consequences. Overnight as the previous night.

6° DAY SOUTH LUANGWA national park. Depending on what we have seen in the previous days, the predators we have seen or the particular scenes we witnessed will explore different areas of the park, looking for numerous animals within the park. Often, the only view of the landscape shines our eyes and heart. In the afternoon as always afternoon and night safari, to pick up some new scenes and with a little luck to spot the pearl civet or other birds and predators. Overnight in as the previous night along the Luangwa River.

7° / 8° DAY SOUTH LUANGWA national park. A morning safari, when light is better, to track traces of felids and try to spot even the rare wild dog, an endangered canine living in South Luangwa, one of the few parks in Africa whereyou can see it. Return to the camp and relax. At evening, a night safari to see predators during hunting, including night raptors. With the light of the spotlight, which is equipped with the means we will use for the safari, we will be able to spot and photograph animals in a very original way. Here we have seen lion hunting, many hyenas, leopard hunting and in general predators fully active. Overnight as the previous night.

9° DAY SOUTH LUANGWA national park - MFUWE. Transfer to Mfuwe international airport, international flight.

EXTENSIONS

  • LAKE MALAWI BEACHES
  • INDIAN OCEAN, ZANZIBAR
  • MULANJE, AFRICAWILDTRUCK LODGE & CAMP

HEALTH

No obligation to vaccination.

We recommend these vaccines:

  • tetanus
  • typhoid fever
  • hepatitis A and B

Concerning malaria, disease transmitted by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito, its prevention is accomplished, first of all, with a mechanic prevention i.e. avoiding getting stung, following these rules:

  • sleeping under mosquito tents
  • using insecticide to get rid of possible mosquitos
  • after sunset, when mosquitos are more active, avoiding leaving parts of the body uncovered, wearing light-colored long trousers and long-sleeve shirts, because dark colors attract mosquitos and spraying parts of the body uncovered with Autan Extreme

For the use of any possible antimalarial drugs we suggest that you consult your Public Health Service; health norms change very rapidly.

TRAVEL MEDICAL KIT

We suggest that you take with you a small supply of these medicines:

  • analgesics/fever reducers: acetylsalicylic acid and nimesulide
  • antibiotics like ciproxin or amoxicillin or clavulanic acid
  • antimalarials: anyway carry with you 2 packs of Lariam for emergency cases
  • antidiarrheals: loperamide or kaolin in case of symptoms (to use only if really necessary!)
  • rehydration salts: in case of fluid leaks
  • against car or air sickness: a pack of pills or chewing-gums
  • antihistamines: in case of allergic reactions
  • scissors, tweezers and thermometer
  • suntan cream
  • insecticides (like Autan Extreme)

Required documents and Visa

It is necessary to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after departure date with at least two free pages; for the entry Zambia,  Visa is allowed at airport under 50 Usd payment (but it depends on nationalities).  Write us for more informations

 

CLOTHING

comfortable trekking shoes

technical sandals

easy to dry slippers for the shower

windbreaker

k-way

sweatshirt/pile

cotton/linen long trousers

cotton/linen long sleeve shirts

cotton T-shirts

bathing suit

panty

belly pack for passport

sunglasses

cap

OTHER

binoculars

head torch-light

water bottle

camera/videocamera/spare batteries!!

passport photocopy and 2 passport photos

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