When considering Africa’s most spectacular wildlife destinations, Zambia rightly holds a place amongst the very best. From mighty flowing rivers and sandbank islands to vast open plains and rich woodland. Above all else, the sheer density of wildlife found in Zambia’s iconic South Luangwa National Park make it a photographer’s dream.
I have put together an exceptional itinerary that places us in truly remote surroundings, right in the heart of the action. We will spend eight nights split between Kaingo Camp and Mwamba Camp, both of which are small owner-run camps, located in the remote north of the South Luangwa, bordering the game-rich Nsefu Sector - a notorious big cat stronghold. Each camp is specifically set up to cater for keen photographers, with expert local guides joining us and a collection of photographic hides perfectly concealed both on land, at ground level and on the water in a variety of wildlife hotspots. Some of these are even accessible straight from both camps, and so (for those happy to forgo a siesta!), are the ideal place to while away a few hours in the afternoon. Hiding just a short distance away, wildlife can smell you, yet can’t see you, allowing for the perfect shot as the animals lock their gaze directly at you.
In order to take advantage of the heightened game viewing experience at the end of the Southern African dry season, this safari will run through mid-October. At this time, grasses are at their lowest, the bush is considerably less dense, and due to the lack of rain, and wildlife is drawn towards the limited permanent water sources. Our first camp, Kaingo, is located on the Luangwa River itself, while our second camp Mwamba is situated right next to 'The Last Waterhole'. As the name suggests, this is a wildlife magnet towards the end of the dry season and where the Mwamba lion pride and the resident female leopard are often found lurking to ambush prey coming down to drink. Better yet, both Kaingo and Mwamba have strategically positioned hides by the river and waterhole respectively you can visit straight from camp - quite simply a photographic nirvana!
We have been able to secure two private photographic vehicles throughout and currently have four rooms held set for two doubles or twins and two singles, without any additional supplement for single travellers. Therefore, with a maximum number of six guests, you will have three guests in each vehicle, allowing for shooting either side along with specialist photographic supports.
While game drives will of course be the focus on this safari, each camp offers the possibility to also enjoy exciting bush walks, should you wish. As an added treat, we have also included a magical night for each client, spent under the stars in either Kaingo or Mwamba’s private star beds. A truly memorable experience I assure you!
On this occasion we have started the arrangements in Mfuwe Airport, the gateway to the South Luangwa, and for good reason. Emirates are now operating a partnership with an internal aircraft provider in Zambia, and consequently there is now the possibility to link your international flights directly into Mfuwe. Previously Lusaka would be your international hub, and consequently an additional flight would have been required with a 15 kg baggage allowance. Flying with Emirates allows you to carry over the baggage allowance from your international flight, up to 40 kg if travelling in business class!
Spaces on this trip are limited, with a current maximum of six guests. There is the possibility to stretch to eight guests if couples or friends willing to share a row on a vehicle wish to travel together. Should you have a need to take a larger group you often travel with and/or require a private trip at a different time of year, then it is also perfectly possible that we can organise another very similar trip at an alternative time, tailored to your requirements.
I look forward to seeing you in Zambia!