Luangwa Encounter, is an adventurous walking safari, which makes use of comfortable Bushcamps for the overnight accommodation, in the beautiful and diverse South Luangwa National Park. This itinerary is available from 01 June to 31 October.
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Walking safaris in Africa
Experiencing Africa’s wilderness areas is integral to most of our trips, and there’s no better way than on foot. Walking safaris in Africa are completely different to game drives; being on foot brings about a totally new way of understanding your surroundings.
Walking safaris were the original safari and remain the purest form. Away from the comfort of the 4WD safari vehicle your senses suddenly awaken as the bush becomes more ‘real’. Meeting animals on their terms as a participant in their world can be far more rewarding than just spectating.
Arrive in Lusaka or Lilongwe airports – a representative from the charter company will meet you and transfer you onto a light aircraft to Mfuwe. At Mfuwe International Airport, a representative from Bush camp Company/Mfuwe Lodge will meet you and take you in an open land rover back to Mfuwe Lodge.
Mfuwe Lodge is a luxurious Lodge situated INSIDE the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. It is one of only 2 permanent lodges inside the National Park. The Lodge is open 12 months of the year and is surrounded by an excellent all weather road network, which allows for extensive game viewing by vehicle. Night drive, dinner and overnight at Mfuwe Lodge.
The next morning, road transfer to Chamilandu. Spend the first 2 nights of your Luangwa Encounter, at Chamilandu exploring the ebony groves and ox bow lagoons. Chamilandu Bush camp offers the connoisseur comfort class and beauty in one of the Luangwa’s prime river venues.
Open to a 180° vista, the front of each tree house chalet provides the exciting frame for all of Luangwa Valleys diversity. Subtle decor adorns the 2m high tree houses. The tasteful blend of wrought iron and brass offsets the cream and pastels that welcome you to rest and relax.
A series of seven ox-bow lagoons yield dramatic habitat changes and attract an abundance of wildlife
After an early breakfast at Chamilandu, set off on your walking trail to Chindeni, arriving in time for a hearty brunch.
Spend 2 nights at Chindeni viewing the game from your own private raised wooden decking over the still waters of the lagoon and exploring the evergreen forests on foot. Surrounded by majestic hills, shaded by ancient ebonies and nestled on the apex of an ox-bow lagoon, Chindeni helps weave the spell that is Africa.
Chindeni will stand proud in your memory as a place of magic.
Walking south once more, towards the confluence of the Kapamba and Luangwa rivers, Bilimungwe bush camp holds the distinction of being the southernmost camp in the National park.
It offers not only the solitude you have come to enjoy, but also the ideal opportunity to discover yet another face of the Luangwa Valley, exploring on foot or in a vehicle.
Bilimungwe’s permanent water hole is a popular venue for wildlife and the shallow clear Kapamba River offers the perfect setting to cool down, relax and reflect on the Luangwa encounter that you have just experienced.
Return back by road to Mfuwe Lodge for a night relaxing in the luxury that is renowned with Mfuwe Lodge. Mfuwe Lodge sits poised like an Falcon paradise between two affluent lagoons affording constant spectacular game viewing. Together with the extensive network of winding game loops at your disposal and the high standards of the lodge, Mfuwe Lodge completes the Safari experience of a lifetime.
Return transfer back to Mfuwe International Airport for your flight in a light aircraft back to either Lusaka or Lilongwe (depending where your onward flight is from)
- * 8 nights accommodation,
- * Return flights Lusaka/Mfuwe/Lusaka or Lilongwe/Mfuwe/Lilongwe
- * Mfuwe Airport and inter camp transfers
- * All meals
- * Government park entry fees and bed levies,
- * All drinks at Bush camps,
- * All game activities (walking and driving),
- * Laundry
- * Government taxes.
- Airport departure taxes
- * Drinks at Mfuwe Lodge
- * Items of a personal nature, such as shop purchases, telephone calls and gratuities.