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THE NSEFU FLY CAMPING SAFARI-7 NIGHT ITINERARY - 6 Days

Apart from being well removed from the busier Mfuwe sector of the park, one of the great highlights of the Nsefu sector is the abundance of ‘Luangwa Wafwas’ (literally ‘dead Luangwas’). These are dried out oxbow lakes that have been replaced by lush grasslands, and attract game in large numbers. This sector of the park is famous for its concentrations of plains game (which in turn attract predators), especially huge herds of buffalo that move around in the area.

Activities at Nsefu take advantage of the great game-viewing in the area, and include game-drives in specially adapted open safari vehicles (both day and night-drives), and guided walks. Visitors to the South Luangwa Valley have the possibility of seeing over 400 species of birds, and 100 species of mammal, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, and hippo. Two of the more interesting species of game – Thornicroft’s Giraffe and Cookson’s Wildebeest – are endemic the Luangwa Valley.

South Luangwa game walks, considered by many to be the best in Southern Africa, are led by a qualified guide and accompanied by an armed game scout, offer an even more intimate bush experience.

The specialties of these safaris are:

WALKING SAFARIS The only way to really discover the secrets of the bush. Walks are led by an experienced naturalist and accompanied by an armed game scout. GAME DRIVES (not available when at fly camps) Conducted in open four wheel drive vehicles by knowledgeable safari guides. Special game viewing seats provide excellent viewing and opportunities for photography. NIGHT DRIVES (not available when at fly camps) Set out in the afternoon. Later, after watching the sun set over the river with a sundowner in hand, the drive continues with a powerful spotlight. The nocturnal world of the bush is witnessed from owls, genets to hunting lions and the graceful leopard.

All Robin’s camps are intimate and highly personalised. Exceptional service has become the hallmark of all Robin’s operations. Flexibility and responsiveness to guests’ wishes are key points

Wildlife The South Luangwa is an area of superb gameviewing. On game drives and walks, guests explore the bush at many levels. From the termites crossing the road, to a bee-eater catching a butterfly, to the family of elephants drinking at a lagoon, everything is part of the experience. Nsefu’s safari vehicles are open and this provides for excellent game viewing and photography. Nsefu also offers night drives which allow you to see different species and observe their behaviour.

The game is always in the vicinity of the camp. With three distinct habitats, the river, the adjoining lagoons, and the plains where there is a wide diversity of game. Amongst the species, waterbuck, zebra, warthog and greater kudu are common place. The wandering herds of elephant are amongst some of the largest left in Africa. Buffalo continuously move in search of fresh pastures and water. In their wake come the predators, the lion and hyena. Leopard hunt the smaller game under cover of darkness.

Elephants often cross the Luangwa River, seen from the bar, or come to the waterhole near the thatched dining room. The area around Nsefu Camp is also famous for leopard and giraffe sightings.

Day 1
NKWALI CAMP

Combining Nkwali 2 Nights, Tena Tena 1 Night, Fly Camping 2 Nights, and Nsefu 2 Nights Day 1 - On arrival at Mfuwe International Airport a guide from Robin Pope Safaris will meet you. The drive to Nkwali Camp is 1 hour through colorful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. On Robin’s private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, Nkwali is ideally situated for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. Depending on your arrival time, in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

Day 2
NKWALI CAMP

Day 2 - At dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. This includes porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after, entering the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon. The game in the area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken by a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Tea will be served in the afternoon and then off on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world. Usually one returns to camp about 2000hrs with dinner generally at 2030hrs.

Day 3

Day 3 - Up for an early breakfast and then game drive through the park to the Luangwa River crossing point opposite Tena Tena. This is a 3 hour drive. Tena Tena staff will meet and boat the party across the river, and then a 20 minute drive to Tena Tena camp. This remote and small camp lies within the National Park and enjoys a stunning location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. A grove of mahogany trees shade the large custom-made tents. From the thatched dining room and bar, guests can watch the elephants, hippo and antelope on the riverbank. Tena has 5 tents, each with a dressing room, open air bathroom and private verandah that overlooks a water hole. Most meals are taken under the shade of a huge Mahogany tree in the centre of the camp. On arrival you will be shown to your tent and then lunch will be served followed by a siesta and then tea before the afternoon and evening game drive.

Day 4
TENA TENA CAMP

Day 4 - Up at sunrise for breakfast and then the morning walk to the first fly Camp - situated in a secluded area of the Nsefu sector the camp is simple and “bush”, arriving in time for a leisurely lunch followed by a siesta. An afternoon walk will follow tea and then back to camp for sundowners and dinner around the camp fire.

Day 5
FLY CAMP

Day 5 - The camp will be moved during the morning walk to a different area of the park and lunch will be waiting for you on arrival; alternatively you and your guide may decide to have a picnic lunch en-route. This is a very flexible day and your guide will discuss options to suit you and any other guests.

Day 6
FLY CAMP

Day 6 - Following a relaxed breakfast you will walk out of camp and head towards Nsefu Camp, stopping for tea and cake along the way and arriving in time for lunch. The camp is on a sweeping bend of the river. Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area and it still is. Robin Pope Safaris own the only two camps in this sector of the Park. There are six round rondavels with luxurious ensuite facilities and each room has a clear view of the river through large windows and from the new wooden verandahs. On arrival you will be shown to your rondavel and then lunch will be served followed by a well deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive.

Day 7
NSEFU CAMP

Day 7 - Being the last whole day in the Nsefu sector you may decide to drive or walk through the ebony groves or take the opportunity of visiting Kawaza village as an option to meet local people and experience life in an African village. If you wish to visit then it is best to mention this when booking your holiday or with Robin Pope Safaris on arrival.

Day 8
NSEFU CAMP

Day 8 - Depending on your flight time you will be transferred by vehicle to Mfuwe Airport which is approximately 1.5 hrs drive from Nsefu. Where possible we would incorporate a game drive.

Include

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

Exclude

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Overview

Wildlife The South Luangwa is an area of superb gameviewing. On game drives and walks, guests explore the bush at many levels. From the termites crossing the road, to a bee-eater catching a butterfly, to the family of elephants drinking at a lagoon, everything is part of the experience. Nsefu’s safari vehicles are open and this provides for excellent game viewing and photography. Nsefu also offers night drives which allow you to see different species and observe their behaviour.

The game is always in the vicinity of the camp. With three distinct habitats, the river, the adjoining lagoons, and the plains where there is a wide diversity of game. Amongst the species, waterbuck, zebra, warthog and greater kudu are common place. The wandering herds of elephant are amongst some of the largest left in Africa. Buffalo continuously move in search of fresh pastures and water. In their wake come the predators, the lion and hyena. Leopard hunt the smaller game under cover of darkness.

Elephants often cross the Luangwa River, seen from the bar, or come to the waterhole near the thatched dining room. The area around Nsefu Camp is also famous for leopard and giraffe sightings.

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