Domestic flights between Lusaka and Mfuwe; all meals as indicated in itinerary; all park entry fees; all meals, snacks, and beverages while at Kapani Lodge and bush camps; all game drives & walking safaris; all photographic instruction.
International flights to Lusaka; Entry visas; Airport and departure taxes; Excess baggage charges; Travel insurance; International airport transfers; additional accommodation in Lusaka if required.
Your luxurious adventure to the South Luangwa offers you the chance to “Go Wild” with true African walking safaris at no extra charge. Nothing quite beats the thrill of wandering amongst the savannah trees, listening to the wildlife all around you. Keep your eyes alert and tread quietly as track giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, and lion, with only a single rifle for protection. This is the ultimate African wildlife safari experience.
Climate: Dry (Arid and Semiarid)
*EXACT DEPARTURE FOR MARCH 2013 TO BE CONFIRMED.*
Zambia, the “Real Africa”, is fast becoming the number one choice for African photo safari adventures, and is regarded by many as Africa’s best kept secret. Ranging from the mighty Victoria Falls to the world-renowned National Parks of the Luangwa and Zambezi valleys, Zambia is truly spectacular. Overlooked by most tour operators, this region offers a rare and pristine African bush experience, making it a prime place to enjoy a photography safari.
March in Zambia is the lively “Green” season, truly the most beautiful time to be in the South Luangwa. The previous rains of the wet season produce a stunningly green and lush environment for the wildlife that team in the valley. The Luangwa is known for its large populations of elephant, hippo, lion, African wild dog, and is widely accepted as one of the best places in Africa to see leopard. Genets, civets and mongoose are all common, whilst the porcupines and honey badgers are always very entertaining.
Your Wild Focus tour starts at the Kapani Lodge where we stay for two nights before driving deeper into the Luangwa Valley. We then enjoy the adventure of camping out at a luxury style bush camp for the next three nights, complete with all of your creature comforts. Each day you will search for wildlife from your spacious game-viewing vehicle, and for the more adventurous, you can choose to Go Wild with a professionally guided walking safari. In the evening, you can take part in a thrilling night drive, searching the African wild for active predators like lion and leopard and listening for the sound of the kill. After our exhilarating African bush camp experience we will return to the luxurious Kapani lodge for two more nights, from which we will further enjoy the stunning sights of the South Luangwa National Park. Zambia truly is the perfect destination for your African photo safari.
Day 1: Arrive Kapani Lodge
Meet your Wild Focus guide and fellow photographers at the Lusaka Airport where you will then be escorted to your connecting flight to Mfuwe, our gateway to the South Luangwa national park where our African photo safari begins. Enjoy spectacular views as you glide into the South Luangwa valley. This scenic flight takes just over an hour and presents a wonderful opportunity to capture the earth from above.
On arrival at the Mfuwe Airport, you will be transported to the beautiful Kapani Lodge, where you can settle into your luxurious suite. Take a moment to breath in your surroundings and enjoy the warm welcome from the friendly lodge staff. With the African skies warming to a brilliant burnt orange, you will board your safari jeep and embark on your first night drive. There will be a brief stop for refreshments and snacks at sundown, and then we continue with an after dark safari in search of nocturnal species such as the genet and civet. Twilight is also the ideal time for viewing lion and leopard. As shadows paint the landscape, these mighty cats truly come alive, patrolling their territories and hunting for prey.
Day 2: Kapani Safari
Your second day at Kapani Lodge will begin with an early morning game drive, giving us great opportunities to photograph the wildlife in the beautiful morning African light. As we cruise out into the sparkling sunrise, your guide will provide you with information on the local natural history, and provide all the valuable photographic instruction you require to get the best results.
During the heat of the afternoon when the wildlife seeks out shady refuge, you can choose to relax or join your Wild Focus guide for a classroom style photo workshop. Game drives will resume in the late afternoon, taking advantage of the golden hours of light, and then further into the evening when we will pull out the spotlight to search for nocturnal wildlife.
Day 3, 4, 5: Kakuli Bush Camp
After another cheerful Kapani breakfast we prepare for our adventure deep into the African bush, making our way to the Kakuli bush camp in our safari vehicle looking for wildlife along the way. Kakuli features luxury tents with stunning views of the Luangwa River, which is home to one of the largest concentrations of hippos and crocodiles in Africa.
Over the next three days we will conduct daily game drives to photograph the dense concentration of wildlife, including leopard and lion that frequently wander this area. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided daily, and for those opting to “Go Wild”, we offer professionally guided walking safaris for a more adventurous approach to photographing the wildlife.
When free time presents itself, whether between game drives or in the evening after the day's events, take part in the variety of instructional photo workshops presented by your Wild Focus guide.
Day 6, 7: Kapani Safari
On day six we will make our way back to Kapani Lodge, looking for wildlife and photographic inspiration along the way. We will spend the last two nights of this safari back in the comforts of Kapani Lodge, conducting daily game drives into the park, giving us more opportunity to seek out leopard and lion, African wild dog, and other exciting wildlife.
Day 8: Lusaka
This morning we will enjoy one final fresh breakfast at Kapani, and then make our way to the Mfuwe Airport for your domestic flight back to Lusaka in the afternoon. Once in Lusaka we will say our goodbyes.