Walking Safari Special - South Luangwa, Zambia - 8 Days Ÿ Can by customised
~Starts Mfuwe International Airport, Zambia Ç 8 days ,Ends Mfuwe International Airport, Zambia
- 4 days at the intimate Tafika Camp near the beautiful Nsefu Sector in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, followed by 4 days at Remote Africa Safari's satellite walking camps - Chikoko Tree Camp and/or Crocodile River Camp. An unforgettable safari experience for enthusiasts looking to really get away from it all. You're very unlikely to encounter any other vehicles, people or signs of life except your able and experienced guides, hosts and chefs.
3 nights at Tafika Camp
From Mfuwe International Airport, you’ll be met and transferred by road (1.5 – 2 hours’ drive) to Tafika Camp (a 15-minute charter flight is available at an additional cost). The camp is situated on the banks of the Luangwa River just outside the South Luangwa National Park, adjacent to the Nsefu Sector – considered to be the most beautiful section of the park. With only six spacious thatched chalets, Tafika is an intimate, remote safari camp where you can shrug off all the cares of modern life and really get back to nature. The food is excellent with fresh produce supplied from their own kitchen garden.
Besides day and night game drives in open vehicles and guided bush walks, Tafika is the only camp in the region that offers bicycle and thrilling micro-light safaris – both of which add a new perspective to your safari experience. There’s also the opportunity to visit the nearby cultural village and school that Remote Africa Safaris helps to support.
With a wide variety and abundance of game, and some of the valley’s most experienced guides, Tafika will offer you an unforgettable safari. You’ll seldom see other vehicles while out on your game drives. Their vehicles only have two rows of seats so you can benefit from the insights and knowledge shared by your guide. On night drives, dedicated spotters also accompany you to ensure you get the best possible sightings.
4 nights at Chikoko Tree Camp and/or Crocodile River Camp
These two small and exclusive bush camps in South Luangwa, form the Chikoko Trails and offer the only true walking safari in the Luangwa Valley. Here, there are no roads, no vehicles, in fact: no other people! Not surprisingly, this is the area where Norman Carr (renowned UK British conservationist d. 1977) chose to pioneer walking/photographic safaris, over the hunting safaris of the day.
Chikoko and Crocodile Camps are across the river from Tafika camp and both are inside South Luangwa National Park and accessible on foot. How you get there and how long you’d like to spend at these camps is entirely up to you, but at least four days is recommended.
Getting to the camps is combined as part of a morning or afternoon game walk. Porters will carry your luggage, so that all you need to carry is a camera, binoculars and sunscreen. Crocodile Camp is about an hour’s walk away, Chikoko is either a two-hour walk or, if you prefer, a 25-minute drive, followed by a 10-minute walk.
Each camp sleeps a maximum of six people in spacious, natural chalets with en-suite facilities, including flush toilets and hot showers in the evenings. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced walking guide, armed scout and chef as well as general camp staff to ensure your comfort.
Chikoko Tree Camp’s rooms are built three metres above ground and with a great view out over your surrounds. Game viewing is great from either the comfort of your chalet as well as the daily walks.
A typical day at camp is to rise early, before the heat of the day, take a long, leisurely walk in the morning (pace dictated by your wishes) with a half-way stop to brew up a welcome cup of tea or coffee with a snack. Ample drinking water is provided. You return to camp mid-morning to relax, have lunch and perhaps a snooze before heading out on a shorter afternoon walk, returning to camp by dusk.
You’ll have a good chance to see leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and zebra, as well as Cookson’s wildebeest and Thornicroft Giraffe (both unique to this area). Kudu and roan antelope are often seen as are huge buffalo herds. The birdlife is prolific and of an endless variety.
Remote Africa Safari’s guides are some of the most experienced in the valley, and their camps, although simple, are among the best. It’s the perfect choice if you’re looking to get out and experience untamed Africa up close and personal, not just from the back of a safari vehicle. You really get to savour the sights, smells and sounds of the bush in a very unique and intimate way. Unbeatable. And unforgettable.
On the final day of your 8-day stay, you’ll walk or walk/drive back to Tafika Camp to connect with your onward travel arrangements.
Price per person sharing (2015 rates):
Low Season - US$4584 (June)
Shoulder Season - US$4882 (Jul & Oct)
Peak Season - US$5532 (Aug & Sep)
- Road transfers to and from Mfuwe Airport
- Full board accommodation and all activities (excl. micro-lighting)
- Bar (local brands) & laundry
- Contribution to Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund & VAT
- Air charter from Mfuwe Airport to nearby Lukuzi Airstrip (optional)
- Micro-lighting trips at Tafika
- Premium-branded drinks and champagne
- Items of a personal nature
Please note: The camps are also seasonal: Tafika: open from 1 May – 15 November; Chikoko Tree Camp: 25 May – 31 October ; Crocodile River Camp: 1 June – 31October.
These prices intended as a guideline only and various specials may apply. Please ask us for a fixed quotation together with your intended travel dates and we’ll be happy to provide you with a detailed, accurate quotation – with no obligation. You’ll find our quotes are fairly lengthy and comprehensive and there are no hidden surprises. What you see is what you pay – no booking fees, credit card charges or added commissions.
Related FAQ's“How can I prevent malaria?”
If you are visiting an at-risk malaria area, we recommend that you take anti-malaria medication as prescribed by your doctor or travel clinic, before travelling to Africa. The most up-to-date malaria prophylaxis can be found on the Travel Clinic site.
That said, the best way to prevent malaria is to not get bitten. Be sure to bring insect repellant with you - the best ones contain 30 to 50% DEET (diethyltolumide) - such as Mylol, Peaceful Sleep and Tabard, but these shouldn't be applied directly to the skin during pregnancy.
Most (but not all) game lodges and safari camps have mosquito nets hanging over the bed, and even the basic bungalows in the Kruger National Park have insect screens at the windows and doors. Electric fans and air-conditioning are also very effective at keeping mosquitos away.
Please also visit our malaria information page for more info and a malaria map.
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