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7 NIGHTS, 8 DAYS, AWARD-WINNING WALKING SAFARI, ZAMBIA'S SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK, EXCITING BIRDING AND WILDLIFE, MOBILE TENTED CAMP 

Our Zambian Mobile Walking Safaris offer some of the very best wilderness experience of the South Luangwa. Teaming up with one of the most respected operations within this unique area of Zambia we can provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime, award winning walking safari. 

After a night at beautiful Nkwali Camp, set in the heart of the Zambian bush, you will be taken by 4x4 to the north of the park. From here you will commence your walk, taking five days and covering approximately 10km a day you follow the Mupamadzi River. This clear and impressive river is a major tributary of the Luangwa and attracks a wonderful array of wildlife and birdlife. 

REMARKABLE MOMENTS ON FOOT THROUGH THE AFRICAN BUSH

The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unused to man. From ants to buffalo, a bird's nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush.

The fully serviced mobile camp is extremely comfortable and well-equipped with walk-in tents and full bedding. The shower is under a tree and the toilet is a bush loo with a wooden throne. Meals of a high standard are served under the open sky. A final night at Tena Tena or Nsefu completes the safari. This is truly an african safari experience to remember. 

N.B. Available between June and September, with a maximum of 6 guests per safari. 

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore the South Luangwa National Park
  • Interaction with local peoples and communities
  • Day and Night Game Drives available
  • Village tours and Wildlife Orphanage Visit
  • Mobile tented camps for an authentic safari experience
  • Five day, fully guided walking safari
Day 1

Day 1: Nkwali Camp

On arrival at Mfuwe International Airport a representative of Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions will meet you. The drive to Nkwali Camp is one hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as Zambian bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. Situated on private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National...

On arrival at Mfuwe International Airport a representative of Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions will meet you. The drive to Nkwali Camp is one hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as Zambian bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. Situated on private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, Nkwali is ideally located 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.

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Day 2

Day 2: Mobile Camp

After an early breakfast, you will be heading north to start your walking safari which has become known as 'the' wilderness experience of the South Luangwa. Your drive is some 90kms to the Mupamadzi River along a bush road, through remote parts of the park. You arrive in camp for lunch...

After an early breakfast, you will be heading north to start your walking safari which has become known as 'the' wilderness experience of the South Luangwa. Your drive is some 90kms to the Mupamadzi River along a bush road, through remote parts of the park. You arrive in camp for lunch around mid-day. The camp is already set up for your arrival with well-equipped walk-in tents. The shower is under a tree and the toilet is a long drop with a wooden throne. Enjoy a relaxing siesta after lunch, before tea and going for a walk around camp in the afternoon, to return for sundowners and dinner in the open under the stars!

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Day 3

Day 3: Mobile Camp

Up at sunrise for the morning walk. The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unused to man. From ant’s to buffalo, a bird’s nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush. The mobile camp will...

Up at sunrise for the morning walk. The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unused to man. From ant’s to buffalo, a bird’s nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush. The mobile camp will be packed and moved to Camp 2 and lunch will be ready as the guests arrive late morning. Lunch, siesta and afternoon walk.

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Day 4 - 6

Day 4 - 6: Mobile Camp

Day 4 - Explore the area on foot – returning to the same campsite.

Day 5/6 - The camp will be moved again to camp 3 during the morning as you walk further down the river. The Mupamadzi River is a major tributary of the Luangwa. All walks are led by...

Day 4 - Explore the area on foot – returning to the same campsite.

Day 5/6 - The camp will be moved again to camp 3 during the morning as you walk further down the river. The Mupamadzi River is a major tributary of the Luangwa. All walks are led by an experienced naturalist and accompanied by an armed game scout.

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Day 7

Day 7: Tena Tena or Nsefu Camp

After an early breakfast, transfer to the Luangwa River crossing point opposite Tena Tena. This is a 4 to 5 hour drive. Tena Tena staff will meet you and then take you via boat across the river, from here it is a short 20 minute drive to Tena Tena camp.

This remote and small...

After an early breakfast, transfer to the Luangwa River crossing point opposite Tena Tena. This is a 4 to 5 hour drive. Tena Tena staff will meet you and then take you via boat across the river, from here it is a short 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 only 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 well deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive. 

NOTE – The last night can be spent at Nsefu Camp.

On a sweeping bend of the river, 12 kilometres north of Tena Tena, lies Nsefu. 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. The camp reopened in 1999, in keeping with the original style. The view of the river is superb and includes a terraced area where game grazes during the day. The bar, tucked in beside a huge dormant termite mound, overlooks a waterhole that is very productive for game, especially leopard at night. The original rondavels have been extended, with a spacious bathroom added. Each room has a clear view of the river, through large windows and from the new wooden veranda.

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Nkwali Camp

UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE, SECLUDED LUXURY Nkwali Camp is located on the banks of the Luangwa on a magnificent meander in the river overlooking...

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Tena Tena

SECLUDED RIVERBANK LUXURY CAMP Situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector of the South Luangwa National Park, Tena Tena camp sits nestled under a...

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Overview

Come with us on an adventure you'll remember for the rest of your life, our multi-award winning mobile walking safari. This has been long considered the best wilderness experience in South Luangwa.

Accommodation: Three twin walk-in Meru tents, maximum six guests.

Facilities: Bucket shower and long drop loo.

Activities: Walking only.

Meals & Drinks: Rate is fully inclusive of all meals and drinks.

Electricity & Water: No power here, just paraffin lamps and torches are using for lighting.

Bottled water is also provided at the camp free of charge.

Children’s Policy Minimum age is 21 years.

Payment for extras: All extras can be paid in cash (local currency, US$, Euro or British Pounds) only.

Tipping is not expected but always enthusiastically received if you are happy with the service. Please always give tips for the staff to the management to be shared out and please tip your guide individually.

Includes: all safari activities, meals, bar, transfers to properties.

Excludes: international flights, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Open Open July – September.

 

 

Visas

Most nationals can obtain their visa at the point of entry into Zambia. Current charges are $50 for tourists of most nationalities, including US, Canadian, British and most European countries. If you are not one of the above please ask about visas before booking. Please visit the Zambian Immigration website http://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/ for full information.

Airport Tax

Most airlines now include airport taxes in the tickets. But for charter flights these may still be payable, please confirm with us for exact amounts. International airport taxes: US$40 per person Domestic airport taxes: US$16 person. Please note that all taxes can be paid in US Dollars. For Lusaka and Mfuwe our meet and greet team will assist you with the above.

Health

All visitors should be medically insured. We recommend that visitors to Zambia take malaria prophylactics. Tetanus, polio, typhoid and the hepatitis vaccinations are recommended. It is advisable to know your blood group type in case of an emergency. Please do ask for up to date health advice in your home country.

Insurance

We highly recommend full Travel Insurance. 

Photography Equipment

Please be sensitive when photographing local people and their villages. Ask the guide or the villagers first. Be careful when photographing public buildings and persons in uniform - again, ask first.

What to bring

You should always travel with soft bags not hard suitcases (not only for the smaller aircraft but also to fit into vehicles).

Important items to bring: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, torch, binoculars and film/photo camera.

Climate

Depending on which time of year you visit, you may need waterproofs, a warm jacket or sunscreen. The dry months are from April till October and the wet months November till March. Temperatures range throughout the year from between 11- 40 C.

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