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7 NIGHTS, 8 DAYS, ROMANTIC LUXURY ACCOMMODATION, SOUTH LUANGWA SAFARI, WILDLIFE AND COMMUNITY VISITS

Are you a romantic at heart? Maybe you have read Christina Lamb’s “Africa House” and are intrigued? Here we have designed a safari that is perfect for you.

Start off your trip in Zambia’s renowned South Luangwa National Park with a truly remote wilderness experience. After you have thoroughly enjoyed your wildlife experience in the Luangwa Valley, you travel on further north in Zambia to experience the well-known Shiwa House which is truly a most amazing piece of African history. This is the former Estate of Sir Stewart Gore Browne built in 1928 against all odds. The house has recently been restored and offers guests a chance to put the experiences they may have enjoyed in the “Africa House” book by Christina Lamb into reality. An opportunity of a life time!

Read our full book review of Christina Lamb's Africa House  here: Shiwa Ng'andu

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

  • South Luangwa National Park safari
  • Luxury Camps and Lodges
  • Shiwa Ng'andu "The Africa House" - unique English stately home in Zambia
  • Unrivalled wildlife and birding opportunities
  • Chipembele Wildlife Orphanage visit
  • Community and village visit
Day 1

Day 1: Arrive and head to Nkwali Camp

On arrival at Lusaka International Airport, you will be met by a representative from Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions, who will assist you with your luggage and check-in for your flight to Mfuwe. Once at Mfuwe a guide from your lodge will meet you for the drive to Nkwali Camp - 1 hour through...

On arrival at Lusaka International Airport, you will be met by a representative from Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions, who will assist you with your luggage and check-in for your flight to Mfuwe. Once at Mfuwe a guide from your lodge will meet you for the drive to Nkwali Camp - 1 hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. On 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.

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Day 2

Day 2: Nkwali Camp

At dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The 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 or vehicle across the Luangwa River. The game in the area is excellent – and includes...

At dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The 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 or vehicle across the Luangwa River. 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 at a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid-day. After lunch you can cool off by the pool or siesta. Following tea you will go out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world, returning to camp about 2000 hrs with dinner generally at 2030hrs.

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Day 3 - 4

Day 3 - 4: Transfer via Safari to Tena Tena Camp

Day 3 - After an early breakfast, a transfer game drive through the park takes you to a crossing point on the Luangwa River. The Tena Tena staff will meet the party, cross the river then a 45 minute drive to camp, game viewing on route. This remote and small tented...

Day 3 - After an early breakfast, a transfer game drive through the park takes you to a crossing point on the Luangwa River. The Tena Tena staff will meet the party, cross the river then a 45 minute drive to camp, game viewing on route. This remote and small tented camp lies within the National Park and enjoys a stunning location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. 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.

Day 4 - Another relaxing day with morning and evening game activities. Being the last whole day you resume game activities in the morning and evening with the possibility of visiting Kawaza village as an option to meet local people and experience life in a real Zambian village. If you wish to visit then it is best to mention this when booking your holiday.

Note: All 4 nights in South Luangwa are spent at Nkwali during months of November to May.

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Day 5

Day 5: Shiwa Ng'andu

Early morning breakfast before your transfer to the Mfuwe Airport. The drive is about 1.5 hours and you will get to do some game viewing on the way. You will normally arrive at Shiwa just in time for lunch. After lunch you will be taken on a guided tour of...

Early morning breakfast before your transfer to the Mfuwe Airport. The drive is about 1.5 hours and you will get to do some game viewing on the way. You will normally arrive at Shiwa just in time for lunch. After lunch you will be taken on a guided tour of the house while also exploring the history of Sir Stewart Gore Browne and the family. The afternoon will be filled with more exploring of the estate; a history walk will take you to the saw and essential oil mills, traction engines, and old farm buildings.

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Day 6

Day 6: Shiwa Ng'andu

Early morning rise for a game walk to seek the sitatunga and blue duiker. After the walk it’s back to the house for a full farm breakfast made entirely of produce from the farm. The morning may be spent perusing the archives and photos, and then it is off for...

Early morning rise for a game walk to seek the sitatunga and blue duiker. After the walk it’s back to the house for a full farm breakfast made entirely of produce from the farm. The morning may be spent perusing the archives and photos, and then it is off for a visit to the grave site of Sir Gore Browne and a spectacular view of the lake. The afternoon holds time for relaxing and a late afternoon game drive to see the 22 species stocked on the estate. These are all suggestions as you can really you’re your days as you wish.

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Day 7

Day 7: Shiwa Ng'andu

After a light early morning breakfast, you may want to head up Nachipala Hill, where David Livingstone took bearings on his last journey some weeks before his death. Breathtaking views from 6000 ft. The climb is not too difficult and takes about three hours. After the hike you will return...

After a light early morning breakfast, you may want to head up Nachipala Hill, where David Livingstone took bearings on his last journey some weeks before his death. Breathtaking views from 6000 ft. The climb is not too difficult and takes about three hours. After the hike you will return to the house for lunch and a siesta. For the afternoon you can chose to spend it birding and game viewing on the lake, where you are likely to see palmnut vulture and crocodiles. You will also get to boat through the serene papyrus swamps along the Mansha River. OR Early breakfast, followed by river walk along Katete River to see the ice age rapian forest and ancient palms. Nesting ground to palmnut vultures. Swim in the icy spring river (For the brave - Summer only). Depart for lunch at Kapishya Hot Springs and afternoon visit to Machusa Falls.

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Day 8

Day 8: Final Day: Transport to Airport

You will enjoy a hearty breakfast before your departure from Shiwa House to Mfuwe. From Mfuwe you will catch a flight to Lusaka and then on to you connecting flight.
 

You will enjoy a hearty breakfast before your departure from Shiwa House to Mfuwe. From Mfuwe you will catch a flight to Lusaka and then on to you connecting flight.
 

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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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Shiwa Ng'aundu - The Africa House

REMARKABLE ENGLISH STATELY HOME SET IN AFRICA Shiwa N’gandu (Africa House as it is known by those who have read Christina Lamb’s...

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Overview

Activities: Walking safaris, game drives, river boat safaris, community and village visits, wildlife orphanage visit. 

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

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 within Mfuwe airport.

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

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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