Zambia safari in South Luangwa

“Safaris don’t get much better than this – 10 days in Zambia’s unspoiled, wildlife rich Luangwa Valley, topped off with time to relax at Victoria Falls.”


South Luangwa National Park | Nkwali Camp | Nsefu Camp | game drives, walking safaris and night drives | high quality guiding | Livingstone | Victoria Falls | Stanley Safari Lodge

Description of Zambia safari in South Luangwa

Experience some of the best wildlife watching in Africa on this Zambia safari in South Luangwa National Park, then take in the stunning sight of Victoria Falls.

The Luangwa Valley marks the end of the Great Rift Valley and is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas, and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary, in Africa. It covers an area of over 9,000sq km through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo and over 400 species of birds. Take jeep safaris, walking safaris or night drives to explore this wilderness, whilst based at excellent camps.

Then we'll take you for three nights close to Victoria Falls, at a luxury lodge where you can see the sights but also have time to relax.

The camps and guides on this safari are all of the highest quality, making for one of the very best African experiences you can find.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:ARRIVE SOUTH LUANGWA. We will meet you at Lusaka airport and help you through airport formalities, and on to your roughly 1-hour flight to Mfuwe, South Luangwa. Your guide will meet you here and drive you the hour to Nkwali Camp. It might be time for lunch or tea on the deck overlooking the lagoon, then you can set off on an afternoon game drive. You’re on safari! Lunch, Dinner.
Day 2:NKWALI CAMP, SOUTH LUANGWA. An early start and breakfast, and you can enjoy a walk or game drive in South Luangwa. Herds of elephants, gracious giraffes, hippos, lions ... the wildlife in this Zambia park is just incredible. And it’s a very pretty reserve too. After lunch and a siesta back at camp, you set off on an afternoon game drive, stopping for sundowners before returning to camp with a spotlights picking out nocturnal animals. Full board.
Day 3:NKWALI CAMP, SOUTH LUANGWA. Another day to enjoy the wildlife and scenery around Nkwali. You take game drives in open top vehicles with excellent visibility. This park is famed for its walking safaris so a guided walk letting you concentrate on the smaller details of the natural world, is a great thing to take part in here. Between activities, relax, swim in the pool, enjoy delicious food and watch elephants at the lagoon. Full board.
Day 4-7:NSEFU CAMP, SOUTH LUANGWA. After breakfast you pack up and head off on safari. This morning’s game drive ends at your next camp, Nsefu. Here you stay in a cosy rondavel (round house) facing the river where you have 4 nights. The Nsefu Sector of South Luangwa was a game reserve as far back as 1966. Expect to see elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, lion and leopard plus a myriad of other wildlife and birds. There are some salt pans, known for their hot springs, and beloved of crested cranes. Take game drives, walks, relax in camp … your time here will be full of stunning wildlife encounters, gorgeous scenery, great food and wine, and lovely guides and staff adding your enjoyment of being on safari. Full board.
Day 8:TO LIVINGSTONE (VICTORIA FALLS). After breakfast you will be taken to the airstrip for the flight to Livingstone (by Victoria Falls). Stanley Safari Lodge has a great location on a hill overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and Victoria Falls is just 3 kilometres away. You have the next 3 nights here. Full board.
Days 9-10:TO LIVINGSTONE (VICTORIA FALLS). After breakfast you will be taken to the airstrip for the flight to Livingstone (by Victoria Falls). Stanley Safari Lodge has a great location on a hill overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and Victoria Falls is just 3 kilometres away. You have the next 3 nights here. Full board.
Day 11:TIME FOR HOME. You'll have breakfast at the lodge as you enjoy views of the river, then it's time to head back home. Breakfast.

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Departure information

This trip can be arranged on a tailor made basis at any time to suit you. Best from mid-April to November (unless you are a birdwatcher, in which case the green season would be better).
Holiday type

Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and postcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Zambia safari in South Luangwa


The camps used on this special safari are run by people who care. We rate them as one of the best when it comes to doing things right. They do right by our travellers, giving you an amazing wildlife and wilderness experience, and they do right by the people and places in their sphere of influence.

They’ve won various awards for their efforts in poverty reduction, they strongly back anti-poaching activities and carnivore research programmes, and they are very careful to use green technology such as solar power, natural air cooling and living grass roofs in order to minimise environmental impact.

The Luangwa Valley is a very special area of wilderness (which includes the second largest wild dog population, the largest lion population and one of the largest leopard populations in Zambia) that needs all the protection it can get. These camp owners offer some of this protection.

The company that organises this holiday is a multi award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travellers are well-informed, as an informed traveller tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveller. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism. In terms of information, all travellers are given guidelines on Travelling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment.

Every person that travels with this company automatically has their flights carbon offset. This is done through The Travel Forest, a project of registered charity, The Tribes Foundation. The Travel Forest plants mainly indigenous trees to offset the carbon emissions produced when you fly on holiday. Whilst this is the primary motivation for planting the trees, the project also works as a poverty alleviation scheme and also aims to combat environmental degradation

The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). They also buy only fair trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. They also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (eg monitors).


For the last 10 years the lodge owners have supported a school in the Nsefu Village area. Kawaza School now has the reputation in Zambia of being a great example of how help from tourism can improve a community. The response of the guests who have visited the school has been overwhelming and many of them wanted more interaction. We can also offer the opportunity to stay at Webby's village, next to the school for a night. Accommodation and food is totally African. There is the chance to meet the Chief, a local traditional healer, to spend a morning with the ladies collecting water and cooking, to help with constructions, dance with the ladies. This is not a set up village, but a chance to spend time with an African family and community. There is also a donation for the school in the fee.

The company backs a charity called The Tribes Foundation with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They constantly raise funds for grassroots projects, which travellers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.
Working with partners on the ground in each destination, the company only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They have internally eco-rated about hundreds of properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveller wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues. They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.

2 Reviews of Zambia safari in South Luangwa

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

How dedicated our guides were... Driving up a rocky dry river to see white rhinos and when they smelled/heard us and started coming towards us, realized they could be a lot faster than us on this terrain...

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

We have done 13 days safari and transfer and three days on the beach... I would not plan more than 10 days safari and transfer...

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Every place we have been (Tortilis Camp, Loisaba, Olonana, Manda Bay), enormous attention was given to local people and impact on environment. This is definitely the way it should be...

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

An opportunity of a lifetime even if we ate too much (food was too good).

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The most memorable was the wonderful individual service at Islands of Siankaba & Kwando Safaris. At Siankaba, arriving back to the room each day to find that either a bubble bath had been run or fresh flowers had been left was wonderful. The most exciting was the gorge swing & white river rafting in Victoria Falls as well as the night game drives following lions stalking prey in the Okavango.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take motion sickness tablets for charter flights. They are very small planes and can be quite bumpy! Take more memory than you think you need if you have a digital camera.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, the benefit to the local people was apparent as well as the various providers attempts to minimise environmental impacts.

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