Zambia leopard safari in Luangwa
Description of Zambia leopard safari in Luangwa
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PlanetWe know the wildlife of the endemic value and recognise the importance of protecting and preserving the incredible array of species that call South Luangwa National Park home. In particular, we recognise that the Luangwa Valley has an unusually high degree of endemism, with subspecies such as Cookson's wildebeest, Crawshay's zebra and Thornicroft's giraffe found nowhere else. In addition, the concentration of leopard, lion and wild dog found here is rarely seen anywhere else in Africa, and it is vital that all visitors are aware of the importance of this ecosystem. With this in mind, we are committed to viewing the wildlife in South Luangwa ethically. We will never join or remain at a sighting if it is clear there are too many vehicles present, or if the animal in question is stressed or has changed its behaviour because of our presence. This is also true of any walking safaris we undertake - if our presence is distressing any wildlife, we will move away from the sighting as soon as possible. We will never leave the road to pursue a sighting, even if other vehicles are doing so, as this is strictly against park rules and leads to the destruction of parts of the ecosystem. As many sightings take place in the hours of darkness, we ask clients to refrain from flash photography, as this disturbs many animals. We will never spotlight a diurnal animal, or an animal that is young, injured or otherwise vulnerable.
The sole accommodation we use in South Luangwa is a seasonal tented camp that we absolutely love. As a seasonal camp, our accommodation is designed to have as minimal an impact on the environment as possible. Renewable power sources are used, with water and fuel usage minimised wherever possible. Our camp fits extremely well into the environment, with many species including hartebeest and puku roaming freely along the adjacent dry riverbed.
PeopleIt is extremely important to us that ecotourism brings direct benefits to local communities and, as a result, that value is robustly attached to wildlife and ecosystems. As such, we insist that all suppliers employ Zambian people, preferably from local communities. The guides, cooks and housekeeping staff in camp are all from the local community, and we encourage clients to spend time learning about the culture and traditions of the local community. We always strongly encourage clients to consider making gratuity payments to local staff as a small thank you to those who have made your visit particularly enjoyable.
We always encourage our clients to be patient and respectful in all interactions with members of local community. With much of this itinerary based deep inside the South Luangwa National Park, most interactions with local people will be with guides at sightings, or in Lusaka. Guiding standards, as they are everywhere in Africa, are highly variable within South Luangwa, and it is likely guests will see poor guiding practice in the national park, including allowing guests to use flash photography, and leaving the road to pursue wildlife. We acknowledge this can be hugely frustrating, but we ask clients to always remain polite and patient with all members of the local community.