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Zambia: The South Luangwa Valley

Private Travel | General interest | Wildlife 10 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £5795 Current prices from: £5795
The South Luangwa valley is vast, remote and home to a truly impressive variety of flora and fauna. The three intimate camps on this safari lie next to the magnificent Luangwa river with its large meanders and countless tributaries. The water acts as a magnet for animal and birdlife, especially during the dry season. The contrasting camps offer 4x4 safari drives, including very productive night drives and some of the best walking Africa has to offer. Wildlife viewing from the mess tents is also common as the animal life is so prolific.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Camps with understated elegance, seclusion & highly experienced guides
  • Option to get closer to the flora and fauna on a walking safari at Tena Tena
  • Exceptional year-round wildlife viewing
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation

Livingstone

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3086 3188 3086 2882 2679 2679 2984 3391 3493 3391 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 1966 1864 1661 1152 846 745 1050 1559 1966 2068 2068
Sunshine hours 7 7 8 9 10 9 10 10 10 9 8 7
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1717 1406 763 201 30 0 0 0 10 201 643 1636
Rainy Days 15 13 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 15
Humidity H H H H M N L L H H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 7/H 8/VH 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Lower Zambezi National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3188 3290 3290 3086 2882 2882 3188 3493 3697 3595 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2170 1966 1559 1254 1254 1457 1966 2272 2373 2272
Sunshine hours 6 6 8 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 8 6
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1897 1636 964 201 30 0 0 0 0 90 622 1787
Rainy Days 17 14 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 15
Humidity VH VH H H M L L M H VH VH VH
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 7/H 8/VH 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Lusaka

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2882 2679 2577 2373 2373 2679 2984 3188 2984 2781
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 1763 1661 1559 1152 1050 948 1152 1457 1864 1763 1763
Sunshine hours 6 6 7 9 9 9 9 10 10 9 8 6
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 2169 1807 853 301 40 0 0 0 10 161 904 1998
Rainy Days 17 16 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 17
Humidity L L L L N N N N M M M L
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 8/VH 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mfuwe

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 2984 2984 3188 3493 3697 3595 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 2068 1864 1457 1152 1152 1355 1661 2068 2170 2170
Sunshine hours 6 6 7 8 9 9 9 10 10 9 8 6
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 12 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 2179 1837 1275 462 40 0 0 0 0 141 813 1727
Rainy Days 19 16 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 18
Humidity H H H H M M M M H VH VH VH
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Lusaka via Johannesburg (N) Day 2: Fly to Mfuwe • Nkwali

Arrive and connect with an onward flight to Mfuwe in the South Luangwa valley. Transfer to Nkwali for 2 nights. Situated on Robin Pope Safaris’ private land, there is exclusive access to the park either by boat or across the pontoon. Afternoon wildlife viewing. (L, D)

Day 3: Nkwali

Wildlife viewing with a chance to see leopards, lions, baboons and an impressive bird population. (B, L, D)

Days 4-6: Tena Tena

Drive to Tena Tena and stay for 3 nights. Afternoon wildlife viewing. Alternatively, join a 2-day Luangwa bush camping experience. This walking safari brings you even closer to the wildlife. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Nsefu

Transfer to Nsefu for 2 nights. Nsefu is situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector, on a magnificent meander of the Luangwa river where elephants often cross. Afternoon wildlife viewing. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Nsefu

Wildlife viewing. (B)

Day 9: Fly home via Lusaka & Johannesburg

Morning wildlife viewing. Fly home via Lusaka and Johannesburg. (B)

Day 10: Arrive home (N) Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Cultural activities

In addition to safari drives and walks, there are optional opportunities to meet with the local community. Stroll around Kawaza village and its school, both supported by Robin Pope Safaris. Enjoy the small dukas (shops), the market and bars of the Mfuwe area or visit Tribal Textiles, a small cottage industry of locally produced hand-painted textiles, which draws inspiration from the Zambian wildlife and surroundings.

Important information Emerald Season variations:

Tena Tena is closed every year from 1 Nov to 21 May. Nsefu is closed annually from 21 Nov to 21 Jan, and 1 Apr to 21 May. Camp locations will be amended accordingly.

Tailor-made travel:

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Tena Tena
    Tena Tena

    The first camp that Robin Pope built is located within the South Luangwa Valley National Park, in a secluded area under a grove of shady mahogany trees on the banks of the Luangwa river. The large custom-made tents each have an attached open air bathroom with a flush toilet and shower as well as a private veranda. The thatched dining room and bar stand on a wide bend of the river; meals are of a very high standard and are served overlooking this wonderful view. With three distinct habitats, the river, the adjoining lagoons and the plains, there is a wide diversity of game. Amongst the species, waterbuck, zebra, warthog and greater kudu are often seen. The wandering herds of elephant are among some of the largest left in Africa. Buffalo continuously move in search of fresh pastures and water and in their wake come the predators, the lion and hyena. Leopard ...

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  • Nsefu
    Nsefu

    On a sweeping bend of the river, 12 kilometres north of Tena Tena, lies Nsefu. Nsefu was the first photographic safari camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area and it still is. Robin Pope reopened the camp in 1999, in keeping with the original style, and so operates the only two camps in the Nsefu Sector of the park. The view of the river is superb and game can often be seen close to the camp. The bar, tucked in beside a huge extinct termite mound, overlooks a waterhole that is very productive for game. The original rondavels have been extended, with a spacious open-air bathroom added. Each room has a clear view of the river, through large open windows and from the new wooden veranda. The camp lies in the heart of the undeveloped Nsefu sector and so ...

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  • Nkwali Camp
    Nkwali Camp

    Nkwali Camp is built on Robin Pope Safari's private land on the banks of the Luangwa River, overlooking the National Park. This is superb game country with a beautiful area of ebony woodland and open grass plains. A small camp of thatched chalets with en-suite facilities, there is also a wonderful bar, built around an enormous ebony tree, and a dining room overlooking a lagoon where many of the resident animals drink during the day. Unusually in this area, the camp also has a small swimming pool.

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Dates & prices

ZAA2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £5795 per person

High season from £6595 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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