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Scheduled safari

Discover the Luangwa Valley

“Game viewing in South Luangwa, then join Gesa & Frank in Luambe”

Price $4900 USD
Country
Zambia
Duration
8 Nights
Dates
21 Jul 2020 — 29 Jul 2020
4 Spots Left
Safari Type
Lodge and Canvas
Location

An 8-night safari in the Luangwa Valley for a very small group in 2020! Four nights of mega game viewing in South Luangwa National Park followed by four nights in an exclusive bushcamp joining Gesa & Frank in the remote Luambe National Park!

The Safari: The safari starts in the affordable and comfortable Flatdogs Camp where the group will spend the first four nights exploring the South Luangwa National Park on twice daily action-packed game drives or on optional walking safaris. The Mfuwe area of the park is incredibly productive with wildlife sightings and the four nights provides ample time to increase your chances of seeing the iconic species the region is famous for. Species you would hope to encounter include: Lions, leopard, elephant, buffalo, kudu, hippo, puku and if you are lucky wild dogs! The park is also home to over 450 bird species so there’s no shortage to keep keen birders busy.

From Flatdogs Camp, you will be transferred by vehicle to the remote Luambe National Park to Kasikizi Bushcamp. After the approximately three-and-a-half-hour scenic drive through wilderness areas and traditional villages, you will be greeted by Gesa & Frank and welcomed to your own exclusive bushcamp for the next four nights, set in an incredibly scenic location. From this intimate bushcamp you will explore the lesser known Luambe National Park along with Gesa & Frank as your safari hosts, sharing with you their intimate knowledge of the park, its biodiversity, its conservation and why its so special. Here you can expect to find less other tourists and much more of a wilderness connection. Activities here range from game drives (day & night), walking safaris, village visits and other special moments Gesa & Frank often like to create. A visit to Luambe is not about the wildlife as much as it is about the sense of true wilderness this remote park has to offer and each visitor coming to this park is directly benefiting the conservation and protection of the area.

The price for this tour INCLUDES RETURN FLIGHTS TO & FROM LUSAKA AND MFUWE.

Safari Rating

adventure
wilderness
wildlife
comfort
photographic
guiding

highlights

  • Incredible game viewing in South Luangwa National Park!
  • Walking Safaris & game drives (both day & night) as activities!
  • Very few other tourists in Luambe National Park!
  • Exclusive camp for our group at Kasikizi Bushcamp!
  • Hosted by Gesa & Frank for 4 nights in Luambe National Park!
  • Fascinating wildlife sightings – Bring your cameras!
  • Move Between two different camps & Parks for the best of both worlds!
  • Return flights from Lusaka & Mfuwe included in the price

map and overview

4 Nights Flatdogs Camp

4 Nights Kasikizi Bushcamp

guides

Frank Steenhuisen

Originally born in Pretoria South Africa, Franks passion for Africa’s wildlife started at the age of 5, with frequent trips to his family’s property in the Greater Kruger area. 20 years later, with a stint of Australia living in-between, Frank now travels Africa extensively as a photographer, private safari guide and director of safariFRANK – identifying and visiting some of the finest safari destinations on the continent.

Gesa Neitzel

Gesa worked as a television editor in Berlin before the call of the wilderness lured her to the African continent. After several long-term trips around the globe, she discovered her love for the African bush and decided without further ado to dare being trained as a ranger in South Africa. Her book about this bold career change “Breakfast with Elephants” became a bestseller shortly after publication. Gesa is now a photographer, author and freelance tour leader exclusively for safariFRANK, who films her life every week in her “SAFARI SUNDAYS” and definitely has not seen enough baby elephants yet …

start dates

21 July 2020 - 29 July 2020

accommodation

The trip will see you comfortably accommodated, well fed and very well looked after. The camps are the perfect mix of adventure with comfort and are perfectly safe.

At Flatdogs camp: The Luxury Safari tents are spacious enough for full-sized beds, hanging rack for clothes, bedside tables and lamps. A door leads into a shaded open-air bathroom with hot shower, flush toilet and basin. The luxury tents also have mosquito nets and electric fans as well as fully gauzed windows.

At Kasikizi Bushcamp: The accommodation will be basic but comfortable, as a bushcamp should be! There will be three grass chalets, about 9 x 4m each. The camp will run off solar and each tent will have charging facilities, an en-suite open air bathroom with running water and shower. Each tent also sports a private veranda overlooking the stunning floodplain and Luangwa river. There will be a small thatched main bar area where lunch and snacks will be served. Most breakfasts and dinners will be enjoyed on the open floodplain with meals prepared on the open fire.

price

Price is USD$ 4900 Per Person Sharing.

(The price will be converted from USD$ to your currency at the time of booking. Any price indicated in another currency other than USD is merely indicative.)

Maximum of 6 Adults sharing.

Minimum of 4 Adults.

Enquire for single supplement.

INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation as stated above.
  • Laundry.
  • Return flights between Lusaka and Mfuwe.
  • All inter-camp transfers between locations, starting and ending at Mfuwe airport.
  • All Game viewing activities – Walking safaris, game drives (night drives also).
  • All meals.
  • Drinks at Kasikizi Bushcamp (drinks not included at Flatdogs!).
  • Services of Gesa and Frank as your safari hosts for 4 nights only at Kasikizi Bushcamp.
  • Entrance/park fees and levies.
  • Note: Rates are subject to change pending any increase in park fees or introduction of or increase statutory government deductions.
  • Meet & Greet at the airport.

EXCLUDED:

  • International Flights and airport taxes.
  • Pre and post safari accommodation.
  • Drinks at Flatdogs Camp
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
  • Gratuities.
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
  • ENTRY VISA FEES.
  • BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).

additional information

EXPECTATIONS:

  • Must be willing to sleep in comfortable yet basic tents (they are safe!).
  • Expect cool to warm temperatures but should be pleasant as its low altitude. Almost no chance for rain.
  • Each tent has an ensuite bathroom with flushing toilet and hot or cold running water.
  • Charging facilities available in both camps.
  • Guests must be fit enough and willing to partake in walking safaris in areas containing Big Game. There is an armed Wildlife Police Officer who accompanies the walk as well as very experienced and qualified Zambian walking guide.
  • Gesa & Frank will only host the final 4 nights at Kasikizi Bushcamp and will not be present for the Flatdogs section.
  • The gameviewing and abundance of wildlife is might better from Flatdogs Camp although there could be potentially many other tourists in the area. Kasikizi has less wildlife but far fewer tourists.

Additional Info:

  • Services subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • Times of activities, meals, transfers is subject to change.
  • Given the nature of this safari, the age restriction is a minimum of 16 years paying full fare.
  • Maximum age is 65. Anyone older than this is required to produce a medical certificate proving that they are physically able to participate in the activities and terrain in which the safari tour will be conducted in.
  • PLEASE NOTE that whilst we endeavour to accommodate guests at the above stipulated lodges/camps, safariFRANK reserves the right to replace such with one of a similar standard and location.
  • As of paragraph 6 of our German T&C’s, safariFRANK has the right to cancel the trip latest 75 days before start of the trip. The trip cannot be cancelled by safariFRANK later than 75 days before tour start.
  • Terms and conditions apply.
  • Rates are quoted as per person sharing.
  • You shall receive a 2,5% discount on the overall tour price, if paying in total upfront. In case of a non-favorable exchange rate, you will be charged the difference 60 days before departure in case of a favorable exchange rate, we will grant a credit of the same kind.

HANDY TIPS:

  • Visas/Passports: Please ensure: 1) that you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required; 2) that your passport is valid for at least six months after your scheduled departure date from South Africa; 3) that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive clear pages. If this is not the case, there is a danger of being turned away by the Immigration Service on arrival at the airport – assuming your airline has agreed to bring you and risk a fine in the first place.
  • Health: No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Zambia are considered to be malarial so we recommend speaking to your doctor about the use of anti-malarial prophylactics (normally Malarone), especially if visiting during the summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
  • Luggage: Is restricted to 20 kg (including hand luggage) per person in a soft bag. Weight is generally less important than volume as everything is carried with you on safari. If adding extensions that involve light aircraft transfers the luggage limit may be reduced further to 12 kg in soft bags (please enquire if this may apply to you)

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