2018/05/15 to 2018/05/23

Ultimate Predators and Tuskers Photo Safari 2018



Tour Dates

15 May 2018 - 23 May 2018 Space available


Zambia is fast becoming the latest popular safari destination of Africa. It has always been wild and beautiful, with stunning wildlife, but off the beaten track. We have designed a photo safari to harness these qualities, including some of both the most remote and the most popular wildlife destinations in Zambia, Liuwa Plains and The Lower Zambezi National Park. These are hotspots for photographing some of the best predators and elephants in Zambia. Join the highly acclaimed wildlife photography guides, Heinrich van den Berg and Isak Pretorius, to help you create your own portfolio of stunning wildlife photos, while wildlife photography in Zambia is still relatively new.

Having the chance to create a portfolio of images before an area becomes overrun by photographers is a huge drawcard in wildlife photography. This is why we have scouted wilderness areas in Southern Africa that are teeming with wildlife, but that have not yet become popular on the wildlife photography circuit. Liuwa Plains is very wild, remote and unexplored, a place where comfortable lodge accommodation and scheduled flights have only recently been established. It is home to the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa and is well-known for its stunning cheetah, wild dogs and hyaena that roam the open flat terrain. It also offers amazing bird photography, as birds flock there in their thousands. The Lower Zambezi valley is known for elephants, lion and leopard in an ancient riverine forest setting. Here we found a secluded little corner where you can experience the birds by boat in a small tributary to the Zambezi, or find the big tuskers and predators along the main river.

This is a special safari for those who want to find the next unexplored wildlife havens of Africa, or for those who want an exclusive experience of the original wild Africa.

 

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Highlights

  • We fly in from Lusaka to Chongwe over incredibly unspoilt wilderness, and land at Royal landing strip.
  • From Chongwe we have a few different options to photograph: Going on a game drive into Lower Zambezi National Park, boating down the Zambezi and taking a trip on a small boat up the Chongwe river. It is this variety that makes Chongwe unique.
  • April/May is a great time to see wild dogs, as well as other predators. Hippo sightings are guarateed on the Chongwe and Zambezi rivers, and photographing elephants from the boats is a wonderful experience.
  • After four nights, we fly out from Chongwe to Lusaka and then fly to Kalabo airstrip close to Liuwa Plains. The flight is spectacular, flying over unspoilt wilderness.
  • From Kalabo airstrip, we take a helicopter flight to the beautiful King Lewanika Lodge. From the air, Liuwa plains is an incredible sight.
  • During the four days at Liuwa Plains, we will be able to photograph loads of predators and birds. Hyaena roam the plains, as well as beautiful lion and cheetah. Unfortunately the famous lioness Lady Liuwa passed away in 2017, but she has left a legacy and it is incredible to see lion in this environment.
  • Additional helicopter flips are available at an additional cost, from where we can photograph Lechwe running through the water etc.

 

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Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi National Park is nestled between an impressive mountain escarpment to the north and the mighty Zambezi River to the south. The escarpment acts as a barrier for the game, keeping it on the plains and in the rich woodland on the bank of the river. The Park is over 4,000 square kms in size and occupies 120 kms of river frontage.

The Lower Zambezi is a haven for wildlife and bird lovers. Elephant, hippo and antelope are abundant and the Park boasts a healthy lion and leopard population with sightings of hyena and wild dog common.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of game viewing in the Lower Zambezi is the sheer variety of activities on offer. In addition to the traditional game drives and walking safaris, the Zambezi River allows for a variety of additional river based activities and experiences that few, if any, other destinations can offer.

There are relatively few camps in and around the Park. With the absence of mass tourism the park remains a pristine wilderness, free from overcrowding.

Game viewing in the Lower Zambezi is primarily done in the dry season between the months of April – November.

 

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Liuwa Plain National Park

The vast and remote Liuwa Plain National Park is one of Africa’s last untouched wilderness areas situated on the upper Zambezi floodplains of western Zambia and is bounded by the Luambimba and Luanginga Rivers.

It has a long and rich history, having originally been proclaimed a protected area by the King of the Lozi people in the 1880s. The Monarch is called the Litunga, meaning ‘keeper or guardian of the earth’. It is the only National Park in Zambia where people live inside the Park as well as in the surrounding areas and the Lozi people of the area were originally placed in the park by the Litunga as his official gamekeepers.

Since 2003, the Park has been managed by conservation non-profit, African Parks, in partnership with the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife and the Barotse Royal Establishment.

In addition to its famed lions, Liuwa is home to the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa. Every year tens of thousands of blue wildebeest graze their way north (starting early July) and then when the rains build up in late October they head southwards again following the numerous pans and nutritious forage they offer.

The Park hosts a burgeoning cheetah population, the apex predator, hyena, in clans of up to 50 individuals, abundant zebra, red lechwe and tessebe herds and more than 300 bird species including rare and endangered wattled cranes.

The landscape holds a special magic, with dramatic thunderstorms gathering on the horizon to build up to an awe-inspiring spectacle (Oct/Nov) and the stark contrast of green and gold grasslands against the dark and ominous blue of a rising storm.

 

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About your host, Heinrich van den Berg

In 1998 Heinrich van den Berg left his profession as a civil engineer to become a full-time wildlife photographer. Since then he has travelled the world photographing wildlife and culture with a uniquely artistic eye. Van den Bergs photographs are known for breaking boundaries and depicting the natural world in a fresh and evocative way.

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About your host, Isak Pretorius

Isak was born to be a photographer, but before he discovered this, he became an engineer. Once he picked up a camera, his engineering career came to an end and Isak has now established himself as one of the top bird photographers in Africa. The benefit of his engineering training is his flawless technical knowledge of camera systems and the post processing software that accompanies them.

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Day 1 - 5

Chongwe River Camp, Zambia

You will be met at Lusaka International Airport, Zambia. From here you will catch your domestic flight to the Royal Airstrip. A Chongwe River Camp representative will meet you at the airstrip and transfer you to camp for your 4 nights stay at Chongwe River Camp. You will be in time for you afternoon game drive. Over your stay at Chongwe River Camp you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives.

 

Day 5 - 9

King Lewanika Lodge, Zambia

 

After your game drive and breakfast you will be taken back to the Royal Airstrip for your domestic flight to Lusaka International Airport. From here you will catch your domestic flight to Kalabo Airstrip in time for you helicopter transfer to King Lewanika Lodge for 4 nights. Over your stay at King Lewanika Lodge you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives.


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Day 9

Internationa Airport, Zambia

On your last day you will be flown by helicopter back to Kalabo Airstrip for your domestic flight transfer back to Lusaka International Airport, in time for your international flights back home. This is the end of the safari.

 

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Chongwe River Camp

Dotted along the banks of the Chongwe River are Chongwe River Camp’s 5 star suites, 4 star tented rooms and outdoor, communal dining area. Overlooking the beautiful rivers, with the mountains of the escarpment providing a dramatic backdrop, you don’t need to leave camp for your wildlife viewing activities.

The nine tents are light and airy with either a king sized or two single beds, they are equipped with enough luxuries to ensure your stay in the bush is exceptional. Cotton linens, local textiles and hand-crafted furniture blend seamlessly with organic fittings and fixtures, all designed to make the most of what Mother Nature has provided, including the incredible views.

All the tents are under thatch for maximum coolness in the heat of the day and feature ceiling fans and charging points. Each has a large, shaded outdoor bathroom with hot and cold running water, shower, toilet, vanity unit and dressing area with a wardrobe and full-length mirror. The tents also have their own private verandahs overlooking the river, making them an ideal place for relaxation and contemplation of Africa’s wonderful wilderness.

 

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King Lewanika Lodge

Largely untouched by crowds and paved roads, Liuwa Plain National Park boasts one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa; it was proclaimed a protected area by the lodge’s namesake, King Lewanika of the Lozi tribe in the early 1880s.

Built and operated by Norman Carr Safaris, King Lewanika Lodge was conceptualized in collaboration with our extended safari family, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, and African Parks, the conservation non-profit that manages Liuwa Plain in partnership with the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife and the Barotse Royal Establishment.

The camp retains its safari authenticity with canvas drops, indoor and outdoor showers, decks overlooking the vast Liuwa Plain and the use of thatch and grass in the main area. All furniture was curated as a nod to old world safari days, using leather, cotton, and canvas. The Villas offer total immersion in the vast landscape, allowing travelers to experience nature’s masterpieces in a simple, sustainable, and meaningful way.

With top-notch, experienced guides and intimate safari excursions, we bring unrivaled access and absolute exclusivity to the unspoiled region. Guests can tap into the magic of Liuwa Plain National Park, which is home to the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa, a growing cheetah population and famed lion prides.

Liuwa Plain is an area rich with stories – one of our favourites is the legend of Mambeti and Lady Liuwa. Mambeti of the Lozi tribe, lived, died and was buried nearby to camp, legend has it she was reincarnated into Lady Liuwa, the lioness and matriarch of Liuwa’s lion pride. Local people believe that this explains why the lioness is receptive to people and spends so much time in the same woodlands area frequented by the elderly lady in her twilight years.

 

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$10 900.00 per person sharing

$12 900.00 per single supplement

30% Deposit confirms your place.  

Minimum of 4 pax and maximum of 12 pax.


The above costs include

  • Pickup and transport for the entire tour.
  • All local flights.
  • Entrance to concessions and accommodation in camps.
  • All meals, based on three meals a day.
  • Activities.
  • The services of our guides.

Costs not included

  • International flight to Lusaka.
  • Gratuities to staff and guides.
  • Extra activities not included.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Travel visas.


Day 1

 You will be met at Lusaka International Airport, Zambia. From here you will catch your domestic flight to the Royal Airstrip. A Chongwe River Camp representative will meet you at the airstrip and transfer you to camp for your 4 nights stay at Chongwe River Camp. You will be in time for you afternoon game drive.

Day 5

After your game drive and breakfast you will be taken back to the Royal Airstrip for your domestic flight to Lusaka International Airport. From here you will catch your domestic flight to Kalabo Airstrip in time for you helicopter transfer to King Lewanika Lodge for 4 nights.

Day 9

On your last day you will be flown by helicopter back to Kalabo Airstrip for your domestic flight transfer back to Lusaka International Airport, in time for your international flights back home. This is the end of the safari.

 

 
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