2019/09/01 to 2019/09/08

Ultimate Predators of South Luangwa 2019



Tour Dates

1 September 2019 - 8 September 2019 Space available


Nestled deep within the rift valley of Zambia lies a reserve that combines some of the best wildlife viewings in Africa in a setting as unique as its wildlife is diverse. South Luangwa, with the Muchinga escarpment on its western border and the Luangwa River to the east, is a reserve that conjures up scenes of classic Africa.


The open forest floors allow for clear photography, whilst the huge stands of African ebony trees provide the perfect backdrop to the stunning scenes that you will witness and the Luangwa River meanders along, filled with and attracting all manner of wildlife.

Here you will spend 7 nights inside the actual reserve (Many lodges are outside) overlooking one of the floodplains that make this area so special. South Luangwa has all the romanticism of adventure and exploration from day’s gone bye, but today it is the wildlife that’s the main attraction - the wildlife and Luangwa River.

 

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C4 Photo Safaris has arranged accommodation at Mfuwe Lodge in the eastern part of the reserve. During the rainy season, the reserve is a veritable marshland of mud and elephant damaged roads- almost impassable. However, during the dry season, the languidly meandering Luangwa river dries up, forming pools of water, ox-bow lakes and dead-end tributaries- and it is these pools of water in the high woodland which produce such stunning wildlife viewing.

South Luangwa hosts large populations of elephants, buffalo, hippopotamus and (Thornycroft) giraffe. Leopard and Lion are exceptionally well represented- indeed; South Luangwa is touted as having one of the highest densities of leopard in Africa. Birds are also a major attraction in Luangwa- with over 420 species recorded. The highlight of the birding experience here is seeing the various storks and herons flocking to feed on the fish in drying pools- which you can expect to see at this time of year. In all, it provides one of the highlights of African wildlife.

 

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About your host, Kyle de Nobrega

With a deeply embedded passion for conservation and the wilderness in Africa, Kyle has spent the last decade exploring and guiding across the continent, sharing the formless intricacies, wonders and stories embedded in the wilderness with guests on Safari. Kyle currently specializes in crafting immersive safari experiences in Botswana, Chad, Zambia, both of the Congo’s, the Central African Republic and Tanzania. Each destination is carefully and honestly chosen for 3 things that combine to create the most holistic journey:

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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 - 4

Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia

 International departures to Lusaka and direct transfer to Mfuwe airstrip. It is a 45 min transfer to the reserve form the airstrip. You will be staying at Mfuwe Lodge for 3 nights.

 

Day 4 - 7

Bilimungwe Lodge, Zambia

 After your last morning game drive and breakfast at Mfuwe Lodge you will make your way via road to Bilimungwe Lodge for your 3 nights stay.

 

Day 7 - 8

Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia

 You will be transferred back to Mfuwe Lodge by road for your last night in South Luangwa.

 

Day 8

Lusaka International Airport, Zambia

 After your last morning game drive and breakfast at Mfuwe Lodge you will make your way back to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Lusaka International Airport in time for your international departures. This is the end of the safari.

 

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Photographic highlights are:

  • Classic scenes of the Luangwa river meandering through the wide river banks.
  • Hundreds of Hippopotamus in the pools and main river.
  • Large elephant herds in the woodlands, drinking at the rivers edge and in front camp.
  • One of the only places to see Thornycrofts Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis thornicrofti.
  • Excellent lion population.
  • Very high density of leopard, with very relaxed individuals.
  • Flocks of storks, herons and egrets feeding in the drying pools for fish.
  • Excellent sightings of large water birds in the Luangwa River.
  • Buffalo herds drinking at the rivers edge numbering into the hundreds.

 

Mfuwe Lodge

Ease yourself into Luangwa life with a stay at the award-winning Mfuwe Lodge. Set inside the park, just five minutes drive from the main gate, the lodge’s allure is instantly obvious. Beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany, its thatched buildings are arranged around the banks of two lagoons where an endless stream of wildlife will keep you enthralled as you lounge on the open deck or take a dip in the swimming pool. The airy interior of the lodge is an exquisite complement to its natural surroundings.

This region of the park is renowned for its prolific game – giraffe, hippos, buffalo, antelope, and crocodile are constant visitors to Mfuwe Lodge’s lagoon, whilst in November the local elephants regularly wander right through the lobby, lured by a nearby wild mango tree. Whether you stay overnight, or just have lunch en route to a Bushcamp, Mfuwe Lodge’s relaxed charm and enviable surroundings make it the perfect stopover. Voted Best Lodge in Zambia in 2009 Mfuwe Lodge also offers you the chance to relax at its Bush-Spa or buy a few mementos of your time in Zambia at our curio shop.

 

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Bilimungwe Lodge

Warm and welcoming, this beautiful camp blends seamlessly with its surroundings and offers unrivalled wildlife viewings. It’s hard not to be seduced by the charm of Bilimungwe. Here, the traditions of the African bushcamp meet elegance and style to create a stunning camp that feels like it has grown organically out of the surrounding landscape. Set beneath a huge mahogany tree, the heart of Bilimungwe is the cool, shady lounge area that looks out over one of the camps three waterholes. Settle down in a cosy armchair with a sundowner and relax as you watch an enviable display of spectacular birds and animals that clearly feel as comfortable here as you do. With the open waters of the Luangwa River also on your doorstep and a nearby plain where leopard prowl, its clear that this is a nature-lovers paradise, and with Manda Chisanga – Bilimungwes award-winning resident guide – to lead you, you could not be in better hands. (In the event that Manda is not available, another guide from The Bushcamp Companys excellent and experienced team will be on hand).

Bliimungwe’s four raised thatched rooms have been carefully designed to ensure the height of comfort whilst still retaining that authentic bushcamp feel. The tangle of mature mahogany trees that surround camp are echoed in the rich, wood interiors and the beautiful wooden furniture, handmade by local artisans. Bright African textiles bring splashes of colour to the elegant rooms. After an early morning game drive, head back to your room for a refreshing, open-air waterfall shower, or continue the wildlife spectacle from your private deck. Two of the chalets have twin beds (queen-sized beds), while the other two each have a king bed. Bilimungwe sleeps up to eight guests and is open from May to December.

 

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$8 500.00 per person sharing

$9 400.00 per single supplement

30% Deposit confirms your place. Balance due 8 weeks prior to your departures.

Maximum 8 photographers. Minimum of 4 photographers.


Costs above include

  • Pickup and transport for the entire tour.
  • Entrance to concession and accommodation in camp.
  • All meals, based on three meals a day.
  • The services of our guides.
  • Luggage allowance per person is 23kg and 5 kg hand luggage.
  • Internal flight transfers: Lusaka - mfuwe return.

Not included

  • Gratuities to staff and guides.
  • Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks.
  • Extra activities not included.
  • International Flights.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Travel visas.

 



Day 1

International departures to Lusaka and direct transfer to Mfuwe airstrip. It is a 45 min transfer to the reserve form the airstrip. You will be staying at Mfuwe Lodge for 3 nights.

Day 4

After your last morning game drive and breakfast at Mfuwe Lodge you will make your way via road to Bilimungwe Lodge for your 3 nights stay.

Day 7

You will be transferred back to Mfuwe Lodge by road for your last night in South Luangwa.

Day 8

After your last morning game drive and breakfast at Mfuwe Lodge you will make your way back to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Lusaka International Airport in time for your international departures. This is the end of the safari.

 
Thank you for your Testimonial, it's much appreciated!

South Luangwa

"We spent a week with Isak Pretorius in South Luangwa What a gem! We were a group of friends who have done serious game watching in the past together but this was something else. We saw leopards at least twice a day probably the best sightings ever. Chiteni Lodge is situated in the most picturesque spot in the African bush that we have ever been to. The service and hospitality of our hosts were remarkable. As usual, Isak was a star and we always learn so much added to that his delightful sense of humour of course. Our photographs are simply great. We are already planning our next visit. "

Leonie
01 August 2018


South Luangwa & Mashatu

"Fantastic trip with fabulous wildlife sightings. Kyles expert instruction and knowledge of the camps and the wildlife greatly enhanced our experience. This trip EXCEEDED all of our expectations. He gave all of us great tips on how to enhance our photography. I learned a tremendous amount from him and came away with some of my best photographs! Loved the photography hides at both camps."

Virginia Huang
01 August 2018


Mashatu, Mana Pools, MwambaKaingo South Luangwa

"We have travelled with C4 Photo Safaris and Iconic Images International on 6 occasions in Africa as well as to Antarctica and Iceland. This trip was a Mana Pools Workshop booked with private trips to Mashatu and South Luangwa. As with all of our previous trips this was another amazing adventure designed specifically for keen wildlife photographers. As specialists in this field C4 know exactly what photographers require for a rewarding trip capturing high quality sightings and images. The importance of the right locations at the right time of year coupled with properly equipped vehicles, high quality guides and adequate weight limits for small aircraft transfers cannot be underestimated. We have previously travelled to Mashatu and have an affinity with it for good wildlife sightings coupled with the hides and very friendly Botswanan staff. Mana Pools is an amazing elephant experience to be able to get within metres of wild animals and to see the trust of a mother to allow a young calf to approach us. Walking with a pride of lions is not typically done on safaris and is also very special. Camping with the hippos serenading you to sleep at your front door is memorable. South Luangwa is a great location with excellent sightings of leopards, lions, wild dogs as well as bird life, hippos, elephants. Mwamba, Kaingo have a number of purpose built hides for hippos, elephants, birds and carmine bee eaters. A thoroughly enjoyable location with many great photo opportunities. For anyone wishing to participate in top quality photographic safaris we would have no hesitation in recommending C4 Photo Safaris."

Nev and Viv Bryant
16 July 2016


South Luangwa, Zambia









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