Best of Zambia 2019

TOUR DETAILS
TOUR DATES
30 November 2019 - 11 December 2019 Space available

Experience once-in-a-life opportunities in one dedicated photo safari. Join C4 Photo Safaris and specialist wildlife photographic guide, Isak Pretorius, to help you take world class photos of the spectacular and elusive African Pitta, a bat migration where 10 million fruit bats creates the largest mammal migration on earth and enjoy the beauty of South Luangwa in the emerald season. What makes this even better is that you’ll experience this in the wild and untamed wilderness of Zambia’s South Luangwa and Kasanka National Parks with their concentration and diversity of wildlife, this trip offers an unrivalled safari experience.

 

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SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

Experts have dubbed South Luangwa to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa.

The Luangwa River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life-blood of this 9059 km2 Park. South Luangwa’s green season is a magical time and place for wildlife photographers. This is not common knowledge and is still considered a secret. The colourful vegetation, animal action and interaction of the breeding season, amazing cloud formations and few tourists in the Park makes this an ideal time to add something spectacularly different to your photo portfolio. It is also the time of year that Isak took his acclaimed "Cool cat" image that won worldwide fame in the WPY competition and was displayed at the World Economic Forum- representing wildlife in need.


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KASANKA NATIONAL PARK

Kasanka is a beautiful wilderness of woodland, plains, lakes, rivers and swamps in the North of Zambia. As well as its attraction for visitors it forms a valuable protected area for many endangered species. Kasanka is Zambia’s first national park under private management and is entirely reliant on tourism revenue and charitable funding. It is a valuable conservation area with diverse flora and fauna including many endangered species and exceptional birdlife.

Kasanka National Park is one of the most picturesque parks in Zambia and is open all year round. It contains a rich diversity of animal, bird and plant life including several rare species including sitatunga, wattled crane, Ross’s Lourie and Blue Monkeys. Kasanka is also host to a unique and spectacular congregation of several Million Straw-Coloured Fruitbats every November and December.

The arrival of 10 million straw coloured fruit bats into a tiny piece of swamp forest is probably the highlight of the Kasanka calendar. Beside being the world’s largest mammal migration, the annual Bat migration of Southern Africa’s largest bats provides safari lovers and photographers the opportunity for some of the most dramatic footage as millions upon millions of bats take to the skies in the early evening – often against a backdrop of vast and stormy skies or even better, a bright a full moon! At the crack of dawn, they all return to the forest to roost and it is at this time, when the chances of witnessing a natural predation act become a possibility as crowned, martial and fish eagles take to the skies to hunt the returning bats in the cool of the morning.

Another real special highlight for the safari enthusiast about a visit to Kasanka is the outstanding chance of getting clear and multiple sightings of one of Africa’s rarest animals – the swamp dwelling sitatunga. Pontoon campsite, Fibwe Hide and various other points in the park are known to deliver excellent sightings of the mysterious antelopes and should be a high up on any wildlife lover’s list to find!


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These primates are another special part of Kasanka – the blue monkey is a species of Old World Monkey not commonly found anywhere else in Southern Africa while the Kinda Baboon has been identified and researched to show it as a completely separate species of baboon not found anywhere else in Zambia.

To boast a birdlist of over 500 species and be described by Ian Sinclair (one of the world’s leading and foremost experts in birding) as “offering some of Africa’s finest birding” is one thing. However, when you consider the size of Kasanka, you realize what a birding treasure this little park really is!

 

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Highlights

  • JEWEL OF THE FOREST – It’s not difficult to understand why the spectacular, elusive and rare African Pitta is the most sought after bird for photographers in Africa, and now for the first time you’ll get a realistic chance to photograph it.
  • BIGGEST MAMMAL MIGRATION IN THE WORLD – The congregation of 10 million Straw-coloured Fruit Bats in a tiny patch of forest in Zambia is not only a natural history spectacle but on this photo safari you will be taught to get world class photos too.
  • UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES – This photo safari offers the African Pitta, and biggest mammal migration in the world, can be photographed.
  • YOU WILL GET GREAT PHOTOS – Being on a photo safari as oppose to a normal safari means that your specialist wildlife photographic guide will help to improve your photography to take world class photos no matter what level of photographer you are.
  • THE UNTAMED AFRICAN WILDERNESS – Both South Luangwa and Kasanka National Parks are unfenced with free roaming animals that offers the authentic African wilderness experience.
  • TEN DAYS OF SAFARI – Longer than a typical photo safari means that you have a better chance of seeing amazing sightings as well as a chance to explore all the genres of nature photography.
  • STRESS-FREE TRAVEL – This photo safari starts and ends at Zambia’s Lusaka International Airport – from there all travel, food, accommodation and photography activities are included – so just get yourself to Lusaka!!
  • 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.
  • Endemic species include Thornicroft’s Giraffe, Cookson’s Wildebeest and Crawshaw’s Zebra.
  • Regular sightings of the sought after Pel’s Fishing Owl.
  • 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.
  • One of the best places to see lion hunting buffalo.



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 - 2

Latitude 15 degrees Hotel, Zambia

You will be met at the Lusaka International Airport, Zambia, by Isak Pretorius. A latitude 15 degrees representative will meet you and transfer you to the Hotel where you will overnight.

Day 2 - 6

Bilimungwe Bushcamp, Zambia

After breakfast you will be transferred back to the Airport for your flight transfer to Mfuwe Airport, where a Bilimungwe Bushcamp representative will meet you and transfer you to Bilimungwe Bushcamp in time for an afternoon game drive. You will be staying here for 4 nights.

Your C4 photographer and host, Isak Pretorius, will meet you at the Lusaka International Airport. We will depart Lusaka at 10:40 via a scheduled domestic flight, landing at Mfuwe Airport at roughly 11:50. From Mfuwe Airport, there will be a 30 minute road transport to the camp. Once we arrive at Bilimungwe Bushcamp, we’ll have lunch and then a chance to unpack and settle into our rooms. After high tea we’ll go on our first game drive in search of the African Pitta and everything else that will make great photos. The afternoon game drives extend into the evenings for stunning night drives. Here we’ll have the chance to photograph nocturnal animals, like leopard, genets, owls and elephant shrews, using a spotlight. After the night drive we’ll return to camp for dinner and bed.

Bilimungwe Bushcamp is located in the South Luangwa National Park, on the banks of the Luangwa river. This is where we’ll look for the African Pitta. There are a number of breeding pairs in the thickets close to the camp, and although they are still elusive, their mating calls usually give their positions away. Photographers in the past few years have had the best success their in photographing them than anywhere else in Africa. The game viewing around Bilimungwe Bushcamp is great, so we will spend the next few days looking for these birds while on game drives, with a good chance of seeing and photographing more than just the bird.

 

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Day 6 - 8

Wasa Lodge, Zambia

An morning charter flight from Mfuwe Airport to Kasanka National Park means that we’ll have time for a short morning drive for those that are keen. After breakfast we’ll say goodbye to Bilimungwe Bushcamp and embark on a road transfer to the airport for our flight. Once we arrive at Wasa Lodge in Kasanka National Park we’ll have time to unpack, settle into our rooms, and setup for the afternoon photography.

The activities at Kasanka involve short game drives to the lookout points from where we can photograph the bats. The bats are most active around dawn and dusk, so we’ll make sure we’re there at the best times.

After game drive we’ll head back to camp for dinner and bed.

 

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Day 8 - 9

Royal Livingstone Hotel, zambia

Enjoy breakfast after which you will be transfer to the airstrip for your charter flight to Livingstone airport, from here you will be transferred via road to the Royal Livingstone Hotel for one night.  

Bask in graceful safari style only steps from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Sweeping Zambezi River and Savannah views stretch from every veranda as you relax in elegance. Wake-up to the sight of zebras wandering the hotel grounds. Raise a glass at sunset to the marvellous waterfall thundering to its depths as you recline in style. Surrender to relaxation with spa therapies under the shade of monkey trees on the banks of the river.

 

Day  9 - 12

King Lewanika Lodge, Zambia

After an early breakfast you will be transferred back to the Airport for your scheduled flight at 07h10 to King Lewanika Lodge for your 3 nights stay.

One of the earliest protected areas in Africa, Liuwa Plain was first protected in the early 1880s by the king of the Lozi people, King Lewanika. The plains are unspoilt and exclusive with rare game and a rich natural heritage. Here, on this broad grass canvas, the annual flood-waters host a pageant of wild beauty that throbs to the beat of the royal drums.

Despite its luxurious design, King Lewanika Lodge retains its safari authenticity with canvas walls, indoor and outdoor showers, decks overlooking the plains and the use of natural materials. Elements of leather, cotton and canvas complete the design. The villas offer total immersion in the vast landscape, allowing travellers to experience nature’s masterpiece in a meaningful way. With award-winning guides and intimate safari excursions, we bring unrivalled access and absolute exclusivity to the region. Experience the magic of Liuwa Plain, which is home to Africa’s second biggest wildebeest migration, magnificent bird-life, a growing cheetah population and the famed Lady Liuwa lion pride.

 

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Day 12

International flight.

After your last activities at camp you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Livingstone airport in time for your scheduled flight back to Lusaka International Airport. This is the end of the safari.

Latitude 15 Degrees Hotel

Latitude 15° is set amidst the beautiful tree-lined avenues on the south-east corner of Lusaka, 20 minutes to the city centre and 30 minutes from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. They are a hotel with 32 spacious guest rooms,and three 2-bedroom suites, a restaurant, bar, lounge and poolside terrace, blending modern Africa, with a cosmopolitan twist. They are also a private members’ club – The Other Side – which offers all hotel guests a separate dining, drinking, networking and socialising den, a heated pool, a gym, a spa, a contemporary set of workspaces and a series of music, art, fashion, business and party events.

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BILIMUNGWE BUSHCAMP

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 bush camp 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 bush camp 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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WASA LODGE

Wasa Lodge is located on the shores of Lake Wasa and is a delightfully peaceful and tranquil location in Kasanka. Wasa is also the heart of all the Kasanka operations and the bigger of the 2 lodges in Kasanka National Park. A wonderful place to take time out, enjoy the wildlife and birds going about their lives in front of you and the ideal lodge to be based to experience the incredible Bat Migration.

Wasa lodge can accommodate a total of 8 couples or 20 people if utilising all our available beds. There are 4 large chalets and 3 smaller rondavels, all set in the treeline or overlooking over the lake. All the chalets are built in a circular shape and have thatched roofs.

The larger chalets all have double and single beds in the room, a verandah and a simple shower, basin and flush toilet in an en-suite bathroom. The smaller chalets have double or twin beds and an en-suite bathroom with flush toilets and simple bucket showers. Between the chalets is a tree-top platform which makes for a stunning sunrise spot listening to the hippo, puku and fish eagles. The main dining area has beautiful views and is complemented by a cosy bar and chill zone while many a warm and cold drink are enjoyed around the fireplace outside the main building.

Wasa Lodge is located near the airstrip and is the closest accommodation to Maluashi Gate. Wasa is also situated in an area of the park that offers great viewing of puku, hippo, sitatunga and of course, is the closest lodge to the famous Kasanka Bat Forest.

 

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Royal Livingstone Hotel

The Royal Livingstone is located on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, overlooking and with direct access to the Victoria Falls.

Experience the luxury of Anantara in an African paradise. Wildlife roam the hotel freely, offering unforgettable up-close encounters. Embrace the explorer life with indigenous design accents complemented by modern amenities and discreet butler service.

 

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King Lewanika Lodge

Set on the banks of the Munde stream, King Lewanika Lodge is scheduled to open in mid-2017. Just six luxury villas have been carefully designed to make the most of the sweeping vistas from this tranquil and secluded spot. Raised on wooden platforms, the lodges mimic the vast expanse of the Liuwa plains with an open and airy design. Modern and sleek, yet perfectly in tune with their setting, the villas will be open in the front to make the most of the spectacular views. Each villa will feature a comfortable lounge, a spacious bathroom with an outdoor shower and a wide terrace from which to marvel at the views.

Guests will be able to choose from day and night game drives, as well as guided walks. The rainy season, between December and March, will also bring opportunities for boating and canoeing.

 

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$18 850.00 price per sharing person

$20 850.00 price per single person

100% deposit confirms your booking after receipt of completed booking form.

Maximum of 3 clients

 

The above costs include

  • Entrance and accommodation to the reserve.
  • All park fees.
  • All meals and packed lunches arranged for each day (Except on Wednesday: lunch at Bush Inn)
  • C4 Photo guide.
  • Game activities.
  • Dr. Gareth Tate will be hosting you over the course of the workshop.


The above costs don't include

  • Gratuities to staff and guides.
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (Excludes premium brands).
  • Extra activities not included- i.e. hot air balloons.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Travel visas.
  • International Flights.




Day 1

You will be met at the Lusaka International Airport, Zambia, by Isak Pretorius. A latitude 15 degrees representative will meet you and transfer you to the Hotel where you will overnight.

Day 2

After breakfast you will be transferred back to the Airport for your flight transfer to Mfuwe Airport, where a Bilimungwe Bushcamp representative will meet you and transfer you to Bilimungwe Bushcamp in time for an afternoon game drive. You will be staying here for 4 nights.

Day 6

After an early morning game drive and breakfast you will be transferred back to Mfuwe airstrip for your charter flight to Wasa Lodge. A Wasa Lodge representative will meet you at the airstrip to transfer you to Wasa Lodge in time for an afternoon game drive. You will be staying here for 2 nights.

Day 8

Enjoy breakfast after which you will be transfer to the airstrip for your charter flight to Livingstone airport, from here you will be transferred via road to the Royal Livingstone Hotel for one night. 

Day 9

After an early breakfast you will be transferred back to the Airport for your scheduled flight at 07h10 to King Lewanika Lodge for your 3 nights stay.

Day 12

After your last activities at camp you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Livingstone airport in time for your scheduled flight back to Lusaka International Airport. This is the end of the safari.

 
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