South Luangwa Emerald Season Special

17 January 2021 - 24 January 2021 Space Available

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.

This safari is specifically designed to offer the most affordable way to experience a photo safari to one of Africa’s top National Parks in Isak’s favourite season. You will have the chance to learn the techniques to create your own stunning portfolio of wildlife photographs by having a professional photographer close at hand, both on the two game drives a day, and the classroom style presentations that will be conducted between the game drives. Photographers of any level are welcome, whether you are picking up a camera for the first time, or if you are already an expert photographer. Isak will help you take your photography to the next level.

The Luangwa Valley is a magnet for wildlife. It is one of the few wild and untamed wilderness areas left in Africa, making it no surprise that it’s one of Isak’s favourite wildlife photography destinations. Lions, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas flourish in this rich ecosystem that is a paradise for elephants, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and other general game. With the backdrop of the winding Luangwa River, the massive forests of African Ebony Trees, and the oxbow lagoons, you can’t beat this as one of Africa’s top wildlife photography experiences.

Maximum 8 and a minimum of 4 clients.


From December to April each year, South Luangwa transforms into a an emerald green jungle. The colourful vegetation adds a new dimension to the typical brown-toned photo portfolio of South Luangwa’s popular dry season. Mfuwe Lodge is the perfect location for the green season. All the general game and predators are still active around the Mfuwe Lodge area, the Lodge’s all-weather roads is the reason that the lodge is one of only a few that can stay open in the wet season, and being one of the only open lodges located inside the park it conveniently eliminates the drama of entry through the park gates on each drive. There is a good chance that you will experience a rain shower during this safari, which is considered a great advantage to capture those unique “animals-in-the-rain” photos. So, be prepared not only with a good rain coat and camera protection, but also to add a new dimension to your photo portfolio!


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 Thorny-crofts 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.
  • The colourful vegetation creates images unlike anything you’ve ever photographed in the dry season.
  • Lodge is located inside the park – You can start to photograph the wildlife as soon as you drive out of the lodge, unlike everyone else who has to go through the Park entrance gate.
  • The magic of the emerald season is still unknown and considered a secret, so you won’t see many other tourists in the Park.
  • The green season in Africa is the height of the breeding season where all predators takes advantage of the abundance of prey.
  • Long night drives with strong spotlights offers the best chance to see genets, civets, owls and leopards in Africa.
  • The main aim of the safari is to show you great sightings and teach you both technical and artistic skills to elevate your own photography.
  • We cater for all levels of photographers, from beginners to the experts – everyone will feel welcome.
  • The safari is 8 days long and is longer than a typical photo workshop means that you have a better chance of seeing amazing sightings as well as a chance to explore all the genres of nature photography.
  • Unfenced with free roaming animals, this is an authentic African wilderness experience.

N.B. Please read our Covid-19 protocol to familiarise yourself with South African tourism protocols. These policies are subject to change. C4 Photo Safaris PTY LTD is a facilitator of Safaris and the right of admission is at all times reserved to the guests of our lodge partners by prior booking.

  • All guests will be required to complete a C4 indemnity form together with a medical and travel declaration form.
  • All guests will be required to practice social distancing when in camp. Masks or face shields are compulsory in areas where social distancing is not possible.

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

Lusaka International Airport, Zambia

You will arrive at the Lusaka International Airport and you will be met by a C4 representative, where you will then be transferred via a scheduled flight to Mfuwe Airstrip in the South Luangwa National park for you 6 nights stay at the Mfuwe Lodge.


Day 1 - 7

Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia

 Overlooking the Luangwa River deep within the prime area of the South Luangwa National Park, Mfuwe’s relaxed, personal and friendly atmosphere offers its guests fantastic game-viewing opportunities within an area of incredible beauty and varied terrain.


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.

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.

$4 650.00 price per sharing person

$5 300.00 price per single person

30% Deposit confirms your place.
Minimum of 4 and a maximum 8 guests.

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 30kgs.
  • 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 7 nights.

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.

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