South Luangwa is nestled deep within the rift valley of Zambia. It combines some of the best wildlife viewing 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.
Over the last few years C4 Photo Safaris has run photo safaris into the wonderful ecosystem that is the South Luangwa Valley. These safaris always produce magical sightings and experiences and with Isak as your specialist photo guide, clients have returned home with amazing images. Isak and Jonathan Scott discovered that they both have an affinity for the South Luangwa, with Jonathan having visited it many times in the last 30 years. They quickly realised the benefit of them both hosting a safari in the valley in order for clients to gain even more from their safari. Jonathan’s extensive experience, depth of knowledge and wealth of information on the area coupled with Isak’s excellent natural history knowledge and specialist photographic skills are one of the most perfect combinations for providing a safari that will deliver on all fronts.
Jonathan and his wife Angela are the only couple to have both won the overall BBC wildlife photographer of the year award as individuals; they have written numerous books and have produced many TV shows. The most well known being BBC’s Big Cat Diaries which was a worldwide success. Their latest book Sacred Nature: Life’s Eternal Dance (HPH) won the Gold Award for Photography in the IPPY Book Awards 2017.
Jonathan will be joining us to share his love of South Luangwa, inspire, educate and present talks on conservation and photography in this beautiful part of the world. You will have unprecedented opportunity to enjoy time with one of the Africa’s most respected educators, learning from his experiences, sharing his company and being inspired by his passion and enthusiasm. Jonathan Scott and Isak Pretorius will accompany you on the safari to ensure you experience the very best from this ecosystem and this safari.
South Luangwa has a variety of landscapes on offer. 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 in the two luxurious camps (Kaingo & Mwamba) 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.
Kaingo’s unique photographic hides are a special feature of this safari. These hides are guaranteed to get you close enough to the wildlife to take a whole host of stunning photos - in complete safety. Kaingo has the following photographic hides to offer:
These hides have been used in documentaries for BBC wildlife as well as National Geographic. You can expect excellent action and great photography form them.
C4 Photo Safaris has arranged accommodation at Kaingo and Mwamba camp in the north 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 (Thorneycroft’s) 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.
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 your 7 nights stay at the Kaingo Camp.
Overlooking the Luangwa River deep within the prime area of the South Luangwa National Park, Kaingo’s relaxed, personal and friendly atmosphere offers its guests fantastic game-viewing opportunities within an area of incredible beauty and varied terrain.
Transfer back to Mfuwe airstrip for your flight transfer back to Lusaka International Airport. This is the end of the safari.
Overlooking the Luangwa River deep within the prime area of the South Luangwa National Park, Kaingo’s relaxed, personal and friendly atmosphere offers its guests fantastic game-viewing opportunities within an area of incredible beauty and varied terrain. Built and run by Derek Shenton, son of Barry Shenton – former ranger in Luangwa and warden of Kafue National Park – Kaingo has many attributes from the Shenton family ranging from the camps stylish design and practical layout to the local farm produce. The large centrally located open-sided sitting room includes a dining area, library and Kaingo’s renowned thousand year old lead-wood bar.
Nestled discretely apart on the banks of the river, Kaingo’s chalets were designed with the sole purpose of transporting you safely into the world of the Luangwa without a single distraction.
30% deposit confirms your booking. Balance payable 8 week before tour start date.
Maximum 8 clients.
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 Kaingo Camp for 7 nights.
After your last morning game drive and breakfast at Kaingo Camp you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your flight transfer back to Lusaka. This is the end of the safari.
"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
"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
"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