At a Glance
Dates: September 26th - October 5th, 2022
Extension: We do not currently offer any extensions to this itinerary.
Prices: £2,995 pp sharing (with a £400 single supplement), excluding international flights.
In a sentence: This itinerary has it all: superb game-viewing, stunning scenery and true wilderness appeal.
There is little to say about Zambia's Luangwa Valley that hasn't already been said. Offering unparalleled viewing of leopard, as well as excellent lion, wild dog and elephant sightings, South Luangwa is also home to an impressive number of endemic subspecies including Thornicroft's giraffe, Cookson's wildebeest and Crawshay's zebra. Whilst the main game-viewing area in South Luangwa can sometimes feel busy, the same cannot be said of the stunningly beautiful Lower Zambezi National Park. Just across the Zambezi from the famous Mana Pools of Zimbabwe, the escarpment is a constant backdrop here, often to sightings of everything from cheetah to the rich diversity of birdlife found in the riverine forest. Combined, these two destinations form an itinerary that is hard to beat.
On arrival into Lusaka Airport, guests will be transferred to a comfortable local lodge. Dinner will be served in camp this evening, shortly after a pre-tour briefing, with the remainder of the day at leisure.
Days Two to Four
Lower Zambezi NP
Early on day two we will head directly for the beauty of Lower Zambezi NP. After a chance to settle in to the comfortable lodge, we will head out on a game drive to seek out the wild residents of the national park. What is fantastic about this park is that almost anything could turn up at any moment - guests have previously had unexpected encounters with cheetah and wild dog when out on drive. More commonly seen are elephant, lion and leopard, as well as a range of species of antelope, making every game drive an adventure. Morning and evening game drives are a great way to explore the park during your stay, although guests may also opt for boat cruises on the Zambezi River.
After a final morning game drive in Lower Zambezi, we will transfer to Lusaka, where we will overnight in comfortable lodge accommodation.
Having taken the chance to re-stock on any drinks and personal items, we will today transfer to the town of Chipata (a full day drive)
Days Seven to Nine
South Luangwa NP
These three days are spent exploring the spectacular South Luangwa National Park. Arguably the finest location for leopard sightings anywhere in Africa, visitors can also expect to see buffalo, elephant, lion and even wild dog. Puku, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and many other species are also commonly encountered, making South Luangwa an incredible destination. Our accommodation overlooks the Luangwa River, where herds of elephant routinely come to drink, and pods of hippo reach incredible sizes.
Today guests are transferred to Mfuwe for their homeward flights.
Please be aware that whilst we make every effort to follow the above itinerary as closely as possible, circumstances may
occasionally arise that mean the tour deviates from the itinerary.
Dates and Prices
This tour will run in September and October 2022, aiming to coincide with the height of the dry season when game-viewing is at its very best. The tour will run from September 26th to October 5th.
The cost of this trip is £2,995 per person excl. flights. This includes all meals, accommodation and wildlife-focussed activities. Drinks are not included. We regret that we must levy a single supplement of £400 pp for this trip. To secure a booking, a deposit payment of £1,200 must be paid.
Flights and Visas
Pictus Safaris do not offer flight booking services. However, we do recommend the use of travel comparison websites such as skyscanner.net or momondo.com to identify the best fares, and then booking with the airline directly where possible. This will reduce the likelihood of complications and fees should any issues with your booking arise. If you wish to spend an additional night in Lusaka or Mfuwe at the beginning or end of your tour, we can arrange this for you at an extra cost. We strongly recommend booking flights leaving Lusaka after 21.00 on your return, if leaving on the same day that you return to Lusaka to avoid disruption to your plans.
British nationals do require a visa to enter Zambia. Clients of other nationalities are advised to check well before travel whether they require an entry visa. Details of the process of obtaining a tourist visa for Zambia will be provided to you upon booking. The cost of a Zambia entry visa for UK citizens is $50 - these may be obtained online or on arrival into Zambia.
Weather and What to Bring
The weather in Zambia in September and October is hot and dry, with maximum temperatures of around 31 degrees Celsius. At night, temperatures will drop to around 19 degrees Celsius.
A full packing list will be circulated at least two months prior to departure. Pictus Safaris will be able to provide one extra set of binoculars and two spotlights per group, and clients are welcome to bring additional camera, videography and scope equipment should they wish to. Please note that the use of drones is not permitted in many protected areas. We strongly recommend bringing comfortable, loose-fitting and neutral-coloured clothing on safari - please do not bring camouflage clothing. We recommend against dark coloured clothing (e.g. black or dark blue) as this attracts biting flies. Worn-in hiking boots with ankle support are a must, as are sunglasses, sun protection and a hat.
Do also remember to budget for any expenses not included in the cost of the trip, including for gratuities and additional activities. We recommend bringing US Dollars.
Safety and Security
There are no security concerns in any of the areas visited by this tour.