8 days from £3395pp plus international flights.
Experience a week's privileged access to the operations of the Zambian Carnivore Programme in South Luangwa. Spend time with the project manager Dr Matt Becker and team members as they track and identify animals, gathering vital information on predators. Learn about their conservation work and education programmes and leave with an enhanced understanding of the regions's wildlife and ecosystems.
As well as all this you'll be treated to day and night game drives and bush walks led by experienced safari guides, keen to share their knowledge. South Luangwa National Park is rich in wildlife and has varied landscapes making it a perfect safari destination, and each day will show you different aspects of the region's flora and fauna.
Your base for the week is Robin Pope Safari's Nkwali Camp set on the bank of the Luangwa River overlooking the national park. Accommodation is in private cottages built of bamboo and thatch, with en-suite bathrooms open to the sky, and viewing decks facing the river. The bar deck is the ideal spot to rest between activities as you watch elephants by the river, and there's a swimming pool for cooling off. The dining room and deck have wonderful views of the waterhole, offering further wildlife viewing opportunities as you enjoy the fine food.
This holiday operates just once a year and has a maximum of 6 guests, so this really is an exclusive experience. You'll need to act fast to secure your place, so contact us now if you'd like to be part of this trip of a lifetime.
Photos courtesy Robin Pope Safaris
Guide price from (pp sharing): £3395 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: Only 1 special departure on 11th November 2017: £3395 pp sharing, plus international flights.
7 nights accommodation based on twin share; Lusaka-Mfuwe-Lusaka flights; daily game drives with a Zambian Carnivore Programme team member; game drives and walking safaris; a donation to ZCP; meals as specified; local drinks; park fees; laundry.
International flights and taxes; visas; premium drinks; tips; personal expenses
Getting there: You need to fly into and out of Lusaka. Flights will cost from about £900 per person, depending on season and availability. From the UK the best route is via Johannesburg. We usually book these flights for you.
Departure dates: This is a set group trip that departs once a year and has a maximum of 6 passengers.
How this holiday helps
It’s not often you get the chance to head out into the wilds with conservation experts and researchers. This special once-a-year trip allows you to do just that.
The Luangwa Valley is a very special area of wilderness. It includes Zambia's second largest wild dog population, the largest lion population and one of the largest leopard populations. It is important that these predators are protected as they are constant targets for poachers.
Working with the Zambian Carnivore Programme, Robin Pope Safaris offer this special annual safari whereby you get to accompany the researchers as they do their work in the South Luangwa National Park. It's an insight few travellers will get. Not only will you get a unique safari experience, but also some of your money for the trip goes to back the important work of the ZCP.
You'll be staying at Robin Pope Safaris' Nkwali Camp. RPS have won various awards for their efforts in poverty reduction, they strongly back anti-poaching activities and carnivore research programmes, and they are very careful to use green technology such as solar power, natural air cooling and living grass roofs in order to minimise environmental impact.
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Time: GMT +2 hours
Flight time: Flights from Europe to Lusaka take about 10 hours. Lusaka International Airport is about 25km from the city centre (about 30 minutes transfer).
Language: Zambia's official language is English, but outside of the cities few people speak it.
Visas: Visas are required for most nationalities, although a waiver can normally be organized in advance for British citizens.
Health: This is a malarial country.