8 days from £5770pp plus international flights.
Shenton Safaris owns two excellent camps in South Luangwa National Park - Kaingo Camp and Mwamba Camp. They are an owner-run operation, with Derek and Jules Shenton at the helm.
This safari combines both of their camps for a week long wildlife experience which should rival most things you can see in the African savannah. South Luangwa is a superb wildlife reserve with really excellent game viewing opportunities including the 'big five'. It is known for its good sightings of leopard, has thousands of hippos, and health populations of lions and wild dogs, as well as a prolific number of other species.
The Shenton camps are good quality and well-run, though Mwamba is a bushcamp, so more rustic than Kaingo. They also have good guides, and the other thing that Shenton are very good at is providing some superb hides. They have various hides dotted around, such as the elephant hide, the hippo hide and the carmine hide. These are amazingly good whether you're photographer and or a wildlife enthusiast. If you're really keen, you can sleep at the elephant hide! (Please note that sleepouts are an extra cost and should be pre-booked).
Another day to enjoy the wildlife whilst based at Kaingo. Activities traditionally take place in the early morning and late afternoon, to coincide with animal activity and avoiding the hottest part of the day. Drives usually last 3-4 hours and the afternoon drive includes a sundowner stop and a night drive back to camp. During the middle of the day you'll relax in camp, enjoying tasty food, watching wildlife from the shaded deck, sipping a drink from the bar and perusing books in the library. You'll also have the chance to spend time in one of the hides, should you wish. Full board
Guide price from (pp sharing): £5770 (ex. international flights)
2020 price guide per person based on 2 sharing:
01 May – 30 Jun 2020 from £5770
01 – 31 Jul & 01 – 30 Nov 2020 from £6165
01 Aug – 31 Oct 2020 from £5995
Full board accommodation based on twin share; airport transfers at Mfuwe; flights Lusaka-Mfuwe-Lusaka; wildlife activities (including use of the hides); park fees; local drinks; laundry.
International flights and taxes; domestic flight taxes; visa; tips; personal expenses.
You need to fly into and out of Lusaka for this trip. Flights will cost from about £700 pp, and BA is usually the best option for most travellers.
Departure dates: This is a private tailor made itinerary which can be taken any time from June to October.
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