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Shenton Safaris' Wild Luangwa

8 days from £4450pp 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).

Itinerary
On a game drive with Shenton Safaris

DAY1: TO SOUTH LUANGWA

On arrival at Lusaka you transfer to a domestic flight north to Mfuwe. Here you will be met by a guide from Shenton Safaris and you set off to Kaingo Camp. Most of your journey will be through South Luangwa Park itself, so this will also be your first taste of game driving here. You'll reach camp in time for lunch and a siesta, later heading out in a 4x4 to see what wildlife is around. Your guide will get you back in time to shower and change before you enjoy a freshly cooked dinner. Lunch, dinner 
Meet the Big cats

DAY 2: KAINGO CAMP

A day dedicated to wildlife viewing. Game drives, night drives, and walking are all offered, so you can have a varied day. Kaingo Camp also has superb hides, so, if you fancy just sitting still and watching the hippos or elephants with fantastic opportunities for photography, no problem!  Full board 
Walking safari at sunset

DAY 3: KAINGO CAMP

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 ion one of the hides, should you wish. Full board
The elephant hide allows for great photographs

DAY 4: KAINGO CAMP

Today you might opt for a walking safari, led by a guide and accompanied by an armed scout. You won't have to walk far for viewings as the area around the camp teems with wildlife. As well as the large animals you'll be able to observe smaller creatures and examine tracks and spoor, learning to 'read' the bush. Your guide will also tell you about the significance of certain plants, and you'll gain a real understanding of the natural world. Tonight you'll have your final dinner at Kaingo followed by drinks round the camp fire. Full board
Wildlife at the 'last waterhole'

DAY 5: MWAMBA CAMP

After breakfast today you'll travel to Mwamba Camp, a 20 minute ride by 4x4. Alternatively you can walk between the camps, wildlife watching en-route, which is a leisurely 3 hours. On arrival you'll be shown to your chalet and will have time to settle in. This afternoon you'll set out on foot with your guide to explore the area around camp which is rich in game with large herds of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest, and predators including lion and leopard. Returning to the camp you can head to the termite mound where a small shelter makes an idea sundowner spot, heading back to camp for dinner in the chitenge (open air dining area). Full board
Shenton safaris are excellent for photographers

DAY 6: MWAMBA CAMP

This is prime walking territory, though you can also go for game drives. With luck you'll come across the Mwamba lion pride, and you're sure to see elephants by the camp's waterholes. However you explore you'll have the benefit of the guide's knowledge and experience to help you make the most of your time on safari. As at Kaingo, there are viewing hides near camp where you watch animals and birds up close. Full board 
Hippos in the Luangwa

DAY 7: MWAMBA CAMP

Wake early (you'll be well used to the safari routine by now) to a hot drink and bite of cake before your first walk or drive of the day. You'll return to a generous full English breakfast and time to relax around camp or visit one of the hides. Lunch is followed by a siesta or chance to catch up on some reading, before afternoon tea. You'll then have a choice of a game drive or walk, before returning for a 3-course dinner in the open air. Full board
Watching wildlife on a walking safari

DAY 8: DEPART

Today you'll enjoy an al fresco breakfast before transferring back to Mfuwe airport in time for your onward flight. Breakfast 
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £4450 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2017: Low season price (May-June) from £4,450 pp sharing, plus international flights.

Includes: 

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.

Excludes: 

International flights and taxes; domestic flight taxes; visa; tips; personal expenses.

Getting there:  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. 

places you will see

places you will see

South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park
This is one of THE best places for an African safari. It is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa.

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