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Week on the Wildside

8 days from £3485pp plus international flights.

​Enjoy the sights and sounds of South Luangwa National Park without breaking the bank! This safari has been designed to showcase the rich wildlife and beautiful scenery of the valley, one of the world's foremost safari destinations, allowing you to explore by vehicle and on foot led by expert guides to gain a real insight into nature. 

You'll be a guest of Norman Carr Safaris (NCS), a well-respected company that opened their first camp in 1950, so they know what they're doing! You'll be staying at a selection of bush camps, each offering a different safari experience and all offering the same warm welcome and home-from-home atmosphere.

Days will follow a similar pattern, rising early to set off into the bush before the heat and sunlight become too intense. At this time animals are at their most active, so it's an exciting time to go on safari. On your return to camp you'll find a superb buffet brunch, and you'll spend the next few hours unwinding, enjoying the kind hospitality of the staff. Your second safari takes place in the late afternoon, following a delicious tea, and generally incorporates sundowner drinks. You'll be back in camp in time to shower and change for dinner, and later you'll enjoy a nightcap by the fire. 

The day to day holiday described here is a guide, as the precise itinerary will be determined by NCS 2 weeks before travel, using a combination of their bush camps, all of which are similar in style and facilities. This helps keep the price down, and makes this safari excellent value for money while still offering the highest levels of game viewing, guiding and accommodation.  
camp view


You'll be met by a Norman Carr representative at Lusaka airport and assisted to the domestic flight to Mfuwe in South Luangwa, which takes around an hour. You'll be transferred to Kapani Lodge to relax after your journey, maybe enjoying a swim in the pool. In the mid afternoon you'll be served tea and cakes to sustain you for the game drive, which will continue after dark. Having enjoyed your first safari you'll be able to chat to other guests as you dine. It's been a busy day and you're sure to enjoy a good night's sleep. Dinner 
Walking safari - elephant


After a hot drink and snack in camp it's time to move on. You'll be driven to Luwi Bush Camp, game viewing all the way, arriving in time for a delicious brunch. Spend time settling in to your new surroundings and catching up on some sleep, before your guide leads you on a bush walk in the afternoon, as the heat is abating. Unencumbered by a vehicle, walking has an immediacy that makes you feel part of nature rather than an observer. It also allows you time to examine the finer details like plants insects and small animals, as well as track and watch larger animals. You'll find this world completely absorbing. Full board
Dry river bed


You'll be woken early for a light breakfast by the camp fire before setting out on the morning walk. This gives you the chance to observe the area's scenery and animals in the early morning light. The walk will take around 3 hours, and you'll find brunch waiting for you when you get back. You can sit out the heat of the day in camp, perhaps venturing to the hide to watch hippos in the lagoon. In the afternoon you'll be offered another nature walk, maybe catching a glimpse of Luwi's famous lions, ending back at the hide for sundowners. Full board  
afternoon tea


This morning you'll travel to your next camp, Nsolo, on foot or by road. Either way you'll arrive in time for brunch, as you've come to expect by now! The dining area, lounge and bar overlook the Luwi River, frequented by game. Take things easy and in the late afternoon following tea you'll have a choice of game drive or guided walk to explore this new area. Lions are often seen here and there are good chances of spotting wild dogs. You'll be back in time for dinner, served al fresco under the stars. Full board
wilddogs in road


Today you'll again have a choice of game drives and walks, or a combination of both. Safaris are timed to coincide with animal activity and take place in the early morning and late afternoon. You'll have time to relax in the middle of the day, chatting to other guests in the lounge, browsing through books and watching elephants by the river. Your afternoon activity usually includes sundowners at a specially selected location, and you'll return in time for the chef's delicious dinner. Full board  


Enjoy breakfast in the open air before packing your bags for the move to Kakuli Bush Camp. You can travel in the safari vehicle or opt to walk, either way there'll be plenty to see on the way. You'll be welcomed by the staff and treated to lunch in the open-sided main area, with views across the lawn that leads down to the Luangwa River, where hippos and crocodiles are often seen. It's a wonderfully relaxing setting. This afternoon you'll have a game drive or walk and your guide will tell you all about the flora and fauna of the area. Full board
starry night


A full day to explore Kakuli. After breakfast you can choose between a game drive and walk this morning, spending the next few hours immersed in the natural world. The guides here all have an extensive knowledge of the animals, birds and plants and are happy to share this, to introduce you to this very special world. Leopards and lions are among the predators seen here, adding to the excitement. You'll have a second activity in the afternoon, with the chance of observing nocturnal species by the river. Enjoy dinner in camp, an opportunity to look back over the last few days in South Luangwa, before heading to your tent to sleep. Full board 
camp decking area


Awake to the now familiar sounds of the African bush before sitting down to a generous breakfast within sight of the river. Later you'll be driven back to Mfuwe for the flight back to Lusaka, and your onward travel arrangements. Breakfast 
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £3485 (ex. international flights)

Includes: Full board accommodation on twin share basis; return airport transfers; flights Lusaka-Mfuwe-Lusaka; bar drinks only at bush camps; safari activities; park fees; laundry.

Excludes: International flights and taxes; domestic flight taxes; visa; most drinks; tips; personal expenses

Getting there: You need to fly into and out of Lusaka for this holiday. As there are no direct flights into Lusaka from Europe, most people find that travelling via Johannesburg is the best option.  Flights will cost from about £900 per person and we usually book these for you. 

Departure dates: This trip can be tailor-made for you at any date you choose between June and October, subject to availability.  In order to get this favourable price, the camps are not confirmed to you until 2 weeks before you travel. However you will have at least 2 camps, possibly 3, and they will all belong to Norman Carr Safaris. 

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.
Special Offers

A cheaper way to safari, and no single supplement

Norman Carr Safaris (NCS) owns and runs 4 high quality safari camps in South Luangwa National Park – Kapani Lodge, and Luwi, Nsolo and Kakuli Bushcamps.  To allow NCS to maximise bookings in the small camps, they offer a substantial discount if you allow them to decide your 7-night itinerary just 2 weeks before you travel. They guarantee at least 3 of their camps and guarantee the smooth running of your safari. They also offer no single supplement charges for lone travellers.

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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.

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