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Week on the Wildside

8 days from £4315pp 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.  

Itinerary
camp view

DAY 1: ARRIVE SOUTH LUANGWA

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 your first camp to relax after your journey. 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. (The following itinerary is juts an idea of what could happen). Dinner 

Walking safari - elephant

DAY 2: SOUTH LUANGWA

After a hot drink and snack in camp it's time to get out on safari. Since this is a special trip whereby the actual itinerary is only confirmed 2 weeks before you travel, we don't know which of the 3 camps - Luwi, Nsolo or Kakuli - you'll be in each night, but whichever it is, you'll be enjoying stunning wildlife viewing with the Norman Carr guides. Today, perhaps you'll take 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

DAY 3: SOUTH LUANGWA

You'll be woken early for a light breakfast by the camp fire, perhaps 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. Walks generally 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 could be offered another nature walk, maybe catching a glimpse of the area's lions, ending back at the hide for sundowners. Full board  

afternoon tea

DAY 4: SOUTH LUANGWA

If you're at Nsolo today you'll find 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

DAY 5: SOUTH LUANGWA

Today you'll probably 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  

hippos

DAY 6: SOUTH LUANGWA

Assuming you were at Nsolo last night, enjoy breakfast in the open air before packing your bags for the move to another camp - 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

DAY 7: SOUTH LUANGWA

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

DAY 8: DEPART

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): £4315 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2018 Guide prices pp sharing: 20 May-4 November £4,315. (Two of your nights are free of charge).

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 is a specially discounted trip which you can take between 20th May and 4th November 2018. It is a 7 night safari, using the Norman Carr Safaris camps of Luwi, Nsolo and Kakuli, however in order to get this special price, your actual itinerary won't be confirmed by Norman Carr Safaris until 2 weeks before you travel. 

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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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).

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