Hippos in South Luangwa

Shenton Safaris Wild Luangwa Itinerary

An excellent week's safari in Zambia's South Luangwa with owner-run Shenton Safaris camps.

8 days from £6400pp plus international flights.

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Hippo in South Luangwa

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

Hippo in South Luangwa

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!

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Hippo in South Luangwa

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 three or four 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.

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Hippo in South Luangwa

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.

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Hippo in South Luangwa

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 three 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).

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Hippo in South Luangwa

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.

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Hippo in South 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.

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Hippo in South Luangwa

Day 8

Depart

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

Breakfast

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