Rivers and Rainbows – Birding Special
South Luangwa Wet Season Tour 10 days
A unique wet-season trip designed especially for birders. This is the time when travel around the South Luangwa Park is mostly by boat and just the occasional muddy track. Other wildlife has largely dispersed around the park, but the birds are there in profusion with 400 species, including 47 birds of prey plus 32 migrants. Add a Victoria Falls package for a complete Zambia experience.
Please note: on this itinerary, your days will be shared between Kakuli and Chinzombo dependent on availability and local conditions. There will be ample opportunity to fully enjoy both locations.
- Watch as hundreds of migratory birds arrive, providing wonderful photographic opportunities
- The green season brings a time of rebirth leading to good predator activity
- Travel along the Luangwa River by boat which will be teeming with hippos and crocodiles.
- Full board accommodation
- Selected domestic flights
- All transfers
- Game viewing activities
- Standard bar drinks and house wines
- Park fees
ITINERARY9 Nights 10 Days
- Day 1 | Fly to South Luangwa Park
- Days 2-9 | Chinzombo Lodge and Kakuli Bush Camp
- Day 10 | Return to Lusaka
Fly to South Luangwa Park
On arrival at Mfuwe Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to Chinzombo, one of the most luxurious camps in the Luangwa Valley. Game viewing this evening will be by vehicle, leaving camp around 4pm after a spot of high tea. It is traditional to stop inside the park for sundowners, allowing you time to enjoy your first magnificent Zambian sunset. The second half of the drive is usually conducted after dark and focused towards spotting some of the nocturnal species that the park hosts.
Your second day will begin with a light breakfast around the camp fire before an early morning game drive, making the most of the very photogenic morning light. You will return to camp in time for a delicious buffet brunch before having a few hours to relax. Late afternoon you will head out for your second activity where you will be treated to spectacular skyscapes and sunsets, a wealth of migratory birds and crystal clear night skies perfect for star gazing.
Kakuli Bush Camp
After breakfast you will be transferred by boat to Kakuli Bush Camp, one of the only bush camps inside the park to be open during the wet season. Kakuli features luxury tents which overlook the Luangwa River, home to one of the largest concentrations of crocodiles and hippos in Africa. Your days will be made up of a mix of walking and boating safaris which will help create a truly unforgettable safari experience for photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and keen birders alike.
Mid morning you will travel back down stream by boat to Chinzombo where you will spend your last two nights. As your time draws to close you will begin to realise this is one of the most exciting times to visit the Luangwa Valley with the bush in its fullest flush of growth and teeming with new life.
Return to Lusaka
After a relaxed breakfast it is time to bid farewell to the camp and its staff and set off on one last game drive across the park and eventually to Mfuwe airport ready for your onward flight to Lusaka.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Kakuli Bush Camp, South Luangwa
The only true bush camp in the South Luangwa National Park, the Kakuli Bush Camp offers an authentic safari experience with spectacular views on the banks of the Luangwa River.
The Kakuli Bush Camp is situated on an elevated stretch of river bank overlooking a wide grazing lawn which follows the Luangwa River until it meets the confluence of the Luwi River, and this area of the park is renowned for offering some of the best game viewing opportunities in Zambia.
Accommodation is provided in four beautiful traditional walk-in tents made from natural materials, all of which have en-suite bathrooms and have been immaculately furnished and decorated.
The main area of the camp consists of a delightful bar and dining chitenje (lounge) which has been constructed from reed and thatch and overlooks the grazing lawn that leads down to the rivers. This is the perfect spot in which to relax and enjoy the spectacular views and watch the wildlife meander by.
Safari activities from Kakuli can be a mixture of game drives and walking safaris; guests are able to decide each day if they want to venture out on foot or with the vehicle. Most evenings however, you will want to explore the area after dark. This stretch of the Luangwa is bustling with predators and the best time to see them in action is during those first few hours of darkness.
Chinzombo, South Luangwa
Set within 60 acres of private land on the Luangwa River this newly constructed luxury camp offers the highest levels of comfort, style and elegance in one of the most game rich areas of the Luangwa National Park.
Designed by award winning architects, Chinzombo brings a level of luxury previously unseen in the Luangwa Valley. Although the camp is fantastically luxurious, a lot of work has gone in to ensuring that it retains an authentic bush feeling and great detail has been applied to the grass and canvas walls which adorn the spacious living areas and blend into the beautiful surroundings of the camp.
Accommodation is provided in six stunning spacious villas with very large bathrooms and grand sleeping areas. Luxurious and comfortable beds will ensure a great night's sleep and with each villa having its own private swimming pool you can relax in the sun or take a midnight dip under the crystal clear skies.
This grand safari camp has a beautiful main area with spacious and relaxing lounge, bar and dining areas for enjoying the tranquillity and spectacular views on offer.
Chinzombo Camp is the perfect place from which to explore the majestic wilds of the Luangwa in style, luxury and exclusivity, and a wide range of activities and adventures can arranged at your request, whether it be a walking safari or an afternoon game drive.
What Our Customers
There were so many highlights, where to start! Seeing Victoria Falls for the first time, the hot air balloon ride over the delta, watching wild dogs chase a leopard at Selinda, quad biking over the Salt Flats, the list goes on. This really was a trip that will stay close to our hearts for a very long time. The whole Wildfoot Team went the extra mile for us from beginning to end and we can’t thank you enough, we will happily recommend you to friends and family in the future.
The tented camps worked well and the bathrooms were more civilised than expected so feel we made the right choice after all. Really enjoyed the range of activities offered at each of the camps, the mokoro ride and walking safaris being particular good. Got lucky and saw a pride of lions take down a buffalo at Savuti and a wild dog kill at Mfuwe. No lucky with cheetah unfortunately, but now we have a reason to go back!
A superb trip, everything we had hoped for. Wonderful lodges, especially Chinzombo and great guiding throughout, the Pel’s Fishing Owl on the last morning was just the icing on the cake!
Awesome from start to finish, worse part about it was having to come home. Loved every camp and all our guides. Having done loads of safari before with my husband we had high expectations, but no doubt this was the best trip ever. Words will never do Somalisa, justice, died and gone to heaven when we arrived there and they can whip up an almighty Martini! So many photos, so many memories, thank you!
How WILDFOOT creates your holiday Adventure
Talk to someone who knows. Our specialist consultants are here to help you every step of the way – here’s how..
Talk to a specialist
Visit the wildfoot website for inspiration on your choice of adventures and destinations, then call us and speak to one of our specialists for first hand advice. We can start the planning process straight away, if you are ready.
Create your personal
Your specialist consultant will set the ball rolling and work with you to choose the right itinerary (and the right ship, if you are going to the arctic or antarctic) just for you, to suit your requirements and budget.
Help right up
We will answer any questions about your trip that may arise and, when you have paid your balance (12-15 weeks prior to departure), we will send you your detailed itinerary and go through it with you.
We are still there for you even when you have left home – our partners overseas are there to assist, especially for emergencies and you can contact us at any time in the uk by e-mail or telephone.