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Mwaleshi Camp, North Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Best of Luangwa & Bangeweulu – 12 Days

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This 12-day South Luangwa, North Luangwa and Bangweulu Swamps safari is an incomparable wildlife experience. Combine 6 nights in South Luangwa National Park with 3 nights in the remote North Luangwa National Park and end off with 2 nights at the incredible Bangweulu Swamps. It’s an itinerary built on unique experiences in Zambia such as seeing the iconic shoebill or cycling through the Luangwa bush.

Country(s): Zambia
Duration: 1 - 2 Weeks

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Highlights of the 12-day South Luangwa, North Luangwa and Bangweulu Swamps Safari.

Tafika Camp, South Luangwa National Park

Life slows down for visitors to Tafika Camp with the daily routine designed around the rhythm of the bush. Located on the east bank of the Luangwa River, this South Luangwa National Park accommodation offers exceptional game viewing. Game can be observed close to the camp from the two hides that overlook the waterhole and further afield during game drives, walking safaris and even bicycle safaris!

The Luangwa Valley and especially the Nsefu sector, in which Tafika Camp is located, is known as The Valley of the Leopard because of the high number of leopards found here. You’ll also have the opportunity to see serval, crowned cranes, lion, wild dog, elephant, giraffe, puku, hippo and crocodiles on this part of your Zambia holiday.

Chikoko Trails

Note that Chikoko Trails comprises the two bush camps: Chikoko Tree Camp AND Big Lagoon Camp. Guests will get to experience both, but the order and duration of your stay at the camps is dependent on availability.

Chikoko Tree Camp, South Luangwa National Park

Located on the west bank of the South Luangwa National Park, the simple yet comfortable Chikoko Tree Camp is only accessible on foot. The three chalets are raised above the ground ensuring great views of the surrounding landscape.

Walking safaris in Zambia are unique but at Chikoko they are unforgettable. Following worn animal paths, your guide will unveil the mysteries of the bush one step at a time. Every walking safari is accompanied by an armed National Park scout and a tea bearer for that all-important tea break!  The four-hour long morning walk starts early to avoid the heat but afternoon walks are shorter and return before dusk.

The Chikoko Tree Camp is built from natural materials and raised to sit within the surrounding acacia tree canopy.

Big Lagoon Camp

This accommodation option comprises three chalets that are all nestled beneath a grove of gorgeous Muchenja (Ebony) trees. The camp overlooks a beautiful lagoon which makes it the perfect location for armchair game-viewing as you marvel at the daily wild visitors who stop by for a drink. 

This camp was built using natural materials to blend in with its environment. The accommodation is comfortable, the location is perfect and created especially for our guests to ensure that they have the most authentic African experience possible, with all the amenities they require for comfort. 

Takwela Camp, North Luangwa National Park

Takwela Camp, North Luangwa is located at the confluence of the Luangwa and Mwaleshi Rivers with stunning views of the river and some of its 450 resident hippos. The camp prides itself on its small eco-footprint and is powered by solar energy and mostly built by villagers from local, natural materials.

Guests on safari in Zambia and staying at Takwela’s are often rewarded with exclusive wildlife sightings because of its location. The park hosts a highly successful black rhino sanctuary and healthy populations of lion, hyena, elephant, buffalo, leopard, wildebeest, wild dog and over 416 bird species. 

Shoebill Island Camp, Bangweulu Swamps

This very special camp is situated on the edge of the extraordinary Bangweulu wetlands where the iconic shoebills breed. The wetlands area is a community-owned and protected area where the villagers have retained the right to live off the land in a sustainable way. While on safari at the Bangweulu Swamps guest can go on walking safaris, game drives and deep hull (photographic) canoeing and mokoro rides and also community visits with the seasonal fishermen of the region.

A visit to Shoebill Island Camp wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Shoebill Guardian Program and the shoebill nests (seasonal). Two nights at the Shoebill Island Camp is a fitting end to an unforgettable Luangwa and Bangweulu Swamps safari.

Includes & Excludes

Included in your South Luangwa, North Luangwa and Bangweulu Swamps safari
  • Flight from Mwanya/Lukuzi airstrip to Mwaleshi airstrip
  • Flight from Mwaleshi airstrip to Chimbwe airstrip
  • Flight from Chimbwe airstrip to Mfuwe Airport
  • All Mfuwe Airport and airstrip transfers to/from camps
  • Passenger safety charges and landing fees
  • South Luangwa National Park fees
  • Breakfast, buffet lunch and 3-course dinner daily
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Morning and evening game drives led by experienced guides at Tafika Camp
  • Mountain bike safari or cultural village visit at Tafika Camp
  • Morning and afternoon walking safaris led by experienced guides at Chikoko Tree Camp and Big Lagoon Camp
  • Morning and afternoon game drives or walking safaris led by experienced guides at Takwela Camp
  • Morning and afternoon game drives, walking safaris, canoeing or a visit to the shoebill nest at Shoebill Island Camp
  • Selected Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Contribution to the Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund
Excluded
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Insurances

Accommodation

For more information on where you’ll be staying during the 12-Day Luangwa and Bangweulu Safari,  view the full itinerary here.

Day 1 to 3: Tafika Camp, South Luangwa National Park

Day 4 to 6: Chikoko Tree Camp and Big Lagoon Camp, South Luangwa National Park

Day 7 to 9: Takwela Camp, North Luangwa National Park

Day 10 to 12:  Shoebill Island Camp, Bangweulu Swamps

Full Itinerary

View the full 12-Day South Luangwa, North Luangwa and Bangweulu Safari itinerary here.

Itinerary

On arrival at Mfuwe Airport, Zambia, you will be met and transferred to Tafika Camp, situated on the banks of the Luangwa River in South Luangwa National Park. Spend the next three days of your Zambia safari exploring the wilderness of South Luangwa with game drives, walking safaris and bicycle.
After breakfast, we depart for Chikoko Trails Camp on foot just a few kilometres upstream from Tafika. The next 3 days of your Zambian adventure are all about getting close to the bush. Morning and afternoon walking safaris will follow tracks and quietly explore this untouched Zambian National Park. Because of its remoteness guests regularly enjoy the spectacular game and bird sightings.
Our North Luangwa safari starts today with a 30-minute flight to Mwaleshi airstrip and a road transfer to Takwela Camp. Surrounded by pristine bush and situated at the confluence of the Luangwa and Mwaleshi Rivers, the remote Takwela offers guests an immersive wildlife experience. Game drives and walking safaris explore the untouched bush, tracking animals big and small.
We end our unforgettable Zambia safari with 2 nights at the Bangweulu Swamps. A 55-minute flight to Chimbwe airstrip, followed by a 10-minute drive or 30-minute canoe trip (season depending) takes us to Shoebill Island Camp. Home to large herds of Black Lechwe antelope, endemic to Bangweulu and an incredible diversity of birds, including the most unusual and the Shoebill. Spend your days exploring the land via walking safaris and on game drives.
Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Chimbwe airstrip for your flight to Mfuwe Airport. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our unforgettable African adventures!
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