Although not as well known as other safari regions, Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park offers fabulous game drives as well as more intimate walking safaris.
This 9 day itinerary, starting and ending in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, included 3 nights at Kapamba Bush Camp in the south end of the park and 4 nights further north at 2 Remote Africa Safaris camps – 2 nights each at Chikoko Trails Camp, a walking-in only camp, and Tafika Camp.
Lusaka – 1 Night
Review of Latitude 15, Lusaka
Latitude 15, an upscale property located about 30-45 minutes from the airport, is a lovely respite from bustle of Lusaka.
Kapamba Bushcamp Safari, South Luangwa Nat’l Park – 3 Nights
Walking Safari and Game Drives
The combination of walking safaris and games drives offers both the intimacy of walking the bush and getting close to big game in a vehicle.
Review of Kapamba Bushcamp
This rustic yet upscale camp located on the Kapamba River combines both finer amenities and good food with a more natural setting.
Chikoko Trails Camps, South Luangwa Nat’l Park – 2 Nights
Although we did not find the lions we were tracking we did encounter herds of buffalo and elephants and a lone hippo napping in mudhole under a tree.
Review of Chikoko Trails Camps
This was the most rustic of the 3 camps we visited. It’s a great option for those who want a more in-the-bush experience.
Tafika Camp, South Luangwa Nat’l Park – 2 Nights
Highlights included a couple of leopard sightings, giraffes play fighting, crocodiles feeding on a hippo and a new born elephant.
Review of Tafika Camp
What really makes this rustic yet refined camp set on the Luangwa River shine are the attentive hosts that make you feel like a new friend visiting their home.