Day 2: It is an early wakeup call in preparation for the morning drive. Enjoy a light breakfast served with coffee or tea before setting off for the second foray into the National Park. During the drive there are excellent chances of sighting elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and Zebra. You return to camp at around 11:00, in time for brunch. The early afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure; perhaps you fancy a snooze, a swim in the Wildlife Camp pool, or just swapping stories and photographs at the bar. Once it starts to cool down, you’ll have lunch and then it is time to leave camp on foot with an experienced walking guide and armed escort scout. On the way the guide will explain the art of tracking and all about the varied fauna and flora of the Valley, all the while keeping eyes and ears open for the big game that frequent the area. You arrive back at camp in time for sundowners followed by a delicious dinner. The evening is spent around the campfire, looking at the stars and discussing the adventures so far.
Day 3: The third day is really the highlight of the safari, as the drive heads deep into the South Luangwa National Park, venturing further than most visitors ever get. After an early start and a light breakfast at the camp, you set off on the all-day adventure, heading towards more northerly sections of the park, interrupted by a welcome breakfast break in the vicinity of the Tena Crossing. Then you continue your game drive north and lunch time finds you at an unnamed lagoon, which is home to several pods of (very vocal) hippo. The heat of midday is spent relaxing in the shade of a grove of Sausage trees, perhaps catching 40 winks in the process. In the afternoon the journey continues through the ebony groves and lagoons of the northern section of the Park. This is wild area and always carries the anticipation of sighting rare game such as wild dog or eland, en route to the sundowner spot. After the sunset the night drive begins with excellent opportunities to spot shy nocturnal animals such as genets, civets, bushbabies and maybe even the diminutive Sharpe’s Grysbok, ending back at camp in time for a welcome BBQ dinner, drinks and a warming campfire. This is a long but hugely rewarding day, and you might fancy an early night on your return
Day 4: The final breakfast is a scrumptious affair, with a big fry up at the Kakumbi Salt Pan. Keep a sharp lookout for all the usual game, but this is a special day for the birders. The route passes through the hauntingly beautiful Cathedral Mopane Forests, so besides the elephant and giraffe, eyes will be on full alert for the specialized woodland birds, such as racket-tailed rollers and white-helmet shrikes. The salt pan itself attracts a host of water birds, and large flocks of the majestic crowned cranes are a virtual certainty. Finally it is back to camp to get ready for the trip back to Chipata, but there will be some time to catch up on your safari, journal or simply relax by the pool.
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