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Zambia, Liuwa Plains Safari (LRP 2)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 4 - 5 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination(s): Zambia  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: May - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2910 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3645 US Dollar (USD)

Having become well known as a mobile safari operator offering fully guided, personal and exclusive safaris to small and private groups, where the emphasis is on mobile or camping safaris, the operator has the pleasure of offering a range of “All Lodge”, “Bush Camp” and “Walking” safaris.

These have been designed from selected portfolios from other operators, choosing only the very best to make up interesting and often unique safari itineraries in some of the finest game viewing areas of southern Africa.

Initially concentrating on Zambia, these safaris include the top national parks of South Luangwa/Nsefu sector, Lower Zambezi, Liuwa Plains, Kasanka as well as other game areas such as the Bengweulu Swamps and or a combination of the above.

The camps (more like boutique lodges) are all in strategic, beautiful and often remote locations. Accommodation is in a mix of safari tents, reeded huts, chalets and other similar all with en-suite bathroom facilities, full “lodge’ amenities, each with cooks, guides and other crew to look after you.

Your choice can be from 4-5 night to 10 night safaris, single location or 2-3 camp safaris, bush camping or walking safaris. Transfer between camps will either be light aircraft or by road often as a game drive in itself. Or of course by foot, led by experienced guides in the case of walking safaris.

Brief Overview

Liuwa Plain National Park is situated in a remote section of Western Zambia. During December there will be dramatic skies with fantastic cloud build up and amazing electrical storms that pass through. This time of year blue wildbeest migrate from Angola, and can viewed in their thousands, often mingling with zebra and tsessebe. The plains come alive with many flowers covering the ground. In May and June the rains have gone, but there is plenty of water remaining in the depressions providing water for all the inhabitants. Liuwa Plains is home to many antelope species that are rare in other locations such as roan, red lechwe, steinbuck, oribi and duiker. Liuwa Parks has recently re-introduced eland and buffalo and their numbers are expected to increase. The area is famous for its abundant birdlife as a mix of plains and woodland allow a larger diversity of species. More unusual species include pink throated longclaw, sooty chat, black winged pratincoles and wattled cranes. The rolling grasslands and diversity give rise to many superb photographic opportunities.

Day 1

From Lusaka, taking off around 08:00, the charter flight to Kalabo will take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours depending on the aircraft. The first half of the flight is over the extensive Kafue River flats - with water, reed and channels as far as the eye can see. After flying over the Iteshi Iteshi dam the landscape changes to sandveldt bush. Then you will see Mongu to the left and the Zambezi River and its surrounding flood plain. Kalabo is a further 10 minutes. You will be met by your guide and driven to the pontoon to cross the Luanginga River. The harbour seems to be the centre of this remote town and there are plenty of activity to watch. The drive to camp is two hours, firstly through woodland on sandy roads and then out onto the open plain. The game and birds will start to slow you down! You will arrive in camp for a late lunch.

After settling in, lunch and a rest the afternoon drive will take you out onto the plains. There will be a host of birds and wildlife to see. Sunset will be out on the plains, with a well earned beer or G&T and then you will head back to camp for showers, the campfire and dinner. Liuwa Plain Camp

Days 2 - 4

Exploring the plains and woodlands will be an amazing experience. Your guide will take you out on either bush walks or game drives. There are lagoons and waterholes, literally filled with birds to walk around. There are miles of open plains to drive through, finding the host of wildlife. The pattern of the days will vary but will be based around an early start with a light breakfast, returning for an early lunch. A siesta before afternoon tea and the afternoon drive. A sundowner out on the plains and then returning at dark to camp. Liuwa Plain Camp

Day 5

December safaris - leave camp around 0730 for the 2 hour drive back to Kalabo. Charter flight back to Lusaka arriving around midday. This is in time for the Mfuwe afternoon flight. May - June safaris - Up early and leave camp by 0530 for the two hour drive back to Kalabo. Board the awaiting swamp cruiser boat for a 3 hour boat ride to Mongu. This will be through the magical water world of the flooded Zambezi and you will see many birds and even stork colonies. At Mongu you will be met at the harbour, transferred to the airport where your charter flight will be waiting for you. The flight will arrive in Lusaka around 1330-1400. This is in time for the Mfuwe afternoon flight. Accommodation type: Tented. Numbers min /max: min 4 max 6. Dates/availability Set departures, May and June or November and December. Please enquire

-Rate 4 nights US$2,910 per person sharing
-Rate 5 nights US$3,645 per person sharing
-plus US$1,197 charter flight Lusaka/Kalabo/Lusaka

Price includes:
-all safari costs (activities, national park fees, bar and laundry)
-return charter flight Lusaka/Lusaka

Price excludes:
-International flights
-Departure taxes and visa.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.