This unique Safari takes in both the South Luangwa, and the more remote, less well known North Luangwa National Park.
You will spend 3 nights at Tafika, and 4 nights at Mwaleshi
The daily routine is to take a long walk in the morning, starting early to avoid the heat of the day. Whilst on these walks, your guides will judge the abilities, and take into account the preferences, of the group at all times. A stop mid way is taken to brew fresh tea/coffee over an open fire and you will return to camp mid-morning, allowing time to freshen up before lunch, and a siesta followed by another shorter walk in the later afternoon, returning to camp again at dusk.
Drinking water is supplied for each person during the walks and lightweight comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended as, although the ground is generally level, it is sometimes uneven.
Tafika Camp is situated adjacent to the Nsefu sector of South Luangwa National Park. The camp is remote, and set on the banks of the Luangwa River nestled amongst giant leadwood trees, it offers a very relaxing and peaceful base to enjoy walking safaris, bicycling trails and game drives (including night drives). You are unlikely to see other vehicles whilst game viewing and there is a great variety and abundance of wildlife to see here. The chance to experience a thrilling micro light flight is something not to be missed. Viewing game from the air in the early morning sun provides a unique and memorable experience for any guest giving you another perspective of the Luangwa valley.
With 6 spacious thatched chalets, including a family chalet, Tafika can accommodate a maximum of 14 guests. Built from local materials around the trunks of stunning sausage trees all chalets have en-suite facilities with showers open to the stars. Food is excellent and is supplemented by a wonderful supply of fresh fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden.
There is also the opportunity for a cultural visit to nearby Mkasanga village and school that the camp helps to support.
Mwaleshi Camp is located in the very remote North Luangwa National Park and is only a 45 minute flight from Mfuwe Airport.
Set on a scenic bend of the Mwaleshi River, the camp thrives on its reputation as being a truly special and remarkable place, unlike any other. With just four thatched chalets built entirely of natural materials, uninterrupted views of the river and the en suite bathrooms open to the stars – Mwaleshi offers you a genuine feeling of solitude and seclusion. Life in camp is comfortable yet refreshingly simple.
In an area of pristine wilderness where there are few roads the majority of activities are done on foot offering ample opportunity to see the variations in flora and fauna of the area and to experience the bush. Buffalo roam in vast numbers and with lions aplenty, game viewing is excellent. Cookson’s wildebeest, endemic to the Luangwa Valley, are abundant as are spotted hyena.
You spend 4 days exploring this remote wilderness mostly on foot, from the Luangwa/ Mwaleshi confluence where 400 hippo compete for space and you may also get an opportunity to take a day trip to the Mwaleshi Falls rated by some as one of Zambia’s top highlights.
The overland transfer (of some 2 hours) from Mfuwe to Tafika is included in the rates. Tafika has its own airstrip, and from here it is a 35 minute light aircraft flight to Mwaleshi. Return from Mwaleshi directly to Mfuwe Airport. Please note that there is a strict 12 kilogramme (26 lbs) weight restriction for the flights).
From US$ 3 670 per person sharing
Supplement for single traveller US$ 1 610
Air transfer to Mwaleshi from Tafika US$ 230 per person (subject to change) each way (min 2 passengers)