Many places claim to be "among the remaining wilderness areas" or "one of the last wildlife sanctuaries"; South Luangwa National Park lives up to both and more. The Luangwa Valley is vast, remote, and home to both people and a truly impressive variety of games.
The South Luangwa Park is 9050 sq. kilometers; with the river, its tributaries, and the riverine strips being the focus of the wildlife viewing. There are diverse habitats, from huge ox bow lagoons of varying stages of maturity, woodlands, ebony groves, grassland, and thickets, that host a great variety of wildlife. The birdlife is also excellent with over 450 species to be seen.
Nkwali is located on the banks of the Luangwa on a magnificent meander in the river overlooking the National Park where leopards roam along the bank and can often be spotted from camp. Situated on Robin Pope Safaris’ private land outside the park there is a private game viewing area behind camp as well as exclusive access into the park either by boat or across the pontoon.
The six chalets with bamboo woven walls and thatch roofs offer a rustic luxury opening up to magnificent views of the river as well as open-air en-suite bathrooms.
Nkwali offers understated elegance, seclusion, and superb service.
Game drives · An option of day or night drives. · Toyota Landcruisers with two-tier seats (three-tier for groups/families) are used - a "window" seat (i.e. two people per row) for everyone. · Open-top vehicles, affording you total 360-degree vision.
Walking · The walks are led by our knowledgeable guide, and escorted by an armed National Park scout. · Our guiding team is very passionate and will certainly impart some amazing bush insights at a level that will surprise you. · Feel at one with nature and get closer to the action, see the details and signs that the animals leave behind.
Seasonal Boating - A special treat indeed for guests in the Emerald Season. · From the end of December/January to around April. · Explore the lagoons for enhanced game viewing and birding.
Village Tours · A visit to Kawaza Village and the schools is often remembered years later by our guests as the most rewarding part of their visit to Africa. This gives a more holistic experience of the Luangwa Valley. · Alternatively take a stroll within the community around the Mfuwe area which is bustling – small “Dukas” (shops), the market, bars, and people offering various skills.
Wildlife Education Centre · A charitable trust for the school children of the Luangwa Valley to teach them about wildlife and conservation. · Great activity for the children especially.
Tribal Textiles · For unique locally produced hand-painted textiles, drawing inspiration from the stunning Zambian wildlife and surroundings. · A perfect place to buy a souvenir or two of your Zambian experience...
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We travelled with Falcon Safaris in Zimbabwe and Botswana for 16 days. Falcon designed a wonderful trip with private guide to the most interesting sites in both countries. The organization of the whole trip was excellent, flights within the country, accommodation and activites. The guides were very knowledgable and told us a lot about the countries, their history, people, economy and much more. Wevisited the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the Victoria Falls and a number of national parks in both countries.
Rhino tracking was a real adventure! We had tremendous further game drives and saw very many animals - we did the Big Five. We had much more activities than planned and enjoyed very much.We strongly recommend Falcon Safaris to everyone planning a trip to Southern Africa and East Africa.
Our Consultant Vimbai was very helpful and accommodating. We stayed at the Elephant hills hotel which was nothing short of amazing.Our activities included a helicopter flight, dinner cruise as well as a morning game drive. All the activities were absolutely amazing.
We worked with Gertrude to schedule and organize everything and she did an excellent job. I asked a lot of questions via e-mail and she answered everyone in a timely helpful manner. Our guide at Victoria Falls was also great. He met us at the airport, provided a thoughtful tour of the Falls and got us to our next guide in Botswana. Our lodgings at River View Lodge were just as described- very comfortable and excellent food. All the staff were so pleasant and helpful. If I had to do it again I would arrange a morning boat ride as well. We only did the sunset boat rides and they were the high point of our entire trip- we saw so many animals and our guide was very knowledgeable. Just a great experience. Our lodgings at Oddball's Enclave was rustic and we loved it. So great to disconnect from the world for a bit. Leo, our guide, was the best - got us out and about, saw fantastic wildlife and got back to camp safely each time. Doc manages the camp so well. This whole trip was planned and organized by Falcon Safaris and we could not have been happier.
Falcon safaris have given my the correct advice with excellent service. The only suggestion will be to work closer with the lodges to confirm bookings as soon as possible. We have booked and pay our deposit a year in advance. We have only receive our final convermation from Chobe Safari lodge a week before departure. I do realize its not within your controle but with limit alternatives and a group of 14 people it becomes an issue to find alternative accomodation if the booking was cancelled.
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