South Luangwa and Mana Pools Safari

The South Luangwa and Mana Pools Safari offers you the opportunity to experience the very best that Southern Africa has to offer.

The incredible game viewing in South Luangwa,  combined with arguably the best walking safari experience in Mana Pools, this Safari is a must for any photography or safari enthusiast.

South Luangwa National Park

The South Luangwa National Park marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa.

It is through this 9050sq kilometer National Park that the great meandering Luangwa River runs, with its ox bow lagoons, tributaries, riverine supported woodlands and large plains, all of which play host to huge concentrations of game including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo and over 450 species of birds.

South Luangwa

South Luangwa

South Luangwa

South Luangwa

Also known as "The Valley of Leopard" South Luangwa boasts some of the highest densities of Leopard, African Wild Dog and Hippo in Africa.  One thing is for sure in South Luangwa, you seldom put your camera down.

South Luangwa

South Luangwa

South Luangwa

South Luangwa

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Getting there

From Lusaka there are regular scheduled flights to Mfuwe Aiport (roughly a one hour flight) where we will then be met by our local guide.  The drive to Nsefu Camp is an interesting one, passing through Mfuwe town and local villages seen next to the road.  One gets a better idea of the wilderness that you find yourself  in when you see the rather fast transition from the villages into the territories of large predators.  The drive from Mfuwe Airport to Nsefu Camp is roughly two hours.

Accommodation:  Nsefu Camp

Situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector on a magnificent meander on the Luangwa River across which elephants often cross, lies the historic camp Nsefu. Nsefu is one steeped in history, built in 1951 and barring some upgrades the camp and rooms, is still in the same place in the original style. The Nsefu sector was first pronounced a game reserve in 1966 some five years before the South Luangwa was even declared a reserve and has always been recognised as an outstanding game-viewing area. Robin Pope Safaris took over Nsefu in 1998, spent a year upgrading it, and opened it the following July.

Nsefu is therefore the first official safari camp in Zambia, uniquely steeped in history, situated undeniably in the best location in South Luangwa.

The six original 'rondavels' have been upgraded to include spacious en-suite bathrooms, without losing  the authentic "old fashioned" feel to them.

Each room has a clear view of the river whether it be from the comfort of your bed or the chairs out on the verandah.

Nsefu Camp offers charm, history, exclusivity and comfort.

Mana Pools

Mana Pools National Park is in the far north of Zimbabwe. It includes the south bank and islands of the Zambezi River, which forms the border with Zambia.

Known as Africa's Garden of Eden, Mana Pools is without a doubt one of the most beautiful parks Africa.

From the Zambezi flooplain, to the stunning backdrop of the Zambezi Valley and the ever famous Albida Forests, Mana Pools is incredibly diverse.

With the majority of the activities done on foot, this is also an experience that is both unique and exciting, allowing you to get right up close to nature.  From focussing on tracks and signs, to spending quality time on foot with an Elephant bull, the entire experience is one that you will never forget.

*All of our on foot experiences are performed with the presence of a qualified and experienced professional trails guide.

 

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Getting there

After a road transfer from Nsefu Camp to Mfuwe Airport, you will connect on a scheduled flight back to Lusaka.  From Lusaka you will transfer by road to Zimbabwe, via the Chirundu Border Post.  From Chirunda you will hop in a boat and enjoy a breathtaking boat transfer on the Zambezi river to Nyamepi Head quarters where an African Bush Camps representative will be waiting for you.

The drive from Nyamepi to Zambezi Expeditions is a very scenic one along the Zambezi floodplain and is often a great area for predators.

Accommodation:  Zambezi Expeditions

Zambezi Expeditions is comfortable yet classic.  The camp offers the kind of intimacy with nature that can only be achieved by immersing yourself in the heart of the wild.

Fall asleep to the sound of the flowing river and chuckles of hippo, and wake-up with the dawn chorus to a spectacular African sunrise.

Set under the shade of winter thorn and ebony trees, each tent has en suite bathroom facilities with hot bucket showers and the main area has charging facilities for your all-important cameras.

Mana Pools

Mana Pools

Mana Pools

Mana Pools

Accommodation:  Kanga Camp

Adjacent to the remote Kanga Pan, the seasonal Kanga safari lodge offers an unspoiled, authentic Mana Pools safari experience. Aside from the Zambezi River many miles away, Kanga Pan is the sole source of water in the dry season, making this an absolute haven for wildlife. This diverse area has multiple vlei lines and mixed woodland types from Mopane woodland to Jesse bush and riverine forests.

Solar-powered Kanga Camp comprises of six tents all raised on individual wooden platforms for an elevated view over the Kanga Pan. Each Meru-styled tent is simple yet elegant, boasting floor-to-ceiling mesh windows to let in ample natural light and a welcomed light breeze. All tents are replete with fans, en-suite bathroom, flushing toilet, outdoor shower, hot running water and a secluded veranda.

Kanga has a family tent which boasts a wraparound terrace facing the pan with private seating and dining areas.

The honeymoon tent features a rolltop bath on the adjoining secluded deck, ideal for a romantic starlit bath. The inviting upper deck lounge under the shade of a mahogany tree is a super place to slip away to for some quiet time.

Find refreshing respite after a long hot day under the African sun at the perfectly placed plunge pool.

Every home-style comfort is taken care of at Kanga safari lodge, even a battery charging station for your all-important cameras.

Gear Recommendations

Both South Luangwa and Mana Pools have areas with dense vegetation as well as open river floodplains.

With the ability to be able to off road in most parts of South Luangwa and the weight issue when on foot in Mana Pools, a focal length around the 300-400mm is great for both of these destinations.  Mana Pools in particular has some incredibly beautiful areas in the park that is perfectly suitable for "animal in environment" type images and thus a 70-200mm focal length will definitely come in handy.

This is Why Travel with Wild Eye

  • An incredible opportunity to visit two of Africa's most sought after destinations.
  • A combination of amazing predator viewing and exceptional on foot experiences.
  • Intimate group consisting of only 5 guests.
  • The presence of an experienced Wild Eye Guide as well as a walking guide.

We look forward to having you join us on this amazing experience in the near future.

 

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