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South Luangwa National Park

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Visit the renowned South Luangwa National Park, the original birthplace of the walking safari and home to large populations of wildlife in Zambia. Stay at a comfortable lodge near the entrance before continuing further into the park for a remote bushcamp safari experience. Choose your favorite bushcamp and spend your days and nights on game drives and enjoying the simple comfort of your safari camp.
Buffalo playing outsideWalking safarisMfuwe LodgeDeep soaking tubsViews to the Kafue RiverLate in the year elephants walk through the lobby
  • Watch wildlife from your safari camp in South Luangwa National Park
  • Spot zebra, giraffe, lion, and hippo on game drives and walking safaris
  • Stargaze from your remote and intimate safari bushcamp deep in the park
Places Visited
  • Africa
  • Zambia
  • Chindeni Bushcamp
  • Mfuwe Airport
  • Mfuwe Lodge
  • South Luangwa National Park
Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.

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Day 1: Arrive Mfuwe Lodge

Fly to Mfuwe airport today (most routes arrive via Lusaka, Zambia). You are met by lodge staff and transfer to the nearby Mfuwe Lodge, located at the entrance to South Luangwa Park and a good introduction to the park and welcome stopover for your first night. This lodge is open year-round and hosts a number of guests in its optimal location. Settle in tonight and rest up from your long journey. Take advantage of the spa services and pool at this larger lodge just on the outskirts of South Luangwa Park.

Day 2: Transfer to Interior Bushcamp

Spend your morning at Mfuwe Lodge and transfer on to a bushcamp located further into South Luangwa National Park. Choose from any of the six more remote camps set along the rivers inside the park. Kuyenda and Zungulila offer more adventurous stays with more traditional and rustic atmosphere, while Chamilandu, Chindeni, Kapamba, and Bilimungwe are a little more sophisticated and modern. Depending on the bushcamp, drive between an hour and 4 hours to arrive to your next safari camp. Settle in for the afternoon or set out on your first safari activity upon your arrival.

Day 3-4: South Luangwa National Park

Spend these days going on game drives and walking safaris as you explore South Luangwa National Park. South Luangwa National Park is largely attributed with being the innovator of walking safaris, and you have ample opportunity to discover why they do it so well here. Spend your days wandering the park and watching wildlife on day or night game drives. South Luangwa National Park supports larger herds of giraffe, populations of elephant, zebra, and cape buffaloes along with healthy populations of crocodile and hippo in the rivers. Enjoy your time in one of the six intimate bushcamps and experience South Luangwa. Add a few nights to visit another one or two bushcamps as you like to extend your Zambia safari.

Day 5: Return Mfuwe Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to Mfuwe lodge and transfer back to the Mfuwe international airport for your flight home. If traveling during rainier months, it is advised to add one more night at Mfuwe Lodge at the end of your trip to allow for travel delays due to rain and weather.


Mfuwe Lodge

Guest chalet at Mfuwe Lodge
Grilled near the open fire
Mfuwe Lodge

Chindeni Bushcamp

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Rates are based on group of 2 in double occupancy.
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Meals not Included - Bar and bottled wines not included.
  • Estimated Hotel in Layover City TBD - Layover Hotel may be required in Lusaka at the beginning or end of the trip.
  • Park Entrance Fee - Park Fees, Bed Levies, and LCCF not included in tour cost. $100 per night at Bushcamps, $70 per night at Mfuwe Lodge.


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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.


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