KAFUNTA RIVER LODGE - ANYTIME 2017

PHOTO EXCLUSIVE LUANGWA: SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
WITH EDWARD SELFE

"Outstanding game viewing in a prime wildlife area with private river crossing into National Park"

RATES: from US $2,870 PP SHARING
DATES: ANYTIME 2017

SPACES REMAINING

5 NIGHTS (6 DAYS) AT KAFUNTA RIVER LODGE, SOUTH LUANGWA



TOUR ITINERARY:

This 6 day photo safari in Zambia makes the very best use of the wonderful photographic opportunities offered in the central section of the South Luangwa National Park. But the added bonus of safaris from Kafunta River Lodge is that we will enter the park via a private river crossing, which gives earlier and private access. The river crossing allows us to reach prime areas of the park early in the morning is ideal for photography and wildlife viewing alike.

I've been guiding in this national park for more than 6 years and have a keen eye for the subtle behaviour of mammals that indicate predators nearby. While safaris - and photos safaris in particular - are about much more than just predators, I'm always keen to share the thrill of sensing, tracking down and then finding one of Luangwa's carnivores. In between, there are lots of photographic opportunities to enjoy, and I'll take time to offer assistance, advice and suggestions, depending on each guest's requests.

Edward has been a good, very good guide. He showed us that we have to be patient, sometimes very patient, to see something rare as the leopard hunting. We must merit this spectacle ! Thank you to you, Edward, to have made us discover that.

Yvon and Genevieve S, France

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS AREA OF SOUTH LUANGWA IN SEPTEMBER?

Brilliant Predator Activity
With such limited water supplies around, all the creatures of the bush are forced together along the river. With large herbivores such as buffalo beginning to suffer under the nutritional compression, lions capitalise on these opportunities. Lions have even been known to tackle hippo and elephants as the drought takes hold.

Huge Concentrations of Game
Seeking protection, small buffalo herds throng together forming super-herds in numbers of over 500. Elephants congregate along the rivers, choosing to cross at sunset in search of greener pastures on the opposite bank.

Drama and Survival
With so much game in such close proximity, sightings will always be fantastic at this time of year. It's also a time of survival so not all the sightings will be easy to watch - at times nature can be cruel to observe.

Carmine Bee-eaters
For bird lovers, the 'Carmines' are a sight that should be on your bucket list. In fact, the vibrant colours, chirruping calls and sheer numbers of birds make a visit to a Carmine colony an awe-inspiring sight even for those who are not so keen on our feathered cousins. Of course, the photographic opportunities are outstanding.

Unspoiled Wilderness
There are few places in Africa which can boast the game sightings of Luangwa, with so few other visitors around. Kafunta especially enjoys this accolade as their access to the national park is separate from many of the other lodges in the busier areas.

Fast-drying Waterholes
The heat, which can be intense at times, dries waterholes at an astonishing rate. Hippos who hoped to live out the rest of the dry season in a small wallow are often frustrated as their muddy refuge disappears. Expect drama as these behemoths head to the river and try to carve out a living space for themselves.

TRIP REPORTS FROM THIS SEASON IN PREVIOUS YEARS:

Photo Safari: Roger & Vicky | Flatdogs Camp | 1 - 4 Oct 2015
Roger and Vicky Fry have been safari-ing with me since 2013 and have been wonderful supporters of the Luangwa. To reward them for their perseverance and love of the bush, Luangwa showed them some stunning sights this time around, including an Aardvark to beat all others! Tempted? Read on.....
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Photo Safari: Hermann | Marula Lodge | 27 Sep - 2 Oct 2015
I have taken several bookings this year for individual photographers wanting a private safari where they can concentrate on their own photography with my assistance. I can arrange safaris for single photographers at very competitive rates - if you are interested in this, please get in touch for rates. Like Hermann was, you might well be surprised!
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Wildlife: Luangwa sightings | September
September is a stunning time in the Luangwa. The lagoons are all dry, the river is the only source of water and the game is abundant along the remaining waterways. Dusty conditions filter the light leaving soft golden sunshine in the morning and evening, and the nights are still cool enough to sleep.
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THE CAMP:

Kafunta River Lodge
Kafunta is a classic safari lodge just outside the South Luangwa National Park which offers all the comforts and unrivaled game viewing. I have chosen this lodge because it is stylish and well run, but more importantly, because it offers a great game-viewing experience. Crossing the river early in the morning (by driving through the shallow water in September, and by pontoon earlier in the year) is an experience in itself, but also a valuable entry in to one of Africa's finest safari wildernesses.

The staff at the lodge are helpful and highly accommodating, often going out of their way to ensure guests are enjoying their stay and getting the most out of their safari. Meals are taken on a beautiful deck overlooking a floodplain and are tasty and varied.




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DETAILS:

BOOKING: Once you have decided to join this safari, you will need to contact me via the Contact Page to request a booking form and discuss anything you would like to know.

SAFARI STARTS AND ENDS: Mfuwe International Airport, South Luangwa.

RATES: This safari gives guests a private vehicle guided and driven by Edward Selfe with up to a maximum of 4. Private groups of up to 6 can be accommodated - please enquire. When 4 guests book this safari and share two rooms, the rate is a very competitive $2,870pp. If fewer than 4 guests book, there will be a surcharge for the safari to go ahead, depending on how many have booked already. This will be discussed at the time.

RATES INCLUDE: Full board accommodation, standard drinks, all transport in the National Park and guided game viewing activities, pro-photographer guiding fees and informal photo processing sessions, 6 days South Luangwa National Park entrance fees, laundry, all airport transfers and onward transfers to your next camp. Depending on flight times, there may be time for a morning photo safari before heading to the airport on our final morning.

RATES EXCLUDE: International and domestic flights, Premium drinks, visas, travel and medical insurance, (optional) tips, excess baggage charges, personal calls, gratuities, personal purchases, or any activities not specified in the itinerary.

FLIGHTS: Please note that this photo safari begins and ends at Zambia’s Mfuwe International Airport. You will need to make your own arrangements to get to Mfuwe Airport; Proflight Zambia (www.proflight-zambia.com) offers 2 or 3 flights daily from Lusaka to Mfuwe. There is a 23kg allowance on the domestic leg of the flights. More luggage allowance can be purchased in advance during the booking process, or at the airport, subject to availability.

MINIMUM OCCUPANCY: 4