CLASSIC LUANGWA 2018

CLASSIC LUANGWA: SOUTH LUANGWA PHOTO SAFARI WITH EDWARD SELFE
"Two-location Luangwa safari combining rich central area with exclusive northern region"

7 NIGHTS
FLATDOGS CAMP (3) & LION CAMP (4)
RATES: US $5,932.00 PP
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT US $970.00 PP
GROUP SIZE: 4
CONTACT FOR LARGER GROUPS


JUNE - OCTOBER 2018 | ENQUIRE NOW

TOUR SUMMARY:

We use two camps in different areas of the South Luangwa National Park: Flatdogs is in the central area where the game is very relaxed around vehicles and therefore presents great photographic opportunities. Lion Camp is further north in a more remote area of the park, offering a more secluded experience in an outstanding game area.

This safari package is aimed at both keen amateurs and professional photographers alike. As your specialist photographic safari guide, I'll offer advice, technical help and put you in the best possible position to take excellent photographs. But, as an accomplished naturalist, I will also ensure you have an unforgettable safari experience. The focus will be as much on the wildlife as the photography and is ideal for anyone who has a passion for both.




The photographic side was mind-blowing and Ed Selfe an outstanding wildlife guide who combines his brilliant photographic skills perfectly to ensure his guests get optimal opportunities to see and photograph the abundant wildlife in the area.

Steve Segall, UK




SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS


High Predator Density
Our two base camps for this trip are set in the prime zones of the main South Luangwa Park. Leopard sightings are very common and occasionally the cats can even be found hunting in daylight. Wild dogs are regularly spotted in the central area, hunting throughout the dry season to feed hungry pups.

Great sightings
Elephants crossing the river at their regular spot, zebras grazing on wide plains, giraffes browsing from acacia woodland; this safari offers stunning sightings of plains game as well as hippos, elephants and a beautiful birds. Over the years, the game has become very trusting such that even elephant herds can be approached very closely.

Stunning Photo Opportunities
Both the Central and Northern areas of the South Luangwa have been safari hotspots for half a century. Game is wonderfully habituated to vehicles allowing photographers to document natural behaviour in an extraordinary way. The predators particularly are very confiding and allow wonderful encounters.

Night Photography
Around the central area of the park, nocturnal mammals have become accustomed to the presence of night safaris and tend to ignore vehicles with spotlights. Mongooses, Pel’s fishing owls, leopards, genets and civets are all more active at night; with or without flash, there are interesting and exciting experiences to be gained.



TRIP REPORTS FROM THIS AREA IN PREVIOUS YEARS:


Photo Safari: Luangwa Classic | Flatdogs Camp & Lion Camp | 5 - 11 September 2016
Lions crossing rivers, a story of 3 leopards, wild dogs on a Puku carcass, sparring elephants and a baboon kidnapping. This is worth a read!

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Photo Safari: Hermann | Marula Lodge | 27 Sep - 2 Oct 2015
I finished a safari with Hermann on 2nd October. Even if September is always a fantastic month, I am astonished at the amazing sightings we enjoyed when I look back over the photos. Here's a selection of the best.....

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THE CAMPS:

Flatdogs Camp
Flatdogs is within 5 minutes' drive of the main gate to the National Park, allowing us access to the park in the early morning to enjoy the golden hour just after sunrise. In this area, the wildlife has become accustomed to safaris so largely ignores the presence of cameras and vehicles. Though we will come across other vehicles during your safaris, the high density of all game species found throughout this part of the park will give some fantastic photographic opportunities.

Accommodation at Flatdogs Camp will be either in cool, spacious Chalets or in classic African-style en-suite Safari tents spaced along the Luangwa with wide river views. In either case, you will find plenty of wildlife in the camp which can either be viewed from your room, or photographed as it goes about its daily business.



All the staff were extremely welcoming, helpful and supportive -- can't praise them all sufficiently. Nothing was a bother to them. The food is just brilliant and deserves its reputation as the best in South Luangwa. The location was also impressive and we saw more wildlife here than in the one other reserve we visited.

Graham C, Scotland


Lion Camp
As the most remote lodge inside South Luangwa National Park, Lion Camp opens only during the peak game viewing months (June-October). It is a stylish, unique and independent lodge accommodating a maximum of 18 guests in one of the best game viewing areas in the park. The lodge looks out onto open grassland which is frequented by grazing mammals by day, and becomes a hunting ground for lions by night.

Accommodation at Lion Camp will be in their newly refurbished chalet rooms, completed in time for the 2018 season! Built on raised wooden platforms, they are linked to each other and the main area by a raised wooden boardwalk. Your chalet will have either a four poster king-size double bed or twin beds, and a walk-in mosquito net. En-suite with a shower and toilet, it also has a private deck which overlooks the open plain in front.



Lion Camp is a fabulous camp which manages to be stylish without being pretentious. Wonderful accommodation and cuisine with mouth dropping views from the restaurant, viewing area and infinity pool to the floodplain in front, wildlife can be guaranteed to come and drink during the dry season.

Vicky Fry, UK




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SAFARI EXCLUSIVITY:

This safari offers a combination of two areas; the central zone and the northern area. The game density in the central area is second to none, but we share the area with several other camps and operators. The area around Lion Camp is far less-visited so we will often have sightings to ourselves and the chance to move around and compose photographs as we wish. It will therefore be the case that we share sightings with other visitors at Flatdogs Camp but this will rarely be the case at Lion Camp.

DETAILS:

GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2, Maximum 4 - a surcharge will be applied if fewer than 4 is reached. (Groups of 6 can be accommodated - apply for details and rates.)

RATES INCLUDE: Airport and inter-camp transfers, National Park Fees (any increases in Park Fees will be passed on to the guests), Luangwa Conservation and Community Fund fees, full board accommodation, bar drinks at Lion Camp, game viewing activities and laundry.

RATES EXCLUDE: Bar drinks at Flatdogs, all flights and personal purchases.

BOOKING:

BOOKING: If you are considering joining this safari, contact me via the Contact Page to request a booking form and discuss anything you would like to know.

SAFARI STARTS AND ENDS: We will collect you from Mfuwe International Airport and transfer you to your first camp. Safaris begin with the afternoon game drive. After our final morning on safari, we will co-ordinate your departure to meet with the remainder of your itinerary and any onward connections.

FLIGHTS: You can reach Mfuwe International Airport using Proflight Zambia. You can book directly on their website or ask you agent to do so. Emirates now have a code-share with Proflight so it's possible to book from your home city > Dubai > Lusaka > Mfuwe on the Emirates website. This offers good value and ensures that the airlines know that you are connecting between flights.