EXTENDED LUANGWA 2018

EXTENDED LUANGWA: SOUTH LUANGWA PHOTO SAFARI WITH EDWARD SELFE
"A combination of two Luangwa camps in diverse locations: great Carmine bee-eaters, the best lion sightings and secluded safari areas"

11 NIGHTS
KAFUNTA RIVER LODGE (6)
& LION CAMP (5)
RATES: US $8,772.50 PP
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT USD $1,295 PP
GROUP SIZE: 4
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1 - 12 OCTOBER 2018 | FULLY BOOKED

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TOUR SUMMARY:

This 12 day photo safari offers a chance for an extended experience in the Luangwa Valley. Not only does a longer period ensure that sightings will be first-class but it also allows guests extra time to hone their skills and work with me on developing new techniques. To experience the very best of the Lunagwa, some people recommend that a visit of 2 weeks is best!

We will use two lodges; the classy and well-run Kafunta River Lodge in the south-central area of the park, and the newly-refurbished Lion Camp in the remote northern sector of the park. There are 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.

Nowhere in Luangwa offers lion sightings like Lion Camp! The areas surrounding the camp are home to 3 prides which are all regularly seen by day and night. In fact, the resident Hollywood Pride are known to spend the shady part of the day within the confines of the camp, sometimes upsetting camp operations and vehicle maintenance schedules! The richness of the habitat here allows lions to thrive without straying far from their home patch; as such the sightings of prey species and plains game here is excellent. Exceptional hippo sightings can be enjoyed at a stretch of river known as Hippo City, and the forested areas provide hunting and hiding places for leopards. Photographers will love the location of this camp; right in the heart of the action. It’s not unusual to leave in the morning to the sound of lions’ roars and meet the pride within a few hundred meters of the camp.

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.




We have been on many trips to various wildlife destinations - however, our recent trip to Zambia is the first time we have been back to an African camp we’ve visited before. The reason for this return visit was quite simply Ed Selfe.

Of the many guides we’ve had, we have been the most impressed with Ed, due to a combination of his knowledge as a guide and his friendly outgoing personality, with a sense of humour very much in tune with our own! And of course, the clincher - Ed’s expert photographic skills, not only anticipating the best position for any imminent action, but ensuring that the two of us both had the best possible view and lighting.

In summary, as keen wildlife photographers, we consider ourselves fortunate to have crossed paths with Ed - superb guide, great company and expert photographer. And hopefully now friend.

Ken MacLennan-Brown & Sandra Rossi, UK




SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS


Brilliant Predator Activity
During the dry season, when this safari operates, there is very limited water supplies around, so all the creatures of the bush are forced together along the river. This is particularly the case in this area of the park where the bush is sparser than elsewhere. With large herbivores such as buffalo beginning to suffer under the nutritional compression, lions capitalise on these opportunities.

Huge Concentrations of Game
Seeking protection from lions, small buffalo herds throng together forming super-herds in numbers of over 500. Elephants congregate along the rivers, often choosing to cross at sunset in a favourite place near Kafunta. During the night they search for greener pastures on the opposite bank before returning at sunrise.

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 and the Southern area of the park is home to one of the most impressive colonies.

Private Entry to the National Park
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. We use a pontoon in the early dry season, and drive right through the river when the water level drops.

Famous Lions
The Lions around Lion Camp have been filmed regularly over the last few years. They are entirely habituated to people and vehicles and hunts often take place around us. It’s common to watch lions from the camp’s raised decks and occasionally lionesses will bring small cubs right into the camp!



TRIP REPORTS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS:


Photo Safari: John Myers | Kafunta River Lodge | 21 - 28 August 2017
While guiding a camera-man last week, I took some video footage of my own....I hope you enjoy this short montage.
Read more


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!






THE CAMPS:

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.



Kafunta is situated just outside the National Park - and within easy reach of the park - either by road - or by pontoon-ferry. From the lodge-deck you enjoy a spectacular view to a wet bush-plain neighbouring the Luangwa River. Day and night you can sit on the deck observing an endless number of puku, giraf, elephant, warthog, impala, hippo, crocodile, fish-eagle, lion, hyena - you name it! The rooms are well equipped chalets with lots of space - and also with a beautiful view.

Hanne E, Denmark


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:

Kafunta has the luxury of early access to the National Park via its private crossing into one of the most game rich environments of the park. But it is also the most established and we will encounter other vehicles while on safari. We’ll always leave early from camp to enjoy the best sightings, but occasionally some sightings are over-subscribed.

Lion Camp has one of the finest locations in the Valley. While they do share the zone with 2 other camps, their enviable position gives us direct access to the best areas early in the morning. We will share sightings with the camp’s other vehicles but this will not impact the experience or our photographic opportunities.

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, standard drinks, 12 days of game viewing activities and laundry.

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.

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.