LIONS OF LUANGWA 2019

LIONS OF LUANGWA: SOUTH LUANGWA PHOTO SAFARI WITH EDWARD SELFE
"Remote lodge, deep inside the National Park boasting the best lion sightings in the Luangwa"

5 NIGHTS
LION CAMP (5)
RATES: US $5,432.25 PP
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT US $1,160.00 PP
GROUP SIZE: 4
CONTACT FOR LARGER GROUPS


15 - 20 September 2019 | BOOK NOW

June - October 2019 | ENQUIRE NOW

TOUR SUMMARY:

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. Elephants love the grassy dambos which define the area, and there are dramatic scenes to be enjoyed on Lion Plain, a vast pan inland from the camp. Being based inside the park allows early departures in the morning to track game before the light comes up.




We met Ed on our first visit to the South Luangwa Valley in 2011. It is a testament to both the magic of this magnificent area and to Ed’s professional and personal skills that, despite the fact we intended a one off trip, we returned from our 5th consecutive visit last year. As a semi-professional photographer myself, it was of utmost importance to have the right person guiding our trip. Over the years I have attended numerous photographic workshops and have experienced the good, professional photographer who has no interest in either his students or in revealing the secrets of taking a good photograph. This is not the case with Ed. As an experienced wildlife guide/photographer with specialist knowledge of the Valley, he takes endless trouble and care to find wildlife in the right light and position the vehicle at the perfect angle.

Roger & Vicky Fry, UK




SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS


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!

Beautiful Surroundings
Lion Camp is surrounded by large dambos filled with golden grasses. Between these low-lying areas there are bands of woodland where leopards rest or stash carcasses away from opportunist hyaenas. There are few areas of the Luangwa Valley that offer such a beautiful and varied habitat.

Pristine River
The stretch of river near Lion Camp is protected by National Park on both sides, giving it a magical pristine feel. Throughout the day, elephants visit to bathe and drink, disturbing territorial hippos in the process. Large water-birds feed on its abundant fish and as the season goes on, life concentrates along its banks.

Very Few Other Visitors
This is a large and under-utilised area of the park, with very few visitors. The camps in this area like to keep it that way, which is ideal for our needs - abundant game, beautiful scenery and no one else around.



TRIP REPORTS FROM 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!



Photo Safari: Luangwa Classic | Flatdogs, Lion Camp & Zikomo | 22 - 28 Sep 2014
I am very happy to offer a write up of a mammoth 9-night photographic safari that I led last week. Steve, Roger and Vicky, Hank and Pi-Lien and George spent between 6 and 9 nights in the South Luangwa and here are the results! A wildlife photography experience of epic proportions! Get a cup of tea and settle down for the ride!





THE CAMP:

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 chalet rooms which have just been refurbished ready 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:

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: Internal flights Lusaka - Mfuwe (South Luangwa) - Lusaka. 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, South Luangwa National Park entrance fees, laundry, all airport transfers and onward transfers to your next camp.

RATES EXCLUDE: International 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 start planning your trip and discuss anything you would like to know.

SAFARI STARTS AND ENDS: We will arrange your flights from Lusaka International Airport to Mfuwe International Airport, where Edward will meet you 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.