PREDATOR LUANGWA 2018

PREDATOR LUANGWA: SOUTH LUANGWA PHOTO SAFARI WITH EDWARD SELFE
"Top-of-the-line photographic safari in specialised camps with access to private photo hides"

7 NIGHTS
KAINGO CAMP (4) & MWAMBA CAMP (3)
RATES: US $8,789.75 PP
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT US $2,030.00 PP
GROUP SIZE: 4
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TOUR SUMMARY:

We use two camps in the very best areas of the South Luangwa National Park. Kaingo Camp and Mwamba Camp are run by Shenton Safaris, who have been operating in the Luangwa for 3 generations. They have developed the camps to offer outstanding game viewing experiences, especially tailored to the needs of photographers. Both camps are small (12 beds and 6 beds) offering an exclusive experience in their respective areas and ensuring that sightings can be enjoyed entirely privately.

Added to these benefits, the two camps are located in very rich wildlife areas. The varied habitats surrounding these camps - including mopane woodland, deep gullies, ebony groves and open grassland - are home to excellent predator activity. Plains game is abundant (which supports the high predator density) and there are regular sightings of Cookson's Wildebeest, a Luangwa endemic.

Both camps have access to Shenton's impressive hides. Mwamba has its own "last waterhole" hide which is far inland away from the river and attracts game throughout the day. Both camps can use the elephant hide (lodged in a tree overlooking the Luangwa at a well-used elephant crossing point), the Carmine hide (a boat placed in the river in front of a Carmine bee-eater colony [Sept & Oct only]) and the hippo hide (a metal-framed hide at the water's edge almost eye level with a pod of fiesty hippos). These hides are renowned for their design and in fact, Frans Lanting - world-famous wildlife photographer - returned many times to enjoy the experience they offered.




Edward’s guiding skills and local knowledge meant I had some exceptional sightings of animal behaviour and interaction. I am a reasonably competent wildlife photographer, but was open to advice from Ed and took away some points as to my approach to photographing wildlife and the operation of my camera.

Ed’s photographic advice is not insistent or intrusive and you can “use” him as much or as little as you want. In particular, I appreciated his prompts in the ”heat of battle” when it was all going off in front of you. A friendly and professional guide, I had a great trip.


Philip Theo, UK




SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS


Drama and Survival
This safari uses two camps in the most game-rich areas of the park. With so much game in such close proximity, sightings will always be fantastic. As the dry season rolls on, it becomes a battle for survival – sometimes Nature can be cruel to watch.

Fast-drying Waterholes
The hot sun dries waterholes at an astonishing rate. Crocodiles lurk in the muddy water waiting for visiting mammals and 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.

Incredible Predator Action
There is no area of the park that has finer sightings of predators than around Shenton Safaris. There are 2 stable lion prides and numerous leopards who allow us to share their lives with them. Wild dogs have settled in the area recently, and hyaenas inevitably follow to feast on the scraps. This is predator-Africa at its best.

Amazing Photo Hides
Shenton Safaris have developed 4 hides - Carmine, Elephant, Hippo and Last Waterhole - that are the envy of wildlife photographers everywhere. They have been used by numerous film crews for Nat Geo, the BBC and Discovery channel. They offer close-up sightings of large mammals in a way that is not possible elsewhere in the Valley.



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: Rouquette Family | Flatdogs, Zikomo, Lion Camp 8 - 20 Aug 2014
A substantial update of a 12-night photo safari with Jean-Claude and his family from France. Luangwa is August promises to be outstanding, and this trip was no exception.
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THE CAMPS:

Kaingo
Overlooking the Luangwa River deep within the prime area of the South Luangwa National Park, Kaingo’s relaxed, personal and friendly atmosphere offers its guests fantastic game-viewing opportunities within an area of incredible beauty and varied terrain.

Kaingo has many attributes ranging from the camps stylish design and practical layout to the local farm produce. The large centrally located open-sided sitting room includes a dining area, library and Kaingo’s renowned thousand year old lead-wood bar.

Nestled discretely on the banks of the river, Kaingo’s chalets were designed with the sole purpose of transporting you safely into the world of the Luangwa without a single distraction.



Overlooking the river with only 6 chalets run by solar power. Great, friendly and personal atmosphere, with each chalet having a private viewing deck (unattached) over the river. Indoor bathroom in a lovely rustic chalet, but each cabin also has a stunning outdoor bath overlooking the river with its pods of hippos and crocodiles. The property has its own Hippo hide providing an up close and personal view of the animals, undisturbed, in their natural environment.

Amy M, Australia


Mwamba Camp
Set on the banks of the Mwamba River, a tributary of the Luangwa, the camp is sited under huge evergreen ebony trees and enjoys shady views of perennial water-holes. Both waterholes have hides perched over them for fantastic photographic opportunities and quiet times viewing the animals.

Mwamba takes only 6 guests in 3 reed and thatch chalets, uniquely designed with two soaring skylights (protected by mosquito gauze) set into the roof allowing you to experience sleeping under the stars.



My wife and I have been fortunate enough to stay at camps in Botswana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, primarily looking for wildlife photography opportunities. But I don’t think any of our prior locations offered the same quantity and quality of sightings as what we experienced in South Luangwa National Park. Staying at Mwamba Camp in June, we saw lions, leopards, crocodiles, elephants, hippos, kudu, zebra, giraffe, civets, buffalo and more.

K Dunn, Georgia




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SAFARI EXCLUSIVITY:

This safari uses one of the most exclusive areas of the park, which we share with only one other camp, Lion Camp. Sightings will often be enjoyed privately, or with one or two other vehicles. We will be able to stay with sightings as long as we wish which is crucial for photographic success.

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, game viewing activities and laundry.

RATES EXCLUDE: 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.