May & June | from US$3659 per person sharing July & October | from US$3959 per person sharing
August & Sept | from US$4004 per person sharing
Single Supp. US$300 pppn – Chikoko Trails
Single Supp. US$75 pppn (June) US$90 pppn (July-Oct) – Flatdogs
25th May – 31st Oct
*Proflight flights Lusaka – Mfuwe – Lusaka, airport transfer, National Park fees, domestic airport departure taxes, Luangwa Community & Conservation Fund contribution, full board accommodation, game viewing activities, bar (at Chikoko Trails) & laundry (*flight price subject to change)
International flights, insurances, superior wines, bar (at Flatdogs)
2hr30 – 3hr game drive from Flatdogs to Chikoko Trails camps (included in rates) or a 15min flight to Mwanya/Lukuzi airstrip (South Luangwa) (optional extra)
1hr30 – 2hr drive from Chikoko Trails camps to Mfuwe airport (included in rates) or a 15min flight to/from Mwanya/Lukuzi airstrip (optional extra)
(RASair luggage restriction: 15kg bag + 5kg hand luggage per person and should be packed in soft bags)
3 Nights Flatdogs Camp
Flatdogs Camp is situated on the banks of the Luangwa River in the southern Mfuwe area of the South Luangwa National Park. The well habituated wildlife here is unperturbed by safari vehicles, providing incredible photographic opportunities. Though you will come across other vehicles during your safaris, the familiarised grazing herds and their pursuant predators offer thrilling sightings to start off your safari. Flatdogs accommodation consists of luxury en suite safari tents, with delightful river-front views onto the hippo pods, crocodiles and myriad bird life. The tents have that wonderful authentic Africa-under-canvas feel but with a couple of modern touches. All tents are mosquito-proofed, have electric lights, charging points and fans, and open-air bathrooms with hot showers, WCs and basins.
Morning game drives start at 06h00 after a light breakfast, taking with you, tea, coffee and biscuits for a mid-morning break to stretch your legs. Drives return to camp just after 10h00 in time for either a big cooked breakfast or a brunch-type lunch. Guests can either relax during the heat of the day or spend a couple of hours visiting other places in the Mfuwe area – a local school, or rural health clinic, the nearby anti-poaching base or a wildlife education centre which provides teachings to local children about the conservation of both habitat and animals.
Afternoon tea is served at 15h30 before heading into the park again to catch the best of the afternoon light. A scenic spot on the river or a lagoon serves as the perfect sundowner spot to witness an iconic African sunset before continuing with a spotlight in search of some nocturnal wildlife. You will return to camp as the park closes at 20h00, in time for a drink at the bar and a delicious dinner.
3 Nights Chikoko Trails
Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp are the two intimate and exclusive bush camps which form Chikoko Trails, where authentic walking safaris are offered within a remote northern area of the South Luangwa National Park. Of all the stunning locations available in the Luangwa Valley, the well-known Norman Carr selected this area specifically to pioneer walking safaris. This is an excellent option for guests who enjoy a more active safari experience and an escape from the conventional game drive routine. One gets lost in the idyll of Africa on foot and the minutiae of the bush come to the fore; the smells, the essence of the macro world and the sense of timelessness. After transferring from Flatdogs Camp, you will be met at a pre-determined point by a seasoned guide from Remote Africa Safaris and a national parks scout. Guests then explore a trackless wilderness, accompanied by an armed game scout and guide, and arrive on foot at either Crocodile or Chikoko Camp. Luggage and supplies are portaged to camp along a separate route so guests may wish to keep personal items such as cameras, binoculars and sunscreen on them for the walk.
Though the landscape is flat, paths can sometimes be uneven as they follow existing animal trails, so comfortable, lightweight walking shoes are recommended. Daily activities consist of leisurely morning and afternoon walks, with frequent stops for the guide to share the secrets of the bush. The game viewing in this wilderness area is excellent and guests regularly enjoy spectacular sightings. Being on foot and truly part of the landscape makes the experience all the more exhilarating. Birders can enjoy a proliferation of bird life. Each camp accommodates a maximum of six people in thatched chalets with open-air en suite facilities, nestled in the shade of majestic ebony trees. Rooms have flush toilets, showers (with hot water provided on demand) and running (cold) water throughout the day. The camps are staffed by an experienced walking guide, an armed game scout, a chef and general camp staff, who contribute to a relaxed and pleasurable stay at our Chikoko Trails Camps.