The Luangwa Discovery Safari

An 8 night safari combining Luambe Camp and Flatdogs Camp

2 complimentary camps

A complete Luangwa experience

Straightforward travel logistics

An 8 night package combining 2 safari camps in 2 different areas of the the Luangwa Valley

Join us for an exciting 8 night Zambian safari offering some of the best wildlife viewing and beautiful African scenery of the Luangwa Valley. Visit Flatdogs Camp in South Luangwa National Park for a total  of 4 nights followed by 4 nights at Luambe Camp in Luambe National Park. The South Luangwa National Park is probably the most famous of all Zambia’s wildlife havens and is deservedly considered amongst the elite of African wilderness regions. Fantastic leopard populations, hippo, lion and elephant are complimented by a healthy range of other species too. Luambe National Park is located on the eastern bank of the Luangwa River, halfway between South and North Luangwa National Park and is one of the oldest protected areas in Zambia. Because of its remote location on the eastern bank of the Luangwa river, the Park has remained essentially unchanged – largely because it’s off the beaten track, a secluded, tranquil place not covered by the usual tourist routes. Luambe is situated between the larger Luangwa national parks to its north and south, however, to those who visit it Luambe is often considered to be the jewel in the crown.

Safari Dates

15 June – 31 October

Accommodation

Flatdogs Camp & Luambe Camp

Safari Duration

9 days / 8 nights

Group Capacity

Max 8 people

Your Travel Route for the Luangwa Discovery Safari

Mfuwe Airport – Flatdogs Camp (3 nights) – Luambe Camp (4 nights) – Flatdogs Camps (1 night)  – Mfuwe Airport

*Please note that the order of this itinerary can be changed if needed

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Flatdogs Safari Camp, South Luangwa National Park

The closest camp to the Mfuwe main gate of South Luangwa National Park

Your Luangwa safari experience will begin with 4 nights at Flatdogs Safari Camp 

When you arrive at Mfuwe Airport, you will be met by a Flatdogs Camp staff member and transferred to the camp, which is located just outside the South Luangwa National Park. If you arrive on the morning flight, there will be time to settle into camp and have some lunch before your first afternoon game drive. Your guide will come meet you to discuss your interests before you head into the park at around 16h00, ready to explore this magnificent wilderness. As the sun starts to set, your guide will find the perfect sundowner spot where you will get to stretch your legs and take in the view. Once the sun has set, you will carry on gameviewing with a spotlight, searching for some of our interesting nocturnal residents, like the leopard, lion, porcupine, civet, genet, owls and hyaena. You will then return to camp just after 20h00 when the Park closes, in time for dinner!

Your mornings at Flatsdogs start early so that you can make the most of the light and when the animals are at their most active. A light breakfats will be served when you wake up before you head out at 06h00 on a morning safari, exploring the park, taking the sightings as they come, with your guide detailing all you are seeing and adding interesting observations drawn from his years of experience in the Park. You will head back to camp at around 10h00, in time for breakfast or a brunch/lunch type meal – whichever you prefer. Then there is time to relax during the heat of the day, enjoying a dip in the pool perhaps or a siesta after your early start. The Luangwa is well known for its walking safaris, which is an unforgettable way to experience the Park, so if you would like to walk instead of drive, please let us know so we can organize this for you. Tea and cake will be served at about 15h30 before you head out for your afternoon activity, followed by sundowners and dinner.

You will spend 3 nights at Faltdogs Camp before journeying on to Luambe Camp, located in the Luame National Park.

“Flatdogs is the laid-back jewel of the South Luangwa. Perfectly located right on the banks of the Luangwa River and famously known for it’s top-notch dining , it is our go-to camp to stay when we need to stay in Mfuwe but have convenient access to the national park. What’s more, it is one of the best places in the entire area to be near elephants! ” 

– Mike P, October 2021

Highlights from Flatdogs Camp include:
Safari Activities

Qualified safari guides are eager to show off the incredibly diverse Zambian wildlife, both large and small, trees, birds, track spoor  and even fish.

Tented Accommodation

Flatdogs Camp offers luxury ensuite safari tents designed to help guests enjoy the sights and sounds of the wild.

Game Viewing

Flatdog’s night game drives in particular offer spectacular uninterrupted viewing, whilst the African night sounds creates their own musical orchestra.

Luambe Camp & Conservation, Luambe National Park

An undiscovered ‘gem’ secluded in the heart of the Luangwa valley 

Spend 4 nights in the remote wilderness of Luambe National Park 

You will be collected from Flatdogs Camp at around 0830 for your road transfer to Luambe National Park. Enjoy a 4 hour road transfer, allowing you ample time to take in the new surroundings, diverse wildlife as well as experience the astonishing birdlife encountered along the way. Luambe National Park is one of Africa’s best kept secrets.

There are only 5 safari tents at the camp, so a maximum of 10 guests have the entire Park to themselves. The camp has been designed to take in the stunning sweep of the Luangwa in front, with its enormous pod of hippo gathered together in incredible numbers, adding to your sense of discovery as you arrive.

 The tents use solar lighting and water heating and have ensuite facilities. From camp, the daily routine is similar to that at Flatdogs, with morning and afternoon activities organized for you, to take in as much of this beautiful wilderness as possible as as being a part of their ongoing conservation activities. Luambe is so isolated that you have a real feeling of discovery as you explore the Park – you could be the first to find a new waterhole or an owl’s nest or sign of roan and eland – the Park has been so untouched over the years. 

On your final morning,  will be transferred by road back to Mfuwe airport to connect with your outbound flight.

“Finally we found a hidden gem!  Luambe Camp is located in the Luambe NP directly on the Luangwa river bank. Here you can find the special feeling of being more or less alone in the bush among with wild animals which live their natural lives in balance with nature. This camp was recommended by our travel agency and we didn’t regret  a single moment.”

– Sandra L, 2021

Highlights from Luambe Camp include:
Luangwa Location

Luambe Camp is the only accommodation in the entire park, so you can be assured that you will have wildlife sightings all to yourself

Unique Safari Activities

Your safari activities with Luambe can be tailored to your interest! From sleep-outs to setting up camera traps, we are able to offer guests activities slightly different to normal safari camps.

Exclusive and remote

Being a small and intimate bushcamp, we have the opportunity to focus on our guests and we also encourage guests to take things slowly and enjoy the different activities and experiences on offer.

Overview of the Luangwa Discovery Safari Travel Logistics 

One of the great things about this safari is how uncomplicated the travel logstics are!

Day 1 

Your trip starts at Mfuwe Airport. Flatdogs staff will meet you upon your arrival and drive you into camp. The road transfer from the airport to Flatdogs will take you 45 minutes

Day 4

Luambe Camp staff will collect you from Flatdogs Camp. You will then get to enjoy a 4 hour drive to Luambe Camp, which includes a 2 hour drive through the National Park.

Day 8 

On day 8, you will enjoy a full breakfast before embarking on the 4 hour journey back to Flatdogs for your last night in the Luangwa Valley.

Day 9 

After breakfast Flatdogs will transfer you to Mfuwe Airport where you will connect with your outgoing flight. (this flight is excluded from the package).

Luangwa Discovery Safari: Gallery

See photos from the Luangwa Discovery Safari below:

This package is available from 15 June – 31 October 2022 / 2023

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