South Luangwa National Park
Emerald Season Safari
March 10 – 20, 2023
At the end of the great rift valley in Zambia lies one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in the world called The South Luangwa National Park. This premier wilderness area is an astonishing place where the meandering Luangwa River runs through woodlands and large plains that play host to huge concentrations of wildlife including elephant, buffalo, lion, giraffe, hippos and over 450 species of birds. Nicknamed the Valley of the Leopard, The South Luangwa is one of the top 5 places to see leopards in all of Africa. It is here that you will also find one of the last strongholds of the endangered and amazing African Painted Dog. A thrill for any novice or experienced African safari lover.
Emerald Season Safari
Our Emerald Season Safari during February and March will astound you in the wondrous and magical wilderness of the South Luangwa National Park. Bursting with life and vibrantly painted with every shade of green imaginable, the Luangwa river, tributaries, and ox-bow lagoons are filled to the brim after the long dry season ~ with the water comes a staggering array of wildlife, the birthing season, and decorated birds adorned in breeding plumage. Prepare to be swept away by natural beauty and epic wildlife sightings during a trip of a lifetime!
Expert guides will lead you by Land Rover, boat, and on foot to experience the wildlife and beauty that only this area can offer. Boating through the lagoons and along the Luangwa River will be like no other adventure that you have ever had, even if you have been to Africa before. The Emerald Season in the South Luangwa is a photographer’s dream as the landscape glows in greens with dramatic skies and sunsets and bright natural light.
Imagine sipping sundowners on the banks of the Luangwa River or floating through a flooded ebony forest as the fiery setting sun plays upon the sky while elephants, hippos, and lions keep you company in Zambia’s untamed verdant garden…
WHAT TO EXPECT
South Luangwa National Park is a special place to experience safari with high concentrations of animals and few other tourists in the area. There are endangered and unique animals like the African painted dog and also the animals everyone plans to see on safari like herds of elephants and towers of giraffes. The mighty Luangwa River brings the area to life and also provides the perfect habitat for pods of hippos and crocodiles.
South Luangwa is located in eastern Zambia and has over 60 species of mammals and 400 species of birds in the park. The animals are monitored and protected by Conservation South Luangwa and Zambian Carnivore Programme in partnership with Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife. All Dazzle safaris support the conservation and protection of this magnificent ecosystem.
What To Expect
Spacious chalets, blissfully comfy beds and ensuite bathrooms with steaming hot showers.
Sumptuous meals from breakfast to dinner meeting all dietary needs.
Daily Game Drives
Morning and evening game drives, including spectacular sundowners
Safari pricing is all-inclusive and includes tips
Latitude 15°, an art boutique hotel, is set amidst the beautiful tree-lined avenues on the southeast corner of Lusaka, a quick 30-minute drive from the airport.
Set around two lagoons, shaded by the canopy of ebony and mahogany trees, award-winning Mfuwe Lodge is the perfect place to ease into Luangwa life.
Nsefu Camp, the first photographic safari camp in Zambia offers charm, history, exclusivity, and comfort in the best location in the South Luangwa National Park. The perfect place to experience the Emerald Season.
Luangwa Safari House
Luangwa Safari House is an extraordinary castle-like house giving you space, luxury, and comfort with nature on your doorstep.
Emerald Safari Itinerary
Day 1: After your international flight lands, meet your fellow travelers at the Lusaka airport for a short car ride to Latitude 15.
Days 2-4: Today you will take a short and scenic one hour plane ride to connect with our guides at the Mfuwe Airport. They’ll transfer you to Mfuwe Lodge, after passing through Mfuwe village, where most of the guides and staff you will meet are from. Mfuwe Lodge has an outdoor pool overlooking a watering hole where you can view elephants, giraffes, zebras and more… You also have access to a relaxing spa, and other adventurous activities for you to enjoy. Set around two lagoons, shaded by the a canopy of ebony and mahogany trees, award-winning Mfuwe Lodge is the perfect place to ease into Luangwa life. This region of the park is renowned for its prolific game, and giraffe, hippos, buffalo, antelope, and crocodile are constant visitors to Mfuwe Lodge’s lagoon.
During your adventure you’ll visit Dazzle Africa’s philanthropic projects that your travel supports, such as an anti-poaching airplane to patrol the skies, a conservation radio station, clean water projects and an entrepreneurial school arts program and market, to name a few.
Start soaking in the sights and sounds of the South Luangwa Valley. This is where you will be exploring over the next 10 days! You choose how you explore. Twice daily game drives, walking safaris, and relaxation time at camp are all available for you to choose from.
Day 5: This morning you will transfer via boat to another camp in South Luangwa National Park, exclusive Nsefu Camp. This will be your base for the next few days to continue exploring the wilderness.
Day 6-7: Nsefu Camp is Zambia’s first-ever safari camp, steeped in nostalgia and romance. It’s the only camp open in this part of the national park during the emerald season, so you will have a truly exclusive experience with the wildlife. The Luangwa river spreads far beyond its banks here, lending an other-worldy feeling to this incredible place, and all excursions are by boat or walking. Imagine yourself sipping sundowners while floating through the flooded ebony forest as the fiery sun plays upon the sky while elephants, hippos and lions keep you company. The truly gorgeous yellow-billed storks, dressed in their pink breeding plumage, have a famous colony in the trees here, and are a highlight on your boat excursions.
Day 8-10: This morning you will transfer to Luangwa Safari House. Luangwa Safari House is a jaw-dropping private house that sits gracefully on the edge of a lagoon system where a large deck reaches out into the water, and dozens of hippos frolic and laze about.
Luangwa House has been designed to stimulate the senses from the minute you arrive, a strong castle-like structure looms up in front of you, then and as you enter through the enormous pivoting door, light and grace as the entire front of the house is open to the wilderness. The four double rooms are each subtly but differently decorated to mimic the elements – water, earth, wind and fire encompass the feeling of bringing nature into the house.
Day 11: Enjoy your final breakfast in the bush (until your next safari)! You may have time for a game drive in the morning depending on your flight time home…You will be departing back to Mfuwe for local shopping excursions and then heading to the charming Mfuwe Airport for your next destination or back home!