Emerald Safari

Dates: February 26 – March 8, 2021

10 nights

1 night Lilayi
3 nights Nkwali Camp
3 nights Nsefu Camp
3 nights Luangwa Safari House or Robin’s House

Price: $7,536 + $1,000 donation

This Dazzle Africa trip takes people to some of the most remote parts of South Luangwa National Park in the famed Emerald Season. Guests will experience a lush, emerald paradise that gives you the perfect backdrop for a breathtaking safari.

November-January are the rainiest months in Zambia which means that our safari in February and March gives you lush greens and emerald blues as plant life and water fill the landscape. This vegetation is the perfect background for any photographer to make their photos pop. The large amounts of water and vegetation attract all kinds of bird, plant and animal life for you to seek out.

The temperatures remain comfortable and the high river allows you the unique opportunity to explore the wilderness in a boat as well as on foot and in a vehicle. This combination of camps means that you will experience everything that South Luangwa has to offer and you will be able to do it in beautiful camps surrounded by stunning landscapes.

dazzle africa emerald safari february 2021

Photo Credit: Mike Paredes

Day 1: After your international flight lands, meet your fellow travelers at the Lusaka airport for a short one-hour car ride to  Lilayi Lodge.

Lilayi Lodge is gorgeously set on over 1600 acres of pristine grasslands, with wildlife on and around the grounds, and is the perfect introduction to Zambia. Lilayi  has a unique partnership with Game Rangers International that allows guests access to the Lilayi Elephant Nursery. Poaching and human-wildlife conflict will often take away the moms of baby elephants. Elephants are very familial animals and need to be taken care of until they can fend for themselves. The Lilayi Elephant Nursery allows baby elephants to grieve and grow up to a point where they can take care of themselves. The goal is always to release the elephants back into the wild when they are strong enough and can take care of themselves.

Days 2-4: Today you will take a 1-hour plane ride to meet up with our guides at the Mfuwe Airport. They’ll transfer you to Nkwali Camp, after passing through Mfuwe village, where most of the guides and staff you will meet are from. Nkwali is located on the banks of the Luangwa on a magnificent meander in the river overlooking the National Park where leopards patrol from tree branches  and can sometimes be spotted near camp.

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 get to choose how you explore. Twice daily game drives, walking safaris, and relaxation time at camp are all available for you to choose from.

During  your adventure you’ll visit Dazzle Africa’s philanthropic projects that your safari dollars fund, and see how you are making a difference to wildlife and the community.  These funds contribute to pay  the salary of the only wildlife veterinarian in the park, for an anti-poaching airplane to patrol the skies, a conservation radio station, water wells and an entrepreneurial school arts program and market, to name a few.

Day 5: This morning you will transfer via boat to another camp in South Luangwa National Park, 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 it’s 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 is a highlight on your boat excursions.

Day 8: 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. 

Day 9-10: 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 each subtly but differently decorated to mimic the elements – water, earth, wind and fire encompass the feeling of bringing nature into the house.

A small group will also be going to Robin’s House.  Robin’s House is a charming, private and exclusive house on the banks of the Luangwa River. The two-bedroom house with a main living area provides a shady and cool retreat from the African midday heat and if that is not enough there is a stunning plunge pool to soak in while  looking over the Luangwa River. With its own team of staff dedicated to look after you, Robin’s House offers a home away from home if home were a luxurious retreat on the banks of one of the wildest rivers in Africa.

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. A stop at Tribal Textiles, with unique, high-quality home furnishings made onsite is always a guest favorite, and is on the way to the Mfuwe Airport.

Payment Schedule:

Initial Deposit (non-refundable) $1,000.00
1st Payment September 1, 2020: $3,268
2nd Payment November 1, 2020: $3,268
Fundraising due December 15, 2020: $1,000
Total Payments: $7,536

Monies until September 1st, 2020 (excluding deposit) are fully refundable. September 2nd through October 2nd is 50% refundable. October 3rd through November 1st is 25% refundable. After November 15th, 2020, no monies are refundable. Donations are non-refundable at any time, but always tax deductible in the US. ** Please reach out to Kevin@dazzleafrica.org for COVID-19 cancellation policies.

 

Included in the cost of your safari is a US tax-deductible contribution in the amount of $1,000 toward Dazzle Africa projects.

If you prefer, this contribution can also be fundraised and is tax-deductible for any of your friends or family who would like to donate.

If you would like a customized fundraising platform, let us know and we’ll create one for you!

IMPORTANT:

Please contact Stacy James or Kevin Zimmermann from Dazzle Africa immediately to review any discrepancies, especially regarding your arrival/departure dates and times. Be sure to have your joining instructions with you while traveling.

Departure from Lusaka Airport to Mfuwe, Zambia

Your connecting flight to Mfuwe is approximately one hour. Please print and have your Lusaka/Mfuwe E­-ticket with you for this Proflight Zambia flight. This will be emailed to you a month before departure.

Emergency/Late Arrival Contact Information

If your flight is delayed for any reason, please notify Stacy James or Kevin Zimmermann by text or call if you do not text. Stacy James 702-­332-­1501. Kevin Zimmermann 970-778-6265. Mike Paredes (410-991-7172) will be the safari coordinator and will be your contact in Zambia.

Zambia Contacts:  Mike cell/text 410-991-7172 Nancy cell/text 443-994-2740

Minimum guests are required for this trip. In the unlikely event this minimum cannot be met, all safari monies would be refunded by October 1, 2020 (prior to your airline ticket purchase).