Expeditionary safari to the Luangwa Valley and the Bangweulu Wetlands

Our very own Rod Tether guided full-time in Zambia for 23 years from 1989 to 2012 and took a trip down memory lane to put this itinerary together that begins in his spiritual home of South Luangwa before taking a short hop in to the unique Bangweulu Swamps.  

Recently adopted as a biome of conservation priority by African Parks the future is looking bright for this unique area in Zambia and with a comfortable new camp open to accredited guides and their small groups the window of opportunity to visit has reopened.

Day 1 to 5

Fly from Lusaka up to Mfuwe - drive through the South Luangwa National Park, game-viewing en route, to Kaingo Camp on the banks of the ever dynamic Luangwa River. Set deep inside the park and with its network of ingenious photographic hides Kaingo offers the perfect introduction to the Luangwa Valley.

Big game abounds with predators particularly abundant, there’s also the opportunity to spot Luangwa’s endemic mammals - Thornicroft’s Giraffe, Cookson’s Wildebeest and Senga Puku.

After three days on the river head inland to Mwamba, a proper little bush camp recreated annually from grass and pole and a top-spot to undertake walking safaris.

Day 6 to 8

A light aircraft hop takes us across the Congo-Zambezi watershed to the Bangweulu Swamps. The Bangweulu is an otherworldly wilderness, the headwaters of the mighty Congo River they provide an almost unbelievable contrast to the Luangwa given their geographical proximity. Although not a National Park these wetlands are home to tens of thousands of photogenic, semi-aquatic and endemic Black Lechwe and is a stronghold for the enigmatic Shoebill, the expeditions to locate often garnering near legendary status. 

Posted by: Alex

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