Zambia safari in South Luangwa

“Safaris don’t get much better than this – 10 days in Zambia’s unspoiled, wildlife rich Luangwa Valley, topped off with time to relax at Victoria Falls.”


South Luangwa National Park | Nkwali Camp | Nsefu Camp | game drives, walking safaris and night drives | high quality guiding | Livingstone | Victoria Falls | Stanley Safari Lodge
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Departure information

This trip can be arranged on a tailor made basis at any time to suit you. Best from mid-April to November (unless you are a birdwatcher, in which case the green season would be better).
Vacation type

Tailor made vacations

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and zipcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Zambia safari in South Luangwa


The camps used on this special safari are run by people who care. We rate them as one of the best when it comes to doing things right. They do right by our travelers, giving you an amazing wildlife and wilderness experience, and they do right by the people and places in their sphere of influence.

They’ve won various awards for their efforts in poverty reduction, they strongly back anti-poaching activities and carnivore research programmes, and they are very careful to use green technology such as solar power, natural air cooling and living grass roofs in order to minimise environmental impact.

The Luangwa Valley is a very special area of wilderness (which includes the second largest wild dog population, the largest lion population and one of the largest leopard populations in Zambia) that needs all the protection it can get. These camp owners offer some of this protection.

The company that organises this vacation is a multi award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travelers are well-informed, as an informed traveler tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveler. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism. In terms of information, all travelers are given guidelines on Traveling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment.

For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.

The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). They also buy only fair trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. They also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (eg monitors).


For the last 10 years the lodge owners have supported a school in the Nsefu Village area. Kawaza School now has the reputation in Zambia of being a great example of how help from tourism can improve a community. The response of the guests who have visited the school has been overwhelming and many of them wanted more interaction. We can also offer the opportunity to stay at Webby's village, next to the school for a night. Accommodation and food is totally African. There is the chance to meet the Chief, a local traditional healer, to spend a morning with the ladies collecting water and cooking, to help with constructions, dance with the ladies. This is not a set up village, but a chance to spend time with an African family and community. There is also a donation for the school in the fee.

The company backs a charity called The Tribes Foundation with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They constantly raise funds for grassroots projects, which travelers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.
Working with partners on the ground in each destination, the company only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They have internally eco-rated about hundreds of properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveler wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues. They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.

2 Reviews of Zambia safari in South Luangwa

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

How dedicated our guides were... Driving up a rocky dry river to see white rhinos and when they smelled/heard us and started coming towards us, realized they could be a lot faster than us on this terrain...

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

We have done 13 days safari and transfer and three days on the beach... I would not plan more than 10 days safari and transfer...

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Every place we have been (Tortilis Camp, Loisaba, Olonana, Manda Bay), enormous attention was given to local people and impact on environment. This is definitely the way it should be...

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

An opportunity of a lifetime even if we ate too much (food was too good).

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The most memorable was the wonderful individual service at Islands of Siankaba & Kwando Safaris. At Siankaba, arriving back to the room each day to find that either a bubble bath had been run or fresh flowers had been left was wonderful. The most exciting was the gorge swing & white river rafting in Victoria Falls as well as the night game drives following lions stalking prey in the Okavango.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take motion sickness tablets for charter flights. They are very small planes and can be quite bumpy! Take more memory than you think you need if you have a digital camera.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, the benefit to the local people was apparent as well as the various providers attempts to minimise environmental impacts.

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