Games Drives

A magical safari in one of the finest National Parks in Africa.  South Luangwa is well known as a place for exceptional lion and leopard sightings. Walking safaris and night drives make for a unique and exciting experience and evenings in the lodge and bushcamp are reminiscent of traditional African safaris.

Standard duration – 7 nights

Price - $2125 per person peak season

Our 7 nights South Luangwa Big Cat and Bush Safari package offers a unique opportunity to combine the comfort of Thornicroft Lodge with the rustic beauty of the Island Bush Camp, a real bush experience.

The first days are spent at Thornicroft Lodge, which offers the opportunity to discover the game-rich Mfuwe area. The central location of Thornicroft Lodge allows us to explore vast areas of South Luangwa National Park.

A 3 to 4 hour drive from Thornicroft Lodge through some stunning scenery takes you to Island Bush Camp in a remote area of the southern section of the South Luangwa National Park. Island Bush Camp offers complete solitude far away from other camps and the opportunity to explore on foot. The thrill of a walking safari, for which South Luangwa is justly famous, makes it Africa's finest destination to experience wildlife up close, at eye level and in their natural habitat and to see the smaller details of the park such as plants, insects and the footprints of the animals that inhabit the area.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1   Arrive in Mfuwe. If flying in then transfer can be arranged from the airport to the lodge. Alternatively transfers can be arranged from Lilongwe or Lusaka.

If arriving early, it may be possible to take an additional night game drive in the park (not included). This would be a good opportunity to see the nocturnal animals such as the genet, civet, honey badger and leopard.

During your stay at the lodge, all meals are provided and borehole water is freely available. A 3 course dinner is provided in the dining room and coffee can be enjoyed around the fire-pit under the stars. Dinner and overnight at Thornicroft Lodge.
Day 2   After an early breakfast we take a morning on a game drive in the Mfuwe sector of the park. Puku and impala are populous in this area and they are usually found with the baboons and vervet monkeys. If we are lucky we may also find the resident lion pride.

We return to the lodge for a scrumptious brunch after which there is time to relax by the pool or sit on the river bank with a book and a cold beer.

After filling ourselves up with yummy cake we can enjoying a night game drive with a spotlight to seek out more nocturnal animals and birds such as owls and nightjars. All meals and overnight at Thornicroft Lodge.
Day 3   Another full day with early morning and evening game drives. All meals and overnight at Thornicroft Lodge.
Day 4   After a cooked breakfast we drive through beautiful mopani forest to the bushcamp, stopping at small lagoons and open plains to see the animals along the way. Island Bush Camp is situated in the Southern area of South Luangwa National Park on the banks of the Luangwa River. The chalets overlook pods of hippos and sandy river banks where antelope come down to drink and predators pass by looking for an easy meal. Lunch, Dinner and overnight in Island Bush Camp.
Day 5   We wake up at dawn to take a morning walking safari. The thrill of a walking safari, for which South Luangwa is justly famous, makes it Africa's finest destination to experience wildlife up close, at eye level and in their natural habitat. Here we may find herds of elephant and giraffe, and perhaps we will be able to track some big cats. Another short afternoon walk gives us further opportunity to see the smaller details of the park such as plants, insects and the footprints of the animals that inhabit the area. All meals and overnight at Island Bush Camp.
Day 6   Another day to experience the park on foot and understand what makes South Luangwa such a unique and inspiring location.  All meals and overnight at Island Bush Camp.
Day 7   After breakfast we drive back to Mfuwe stopping to enjoy the scenery including glimpses of the mighty Luangwa river. Around 13 hrs you are expected to arrive in Thornicroft Lodge again. This afternoon you might like to take a village visit (optional). Kawaza Village is home to villagers of the Kunda tribe. This experience offers you the opportunity to visit a genuine Zambian rural village and to get involved with local people and village life. Alternatively, you can take a walking tour of Mfuwe village visiting the local school, clinic and shops. This 2 hour tour will be guided by a local, experienced, knowledgeable guide, living in the village himself. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Thornicroft Lodge.
Day 8   After a cooked breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to South Luangwa. Whether you are flying from Mfuwe airport or travelling by vehicle to Lusaka or Lilongwe you can make the time to visit Tribal Textiles. Established in 1991, Tribal Textiles produces hand-made original designs. With a wide range of wall hangings, table linen, clothes and accessories it’s a great place to pick up gifts to take home. Tribal Textiles promotes fair trade practices, generates local employment and develops creative skills.
You like the Big Cat and Bush package more tailor made? Just contact us and find out the possibilities!.

Additional costs:

Mfuwe airport transfer: $25 per transfer, one way

Park Entry fees: $25 per person per day. (to be paid in Zambian Kwatcha)

(Note: Park entry is included during your stay at Island Bushcamp as it is situated within the park).

Kawaza Village: $20 pp, minimum 4 persons.

Mfuwe village walking tour: $20 pp (includes a donation to the clinic and local community), minimum 4 persons.

Drinks from the bar and during evening game drives are not included.


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