Best of South Luangwa Emerald Season

David Rogers picture of a baobab and elephants in South Luangwa on a workshop Kaingo, Zambia


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Dates: 13 – 21 Feb. 2020

Availability: Yes.
3 spaces available

Price: $5600 plus single supplement $115

*Special SADC rates apply.

Join our popular Emerald Season Photographic Workshop in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, one of the great game parks of Southern African. Luangwa is particularly regarded for its wonderful riverine scenery, high leopard concentrations and excellent guiding.

This photographic expedition coincides with the summer green season. The drama of the Luangwa River in flood is awesome. We can expect billowing clouds, migrant birds, flowers, butterflies, wonderful visibility and also great predators. Rain at this time of year comes in intense short thunderstorms and very seldom disrupts any game drives. In fact it creates opportunities as wet weather forces lion and leopard onto high ground and onto the same all-weather routes we will use.

Robin Pope Safaris has excellent guides, and I have been working for them for 10 years. Vehicles are open. The sixth window seat is for the scout that joins us if we want to go on walks. Also, see our popular Predator Safari held in September or October.

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Guests should make own arrangements to and from Lusaka. There is a meet and greet service in Lusaka and we will arrange overnight accommodation at the Protea Towers Hotel. You will be collected from your hotel next morning for the flight to Mfuwe which departs at 0h730 and takes approximately one hour to reach Mfuwe. Here you we will be met by guides from Robin Pope Safaris who will transfer us to Luangwa River Camp.

The journey begins at Nkwali Camp, which is in the more southerly part of Luangwa near spectacular game driving and walking areas. Three nights in this fantastic camp gives us time to take wonderful pictures and explore the southern areas of the park. The game in Luangwa can match that anywhere in Africa. What really makes it extra special is this time of year and the guiding and people of the Luangwa Valley. It is a wonderful destination — and for me, a second home.

We then move north to the remote Nsefu sector travelling for more than 40 kilometres along the sweeping Luangwa River. On the way we will see fish eagles, hippos and sometimes lion on the banks. Nsefu is very remote and is only accessible by river at this time of year. We usually have the place to ourselves and will spend 2 nights here using our time to explore the wonderful stork colony, the ebony groves and flooded lagoons. This camp has a classic feel and recalls the bygone days.

Optional add-ons and extensions

Anyone wanting to extend their stay by a few days at the start or finish will find plenty to do in the Luangwa Valley. Alternatively spend 3 nights at Victoria Falls.  Botswana’s Okavango and Kalahari areas offer excellent game viewing at this time.

Getting there

The price includes flights into Mfuwe from Lusaka International Airport.

Photographers need to know

  • Luggage limits are 25kg per person. We can arrange additional limits if required.
  • Please note that rain is expected during this time of year. Also likely to be some insects so bring anti-histamine if you are likely to react and take malaria medications.
  • In the Mfuwe area we can make use of an extensive network of all weather roads. In the north, at Nsefu, much activity is by boat and on foot.
  • Maximum distance of walking unlikely to exceed two kilometres over uneven ground.

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