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Zambia: a very special week on safari

Jonathan Scott of the BBC's Big Cat Diary, and legendary guide and wildlife expert Phil Berry, lead a once-in-a-lifetime safari in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park.

Game drive in the South Luangwa National Park

Game drive in the South Luangwa National Park

BBC Big Cat Diary's Jonathan Scott and legendary guide and wildlife expert Phil Berry are delighted to host a special week long safari at the newly refurbished Mfuwe Lodge

The lodge is nestled among huge ebony and fig trees, on a beautiful lagoon in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.

The lodge has 18 ensuite thatched chalets, each with a private deck. There is an airy main lodge area with swimming pool and a spa, where guests can enjoy a relaxing massage after a day of game viewing.

Hippos, buffalo, antelope, crocodile and countless species of birds are plentiful in this area, as are the big cats.

In November, elephants tend to congregate near the Luangwa River and Wonky Tusk and family, often pay a visit to the Mfuwe Lodge reception; this is also the time of year when impala drop their young.

During the week you will be able to go on both game drives and walking safaris. Setting off at first light and arriving back at the lodge mid morning and then setting out again in the late afternoon;  these two periods are when the wildlife is most active and the light is best for photography.

With all this going on and two of Africa’s top experts to guide you - this truly will be a unique week in the South Luangwa.

Lioness & cubs drinking from a waterhole

Lioness & cubs drinking from a waterhole

Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park

Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park

Tracking lion on a walking safari

Tracking lion on a walking safari

Library at Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park

Library at Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park

Leopard relaxing on a fallen tree

Leopard relaxing on a fallen tree

Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park

Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park

"In November the resident elephant families near Mfuwe Lodge are on the search for succulent wild mango fruits. One particular family, led by a wily old matriarch, (Wonky Tusk), takes the most direct route to the mango trees, solemnly walking through reception at Mfuwe to the delight of the guests. And besides the elephants we enjoyed wonderful sightings of wild dogs, lions, mating leopards, an hour-old elephant calf struggling to gain its feet, spectacular birding around the lagoons – and much else besides."

Jonathan Scott, Wanderlust Magazine, 2009

Book this trip

The dates of travel for this 'one-off' safari are 3rd - 10th November 2010.

The price of the safari is from £5,400 per person*.

If you would like more information please contact one of our Zambia specialists on 01993 839 505 or contact us online.

*This safari is subject to availability and based on two people travelling together. Price correct as of 10th February 2010.

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