The South Luangwa Valley and lower Zambezi offer an unparalleled range of daily activities with something to suit everyone, but always with an emphasis on wildlife. Go bush walking at dawn or head out on a game drive. Take a canoe safari and then a sunset boat cruise to watch elephant and buffalo at the river’s edge. Add a Victoria Falls package for the ultimate Zambia experience.
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
On arrival in Lusaka you will connect onto a small aircraft for a light flight to Busanga Plains’ local airstrip where you will be met by your safari guide and driven to camp. Busanga Bush Camp is set in a stand of wild date palms and giant sycamore fig trees and consists of well appointed en-suite tents with verandas that over look the plain.
During your stay at Busanga you can do a mix of day and night drives and during the wetter months when the plains are flooded there is even the possibility of boat trips, which are particularly exciting for bird watchers with large flocks of saddle-billed storks and wattled cranes congregating .The Busanga Plains are definitely Kafue’s most exciting area for big game with strong populations of cheetah, wild dog, buffalo and prides of lions known for their tree-climbing antics.
After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight back to Lusaka and onward to Mfuwe where you will be met by your guide and driven to camp. Once you have settled in and enjoyed a light afternoon tea you will be set for your afternoon game activity.
These days are spent at Kakuli Bush Camp, a tented camp set in an elevated position on the river bank, where you can relax and watch game in the mornings or at sunset from your private veranda. Here you have the option to take game drives or walking safaris and, after darkness falls, explore the local area as the predators seek their prey.
Amongst South Luangwa’s many herbivores, three stand out as being endemic to the area, the Thornicroft’s giraffe, Cookson’s wildebeest and the Crawshay’s zebra however, it is its thriving population of leopard that attracts most guests, with it being considered one of the best places anywhere in Africa to see this elusive predator.
After breakfast you will take one last game drive across the park as you make your way back to Mafue Airport for your flight to Royal Airstrip, your gateway to the Lower Zambezi Valley. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to Chongwe River camp, which will be home for the next three nights. This beautifully presented camp consists of thatched-roofed tents with private facilities, each with its own veranda overlooking the river.
You can fill the next couple of days with all sorts of activities depending on your interests. Both boat trips and canoeing can be done on the Zambezi, day and night safari drives are offered in both the park and surrounding Game Management Area (GMA) and you can try your hand at ‘catch and release’ fishing. As you are staying for a few days you can even opt for a full-day excursion into the Lower Zambezi National Park, which will give you maximum game viewing opportunities and a chance to sample a proper bush lunch. If time allows we would also recommend you do a walking safari to the north where the foothills of the Zambezi escarpment form the Chongwe Hills as here you have a chance of seeing the rarely spotted Samango or blue monkey.
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After your last hearty breakfast it is time to bid a fond farewell to the camp and its staff as you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your onward flight to Lusaka as you make your way home.