A unique wet-season trip designed especially for birders. This is the time when travel around the South Luangwa Park is mostly by boat and just the occasional muddy track. Other wildlife has largely dispersed around the park, but the birds are there in profusion with 400 species, including 47 birds of prey plus 32 migrants. Add a Victoria Falls package for a complete 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 at Mfuwe Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to Chinzombo, one of the most luxurious camps in the Luangwa Valley. Game viewing this evening will be by vehicle, leaving camp around 4pm after a spot of high tea. It is traditional to stop inside the park for sundowners, allowing you time to enjoy your first magnificent Zambian sunset. The second half of the drive is usually conducted after dark and focused towards spotting some of the nocturnal species that the park hosts.
Your second day will begin with a light breakfast around the camp fire before an early morning game drive, making the most of the very photogenic morning light. You will return to camp in time for a delicious buffet brunch before having a few hours to relax. Late afternoon you will head out for your second activity where you will be treated to spectacular skyscapes and sunsets, a wealth of migratory birds and crystal clear night skies perfect for star gazing.
After breakfast you will be transferred by boat to Kakuli Bush Camp, one of the only bush camps inside the park to be open during the wet season. Kakuli features luxury tents which overlook the Luangwa River, home to one of the largest concentrations of crocodiles and hippos in Africa. Your days will be made up of a mix of walking and boating safaris which will help create a truly unforgettable safari experience for photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and keen birders alike.
Mid morning you will travel back down stream by boat to Chinzombo where you will spend your last two nights. As your time draws to close you will begin to realise this is one of the most exciting times to visit the Luangwa Valley with the bush in its fullest flush of growth and teeming with new life.
After a relaxed breakfast it is time to bid farewell to the camp and its staff and set off on one last game drive across the park and eventually to Mfuwe airport ready for your onward flight to Lusaka.