Zambia, Southern Africa's best kept secret, features a great diversity of habitat, scenery and wildlife. We can expect a wildlife experience that is difficult to duplicate elsewhere in the world. With its large elephant, hippo, lion and leopard population,, we will experience the magic and sheer visual splendor of the heart of Africa. Of all the animals on the African continent, the leopard can be one of the most elusive and magnificent creatures to capture on film. Their solitary ways, unpredictable habits and superb camouflage, make it a challenge to spot this beautiful cat. The Focus on Leopards safari takes you to the "hot spot" of leopard sightings, the remote Luangwa Valley in Zambia. This area is also a good part of Africa to see the endangered Wild Dog.
We will spend seven nights in a deluxe lodge and four nights in two different bush camps.
Maximum Participants: 16 with 4 photographers per Land Rover. Your photographer guide will rotate between Land Rovers.
Johannesburg - Lusaka - South Luangwa National Park
We fly from Johannesburg to Lusaka today, the capital city of Zambia. Upon arrival, we transfer to our charter flight to the South Luangwa Valley. Here the opportunity exists to take night drives in search of nocturnal creatures, especially the elusive leopard which is often found. The Luangwa Valley has been called the "Last Kingdom of the Elephants" and indeed one of the most memorable sights is of elephants venturing across the river, sometimes in groups of over 100 strong.
We depart after breakfast the group will split into two groups, each going to a different bush camp for two nights. After two nights each group will switch camps. We will have a total of four days at two camps. The focus on this part of our safari will be flora and the smaller animals on nature walks. Walking safaris are exceptional with numerous trails following the course of the river. We will also go on morning and afternoon game drives.
Non-Photographer Rooming with a Photographer: $5,995
Single Room Supplement: $1,000
Deposit to Secure Participation: $1,000 per person
Victoria Falls: $750
Safari Price Includes:
Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary.
Flights between Lusaka-Mfuwe-Lusaka
Transport in custom built safari Land Rovers.
Services of English-speaking safari driver/guide.
Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as per itinerary.
All Government taxes and levies.
All meals on safari as indicated.
Mineral water during game drives.
Not included are international airfare and personal expenses such as personal insurance; excess baggage fees; phone calls; gratuities to camp staff and driver/guides; airport departure taxes; passport and visa fees, and beverages, and any additional nights in Africa, which are not noted in itinerary.
Focus on Planet Earth understands that air travel contributes to increased green house gases and global warming. Therefore, we encourage our expedition participants to assist us in making each Focus on Planet Earth expedition carbon neutral. You can offset your air transportation carbon impact by purchasing carbon off-sets. To offset the emissions from your flights go to Carbon Off-Set Calculator. Use LUN (Lusaka) as your destination.
International Air Transportation:
You are responsible for booking your own international air transportation. To assist you, we have provided you with the airport codes and the dates you need to arrive or depart.