South Luangwa NP & Luambe NP | Zambia
4 - 12 September 2020
Get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
We’re flying far far away and joining Safari Frank for a 9 day privately guided photo-workshop in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia!
Join Flock’s David Stowe and & Frank Steenhuisen from Safari Frank as we head over to Zambia’s Luangwa Valley for a strong dose of iconic African wildlife and epic birding!
The ‘Valley’, as the locals call it, is home to over 450 species of birds and has the highest hippo, crocodile and arguably leopard densities of any other protected area in Africa!
Our Zambian Photographic Safari starts in the village of Mfuwe, the gateway to South Luangwa National Park – a wildlife haven of note! – where we will be stylishly accommodated and set off for twice daily missions into the park. Here we expect to target the larger iconic mammal species where our chances will be at their best. We then venture to the remote and secluded Luambe National Park where we expect to find a few hidden gems and far fewer tourists as we start to slow down and focus more on birding and spending more quality time with our subjects!
The tour will be split into two distinct sections with the first being focused on iconic African mammal photography and the second half being focused on the Southern Carmine Bee-eater colonies, unparalleled hippo viewing, superb birding and whatever else comes our way! All the while with photographic tuition and expert advice from both Dave and Frank.
Our potential target mammal species: Leopards, Lions, Cape Buffaloes, African Savanna Elephants, Wild Dogs (Painted Wolves), Spotted Hyenas, Crawshay’s Zebra, Greater Kudu, Hippos, Thornicroft Giraffe and much much more!
Over 450 bird species have been recorded with specials we hope to photograph: Pels Fishing Owl, Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Grey Crowned Crane, African Skimmers, Purple Crested Turacos, Lilians Lovebird and many species of herons, storks, large raptors and plenty of others!
Who is Frank?
Frank Steenhuisen was originally born in Pretoria South Africa. His passion for Africa’s wildlife started at the age of 5, with frequent trips to his family’s property in the Greater Kruger area. 20 years later, with a stint in Australia in-between, Frank now travels Africa extensively as a photographer, private safari guide and director of safariFRANK – identifying, visiting & hosting safaris in some of the finest wildlife destinations on the continent.
all skill levels
You don't need to be an expert photographer with a super telephoto lens to enjoy this trip. A smaller zoom such as a 100-400mm will be great for alot of the mammal action. Birds of course will always need the longest lens you have.
Whatever camera you have there is no doubt that you will still learn a lot and have great fun doing it!
This tour is designed to be fun and suit most fitness levels.
* 8 nights’ accommodation – 4 at Tracks & Trail River Lodge and 4 at Luambe Camp
All inclusive ex Lusaka, Including return flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe
Outstanding wildlife and bird viewing during peak season in the Luangwa Valley.
Expert photographic and Ecological Tuition by Frank & Dave
Private vehicles and activities for our small group.
Morning and afternoon outings with sessions during midday in camp as well.
Small group of 5 max - along with Dave and Frank as your expert hosts.
Access to Southern Carmine Bee-eater nesting colonies
Hippo platform right in camp!
US$8950 PER PERSON*
*Note cost is in US$. The price will be converted from USD$ to your currency at the time of booking. Any price indicated in another currency other than USD is merely indicative.
Maximum of 5 guests!
Enquire for single supplement.
Accommodation as stated above.
All inter-camp transfers between locations, starting and ending at Mfuwe Airport.
Game viewing activities
Lusaka Airport meet & greet service.
Entrance/park fees and excursions.
Private Vehicles & activities.
Return flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe.
A daily allocation of a selection of local beverages including beer, wine, waters and cold drinks – at Luambe Camp Only. (Tracks & Trail drinks are excluded)
International Flights and airport taxes.
Pre and post safari accommodation.
Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
Drinks at Tracks & Trail River Camp.
Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
ENTRY VISA FEES.
BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).
All camps/lodges are unfenced and situated within wildlife areas with all sorts of creatures venturing through.
Expect warm to hot temperatures and prepare accordingly with protective clothing, hats, sunscreen.
Its peak season in Zambia so the parks are at their busiest.
Charging facilities available throughout.
As with any tour, unfortunately we cannot control the weather or indeed the wildlife. The itinerary will be flexible to make the most of the weather and any target species. This part of the country can be incredibly variable in terms of species numbers and diversity depending on prior rainfall which we obviously can’t predict in advance.
We strongly recommend getting camera insurance.
The arrival time of the Southern Carmine Bee-eaters vary each year and cannot be accurately predicted as they are migratory birds.
Travel insurance is a must.