Coppinger³

North & South Luangwa National Parks & Livingstone

Explore the game abundant Luangwa valley with this authentic and adventurous circuit. Start and end in Lusaka (optional add-on ends in Livingstone).

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HIGHLIGHTS

- Owner run by the Coppinger family
- Exceptional guided walking safaris
- Intimate and authentic camps built from natural materials
- Intense game viewing experience

SEASON

JANUARY - MARCH: MOST CAMPS ARE CLOSED
This is Zambia's 'Emerald Season' – when most camps close and many roads in Zambia become impassable so there is not much happening in the Luangwa Valley!
Tafika Camp, Chikoko Trails & Mwaleshi Camp are all closed.

APRIL - JUNE: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
As the rains stop and the ground dries out the camps are being rebuilt for the season ahead. Bush is very green and wildlife sightings are beginning to be very good. Days are wonderful and warm and the evenings can be cool and sometimes cold. June is a lovely time to be on safari as temperatures are extremely comfortable especially for walking safaris, and the grass is now flatter and the bush opens up offering better visibility.
Tafika Camp opens 1 May | Chikoko Trails opens 25 May | Mwaleshi Camp opens 15 June

JULY - SEPTEMBER: PEAK SAFARI SEASON
Superb time for Zambia, especially for the walking safari enthusiasts, as the temperatures are still moderate to make walking comfortable (especially in July and August). Game viewing is excellent. But as the camps operate such a limited season and this is the peak period spaces fill up well in advance so we suggest planning ahead to ensure the ultimate Zambian safari.

OCTOBER - DECEMBER: THE SEASON IS COMING TO AN END
Before the November rains the temperatures start to climb: the Luangwa Valley, can get very hot in October. But the wildlife sightings are superb as animals start to keep close to water sources, this is when the Luangwa comes into its own with the river being the central attraction and this becomes safari mania.
Chikoko Trails close 31 October | Mwaleshi closes 31 October | Tafika closes 15 November

ITINERARY DETAIL

MOVE: Arrive at Lusaka Airport. Fly to Mfuwe Airport with Proflight. Road transfer from Mfuwe Airport to Tafika Camp.

STAY: 3 nights Tafika Camp

PLAY: The base camp for Remote Africa Safaris and home to John and Carol Coppinger. The remote location provides for an authentic and adventurous safari experience: walk, 4x4, village visits and a real highlight is going on a cycling safari with John as your guide. 

MOVE: 4x4 transfer, canoe across the river and & walk to Chikoko Trails.

STAY: 2 nights Chikoko Trails (1 night Chikoko Tree Camp & 1 night Crocodile River Camp)

PLAY: Only accessible by foot these camps offer the ultimate walking safari experience. Take a walk through the wilderness with a lifetime of guiding knowledge shared freely by guides such as Bryan Jackson.

MOVE: Private Charter with RASAIR from Lukuzi airstrip to Mwaleshi airstrip. 

STAY: 2 nights Mwaleshi Camp

PLAY: One of only two camps within the hidden North Luangwa National Park – a true wilderness with excellent wildlife viewing! Focus on walking with only 4 chalets.

MOVE: Private Charter with RASAIR from Mwaleshi airstrip to Mfuwe airport. Fly Mfuwe to Lusaka with Proflight. Depart ex Lusaka on your international flight or continue to Livingstone as below.

OPTIONAL ADD-ON TO LIVINGSTONE, THE VICTORIA FALLS

MOVE: Fly Lusaka Airport to Livingstone with Proflight. Road and boat transfer to The River Club.

STAY: 2 nights The River Club

PLAY: Perfect base to explore the world's largest sheet of falling water, the Victoria Falls - one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Spend time enjoying the numerous activities on the property, put your feet up and relax and watch the sun set over the Zambezi river on a boat cruise.

MOVE: Road transfer from The River Club to Livingstone Airport. Depart ex Livingstone on your international flight.

AVAILABILITY
CONTACT

For assistance with availability and logistics, please contact us.

journeys@classic-portfolio.com | +27 21 876 2153 or +27 21 201 3869

Tafika Camp

Owner run and bush home to John and Carol Coppinger, Tafika Camp is the base camp for Remote Africa Safaris, nestled in the shade of giant Leadwood trees. The remote location makes it ideal for those who really want to get away from it all and experience the bush in the true sense of the word. Situated on the banks of the Luangwa, the camp provides amazing views of the river with plenty of opportunity to see elephants crossing, hippos wallowing and king fishers darting in and out the river offering a wonderful way to relax when not enjoying walking safaris, cycling trails or day & night game drives!..

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