Walking, Whales & Wildlife

South Luangwa National Park & Quilalea Private Island

Abandon your 4x4 and set out on foot in the wild South Luangwa for an incredible few days of walking amongst the wild things, before jetting to Mozambique for some serious island exploring and beach-lounging. Start in Lusaka and end in Johannesburg.

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HIGHLIGHTS

- Stay in the home of the walking safari and explore the bush on foot with expert guides.
- Enjoy authentic Zambian hospitality in intimate and perfectly chic bush camps.
- Unwind after the bush with some time at Quilalea Private Island – or go wild and snorkel, scuba, kayak and sail.

SEASON

JANUARY - MARCH: GREEN SEASON
This is Zambia's 'Emerald Season.’ Many roads become impassable in the South Luangwa and most of the bush camps are closed. Mfuwe Lodge, however, stays open all year as it occupies a more central location in the park. It is the most humid time of year in Mozambique, with temperatures often above 35°C and tropical rain bursts in the late afternoon or overnight. Turtle hatchlings appear along the beaches from late January to March.
Chindeni is closed. Kapamba closes on 6 January.

APRIL – JUNE: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The rains gradually subside from April and the bush camps begin to open again. The landscape is green and juicy and the comfortable temperatures are ideal for both walking and game drives (but pack a light jacket!). Wildlife sightings are beginning to be very good. In Mozambique, the dry, balmy days make it a lovely time to visit and Mozambique. The evenings are cooler, the whales start appearing on the coastline and it is a great time for scuba diving too.
Chindeni opens on the 05 May | Kapamba opens on the 16 April (in 2020, this will change to 27 April for the refurbishment).

JULY - SEPTEMBER: THE PERFECT TIME TO VISIT
This is a superb time of year for Zambia. Game viewing is excellent and walking enthusiasts will love the relatively cool temperatures and exciting sighting. Handily, this is also one of the best times to visit Mozambique. The days are heating up, but it’s not too hot, the evenings are still lovely and cool and there is little to no rain. There is a good chance of seeing whales just off the coast and conditions for scuba diving are excellent.

OCTOBER - DECEMBER: IF YOU CAN TAKE THE HEAT
Things are starting to heat up in both Zambia and Mozambique! October is very hot and very dry. The humidity then starts to build in November and December and the weather becomes a little more unpredictable as the rains approach. It is however, still a good time to visit both countries – especially for R&R on the private beaches of Quilalea and to see the nesting turtles.
Chindeni closes 01 November.

ITINERARY DETAIL

MOVE: Arrive in Lusaka. Fly from Lusaka to Mfuwe Airstrip in the South Luangwa National Park with Proflight. Road transfer from Mfuwe Airstrip to Mfuwe Lodge.

STAY: 1 night MFUWE LODGE

PLAY: With its beautiful swimming pool, spa and stylish library and main areas, Mfuwe Lodge is the perfect place to settle into the safari way of life. Put your feet up for a few hours and watch the snorting hippos in the lagoon just outside the lodge, or head out on a game drive and try and spot the elusive leopard – there’s a good chance here.

MOVE: Road transfer from Mfuwe Lodge to Chindeni Bush Camp

STAY: 3 nights CHINDENI

PLAY: Located on the banks of a pretty oxbow lagoon, you sometimes don’t have to leave Chindeni to see the wildlife. Sit on your private deck, binos in hand, or head to raised main deck and enjoy the birds fluttering overhead and anything else that comes by. Otherwise, game drive around the area, wrap up for a night drive or get up close and personal with the animal residents on a walking safari.

MOVE: Road transfer from Chindeni to Kapamba Bush Camp OR walk to Bilimungwe and road transfer onwards to Kapamba – HIGHLIGHT!

STAY: 3 nights KAPAMBA

PLAY: Enjoy the best of outdoor living at Kapamba with its pretty views of the Kapamba River and the chance to swim, sunbathe or swim (dip!) in the river bed. In the early mornings and afternoons, continue your walking explorations or search for larger species on day and night drives.

MOVE: Road transfer to Mfuwe Lodge (for a quick refreshment stop) and onwards to Mfuwe Airstrip. Fly from Mfuwe Airstrip to Lusaka with Proflight. Fly from Lusaka to Johannesburg International Airport.

STAY: Overnight in Johannesburg

PLAY: Enjoy the lights of the big city and head out for dinner in one of the city’s trendy restaurants.

MOVE: Fly from Johannesburg to Pemba, Mozambique, with Airlink. Helicopter flight from Pemba to Azura Quilalea Private Island.

STAY: 5 nights AZURA QUILALEA PRIVATE ISLAND

PLAY: Azura Quilalea is a pristine private island getaway that blends eco-chic style with local vibes. The island is surrounded by a marine park and the snow-white beaches and pristine coral is just metres from the villas. Adventures include kayaking, diving, swimming, paddle-boarding (and these are merely the tip of the iceberg...), or simply order a cocktail and relax. There really is nothing else to worry about…

MOVE: Helicopter flight from Azura Quilalea to Pemba. Fly from Pemba to Johannesburg with Airlink. Depart ex Johannesburg on international flight.

CONTACT

For assistance with availability and logistics, please contact us.

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

Chindeni

Walking time from Chamilandu is ± 4 hours and Bilimungwe ± 3½ hours. Drive time from Mfuwe Lodge: ± 2 hours and 45 minutes. Located on the banks of an oxbow lagoon which is frequented by game all year round, Chindeni Bushcamp has four spacious canvas tents raised on wooden decks and a central dining area, deck and bar with stunning views towards the Chindeni Hills. The camp comprises 2 twin tents (queen size beds) and 2 double tents (king size bed each). Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with a wash basin, toilet and shower with cold and solar-heated water...

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