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South Luangwa Photographic Safari

In October 2015 I will be leading a photographic safari in Zambia’s iconic South Luangwa National Park.

This safari is limited to just eight participants. We will be hosted by the Bushcamp Company, one of Zambia’s premier safari operators.

This is primarily a photographic safari, so our focus will be on maximising our chances of photographing interesting subjects in good light. However, this trip is going to be a wonderful experience for anyone looking for an immersive African safari. Non-photographer spouses and friends are very welcome and will certainly not feel excluded.

Game drive

Room at Bilimungwe Bushcamp

Waterhole at Bilimungwe

Room at Bilimungwe Bushcamp

Safari Itinerary

6th October 2015 – Arrive at Mfuwe Lodge
7th October 2015 – Safari activities from Mfuwe Lodge
8th October 2015 – Transfer to Bilimungwe Bushcamp
9th October 2015 – Safari activities from Bilimungwe Bushcamp
10th October 2015 – Safari activities from Bilimungwe Bushcamp
11th October 2015 – Safari activities from Bilimungwe Bushcamp
12th October 2015 – Return to Mfuwe Lodge
13th October 2015 – Depart

Price

Price: £4,125 per person

The price per person includes:

  • Internal flights between Lusaka and Mfuwe
  • Road transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Guiding, vehicle and activities for 7 nights
  • Meals
  • All bar drinks except bottled wines
  • Government Levies, Park fees and Community fees
  • Laundry

Price excludes:

  • International flights to Lusaka
  • Zambia Visa
  • Incidentals (bottled wines, spa treatment, curio shop purchases, etc.)

Please download our brochure for more information.

Accommodation

Mfuwe Lodge is situated in the most prolific game area of South Luangwa National Park. It boasts luxurious rooms and facilities including a swimming pool and spa. The rooms look out over lagoons which attract an endless stream of wildlife, particularly in the dry season.

Elephants in reception

In October and November a wild mango tree fruits in the grounds of the lodge. This tree attracts a family of elephants who walk through reception each day to visit the tree. If we are lucky, we may see this during our trip.

Bilimungwe Bushcamp is a beautiful, intimate bushcamp situated next to a waterhole in the remote southern region of South Luangwa National Park. It only has four rooms so the entire camp will be exclusively occupied by our group. The spacious thatched rooms all look out over a waterhole. In dry season this waterhole is a magnet for wildlife.

Learn from me

Throughout this safari I will be on hand to give you one-on-one photographic tuition and advice. This may include areas such as mastering your camera settings, creative wildlife photography techniques, fieldcraft and post-production in Lightroom.

I specialise in using innovative devices and techniques to photograph wildlife in new ways. I am perhaps best known for BeetleCam, my remote-control camera buggy which I use to take close-up photographs of African wildlife. I have also created an easy-to-use DSLR camera trap system, which I will be happy to demonstrate during this safari. If you are interested in remote and camera trap photography, then this trip is an ideal opportunity for you to learn from me!

African Civet - Camera trap image taken at Mfuwe Lodge

I have recently founded RAW Exposure to provide business and marketing training for photographers. If you are interested in learning how you can turn your photography hobby into a profitable business, then come along on this safari and I will be happy to teach you the business and marketing strategies that work in today’s market.

South Luangwa National Park

Situated in Zambia’s Eastern Province, South Luangwa National Park is well-known as one of Africa’s most abundant wildlife areas. Of particular note is the diverse array of habitats from beautiful floodplains and lagoons to mopane woodlands and majestic ebony groves. These habitats support a huge variety of different species.

Leopard photographed with BeetleCam
African Wild Dogs

The Luangwa Valley is also well known as one of the best places in Africa to see the elusive leopard. There is also a reasonable chance that we may get to photograph one of the rarest and most charismatic of Africa’s predators – the African wild dog.

Our trip will take place in October which is the culmination of the long dry-season. At this time of year, all of the wildlife is forced to congregate around the river and waterholes. The herbivores are easy pickings for the Valley’s predators and it is even possible to observe lions hunting during the day.

Carmine Bee-eaters

Another highlight at this time of year is the arrival of carmine bee-eaters to nesting sites up and down the Valley. The bee-eaters nest in huge colonies which makes for some spectacular photographic opportunities!

You can read more about the South Luangwa dry season in this blog post.

Brochure

Click here to download the brochure which includes more information and booking details.