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Zambia's Carnivore Safari

On International Expeditions’ new Zambia Carnivore Safari, your small group of no more than six guests spends an immersive week with the Zambian Carnivore Program (ZCP), learning about and viewing the large carnivore species. With a carnivore-specific activity each day, you won't leave disappointed!

Conserving Africa’s Carnivores

The Zambian Carnivore Program (ZCP) has been operating in Zambia since 1998, carrying out conservation and research activities to conserve Zambia's populations of this highly endangered species. They started off with a focus on the highly endangered African wild dog but now expanded to all large carnivore species across Zambia through a variety of applied research activities, anti-poaching and habitat conservation work. The research team work quite closely with local schools and communities, supporting and participating in educational work. The ZCP team is based at Nkwali Camp and will be pleased to accompany you on activities and share their work with you.

Active African Safari

During this week, you will spend time with ZCP project manager Dr. Matt Becker and his team. Activities will include tracking, learning about ecological survey techniques in the field including lion identification and prey surveys, attending lectures and visiting ZCP's education partner Chipembele Wildlife Center. The schedule is flexible as the carnivores are unpredictable. At least one of the activities each day will be with the ZCP team. The safari gives you a chance to gain some exclusive insights into the ZCP conservation program. In addition to the above activities, you will also enjoy game drives and/or walking safaris in the park with a professional local guide from the lodge.

Daily Itinerary

Zambia's Carnivore Safari Itinerary

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    Depart aboard independent flights en-route to Lusaka, Zambia. (Meals Aloft)
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    Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel for an overnight. Balance of the day is at leisure. With a stay at Radisson Blu Hotel Lusaka in Lusaka, you'll be in the business district and close to National Assembly of Zambia and Lusaka National Museum. This five-star hotel is within the vicinity of Freedom Statue and Independence Stadium. (Meals Aloft)
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    After breakfast, transfer to the Lusaka airport for your flight to Mfuwe. Meet the staff from Nkwali Camp and drive through colorful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali. One of the full-time project staff from ZCP will give an introductory talk on the Zambian Carnivore Program (ZCP). This will include a general overview of the ZCP, its aims and their current programs. You'll also have a demonstration of their tracking equipment which will be used to find the carnivores when they join you out in the field. B,L,D)
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    While many places claim to be "among the remaining wilderness areas" or "one of the last wildlife sanctuaries," South Luangwa National Park lives up to both and more. The Luangwa Valley is vast, remote and home to both people and a truly impressive variety of game. South Luangwa Park is over 3400 square miles. There are diverse habitats, from huge ox bow lagoons of varying stages of maturity, woodlands, ebony groves, grassland and thickets, that host a great variety of wildlife. The birdlife is also excellent with over 450 species to be seen. A dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. Our morning game drive enters the park by boat. Watch for family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft giraffe. 
    A mid-morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken by a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. This morning you will be joined by ZCP for the game drive. Gain exclusive insights into their research as you track for carnivores through the National Park - see their tracking equipment and techniques in action! They'll also explain about lion identification and prey counts which are used in their annual predator and prey surveys. You'll get to use these new skills in species identification and scientific technique as you drive around one of the most beautiful areas in Africa.
    Return to camp for lunch around mid-day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Tea will be served in the afternoon and then off on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world. Usually one returns to camp at approximately 8pm with dinner generally at 8:30pm. (B,L,D)
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    Another day to enjoy the game viewing at Nkwali on walks or drives or you may wish to go on an all day picnic. Taking a scout with you, you will be able to enjoy a walk or explore further afield in the park. Lunch will be under a tree or next to a lagoon and you will then be able to take a siesta or simply spend a lazy couple of hours reading a book or watching the fascinating animals and landscape around you. Return to camp when you are ready. In the evening you will be joined by ZCP for another discussion. This evening’s lecture will focus on competition between lions, hyenas and African wild dogs, why ZCP researches these inter-predator competitions, and what it means for the survival of the wild dog. They'll also tell you all about exciting hot-off-the-press findings for Zambian wild dogs and other associated wildlife in the area from their research. (B,L,D) 
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    Chipembele Environmental Education Centre. Education, and in turn the reduction of human-animal conflict, is key to the survival of this endangered species. With a visit to the Chipembele Education Centre you'll learn all about wildlife conservation education in general, as well as the education programs ZCP have in place. There's both a fun children's school-based curriculum as well as adult targeted posters and both are integral to ZCP's conservation efforts. You will also be able to learn about other education programs run by Chipembele for different species running in the area too. After your return in the afternoon, you will be able to choose to go out on an evening game-drive, or just relax in camp watching the sunset over the river. (B,L,D) 
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    These last days are very flexible. ZCP will join you on either a morning or evening game drive to track the carnivores. The rest of your days will be free to do activities with your camp guides. A walking safari, game drive, or boat cruise on the river. Whichever activities you choose, they are sure to be spectacular. Weather dependent, you will also have the chance to visit Kawaza Village, to experience a bit of the local culture. (B,L,D Daily)
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    After a relaxing breakfast, transfer to the airstrip and fly via Mfuwe to Lusaka. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Radisson Blu Luska. You may enjoy a relaxed evening ahead of your trip back home. (B,L)
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    Depending on your onward flight, you may wish to do an activity or go straight to the airport after breakfast. (B)
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    Arrive Home


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12 Days, 11 Nights
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Trip Highlights

  • A visit to Kawaza Village and the schools is often remembered years later by our guests as the most rewarding part of their visit to Africa. This gives a more holistic experience of the Luangwa Valley.
  • For unique locally produced hand-painted textiles, drawing inspiration from the stunning Zambian wildlife and surroundings.
  • The walks are led by our knowledgeable guide, and escorted by an armed National Park scout.