Our South Luangwa Birding & Big Game Extension visits this teeming reserve in eastern Zambia, famous for its magnificent game diversity and incredibly rich birdlife. We will be spending three nights in this magnificent National Park and will work the network of roads, by means of a custom-designed open-back safari vehicle, in an attempt to locate as many of the mammals and birds that inhabit this vast wilderness. Should it tickle your fancy, Luangwa National Park also offers some of the best guided walking safaris in the world allowing a far more intimate safari experience with completely safe on-foot interactions with wild Elephants and other animals.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Lilian's Lovebird, Pel's Fishing Owl, African Skimmer, Greater Painted-snipe, African Crake, Allen’s Gallinule, Dwarf Bittern, chance for African Pitta, Racket-tailed Roller
Top Mammals
African Wild Dog, Leopard, Lion, African Elephant, African Buffalo, Thornicroft's Giraffe, Cookson's Wildebeest
Habitats Covered
rivers, riverine woodland, broad-leaved woodland
Expected Climate
warm to hot & humid with a chance for rain
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
comfortable lodges
Ease of Birding
Other Attractions
african megafauna, pristine wilderness
Photographic Opportunities
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

This [Budget Namibia Birding] trip was a wonderful and unique experience for me. I was pleased with everything about it and also was pleased with myself for having met the challenge of camping and hiking and living out of a tent (most of the nights). It’s not something I’ve done for quite some years. I actually felt renewed and revitalized when it was over. Thanks to everyone for an experience of a lifetime for me!

Daniel Danckwerts was a delight; we very much enjoyed being with him. His bird skills are excellent and he does a good job getting people "on the bird." He was consistently pleasant, polite and upbeat. A highlight of the trip was the visit to his family's farm and meeting his family.

This private tour, organised by Rockjumper, allowed us to visit some fantastic areas in the country. Our main focus was on birds, with Pel's Fishing Owl and Shoebill high on our "would like to see" lists. We saw both of them really well, along with another 56 lifers. The Shoebill sighting will remain in our memories for many years, as we waded through the marsh to see both adults close to the nest, plus a well-grown youngster! The overall Bird List totalled some 320 species, along with 47 species of mammal. Highlights of the mammal sightings included an hour spent with a hunting Leopard, a couple of Lionesses with five cubs, a Cheetah with six cubs and sightings of four different Serval. The pace of the tour was excellent and staying for three nights in a small number of sites gave us the opportunity to really explore the different habitats. The accommodation throughout was fantastic. David Hoddinott was a fantastic leader and was aptly supported by the local guides.

Glen was very organised and knowledgeable. He gave clear directions as to what we would be doing the following day. He has a very calm and friendly manner. He has extremely good hearing and the ability to both hear the birds and point them out. He was very helpful to assist me when I did not see where the bird was. I would certainly like to travel with him again.

The tour was very enjoyable and interesting. Doug McCulloch's knowledge of his subject was encyclopaedic, and was as keen as mustard to share it and find us lots of birds.

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