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.
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
7 with 1 Rockjumper leader Tour Pace & Walking
comfortable lodges Ease of Birding
unchallenging Other Attractions
african megafauna, pristine wilderness Photographic Opportunities
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.
Andre Bernon was a great leader, with great vision and bird finding skills. He also had excellent people skills, both with the participants and the various third parties that we dealt with. He maintained good humour and an even disposition throughout.
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.
Greg de Klerk could not have done more, he was very good particularly when I lost my luggage and I just couldn’t make a lot of decisions that needed to be made particularly in the limited time available for shopping and he helped me through that.
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.