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
African Wild Dog, Leopard, Lion, African Elephant, African Buffalo, Thornicroft's Giraffe, Cookson's Wildebeest
rivers, riverine woodland, broad-leaved woodland
warm to hot & humid with a chance for rain
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
african megafauna, pristine wilderness
Daniel Danckwerts is a fine young guide, excellent and devoted birder, and can get people onto the specials - he is very personable, always optimistic and constantly professional, working to get the most possible out of the trip.
Heinz Ortmann is a great guide, organizer and traveling companion.
Greg is an excellent birder and worked hard to find as many species as possible, and also to make sure that everyone saw them. He was very genial company and took great care of everyone.
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.
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.
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