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Valley of the Leopards

Photo tour South Luangwa Sambia

Valley of the Leopards

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Exclusive Photo Tour South Luangwa Zambia

This South Luangwa photo tour takes place at the end of the dry season. The animals gather at the last waterholes on the South Luangwa River. The chances of taking spectacular wildlife pictures are exceptionally high. The National Park is famous for its high density of leopards, its lion population and the large herds of buffalo and elephant. You will spend a total of 9 nights in three different lodges in the national park, staying on both the eastern and western banks of the Luangwa River.

The trip is aimed at keen wildlife photographers and is an exceptional opportunity to experience in detail and photographically discover one of the most spectacular National Parks in Southern Africa. Temperatures can be hot at this time of year. However, the sweat is often rewarded with exceptional images.

19.-29.10.2023 (fully booked)

11 nights/ 10 days from/ to Lusaka

6-8 participants

Lusaka – South Luangwa National Park – Lusaka

English and German speaking photo tour guiding

Photographic Highlights on the South Luangwa Zambia Photo Tour!

  • Enjoy and photograph the fantastic wildlife in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia.
  • Very good chances to photograph lions and leopards.
  • The trip takes place at the end of the dry season. The wildlife life takes place along the Luangwa River. The chances for exceptional wildlife pictures are great.
  • Enchanting scenery and magical acacia and ebony forests along the imposing Luangwa River in South Luangwa National Park and Nsefu Sector.
  • Small group with ample space on the safari vehicle.
  • Exclusive camps in prime locations that invite you to dream. You benefit from excellently trained guides at the camps.
  • Photographic assistance and guiding by professional wildlife photographers.

Photo Guides

Hannes Lochner

Hannes Lochner

Local Photo Guide

Thomas Brühlmann

Thomas Brühlmann

Amazing Views Photo Guide

Price & Benefits

19. – 29. October 2023

CHF 12’900.- | Price per person in a double room
CHF 14’900.- | Price per person in a single room (attention; only limited number of single rooms availabl)

 

Included in the price

Photographic mentoring

1 night in a beautiful boutique hotel in Lusaka

9 nights in exclusive camps in South Luangwa and Kafue National Park

Full board in the camps and half board in Lusaka

Drinks during 6 nights in the camps (water, soft drinks, coffee, tea, local alcoholic drinks)

Exclusive open safari vehicles with guaranteed window seat for each guest

2 game drives / activities per day

All park entrances, national park fees and tourism taxes

All transfers from/to Lusaka

2 domestic flights

Extra baggage limit on domestic flights

Not included in the price

Individual arrival / departure to Lusaka

Drinks during 2 nights in the lodges

Premium Brand Drinks

Personal expenses

Any airport and visa fees

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What our clients say

Mats

Amazing experiences with truly professional guides. Super nice wild-life at a close distance. Cool and impressive lodge and food. Think Tina Turner wrote your song: "Simply the best".

Zimanga in Focus, June 2022

Urs M.

As usual, the tour was excellently organised. The lodge and the game reserve in southern Botswana are simply top. The game reserve has a great variety of species and a high density of predatory cats, which made the time pass (too) quickly. I can truly recommend this trip to anyone interested in wildlife.

Botswana up close, October 2021

Ronny

The tour was planned and carried out professionally as usual. The passionate photographer Hannes Locher looked after us very well. I was thrilled by his passion for cats and his humorous manner. Gladly again!

Cats of the Kalahari, October 2021

Susanne

The trip to the beautiful Kalahari was a dream, many animals, wonderful landscapes and moods. Hannes looked after us perfectly in his humorous way and helped us to take great pictures. Definitely recommended!

Cats of the Kalahari, October 2021

Josy

The smell of the first big rain after the dry season I will remember forever! And the pictures of it are in my photo album and in my heart. Pictures that have become even more unique thanks to Hannes Lochner. It is a privilege to discover such an exciting area as the Kalahari. Even more so when Hannes Lochner is there. He showed us with humor and patience countless photo tricks and we were able to benefit from his enormous knowledge about photography, animals and nature. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Cats of the Kalahari, October 2021

Mathias

As always, excellently organized trip to the Kalahari with the guidance of Hannes Lochner. His knowledge of the Kalahari and photography gives even experienced wildlife photographers a final tip for a very special photo. Glad to travel at any time again with Hannes and Amazing Views.

Cats of the Kalahari, February 2020

Mathias

I joined for this trip directly after the cats of the Kalahari: the contrasts of both trips (Kalahari: desert steppes in beige versus Mashatu: rich green partly with yellow flower carpet) are fantastic! Very good mentoring by Hannes and Thomas, who can give even experienced photographers a tip or two. Very comfortable lodge with excellent staff, especially the local guides are to be emphasized.

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2020

Urs

This was my seventh photo safari, but the first time during the rainy season. Seeing the different animals and birds in a green landscape is a unique experience. Thanks to the excellent guides from the lodge, who made sure that the rainy season had no negative impact on the number and quality of sightings of cats of prey, birds and other animals. The photo tour guidance by Hannes Lochner and Thomas was excellent, as usual for Amazing Views. Many thanks!

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2020

Monika

excellent organization everything worked smoothly- breath-taking camp with best food and loving hospitality - perfect driver chosen who took us through thick and thin and to the most beautiful places - an unforgettable journey

Best Kept Secret, February 2020

Yvonne

Since it was my first time on a photo safari, I was overwhelmed by the many impressions of the animals. The rainy season in Botswana was a pleasant travel time and the sight of the flower carpet was unique. The local driver and the guide were very keen to show us as many animals as possible. Thomas and Hannes Lochner always had good advice for taking pictures, thank you very much for the beautiful trip.

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, Februar 2020

Jutta

After Namibia, Botswana, India and Spitsbergen, "Untouched Africa" was my 5th trip with Amazing Views. I was totally thrilled again, the organization as well as the photographer James Gifford were extremely good. We were able to observe and photograph the animals - especially elephants - respectfully and yet from close up. Many thanks for unforgettable days.

Untouched Africa Zimbabwe, October 2019

Kerstin & Kristina

So far it was the most beautiful Africa trip with Amazing Views. So close to the animals, countless elephants, on a safari from early in the morning until late in the evening - it was simply a dream. Animals so close - you never forget that. And then in addition the best guide James at your side - and the adventure is perfect. Top organization from A (Amazing) - Z (Zimbabwe)!

Untouched Africa Zimbabwe, September 2019

Ruth

Zimbabwe is an unforgettable experience, far away from mass tourism, with intense closeness to wild nature combined with exceptional hospitality in the lodges. James Gifford supported and inspired us all tirelessly with his vast experience of wildlife as well as his photographic skills. Now all our cameras are professionally set up, thank you James!

Untouched Africa Zimbabwe, September 2019

Ute

This was our first trip with Amazing Views and I can only say that it was very well organized. Hannes Lochner is a great photographer and an extremely likeable person. He showed us "his Kalahari", which is so different from the usual safari destinations. Many thanks to Hannes and the Amazing Views team.

Photo tour Cats of the Kalahari, August 2019

Kristina & Kerstin

For the second time after 2019, we were able to travel to Namibia along with Amazing Views. Although Covid-19 made a lot of things more complicated, the organisation was smooth from A-Z. The Namib, the Dead Vlei, all the Oryx antelopes, helicopter flights, the countless evening moods were just fabulously great - and as a bonus we were virtually alone in many places. It couldn't have been better. And the Okonjima Game Reserve at the end was the absolute icing on the cake for us.

Secrets of the desert, March 2021

Rena

An excellently organised trip to the Kalahari with on-site support by the nature and wildlife photographer Hannes Lochner, who left no question unanswered and gave valuable tips on the respective camera model, the settings and the composition of the pictures. Pleasant accommodation, delicious food and time spent together rounded off the whole photo safari positively. Recommended for beginners as well as advanced photographers. Anytime again with Hannes Lochner and Amazing Views.

Cats of the Kalahari, August 2019

Liliane

I have been to Botswana with Amazing Views before, I was also lucky enough to go on the first trip to Churchill to see the Polar Bear babies. All trips were unforgettable. Now again, to travel to Botswana during the rainy season was awesome for me. To photograph the animals between the lush green and yellow flowers, and to see them rolling around in it was fantastic. Plants, which I had thought to be dead in October, came back to life. Unique and an unforgettable experience. The trip was as usual, very well organized and everything went like clockwork. The lodge was super. Excellent support by Thomas and Hannes Lochner, who explained or showed with a lot of patience again and again the right adjustments and the right perspective. Not to forget the drivers and trackers who tried tirelessly to fulfil our wishes. I am thrilled. Many thanks to all.

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2019

Speedy

As a repeat offender, I have already been on the road with Amazing Views several times! As always, the tour was very well organized. Expectations are exceeded again and again. Best guides guarantee for an unforgettable experience! Absolutely recommendable! - A big praise to Thomas and Jennifer! - Keep going!

Namibia, November 2018

Mathias

A great trip over four outstanding, but also very different stations within the Okavango Delta. Both the driving and the photo guides provided unforgettable moments and helped with words and deeds to "shoot" fantastic photos. My rather high expectations were even exceeded. For a wonderful trip, many thanks to Amazing Views!

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Reto & Marlene

"Amazing Views" lives up to its name. We took home unforgettable impressions from a varied, very well organized and exclusive tour to a fantastic wildlife area. Thomas and James led the group in a friendly and professional manner and knew how to respond to each participant individually. We felt very comfortable, even though the hyenas, hippos and elephants regularly visited our camp at night. Predicated as very recommendable ... actually a must

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Sonja & Jürgen

We were back in Botswana after 30 years and felt wonderfully looked after by Thomas and James, and the whole team of Letaka Safaris. We would never have imagined such a great trip. From the competent photo and tour guide of James to the extraordinary beautiful campsites and the interaction with the nice fellow travellers, there was nothing to complain about. We can only recommend everyone to join this trip. To Amazing Views, you are top!

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Corinne

The Amazing Views have organized an absolutely great trip. Letaka Safaris offered a great organization. The rangers are very good drivers and very successful with their game drives. Their great knowledge in interpreting footprints and the perception and interpretation of animal sounds was terrific, so that we had many impressive moments while discovering this animal world in such a great landscape. With James, the whole thing was topped: an extremely good photographer, with a knowledge he was able to convey very well. I have profited enormously from him. His warm way of leading the group was absolutely terrific. A great trip with unique impressions and pure emotions. Thank you all for this experience, it is unforgettable.

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Manfred

A very well organized, "little" adventure which - fortunately away from the mass tourism streams - gave me many impressive, some touching and moving, several unique moments in the African wilderness. The photographer, James, not only has an excellent feeling for the motif and the right moment, but also for the different needs and requirements of the individual participants. All in all a successful trip, which not only fully met my expectations but in some aspects even exceeded them.

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2019

Sue

The trip was very well organized, and the accommodations were great. The guidance of James Gifford was again very good. He knows how to give you good tips in a pleasant way and makes every effort to ensure that everyone in the group gets their money's worth. The Bushwalks were a new but sensational experience for me. Getting close to a bull elephant at about 2 m and being able to take pictures will probably leave a lifelong impression on me. Many thanks to James and Amazing Views for this exciting trip!

Untouched Africa, September 2018

Urs

I liked the photo tourUntouched Africa very much. It was top organized and excellently guided by James Gifford. The Victoria Falls are impressive and the richness of species in Hwange and Mana Pools is great. A highlight was a short bushwalk in Mana Pools, which made it possible to photograph a passing bull elephant from a distance of two meters! Many thanks to James and Amazing Views for this great trip!

Untouched Africa, September 2019

Isabelle

Traveling with Amazing Views is the best. The most beautiful spots are discovered and photographed, and the coaching is unique. Each participant is picked up and promoted at his or her level. It was and is amazing with amazing views! Travelling with you has a huge potential for addiction. Hardly at home you want to book a new trip right away. You will not get rid of me so quickly. Sorry! 😉

Namibia dream landscapes, April 2018
  • Departure
    19.10.2023
  • Return Time
    28.10.2023
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Day 1: Gathering in Lusaka

You will be met at the airport in Lusaka (if you have booked a flight connection specified by us) and then transferred to the hotel.
You will stay at a charming hotel in Lusaka. In order to recover from the flight journey you can enjoy the amenities of the hotel.
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Day 2: On the way to the South Luangwa National Park

This morning you fly to Mfuwe, the gateway to the South Luangwa National Park. After the one-hour flight you will be transferred to our first camp. Our first lodge is situated in the secluded Nsefu sector.
In the afternoon, you will join for the first game drive. With a bit of luck you will experience the first great wildlife encounters.
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Nsefu Sektor
The Nsefu Sector is situated on the east bank of the Luangwa River. In the riparian area you will find the most beautiful and largest ebony groves in the Luangwa Valley as well as the imposing ana trees. In the centre of the sector are the Chichele Salt Pan and a hot spring from which bubbles 53-degree hot thermal water. The combination of this spring with the magnificent riparian forests along the Luangwa makes the Nsefu sector an exceptional jewel. The Chichele Pan in particular impresses with an exceptional density of animals in the dry season. The spring water creates a special habitat for wildlife. Hyenas and African wild dogs rest here, zebras, wildebeests and buffalos slowly go their way, pukus and waterbucks graze undisturbed.
   
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Day 3 - 4: On the road in the Nsefu sector

We get up early each morning. After coffee or tea and a small breakfast, the morning game drive starts before sunrise. You will explore the northern part of the park in the Nsefu sector on the east bank of the Luangwa. Along the river, past countless lagoons or further inland, we go in search of special photo opportunities.
After the morning game drive, enjoy a delicious brunch back at camp. There is also plenty of time for a siesta or, if desired, a photo review.
In the afternoon you will set off again for another game drive. More game encounters await you.
DThe days are rounded off with a delicious dinner in the middle of the bush accompanied by a wonderful soundscape.
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Day 5 - From the east to the west bank of the park

After a short morning game drive, we drive to the next lodge across the river in the South Luangwa National Park. In the afternoon you will go on the next game drive.
Our camp is situated in the middle of the national park on the west bank of the Luangwa River, surrounded by a beautiful ebony grove. This place is known for its always fabulous light conditions under the tall trees.
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South Luangwa National Park
The National Park counts as one of the most spectacular national parks in Africa. With its diverse landscapes and central location on the Luangwa River, the park is home to a huge wildlife population. Over 200 different mammal species and around 400 bird species live together in this protected area
The landscape along the river is characterised by magnificent acacia and ebony forests as well as idyllic floodplains and lagoons. The further inland you go, the more Miombo forest dominates, alternating with vast grassy steppes.
The national park offers great opportunities for game viewing. The chances of encountering lions and leopards are very good. The beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife make the Luangwa Valley an incomparable destination for your photo safari. The travel season takes place at the end of the dry season. All the wildlife life takes place along the river. Temperatures are sometimes hot. You will be compensated with the chance to take unique wildlife pictures.
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Day 6 - 8 - Ebony groves, lagoons and great wildlife on the west bank

You will undertake further game drives along the Luangwa River in the early morning and later afternoon in search of spectacular wildlife sightings.
If desired, you can also participate on another safari activity over lunch. The camp has made a name for itself for its unique photo hides. At our time of year there is a chance to photograph large colonies of Carmine Bee Eater from a hide. In October, the river runs out of water and hundreds of hippos share the space in the remaining pools. There is a lot of action among the animals and impressive shots of the interactions can be captured.
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Day 7 - 10 – On the way to the next lodge in the South Luangwa

After the morning game drive and a delicious breakfast, your journey continues as you drive through the park to our next lodge in the southern part of the Luangwa Valley. The lodge is situated in the central area of the national park directly on a beautiful lagoon under imposing, shade-giving leadwood and liver sausage mahogany trees.
You will stay here for two nights and again enjoy two game drives per day.
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Day 10: Time to say goodbye

Depending on your departure time, you will go on one last game drive today. Afterwards it is time to say goodbye to paradise. You will fly back to Lusaka and start your individual journey home or onwards.

Accommodation

Lusaka

Beautiful, charming boutique hotel with a well-tended garden, large lounge and spacious rooms. A perfect feel-good oasis to recover from the long flight journey.
The rooms are uniquely furnished and have a small lounge with desk, comfortable beds, a modern bathroom, WLAN and much more. The hotel has a very good restaurant and is about 20 km from the international airport.

South Luangwa Nationalpark

Beautiful bush camp in the Nsefu sector With only 6 safari tents and situated under large mahogany trees, the camp offers a wonderful bush atmosphere. An open bathroom with a beautiful outdoor shower is directly on site.
Elephants, hippos and antelopes can often be seen from the restaurant and bar, which is situated directly on the riverbank.
In the dry season, larger animals such as antelopes, elephants or even predatory cats are often drawn to the water to drink. The chance of seeing leopard is very high in the area around this camp.
Exclusive, family bijou in the northern part of the park
Our first camp is small, exclusive and designed with great attention to detail. The special thing about this camp is the very familiar atmosphere created by the operators and guides. You feel like you are in excellent hands and it is always difficult to say goodbye after a full day of safari.
The camp is located in the middle of the bush, directly on the Luangwa River. It is not uncommon for elephants and other animals to walk through the camp. Afternoon tea is enjoyed on a beautiful deck directly above the river. The exquisite meals are served in an open boma.
Each chalet is built of stone and has a thatched roof. There is a choice of ensuite bathroom with shower and toilet or outdoor bath. There is a solar light and mosquito nets. Each chalet also has its own wooden deck, from the deck chair you overlook the river and its visitors.
There is no mobile phone reception or wifi in the camp.
Beautiful lodge on a picturesque lagoon in the central part of the park
Our lodge is situated in the central part of the national park directly on a beautiful lagoon under imposing, shady Leadwood and Liver sausage Mahogany trees.
In the centre of the spacious lodge is the main house, which is generously and openly designed. There is a cosy library where you can retreat to surf the internet, edit pictures or read a book.
The thatched chalets have their own veranda, which quickly becomes your own viewing platform. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom with panoramic shower or bath, a private veranda and panoramic windows.

Climat 

During the travel season at the end of October, the dry season is at its peak. Temperatures can be very hot during the day. Average daytime temperatures are around 36 degrees. Peaks can be higher. At night, temperatures cool down to about 20 degrees.   

Luggage

On domestic flights you benefit from an increased baggage limit. You can take your photo equipment with you without worrying about the usual 15 kg limit per person for checked and hand luggage.

Fitness / Physical condition

The trip does not make any special physical demands.

Entry requirements Zambia

Passport valid for at least six months from date of entry with at least two free pages facing each other.

Visa

Passports and visas for tourist purposes are compulsory for all Swiss citizens. Visas can be obtained locally when crossing the border or applied for in advance at the respective missions abroad. Tourist visas are usually issued for a period of 30 days at a time and a maximum of 90 days per year.

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you take out cancellation insurance and return travel insurance, which covers evacuation, local hospitalisation and return travel costs to Switzerland in the event of an emergency.

FDFA travel advice

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) regularly publishes information on countries in which there are possible security or other risks. The FDFA's travel advice is based on its own sources of information, which are considered to be trustworthy. This travel advice can be accessed via the FDFA website: www.eda.admin.ch

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The General Terms and Conditions of Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours apply, as well as any other provisions listed in the detailed description of the tour.

Price changes

Prices are subject to change (in particular due to exchange rate fluctuations).

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