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Zambia

  • Dear Rob, firstly thank you for once again putting together a marvellous holiday for Emma and I. We had a fabulous time. You had advised that it would be hot – but we had not realized quite how hot. It reached 43c at Jeki the day we arrived at the airport! Kaingo and Tafika both offered re-hydration salts which was much appreciated. KAINGO is an excellent camp. It sure does work you hard with three activities a day, but we would not have missed the elephant, Carmen bee-eater, hippo hides, for anything. Game viewing was superb and the guides knowledgeable and helpful. TAFIKA is a very comfortable camp, our ‘family’ room perfect in an idyllic position. It is very much the Coppinger family home and they are not very good at telling you all about their additional benefits e.g. the hide on the edge of camp or more importantly the Carmine bee-eater hide which was superb (we only found out about it from another guest). Its position is at an angle to the bank where the birds are nesting so they are flying all around you. Please tell Mary that I did go on the microlight which was – as she said it was – amazing. OLD MONDORO – was everything you said it would be. We loved it. Old Mondoro had the happiest atmosphere of the three camps we visited and we suspect this is very much down to the superb managers Jason and Michaela. Fabulous game viewing – including an aardvark. We went out with all three of their guides Levy, James and Sebastian who were really knowledgeable and keen to find what we were interested in, in particular leopard, and at which they were successful. Thank you Rob for all you did to put together such a wonderful trip. The level of accommodation was perfect for us, the game viewing fascinating and it was lovely not being surrounded by loads of other vehicles. All in all it lived up to all our expectations and I’m now happily going through more than 2,000 photographs of a fabulous ten days.

    Charlotte and Emma from Suffolk (and London) travelled to South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi in Zambia

Zambia

Pricing

Like most of the good safari destinations, Zambia is a reasonably expensive destination to visit. Due to the limited operating season, the safari industry is not especially commercial, and most camps are small and exclusive, but as a consequence there are a few ‘less expensive’ options. Fairly expensive internal travel (mostly done by air) does not help either (it is difficult to explore the country by self-drive and cheaper small group tours are few and far between).

Typically, a tailor-made two week ‘fly-in’ safari holiday from the UK will start at around £4000.00 per person for travel in the low season months of November, late April and May, and rise to somewhere between £5000.00 and £8500.00 per person for high season travel, which typically extends from June to October. Please remember that there are very few safari camps which operate from December to April. It is quite common for lodges to offer small discounts for extended stays of 7 nights or more with them.

We appreciate that going on safari in Africa is an expensive holiday, but we are always conscious of providing ‘value for money’. Our selection of safari properties for any itinerary is based entirely upon those which we feel will most closely match your requirements, whether that be budget driven or experience driven. It is sometimes very difficult to differentiate between a top-quality safari property, and one which offers a lesser experience. Accordingly, a safari which offers value for money should not necessarily be confused with a ‘cheap’ safari.

If you are planning your first safari, we suggest you look at our Planning a Safari section.