Landscape of South LuangwaImpala

Since we live and breathe South Luangwa and actually have called this area home for many years, we thought to give you some hints, tips and ideas on what to expect on your private safari. We won’t bore you with what to pack, bring or wear! We trust you already thought of your camera, binoculars, light clothing, insect repellent, sun block, sturdy shoes and what not more.....


The best times to see wildlife is early morning and late afternoon. Obviously you can decide for yourselves at what time to leave for a game drive; this is your private safari...

Wilddog of South Luangwa

Your guide will meet you at a time convenient and decided by you. He is available for 4 hours per game drive, but needs to respect the park rules. This means no entry into the park before 06.00 and not leaving the park gate later than 20.00 hours. 

Kindly respect his experience and advice.  
It is best to communicate daily with him directly on when to meet you for your next pre-booked safari with us.

Vervet Monkey

It is not allowed to drive off road in South Luangwa National Park.
Your guide is not allowed to quickly drive around the bush for you to have a better sighting of the animals. 

Up to 4 hour game drives in the hot African sun, different seats than you are used too, and a lot of bumping and bouncing around (safari massage – no extra charge!), so please bring your hat and sunscreen!

A fully private safari just for you

 Remember that most of your fellow humans have come to this park for a “wilderness” experience and thus minimising unnecessary noise from music, cell phones and loud talking would almost certainly be appreciated.

True you are fortunate enough to be on a private safari (thus not sharing the vehicle with total strangers), but you will encounter other people on safari as well.

Views of South Luangwa


Luangwa can be having HOT and dusty conditions. Hot in summer and dusty through the dry winter months. From June to end of August you may wish to bring an extra sweater as it can be cold early morning / after sunset.

Just so you know…expect it. 


take it easy

African Sun

A good hat and sun-block are a must, plus some bottled water or add a few extra drinks to the cooler-box; it will surely compliment your safari. If you wish to stop for a drink break, let your guide know about your plans, he can find a nice shady (and safe) spot for you to enjoy a drink in the bush. It would be nice to share a soft drink with the guide if you think of it.

Taking your ‘comfort break’

In the bush when out on game drives.... that’s right – no flushing toilet, no toilet seat and no toilet paper! You will be ‘going to the loo’ behind the nearest bush. Ladies, it is a good idea to carry tissues and a small plastic bag to deposit them in until you can dispose of them back at your private house (and a hand sanitizer too). Do NOT leave toilet tissues lying in the bush, please. Your guide will plan to stop for regular ‘comfort’ breaks. If you need to ‘go’ at any other time, just let your guide know and he/she will find a suitable location where you will have some privacy (most likely bushes) and will be safe (no lions hiding behind them!). 


Do take a rest through the heat of the day. Co-ordinate your activities, so you spend the heat of the day relaxing – do really try and rest. You might be up earlier than normal.

Elephants exploring

Have a snooze, catch up on some reading, relax at the pool or book yourself in at the award winning
Bush-Spa of South Luangwa.
Don’t worry, your game viewing can even continue whilst being pampered.

Patience on Safari

Aim for a Digital Detox. There might be phone coverage, but really... do you have to post that shot to all your friends instantly? Try and enjoy the fact you are in the bush and data signal, wireless or even plain connectivity are not the norm of the day. Just turn it off – what were you thinking?


You can take your time and decide yourselves when and for how long to stop. Each drive is for about 4 hours each, leaving at a time convenient to you, but not earlier than 06.00 and not later than 20.00 hours following park rules.

The afternoon / evening may include a night safari, i.e., remain in the park after 18.00 hours which is only allowed for us tour operators and professional guides.
All self-drive guests in conventional cars need to exit the park at that time.

You may also exchange 2 drives for an all-day drive to explore further away regions of the park and bring a packed lunch for a basic picnic.


This is your private safari, no other people will join you on the vehicle.

Should you visit for the day only and wish us to reserve a space at a nice restaurant with cash bar, let us know. You can order an “à la carte” lunch at own expense in between the two safaris and the guide will meet you there again later.

Depending on time; a visit to the award winning
  Bush-Spa may also be possible (all treatments at own expense).
We are happy to arrange your reservation! And most certainly your guide will arrange all your transfers.

Budget Friendly

All safaris are priced for a maximum 9 people on the vehicle.
That's right for nine people, making this the best budget safari option in South Luangwa!

Besides your Zambian professional guide, a spotter (the one holding the search light) will assist in trying to find nocturnal animals during your night drive.
Quite exciting and night drives are highly recommended.

Park entrance fees are not included and are payable at the gate, see park fees per terms and conditions.

We wish you a wonderful time in and around South Luangwa and look forward hearing your wildlife stories!

Please do share some of your pictures with us; we might feature them on our website.

Don't miss out on your dream safari !!!
Have fun and contact us to make a reservation!