We have 8 nights to split up for an october safari in Zambia:
Primary objective is game viewing, also would be nice to visit a school or orphanage or animal sanctuary. I keep reading that Zambia is great for experienced safari goers- less about the glitz and more about true wilderness and wildlife viewing
We prefer game drives (love night drives) but are excited to do some walking and other activities on offer
My initial thoughts were
2 nights in Kafue (Busanga Bush Camp or Shumba- we have used wilderness with great success but open to suggestions of other camps)
4 nights in South Luangwa (have gotten rave reviews of Bushcamp company: maybe combine Mfuwe lodge with some of their ones in the south)
2 nights Lower Zambezi National park (old mondoro/chiawa people rave about. willing to consider cheaper option of similar calibar game viewing and overall experience)
any commentary on this itinerary would be most appreciated. My main questions/concerns:
Kafue- this should be peak season there from what i've read. has the area recovered enough from the terrible poaching in recent yrs. Is this a must see area or should it be left off?
South Luangwa- bushcamp co lodges seem focused on walking. obviously its all by chance but are these more bird & turd walks or is there a good likelihood of seeing bigger game? any reco's on their specific lodges that might offer drives and walking or do we need to consider one of the other lodges further north? I have heard mfuwe lodge is great and has more drives but it is in the more crowded area of the park.
Lower Zambezi: expensive lodges, we've been to Mana Pools which is across the Zambezi and likely a similar experience. We had a GREAT experience in Mana and loved the variety (boat, fishing, great game viewing.
I greatly appreciate the help people provide on this site