TWO VALLEY SPECIAL

PHOTO SAFARI

TWO VALLEY SPECIAL

PHOTO SAFARI WITH EDWARD SELFE

The South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi National Parks are two of Zambia’s finest wildlife areas, and the camps we use for this exclusive trip are in their richest, most predator-dense zones. This trip cuts no corners on the experience and promises the very best of Zambian photo safaris.

Over many years, Lion Camp has been a favourite go-to camp for the highest standards of service and the best game sightings. A short time spent browsing the blog on my website will show the name Lion Camp repeatedly and always associated with brilliant sightings. The rich and varied habitats give us the chance to find a variety of species in a range of surroundings and the sheer quantity of game in this area is enough to keep the most experienced safari travellers happy.

The camp offers an experience to match the safari with beautiful food served on decks with views out over a grassy floodplain. It’s not uncommon to arrive at lunchtime, in the hottest part of the day, and find a herd of 500 buffalo on their way to or from drinking at the camp’s waterhole just a few meters from the bar! Lion Camp is as good as it gets for top-class photo safaris.

The Zambezi is one of Africa’s great rivers. It runs 2,500kms from north-west Zambia, down through Zambia’s western province and then forms the border between Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe before joining the ocean in Mozambique. About halfway along its journey is the Lower Zambezi National Park, a 4,000 sq km reserve of pristine riverine habitat, lowland scrub and miombo forest.

As visitors fly in over the winding channels of the Zambezi River on their way to Jeki airstrip, it becomes abundantly clear why this area has become so famous. The rich habitat is home to fabulous mammal and bird life which can be enjoyed on foot, from a vehicle or — perhaps best of all — from a boat. The combination of the silent approach and the low angle makes photographing game from a boat very exciting and rewarding.

There are good sightings to be enjoyed at any time of the season in Lower Zambezi – elephants swim between the islands throughout the year and birds are to be found along all the waterways. But as the season progresses, the inland water dries up and sightings at the river intensify, reaching a climax in September and October before the rains break the drought.

We’ll stay at the well placed, and wildly luxurious Anabezi Camp, which largely enjoys its own safari area being placed as the most Easterly camp in the National Park.

We will arrange your flights from Lusaka International Airport to your first destination, where Edward will meet you and transfer you to your first camp. Safaris begin with the afternoon game drive. After our final morning on safari, we will co-ordinate your departure to meet with the remainder of your itinerary and any onward connections.

Anabezi Camp is in an undeveloped and exclusive part of the park which, while not totally private, ensures a very high-quality safari experience. While we will encounter other vehicles and safari groups, this will not impact the quality of our trip and the spacious nature of the camp means that this will feel like an extremely exclusive experience.

Lion Camp has one of the finest locations in the Luangwa Valley. While they do share the zone with 2 other camps, their enviable position gives us direct access to the best areas early in the morning. We will share sightings with the camp’s other vehicles but this will not impact the experience or our photographic opportunities.

1 night at Latitude 15 in Lusaka at the start of the trip. Internal flights Lusaka – Mfuwe (South Luangwa) – Jeki (Lower Zambezi) – Lusaka. Full board accommodation, standard drinks, all transport in the National Parks and guided game viewing activities, pro-photographer guiding fees and informal photo processing sessions, National Park entrance fees, laundry, all airport transfers and onward transfers to your next camp.

International flights, premium drinks, visas, travel and medical insurance, (optional) tips, excess baggage charges, personal calls, gratuities, personal purchases, or any activities not specified in the itinerary.

TOUR DETAILS
  • Where: Lion Camp & Anabezi Camp

  • Nights: 9
    Latitude 15 (1), Lion Camp (5), & Anabezi (4)

  • Group Size: 4
    Minimum 2, Maximum 4 – rates may be higher if fewer than 4 is reached.

DATES & RATES
  • Jul – Sep 2025 — Enquire
    US $13,000 pp
    US $1,500 Single Supplement

  • 11-20 Oct 2025 — 1 space
    US $11,800pp
    No Single Supplement

SAFARI

HIGHLIGHTS

Great Combination Safari

While you will notice some similarities in the species found in the Luangwa and the Zambezi Valleys, the habitats and the ‘feel’ of the place are entirely different. While the Luangwa is raw and dramatic, the Zambezi is verdant and rich. In combination, they are a great pairing.

Zambia’s Best Predator Sightings

Nowhere offers better predator sightings, including the chance to observe hunts in action, than these two areas. Relaxed sightings, few vehicles and amazing visibility at this time of year.

Varied and Exciting Safari Outings

Boat-based safaris in Lower Zambezi are a very special (and exhilarating) way to experience safari. It also makes for fantastic photos: imagine drifting towards a herd of elephants that drink from the cool water, unaware of your approach.

Fantastic Big Game Sightings

The big game sightings, including elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog — not to mention hippo! — will be outstanding on this trip, both from the boats and from the vehicle.

PREVIOUS TRIP REPORTS

FROM THIS AREA

Bespoke Two Valleys | Jul/Aug 2023

In late July, I began a 2 week safari out of Tena Tena, Lion Camp and Anabezi Camp in Zambia. It turned out to be a predator bonanza, which is just what we were hoping for.

Pan-Zambia Safari | 17 – 30 June 2022

This was one of my most anticipated safaris of recent years; two weeks spread over the 3 finest National Parks in Zambia – Kafue, Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa.

SAFARI GALLERY

IMAGES FROM THIS TRIP

EXCLUSIVE

ACCOMMODATION

Lion Camp

As the most remote lodge inside South Luangwa National Park, Lion Camp opens only during the peak game viewing months (June-October). It is a stylish, unique and independent lodge accommodating a maximum of 18 guests in one of the best game viewing areas in the park. The lodge looks out onto open grassland which is frequented by grazing mammals by day, and becomes a hunting ground for lions by night.

Accommodation at Lion Camp will be in their chalet rooms which have just been refurbished ready for the 2018 season. Built on raised wooden platforms, they are linked to each other and the main area by a raised wooden boardwalk. Your chalet will have either a four poster king-size double bed or twin beds, and a walk-in mosquito net. En-suite with a shower and toilet, it also has a private deck which overlooks the open plain in front.

Lion Camp is a fabulous camp which manages to be stylish without being pretentious. Wonderful accommodation and cuisine with mouth dropping views from the restaurant, viewing area and infinity pool to the floodplain in front, wildlife can be guaranteed to come and drink during the dry season

Vicky Fry, UK

Anabezi Camp

Explore pristine and untouched wilderness in one of Africa’s most remote safari destinations. Anabezi sits on the banks of the Zambezi River in a secluded corner in the eastern area of Lower Zambezi National Park. Far from the majority of other camps, Anabezi is surrounded by the iconic Winterthorn forest, renowned by safari experts, professional photographers, and documentary film crews.

Words cannot describe the unforgettable experience.

Alan P, UK

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