Luangwa Valley Zambia

Safari Information

The Basics

Our guests range in age and come from a variety of different backgrounds. You will often have communal dining and travel from the airport, between camps or on safari with other guests of NCS. To get the most from your safari it is essential that you respect others in camp and they do likewise for you. If any guest behaves in a way that affects the enjoyment or safety of anyone else in camp, they will be approached discreetly and if the behaviour does not cease, may eventually be taken out of camp (which of course we all hope never happens!).

All of our guides speak English as well as their own local language/s.

Safaris are conducted using open 4X4 vehicles and are designed for all guests to have a ‘window’ seat. As discussed previously, you will most likely be travelling with other guests on your walking or driving safaris, however if you would like a private vehicle and guide, we can arrange this for you at an additional cost and subject to availability.

Power

Zambia runs on 220 - 240 volts using British style square pin plugs.
Chinzombo runs on main electricity.
All our Bush Camps run on SOLAR POWER; we have inverters so LIMITED 240 volt power can be provided for guests in the main bar/dining area ONLY. Solar power is obviously dependent on the sun and the ability to charge during the day. Cloudy days do occur meaning power on these days is limited to your room lights only.

It’s advisable to bring adaptors where necessary. Please bring PLENTY of battery backup – charging facilities can be limited in bush camps. There is NO facility to charge laptops in our bush camps.

Telecommunications

All of our properties are in the middle of the African bush. We therefore have no access to internet for guests at any of the camps and there is limited mobile phone reception available at Kapani Lodge only. Of course if there is an emergency we are always able to get messages to and from guests.

We believe this is one of the beauties of visiting such a remote location on safari and keeping our environmental footprint to a minimum – you are on holiday so please try and enjoy it! We recommend that you leave your mobile phones, blackberrys and satellite phones in camp and on silent and if they must be checked, that you do so in the privacy of your room only.

Mobile phones do work in Lusaka and occasionally even at Kapani Lodge but you will need to get a “roaming” sim card or purchase a sim card at Lusaka airport. We would ask you to be considerate of other guests when using mobile phones in camp.

Useful numbers and contacts
Kapani Lodge +260 216 246025
Out of hours emergency + 260 97 7 209527
Proflight  - Telefax: + 260 211 252 348

Safety

Africa’s wild animals can be unpredictable and potentially dangerous. Your safety is very important so whilst on holiday with us you need to be aware of your surroundings and their associated risks. You will most likely undertake both walking and driving safaris; please note these activities are taken at your own risk.

Safaris will be undertaken in an unfenced national park and game management area where the animals are wild. Your safari camps are also unfenced and dangerous animals are often found in and around the camps. Attacks by wild animals are rare, however, there are no guarantees that such incidents will not occur. Please respect the wildlife, never try to touch a wild animal and keep noise to a minimum whilst on the vehicle or on foot during your safari.

We will do our utmost to ensure your safety but you need to ensure you listen to the camp staff and guides and especially at night, don’t wander about after being escorted to your room after dinner.

What to pack

Preparation and packing for any holiday is important but never more so than when you visit remote areas in a country like Zambia. Remember Proflight have a 23kgs checked baggage limit with 5kgs for hand luggage. Charter flights normally have a 15kgs checked baggage limit with 5kgs for hand luggage. Once on safari you will find it very hard to pick up that odd item you thought your partner had packed!  What follows is by no means an exhaustive list but is designed to point you in the right direction.

General

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • High strength sun screen
  • Moisturiser, lip salve
  • Strong insect repellent
  • Anti-histamine cream and tablets
  • Binoculars - One pair PER PERSON is a must
  • Torch - One PER PERSON is a must (with spare batteries)

Clothes

All camps have a daily laundry service, so you don’t need to bring too many. Bush coloured clothing is best (green/brown/dark khaki not pale beige/cream/white).

  • 3 x shirts/t-shirts
  • 3 x shorts/long trousers
  • 2 x sets casual evening clothes (long trousers to reduce insect bites)
  • 1 x medium weight sweater – for use especially in the cooler months of May to July
  • 1 x  good pair of covered shoes for walking (thick soled trainers are adequate and light walking boots for walking safaris)
  • 1 x sandals or flip flops for wearing around camp/in your rooms
  • don't forget your swimming costumes; some camps will have a pool

For green season safaris – from Nov to April.

There is always a chance of the odd tropical downpour! We provide waterproof ponchos. We recommend you bring a waterproof bag for binoculars and camera kit. If you do bring a shower proof jacket – bear in mind that the weather is still warm so don’t bring a heavy, thick jacket. It’s a good idea to bring a change of shoes as well.

Glasses

  • If you wear prescription glasses bring a spare pair
  • If you wear contact lenses bring a pair of glasses as well since dust can be a problem.

Camera Equipment (for the enthusiasts)

  • A telephoto lens (200/300mm)
  • Flash and fast film (400 ASA) for night photography
  • Lots of film (64,100,200,400 ASA) if you’re still using old style cameras
  • Spare memory cards for digital cameras
  • Camera cleaning equipment and a good dust proof bag
  • Bring spare batteries as although you may recharge your batteries at the camps, remember we are on solar power so charging capacity is limited