US$15,725 / person sharing


28 Aug – 05 Sep 2024

Penny Robartes and ORYX Photo Tours are proud to present a tour designed to take you to one of Africa’s premier areas for photographing predators Zambia’s Luangwa Valley.

The Luangwa Valley is one of Africa’s safari gems and is a destination that is sadly often overlooked in favour of its more celebrated neighbours in Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana. South Luangwa National Park marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa – a claim which is not an overstatement.

It is through this 9,050km2 National Park that the great meandering Luangwa River runs, with its oxbow lagoons, tributaries, riverine woodlands and large plains, all of which play host to huge concentrations of game including Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, Lion, Thornicroft’s Giraffe (a subspecies endemic to the valley) along with a myriad of other mammals and birds.

Why This Photo Tour Is For You


    Dubbed “The Valley of the Leopard”, South Luangwa National Park has one of the highest densities of Leopard in the world. This is one natural area that still feels authentically wild and is relatively untouched by humans, providing a wonderfully unpredictable and exhilarating safari experience.


    Our photo tour takes place at the start of spring, which is one of the best months to photograph wildlife. At the end of winter, the dense undergrowth has thinned out appreciably, and as the seasons shift from winter to spring, temperatures rise, drying out smaller water sources. This makes wildlife viewing and photography easier as animals congregate around the larger water sources that remain, namely along the Luangwa River and some of its lagoons.


    The concentration of wildlife in South Luangwa is some of the densest in all of Africa. Species include Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, Lion, African Wild Dog and Hippo. South Luangwa is home to the endemic subspecies Thornicroft’s Giraffe, Crawshay’s Zebra and Cookson’s Wildebeest


    Our camps have been picked to offer you an inspiring photographic exploration to 2 key areas in South Luangwa that are well known for their wildlife density and experiences. Our first camp is beside the Luangwa River in the heart of South Luangwa National Park, while our second camp is in the exclusive Nsefu Sector. These two areas are in more remote sections which is away from the main tourist areas of the park and is best known for its excellent game viewing while simultaneously offering an incredible wilderness experience.


    Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of Penny Robartes, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

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    Day 1: Arrival in Lusaka Airport, Transfer to Accommodation

    Today is an arrival day in Lusaka. After passport control and having collected your luggage, you will be met by an ORYX representative who will then transfer you to your accommodations for the evening. We will have dinner together, and Penny Robartes will discuss the finer points of the upcoming photo safari together!

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    Day 2: Flight Lusaka Airport to Mfuwe International Airport, Road Transfer to Camp

    This morning marks the exciting start of our South Luangwa Photo Tour! After breakfast at the hotel and at a time to be advised, we will be transferred back to Lusaka Airport for our 1h 10m flight to Mfuwe International Airport. Here we will be welcomed by our guides and a 2-hour road transfer will see us at camp. After reaching camp we will have time to settle in before our first afternoon game drive begins.

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    Days 3 to 5: South Luangwa National Park

    Our mornings start with an early breakfast where after we then depart on our morning game drive, which should see us back at camp roughly 4,5 hours later depending on what sightings we have. Perched high above the Luangwa River, our camp offers impressive vistas of the river’s many visitors below. Right from your suite, you can listen to the bellowing Hippo, African Fish Eagle and more. Our morning and afternoon game drives are dedicated to exploring the wild areas around us as we seek the photographic opportunities that abound in South Luangwa. Our afternoon game drives will transition into night drives, giving us the opportunity to capture emotive images that complement our daytime pictures.

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    Day 6: Breakfast and Morning Game Drive, Boat transfer across the Luangwa River to Nsefu Sector

    Our morning starts as it has been since arriving in South Luangwa with a scrumptious breakfast followed by an exciting game drive. This morning’s game drive will continue as usual, but end with a boat ride across the Luangwa River to the Nsefu Sector, where the next section of the tour commences. We will be taken on a game drive to camp where we have time to settle in, have lunch and relax before our first afternoon game drive in the Nsefu Sector begins.

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    Days 7 to 9: South Luangwa National Park

    Some experts have dubbed South Luangwa one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason! The concentration of game around the Luangwa River and its oxbow lagoons is amongst the best in Africa – a feast for us and our lenses! It is superb for Leopard and Lion, and the meandering Luangwa River often has good numbers of herbivores visiting to drink from its waters. Nsefu boasts some of the best game viewing in the region and due to its remote location, it has low numbers of general tourists, making the safari experience here “purer” and more enjoyable! South Luangwa has to be one of the best places in the world for visitors who want an authentic African photo safari.

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    Day 10: AM Game Drive, transfer to Mfuwe Airport for Flight to Lusaka and Depart

    After breakfast and our last morning game drive, we will depart for our 2 hour road transfer to Mfuwe International Airport. From here, we will board our flight to Lusaka International Airport where this photo safari sadly comes to an end.


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