Flying Foxes and Homecoming Elephants

Flying Foxes and Homecoming Elephants

A Zambian Safari in November

Featuring…The World’s Largest Mammal Migration
From $7,500 per person, based on share in double or twin accommodations
All-inclusive (accommodations, transportation within Zambia, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, local drinks from the bar, game drives, guided tours, park fees and more)
Limited to SIX persons only– so don’t delay, book today!

Once a year, deep in the forests of Central Africa, giant fruit bats with three foot wingspans, converge in one place. They come in their millions to feed on the fruit trees of the Kasanka National Park in northern Zambia. They are so big they are called “flying foxes.”

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At the same time of year, the elephants of Mfuwe return to the lodge for the very same reason, to feed on the succulent fruit trees around the lodge. The matriarch of this particular family of elephants, now known as Wonky Tusk, has been bringing her family to the lodge for over 20 years. Her children, including Wellington, feel at ease when visiting the lodge. So much so that they enter the lodge in the same way as other visitors, through the main lobby!

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And one other visitor arrives in Northern Zambia during this time of the year.  The African pitta is a radiantly colored bird, also known as the Jewel Thrush, or the Jewel of the Forest.

This unique safari takes you to see these three iconic world events, along with a chance to experience another of Zambia’s special offerings, the walking safari. Pioneered in Zambia, the walking safari allows a party of six, each day, to walk under the guidance of a professional safari guide. This is not a strenuous hike, but a leisurely walk amongst the wildlife of the Luangwa National Park.   Imagine walking in the shoes of early explorers like David Livingstone and more recently Teddy Roosevelt on their visits to Africa.

Don’t miss this chance to experience, on one safari, these four very special and world renowned events. Only six places are reserved on this safari.  Make your reservation today so not to be disappointed.

Jim Holden, whose family has lived in Africa for four generations, is leading this safari back to his homeland.  Able to converse in the local language, join Jim to experience an extra dimension to this very special safari, by getting an in-depth perspective of life in Zambia.


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ITINERARY

 

Day 1: ARRIVAL

At Lusaka International Airport you will be met by a representative from Tours Africa who will assist you with luggage and check-in for your private charter flight to Kasanka (Mulembo airstrip). Upon arrival at Mulembo a representative from Wasa Lodge will meet and transfer you to the Lodge approximately five minutes away.

Tonight you will have the opportunity to visit the bats of Kasanka. The bats leave their roost in the evening and return early in the morning allowing for some stunning views of a blackened sky with either the sun-set or the sun-rise as a back-drop. There are several tree-top hides set up around the edges of this patch of forest enabling you to get up close to this incredible spectacle. You are there during the full moon. A photographers dream!

Accommodations: Wasa Lodge
Meals: Dinner

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Day 2: KASANKA NATIONAL PARK

View the world’s largest mammal migration, where millions of bats with three foot wingspans, come to feed on the fruit trees at Kasanka. The lodge is also home to the elusive Sitatunga antelope, seldom seen due to its adaptation to spending most of its time in water. Kasanka offers a unique opportunity to observe these animals in their natural habitat.

Accommodations: Wasa Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 3: KASANKA NATIONAL PARK

Visit the memorial to Dr David Livingstone, explorer and missionary, whose life ended at nearby Chief Chitambo’s village in his quest to find the source of the Nile. Hear the story of Livingstone’s faithful servants, Susi and Chuma, who embalmed his body and carried it over 1000 miles on foot to Zanzibar to be carried on by ship to England. Livingstone was given a hero’s burial in Westminster Cathedral in London, admired throughout the British Empire for his devotion to bringing Christianity and commerce to Africa.

Accommodations:  Wasa Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

This morning, take a Charter flight to the neighboring Luangwa National Park to Zungulila Bushcamp. Here you will experience one of Zambia’s unique wildlife walks in the care of a professional safari guide. These walks were pioneered in Zambia allowing only six safari goers to accompany each guide. On a safari walk, all of one’s five senses come alive! As they say at Mfuwe, “From a vehicle you see Africa. On foot you feel, hear and smell Africa.” You could add touch and taste as your guide draws your attention to everything around you, including the trees and vegetation, as well as the wildlife, both big and small.

Accommodations: Zungulila Bushcamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 5: SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

The South Luangwa has earned a reputation as one of the best places to conduct walking safaris in all of Africa!  We venture out once more with our professional safari guide not knowing what adventures await us! Your visit to the South Luangwa in November has been timed in order to maximize your game-viewing opportunities.  It is unlikely that any rain will have fallen in the area for the past 6 months, the rivers and lagoons will be drying up and the animals will need to congregate close to whatever water they can find.  Not only does this make it easy to see the great diversity of fauna on offer in the Luangwa but it makes for slightly easier hunting for the large numbers of predators that call this Park their home.

Accommodations: Zungulila Bushcamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6: SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

Today a morning game drive takes you to the Mfuwe lodge, at the entrance to the Luangwa National Park. Here you will see the visiting wild elephants arriving to feed on the fruit of the Wild Mango Trees at the lodge. Wonky Tusk and her family will enthrall you with their antics, entering and leaving the lodge walking right through reception to reach the fruit of the trees. The regularity and reliability of this parade has meant that this particular family of elephants has become known the world over, documentary film-makers and regular guests alike are enthralled by their antics. We will have ample opportunity for close up photography.

Accommodations: Mfuwe Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mfuwe Lodge

Day 7: SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

In the morning take a game drive to view wildlife. It might be possible to spot Wonky Tusk and her family returning to the lodge for more of the fruit.  Venture out again in the afternoon by jeep.  With the help of the trained eye of your professional safari guide you might see wild dogs, once close to extinction but now happily becoming more common. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner before you prepare to start your journey home the following day.
Accommodations: Mfuwe Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 8: HOMEWARD BOUND

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the Mfuwe Airport to take a scheduled flight back to Lusaka where you will connect with your international flight home. Bid a fond farewell to the bats of Kisanka, Wonky tusk and her family and the African Pitta bird. And of course to your professional safari guide and all the wonderful Zambian safari team who took such good care of us.

Useful Information

Baggage Limitations

The total baggage allowance for each passenger on light aircrafts is usually 15kgs, preferably in soft-sided luggage. Please check with us if you are not sure of luggage restrictions on your itinerary.

Please check with us if you would like to store excess luggage in Nairobi.

Packing Tips

Clothing:
East Africa enjoys pleasant year round climate. Dress should be comfortable, casual clothing that is easy to care for and earth colours are most practical. The climate in Kenya is mainly characterised by warm days, but early mornings and evenings can be cool, so dress in layers. You may want to carry a sweater for the cooler nights.   If you plan to do a walking safari, make sure you have comfortable closed walking shoes. Allow for more conservative dress when walking in towns. Dining is usually smart casual.

A hat, sunglasses, high strength sun block, moisturizer, lip salve, insect repellent, anti-histamine cream and tablets should always be carried.  Also, with the changing climate, and you may even encounter some rain, so do carry something for this.

Most hotels have a laundry service; however, please check to ensure that it can be delivered before your check-out time.

Binoculars – an absolute must if on any type of safari. Many options are available but with this equipment invariably the more you spend the better you get.

Flashlight – Many camps have no mains power so night-time lighting may be by candle or hurricane lamp, a lot of camps will have torches by the bed but best to pack your own.

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 – This is obviously very personal but zoom or telephoto lenses are useful. Cleaning equipment and a dust proof bag are also useful. Spare batteries and memory cards are very important.

Money

Kenya Shilling. Available Notes are 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 and coins are 1, 5, 10, 20 & 40.

Major Credit Cards are widely accepted in Kenya.

ATM’s are widespread in major towns. Please check with your bank to confirm that you have access to this service in East Africa. We recommend some sort of back-up funds in case an ATM is out of service when you need it.

We suggest that you carry some US$ in cash, as it is possible to use US$ cash to buy things in many places; for tipping and also to negotiate with locals while shopping. Please do not bring in any US$ bills dated before 2000, as they are not accepted by banks

Tipping

In East Africa it is customary to tip as a way of expressing gratitude. Below is a general guideline, however this is just a guideline - tipping is at your discretion:

  • Porters US$ 1 per person per day.
  • Waiters US$ 2 per person per day
  • Driver guide US$ 8-10 per person per day

Health

You are strongly advised to consult your doctor prior to travel and get accurate and up-to-date advice on inoculation requirements, and anti-malarial precautions.

Anti-malaria precautions are highly recommended and Insect repellent is recommended for use in the evenings.

Yellow Fever Visitors arriving or planning to re-enter from countries where yellow fever is prevalent - Please ensure you carry your vaccination certificates.

Water: Do not drink or brush your teeth with tap water. Bottled mineral water is available at all hotels and lodges.   Drink plenty of water when staying outside in the sun, during the day.

Travel & Medical Insurance: We recommend that you travel with the necessary Insurance documents. In addition, Maniago has partnered with AMREF flying doctors and can offer emergency medical evacuation insurance to a hospital in Nairobi. (Insurance is for evacuation only)

The Sun: The African sun can be very strong and sunburn can occur through clouds and even a light T-shirt. A bad sunburn can spoil your safari so be sensible, use cream and wear a hat.

De-Hydration: in a mild form can be fairly common in the hotter months, it is not dangerous so long as you recognize the symptoms and react accordingly. The key is to keep body fluids up by drinking plenty of water. If nausea or vomiting result then medical attention should be sought It would be worth including a couple of packets of re-hydration salts in your holiday medical kit if you have such a thing.

Diarrhea: is a common problem when traveling anywhere in Africa. You should find that standards of hygiene in all the safari camps booked by Holden Safaris to be very high,  but it is not uncommon for individuals to react to a change in diet or water. The best bet is to be sensible about what you eat and drink and bring suitable medication just in case.

Visa Requirements

Please be aware of a change in the Visa application procedure for travelers coming to Kenya.

This change is part of on-going Government efforts to enhance service delivery by moving various services to the on-line platform. Visas should be applied for online before arrival into Kenya. The new service went live in July 2015.

Although visitors can still get their visas on arrival at the airports, we recommend that visas be obtained online before leaving home. It is highly recommended that you purchase visas online at http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

Once issued, the eVisa is valid for 3 months before you travel. Once you present yourself to immigration control at the port of entry, you may be issued with a stay period of 90 days.

Once the application is in process, the e-Visa application fees are non-refundable.

IMPORTANT NOTE
Africa’s wild animals are unpredictable and potentially dangerous. Photographic safari activities and staying in any safari camp, places visitors in close proximity to wild animals. Thus, there exists an inherent risk to those persons wishing to undertake these activities. Whilst every care is taken by sub-contracted camps and operators and their personnel to minimize exposure to risk, Holden Safaris  together with sub-contracted tour operators bear no responsibility whatsoever for any loss, injury, illness, death, delays, cancellation of flights or change of itinerary and retain the right to alter, amend or cancel any part of a safari with just reason. Full medical, property and travel cancellation insurance is strongly advised. All guests are advised to insure fully prior to travel.