South Luangwa National Park

Zambia. South Luangwa National Park. Wilderness Campsite. Sunday 17 May 2015. Week 6, Day 36

AND Monday 18 May 2015. Week 6, Day 37.

Costs: at Wildlife Camp.

Camping US$8 pppd
Night drive US$50!
Cold drink US$1.50
Supper at restaurant (lasagna, roll and salad) – very good US$16
Wood US$5 for large bundle.
Thus things are not cheap if you begin splashing out here and they talk US$.

Park Fees:
Also not cheap.
Entrance fee US$30 pp per calendar day, not per 24hrs as was the case in the past when one could do an afternoon and then the following morning under one fee.
Vehicle fee US$15 per vehicle pd.

Zambia. South Luangwa National Park. Wilderness Campsite. Sunday 17 May 2015. Week 6, Day 36

AND Monday 18 May 2015. Week 6, Day 37.

Who would have thought we would have been able to fit all the potential events of 2 days visiting SLNP into one report. Yep, well that’s the way it goes with game viewing. We have been spectacularly unsuccessful whilst all around us some people are having bonanzas. We are really not used to this and it has not been from lack of trying. We have been out early both mornings in the park for about 5 hours and really not seen too much special. I think we are just spoilt brats!

Zambia. South Luangwa National Park. Wilderness Campsite. Saturday 16 May 2015. Week 5, Day 35.

I really do not want to overanalyze this drive we did in one day. It really was a numb bum day to say the least. If there was only an interesting destination to stay over at the halfway mark and not being too fussed about the accommodation, all would probably want to break the journey after 4 or 5 hours.

Zambia. South Luangwa National Park. Wilderness Campsite. Saturday 16 May 2015. Week 5, Day 35.

Despite advice to the contrary from some we decided to tackle the trip from Lusaka to South Luangwa in one day. Two reasons really; the absence of somewhere meaningful to stay on the way. (Bridge Camp is apparently even more of a disaster than in the past, Mama Rula’s in Chipata is really close enough to push through to South Luangwa National Park [SLNP]). Secondly we counted on the fairly recently completed tar road from Chipata to Mfuwe to make things easier, which it did.

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