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Norman Carr Safaris

Mfuwe, Zambia
In the early 1950s Norman Carr pioneered the idea of taking people to look at Zambian wildlife and photograph them, rather than to shoot them. The first and arguably the best safari operator in Zambia Norman Carr Safaris is now recognised as one of the foremost tour operators with six prestigious safari venues in South Luangwa National Park offering visitors the thrill of a lifetime, with walking safaris, night drives, honeymoon safaris, birding safaris, green season tours, and photographic and community safaris.


Norman Carr Safaris is widely recognised as one of the foremost tour operators in Zambia. The company operates six camps in South Luangwa including Kapani Lodge, Luwi, Nsolo, Kakuli and Mchenja bush camps. The company opened their newest camp; 'wildly luxurious' Chinzombo.

Classic Luangwa – 10 nights

This Classic Luangwa Safari enables guests to experience the best the bountiful South Luangwa has to offer. Norman Carr have created an itinerary where you enjoy two nights in either Chinzombo or Kapani followed by eight nights in our remote bush camps.

This itinerary gives you the best opportunity and plenty of time to combine walking and driving safaris and explore the amazing variety of habitat and species of the South Luangwa, with award winning guides in small, remote camps – exploring a landscape unchanged for thousands of years.

The bush camps have all been specifically located to allow you to walk from camp to camp in a circuit if you wish; arriving at your destination camp with your bags waiting in your room and in time for brunch and a cold drink. Alternatively you can transfer by an open 4X4 game viewing vehicle. The bush camps are all very different in design and have unique charm and lovely views of the dry sand Luwi, or Luangwa Rivers.

Luwi River Trail – 8 nights

The Luwi River meanders through some of the most remote areas of the South Luangwa National Park. This seasonal sand river carves its way across the Northern sector of the park through dramatically varying habitats to the confluence with the Luangwa River at Kakuli Camp.

Norman Carr Safaris have three camps along the course of this beautiful and dynamic river. The eponymous Luwi Camp which has been described as “the best little bush camp in Africa” is the starting point for the adventure, exploring the wild areas up towards the source of the Luwi where no other people ever go. Then a few days are spent at Nsolo, downstream of Luwi and at Kakuli with its wide views high on the banks of the Luangwa. Guests can also opt for a night or two out under the stars with just a mossie net, a guide and a scout for company and camp fires to ward off nocturnal visitors, miles from “civilization” – this Return to the Wild sleep out is only for the most adventurous of spirit!

Luangwa Luxury Adventure – 8 nights

Chinzombo – Norman Carr Safaris innovative, elegant and exclusive camp offers a level of luxury and service new to the Luangwa Valley. Six spacious and sophisticated suites situated in a magnificent Luangwa riverside location with direct river access to the National Park – all suites will have private plunge pool, cooled sleeping areas and internet connection. Combined with our remote bush camps this safari provides the perfect balance of extreme luxury and wild adventure

Four nights at Chinzombo exploring the 60 acres around camp which teems with wildlife, crossing the river by boat in to the heart of the national park and luxuriating in the elegance and comfort of the huge suites can be followed by four nights at Mchenja Camp or, for the more adventurous and wild at heart, spend two of the nights at one of our bush camps – Luwi, Nsolo or Kakuli for a taste of traditional safari.

Rivers and Rainbows – 7 nights

Seven nights combining the luxurious Chinzombo and Kakuli Bush Camp, which is the only true bush camp open in the green season. As the Luangwa River rises and becomes navigable by mid-January, the Valley is at perhaps its most dramatic and beautiful. The bush is in its fullest flush of growth, rivers and lagoons are brimming and boating safaris take you eye to eye with hippos and crocodiles. Magnificent sky scapes and sunsets, a wealth of migratory birds, crystal clear night skies and occasional dramatic tropical downpours provide the back drop for a safari during the most exciting time to be in the South Luangwa Valley.

Chinzombo and Kakuli provide a unique and unforgettable safari experience for photographers, wildlife and bird enthusiasts, as well as those who are looking for new adventure in Africa. For a budget version of Rivers and Rainbows substitute Chinzombo with Kapani Lodge.

Week on the Wildside – 7 nights

A great safari for those on a limited budget who still want a top class Luangwa experience with no compromise on levels of guiding, wildlife experience and comfort but who can be flexible with the exact order of camps. Seven nights spent between at least three Norman Carr Camps – Kapani Lodge, Luwi, Nsolo or Kakuli Bush Camps, the exact itinerary is decided by Norman Carr two weeks before travel but they guarantee a smooth running safari.

This unique opportunity allows safari-goers to enjoy a substantial discount in return for flexibility of their exact itinerary. This maximizes bookings in the tiny safari camps and there is no single supplement on this safari so it is also perfect for lone travellers. The offer includes shoulder season and can be booked at any time. Above is a sample day by day itinerary to give you and idea of what your safari might look like.

Return to the Wild – 1 night

Sleep out under the stars – the wildest experience the South Luangwa has to offer. The ultimate wilderness experience with Norman Carr Safaris. Sleep out under the stars in the spectacular and extremely remote Luwi dry river bed with just a bed roll and a mossie net, not even a tent! Experience the thrill of the first safari pioneers, including Norman Carr himself, as they discovered the wonders of the South Luangwa. Only for the most adventurous of spirit this overnight safari is led by one of our top guide and scout teams. On average, between them they have over thirty years experience in the bush!

Guests venture out from the remotest bush camp on foot in the mid afternoon, find a spot to camp, make the camp fire for a game rangers dinner which they help to cook themselves. Then, having shared adventure stories around the fire – sleep out under the magnificent African sky whilst the guide and scout keep a watch till morning.

Luangwa Lion Cubs – 7 nights

Available all year – bush camps only available 15th May to 7th November. Based from Chinzombo or Kapani Lodge and our remote and wild bush camps in the South Luangwa National Park, one of the world’s finest wildlife destinations, this 7 night safari with dedicated specialist private guide and vehicle, is specially designed for families. Game drives are tailored with children in mind, meals are served at times convenient to the family.

Essential Zambia – 10 nights

This safari combines the wildlife and remote camps of the South Luangwa with the magnificent Victoria Falls and the variety of the Lower Zambezi National Park, where you will stay in some of Zambia’s top owner-operated, exclusive lodges and camps.

Experience a multitude of activities (white water rafting, micro light flights above the Falls, fishing, canoeing, walking and driving safaris just to name a few) with the beauty and relaxation of being in the natural surroundings of the bush or on your own private island, eating magnificent food and taking in the view.

Falls Bush & Beach – 12 nights

Available all year except 15th January to 15th March. Norman Carr Safaris together with Tongabezi and Kaya Mawa offer this exceptional 12 night safari taking in the most exclusive owner operated camps in Zambia and Lake Malawi. This safari gives you a combination of the spectacular Victoria Falls, the untamed wilderness of the South Luangwa and the tranquil beauty of Lake Malawi.

Two Rivers – 9 nights

Norman Carr Safaris together with Chongwe Safaris are pleased to offer this exceptional nine night safari in small and exclusive owner operated camps in Zambia. You will have the chance to explore two of Zambia’s premier wildlife destinations; the South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi National Parks. Combine walking and driving safaris in these two magnificent National Parks with the optional extra activities of canoeing and tiger fishing on the Zambezi River.

This is an incredibly affordable option combining Kapani Lodge and Kasaka River Lodge – great for families or those on more of a budget.

Ultimate Zambia and Malawi – 14 nights

Norman Carr Safaris together with Tongabezi, Chongwe Safaris and Kaya Mawa offer this exceptional 14 night safari taking in the most exclusive small camps in Zambia and Malawi. The camps are all independent, owner-operated and offer an unrivalled level of service and experience.

Combine four exciting and very different destinations and a variety of activities – white water rafting at the Falls, canoeing and fishing in the Lower Zambezi, walking and driving safaris in the Luangwa Valley and swimming in the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi with outstanding food, award winning guides, remote wilderness and breath-taking adventure to create an unforgettable safari experience.

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Norman Carr Safaris offers safaris packages to suit a range of budgets including ultimate safari holidays within Zambia and Malawi, 4x4 road safaris - the perfect place for game viewing, bush walking, birding, fishing, canoeing or just relaxing. The qualified guides come with over 60 years of experience in the South Luangwa National Park.

Walking safaris

All walking safaris are led by an armed wildlife ranger followed by the professional safari guide young children are not allowed in the Park on foot (lower age limit of 12 years to walk), there is no upper age limit and one doesn’t need a high level of fitness. Walks are conducted at a slow pace. usually have a tea bearer walking with us and plan a break or two in the shade of a tree or watching the river flow past.

Four bush camps have been carefully sited in areas close to waterholes or rivers, sites which have been chosen for their special beauty and wildlife importance. The camps are very different from each other and have been placed strategically so that guests can walk between in a circuit. A safari including a combination of bush camps gives you the best of the varied and diverse habitats of the Luangwa Valley and an experience of 'safari' in the true sense of the word.

Night drives

Night drives are generally an extension of your afternoon game drive or walking safari. As the sun begins to set the Norman Carr Safaris stop to watch the day come to a close and as dusk falls set off to explore as the nocturnal animals start to emerge. The best chance of seeing genets, civets, elephant shrew, porcupine and the fierce honey-badger is after sunset and the large predators with the exception of wild dog are most active at night. Night time birding can be very rewarding with nightjars, owls great and small, dikkop, bat hawk and coursers are all abundant.

Green season tours

Green Season months of January through March are now heralded by those lucky enough to experience them, as the highlight of the year.During these Green Season safaris the bush is in its fullest flush of growth, rivers and lagoons are brimming and boating safaris take you eye to eye with hippos and crocs. The air is clear and excellent for photography; you will find magnificent skyscapes and sunsets with the occasional dramatic tropical downpour.It is a time of plenty so there is no shortage of wildlife; the Green Season months are usually excellent for seeing wild dogs in the South Luangwa.

Birding safaris

With over 400 species of bird occurring in The Luangwa Valley, this is a stunning destination for any ornithologist. The quality of the guides throughout Zambia but especially at Norman Carr Safaris will ensure that you get the most out of your safari experience, whether you're a first timer or an old Africa hand.The Luangwa is extraordinary for its incredible diversity of habitat each of which offers its own collection of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. The mixed riverine woodland includes lagoons and backwaters where a wonderful variety of waterbirds can be found.

Photographic safaris

The experienced guides use their knowledge of the bush and of photography to manoeuvre you into the best positions. They understand that considerations of light and composition are essential for any photographer. All guests are keen to return home with photographic memories of their African safari, but some are more concerned about the process than others. If photography is of particular interest to you the company suggest that you let them know before your arrival so that they can try to match you up with one of their specialist photography guides. You may prefer, by prior arrangement, for them to provide a private vehicle and guide so that you can call all the shots on your photographic safari without worrying that other guests don’t share the same interests.

Community safaris

The company creates a safari which supports the community work of Norman Carr Safaris and make a real difference to the lives of the people and wildlife of the South Luangwa while having an unforgettable wild life adventure. Based at Kapani Lodge or Chinzombo you can visit Yosefe School, the Kakumbi Health Centre, the NCS tree planting project, a local workshop making hand-made cards from recycled paper and elephant dung, The South Luangwa Conservation Society and Chipembele Education centre plus afternoon and evening game drives followed by time in our remote bush camps.

Honeymoon Safaris

Zambia is becoming a popular destination for adventurous newlyweds. Whether you combine a Zambian safari trip with a romantic beach getaway or an adventurous extension to the Victoria Falls, the company can put together a honeymoon safari worthy of this special occasion.combine the excellent wildlife and remote luxury camps of the South Luangwa with the opulence of a tented camp in the Lower Zambezi, a night or two close to the Victoria Falls or a gorgeous beach extension to Lake Malawi.

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