I think part of what’s so brilliant about mobile safaris is the enormous privacy, the ultimate luxury of an completely exclusive experience in the middle of nowhere. Zambian Dawn and David understand this and make it all entertaining and effortless while choosing the best possible locations – beautiful, remote and rewarding.
Francis Naumann, one of Aardvark’s Zambia experts
Zambian Dawn Safaris no longer operate in the South Luangwa. The operation has moved to the North Luangwa. Please contact us for
superb alternatives in the South Luangwa or to visit the North Luangwa.
Owned and run by David and Una Bowden, Zambian Dawn Safaris offers fantastic private mobile camping safaris in South and North Luangwa National Parks in Zambia. David grew up in Zambia so has an expert knowledge of the area and its wildlife. He subsequently does much of the guiding as well as being your gracious host. The camp sites sleep a total of six people and are selected for their scenic, peaceful surroundings as well their outstanding game. With a mobile camping safari you will enjoy an ever changing landscape with a variety of habitats and animals.
Accommodation & Facilities
Accommodation comprises two camps, one a permanent bush camp with three bandas built from thatch and reed, and the other a mobile camp with large, well aired, mini-Meru tents comfortably furnished with proper beds and table and chairs. Your room, whether a tent or a banda, has a bucket shower, for which hot water is available on request. The bandas have flush loos, while the mobile tents have a nearby safari toilet. There is a communal mess tent for the rare occasions when al fresco dining is not possible, but most meals with Zambian Dawn Safaris are eaten beneath the shade or stars. Generally an itinerary will include three nights in each camp.
Wildlife & Activities
During your adventure with Zambian Dawn Safaris you can join day and night game drives, guided walking safaris, and boat trips whenever possible. If you dislike the bustle of daily life then you will be delighted to know that the isolated nature of the camps means you are unlikely to encounter other people or vehicles throughout your safari. The intricately planned itineraries ensure that you have every opportunity to enjoy each area to its fullest.
is the best time of year for a safari holiday to Zambia?
Most of Zambia sits on a plateau at around 1,000 to 1,300 metres above sea level. This affords much of the country an idyllic climate of warm summers with plenty of rain, and mild dry winters with days of sunshine and cloudless skies.
These ‘winter months’ are comparatively cooler months in Zambia since it’s south of the equator. However a cool day in Zambia is equivalent to a hot summer’s day in many parts of the northern hemisphere, with the caveat that you may need a windproof and fleece on a morning game drive in an open vehicle. The bush camps in the South Luangwa National park reopen in June and these are great months for game viewing with vegetation dying back making it easy to spot wildlife. These are also the best months for seeing the Victoria Falls in full flow.
The heat gradually builds through these months as spring arrives and game viewing is superb as animals congregate in areas of permanent water. It can be particularly hot in lower lying areas such as the Lower Zambezi.
These are difficult months to travel in Zambia except for Livingstone and Liuwa Plains, both of which are accessible in the wet season. The remainder of the country becomes very difficult to get around, and there is significant rainfall. Safaris are good value in South Luangwa at this time of year, as prices fall to reflect the lower numbers of visitors, and you can take boat trips up the river at this time, surrounded by stunning migratory birds and atmospheric skies.