Getting to South Luangwa National Park

Zambia’s largest airport is Kenneth Kaunda International in Lusaka. Flying from the USA or Europe, you can easily fly to Lusaka via Dubai or Johannesburg.

 

The following Airlines fly directly to Lusaka:

South African Airlink from Johannesburg

Emirates from Dubai

Kenya Airways from Nairobi (Kenya)

Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

FastJet from Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania)

Air Namibia from Windhoek (Namibia)

Proflight Zambia from Durban (SA) and Lilongwe (Malawi)

Once in Lusaka, you can fly to Mfuwe International Airport using Zambia’s domestic airline Proflight Zambia, or make the journey overland in around 11 hours.

However you choose to arrive, your transfers to and from Nkonzi Camp are included in the cost of your safari.

Zambia map showing how to get to South Luangwa

Flying from Lusaka to Mfuwe

During the peak safari season there are three flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe per day with Proflight Zambia. The flight time is 1 hour 10 minutes each way. Flights cost anywhere between $125 and $450 one way.

We are very happy to help you book your flights, or bookings are easily made online at Proflight Zambia’s website.

By private minibus from Lusaka to Mfuwe

An increasing number of private companies are offering transfers from Lusaka to Mfuwe in small minibuses.

The journey time is around 10 hours. The cost of private transfers is around $150 per person one way. Please contact us if you are interested in this option, so that we can confirm prices and availability.

 

By bus from Lusaka to Mfuwe

A fast, air-conditioned coach, the Jonda Bus, departs daily from Lusaka to Mfuwe.

The Jonda Bus departs from the Intercity Bus Terminus on Dedan Kimathi Road, Central Lusaka, at 05:30 each morning. If you have bought your ticket in advance (see below), you are recommended to arrive at 05:00 to catch the bus. However, if you’re buying your ticket on the same day, try to arrive before 04:30.

You can buy tickets for the Jonda Bus up to 5 days ahead of your travel date at the Jonda office at the Intercity Bus Terminus.

The journey costs ZMW 220 one way, with a ZMW 50 charge for large luggage – essentially anything that won’t fit underneath your seat or on your lap!

The service has several rest stops en-route where you can buy food, stretch your legs, and use basic toilet facilities. It arrives in Mfuwe at 16:30. If you are joining us on safari, our guide will meet you from the bus and take you straight into the South Luangwa National Park and on safari.

From Lilongwe to Mfuwe

There are several options from Lilongwe. Direct flights to Mfuwe are available; we recommend contacting Ulendo for schedules and more details. Alternatively, many travellers take a private taxi from Lilongwe to the Zambian border at Mchinji, and then on to Mfuwe once across.

Using your own vehicle

You can easily drive from Lusaka or Lilongwe to Mfuwe. From Lusaka the drive is around 7 hours to Chipata, and then 2.5 hours to Mfuwe Village where we can meet you. You can leave your vehicle in covered parking at our office for the duration of your stay.

From Lilongwe, allow around 6 hours for the journey to Mfuwe.

We are very happy to help with any travel option you choose, please just give us a shout to find out more.

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