Our personal attention is offered in safari activities, but we strongly recommend expanding your views. South Luangwa and its villages around have so much more to offer for the visiting tourist. True Zambian traditions are often neglected when visiting the area. Therefore, Personal Touch provides complementary services in the vicinity of the park.
And remember, the choices to explore the park and the villages are unlimited with the hire of our cars.
Below some suggestions to get even more out of your Luangwa Experience
A touch of Nature whilst on Safari!
A relaxing holistic treatment is the ideal way to break up an exciting safari! But not to worry, game viewing can even continue at the unique Bush-Spa in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
The setting is dreamy, on a secluded deck next to a lagoon that sees permanent heavy hippo traffic and a wide diversity of other animal visitors. An experience not to be missed!
A stunning private home for short term rentals and a stay here is easily combined with a vehicle or guided safari from Personal Touch.
Jake & Gillie’s house is five minutes from the entrance to South Luangwa National park. It stands on 200 acres of private land with a breathtaking, widescreen 180 degree view over a winter thorn studded dambo, frequented by elephant, giraffe, buffalo, puku and other game. The house sits on a ridge with a lagoon at its foot, so the game never strays far from this permanent water source.
Project Luangwa, a NGO formed in 2010 by safari operators as a part of the commitment to responsible tourism. Their aim is to create an effective, coordinated approach to help local communities improve their long term economic prospects whilst avoiding a negative impact on the environment and wildlife.
As a charity operating in Zambia, they believe that by developing and improving education in schools and creating training opportunities they can help families have the chance of a lasting and sustainable income.
We couldn't agree more!
Conservation South Luangwa (CSL and formerly known as SLCS) is working with community and conservation partners in the protection of the South Luangwa ecosystem.
Their vision is the long term survival of wildlife and habitats in South Luangwa under the custodianship of the Zambian people.
Special attention is given to anti-snaring patrols in South Luangwa. But they do so much more; read on to find out what and why their work is so important to all of us and generations to come.
A chance to experience life in a rural Kunda village of Zambia.
The people of Kawaza village providing the services to guests all receive a monthly salary.
Any profit that the village generates is ear-marked for community development projects, funding school places for HIV/AIDS orphans, providing for the needy and elderly in the village, and in improving the facilities at Kawaza Basic School. Personal Touch can arrange transfers to and from the village and is happy to arrange your budget overnight booking directly with the village as well.
A relaxed feel runs through Croc Valley Camp, which offers budget-friendly holidays and camping on the banks of the picturesque Luangwa River.
Set in indigenous forest the camp is deliberately inconspicuous so as to retain the natural beauty of its surroundings.
Offering self-catering chalets and camping right on the river bank, Croc Valley is great for the self-drive safari enthusiast.
Wildlife Camp is another budget camp on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia. They provide guests with an affordable front-row seat to one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa.
A must see is the campsite offering you stunning views whilst pitching your tent or making use of the secluded en-suite tented camp,
Mfuwe Lodge & Bushcampcompany for the more upmarket tourist, located inside the park!
From 6 unique bush camps to the award winning Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park, you can't go wrong here!
Not only will be you enjoying excellent service, great food and outstanding guiding, in between your safari activities the team of the award winning Bush-Spa is there to pamper you just that bit more!
Imagine yourself being immersed in the beauty of South Luangwa. Watching that herd of elephants crossing the river a few metres in front of you, that beautiful fish eagle up in a tree or that elusive leopard stalking his prey ... and then capturing those moments with pin-sharp perfection.
Focus on these special moments in your private vehicle, one-on-one with your guide or with a small group of like-minded people.
Meet some of the professionals who are experts in the field of wildlife and nature photography and check out their hints and tips, or even book a specialized trip. Personal Touch is happy to assist!
Johan W. Elzenga is an award-winning freelance photographer and the editor at two Dutch photography magazines. He also writes stories and makes photographs for a number of other magazines all over the world.
Johan and wife Ine lost their hearts to South Luangwa and have since visited many times. His Africa stock of photos contains more than 50,000 photographs of animals, landscapes and people.
We are grateful to have some of Johan's images featured on this site and we are proud to welcome Johan and Ine each year to expand their collection.
Johan is one of the professionals using our vehicle to get that ultimate image.
Ed holds both of South Luangwa's coveted guiding qualifications reflecting his love for the bush, its inhabitants and the pleasure of being immersed in wild places.
Ed and his small family made South Luangwa their home, so as a resident photographer he has seen the seasons come and go and watched the park through its annual cycle of desperate dry and lush green.
His photographic guidance and tuition can be arranged on any of our guided safaris against a surcharge and subject to availability.
Personal Touch works closely with Edward as our vehicles are preferred for all his individual photographic safaris.
Dana Allen was born in California and raised as a global citizen. As a youth he travelled widely, visiting and living in numerous countries around the world. Acquiring his first camera at the age of 12, Dana’s passion for photography has never dimmed.
Dana has taught photography in Universities both in the United States and Zimbabwe. Enthused with the environment and its inhabitants, Dana is dedicated to portraying the natural world around us. He founded PhotoSafari in 1991 and has specialized in photographing wildlife, landscapes and tourism activities in Africa ever since.
Personal Touch is thankful and proud to showcase some of Dana's photos and very much look forward welcoming him back to South Luangwa!