Carnivore week An opportunity to learn from researchers!

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Spend 6 days with the Zambian Carnivore Program (ZCP) in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. A unique opportunity for an up-close and behind-the-scenes look at large carnivore conservation in the Luangwa!

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Nkwali 7 nights
Ratefrom US$ 4607 per person sharing.
Available dates14 November 2024
Max group size 6 guests

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A chance to see the painted wolves during Carnivore Week

A specialist safari dedicated to the carnivores of the Luangwa Valley

Zambian Carnivore Program (ZCP) is a non-governmental Zambia  organization dedicated to conserving large carnivores and ecosystems, using a four-pronged approach – Conservation Science: Long-term research and monitoring aimed at identifying and evaluating the limiting factors and threats to the persistence of Zambia’s large carnivores and ecosystems; Conservation Action: Addressing immediate threats, as identified by science; Conservation Leadership: Helping Zambia become a model for locally-led conservation through well-trained, passionate, and committed conservation leaders; and Coexistence: reducing the costs, and increasing the benefits, understanding and appreciation of conservation.

ZCP currently works across 39,500 km2 of 7 national parks, 7 Game Management Areas and 5 ecosystems, and runs some of the continent’s longest-running field-based projects in the Luangwa Valley, the Greater Liuwa Ecosystem, and the Greater Kafue Ecosystem.  They employ an integrated research approach dealing with the interface of ecological and human impacts on carnivores and ecosystems.  With work ranging from population dynamics and predator-prey studies to wire-snare poaching and human encroachment of wildlife areas.  Working closely with the country’s wildlife management body, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), as well as over two dozen local and international non-governmental organizations and academic institutions to employ an array of conservation actions ranging from anti-snaring, anti-trafficking and human-wildlife conflict mitigation to land-use planning, large landscape conservation, and species restoration. This is the country’s largest and most comprehensive capacity-building programme for field-based conservation–supporting Zambian students in educational and training programmes beginning at the secondary school level up to the international PhD level, and our 70+-person team is 85% Zambian, with majority female management. Their collaborative research provides some of the only science-based guidance on large carnivores and herbivores throughout their range in Zambia, which helps guide conservation policy in the country, the region, and the continent.

The ZCP team is based at our Nkwali Camp in South Luangwa and will be pleased to accompany you on activities and share their work with you.

Itinerary of Carnivore Week day by day

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Day 1 - 7

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Day 1 - 7: Nkwali Camp

Nkwali Camp is located on the banks of the Luangwa on a magnificent meander in the river overlooking the National Park where leopards roam along the bank and can often be spotted from camp. Situated on Robin Pope Safaris’ private land outside the park there is a private game viewing area behind camp as well as exclusive access into the park either by boat or across the pontoon. The South Luangwa Park is 9050 sq. kilometer; with the river, its tributaries and the riverine strips being the focus of the wildlife viewing.

During this week, you will spend time with ZCP team. Activities will include tracking, learning about ecological survey techniques in the field including lion identification and prey surveys, attending lectures and visiting ZCP's education partner Chipembele Wildlife Centre. The schedule is flexible as the carnivores are unpredictable. At least one of the activities each day will be with the ZCP team. The safari gives you a chance to gain some exclusive insights into the ZCP conservation program. In addition to the above activities, you will also enjoy game drives and/or walking safaris in the park with a guide from Robin Pope Safaris.

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Carnivore Week gives you a chance to gain some exclusive insights into the ZCP conservation program. The activities during the safari are carnivore specific and while we were never guaranteed a sighting, we had an incredible week not only learning about these meat eaters but we also had some wonderful first hand encounters with them!
Jonathan M about Carnivore Week
For anyone interested in getting an in depth look and better understanding of the meat eating machines of the Luangwa, then this trip is for you. Thank you to the ZCP for providing such an enjoyable yet educational experience!
Susan D about Carnivore Week

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