Pros and Cons- RSA and Zambia in May

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Aug 10th, 2007, 10:17 AM
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Pros and Cons- RSA and Zambia in May

Afternoon Fodorites

After much research I am getting closer to finalizing my honeymoon safari.

I have narrowed it down to b/w either South Africa or Zambia.

For Zambia I would do:

3 nights at Kapamba Bush Camp
6 nights at Luangwa River Lodge

For South Africa I would do:
4 nights Sabi Sands (unsure where, maybe Djuma Bush)
3 nights walking at Phinda
2 nights Phinda Forest Lodge

I have been leaning towards Zambia but have a few concerns:

1 How bad will the tse tse flies be in late May?

2 Will the grass be too high to do quality walking at Kapamba?

One of the reasons I like Zambia is the remoteness; however, recent trip reports have described a high vehicle density in the Mfuwe sector. If I'm going to see lots of vehicles I feel I ought to go to sabi sands for the higher game density.

Do yall think the vehicle density in the Mfuwe sector is approaching Sabi Sands levels?

Thanks, as always, for the help
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Aug 10th, 2007, 01:39 PM
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bnws, I just returned from Luangwa River Lodge and we enjoyed it very much but we were only there for 2 nights then transferred to Kaingo for three nights. I do think that the number of vehicles would have been a drawback after 6 nights so have you considered doing a second camp in a more remote area? The transfer was very easy, really just like a short game drive and we enjoyed experiencing another camp.

I only saw the vehicle from one other camp at Kaingo and that was a place I think that is called Lion's camp that they are just planning on re-opening but I don't even know if there are guests there yet. I believe Tafika might be in a quiet area also but I am not sure.

Let me know if you have questions.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 06:49 PM
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I am curious. Is the Kapamba Bush Camp open late May? Although the rains are over, May can be a difficult time moving around in the valley. Most bush camps are just being rebuilt at this time.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 09:48 PM
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Both Bilumngwe (sp?) and Kapamba are open from early May onward. They are the only bush camps I could find that were open that early.
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