About Safaris in Zambia
Transport and vehicles
We use Landrover Tdi with extended chassis to accommodate 10 bucket seats ( 8 window seats and 2
seats in the middle in the front row and back row respectively). The vehicle is specially adapted (double shocks and double coil springs etc.) to guarantee a comfortable drive on the bumpy tracks in the African wilderness. There is space for hand luggage (cameras etc.) in front of the first row of seats (above the driver and co-driver) and between the second and third row of seats.
There is also space to stow luggage beneath the seats. The side doors can be folded down to allow easy access into the vehicle. The vehicle is open on all sides, but can be closed completely with windows for long distance journeys.
The Landrover has a double battery system (car battery and replacement battery for the fridge) with a port
(cigarette charging plug) for 12 volt devices. In addition, an inverter is fitted to ensure charging for devices
with 220 volt (European plugs). The Landrover is equipped with a fixed roof (two of our Landrovers are fitted
with detachable roofs).
The conditions of the roads vary every year depending on rainfall. The tracks are often only patched up
after the rainy season, and occasionally we have to pave a short road section, or remove a tree that has
been pushed across the road by an elephant. River crossing on the way, are rarely a serious obstacle as
our Landrovers are well equipped to deal with these circumstances: elevated air intake for the engine
(‘snorkel’) and modified ventilation for the gearbox and axles to prevent
water entering into the drive train.
The trailer is fitted with a mobile kitchen. The luggage, tents and camping equipment is also packed in here. Two large (2 metres long) collapsible tables are carried with us on safari. Camping chairs (collapsable), grill,
dishes, pots, tablecloths, coffee mugs, glasses (for wine and juice) etc. are part of the campsite inventory and are all packed away in the trailer. The lighting in the evening consists of camping lamps (connected to the car battery) and lanterns (candles) on the tables.
Tents and equipment
Our tents are large dome type tents (3,5 x 2.5 m and 2 metres high), and a maximum of 2 guests are accommodated in each. The tents are spacious and provide ample room for camping beds and luggage.
The camping beds (ca. 2 metres long, 60 cm wide and 50 cm high) are fitted with 50 mm high density
foam mattresses. Mattresses are covered with linen. A small freezer is built into the Landrover to keep perishables (meat, cheese etc.) fresh. We also offer cold drinks to our guests. For this purpose we use a cooler box filled with ice.
Food and drinks
Fruit juice (mostly fresh fruit juice from South Africa, occasionally we offer fruit juice concentrate) and drinking water (groundwater or filtered water) is available throughout the journey. Alcoholic
beverages are not included and can be purchased en route. (Approximate prices of alcoholic beverages: beer (330 ml): approx. € 1 00, wine: approx. € 8 00 per litre (depending on the quality)).
We purchase canned beer and, preferably, wine in boxes . Bottles are always at risk on the bad roads.The crew consists of a local driver/guide, a trained cook who also acts as a general camp helper. The crew will do most of the work involved in a mobile safari, but with the occasional assistance (e.g. packing the trailer, putting up tents etc.) of the participants things get done quicker . The meals are prepared from fresh and healthy ingredients.
Canned foods are avoided where possible and only offered occasionally where fresh food is not available. Fresh meat and vegetables are an important part of the menu. Vegetarian cooking is offered, depending on the preference of participants. A full vegetarian menu can be organized with prior notice.
Meat is purchased in modern supermarkets (Lusaka) and in clean, modern butcheries on the way. The quality of meat in Zambia is very good. Vegetables and fruit are purchased in the towns and villages, sometimes fresh from small, private
Mobile phone reception
During most of the trip we will have cell phone network, the use of European mobile phones is often possible near cities or populated areas.