South Luangwa

With a reputation as one of the best places to view game in the whole of Africa, the South Luangwa region in Zambia is enjoying ever-increasing popularity. The National Park lifeblood is the Luangwa River that sustains over 400 species of birds and some 60 animal species, including all of the Big Five plus lesser-spotted animals such as genets, civets, servals and hyenas. While the region is on the rise, visitor numbers are still comparatively less than better known regions in Southern Africa, so guests enjoy a sense of privacy and seclusion. With accommodation options to suit all budgets, the South Luangwa is an incredibly attractive option for the safari purist.One of the truly great wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, the concentration of game in the South Luangwa National Park makes it an idyllic safari destination. The Luangwa River, with its many lagoons, is the most intact river system in Africa and the lifeblood of the Park.

One of the great attractions of the region, the walking safari actually originated in the park and remains one of the best ways to authentically experience this remote wilderness up close.

Depending on the time of year, the South Luangwa ranges from dry winter bushveld to lush green grassland in the summer. The great river sustains some 60 different animal species and more than 400 bird species, representing an incredibly rich diversity of wildlife. Night drives with experienced guides offer the opportunity to see some fascinating nocturnal animals such as genets, civets, servals, hyenas, bushbabies, owls, nightjars, the foraging hippos, honey badgers and lion.

South Luangwa’s remote location means that visitor numbers are comparatively lower than some of Southern Africa’s better-known wildlife havens. The excellent accommodation options, proliferation of wildlife and experienced guides all combine to make it an incredibly attractive option for the safari enthusiast.

 

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Flatdogs Camp

Flatdogs Camp

Flatdogs Camp in the South Luangwa National Park is a value-for-money safari experience in one of the most beautiful and untouched parts of Africa. Nestled amongst nine thousand square kilometres of wilderness, the camp is focused on wildlife – perfect for serious safari aficionados. Flatdogs offers a variety of accommodation, ranging from chalets to a tree house nestled in an old Jackalberry tree.

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Kaingo Camp bath

Kaingo Camp

Kaingo Camp enjoys an enviable location overlooking the mighty Luangwa River, in the South Luangwa National Park. The camp was designed to maximize views of the river and a feeling of being one with the wilderness. Chalets open up onto private decks, where sunrises and sunsets can be enjoyed in all their glory. Kaingo possesses the perfect meeting of comfortable lodgings with the magic of the wild.

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Zungulila Bushcamp

Zungulila Bushcamp

Zungulila Bushcamp is nestled in a natural oasis in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, and with only 4 tents, it’s about as intimate as it gets. Lush greenery and naturally occurring springs attract wild animals throughout the seasons of the year, offering guests a breathtakingly close-up experience of the true African wilderness. The camp boasts views of the seemingly never-ending plains, which look like a painting every night as the sunset throws red, fuchsia and gold light over Africa.

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Bilimungwe Bushcamp

Bilimungwe Bushcamp

If you would like to be seduced by the charm of a private bush camp in the African wild then look no further than Bilimungwe Bush Camp! The camp is located in a remote area in the South Luangwa National Park where it sits quietly in a riverside forest on the banks of the Luangwa River. It is a nature-lover’s dream location, and the exceptional knowledge of the award winning resident guide will provide rare opportunities to get close to game and birds!

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Chindeni Bushcamp

Chindeni Bushcamp

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience if you choose to stay at Chindeni Bushcamp! Located in the South Luangwa National Park against the backdrop of the glorious Nchindeni Hills, this beautiful tented camp is situated on the apex of a permanent lagoon fed by the Zambezi river. Chindeni sleeps only up to eight guests and provides the perfect opportunity for you to engage with the true spirit of Africa.

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Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

Looking for a truly exceptional destination where you can stay during your African experience? Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp is the perfect place. This luxury tented camp is located in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park alongside the Zambezi river. It nestles against an escarpment that overlooks the game dense vistas of a floodplain. From here you can enjoy views of game and birds in their natural habitat.

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Kapamba Bushcamp

Kapamba Bushcamp

Set in absolute seclusion in the far south of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, Kapamba Bushcamp prides itself on offering the quintessential African bush adventure while enjoying the finer side of luxurious camping. The location of the camp is along the banks of the shallow Kapamba River and one of the most game-rich sites in the entire park. While a truly African experience, the camp is extremely comfortable and stylishly decorated, giving a world-class feel to an otherwise truly rustic vacation.

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Kuyenda Bushcamp

Kuyenda Bushcamp

Nestled in the shade of giant Natal mahogany trees on the banks of Zambia’s Manzi River, Kuyenda Bushcamp enjoys an impossibly romantic and unmistakably African setting. The camp is located in a quieter area of the park, away from the bustle of other camps, but is an excellent location for game viewing during its opening period of June to November; priding itself on the quality of its game drives over frills and fancies.

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Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

Set on a hill at the centre of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, at the Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge you can enjoy an unforgettable African safari, with great service and impeccable accommodation to boot. Being once the personal retreat of Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, guests can expect true splendor and character here. Ten gorgeously furnished suites, each with a well-appointed en-suite bathroom and the comfort of air-conditioning and mosquito nets, is well suited to families and boast splendid views of the park.

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Kakuli Bush Camp

Kakuli Bush Camp

At Kakuli Bush Camp, guests are guaranteed to feel the heartbeat of Africa. With water being the essence of life, it is perhaps significant that Kakuli sits at the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa rivers. As either a camp-to-camp stopover or a base for a more sedentary wildlife encounter, Kakuli Bush Camp is the only safari camp in Zambia that’s open in the Emerald (rainy) season, which runs from November through to March.

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