Bush camps are uniquely Zambian having been pioneered in the Luangwa Valley. They go hand-in-hand with walking safaris which will often move from camp to camp. Often seasonal due to their remote location there are a range of options available. Here we give our run down on why a stay in one is a must on any visit to Zambia. Bush camps have become as integral to the Zambian safari experience as walking safaris, and the two combine perfectly for a really adventurous trip. They range in style dramatically from a fly camp erected each night for the most dedicated enthusiasts, to seasonal rustic shelters to luxurious chalets that it is hard to believe can be created in such remote locations. Highlights of a stay in them include:
Zambia is a great destination for first timers and safari aficionados alike, offering an off-the-beaten-track experience with some of the most rewarding game viewing on the continent combined with some of the most unique activities. Here we give a rundown of our top things to do in Zambia to really make the most of your time here…
Whilst the main attraction of visiting Victoria Falls is of course the thundering falls themselves, it is also a Mecca for those seeking adrenaline-pumping activities and unique experiences which are a highlight to any visit. With the falls straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, certain activities are exclusive to one side. Here we give our lowdown on what to do and where…
As safari specialists we are often asked where the best place to go on safari is. This can be difficult to answer as we all have different perceptions of what the ideal safari destination is. Some favour Kenya as it is, in some ways, the original safari destination; others prefer Tanzania with its famous Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Here, our Zambia specialist Bjorn makes the case for why Zambia is his favourite safari destination…
Zambia is a wonderfully romantic honeymoon destination. It is still relatively off-the-beaten track and offers some really spectacular landscapes and wildlife. Famed for the magnificent Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and the quiet and remote national parks. Zambia lies landlocked at the heart of Africa and is blessed with some of the most remote and unspoilt wildlife locations in Africa.
Zambia is widely-regarded as offering one of Africa’s top safari experiences that Africa has to offer and some of the most impressive bush accommodation. An exciting alternative that has been pioneered in Zambia, are a unique set of safari houses, ideal for families or groups of friends looking for a private and tailor-made safari experience. Take a look at our top 5 safari houses in Zambia:
The home of the walking safari, Zambia and the South Luangwa in particular is the perfect place to get out and explore the bush on foot. Having been pioneered by Norman Carr in the 1950s in the Luangwa Valley, walking safaris allow you to get back to basics and experience the bush in an in-depth and multifaceted way, whilst leaving a much smaller carbon footprint. Here we give our top five reasons for recommending your next safari to Africa is a walking safari in Zambia…
Zambia is home to the walking safari and offers one of Africa’s premier wildlife experiences. Here, our Zambia expert Annie experiences the unique Luwi River Trail walking safari – a true wilderness adventure away from the crowds and up close to nature. Accompanied by some of the best guides on the continent, with some of the best wildlife viewing that Africa has on offer, Annie tells us why the Luwi River Trail is one of her favourite safari experiences…
Visiting Victoria Falls is a highlight of any trip to Southern Africa, but it is all in the timing. Water levels fluctuate throughout the year, which not only affects what you get to see but also what you can do, with certain activities only available at certain levels of flow. Here we give our rundown of water levels throughout the year, what you can expect to see and when best to go based on what you want to do.
Away from the crowds associated with some more developed safari destinations in East and Southern Africa, Zambia offers one of the most exciting safari experiences in all of Africa. The perfect spot for an off-the-beaten-track safari with outstanding game viewing on offer, Zambia is the perfect destination for safari aficionados looking for something a little different. For those looking for an even more unique experience, look no further than Liuwa Plain in the far west of Zambia – one of the most amazing, yet least explored, of Africa’s national parks. Here's why this little-known park has so much appeal...
Most people will choose to go on safari in the South Luangwa during the high season, from May to October when the bush is at its driest. The dry conditions draw wildlife to the scarce water sources making for excellent sightings, with great herds seen. From December to April though, the bush is transformed by the rains into a lush haven and some wonderful wildlife encounters. Here we give our top five reasons for heading to the South Luangwa in the Emerald Season.
Luwi River Trail
Best for: Off the beaten track, Safari, Spectacular scenery
Zambia and South Luangwa in particular are the home of walking safaris having been pioneered by Norman Carr in the 1960s, there is no better way to spend a week on foot exploring the South Luangwa than staying in Norman Carr's bush camps.
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An exciting adventure awaits on this walking safari circuit in Zambia's renowned South Luangwa National Park. Guided by Norman Carr Safari guides, who are amongst the most highly-trained and regarded in Zambia, this is an exceptional safari whether you have never been on a walking safari before, or consider yourself an old hand, or should we say foot! Staying in remote bush camps which are totally unique from each other with wonderful positions, amazing game viewing and outstanding hosting, this is a trip which is high on experience. For a fully-immersive bush experience we highly recommend you spend a night sleeping out under the stars on the Return to the Wild Sleepout - you may not get the best night's sleep in the world, but the view of the unspoilt night sky is truly breath-taking.
Days 1 - 4 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Luwi Bush Camp for 3 nights
On arrival into Lusaka you will need to connect onto your light aircraft flight to Mfuwe; the gateway to the South Luangwa. Upon landing you will be met by your guide and driven into the South Luangwa for an exciting safari staying in remote bushcamps with exceptional walking on offer. You will stay at Luwi Bush Camp for three nights in a bush chalet with wonderful views over the surrounding bush. All meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities are included in your stay here. The guiding here is outstanding with activities primarily focused on walking safaris. There is the opportunity to go on a game drive if you like with night drives recommended for seeing nocturnal species such as leopard, honey badger and genet. Luwi is situated in a particularly good area for wild dog and there is also a hide overlooking a lagoon filled with hippos that we recommend visiting for an afternoon for some entertaining interactions.
Days 4 - 6 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Nsolo Bush Camp for 2 nights
After breakfast you depart with your guide for a walking safari along the Luwi River to Nsolo Bush Camp, the next bush camp in the trail. You will spend two nights here in a bush chalet with great views over a riverbed which is a hive of animal activity. Your stay here includes all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities. Again Nsolo is a walking camp and the guide here, Phil is a real naturist with an amazing gift for guiding. For the truly adventurous we recommend spending a night under the stars on the Return to the Wild Sleepout - an incredible experience which really allows you to appreciate your wilderness surroundings with just a mosquito net between you and the stars!
Days 6 - 8 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Kakuli Bush Camp for 2 nights
This morning after breakfast you will continue your walking safari along the Luwi River Trail to Kakuli Bush Camp at the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa Rivers. You will spend two nights here in a tent with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. Kakuli has a spectacular setting on the Luangwa Riverbank with great views and fantastic sightings of passing game and with a nearby carmine bee eater colony. Watch out for the resident elephant who is often seen in camp too! Spend your time here on walking safaris with the chance to do game drives and nights drives too, for a fully immersive bush experience.
Day 8 : South Luangwa to Lusaka
After a final game drive this morning you will be taken to Mfuwe airport in time for your light aircraft flight to Lusaka. On arrival into Lusaka you will be able to connect onto your international flight home, this marks the end of Imagine Africa's travel arrangements.
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When to go
Norman Carr Bush Camps are open 20 May - 31 October.
Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.
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From $4969 per person
All meals and house drinks
Game viewing activities
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.