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.
Rivers and Rainbows
Best for: Spectacular scenery, Walking safari, Highlights
South Luangwa in the emerald season is a hive of activity with exceptional birding, incredible light for photography and wonderful boating and walking safaris staying in two of the best camps with the most impressive guiding in the whole of Zambia.
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This is the perfect trip to take advantage of Zambia's South Luangwa in the emerald season. Although often shied away from because of the weather, this is the absolute best time of year for birding and offers wonderful light for photography too. Activities are more restricted with lots of the game drive loops out of use, but taking to the Luangwa River on boat safaris is a relaxing experience with wonderful sightings on offer. Deep in the bush you will stay in a remote bush camp, accessible at this time of year only by boat with walking safaris on offer with the most highly-qualified guides in Zambia. You will be staying at Norman Carr's flagship Chinzombo, one of the most luxurious safari properties in Africa as well as Kakuli, an exceptional bush camp with a spectacular setting and offering the most wonderful safari experience, and all at a great-value low-season price.
Day 1 - 2 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Chinzombo for 1 night
On arrival into Lusaka you will be met and assisted to your light aircraft flight to Mfuwe - the gateway to the South Luangwa. Upon landing you will be met by your expert guide and driven to Chinzombo, the most luxurious camp in Zambia with an incredible setting on the banks of the Luangwa River. You will spend one night here in a luxury tented suite with private lap pool with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included.
Days 2 - 5 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Kakuli Bush Camp for 3 nights
Today you will be taken by boat up the Luangwa River to the remote Kakuli Bush Camp. There is plenty to see en route with fabulous birding on offer. Kakuli is the only one of the Norman Carr bush camps which is accessible in the emerald season making for an exclusive safari. You will spend three nights here with all meals, house drinks, park fees, boat and walking safari activities included. Kakuli has a fabulous, elevated position overlooking the confluence of the Luangwa and Luwi Rivers. The camp has a wonderful setting for birding with colourful species being drawn to the river as well it being the perfect light for photography. Whilst here you can go on boat cruises and walking safaris which offer exciting wildlife viewing and the chance to appreciate the bush on a smaller scale, all within the company of exceptional guides, who are amongst the most highly-trained in Zambia.
Days 5 - 7 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Chinzombo for 2 nights
Today you will be boated back to Chinzombo for two nights of relaxation in luxurious surroundings with water activities as well as game drives. Whilst staying at Chinzombo make sure that you visit the library of memorabilia for Norman Carr, the camp's founder who introduced and pioneered walking safaris in Zambia. You will be able to go on bush walks, game and night drives. The riverside setting also makes for excellent wildlife viewing with animals coming to the water to drink as well as exceptional birding on offer. It is also possible to enjoy a relaxing in-suite spa treatment, perfect after a day out in the bush.
Day 7 : Chinzombo - Lusaka
After a final game viewing activity this morning you will be driven to Mfuwe Airport in time for your flight to Lusaka. On arrival into Lusaka you will be able to connect onto your onward flight, marking the end of Imagine Africa's travel arrangements.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $4030 per person
All meals and house drinks
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.