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.
South Luangwa Getaway
South Luangwa, Zambia
Best for: Wildlife, Safari, Walking safari
The South Luangwa is a first-class safari destination and a five night stay in two wonderful camps is a splendid way to see it. Exceptional guiding could bring you closer than ever to wildlife like leopard, wild dog, elephants and giraffe.
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This five night itinerary is an excellent way to experience South Luangwa National Park and to get a taste of what Zambia has to offer. Both Kafunta and Three Rivers offer comfort and style with incredible views. The South Luangwa is scenically beautiful and while you can cover more ground on a game drive; with the opportunity to spot a range of game and wildlife, a walking safari is an unforgettable way to get up close and personal with the bush. A stay at the new Three Rivers Camp offers a stylish stay with well thought out features to make your stay unlike any other!
Day 1 : London - Johannesburg - Lusaka
Today you will begin your holiday! From London you will fly to Johannesburg where you will pick up your connecting flight to Lusaka International Airport in Zambia.
Days 1 - 3 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Kafunta River Lodge for 2 nights
On arrival into Lusaka Airport you will be met and tranferred by light aircraft to Mfuwe Airport, located just outside of South Luangwa National Park. On arrival to the airport you will be met by your guide and driven to the edge of the Park to Kafunta River Lodge where you will spend the next two nights with all meals, drinks and activities included.
This Imagine favourite is located in the South Luangwa Valley overlooking a permanent lagoon which during the dry season is often frequented by animals seeking to quench their thirst. Although located on the border of the park, the South Luangwa is unfenced so guests can still enjoy game viewing from camp as well as day and night game drives in the central Mfuwe area. You could also spend an afternoon on a walking safari where an experienced guide is on hand to point out flora, fauna, tracks and trails and some of the smaller wildlife in the area.
A pool overlooking the lagoon and a spa in camp, there are plenty of opportunties to relax after or before game activities.
Days 3 - 5 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Three Rivers Camp for 2 nights
This morning you will be game driven to your next camp, located downstream from Kafunta. You will spend the next two nights at Three Rivers Camp where all meals, drinks and activities will be included.
This brand new camp opened in June 2017 and offers plenty of comfortable space, excellent views and a range of different safari options. The main activity from camp is walking safaris, with the chance to explore the bush an unforgettable experience. You will walk in small groups whilst being escorted with an armed official wildlife scout and experienced guides.
With lounging decks attached to every room, guests also have the option to spend one or both nights on a sleep out under the stars!
Day 5 - 6 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Kafunta River Lodge for 1 night
Today you will be game driven back to Kafunta River Lodge to spend one final night before heading home!
Day 6 : Lusaka - Johannesburg - London
This morning you will be transferred back to Mfuwe Airport for your light aircraft back to Lusaka Airport. From here you will fly to Joahnnesburg to catch your overnight flight back to London.
When to go
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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $3837 per person
Accommodation as listed
Activities as per the itinerary
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.