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.
Walk on the Wild Side
South Luangwa, Zambia
Best for: Hideaway, Imagine Favourites, Off the beaten track
Zambia is famed for being the home of walking safaris and this itinerary offers an exceptional experience with fantastic guiding, intimate camps in spectacular spots and outstanding wildlife - there can be few better ways to experience Zambia than this!
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Take a walk on the wild side with this authentic walking safari itinerary in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. An area of intense beauty with incredible game viewing on offer, you will experience a true feeling of wilderness, staying in exclusive bush camps in one of the most remote areas of the national park. This trip is the perfect fit for those looking for an exceptional safari experience with the chance to appreciate the bush on a microscopic scale too whilst in the company of some of Zambia's best walking guides. The bush camps that you stay in are of a high standard, all individual in style with wonderful settings, often overlooking rivers to guarantee wonderful game viewing whilst in camp too. Blending breath-taking wildlife encounters, spectacular scenery and just the right amount of luxury, there could be few better ways to experience the South Luangwa on foot than with this trip.
Day 1 - 2 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Mfuwe Lodge for 1 night
On arrival into Lusaka you will need to check in for your light aircraft flight to Mfuwe, the gateway to the South Luangwa National Park. Upon landing you will be met by your guide and driven into the park where you will stay at Mfuwe Lodge for one night. Your accommodation is in a chalet with all meals, park fees and game viewing activities included. Situated in the central area of South Luangwa the lodge overlooks a lagoon filled with hippos and is in an excellent area for game with leopard and elephant sightings common. In November it is not uncommon for local elephants to wander through the lodge in search of mangos.
Days 2 - 4 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Chamilandu Bush Camp for 2 nights
Today you will move deeper into the bush, to a wild and remote area which is well-suited to an intense walking safari. Your first two nights will be spent at Chamilandu Bushcamp which has a prime position on the banks of the Luangwa River. Your stay here includes all meals, house drinks and game viewing activities. There are just three stilted chalets which makes for an intimate and exclusive safari experience with outstanding guides as standard. You will spend your time here exploring the surrounding bush on foot with the chance to see big game as well being able to appreciate smaller species too. The camps setting on the river will offer perfect sedate game viewing too, particularly during the dry season when the water is a magnet for wildlife.
Days 4 - 6 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Chindeni Bush Camp for 2 nights
Today you will walk deeper into the bush to Chindeni Bush Camp which is further along the Luangwa River with fabulous views over an oxbow lagoon with the Chindeni Hills as an impressive backdrop. You will spend two nights here in a beautiful, spacious tent that makes the most of the wonderful setting of the camp. All of your meals and house drinks are included as well as park fees and game viewing activities. Your days here can be spent on walking safaris and game drives as well as relaxing in the camp and watching passing game coming to the river to drink.
Days 6 - 8 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Kapamba Bush Camp for 2 nights
As you continue your safari today you will walk to Kapamba Bush Camp on the Kapamba River. One of the remotest camps in the South Luangwa with a beautiful setting on the Kapamba River - you can even enjoy a G&T whilst sitting in the river! You will spend two nights here in a bush chalet with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. A highlight of a stay here is sitting in your private plunge pool watching elephants come to take a dip in the river! Walking in this area of the South Luangwa is a real treat - you will feel a world away from normal life with breath-taking wildlife encounters to boot - it really doesn't get much better than this!
Days 8 - 10 : South Luangwa, Zambia
Stay at Zungulila Bush Camp for 2 nights
Your final base for your walking safari is in an untouched area of South Luangwa on a bend of the Kapamba River. You will stay at Zunguilala Bush Camp for two nights with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. A tranquil camp, this is the perfect spot to spend your final two nights in a sumptuous bush camp with a real 'Out of Africa' flavour. An intimate and exclusive stay awaits with a maximum of eight guests at any one time - this is bush camp life at its best! Although activities are primarily focused around walking the camp have pioneered some game drive loops allowing you to get even deeper into the bush, particularly for night game drives.
Day 10 : South Luangwa - Lusaka
Today you will be game driven to Mfuwe airport in time for your flight to Lusaka. On arrival you will need to check in for your international flight home.
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From $5886 per person
Accommodation as listed
Activities as per the itinerary
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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.