Blessed with one of the seven natural wonders of the world and an abundance of wildlife, water and vast open spaces, Zambia offers unforgettable holidays exploring the real Africa.
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…
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…
Kafunta River Lodge
South Luangwa, Zambia
Best for: Imagine Favourites, Safari, Wildlife
Kafunta River Lodge is perfectly located overlooking a permanent lagoon bordering the South Luangwa National Park. A relaxed camp with wonderful game viewing and excellent guiding, it's one of our top picks for an affordable safari in the South Luangwa.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Kafunta River Lodge is a firm Imagine favourite in the South Luangwa valley offering a superb safari experience and offering excellent value for money. Although located just outside the park, Kafunta is situated in a game management area and still enjoys fantastic wildlife sightings thanks to there being no fence between the national park and lodge. Kafunta River Lodge overlooks a permanent lagoon which is often a hive of activity, particularly during the dry season, and makes the most of this by having a hide which offers excellent photographic opportunities.
Activities at Kafunta River Lodge tend to be focused on game and night drives which take place in the central Mfuwe area of the national park, which is known for being one of the best areas for wildlife viewing in the park. The lodge has its own pontoon which allows quick and easy access directly into the park and in the dry season it is possible to drive across the river bed. Walking safaris are also possible, led by expert walking guides accompanied by an armed scout. For relaxing between activities there is a lovely pool which overlooks the lagoon as well as the only nautral hot tub in the Luangwa Valley! Additionally there is a wellness spa which is perfect for a massage after a day game driving or for those keen to keep fit in the bush there is a bush gym. Meals are served on the main deck which makes the most of the lodge's fabulous setting with great views over the lagoon, which is floodlit at night to allow for game viewing whilst you dine.
Kafunta River Lodge has ten rooms - eight safari chalets with raised verandas complete with a swing seat that looks out over the floodplain as well as two more spacious luxury suites which have a private deck and upstairs veranda. All of the rooms are spacious with locally produced textiles and crafts to create an authentic bush experience and ceiling fans to keep you cool during the height of the dry season.
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
Things to do
Walking safaris in South Luangwa
Walking Safaris are what Zambia is all about and there is no better way of experiencing the bush than getting out on foot and exploring your surroundings with the opportunity to take in the smaller aspects of the bush too, accompanied by an expert guide.
Night Drives in South Luangwa
South Luangwa is unique in that it allows night drives, usually not permitted in national parks. Go on one for the chance to encounter elusive nocturnal species such as serval, caracal and bush baby as well as the leopard that the valley is famed for.
Game Drive in South Luangwa
Driving along the dirt roads in open 4x4 vehicles is a great way to see South Luangwa National Park and all it has to offer. This is the best way to cover the most ground where indigenous mammals and bird life can be spotted along the way.
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