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, Zambia
Best for: Specialist, Walking safari, Wildlife
Offering a magical immersive wilderness experience in Zambia's South Luangwa, Mwamba is a wonderfully remote bush camp with a palpable sense of Africa's rawness. Mwamba Camp's guides are inspiringly passionate, and the game viewing is just phenomenal.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Set beneath huge ebony trees on the banks of the seasonal Mwamba River, a tributary of the Luangwa, Mwamba Bush Camp is a fantastic and remote camp in South Luangwa. With just four simple thatched bungalows with reed walls and earth floors, the feel is intimate and charmingly rustic. One of the chalets has twin beds, while the rest have king-sized beds covered by a mosquito net, and all have gauze-protected skylights that let you experience sleeping beneath the stars. The bungalows have huge en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. Lighting is all solar powered and the complete absence of generator noise means nothing interferes with the dawn chorus or the midnight laugh of a hyena. Outside each bungalow is a shaded verandah with a wooden table and chairs overlooking the riverbed.
Mwamba’s main area is very simple and natural, and lit at night by a combination of solar-powered lights, candles and paraffin lanterns. The bar, built around a massive ebony tree, is a great spot for a social drink before enjoying a delicious three-course meal. There are also some cushioned chairs and a sofa, plenty of reading material and a few board games to keep you entertained.
The game around Mwamba is excellent with large herds of buffalo, zebra, eland and, in particular, Cookson's wildebeest found on the plains and in the mopane woodlands close to camp. Elephants are never far away and are especially fond of the tamarind and ebony fruit within the camp. There are also two resident hippo. Like Mwamba’s sister camp Kaingo, there are a couple of great hides overlooking perennial waterholes, which have been used by the BBC and National Geographic. For those really interested in photography, we can combine a stay at Mwamba with Kaingo with its hippo and elephant hides.
Three activities per day are normally included, which include walking safaris, game drives by day and night, and visits to the hides, all led by excellent and passionate guides. The night drives offer excellent chances of spotting leopards, porcupines, civets and white-tailed mongoose. Adventurous guests at Mwamba can also experience an exhilarating camp-out, one of the most authentic wilderness experiences in South Luangwa. After heading deep into the bush on an afternoon walk with a senior guide and armed scout, you’ll camp out for the night under the stars, with your bedroll set under a mosquito net beside the fire.
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.