Accommodation in South Luangwa

Although South Luangwa is only about half the size of other southern African heavyweights like Kruger in South Africa or Etosha in Namibia, in terms of density of big game it’s top of the pile. Aptly named the Valley of the Leopard, if you go to South Luangwa and don’t see leopard you need your eyes tested. The incredibly diverse landscapes range from dense forests of mopane trees and the leopard’s favourite sausage trees, to wide open savanna punctuated only by the occasional lonely baobab, all hugged by the wide and winding Luangwa River.

There is a wide range of accommodation from which to enjoy all that this incredible park has to offer. Most of the accommodation options are found along the Luangwa rivcr’s edge, so you can see hippos, crocodiles, elephants and more without even having to leave the comfort of the veranda. In fact, the park’s elephants, hippos, giraffes, vervet monkeys, baboons, bush buck and more are often even known to wander around within the grounds of the unfenced lodges, adding to the already unique and truly wild African experience that is the order of the day anywhere around here.

Please note that “Rates From” could be fully inclusive (may include activities such as game drives and walking trails for example) on some listings and not on others. Contact the establishment you are interested in for specific rates.

100Bilimungwe Bushcamp – The Bushcamp Company

Bilimungwe is all about wood, from the huge mahogany tree that forms the centerpiece of the central lounge and dining area, to the exquisitely carved, and all locally-made, bowls, basins, and shelves you’ll find in the lounge and the chalets.

Rates from $475 pps

100Chamilandu Bushcamp – The Bushcamp Company

Chamilandu’s three stilted chalets are situated in a soaring ebony grove, on the banks of the Luangwa River, with a stunning view of the Chindeni Hills in the distance. With private showers open to the sky, and an open front to the chalets, Chamilandu guests experience all the majesty of the vast African sky from the comfort and safety of their own chalet.

Rates from $475 pps

100Chikoko Trails Camps

Chikoko Trails provides safari goers with an exclusive walking experience. It is comprised of two small camps Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp, both situated inside the South Luangwa National Park and accommodating a maximum of six guests each.

Rates from $570 pp

100Chindeni Bushcamp – The Bushcamp Company

Chindeni overlooks a permanent lagoon of the Luangwa River, with a sweeping view of the Chindeni Hills beyond. Its four spacious tents sit on stilts in the trees, and the hammocks on every veranda are the perfect siesta spot.

Rates from $475 pps

100Chinzombo – Norman Carr Safaris

With direct access in to the most game rich area of the National Park on the opposite bank, Chinzombo Camp will be the perfect place from which to explore the majestic wilds of the Luangwa in style, luxury and exclusivity.

Rates From $900 pp

100Flatdogs Camp

Owner-run Flatdogs offers guests a personal, unforgettable safari experience rivaling that of the luxury lodges, however at a fraction of the cost. Set in a riparian woodland habitat, the camp is kept as natural as possible and offers guests a range of accommodation, from the special Jackal-Berry Treehouse, or the spacious, cool Chalets, to the exciting Safari Tents.

Rates From $300 pps

100Island Bush Camp

Each chalet is constructed from natural materials and, raised off the ground on a wooden platform, boasts amazing views of the Luangwa River. Walk-in mosquito nets cover the comfortable beds and the en-suite bathroom, which is open to the sky, includes a hot water bucket shower, cold running water and flush toilets.

Rates From $375 pps

100Kafunta River Lodge

The lodge consist of 8 private chalets on raised wooden platforms with thatched roofs and 2 luxury suites which feature balconies with panoramic views and luxurious bathrooms. The tastefully decorated and comfortable chalets and suites all have verandas facing the flood plain where guests can experience the view in private.

Rates From $335 pps

100Kaingo Camp

Kaingo Camp is located deep within the park, on the banks of the Luangwa River, in the very best game viewing area extremely rich in all kind of wildlife, especially big cats.

Rates From $571 pps

100Kapamba Bushcamp – The Bushcamp Company

Kapamba Bushcamp is located on the banks of the Kapamba River, a tributary of the Luangwa. Shallow enough that there are no crocs and no hippos, the river is the perfect spot for an iconic sundowner in the river.

Rates from $475 pps

100Kuyenda Bushcamp – The Bushcamp Company

Kuyenda Bushcamp is our most traditional Bushcamp, with 4 reed and thatch chalets and a central lounge and dining area. Situated near a dry river bed, it’s the embodiment of a true bushcamp.

Rates from $475 pps

100Mfuwe Lodge – The Bushcamp Company

Mfuwe Lodge is situated in the South Luangwa National Park, which is towards the north-eastern border of Zambia. This lodge, fully refurbished and upgraded in 2010, is tucked among huge ebony and fig trees on the banks of a tranquil oxbow lagoon.

Rates from $350 pps

100Mushroom Lodge

Mushroom Lodge is situated in a shade of Ebony trees on the banks of the Mfuwe Lagoon, in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park

Rate From: $340 pp

100Mwamba Bush Camp

Set amongst giant ebony trees, Mwamba Bush Camp, is an intimate  camp operated by Derek and Jules Shenton. Along with their sister camp Kaingo, offer an authentic experience of the bush.
Mwamba has four reed and thatch chalets with a balance between simplicity, essential comforts, and African style. Chalets have large skylights and showers open to the stars.

Rates From $532 pps

100Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

Perched on top of a hill in the renowned South Luangwa National Park, the Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge was built as a presidential retreat for former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda in the 1970s. This historic lodge is set amongst lush forest and rewards guests with magnificent panoramic views of the Luangwa Valley.

Rates From: $551 pps

100Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

Offering guests an authentic tented safari experience in South Luangwa, Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp is one of Zambia’s best areas for game viewing and bird spotting. Guests can spend an afternoon relaxing in the camp’s large living area in between thrilling game drives or walking safaris.

Rates From: $585 pps

100Tafika Camp- Remote Africa Safaris

Tafika Camp is located on the northern boundary of the Nsefu sector, where the South Luangwa National Park straddles the Luangwa River.

Rates from $650

100Thornicroft Lodge

Nestled on the banks of the Luangwa River, Thornicorft Lodge is an intimate, independent lodge within view of lazing hippos and bathing elephants. Operated by people passionate about nature, Thornicroft capitalises on its beautiful setting; providing guests with well-deserved comfort.

Rates From $150 pppn

100Track and Trail River Camp

Situated in the magnificent South Luangwa National Park, only 5 minutes from the main entrance, Track and Trail River Camp aims to provide visitors with a “simple safari escape”. The camp is positioned on the Luangwa River with a variety of accommodation dotted along the riverbank.

Rates From $147 pps

100Wildlife Camp

If you are looking for breathtaking views of the beautiful Luangwa River then the Wildlife Camp is the place for you. Situated in the South Luangwa National Park, on the banks of the Luangwa River, Wildlife Camp treats guests to an affordable retreat into the best wildlife sanctuary in Zambia.

Rates From $155 pps

100Zikomo Safari

A remote bush camp in a game rich area of South Luangwa, Zambia. The camp is spread out under a canopy of ancient shade trees on the banks of the Luangwa River in an area away from other camps yet only a 45 minute drive from Mfuwe International Airport.

Rates from $295

100Zungulila Bushcamp – The Bushcamp Company

Arriving at Zungulila is like stepping back in time, but with all the modern amenities, including your own private plunge pool and a charming outdoor shower. Its 4 tented chalets overlook a plain of the Kapamba River, frequented by large herds of buffalo, elephants, and often lions and leopard.

Rates from $475 pps

Croc Valley Camp

Our accommodation ranges from camping on the Luangwa River to luxury tents fitted with airconditioning. We also have self catering chalets on stillts and backpacker rooms. Animals move through our camp on a daily basis and can be watched from our pool or bar area.

Kakuli Bush Camp – Norman Carr Safaris

Kakuli means old buffalo bull in the local language and was the affectionate nickname given to Norman by the local Kunda people of the Valley. This beautiful camp has four traditional walk-in safari tents each with en-suite bathrooms made with natural materials.

Lion Camp

Located in a prime game viewing area deep inside the park; Lion Camp is a stylish, unique & independent 18-bed safari lodge.

Luwi Bush Camp – Norman Carr Safaris

Luwi’s four thatched bamboo chalets sit idyllically amidst a shady grove of ancient trees that line the banks of the Luwi sand river. The camp is built seasonally using natural materials and the rooms melt into the surrounding bush; Luwi has been described as “The best little bush camp in Africa”.

Malama Umoyo Cottages

Bush Style cottages for rent on a beautiful place in South Luangwa, surrounded by an abundance of wildlife with stunning views on rocky river bank, the Luangwa River and the Chindeni Hills.

Mchenja – Norman Carr Safaris

Set in a grove of magnificent ebony trees Mchenja Bush Camp is a luxurious, elegant and stylish tented camp overlooking a huge sweeping bend in the Luangwa. Mchenja has been described as one of the most luxurious and romantic bush camps in Zambia.

Nkonzi Camp

Nkonzi Camp is a one off; an authentic, remote bush camp set deep inside the South Luangwa National Park, priced for middle market guests.

Nsolo Bush Camp – Norman Carr Safaris

Nsolo is the quintessential ‘bare-foot luxury’ bush camp. One of the most remote bush camps in the South Luangwa wilderness, Nsolo is the local name for the honey guide and the camp was named after this extraordinary little bird.

Nyakolwe Game Lodge

Sable Safaris in Zambia owns and operates Nyakolwe Game Lodge in Eastern Province. We provide a complete safari experience in a serene and natural environment, with meals and amenities.

Pia Manzi Private Game Reserve

Pia Manzi offers visitors an exclusive and distinct safari experience, with accommodation in 3 private en-suite chalets overlooking the majestic Luangwa River, excellent food and a range of activities on offer including game viewing with experienced game rangers and trackers, fishing and bird-watching.

Three Rivers Camp

Opening May 2017, Three Rivers Camp will be the third South Luangwa camp operated by Kafunta Safaris owners Ron and Anke Cowan. The camp will feature five exclusive spacious tents set on the banks of the Luangwa River and adjacent lagoon.

Zikomo Campsite

Zikomo Campsite comes with a summer hut on each section of five, a braai stand, tree shade, communal ablution (toilets, showers both cold and warm water) sink for washing up, lighting and 24/7 security personnel.

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