• Rates From $375 pps
  • Area : South Luangwa
  • Months of Operation : May - October
  • Number of Rooms : 5

Island Bush Camp

Get back to nature and experience unspoilt African wilderness at Island Bush Camp, a rustic bush camp set on the banks of the Luangwa River. Located in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park, the camp enjoys stunning views of the river and the length of the Luangwa Valley. With just 5 chalets, this remote camp offers complete seclusion and specialises in walking safaris.

Each chalet is constructed from natural materials and, raised off the ground on a wooden platform, boasting 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.

The shady central lounge is a great place to relax after a game drive and take in the amazing sunrises and sunsets. The bush camp kitchen provides delicious meals cooked on a wood burning stove and meals are served in the dining area or under the African stars. Guests can sit around the campfire and enjoy a refreshing beverage and swap bush stories.

The South Luangwa is the home of the walking safari and this is the speciality of Island Bush Camp. Experience a safari from a new perspective and see the African wildlife and bush as the original explorers did. Guests walk in small groups and are escorted by an armed official wildlife scout and our experienced guides.

About the company

Kafunta Safaris is an owner run safari business and the owners, Ron & Anke Cowan, have been in the Zambian safari industry for more than 20 years. Kafunta River Lodge was opened in 1988 and is the Cowan’s home. Many of the staff who helped to build the lodge were trained in other roles and now work at Kafunta River Lodge and Island Bush Camp as part of the Kafunta team. Today, Kafunta Safaris employs 40 to 70 staff.

Kafunta Safaris prides itself on providing a warm welcome and personalised service to our guests. We pay attention to the details so that our guests can relax and enjoy their dream African safari. Kafunta Safaris recognises the importance of responsible tourism and the need to protect this unique ecosystem and support the community. Kafunta Safaris supports the South Luangwa Conversation Society, a non-profit community based organisation committed to conservation and is one of the founding members of Project Luangwa, a charity setup to help local communities to improve their long term economic prospects.




  • Project Luangwa
  • South Luangwa Conservation Society


  • Candle lit dinners under the stars
  • Walk in mosquito nets
  • Bar service
  • Laundry
  • Elevated chalets and open air bathrooms


  • Walking safaris
  • Game drives
  • Night drives
  • Bird watching safaris
  • Private and family safaris

Rates Include

  • Accommodation and Laundry
  • Activities
  • All meals, Snacks and Drinks
  • National Park entry fees
  • Conservation & Community Levy
  • Transfer from Mfuwe Airport

Rates Exclude

  • Gratuities

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  • Kafunta River Lodge and Island Bush Camp South Luangwa National Park Box 83 Mfuwe Zambia
  • Website: http://luangwa.com