Project Description


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.

In addition to the bush walks and game drives, the camp proposes to spend time in the Elephant photographic hide set next to a waterhole. A perfect spot to observe and photograph families of elephants at close range.


Type: Bush Camp

Area: South Luangwa

Operates: June – October

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  • Bar
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Open-sided elevated chalets
  • Bucket Showers
  • Walking Safaris
  • Night Drives
  • Game Drives
  • Birdwatching
  • Photographic Hide

Kafunta Safaris is an owner-run safari business and the owners, Ron & Anke Cowan, have been in the Zambian safari industry for more than 25 years. Kafunta River Lodge was opened in 1998 and is the Cowan’s home.

Many of the staff who helped to build the lodge were trained in other roles and still work at Kafunta River Lodge or one of our satellite camps Three Rivers Camp 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 three local programs:  Conservation South Luangwa,  a non-profit community-based organisation committed to conservation; Project Luangwa, a charity set up to help local communities to improve their long-term economic prospects; and Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust, an NGO focused on teaching local youth about the importance of wildlife and conservation.


  • Project Luangwa
  • Conservation South Luangwa
  • Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust

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  • Activities
  • Transfers to and from the Airstrip
  • Laundry Services
  • Entrance Fees
  • Conservation Fee
  • All Meals
  • All Beverages
  • Accommodation
  • Gratuities


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Island Bush Camp -13.434500, 31.481700 ISLAND BUSH CAMP