The vast mosaic of grassy seasonal floodplains extending to the horizon, mist rising at sunrise, epitomises the wild, remote Busanga Plains. Its diversity can be discovered on game drives as well as boating early in the season or hot air ballooning later on.
The stylish camp is built on raised decks on a verdant tree island, allowing for breathtaking views of the surrounding floodplains.
Ila Safari Lodge is a true eco-lodge providing facilities of the highest quality to a maximum of 24 guests. The lodge is located on the banks of the mighty Kafue River in an area of abundant wildlife and boasts 180 degree views out across the water. The lodge has 10 state of the art luxury safari tents perched each on their own deck reaching out over the banks of the Kafue River.
Situated in the North of the Kafue National Park, the Camp is an exhilarating 6 hour drive from Mukambi Lodge, through the National Park. The Camp is seasonal due to the fact that it is in the flood plains, attracting animals all year round. To access the Camp, you will have to walk the last 100m on foot, crossing over a foot bridge to bypass a permanent water body. The Plains camp features four luxurious tents nestled amongst the trees on one of many islands, providing ideal privacy. The dining area and extended walkway offer a majestic view of the remarkable "Two Fig" on the bordering island, while a campfire extends warmth in the chilled nights after supper and fresh mornings to watch the sunrise as the herds of lechwe graze. Enjoy a warm atmosphere in the dining area during meal times, with food and service fit for kings.
Immerse yourself in the vast beauty of true African wilderness. Fig Tree Bush Camp is situated on the banks of the Shishamba River, an exciting short drive from its sister camp, Mukambi Lodge. The camp has an elephantine Fig Tree, hence the name, as its centre piece, hanging over the dining Boma. Lagoons are formed seasonally along the Shishamba River, leaving sprawling, sandy beaches along its length. Fig Tree Bush Camp has one such beach of its own, allowing guests to unwind under the illustrious African stars after supper, around a hearty campfire, encompassed by the sounds of the bush.
Spend your nights in one of four luxurious safari tents, raised 3 metres of the earth to offer spectacular views of the River on one side and the surrounding plains on the other side, granting unique opportunities to spot game from the veranda.
Mukambi Safaris is a Dutch family run safari company in Zambia with three camps in Kafue National Park, one of the largest unspoiled wilderness areas in the world. The three camps are Mukambi Safari Lodge, Busanga Plains Camp, and Fig Tree Bush Camp, each surrounded by unique, untouched areas of remote African bush. Recently Mukambi Safaris won two awards in ‘The Big Tusker - Ultimate Safari Experiences 2017’. Activities consist of game drives in open-canopy vehicles, boat and fishing trips, along with walking safaris where you are likely to see elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, puku, impala, hippo, many other animals and an incredible array of birds. Back at the lodge our delicious food, friendly staff and comfortable accommodation will make your stay an unforgettable one.
Busanga Bush Camp lies on a verdant island in the middle of Kafue’s Busanga Plains. Day and night drives and seasonal boating take in the diverse wildlife in this remote place on the ground, or a hot air balloon ride by air. This intimate camp has just four tents set under leafy fig trees. The main area – under canvas – is a favourite space amongst guests, particularly at sunrise when the rising mist gradually reveals masses of lechwe and puku dotted across the floodplain. Dining also takes place under the canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, romantically lighting up dinner.
Due to its remoteness and shortened tourism season – our presence is critical for the survival of this fragile ecosystem through the support of anti-poaching activities and employment.
The River Club is defined by the value we attach to lasting memories, genuine hospitality, the historical preservation of Livingstone, Zambia, and our commitment to our local community. We offer a truly authentic local experience within the context of Livingstone and the natural heritage of the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls with an unrivalled presence. Our mission is achieved when engaging service, synergy with our community and attention to detail elevate each stay - turning moments into memories for our guests. Eleven spacious, private suites are individually set within the tree line along the edge of the magnificent Zambezi River. From their elevated positions, the suites are perfectly situated to gaze across the river to the Zambezi National Park on the opposite bank.
Royal Chundu Zambezi Island Lodge, the "meeting place of the Chief", is a destination of absolute solitude and unspoiled beauty.
This breathtaking lodge is situated on a private and exclusive island, overlooking the majestic watercourse and surrounding bushveld. Incredibly, Royal Chundu is positioned on a piece of untamed Africa with rapids protecting it up and downstream. The sights and sounds of Africa serve to invigorate the senses and enhance the blissful solitude.
Journey back in time, stroll through David Livingstone's backyard and discover the essence of Africa as it was intended.
Spacious suites and lounging areas masterfully blend colonial elegance and African charm, offering 4 private suites on the Katombora Island.
Thorntree River Lodge is set in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short distance from the famous Victoria Falls. Thorntree River Lodge has been completely rebuilt with an environmentally-conscious design. Drawing inspiration from local customs and culture, it is a modern contemporary design with tented roof structures to maintain the feel of authentic Africa. The lodge boasts 12 twin rooms with 2 sets of interleading units. Each unit has its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a luxurious private plunge pool. The main lodge consists of a lounge with an open dining area, where the fine dining experience of African cuisine will come to life. A gym and spa overlook the mighty Zambezi River.
Sindabezi Island is unique – the discerning traveler’s best kept secret. An idyllic, exclusive camp on our very own private isle on the Zambezi River it is the only luxury bush camp from where Victoria Falls can comfortably be explored. Experience the large number of activities in the area during the day and return to a tranquil haven, a thousand light years away from the bustle at night. Sindabezi Island is currently one of the top 10 eco lodges in Africa according to Fodor’s.
Sindabezi has only five open-sided thatched cottages, allowing guests to soak up the sights and sounds of the African bush in the perfect, pristine setting. Views across the flood plains of the Zambezi and into the nearby National Park complete the experience.
Blending perfectly within the lush surrounds of the Zambezi River bank, aha The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa offers superb Victoria Falls accommodation nearby this impressive natural wonder of the world. Guests of this hotel near Livingstone, are treated to the glorious naturescape, luxury bush accommodation in Zambia, and Zambezi River cruises. This luxurious Zambia hotel with river-facing rooms ensures each guest enjoys the same serene views that once captivated David Livingstone, the intrepid explorer and missionary who was the first European to set eyes on the Falls. Be sure to dine at aha The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa’s Kalai Restaurant to experience some of the finest Afro-Arabian fusion.
Chundukwa River Lodge is an owner-operated lodge offering accommodation in 5 river-front chalets, and a 3-bedroomed cottage, all with spectacular views over the Zambezi River. What sets Chundukwa apart is the personal touches – every detail of the Chundukwa experience is managed by the owners and their team to ensure you experience the true soul of the Zambezi. Located just 25km from Livingstone and the Victoria Falls, Chundukwa offers a tranquil retreat from the bustling tourist centres, while still being close enough to enjoy all the activities available. Guests can also enjoy Chundukwa's in-house activities including sunset river cruises, horse riding and a private guided tour of Victoria Falls and Livingstone.
Sausage Tree Camp is set in the most stunning location on the banks of the Zambezi River in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park's best game viewing area. Voted "Best Location in Africa" 2016 the camp overlooks an expanse of narrow channels and low set reed islands teeming with game, with the magnificent Zambezi escarpment as the backdrop. Guaranteed private guiding, activities include day and night game drives, walking safaris, canoeing, boating and fishing.
With a maximum of 18 guests accommodated in 7 "Luxury Suites" consist of lounge & dining areas, large deck and private plunge pool. The Kigelia family tent is made up of 2 ensuite bedrooms joined together by an open plan dining & lounge area and private plunge pool.
The Cumings Family own and run one of Africa's finest safari operations with their two sensational camps: Chiawa Camp, and Old Mondoro in Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park; and are now also running Puku Ridge in the South Luangwa National Park all under the Chiawa Safaris brand. Each of these safari camps offer an authentic experiential safari, where the focus is on the bush, the wildlife, and you. A multi-award winning safari operation offering a unique haven of warmth and hospitality, dedicated to making your safari dreams come true. Zambia’s premier luxury safari camp, Chiawa, boasts an out-of-this-world setting, with spectacular views over the Zambezi River and its resident wildlife. Allow yourself to indulge in decadent cuisine, personalised service and a vast array of activities.
Wake up to birdsong as the sun rises over the Zambezi River, reflecting the colours all around you. Listen to playful vervet monkeys scampering in the canopy as you watch elephants feed on the seed pods dropped from a nearby tree. Named after indigenous plants growing in the area, the Cassia and Albida Suites are nestled under ancient towering trees at the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers. The one-bedroom Cassia Suite is a private suite for two, perfect for honeymooners and couples. Both have en-suite open air bathrooms with a clawfoot bath, a canopied lounge and dining area, a pool overlooking the river, a fire pit and a dedicated butler.
Very few places on earth offer the absolute freedom and untouched wilderness as the National Parks of Zambia in Southern Africa. Lower Zambezi, the first carbon neutral National Park in the world, provides a platform for unforgettable, unspoiled wildlife experiences on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. This piece of Africa combines a diversity of natural wonders, creating a wildlife rich landscape between the backdrop of the Zambezi escarpment and one of the world’s most intriguing rivers. This incredible phenomenon forms a natural wildlife corridor – boasting a profusion of wildlife and sanctuary sculpted by Mother Nature herself.
The four tented camp, perched on the edge of a high bank above a channel of the Zambezi, is the perfect intimate experience of the wild. Whether you take the whole camp for a big group, or just one tent for two, you can relax in true style, watching the river go by. Connected by a raised walkway, the tents are spacious and beautifully designed, with an indoor bathroom and private sitting room as well as a covered balcony overlooking the river. Two rooms are arranged to function as a connected family tent, making it perfect for small groups and families wanting to share this most exclusive and authentic safari adventure.
Our newly opened camp in the vast 8,000 acre private conservancy of the game management area outside Lower Zambezi National Park is the perfect first stop of the exceptional Zambezi Experience. With outstanding views of the majestically towering escarpment and the tranquil river below and across to the stunning vista of Mana Pools, Kayila has it all: beautiful game in private luxury. Led by experienced and passionate guides, guests can enjoy walks through the property from “River to Ridge” or sleep out under the stars above a watering hole to fully experience the nocturnal magic of Kayila.
If you are looking for secluded, understated luxury then look no further. This intimate, family friendly camp in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park has it all. A variety of activities led by some of the best Guides in the business, exceptional wildlife viewing and a location that is second to none. The Camp consists of 1 main Front of House dining, lounge and bar area which leads (via raised timber walkways) to guest accommodation: 3 Safari Tents and a Two-bedroom Family Tent. The 3 Safari Tents are extremely spacious and have en-suite bathrooms with twin showers, twin basins and a full size four-claw bath tub. Large Rosewood folding doors lead onto a verandah which hosts a 2-person hammock and a private plunge pool and panoramic views over the Zambezi River.
About an hour east downstream by boat from sister camp Chiawa, Old Mondoro is located in the wonderfully open area of Faidherbia Forest. The camp is a far simpler affair than Chiawa yet the guiding levels, activity choice, service and excellent home-cooking remain on par.
The comfortable rooms are strung out along a hippo-friendly channel off the Zambezi, enjoying great views with their half-height walls and timber decks. Activities at Old Mondoro focus on game drives, walks, canoeing and boating, though the elephant and hippo activity around camp are enough to encourage a lodge-based safari!
Delicious meals are served fireside or in the open-sided thatched dining room, and star-gazing in this remote spot makes a perfect pastime.
The vast mosaic of grassy seasonal floodplains extending to the horizon, mist rising at sunrise, epitomises the wild, remote Busanga Plains. Its diversity can be discovered on game Puku Ridge Camp is in a remote part of the South Luangwa NP, overlooking a wildlife-rich lagoon where there is seemingly always something to see. The camp was rebuilt completely in 2019 after its purchase from Sanctuary Retreats by Chichele Safaris and is a collaboration with Chiawa Safaris of Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro repute. With this comes "Best in Africa" award winning hospitality and guiding.
The design is African canvas/chic style and the camp blends in completely with its gorgeous, wild environment. This is a luxury camp with every comfort yet it is intimate and friendly with just eight tents, and offers the authentic safari experience that many people long for.
Lion Camp by Mantis is a privately owned safari lodge in one of the best safari locations in Zambia. It is built on the edge of an oxbow lagoon which attracts a wide variety of wildlife. Game viewing in and around camp is spectacular with lions, leopards, wild dogs, large herds of elephant and buffalo, the highest concentration of hippo in Africa, incredible bird viewing, and plentiful sightings of the unique Thornicroft’s Giraffe, Cookson’s Wildebeest and Crawshay’s Zebra. Savannas, woodlands and the meandering Luangwa River form the backdrop to this amazing part of the South Luangwa.
Walking safaris and game drives at Lion Camp are expertly led by some of South Luangwa’s best guides. Located far away from the Mfuwe Gate, Lion Camp offers a truly exclusive safari experience with an abundance of game and few other safari vehicles.
In an enviable location on the edge of a lagoon where hippo chortle and elephant wallow, stands Chindeni – undoubtedly one of the most beautiful tented camps in the South Luangwa. There’s something about sleeping under canvas that ignites a sense of adventure in everyone. At Chindeni you can combine that thrill with style and comfort in one of its four opulent tents. Gaze out from your private veranda onto the lagoon which attracts birds and animals from miles around. Or settle back with a gin-and-tonic in the central lounge and dining area – a glorious expanse of varnished decking arranged on several levels around the surrounding ebony trees, boasting, of course, the same spectacular view of the serene lagoon and its inhabitants.
Located amongst rolling plains, plateaus, river banks and miombo vegetation, built in 2017 by only local villagers from rural Mfuwe area, guided by the German / Swiss owners couple, Chikunto Safari Lodge is renowned for its surviving wildlife species, providing breath taking scenery and game viewing right from its sweeping terrace and your doorstep. The main area incorporates reception, dining area, bar and lounge under a thatch roof. Out-side just some steps away, there is a big fire pit to sit around and enjoy your drink before or after dinner. The salt-water (no chlorine) swimming pool has a counter-current system for those who wants to do some exercise.
The 5 luxury rooms are overlooking the Luangwa River.
Bilimungwe Bushcamp is a cosy camp offering an authentic safari experience in the knowledgeable hands of an award-winning guide. The heart of camp is the rustic lounge area set beneath a huge winterthorn tree and looking out over a shady waterhole – an establishment favoured by local warthogs, elephant and other thirsty game. When it comes to wildlife-watching at Bilimungwe, it’s hard to know where to look first – choose from the tangle of mahogany trees surrounding camp, the nearby plain where leopard prowl, the popular waterhole, or the open waters of the Luangwa River. Put simply, this is a nature-lover’s paradise, and with Manda Chisanga – Bilimungwe’s award-winning resident guide – to lead you, you could not be in better hands.
Set on the banks of the shallow, spring-fed Kapamba River, Kapamba is surrounded by some of the South Luangwa National Park’s richest wildlife. Watching an elephant take a dip in the river can be quite an experience when you’re lounging in your own private plunge pool. The central bar and dining room is positioned under a huddle of matumi and sausage trees, with a wide deck that stretches out with views of the Kapamba River. And if that’s still not close enough for you, why not enjoy your G&T from the middle of the river itself, your feet dipped in the cool, crystal shallows.
Two of the chalets are twins (2 queen-sized beds) and two are doubles (king-sized bed). Kapamba has the longest season of our Bushcamps and is open from April to January.
Ease yourself into Luangwa life with a stay at the award winning Mfuwe Lodge. Set inside the park, just five minutes’ drive from the main gate, the lodge’s allure is instantly obvious. Beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany, its thatched buildings are arranged around the banks of two lagoons where an endless stream of wildlife will keep you enthralled as you lounge on the open deck or take a dip in the swimming pool. The airy interior of the lodge is an exquisite complement to its natural surroundings. This region of the park is renowned for its prolific game – giraffe, buffalo, antelope, crocodile are constant visitors to Mfuwe Lodge’s lagoon, whilst in November the local elephants regularly wander right through the lobby, lured by a nearby wild mango tree.
Flatdogs Camp is on the border of the South Luangwa National Park, one of the last great wildlife wonders of the world. The South Luangwa National Park is one of the last great wildlife wonders of the world. It is nine thousand square kilometers (3,475 square miles) of pristine wilderness in Zambia‘s Eastern Province. The South Luangwa has been visited by wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world since its creation as a National Park in 1972 because it offers a safari experience unmatched by any others. The Park has year round access, open game viewing vehicles, walking safaris and night game drives.
Flatdogs Camp offers a range of different accommodation options to suit all budgets and tastes, from private houses to family chalets and safari tents, there's something for everyone.