Island Bush Camp is one of Kafunta’s bush camps in the south of South Luangwa. Island Bush Camp is a rustic bush camp set on the banks of the Luangwa River where you can get back to nature and experience unspoilt African wilderness with stunning views of the river and the Luangwa Valley.
With just 5 chalets, this remote camp offers complete seclusion and specialises in walking safaris. Each thatched chalet is open to the elements so you can see into the bush both by day and by moonlight.
“What a special spot. An absolute digital detox, your mind just takes a huge breath of fresh air and all your worries from back home slink away. Normally glued to my phone I packed it away in my suitcase and forgot to even think about it. The camp here really is back to basics but it’s such a fun and adventurous experience – I had an elephant grumbling next to my head on the other side of the thatched walls of my room during the night! Martin the guide here was an absolute legend, an amazing sense of humour and the wisdom and passion that comes with 21 years of guiding experience in Luangwa. Great activities, great staff (shout out to Maybin, their awesome waiter), great location (no other vehicles to be seen, it’s just you and the wild), and a great experience – I can’t wait to bring my husband, he’ll love it.”
Last visited by Gabi, Marketing & Sales, October 2019
“Love the back to basics rustic bush camp in a stunning location, especially no wifi perfect for a digital detox. Amazing sunsets often with an elephant crossing… Tasty Food/ friendly staff and all round love the wild ambience of Islands Bush Camp.”
Mike Varndell, Managing Founder
LOW Season: 25 May – 30 Jun
HIGH Season: 1 Jul – 31 Oct
CLOSED: 1 Jan – 24 May & 1 Nov – 31 Dec
Travelled here after Kafunta Lodge. It’s a bit wilder and you certainly feel closer to the wildlife but, if anything, the accomodation is even better than Kafunta. Our ‘tent’ was fabulous and came with a sleeping platform to spend a night our under the stars. The staff were excellent and I particularly enyed the communal dining, which gave us a great opportunity to get to know the other guests and swap safari stories. The camp manager, TJ, was a wonderful host who really seemed to care about his guests and his staff. Highly recommended.
Great place for a quiet couple of nights appreciating the african bush. Not the density of game seen at other parts of South Luangwa but a wonderful different experience. Whilst we were there an elephant wandered through camp to eat the palm nuts that he shook down – amazing!
Everything was unreal. The guides Andrew and Chapuma had so much knowledge and patience and made sure we saw everything and we did. Food , wines, sundownders, walks, night noises, views, people WOW all top. These places were recommended to us and we will make sure we recommend to others. A MUST to do.
We stayed here in conjunction with a stay at Kafunte Lodge and it is a perfect combination. Island Bush Camp is small, quiet (apart from the ever present hippo orchestra but who can complain about being woken up by hippos) and beautifully simple. I loved the experience of the open-fronted huts, the paraffin lamps, and the bush showers. But don’t worry it is very comfortable. The food is great. The walking was good and put the safari experience into a different perspective that was both more relaxed and more exciting. Klaus is a wonderful host.