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Puku Ridge Tours

Located on a rocky ridge, the lodge offers guests glorious, and possibly the best views over the Luangwa Valley where the floodplain is adorned with endless wildlife. The 8 rooms are large and spacious with everything you could need including your own plunge pool. Puku Ridge offers both game drives and walking safaris with top class guides who will WOW you with their knowledge of the bush.

Luxury Rooms

The 8 luxurious rooms are canvased and thatched with a large deck that offers guests that all important game viewing from the comfort of your own space. There are indoor and outdoor showers, private plunge pools and the very unique star/day bed tower. Enjoy the star bed at night and listen to the nocturnal sounds of the African bush, a wonderful addition to your experience here.


Due to its setting and offering a vantage point which is very unique, you can enjoy the game from the lodge itself. The location too offers the opportunity to enjoy game drives in the south of the park, which is generally undisturbed, or head up north where the game is plentiful. It is great to have the choice of the two areas to enjoy and see what the valley has to offer.

The Views

Although you get to go out and enjoy the activities, when you want some down time, enjoy the sights around you in comfort, from your very own deck. The lodge is beautifully designed and offers panoramic views over the floodplain which is teaming with wildlife, day or night. Watch as the antelope graze, the monkeys play and continue to entertain, and if you are lucky and patient you may even get the chance to see some cats wander through.

LOW Season: 1 Apr – 30 Jun & 16 Oct – 30 Nov

HIGH Season: 1 Jul – 15 Oct

CLOSED: 1 Jan – 31 Mar & 1 – 31 Dec



  • Lush green scenery and best sunsets
  • Flowers, birds and baby animals galore
  • Few tourists
  • Cheaper rates


  • Beautiful green scenery after rains
  • Fantastic photography opportunities
  • Dry weather
  • Mild temperatures


  • Dry scenery, best for spotting game
  • Abundant wildlife – fewer water sources
  • Warm/hot temperatures
  • Prime time for walking safaris

Category Ranges:
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation.

  • Fabulous safari camp

    The view from this special place is absolutely sensational, right across a huge open plain, with the bush in the distance. The game rides were riveting; we saw elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, monkeys, baboons, zebra, impala, bullocks, wort hogs and even rarely seen wild pigs. Plus of course limitless beautiful birds and butterflies. Due to the skill of our brilliant guide, Alec, we were able to get really close to some of the animals.

  • Very Relaxing and Quiet

    We stayed at Puku Ridge as one of three other lodges. It was excellent. Very peaceful with a great view from the rooms and social area over the plains. In comparison to other camps we found it much quieter and being in the park we saw far less other 4x4s when on drives. We had dramatic experiences being part of lion and wild dog hunting during the evening. The food was excellent and guiding very good standard especially with Alick.

  • South Luangwa Perfection

    We have stayed at Puku Ridge 3 times now and each time we leave determined to return. It’s a magical place, as much so for the care and warmth received from the Puku team as for the South Luangwa landscape and wildlife. The wildlife is fabulous. South Luangwa has the advantage of being a big park, which I think provides a wide range of experiences – and Puku is in the park so you get to animals quickly. It also has a view over a waterhole and you can see animals as you dine and from your room.

    Sally A

Fast Facts

  • Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
  • Internet connection:WiFi
  • Fans/Air ConFan and 'Evening Breeze' air-con system
  • Number of rooms:8 Tents
  • Child policy:12+ years
  • Swimming poolYes (private plunge pools)

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