South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa was founded as a game reserve in 1938, it became a national park in 1972 and now covers 9,050km2. The park is located in eastern Zambia, the southernmost of three national parks in the valley of the Luangwa River.

South Luangwa National Park has been named one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. This isn’t without reason, visit South Luangwa and you will see an abundance of wildlife, especially around the Luangwa River.

The Bushcamp Company


Zungulila is a remote and peaceful camp located in the south of the park. Based near natural springs it attracts huge herds of plains game which in turn attract the predators! With just four Meru style tents and relaxing outdoor baths, you can enjoy your creature comforts whilst spotting them…


Set in the south of the valley, it is set upon the Kapamba River edge. Kapamba comprises of just four chalets. The chalets are open but remain secluded with massive baths and plunge pools, perfect to lounge and observe the wildness of the bush from.


Bilimungwe is a rustic yet elegant camp, the thatch fits perfectly into the landscape among the ebony trees, three waterholes and the river, it is a paradise for the animals as well as guests.


Chindeni has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment. They have done a wonderful job, it is both elegant and modern. The camp overlooks an oxbow lagoon, which is packed with wildlife and birdlife, which you can view from the split-level decking in the main area.


Chamilandu is one of the Bushcamp Company’s bush camps. A small intimate camp set among a gorgeous ebony grove on the banks of the river, it is stylish yet comfortable. There are just three thatched chalets set up on stilts allowing animals to wander underneath and giving you a great view of the surrounding bush.


A rustic and authentic camp set on a normally dry riverbed, perfect for walking. Kuyenda Bush Camp is simple yet charming with a true back to nature feel. There are views stretching over the riverbed and nearby plain. Where there is plenty of wildlife to spot around camp making it an intimate safari experience.

Mfuwe Lodge

Mfuwe Lodge is, perhaps, one of the best-known lodges in the Luangwa valley, thanks to the elephants that annually walk through reception hoping to steal the mangoes at the back of the dining area. This incredible event occurs from late October through early December.

Robin Pope Safaris

RPS Mobile Walking Safari

If you love walking safaris then this is the ultimate experience for you. Combine adventure with comfort as you explore the bush, on foot. You will walk from camp spot to camp spot and track animals through the foliage. The trek begins just after sun rise, before it gets too hot! During this time, you […]

Tena Tena

Tena Tena was the first camp Robin Pope opened, it is a perfect mix of comfort and bush! There is a firm focus on walking safaris at Tena Tena, it has developed a fantastic reputation and boasts a strong record of return customers. Thanks to the abundant wildlife in the area and the location of the […]


Built-in 1951 this camp has a rich history in one of the first protected areas of the park. Subsequently, sightings are frequent and the animals are not skittish. If you are looking for some good close up photos this is the place to base yourself. Robin Pope took over this camp over 20 years ago […]

Luangwa Safari House

This impressive Luangwa Safari House sits on the edge of a lagoon with the Chindeni hills for a backdrop, overlooking the national park. This is the ultimate retreat for a group wanting to do its own thing without other guests. Each of the four spacious rooms has an en-suite bathroom and private veranda. It is […]

Robin’s House

Originally the home of Robin Pope himself, it has now been turned into a family house for the families that want privacy and exclusivity. With its own kitchen and chef, private vehicle and guide it is fully self contained (although just down from Nkwali, should you need the swimming pool!). This is one of the […]

Luangwa River Camp

Based just outside the park but entered by boat. This hidden piece of paradise is perfect for those who want more of a lodge than a tent. Although Luangwa River Camp is in the busy area of the Mfuwe sector, this lodge is hidden away, a little upstream, and is a gem of secluded paradise that only […]


Nkwali is one of those bushcamps you keep coming back to. Set downriver from the main entrance, much like Luangwa River Camp, you can access the park by boat across the river. This camp is a hippo haven! From the numerous hippo highways that make their way up the bank through pathways by the room to […]

Remote Africa Safaris

Chikoko Trails & Crocodile Camp

These two walking camps, right in the north of South Luangwa, are the perfect place to go walking. With no roads in this area you will only bump into the wildlife, not other people! Based along the river pathway, the game is good here and not too skittish to those on foot but cautious enough […]


Tafika Camp, run by Remote Africa Safaris, is in the very north of South Luangwa. Just outside the park boundary, we canoed across the river to reach camp. Tafika is family owned and run, you can often find yourself being hosted by John and Carol themselves, recalling tales of life in the bush. They have […]

Time and Tide

Time + Tide Nsolo

Nsolo is a rustic bush camp which encompasses barefoot luxury. The camp gets back to nature with all the comforts but without being over the top. Keeping the charm of a bygone era, it continues to appeal to passionate walkers who want to be in the bush as it was first discovered. To give an authentic […]

Time + Tide Mchenja

Mchenja, the most luxurious of the Time + Tide bush camps, is hidden in an ebony grove overlooking the Luangwa River. It is a small and intimate bush camp that has all the luxuries you will need for an adventure in the bush. Each of the spacious light and airy chalets has large cosy beds, […]

Time + Tide Luwi

Luwi is one of five Time + Tide camps in South Luangwa, it is their most rustic and remote camp, located in the northern section of the park. The camp is based next to a grove of stunning mahogany trees near a flood plain. It is an exclusive camp, there are just five thatched chalets, […]

Time + Tide Kakuli

Kakuli is a beautiful camp, overlooking the Luangwa River. The camp is recently refurbished, the stunning suites are huge thatched villas, which are completely exposed to the wildlife. A welcome addition to the family villa is the addition of a second bathroom so you don’t have to share. The camp is in an area that is […]

Time + Tide Chinzombo

If you want luxury in the bush look no further than Chinzombo! By far the most glamorous boutique lodge in the valley, it is like staying in a 5-star hotel in the wilderness. From the excellent staff who are attentive to your every need to the incredible food the chefs serve to your incredibly spacious […]


Three Rivers Camp

Three Rivers Camp is Kafunta’s superior bush camp in the south of South Luangwa. Set away from other lodges and camps, this is a luxury bush camp set on the afflux of the three rivers running through South Luangwa. The star beds are the real draw here, at no extra cost you can choose to sleep […]

Island Bush Camp

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 […]

Kafunta River Lodge

Kafunta River Lodge is a family owned, great value, lodge, perched on a river bank of the park boundary. Overlooking a huge marsh it is a wildlife paradise and an excellent place to start your Luangwa adventure.

Shenton Safaris


Mwamba Camp is the sister camp to Kaingo owned by Shenton Safaris and is a proper “bush camp”. The four thatched chalets have open (but private) bathrooms so you can see the wild bush around you as you wash off the dust from your activities. It has all the comforts you would need along with an […]


Kaingo is the main camp owned by Shenton Safaris. A luxury lodge based in the middle of the bush, in the quieter northern sector of South Luangwa, it is a photographer’s dream. Shenton excels itself with their range of unique hides and sleep out spots. Encouraging you to get up close and personal they have a […]


Crocodile Nest

Situated a couple of minutes from Flatdogs main camp, the ‘Croc Nest' is an exclusive tented chalet perfect for families and small groups. Opened in 2015 Crocodile Nest offers secluded safari accommodation overlooking Luangwa River with two large en-suite bedrooms separated by a spacious lounge containing several comfortable sofas, a polished wooden dining table, a […]

Jackalberry Treehouse

Located a few minutes from Flatdogs main camp, the two-roomed Jackalberry Treehouse is an excellent option for those seeking an exclusive stay in South Luangwa. Wild and unique, the Treehouse is built on a wooden deck raised about two meters off the ground and wrapped around three stunning ebony trees. Entering from the back through […]

Flatdogs Camp

Once known for camping, Flatdogs Camp is now a comfortable and reasonably-priced lodge set in a beautiful location on the banks of the Luangwa River. Flatdogs is extremely well known and appreciated by all in the Luangwa Valley. With four different accommodation types from basic to luxury, you can find ideal lodging in an idyllic spot.

Green Safaris

Shawa Luangwa Camp

One of South Luangwa’s newest camps, Shawa Luangwa Camp was constructed in 2020. It is situated on the Eastern bank of the Luangwa River and takes its name from the legendary Luangwa guide, Jacob Shawa who has been deeply connected to the park since he first started as a guide here many years ago. Take […]



Chikunto Safari Lodge is a new lodge to South Luangwa, opened in April 2018. It is one to visit before the crowds come. In a prime location between the north and middle sections of the park, you can cover a lot of ground in a day which is prime for sightings not that you need to […]

Lion Camp

Lion Camp

Recently refurbished and reopened in 2018, Lion Camp is among the more luxurious lodges in South Luangwa. With a heavy influence from lodges in South Africa, you can expect great service, great food and great guiding with the opulence of a boutique hotel in the bush. There are 10 rooms along the floodplain. The lodge is set […]

Chiawa Safaris

Puku Ridge

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 […]

Nkonzi Camp

Nkonzi Camp

Nkonzi Camp is a classic Zambian bush camp perfectly suited to safari experts. Nkonzi is owned and run by Gavin Opie, a highly experienced safari guide who has lived in Zambia for over 20 years. Together with his small and dedicated team, Gavin prioritises exceptional safari guiding. Guests will be immersed in the safari experience – […]

Croc Valley Camp

Croc Valley Camp

Croc Valley Camp is the place to go if you are wanting to visit South Luangwa on a budget. Cheap and cheerful it is everything a backpacker would need. From the campsite to the en-suite tents there are a variety of accommodations to suit any budget. Set on the banks of the Luangwa River at the […]

Track and Trail River Camp

Track and Trail River Camp

Track and Trail River Camp is a wonderful lodge owned and run by the famous Luangwa photographer Peter Gerhards. Set by the busier but game rich Mfuwe sector the camp is often full of animals and game drives are rich with sightings. The spacious and luxury chalets offer a haven within the wilderness and Peter is […]



Mapazi, located in the far North Eastern section of South Luangwa National Park, bordering the banks of the Luangwa River, is a simple bush camp that has an authentic safari feel to it. No frills, back to basics and comfortable. This is a lovely walking ONLY camp for one to explore this part of the […]

Thornicroft Lodge

Thornicroft Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Luangwa River in the wildlife rich Mfuwe sector, this lodge is the perfect place for those on a tighter budget to experience the Valley of the Leopards! The rooms all look out onto the river providing excellent hippo and croc viewing throughout the day and offer the chance to […]

Wildlife Camp

Wildlife Camp

Wildlife Camp offers an authentic bush experience with exceptional location, fantastic views of the Luangwa River and wildlife often roaming through the camp. Pitch a tent, stay in one of their safari tents or their more upmarket chalets, there's something for everyone including delectable food, and world class guiding.

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