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South Luangwa National Park

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Accommodation

Our Authentic South Luangwa lodges

South Luangwa lodges rank among the most authentic and remotely-set safari accommodations in southern Africa. Ranging from thatched lodges with sumptuous suites to candle-lit tented camps, lodges in the South Luangwa have matured over the years into eco-sensitive and beautifully designed camps with as much comfort and convenience as you need.

Several lodges are extremely small and intimate – perfect for honeymooners – while others are suitable for families and groups of friends. Activities at lodges focus on game drives and walks, and you’ll be in the hands of some of the best guides in the business. Lodges located outside the park are able to offer extra activities like boating, night drives and cultural tours. Note that some lodges have been designed as accommodation for extended walking safaris; these seasonal camps are basic but very comfortable and you’ll have a private shower and toilet.

Browse our recommended South Luangwa lodges below or simply contact us for more information on suitability and booking.

Kuyenda Bushcamp
Kuyenda Bushcamp
In Short: Excellent value-for-money Bushcamp
Location: South Luangwa NP, Zambia
Set beneath shady trees by the Manzi River, it embodies the authentic charm of old Africa with its cluster of traditional thatched grass huts and back-to-nature feel. There are 6 rondaval raised chalets with large comfortable beds under mosquito nets. As for the wildlife, you hardly need look for it as it will come to you. Settle down in the lounge and look out over the rippling grasses of the neighbouring plain where the drama of the African wilderness is played out each day.
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USD 470p/p sharing
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Chamilandu Bushcamp
Chamilandu Bushcamp
In Short: Walking safaris and game drives around Chamilandu
Location: South Luangwa, Zambia
There are just three stilted chalets at this exclusive camp, overlooking the Luangwa River. Each has its own raised veranda to loll on during the heat of the day, and an open-fronted en-suite bathroom with the same magnificent views over the tranquil waters. The black mosquito nets seem to disappear when you look through them, and there's nothing quite like showering under the stars and the grove of ebony trees surrounding you. The hide overlooks a watering hole frequented by a wide variety of wildlife. Chamilandu is open from June to November and has capacity for just six guests.
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USD 605p/p sharing
Chinzombo
Chinzombo
In Short: South Luangwa’s standard-setting luxury lodge
Location: South Luangwa NP, Zambia
Elegant design & genuine luxury come together at this top-end accommodation. Built around its 6 sumptuous villas, Chinzombo promises a very exclusive & intimate experience, ideal for honeymooners & small private groups.
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USD 900p/p sharing
Nsolo Bush Camp
Tena Tena
Tena Tena
In Short: Great all-round camp next to Luangwa River
Location: South Luangwa, Zambia
Overlooking a hippo-filled bend of the river, this eco-friendly camp offers grand tented suites that look out over a productive waterhole. Game drives & walks are augmented by a visit to a village to meet the local community.
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USD 630p/p sharing
Mchenja Camp
Mchenja Camp
In Short: South Luangwa’s most luxurious bush camp
Location: South Luangwa NP, Zambia
Whether you visit Mchenja as part of a multi-day walking safari or as a stand-alone camp, you’ll enjoy an authentic wilderness experience without compromising on comfort. It’s a great choice for honeymooners too.
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USD 685p/p sharing
Flatdogs Jackalberry Tree House
Flatdogs Jackalberry Tree House
In Short: Unique & luxurious 4-sleeper accommodation
Location: South Luangwa, Zambia
Built around riverside trees on the park’s border, this comfortable lodge is the ideal base from which to begin your South Luangwa safari. The Tree House is set apart from the rest of the camp & offers privacy for families or two couples.
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USD 215p/p sharing
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What To Do

Activities to Look Forward to

1. Go on a Game Drive

Morning drives see the Luangwa at its crisp-edged best with predators on the move; afternoon drives end with sunset drinks before a spot-lit drive back to camp to catch nocturnal creatures on the prowl.

2. Walk the Luangwa

It’s how this park made its name: being on foot in big game territory. You’ll be led by some of Africa’s best & most experienced guides, enjoying anything from short walks to multi-day adventures.

3. Search for Predators

The South Luangwa has a high density of lions & enjoys a reputation for excellent leopard sightings. Spotted hyena, jackal & crocodile are all resident, as are endangered African wild dogs.

4. Enjoy a View for Two

With a range of idyllic lodges to choose from, the South Luangwa does romance too. Honeymooners & couples celebrating a special occasion can look forward to indulgent suites, private views & table-for-two dining.

5. Go Bird Watching

Over 400 bird species makes the South Luangwa a bird watcher’s paradise. Serious birders visit in summer when migrant birds arrive but there is plenty year round to keep everyone interested.

6. Bring the Family

Several South Luangwa lodges welcome children, offering family accommodation along with child-friendly safari activities, childminders & meals at convenient times.

7. Go on a Photo Safari

Let our guides use their knowledge of the bush and of photography to manoeuvre you into the best positions. They understand that considerations of light and composition are essential for any photographer. Getting guests up close to the animals is our aim.

8. Explore by Night

Spot-lit drives are the only way to see Africa’s elusive nocturnal animals & one of the best ways to see South Luangwa’s cats. Evening drives deliver all the action, returning you to camp for supper.

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