The south Luangwa region of Zambia is one of the most game rich regions in the country. It has one of the highest concentrations of the African leopard, as well the endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe, as well as large prides of lion. Zambia is blessed with some of the finest camps and lodges in Africa which in turn have some of the best guides on the whole continent. This is what makes Zambia such a beacon for those who would like to do walking.
A number of truly wonderful bush camps exist in the south Luangwa National Park (as well as Kafue and the lower Zambezi National Park and the north Luangwa National Park).
Our favourite bush camps are still owner managed, imparting that wonderful, homely feel as well as allowing one to feel much closer to the bush and nature. These camps tend to be made from reed and thatch, and the camps tend to cater for just a handful of guests, whichimbues an intimate and personal atmosphere. Meals are eaten communally as everyone discusses the highlights of their day.
Some of the camps are raised on stilts, looking out over waterholes and salt licks, affording breathtaking views, whilst others look out over rivers. The days can be spent either just walking or having a combination of both walking and game drives.
Another real feature is the advent of the hides. This is a real coup for any visitor who is interested in photography, or birds, or simply spending time just observing wildlife and their behaviour. Walk to your hide and spend time photographing or simply appreciating the fragility of the wildlife at a waterhole, watching the nervous flickering of an antelope’s tail as it bends down to drink, permanently on the lookout for predators. You are so close you could even touch the tip of an elephant’s trunk. Or perhaps float on the river close to a carmine bee eater’s nest.
These camps are simply lovely and one can walk from the one to the other. They are perfect for people who want to simply spend a night or two walking, but being in relative comfort.
Others simply prefer the simplicity of a bush camp whilst out in Africa, as it is so authentic and one feels more in tune with one’s environment.
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