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Lion Camp

South Luangwa National Park

Days 1 - 5: South Luangwa National Park

Lion Camp Location Map

Lion Camp is a stylish, unique and independent lodge situated in a remote part of the South Luangwa National Park, with abundant and uncongested game viewing on the doorstep. Lion Camp is also distinguished by its friendly staff, personalised service and excellent food.

Located 40 km upstream from the main Mfuwe Gate, and on the banks of an oxbow lagoon or 'wafwa', which retains a small amount of water all year, the lodge looks out onto open grassland. By day the plain is frequented by grazing mammals, and by night it becomes a hunting ground for lions.

All safari activities are led by qualified guides who will educate and enlighten you in the secrets of the Park. Game drives are conducted in open Land Rovers. Walking safaris are accompanied by an experienced and armed escort scout.

An infinity swimming pool, lower deck with sun loungers, central bar and fireplace are located in the main lodge area, along with a library and small shop. 

Mealtimes at Lion Camp are social occasions and are highly convivial, with fabulous food and plenty of stories from your Lion Camp hosts. Lunch is buffet style, and the evening meal is plated.

Lion Camp has 8 luxury suites. with canvas walls and a thatch room. During the day, the netting at the front of the tent can be tied back to access a shaded private deck directly from the bedroom. Bathrooms are off to the side to provide more privacy, whilst ensuring an unobstructed view out. Evening breeze cooling units have been installed for maximum comfort in the hotter months. These units along with the rest of the camp are solar-powered.

The 2 private deluxe suites maximise the prime locations at the end of the camp.They are similar in design to the luxury suites but are larger and have secluded outdoor bathtubs. The Lagoon Suite can be either twin or double and an extra bed can be added to accommodate a young child. The Sunset Suite is the honeymoon suite. It has one king-size bed and a large wrap-around deck with 180 degree views of the plain. It is the furthest suite from the main area of the camp and its seclusion makes it perfect for honeymoon couples.

Example Details For Lion Camp

Nights: 5 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Suite (Stay 5/Pay 4 offer applied)
Includes: All meals and local drinks; shared safari activities and a laundry service are included. PLEASE NOTE: Imported wines; premium spirits and champagne are not included. Airport transfers are only included for stays of 3 nights or more.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on walking safaris.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

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Lion Camp Location.

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Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 7 years and older are welcome.

The rooms are all en-suite with 24/7 hot and cold running water, and an outside bath. They also have a viewing deck, free Wi-Fi, hairdryers, in-room safe, mosquito nets and 24/7 lighting and charging facilities.

The main area has a lounge, dining room, swimming pool, fire pit, a well-stocked bar, real size snooker table, coffee station, shopping area and a library.

Activities that are available at Lion Camp include morning/afternoon game drives, bird watching, stat gazing and walking safaris.

A laundry service is included.

All the water at Lion Camp comes from a borehole and is filtered through a state of the art filtration and aeration plant.

In 2018 Lion Camp by Mantis became one of the first carbon neutral safari camps in South Luangwa through purchasing verified carbon offsets from Biocarbon Partners. In line with the its sustainability ethos, this initiative not only neutralises the carbon footprint of Lion Camp's operations but supports the protection of the forests around the national park, benefitting local communities as well as the wildlife inhabiting these areas. Going carbon neutral is the latest step in Lion Camp's efforts to reduce its ecological footprint and ensure minimal impact on the environment.

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on walking safaris. The final decision on whether a guest can join a walking safari remains with the guide and camp manager.

Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park

Days 6 - 9: Lower Zambezi National Park

Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp Location Map

Anabezi is located on the banks of the Zambezi River at the lower end of the Lower Zambezi National Park. The name Anabezi is derived from the many Ana Trees or Winterthorns that surround the camp. These Winterthorns drop corn yellow pods which attract a wide variety of animals to the area including many elephants- always a welcome sight in the camp.

Equipped with 4 person game drive vehicles specifically designed to keep you comfortable and safe. Venture out in the early morning or the late afternoon to witness the glory of the bush. Enjoy a sundowner watching elephants crossing the mighty Zambezi, or your coffee in the morning in the absolute splendour of the Winterthorn forest after an exciting morning tracking lion. If you’d like to spot a leopard, genet or civet cat, you’re most likely to do so on one of the night drives. You might even catch a pride of lions hunting their next feast.

The very best way to get close up and personal with the animals that spend their days in the water is on one of the guided boat safaris. This is also one of the few places in Africa where you can do a canoeing safari. With the gentle lap of water against the canoe, you will be introduced to everything that lives along the riverbanks and in the river. From rare birdlife to hippo pods and lazy crocodiles, it is truly an adventure to remember.

Guests can also explore the wonders of the Zambezi on foot as one of the experienced guides takes you through the Park, explaining the different types and uses of plants and the art of tracking animals.

Whether a keen angler or complete beginner, catching a tiger fish is one for the bucket list which can also be ticked off during your stay here. With a selection of rods, reels and tackle, you will be guided through the cast, play, landing, and of course the trophy shot before releasing the fish back into the water.

The camp is made up of 12 spacious, secluded tented suites, connected by raised walkways so that the game is free to pass in and out of camp, affording you unparalleled sightings from the comfort of your room. Each of the tents has an indoor bathroom and outside shower, in addition to a private plunge pool.

With main viewing decks providing magnificent views of both the Zambezi River and Mushika River flood plain, a swimming pool overlooking the river and central fire-pit to keep you warm as the day turns to night, you’re promised nothing less than stylish luxury.

Example Details For Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Safari Tent (Stay 4/Pay 3 offer applied)
Includes: Park fees; Conservation Levy; all meals; shared safari activities (game drive, walking safari, boat trip, fishing, canoeing); beverages; a laundry service; and airstrip transfers are included.

Children must be 12 years and older to participate in a walking/canoeing safari.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

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Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 08:00 on the day of arrival, and must normally please be vacated by 16:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 2 years and older are welcome.

All rooms have glass sliding doors opening up onto a private deck with a private plunge pool. There is also an indoor bathroom and outdoor shower, and a spacious sitting area. All rooms also have tea/coffee making facilities, a fan, a room safe, a mini bar, a hair dryer, and mosquito nets.

The family room consists of 2 bedrooms, 2 outside bathrooms and one inside bathroom.

Activities include boating/fishing, canoeing, morning and afternoon game drives, night drives, walking safaris and birding trips.

The main lodge area has a swimming pool. Wi-Fi (complimentary) is available in certain areas. In room spa treatments can also be arranged.

Fresh continental breakfasts are served, followed by a generous buffet lunch. Guests may indulge in an afternoon high tea of scrumptious treats and fresh fruits. Dinner is a 3 course plated affair served with some of South Africa’s finest wines.

The camp is approximately a 40 minute drive from Jeki Airstrip (however, guests tend to be taken on a game drive en-route to camp on arrival).

Credit cards are accepted.

Anabezi closes every year between January and the end March.

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children must be 12 years and older to participate in a walking/canoeing safari.

Sussi & Chuma

Victoria Falls - Zambia

Days 10 - 11: Victoria Falls - Zambia

Sussi & Chuma Location Map

Just a short drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend in the Zambezi, right on the edge of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

A walking tour of The Falls is a must for anyone staying here. First described to Europe by explorer David Livingstone and known locally as the Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the Smoke that Thunders”, the Falls make a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the mile wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi. Rainbows constantly form and collapse in the tropical sunlight over the waterfall.

Other activities include game drives in custom-built 4x4 safari vehicles into the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The Park is home to elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, zebra in large numbers and an exciting array of birds. It even has white rhino – the only place in Zambia where they can be seen. Guests may also be lucky enough to see a rare sighting of the wild dog that on occasion pass through the Park.

In addition, there can be few more thrilling ways to experience and understand African wildlife and the bush as a whole than by being on foot on a walking safari. The walking safaris are conducted at a leisurely pace and take about two hours. Morning walks depart at around 06:30 and include a break with tea, coffee and snacks. The afternoon walk start at around 16:00 and finish at a special sundowner spot where guests will be served drinks and canapés while enjoying the magnificent sunset.

Guests can also relax on a Zambezi River sundowner cruise - a truly great way to spend a couple of hours. Sipping on a cocktail while watching the sunset over the majestic Zambezi River is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Local village visits can also be arranged, as can fishing trips, and canoe excursions.

In between all the activities, the inviting swimming pool is perfect for just relaxing around, or you can book a spa treatment, or just enjoy a quiet drink in the elevated bar overlooking the Zambezi.

The accommodation consists of 12 tree houses connected by stilted wooden walkways. Each tree house enjoys superb views over the river. In addition, there are 2 private houses available, each with 2 bedrooms, their own dining areas and decks with plunge pools, and their own chef and house staff.

Example Details For Sussi & Chuma

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Tree House
Includes: All meals; drinks (excluding premium brands); Park fees; laundry; game drives into the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park; Simonga village visit; a visit to Victoria Falls; return Livingstone Airport transfers; and a sundowner cruise are included.

No children under the age of 12 are permitted on walking safaris.

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Sussi & Chuma Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 9 years and older are welcome. Children of any age are welcome at the private Chuma Houses. Babysitting services are available (additional cost).

Children must be aged 15 and older in order to go white water rafting and canoeing on the Zambezi.

The rooms are all en-suite and include air conditioning, a private viewing deck, mini-bar, mosquito nets, overhead fans, a hairdryer and personal safe.

The main area features a raised bar, lounge area and deck, open dining area, curio shop, swimming pool and a spa.

Activities that are available on site include game drives, canoe trips, walking safaris, river cruises, fishing, tours of the Victoria Falls (Zambian side) and visits to the local school and village.

Canoeing is offered all year but is weather dependent. Dry bags will be provided for valuables. The minimum age is 15 years.

The fishing season generally opens on 1st March each year and closes at the end of November. All fishing is on a strict 'Catch and Release' policy

Additional activities that can be booked include white water rafting, helicopter rides offering unrivalled views of the majestic Victoria Falls from the air and visits to Livingstone Island (additional cost).

Guests at Sussi and Chuma are able to indulge in a range of spa treatments while enjoying spectacular views over the Zambezi River. Treatments included products from the Africology line and guests are able to choose from a range of body therapies, body rituals and facial skin care treatments. Treatments may be booked at the camp reception with the camp manager (additional cost).

Credit card services are available (Visa, MasterCard and Amex cards). US dollars are also accepted however change will be given in the local currency. Diners Cards are not accepted.

The lodge has complimentary Wi-Fi in the main area. 

A complimentary laundry service is also available.

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

No children under the age of 12 are permitted on walking safaris.

A walking safari can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide.

Regardless of age, the final decision on whether a guest can join a walking safari remains with the guide and lodge manager.

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