Luwi Bush Camp

South Luangwa National Park

Days 1 - 2: South Luangwa National Park

Luwi Bush Camp Location Map

Luwi Camp, nestled in the shade of huge mahogany trees, is situated deep in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park, very close to the seasonal Luwi River after which it is named. The area is extremely remote with no other camps or people for many miles around.

Due to the remote location it's the perfect camp for walking safaris. The wildlife in the area is prolific and memories of the experience of tracking big game on foot last a lifetime. Walks can be complemented by game drives and explorations upriver to discover the source of the Luwi or to find the elusive Roan antelope or reed buck, eland and hartebeest which are almost never see in other parts of the Park.

The Luwi area is famous for its lions and the thrill of tracking them on foot is an experience not to be missed. Typically your day will start early around the camp fire when you will discuss the noises and animals heard through the night. Your morning walking safari is likely to take 3 to 4 hours returning you to camp in time for a hearty brunch. You can then relax in the afternoon, before a further safari later in the day.

There is also a large hippo filled lagoon close by with a 'hide' for guests to watch the animals unnoticed high above the water. Walking safaris from camp usually finish here with sundowners, watching the sunset over a landscape unchanged for thousands of years. This permanent water source attracts wildlife from far and wide making the camp area constantly busy with animals.

The rooms, which are built each season using natural materials, blend into the bush and are simple yet extremely comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and 'all day' hot showers. With the emphasis on the use of natural materials in its construction, this camp is one of the most traditional of all of the Luangwa safari camps but still offers high levels of comfort and service.

Daytime meals are served in the shade of the mahogany trees, and dinner is taken under the stars accompanied by the many sounds of the Zambian night.

Example Details For Luwi Bush Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: All meals; bar drinks and house wines; all shared game-viewing activities; Park fees; a laundry service; inter-camp transfers; and transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport are included.

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on guided walks.

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

 
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Luwi Bush Camp Location.

Check In / Check Out

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 12 years and older are welcome.

The rooms are all en-suite with an open air bathroom, outdoor shower and private outside sitting area.

The chalets are made out of thatched grass and bamboo.

The camps main area consists of the bar, open air lounge, dining area, campfire and a wildlife hide overlooking the lagoon.

The activities available at Luwi include day/night game drives and walking safaris. 

Sleep outs under the stars can be arranged. PREBOOKING IS ESSENTIAL - please contact your Travel Butlers consultant for more details and to make the booking before you travel.

The camp runs on solar power and battery charging facilities are available in the main lounge.

There is no Wi-Fi or mobile phone signal in camp.

A laundry service is included.

Luwi Bush Camp is a 2 hour game drive away from Mfuwe Airport, 

The camp is open from 20 May to 31 October.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on guided walks. A guided walk 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 guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

Nsolo Bush Camp

South Luangwa National Park

Day 3: South Luangwa National Park

Nsolo Bush Camp Location Map

Nsolo is one of the more historic camps in Zambia. The name is derived from the local name for the honey guide and the camp was named after this extraordinary little bird.

The camp is one of the South Luangwa's more remote, luxury safari camps, and there are many wonderful walking areas in the vicinity. There is also the opportunity to participate in game drives for those wishing to combine walking and driving. There are few African experiences more exciting than heading out on a walking safari early in the morning, having heard lions calling through the night, finding their fresh tracks and following them through the bush. With voices hushed and hearts beating your mind is suggesting there is a lion over every rise; this is big game viewing on foot at its best.

The Luwi river system (where Luwi, Nsolo and Kakuli Bush Camps are situated) is renowned for its lion population. Various pride territories overlap in this area and the cats use the dry river bed as a thoroughfare and a means not only of locating their prey, which come to drink, but also of locating their rivals who must be warned to stay away.

Wild dogs have denned near Nsolo for the past few years and chances of seeing these elusive creatures are high. Leopard also abound in the area.

Accommodation in this 'bush luxury' safari camp consists of 4 spacious chalets, each on raised wooden decks with grass and reed walls and large, open air en-suite bathrooms. Each chalet runs on solar power and is set under the shade of evergreen trees with private verandahs overlooking the surrounding bush and waterholes in the Luwi River.

On the banks of the Luwi River is an open sided, shady chitenje lounge with a bush bar and dining area offering a peaceful refuge where guests can study the camps collection of books or watch a variety of game visiting the permanent pools of water in the Luwi riverbed.

Example Details For Nsolo Bush Camp

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Chalet (booked for 2 nights during Luwi River Sleep Out on 2nd Night)
Includes: All meals; bar drinks and house wines; all shared game-viewing activities; Park fees; a laundry service; inter-camp transfers; and transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport are included.

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on guided walks.

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

 
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Nsolo Bush Camp Location.

Check In / Check Out

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 12 years and older are welcome.

The rooms are all en-suite with open air bathrooms and a private verandah.

The main area at Nsolo has an open air bar/lounge, dining area and viewing deck.

The activities available include day/night game drives, walking safaris and sleepouts under the stars.

A Wild Dog den is located near to the camp.

The camp runs on solar power and there is no internet or mobile phone signal.

Nsolo Bush Camp is a 2.5 hour game drive away from Mfuwe Airport.

The camp is open from the 20th May - 31st October.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on guided walks. A guided walk 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 guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

Return to the Wild

South Luangwa National Park

Day 4: South Luangwa National Park

Return to the Wild Location Map

Sleep out under the stars - the wildest experience the South Luangwa National Park has to offer - and the ultimate wilderness experience with Norman Carr Safaris.

Enjoy a night in the bush, in the spectacular and extremely remote Luwi dry river bed, with just a bed roll and a mossie net, not even a tent! Experience the thrill of the first safari pioneers, including Norman Carr himself, as they discovered the wonders of the South Luangwa.

Only for the most adventurous of spirit this overnight safari is led by a top guide and scout teams. On average, between them they have over 30 years experience in the bush!

Guests venture out from their remote bush camp on foot in the mid afternoon, find a spot to camp, make the camp fire for a game rangers dinner which they help to cook themselves. Then, having shared adventure stories around the fire, you sleep out under the magnificent African sky whilst the guide and scout keep a watch till morning.

Up to 6 guests can enjoy this amazing experience. Bedding consisted of simply a bed roll, mattress, and a couple of sheets and blankets.

And just in case, your normal camp room is still held for you, just in case of a last minute change of heart!

Example Details For Return to the Wild

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Camp Bed
Includes: Breakfast; dinner; selected local drinks and house wines; and Park fees are included. Option to return to camp.

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

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Check In / Check Out

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.

Kakuli Bush Camp

South Luangwa National Park

Days 5 - 6: South Luangwa National Park

Kakuli Bush Camp Location Map

Kakuli Bush Camp is a tented camp with spectacular views on the banks of the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park. 'Kakuli' means old buffalo bull - it was the nickname affectionately given to Norman Carr, the camps founder, by the local people.

This area of the Park is renowned for offering guests some of the best game viewing opportunities in Zambia. Safari activities from Kakuli can be a mixture of game drives and walking safaris - guests are able to decide each day if they want to venture out on foot or with the vehicle.

South Luangwa National Park boasts a wide variety of wildlife species. The Park has 2 endemic species - the Thornicroft giraffe and the Cookson's wildebeest, as well as zebra, 14 different antelope species, vervet monkeys, hippos, hyena, elephant and buffalo.

The particular stretch of the Luangwa River where the camp is located is bustling with predators such as lion and leopard, and the best time to see them in action is on a night drive from the camp during those first few hours of darkness.

The birdlife is also excellent with around 450 species to be seen.

This beautiful camp has 4 traditional walk-in safari tents each with en-suite bathrooms made with natural materials. There is also one 2 bedroomed family room.

The bar and dining chitenje (lounge) is constructed of reed and thatch forming the centre point of camp. The entire camp is on an elevated stretch of river bank overlooking a wide grazing lawn which follows the Luangwa River until it meets the confluence of the Luwi River. The main wooden deck is a perfect spot in which to relax and watch the wildlife meander by.

Example Details For Kakuli Bush Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: All meals; bar drinks and house wines; all shared game-viewing activities; Park fees; a laundry service; inter-camp transfers; and transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport are included.

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

 
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Kakuli Bush Camp Location.

Check In / Check Out

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 8 years and older are welcome. Children younger than 12 years are not permitted on walking safaris.

Each room has an open-air bathroom with washbasins, hot and cold running water shower, separate flush toilet and a freestanding bathtub. The front can completely open up to offer stunning views up and down the hippo-packed river from the comfort of the bed.

The Family Room can accommodate up to 2 adults and 3 children, and has 2 separate rooms each with their own en-suite bathroom.

Guests can decide for themselves whether to take part in a driving safari or stay closer to camp and enjoy the environment up close on a walking safari.

The camp is closed every year between 01 November and 20 January 20 and then again from 05 April until 20 May.

A laundry service is included in your rate.

Credit cards are accepted.

Mchenja Bush Camp

South Luangwa National Park

Days 7 - 8: South Luangwa National Park

Mchenja Bush Camp Location Map

Mchenja, meaning "ebony", occupies a stunning setting beneath a magnificent grove of ebony trees on the banks of the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park. Mchenja is a luxurious, elegant and stylish tented camp overlooking a huge sweeping bend in the Luangwa.

Guests staying at Mchenja can choose whether they want to view their wildlife on foot or from an open game viewing vehicle. South Luangwa is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of game around the Luangwa River and its ox bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa.

The Park has 14 different antelope species, most of which are easily seen on game and night drives. Further out on the plains you're bound to see family groups of elephant collectively reaching up to 70 in number. Buffalo are abundant and the herds can reach up to 1,000 during the dry season. Thornicroft's Giraffe, unique to Luangwa Valley should be easily spotted and are plentiful throughout the riverine areas.

South Luangwa has an excellent population of leopard as the terrain and large number of small game makes a perfect habitat for this most beautiful but elusive cat. Lions are also plentiful.

Each of the 5 specially designed octagonal tents has their own private en-suite open air bathroom plus Victorian style baths with river view.

The beautiful central chitenje (lounge) is built around one of the old fallen Mchenja (ebony) trees and guests can cool off there in the camp's plunge pool.

Brunch is taken in the shady lounge but dinner is more often served on the river bank under the stars.

Example Details For Mchenja Bush Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Tent
Includes: All meals; bar drinks and house wines; all shared game-viewing activities; Park fees; a laundry service; inter-camp transfers; and transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport are included.

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on guided walks.

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

 
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Mchenja Bush Camp Location.

Check In / Check Out

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

Chldren aged 8 years and older are welcome. Children younger than 12 years are not permitted on walking safaris.

The rooms are all en-suite with an outside shower, bathtub and a private deck overlooking the river.

The main area consists of the open air lounge, dining area and swimming pool.

The activities available at Mchenja include day/night game drives, walking safaris and and sleepouts under the stars.

The camp runs on solar power and there is no internet or mobile phone signal.

Mchenja is a 2.5 hour game drive away from Mfuwe Airport.

The cam is open from the 20th May - 7th November.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on guided walks. A guided walk 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 guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

Chinzombo

South Luangwa National Park

Days 9 - 10: South Luangwa National Park

Chinzombo Location Map

Wildly luxurious, designed by award winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, Chinzombo brings levels of comfort, style and elegance previously unseen to the Luangwa Valley. The camp is super-luxurious but retains its bush feel with grass and canvas walls and spacious living areas that melt into the exquisite surroundings of the beautiful, tranquil site.

The camp is set within 60 acres of private land with Luangwa River frontage. The views from its riverside location teem with wildlife, plus the private, direct access into one of the most game rich areas of the National Park all combine to make this a truly special place.

Chinzombo Camp is the perfect place from which to explore the majestic wilds of the Luangwa in style, luxury and exclusivity - all year round.

Gigantic, ancient trees offer peace and tranquility for guests staying in any one of the 6 stunning suites, one of which is a family suite with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, perfect for families or small groups. Each suite has its own private pool, cooled sleeping areas, and massive bathroom. Each villa is equipped with Wi-Fi.

A winding footpath connects the suites and lounge/dining area through the shade of the surrounding msikzi trees.

Example Details For Chinzombo

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Suite
Includes: All meals; bar drinks and house wines; all shared game-viewing activities; Park fees; a laundry service; inter-camp transfers; and transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport are included.

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on guided walks.

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

 
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Chinzombo Location.

Check In / Check Out

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 of any age are welcome.

All the Villas are en-suite with a bathtub, lounge, open deck area, sunbeds and a private pool.

Limited Wi-Fi is provided in all the villas (please bear in mind it's at bush speed).

The main area consists of the dining area, bar, lounge, outside sitting area, swimming pool and a fire pit.

The activites available at Chinzombo include day/night game drives, walking safaris, boating safaris (seasonal), spa treatments in your villa and sleepouts under the stars.

The camp runs on mains electricity.

Chinzombo is a 1 hour game drive away from Mfuwe Airport.

When acquiring Chinzombo's location, a portion of the proceeds funded the relocation of black rhino to North Luangwa National Park, where the North Luangwa Conservation Programme operate a rhino breeding and reintroduction project.

 


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on guided walks. A guided walk 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 guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.