Zambia’s South Luangwa is reporting exceptional wildlife action with the delays of the rains. Hippo and buffalo struggling to find food, lions and hyenas spoilt for choice.
Speaking of hot, there has still not been any sign of rain and the area is turning into a killing field! Read the article on Tafika’s website and look at the gruesome images taken from the microlight flying overhead. It shows mother nature at work and the raw brutality of life.
Our top five camps in South Luangwa
Tafika – Remote, simple, open, on the river, mountain bike safari, microlight safari, walking and traditional 4×4. Sound like your style? Even the Courier Mail reported this camp as one for the bucket list. Read the article here. For us it’s special because it is owner run, intimate and genuinely authentic, employing locals, setting up charities, growing own food all in the name of sustainability and we love it.
Zungulila Camp – This is intimacy with only four tents. Its location is exceptional – right on a raised knoll overlooking African plains with natural springs in front where you can sit in the water with a sundowner in hand after the perfect African walking safari and watch another perfect sunset.
Kaingo Camp – A photographer’s dream, this camp has a great location for wildlife watching and an outstanding elephant hide where you can spend all day in awe of these big African animals.
Tena Tena Camp – Part of the privately-owned Robin Pope wildlife sanctuary, the camp’s peaceful atmosphere and comfortable guest rooms provide a small haven of relative luxury in the wilderness. In the evening, you can watch the sun go down over the Luangwa River while taking a shower in your own private open-air bathroom. The camp is completely inaccessible at certain times of year when the river Zambezi swells, bursts and floods the plains. Desolate and with luxurious accommodation, it is one of the world’s most exclusive safari destinations and considered one of the best nature reserves in Africa.
Mchenja Camp – Of course we leave the best until last!
Mchenja meaning “ebony”, occupies a stunning setting beneath a magnificent grove of these trees on the banks of the Luangwa river. It is just a short morning’s walk upstream from Kakuli Bush Camp and is in an area teaming with wildlife. Although this camp takes luxury in the bush to a level not previously seen in Zambia, it is a bush camp designed toMchenja Deck and Chitenje combine excellently with our other more rustic locations.
The camp comprises four stylishly designed tents each under its own thatched roof and with a deck in front overlooking the Luangwa river. The tents have inside baths with an outside shower room. There is a small pool alongside the bar within the thatched main chitenje, allowing guests to seek cool refuge after their morning’s safari activities whilst watching wildlife action on the river.
As a luxury bush camp, Mchenja is the perfect destination to complete a walking safari that has combined stays at a
Guests staying at Mchenja can choose whether they want to view their wildlife on foot or from an open gameviewing vehicle. The gameviewing in this area is superb and night drives are usually very worthwhile.
So if you’re thinking about an African safari holiday, African safari honeymoon or Family safari keep Zambia on the list!