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Lion Camp

Lion Camp holds a prime position in one of the best game viewing areas of the South Luangwa National Park. 

Located about 40km upstream from the main Mfuwe park gate, the lodge is on the banks of an oxbow lagoon overlooking an open grassland which is frequented by grazing mammals during day time, and becomes a hunting ground for lions by night.

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

Lion Camp has just nine canvas and thatch chalets accommodating a maximum of 18 guests.

Each chalet has either a four poster king-size double bed or twin beds, and a walk-in mosquito net. They are all ensuite with a shower and toilet, and have private decks overlooking the open plain in front.

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

Camp is currently closed for a refurbishment until May 2018.



Luxurious canvas and thatch chalet.

These chalets are built on raised wooden platforms and are linked to each other and the main area by a raised wooden boardwalk.

All have either a four poster king-size double bed or twin beds, and a walk-in mosquito net.

En-suite shower and toilet facilities are housed in each chalet

All have a private deck which overlooks the open plain in front of the lodge.



Open Season

Open 01 Jun – 31 Oct

Safari Experience

A typical safari day at Lion Camp is as follows;

05h30  : Wake-up call in your chalet

06h00  : Meet for tea/coffee and a light breakfast around the fire

06h30  : Depart on either a guided game drive or walking safari

10h00  : Return from safari activity

11h00  : Brunch is served

12h00  : Relax / Siesta time.

15h30  : Afternoon Tea – sweet and savoury options

16h00  : Depart on afternoon game viewing activity

18h00  : Stop for a sundowner drink

18h30  : Continue on a night drive, looking for nocturnal animals with a spotlight

19h30  : Return to the lodge and meet around the bar

20h30  : 3 course dinner is served. Then finish the evening sitting around the log fire under a starry sky, listening to the bush sounds.

The best time for game viewing is in the early morning and late afternoon when animals are their most active.

Lion Camp aims to be as flexible as possible so you can decide whether you feel like walking or driving on a day by day basis.

Wildlife & Birdlife

The South Luangwa has one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa, making it a fantastic destination for an African wildlife safari.

The Luangwa River also has an extraordinarily high number of crocodiles.

The Luangwa is known for huge herds of elephants and was once dubbed the “Valley of the Elephants”.

Large pods of hippos are seen in every stretch of the river, there are estimated to be at least 50 hippos per kilometer of river.

The South Luangwa National Park is one of the best places in Africa to see leopard.

Other carnivores which may be seen on your South Luangwa safari include lions, hyenas, caracal, serval, wild dog and side striped jackal.

Many more mammals can also be seen such as Impala, Puku, Buffalo, Zebra, and Common Waterbuck to mention but a few.

The South Luangwa also has the Cookson’s Wildebeest and Thornicroft’s Giraffe both of which are endemic species to the Luangwa Valley.

Birdwatching is superb in the Luangwa Valley, with over 400 of Zambia’s 732 species of birds occurring here.

There are 39 species of raptor and 47 migrant species, so there is plenty for any birdwatcher to spot throughout the year.

Added Extras

Special sundowners are arranged either on the banks of the Luangwa River or other beautiful parts of the park

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