I thought that it would pretty disappointing to stay at Lion Camp and not see at least a few predators in action. These fears were dispelled after the first drive itself - we saw part of a lion pride just lazing about in the afternoon sunshine. Oh yes, there was a National Geographic moment when two lionesses started fighting with each over the cubs. Oh yes, there were four cubs making screeching meowing sounds. If this wasn't enough, shortly after our sundowner break, we came across a leopard slowly throttling a pregnant impala. It was mesmerizing, but quite grisly, and I still hear the crunching of bone...
Also I ought to mention that we had some spectacular game viewing from... our balcony. This includes hippos in the watering hole about 20 meters away, elephants, warthogs, buffaloes, zebras, and even the occasional lioness coming down to have a sip.
We also saw a fish eagle, kill and then consume a baby crocodile. But I think if I start narrating all our game viewing, this will be a long, long review. So I'll end this here.
Lion Camp is amazing. It's a very comfortable lodge situated in a relatively remote part of the valley with absolutely spectacular game. The staff are wonderful (Wilson tried to teach me to play the dinner drum but concluded that I had no musical talent whatsoever) and fantastic, passionate and knowledgable guides. A big thank you to the indomitable Masumba.
Our stay here was a real treat, and definitely one of the highlights of our entire two country trek.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lion Camp is an independent 18-bed lodge located in a prime game viewing area inside Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. We've established a reputation for providing expert guiding, abundant game-viewing, excellent food and friendly personalised service. South Luangwa is one of Africa's great wildlife sanctuaries and a birders paradise; on safari with us you can expect to see prolific concentrations of game including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, and hippo. We offer affordable, fully inclusive packages include 2 safari activities/day (your choice of game drives, walking safaris & night drives) accommodation, meals, bar, park fees and return Mfuwe airport transfers. We'd be happy to book domestic flights and can help you tailor-make your perfect safari holiday. Open seasonally: 1st June to 31st October during the peak game viewing months. No Children under 7 years. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lion Camp Safari Lodge Zambia/South Luangwa National Park