Lion Camp is the one place in Zambia we will be sure to return to. Everything was perfect on our visit! The staff and guides were friendly and knowledgeable and we felt welcome and right at home. The tent/chalets are bright, open, clean and well designed and we saw such amazing game from our verandahs it was almost tempting to skip the game drives. What really makes a difference at Lion Camp is the layout.
The main area and tents open onto a large plains/savanna and water pumped when needed into an old river oxbow ensures that during the dry season game is always stopping by. We saw zebra, impala, elephant, hippo, lion, bushbuck, waterbuck, puku, saddlebill storks, Lillian's lovebirds, and cape buffalo by the hundreds within the first day of our time at Lion Camp.
The food was incredibly good as well, the best by far of any safari camp I have ever been a guest of. The attention to the little details that make for a first-rate stay were never forgotten. The four of us always had a game vehicle to ourselves, the same guide was with us on each drive/walk, cool drinks and cold washcloths after each drive, well thought out and tasty tea breaks and sundowners, kikoys to combat the heat...all of it was luxurious without being obsequious.
And although it wasn't arranged by the staff (i don't think!) being woken a few times each night by lions chuffing and coughing and occasionally even roaring really added excitement. Seeing a buffalo brought down by a lion pride while we were at supper was a dramatic and amazing sight I will never forget.
Needless to say we had excellent game drives too; I think we may have seen lion on every drive and we also able to see leopard (with a kill) and hyena (also at a meal) and so much more. Our guide really made the effort to ensure we saw as much as we could but I felt he respected the animals, too, which was really nice to see.
I also liked that Lion Camp is further away from Mfuwe and most other lodges--it felt more remote and private, as if we enjoying a more pristine and unseen slice of the park.
- 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. Lion Camp is currently undergoing major renovations. We are staying true to our vision which is to provide exceptional and eco-friendly safaris at a reasonable price point. We will reopen in May 2018. 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