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Going on safari must be at the top of most people’s bucket list, and once you have been to Africa, and experienced the magic that this great continent has to offer, you will surely be smitten and bitten.

Smitten by the awe-inspiring landscapes, the animals, the people,   the gin and tonic sunsets and the early morning coffee sunrises.

Bitten by the safari bug, that awakens your soul to your surroundings and makes you know and understand the meaning of life and why you are on this planet. The bug that opens your mind to all that is good and all that is pure.

Getting to Lion Camp is an adventure on its own. Leaving Mfuwe International Airport, a 30-minute road trip takes you through villages, open spaces and rice fields bringing you to the small town of Mfuwe, which is bustling with small businesses and street markets selling almost anything from clothing to groceries.

Leaving Mfuwe behind you, two black and white steel gates welcome you in to the South Luangwa National Park, and it is here, that your safari journey begins.

An hour and a half trek through some of the most pristine wilderness areas on the African continent will bring you to the magnificent paradise we call Lion Camp.

Lion Camp is an intimate, ten suite lodge in the northern section of South Luangwa National Park, away from the main gate and the hustle and bustle of day visitors and traffic.  The camp is perched on the edge of a drying oxbow lagoon covered in dappled shade from sausage trees, giant mahoganies and winter thorns. There you will experience the breathtaking views of the plains and wildlife unfold before your eyes on a daily basis.

Wake up to the call of the hyena and the sunrise over the plains teaming with wildlife.  Sip your early morning coffee while watching the African bush awaken.

Depart on your activities, executed around your personal preferences with no more than four to six guests per activity.  Your highly qualified and experienced guide will be your host for the duration of your stay to ensure a personalised experience. Whether you seek birding opportunities, nature photography, big cats and other carnivores or a special sighting of the indigenous Thornicroft giraffe (found only in the Luangwa Valley), they will create an experience of a lifetime

Lion Camp is built with the emphasis on experiencing nature in understated luxury.  The main lodge offers open spaces, viewing decks with different seating areas, a well-stocked bar, coffee station with yummy baked items, a hide at water level and suites with views from every angle. Whether you are in the pool, on the main deck, in your shower or on the deck of your suite, the viewing will be as spectacular as your game drives!

The Lion Camp site was proclaimed in the 1960s when it was a humble scout’s and walking camp, originally set up by Norman Carr. Today, a privately owned gem, an intimate luxury lodge, linking canvas and thatch suites to the main lodge with raised walkways and incorporating the original “round houses” into the lodge offering a small gym, photographic studio, shop and wildlife library.

Lion Camp will not disappoint the seasoned traveller. Beautifully appointed suites include evening breeze cooling systems, award-winning port wine, specially selected amenities, luxurious linen, 24-hour electricity, hot water showers, international plug points and USB ports, along with 360 degree magical views. It is all there to ensure that you have the most amazing “bush experience.”

Our all-inclusive wine list features a beautiful selection of South African estate wines which can be paired with your scrumptious meals and bubbly with every breakfast or event. Our well trained local chefs will charm you with their beautifully created African cuisine, including locally grown fresh herbs and veggies to harissa chili sauces (not for the faint hearted!!), to chitambuwa fritters, meaty tagines and even fresh water crayfish from Lake Kariba.

Lion Camp is proud to have partnered with Mantis, as we share their vision and commitment of a spirit of sustainability, conservation and restoration. We currently operate a fully self-sustainable camp, supplying our own fresh water from an on-site water purifying plant, electricity from solar and generators and waste disposal processed in our onsite incinerator. We are also one of a few lodges inside the boundaries of the South Luangwa National Park to become carbon neutral.

Contact details:

[email protected]

+260 965 156181(Bookings)

+260 216 246024 (Lodge)

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