Home to the Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa rivers, Zambia is the one of the best safari destinations in Africa. Known for its walking safaris, night safaris and canoe/boat rides Zambia is a Safari lover's paradise. Add to that the wildly stunning Victoria Falls, Zambia becomes a truly attractive destination. So you are sold on the destination, but where in this beautiful country should you stay? Which location would be most ideal for your safari experience? Well here you go - a list of the top 10 Zambian Lodges & Camps that can make this holiday a reality, recommended by us.
Chinzombo has raised the bar for luxury lodges in Zambia with enormous villas complete with plunge pools and plenty of room to relax and take in the views of the Luangwa River. Superb food, guides and game viewing complete the superior experience that is Chinzombo.
2. Tena Tena
Tena Tena is one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa with an authentic tented camp. Set in a tranquil location in a mahogany grove and overlooking the Luangwa River, this camp boasts incredible game viewing including elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and many species of birds. The camp offers six spacious and private tents with en-suite bathrooms and with amazing views onto the river. An amazing place to enjoy dinners on the banks of the Luangwa, under the stars and appreciate the sounds of the African night.
3. Luwi Bush Camp
Remote and rustic, Luwi Bush Camp is located South Luangwa National Park and it is the place to come to get close to nature with an authentic and unique wilderness experience. Its plains attract an abundance of wildlife such as lion, wild dog, hippo and crocodile. Meals are served in the shade of the trees and at nights you can have dinner under the stars. Expect to have a real bush experience. Chalets are spacious and have en-suite bathrooms with options of hot and cold showers and flush toilets. This camp is the perfect option for the more adventurous, who wish to enjoy a walking safaris in a wilderness area.
4. Chiawa Camp
The Chiawa Camp was the first camp in the Lower Zambezi and it still regarded as one of the best. Located in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park, Chiawa’s nine tents blend luxury and authenticity. Chiawa Camp won the Best Guiding Team in Africa award and ensure unforgettable wildlife experiences both on land and water.
5. Old Mondoro
Located towards the eastern side of the Lower Zambezi National Park, Old Mondoro is an intimate camp with a real “back to the bush” feel. Its open rooms and location in the heart of a prolific game viewing area make it a perfect camp for the adventurous safari-goer. Old Mondoro is also one of the best places in Africa to spot the elusive leopard. And, why not to combine this experience.with the sister camp Chiawa for the ultimate Lower Zambezi?
6. Chongwe River House
A uniquely designed house that is perfect for families or small groups looking for a private safari. Chongwe River House offers privacy and flexibility and your own chef and an exclusive guide to show you the Lower Zambezi’s amazing wildlife on game drives, walks, boat trips and more.
7. Shumba Camp
Overlooking the vast and game filled Busanga Plains of the Kafue National Park, Shumba Camp is a stylish, luxurious and really intimate and elegant safari experience with only six tented rooms with spectacular views. Meals at Shumba Camp are prepared over an open fire and served in dining and viewing decks. Here you will have the opportunity to explore stunning landscape, encounter impressive herds of antelopes and attendant predators. Experience fascinating walking safaris, exciting night drives and, if you visit this camp between August and October you will also have the opportunity to take an unforgettable hot air balloon trip.
Get close to nature at Sindabezi, a secluded island in the Zambezi River where open-sided rooms keep the sights and sounds of the bush close. This eco lodge is a great spot to relax and to enjoy a wonderful variety of activities on offer including boat trips, guided walks and visits to the nearby Victoria Falls. The bird-life is outstanding and expect to find numerous opportunities for game viewing such as buffalo, elephant, hippos, waterbuck and impala as they are often seen around the island. This is a good option for families, as children will love the exciting boat trips and to explore Zambia’s wonderful landscapes teeming with wildlife.
9. The River Club Zambia
The River Club Zambia is one of the most luxurious lodges in Zambia that offers spacious and open-plan suites with floor-to-ceiling screen doors opening out onto the river. There are also manicured gardens, a tennis court and a croquet lawn which brings a touch of colonial style to the banks of the Zambezi. This lodge boasts incredible vistas across the river and there are plenty of activities on offer such as fishing, river safaris, thrilling game activities and tours to Victoria Falls.
10. Tongabezi Lodge
Tongabezi Lodge is located in the Livingstone area of southern Zambia, overlooking the magnificent Zambezi River. Tongabezi’s guests can choose to stay in the designed houses with open-plan bedrooms or in the spacious riverside cottages with private deck overlooking the river. Floating river meals, Canoeing, visits to the Mukuni Park, Elephant rides, sunrise and sunset boating, guided bush walks, fishing trips, guided tours of Livingstone and Victoria Falls are just a few of exciting activities on offer.
If you are interested in booking any of the Lodges and Camps mentioned in this blog, get in touch with our Africa Travel experts on 020 7843 3500 and they can start planning your safari holiday to Zambia today.
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