Although some people only associate Zambia with the majestic Victoria Falls, the country is home to several excellent national parks, wilder and less crowded, that attract a wide variety of animals, courtesy of a network of perennial rivers. Most of the intimate safari lodges and tented camps are situated in or very near to the national parks. Many are owner-run, highly individual and offer a personal, unique safari experience.
Here are just a few of our favourite Zambian safari camps and lodges we've personally visited.
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Chiawa Camp was the first safari camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park. It is still owner-run by a descendant of the pioneering Cumings family. Offering superb luxury, beautiful surrounds, an unusually varied array of game-viewing activities, some of Africa’s finest guides, superb hosting and service, it’s easy to see why Chiawa has won so many awards over the years.
David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa is a luxurious five-star hotel, situated on the banks of the great Zambezi River in Zambia. The hotel is only 7km away from the breathtaking Victoria Falls and offers modern and stylish accommodation, great cuisine and a variety of exciting activities.
Flatdogs camp is easy to get to from the airport and makes a good first night’s stop into the park, especially arriving on a late flight from Lusaka to nearby Mfuwe Airport. The camp is open from mid-March to mid-January every year. For Jess and her team, making sure you have the best possible stay is what Flatdogs is all about.
Set in a remote area of Lower Zambezi National Park, Old Mondoro (which means ‘lion’ in the local Shona language) is an intimate, exclusive bush camp owned and operated by the Cumings family. The camp overlooks a maze of reed islands, thick with grunting hippo, while a grove of acacia trees attracts a constant stream of elephant visitors.
Tafika Camp in South Luangwa Reserve in Zambia is also the headquarters of Remote Africa Safaris, owner-run by John and Carol Coppinger for almost 20 years. This means that at Tafika, not only will you’ll have exceptional game viewing and superb chances of leopard-spotting, but you’ll have access to a wide range of exciting safari activities.
Thorntree River Lodge, situated in the Mosi Oa Tunya (Smoke That Thunders) National Park in Zambia, provides luxury accommodation in an area known for its abundant wildlife. Each modern tented suite sits right on the river bank with uninterrupted views over the Zambezi. The lodge is about 15 kilometres upstream from the breathtaking Victoria Falls and offers an extensive range of African experiences and activities.
The unique Tongabezi Lodge is tucked away in ebony trees on the banks of the Zambezi River, just upstream of Victoria Falls in Zambia. This exclusive lodge is ideal for an intimate romantic getaway. It offers warm Zambian hospitality, sweeping views over the Zambezi and luxury safari trips.