South Luangwa National Park, Luangwa Valley, Zambia
At a Glance
Get out on foot on a walking safari to see the bush from a different perspective
Spend an afternoon in camp watching the wildlife coming to drink from the lagoon in front of camp
Go on a night drive for the chance to spot elusive nocturnal species, including leopards which the park is famous for
Savor the exclusivity of staying in one of the most remote areas of the South Luangwa
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The Camp is closed November to mid May.
Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the drier months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.
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Lion Camp is one of the most remote lodges in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, set overlooking an oxbow lagoon which is a magnet for game. The nine stylish and spacious chalets are the perfect base from which to explore this wonderful park.
Lion Camp is an independent lodge in a remote area of the South Luangwa National Park with outstanding wildlife sightings right on the doorstep thanks to the camp's location on an oxbow lagoon. The ten chalets accommodate a maximum of 20 guests at any one time and the bright colors and vibrant fabrics stand out against the colors of the surrounding bush. Each chalet has either a four poster king size double bed or twin beds and an en-suite shower room. The private deck to the front of the chalet overlooks the plains and is a wonderful spot to sit and spend a leisurely afternoon watching the passing game. Meals are eaten in the dining area which has a fire pit which is perfect for sitting around and sharing your stories of your day on safari with fellow guests. This is also where you will find the infinity pool which is not only a welcome addition during the hottest months, but is also a fine spot to watch passing game from.
This is one of the most remote areas of the South Luangwa National Park and offers a real feeling of wilderness. The game viewing is always impressive, with lion and leopard regularly seen as well as elephants seeking out water. You will be able to go on game drives in the morning and afternoon, with the chance to relax in camp and escape the heat in the middle of the day. Night drives are also possible, which is a great way to see nocturnal species such as civet and genet, as well as enjoy impressive leopard sightings. Game drives are conducted in specially-adapted Land Rovers which are open top to allow for uninterrupted views, perfect for photography.
Walking safaris are also possible whilst staying at Lion Camp and come highly recommended thanks to the South Luangwa being the home of the walking safari. Accompanied by an expert guide and national park scout this is a unique and rewarding way to explore the bush and learn more about the smaller elements such as animal tracks and the effect of big game on the vegetation.
Accommodation for 18 guests in nine spacious thatch and canvas chalets with private deck and en-suite shower room.
There are 9 spacious chalets with canvas walls and thatched roof, all have a private deck and an en-suite shower room.
Children under the age of 7 years are not accepted at Lion Camp. Please note that the minimum age for walking safaris is 12 years. Children aged 12 to 16 years are able to walk if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. As the camp is in a wildlife-dense area, children are asked to be with an adult at all times.
The lodge is intimate with communal dining and bar area which makes the most of the position of the lodge on an oxbow lagoon. There is an infinity pool in the central area which is a good spot to watch passing wildlife from.
Safari activities will be tailored to suit each guests' interests and requirements where possible. Game drives are offered in the morning and evening as well as night drives. Walking safaris are also possible which are led by a qualified guide and accompanied by a National Park scout.
Meg Shepro (Staff)
The recently rebuilt Lion Camp emphasizes luxury in the bush with large tented suites, delicious and intricate cuisine and a fantastic position in the game rich Lion Plains of South Luangwa National Park. I enjoyed my stay here with its good service and relaxing rooms.
Game Drives in the South Luangwa
Game drives are the most common way of exploring the African bush. A vehicle allows you to cover distance quickly and comfortably and offers visitors the best opportunity of getting very close to wildlife in a safe and controlled way.
Green Season Game Drives
The Green Season, Rainy Season, Emerald Season, Secret Season - what ever you decide to call it, this is a beautiful time of year to be on safari. Activities are rarely disrupted by weather and the bush is full of life.
If you get the opportunity to head out after sunset you should take it. The bush transforms under the cover of darkness as the nocturnal wildlife gets going. Using a spotlight your guide will scan the bush for eye-shine picking out some great action.
Location & directions
South Luangwa National Park, Luangwa Valley, Zambia
Lion Camp is situated on an oxbow lagoon in a remote corner in the north eastern part of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.
How to get there
10-hour international flight from London to Lusaka followed by a flight of 1-hour in a light aircraft to Mfuwe Airport. It is then around one hour by road to the camp.