Puku Ridge Tented Camp
Luangwa Valley, Zambia
Puku Ridge Tented Camp, in the game-rich southern sector of South Luangwa National Park, occupies a commanding position on a hillside overlooking sweeping plains teeming with wildlife. A wonderful combination of luxury and excellent game-viewing
At a Glance
Chichele's sister-camp, situated minutes from The Hill
Occupies one of the best sundowner spots in the Luangwa
Contemporary, stylish camp with quirky touches
Relax in the infinity pool in the heat of the day
Excellent game drives in the southern part of the national park
Enjoy superb sundowners on the deck overlooking the plains - the view is sensational!Anna Hearn
Dine on the deck for diner over looking the floodlit water hole and see who wanders in to drink - elephants are regular dinner companionsLouisa Ross-Taylor
With views of the South Luangwa sweeping away to the horizon, Puku Ridge Tented Camp is considered to be one of the most stylish bush camps in the South Luangwa. Understated luxury with a few quirky twists, and an organic design fuse seamlessly to create this luxurious camp. The camp is set on a number of different levels with plenty of areas to relax and watch the gathering wildlife such as the patio deck with its hanging chairs, or the enticing love-seat overlooking the plains.
In keeping with its feeling of remoteness, the camp has just seven large and luxurious safari tents, with wide decks in front - perfect for game-viewing in the middle of the day. Each tent is spacious and has a comfortable living area, in and outdoor showers (with incredible views!) and an enormous double bed draped with a mosquito net.
Puku Ridge’s main area is thoughtfully designed; a series of rock pools cascade gently downwards, curving around the decks. Far below, on the Kakumbi plain, are two waterholes which are floodlit at night, giving guests the opportunity to see the night time wildlife come down to drink – lion and leopard are occasional visitors, as are hyena, civet and good numbers of elephant.
Activities here revolve around day and night game drives and occasional walks by prior arrangement – the wildlife is superb and relaxed in the presence of vehicles, so good close-up sightings can be expected.
Puku is a wonderful option in this southern part of the park and can be combined with its sister-lodge, Chichele Presidential, which is a mere half-kilometer away. Alternatively combine it with lodges in the northern part of South Luangwa to give a fascinating overview of this very varied part of Zambia.
Puku Ridge Tented Camp features six luxurious tents. They each have a private veranda which provide excellent game spotting platforms and breath taking views of the nearby floodplain. The beautiful en-suite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers. The comfortable beds are draped in mosquito netting and overhead fans help to keep you cool.
Walking is the best way to see the bush around Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp and it is the best way to experience the sights and sounds of the bush. The experienced guides love showing guests the indicators of the wild, and teaching them about the signs of the bush. The accompanying armed game scout takes careful note of the wind to mask any scent. The area is home to 60 mammals and over 400 bird species, making it one of the top birding destinations in the world.
You can also embark on a driving safari to try and get up close to some of the bigger animals in South Luangwa. A truly memorable experience.
Location & Directions
Luangwa Valley, Zambia
Puku Ridge Tented Camp is situated in a remote part of the South Luangwa National Park. Named after the elusive Puku antelope that inhabits the Kakumbi Dambo floodplain which the camp overlooks, Puku Ridge Camp is built on a hillside, providing stunning vistas of the floodplain.
When to go
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.