Island Bush Camp

South Luangwa National Park, Luangwa Valley, Zambia

At a Glance

  • This location has access to some of the most remote and unspoilt areas of the South Luangwa National Park.

  • The emphasis here is walking safaris and experiencing nature at its most pristine.

  • Get your camera ready in the hide set back from an active watering hole.

  • With no power in camp, enjoy the magic of candle lit dinners under the stars.

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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 dryer 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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Insider's View

Gather around the bush TV to watch animals coming to the water to drink.

Star gazing here is exceptional thanks to a complete lack of light pollution!

Walking safaris are conducted in remote areas and you will rarely encounter other people - the feeling of wilderness is really hard to beat!

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Island Bush Camp is a simple walking camp in a remote area of Zambia's South Luangwa valley. The excellent position overlooking the Luangwa River is a magnet for game, particularly during the dry season. This is the perfect spot for a wild walking safari.

Island Bush Camp offers an authentic, rustic bush camp stay in one of the most remote areas of the South Luangwa National Park; perfect for off-the-beaten-track walking safaris. Primarily a walking camp, you can be assured of a simple stay which allows you to connect with the wilderness that surrounds the camp. The camp is perched on the banks of the Luangwa River with wonderful views and plenty of game coming to the water to drink, particularly during the dry season.

Activities at Island Bush Camp are focused on walking safaris which are led by an expert guide and accompanied by an armed scout. Walking safaris will be tailored to your interests and fitness level, and are more of a meander through the bush rather than an intense hike. There is a vehicle in camp which is great for taking you to areas further afield for walking as well as for night game drives which will allow you to see elusive nocturnal species. Encounters can vary from a chance meeting with elephants to sitting and watching a cloud of carmine bee eaters coming and going from their seasonal colonies on the high sand banks of the Luangwa River. The remote location of the camp, away from settlements means that there are very low levels of light pollution, making for some exciting star gazing opportunities.

Island Bush Camp is a small and intimate camp with just five chalets, accommodating a maximum of 10 guests. The chalets are purposefully simple with no power and are open-fronted to allow for a true wilderness experience with magnificent views of the river, and open air bathrooms which have running water, flushing loos and bucket showers. Bush camps are a sociable affair with guests gathering around the fire to share stories from their day's walking and an outdoor lounge area providing a bush TV experience where you can watch the comings and goings of the bush.

Island Bush Camp is a seasonal camp open from 25th May - 1st November.

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Holiday Ideas

  • Epic Zambia and Malawi

    South Luangwa & Lake Malawi

    from £7200 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights

    • Offering some of the best walking safaris in Africa, the South Luangwa National Park is home to stylish bush camps right in the heart of the action.
    • Stay in a stylish lodge with views of a floodplain, which attracts a plethora of wildlife. Game viewing will be effortless as you watch elephants from the serenity of the infinity pool.
    • Feel the palpable tranquillity of Lake Malawi as you meander around the coastline on a sunset or sunrise cruise on a traditional wooden dhow boat.

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South Luangwa National Park, Luangwa Valley, Zambia

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