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Lion Camp

Our rating

8/10

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Highlights

- Secluded national park location
- Abundant wildlife in and around camp
- Swimming pool and billiards room

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Overview

Lion Camp is an independent lodge situated in the game rich, secluded northern sector of South Luangwa National Park, eastern Zambia. This stylish camp offers friendly hosting, knowledgeable guiding and well-appointed, competitively priced accommodation, with facilities including a swimming pool and billiard room. A three hour drive from Mfuwe Airport, the lodge sits beside a tranquil lagoon popular with wildlife, and guests can enjoy superb game viewing from the comfort of their own veranda. Elephant, hippo, zebra, baboon, and antelope regularly visit camp, whilst the surrounding grassy plains attract large numbers of lion, leopard, buffalo, and giraffe.

The camp’s airy, thatched main building includes a lounge area with comfortable sofas and vibrant soft furnishings, along with a library, bar, billiards room, and gift shop. Guests enjoy buffet-style lunches and three course plated evening meals in the communal dining area. Outside is a lovely swimming pool with sun loungers and fantastic views of the floodplain, and a central courtyard with a fire pit, perfect for relaxing with an after dinner drink.

Activities focus on day and night game drives, and guided walks with qualified, enthusiastic guides. Regular lion sightings, including the famed ‘Hollywood’ pride featured in numerous BBC documentaries, are a highlight. The camp operates from June to October, and visitors during October should come prepared for the very high temperatures which coincide with the area’s peak wildlife density. The lodge is located well away from the national park’s main Mfuwe gate, meaning that guests rarely encounter other vehicles during game drives.

The camp accommodates up to 18 guests in nine wood and canvas chalets with thatched ceilings. Constructed on raised platforms and connected by a wooden boardwalk, each spacious chalet sleeps two in double or twin bed formation. All units have fans and electrical charging sockets, but due to the remote location, mobile phone reception and Wi-Fi are not available. The ensuite bathrooms comprise WC, washbasin, and shower. Outside is a fabulous private veranda with seating, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the wonderful views.

Children over 7 years are welcome in camp, subject to arrangement, and younger children can be accommodated if the camp is booked for exclusive group use. A discount is offered for guests under 18 years when sharing with an adult, and one extra bed can be provided in chalets on request. Note that there is a minimum age of 16 years for guided walks. The camp is unfenced and animals do regularly wander through, and while it is highly unlikely that wildlife would approach chalets or people, parents are reminded that children must be supervised at all times.

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Average Rating

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(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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