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Zungulila Bushcamp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Traditional, intimate camp
- Superb walking safaris
- Lovely riverside location

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Overview

Zungulila Bush Camp is a traditional safari camp nestled in a remote part of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Overlooking an undeveloped plain, the camp is situated on a bend of the Kapamba Rivera, which is often replete with diverse wildlife, from water buffalo and antelope, to Kudu and the endemic Crawshay’s zebra. Though it’s the park’s newest camp, it’s been designed to offer an authentic and classic African safari experience. It has just four tents, each offering somewhere tranquil for visitors to rest their head. With simple yet comfortable accommodation and an unbeatable location in the park, this off-the-beaten-track camp best appeals to those who enjoy a bit of peace and is ideal for small groups or families.

Owing to the large concentration of wildlife that live here, not to mention its spectacular scenery, the South Luangwa National Park is very highly regarded. All visitors staying at Zungulila will be met at Mfuwe Airport and driven to Mfuwe Lodge, the park’s main reception area - this takes about 45 minutes. After having refreshments at the lodge, guests are driven at game speed to the camp, which generally takes around four hours.

The accommodation comprises four Meru thatched tents. There are two twin tents, each with two queen size beds, and two double tents, each with a single king size bed. Hot (solar powered) and cold water are both provided, as are essential toiletries. A free, albeit limited, laundry service is available and there are limited battery charging facilities. For each one of the four tents there’s an en-suite toilet, as well as a private shower, a shaded bamboo veranda and a sunken deck with plunge pool. The rest of the camp’s facilities include a communal dining area and lounge with a fully stocked bar, as well as a sunken deck with a boma.

Activities on offer include guided walks, game drives and night drives. The ‘walking safari’ originated in the South Luangwa National Park and getting out on foot is a great way to experience some up-close encounters with the park’s fascinating wildlife. It’s home to more than 400 bird species and over 60 animal species, not to mention plenty of lush, pristine vegetation and vast, sprawling landscapes. Guides are enthusiastic, helpful and very knowledgeable about the park and its abundant wildlife.

Children over the age of 12 are very welcome. However, parents should note that national park regulations prevent children aged 11 and younger from participating in walking safaris. Families with children under the age of 11 are obliged to privately reserve an entire camp, along with a private guide and vehicle, for the length of their stay. This is so that the children can go on a guided game drive, leaving the adults free to embark on a walking safari. Since the camp is unfenced, parents should take extra care monitoring their children.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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