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Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Superb panoramic views
- Quieter area of National Park
- Excellent game viewing

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Overview

Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp is an upmarket tented safari camp, situated in South Luangwa National Park, eastern Zambia. Approximately two hours’ drive from Mfuwe airport, this luxurious dwelling boasts a fabulous hilltop location with panoramic views of wildlife grazing on the floodplain below, including the Puku antelope, after which the camp is named. A prime game-viewing area, the park is home to over 400 species of bird and a rich diversity of wildlife, including lion, leopard, elephant, zebra, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, and wild dog. Away from the crowds, and fully immersed in nature, this stylish camp combines high quality cuisine, friendly service and delightful creature comforts with an authentic safari experience amidst eastern Zambia’s remote and beautiful landscape.

The camp’s main building is open-fronted and airy, with a striking thatched ceiling and a stylish blend of traditional and contemporary furnishings. Guest spaces comprise a sumptuous lounge, bar and dining area, all with stunning views. Dining is flexible and delicious meals are served both indoors and alfresco by the campfire. Private dining can also be accommodated. Outside is a substantial decked area, with a shady veranda and seating, along with a delightful water feature. Wi-Fi is available in the main areas.

Activities include day and night game drives and walking safaris with knowledgeable guides, along with birdwatching and bush lunches. Guests will be excited to learn that the likelihood of spotting leopards is particularly high in the surrounding area.

The accommodation comprises seven splendid, well-appointed tents spaced out across the hillside. Each unit contains double or twin beds draped with mosquito nets, a comfortable lounge area, and an ensuite bathroom featuring a generous freestanding bathtub, an indoor and an outdoor forest-shaded shower. Facilities include a ceiling fan and a safe, and each tent comes with large picture windows and a private decked veranda, ideal for observing wildlife on the plains below in peaceful seclusion and comfort.

Children aged six years and older are very welcome at the camp. One extra bed can be provided in each tent on request, with children under 16 required to share accommodation with an adult. The camp is generally flexible towards families, and offers earlier mealtimes for younger guests. Note, however, that there is a minimum age restriction of 12 years for walking safaris and bush lunches. Given the genuinely wild setting of the camp, parents are reminded that supervision of children is required at all times.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 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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