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Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

Our rating

8/10

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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.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(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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