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Accommodation at Wildlife Camp
Wildlife Camp is divided into three main parts – the Main Camp (consisting of three choices of permanent lodgings), the Bushcamp and the Campsite. Each have their own appeal, with their own unique atmosphere and views of the beautiful surroundings. When it comes to accommodation, Wildlife Camp does not offer luxury; we offer the bush!
Wildlife Camp is made up of our Chalets (6 twin, 1 double, and 2 family chalets; all en-suite), Safari Tents (7 twin en-suite tents), Bushcamp (five twin tents), and our Campsite.
We have five chalets situated in a quiet corner of the camp, overlooking a lagoon area and surrounded by huge shady trees. Parking for your vehicles is available right by the chalets. A combination of rustic and comfortable, they all offer a unique view over the lagoon where wildlife is abundant.
Three twin chalets, one double chalet and one family chalet is nestled in underneath some of the magnificent trees the Luangwa Valley has to offer. There is a self-catering kitchen available and all chalets come standard with a standing fan, mosquito nets, a safe, and tea-and-coffee facilities.
All have a veranda that allows you to relax and unwind, whilst watching the wildlife that is all around.
We have four chalets located in the centre of our camp, conveniently close to our reception area, main bar and restaurant. These chalets each offer unique views over the Luangwa River. Three twin chalets and a family chalet which can accommodate a family of five in two separate bedrooms are available, each with its own private veranda.
Standing fans, mosquito nets, a safe, and tea-and-coffee facilities come standard. The Hippo Hide, in front of the reception, attracts a variety of animals to a year-round watering hole. Wildlife density is especially high during the hot and dry months.
Barefoot Tented Camp
Wildlife Camp’s barefoot en-suite camp is in a private corner of the camp with some of the most spectacular views in Zambia! It is perfectly set up for groups of up to 14 people, or for the independent traveler. We offer seven tents, all under thatched roofs, each has two beds, open air shower / toilet facilities, and a small veranda to the front. A self-catering kitchen and separate dining shelter is available at no extra cost. This location offers the classic combination of rustic, comfortable and affordable in a real “Out of Africa” tented camp. All tents come standard with a standing fan, mosquito nets, a safe, electricity, and hot-water.
Wildlife Camp is in the fortunate position to have our very own private peninsular of 400 hectares, prime river-side property. We use this piece of land exclusively for walking safaris and overnights to our heavenly Bushcamp.
Back to nature
There is just one vehicle-track on this property – our access road to the camp. The rest of it is pure nature as it was a hundred years ago. Wildlife Camp’s Bushcamp consists of 5 twin dome tents, two bush toilets and a bucket shower – it has no electricity, is basic in many ways, and rich in atmosphere and location. The view gives a 180 degree panoramic picture of the Luangwa River and all her inhabitants.
Our Bushcamp is offered as full board option only, including all meals and activities from the day you depart, until the last breakfast and return walk from the bush. What more can be said, it’s an experience not to be missed! As the Bushcamp is so popular and to assure the privacy of the bush for our guests, booking early is essential. Bushcamp only operates between the months of June through October, by which time the rains force us off our beloved piece of property until May the next year.
Day 1 itinerary at the Bushcamp
An afternoon walk led by a fully qualified guide and a scout will take you out to the Bushcamp, where your cook and two more staff members will already be waiting. A glorious sunset and a cold beer await and if you pick the right time in the dry season a herd of 500-or-more buffalo might just surprise you when they come down to the Luangwa for water after a hot day. As the sun disappears, a camp fire appears along with the guide and the scout – who will spend the whole night with his firearm by his side to ensure your safety. They will tell you many stories; most of them unbelievable and all of them true. After a three-course dinner prepared on the fire and late night coffee it is time to retreat into the tents for the night. Do not fall asleep immediately – try and stay awake to soak up the sounds of Africa as you have never heard them before.
Day 2+ itinerary at the Bushcamp
The next morning sunrise and birdsong wakes up the bush. After breakfast, it is time to pack up and head back to camp on foot – another three hour walk amongst the giants, and the dwarfs, of Africa. Or, if you want to stay for another night, why not? Prolonging a once-in-a-lifetime experience is always a good idea.
For Campers, independent travelers or overland companies, the Wildlife Campsite has been a haven for many years. It is set away from the main lodge in a prime position on the banks of the Luangwa River. The camp is complete with grassy areas, shady trees, thatched shelters and one of the best views in the Luangwa Valley! The Warthogs bar and swimming pool is the best place to spend the hot hours of the day.
As close as you can get to the wild
At night the camp also plays host to a variety of game – many people have been left amazed by lion footprints merely meters away from their tents or elephant dung in the footpath between their cars and the bar. The resident leopard does let you hear when she is around, but is not keen on being seen.
The campsite has ablution blocks with hot showers and fresh drinking water, thatched shelters for both Overlanders and private campers, powerpoints, a bar and a swimming pool. We also sell firewood here in camp. The campsite is patrolled by night watchmen.
A quintessential bush experience
Even with all these amenities, the emphasis at Wildlife Camp is still on a bush experience. We regulate the number of guests in the campsite and booking beforehand is important. We do accept walk-in guests, but cannot ensure availability during the busy season.