Wildlife Camp is a safari-camp on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia. The camp provides guests with an affordable front-row seat to one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, South Luangwa National Park. Since 1992 Wildlife Camp has been one of the most famous and popular camps in the Luangwa Valley, providing guests with spectacular and authentic experiences in the African bush. Wildlife Camp is known for its down-to-earth style and consists of rustic chalets.
Wildlife Camp’s morning driving safaris start at 6:00 and return to camp at about 10:15. Safaris are conducted in comfortable open vehicles to let you truly appreciate the bush. Morning safaris are usually the perfect way to see and photograph Zambia’s big mammals – elephants, zebra, giraffe and buffalo are common and antelopes such as impala, puku and kudu fill in the gaps. Birding in South Luangwa National Park is spectacular and the valley floor hosts trees older than a 1000 years old.
Night drives leave camp at 16.00hrs and return around 20.15hrs, just in time for a late three course dinner for our full-board clients. After enjoying the late afternoon light you will stop for sundowners. Once refreshed, you will continue to search by spotlight for nocturnal animals. As soon as the sun goes down, a different set of animals appear. Large spotted genets and African civets are always a highlight, and the birders will be glad to hear that the South Luangwa National Park has an impressive Pel’s Fishing Owl population. The park is famous throughout Africa for its excellent leopard sightings, and even though none of these animals can be guaranteed, it is sometimes enough just knowing that they are around.
Wildlife Camp’s Bushcamp consists of 4 twin dome tents, two bush toilets and a bucket shower – it has no electricity and is basic in many ways but rich in atmosphere and location. The view gives a 180 degree panoramic picture of the Luangwa River and all her inhabitants.
An afternoon walk led by a fully qualified guide and 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 and the guide and the scout – who will spend the whole night with his firearm by his side to ensure your safety – will tell you many stories; most of them unbelievable but 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 6 : The next morning sunrise and birdsong wakes up the bush and after breakfast it is time to pack up and head back to camp on foot – another three hour walk among the giants, and the dwarfs, of Africa.
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