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This is one of the most exceptional and exclusive experiences on offer in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Enjoy walking and camping out in a small setting for a few nights,

Key facts of Luangwa Bush Camping

Luangwa Bush Camp 1-3 nights
Available dates June - October
Max group size 4 guests
To be booked in conjunction with Tena Tena and Nsefu
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South Luangwa Wildlife

One of the most exclusive experiences

What is “bush camping”? …walking with the best of guides, dipping deeper into the bush from the fixed camps by camping out for a couple of nights, dinner and stories around the fire, simple but delicious food… When staying at Tena Tena and Nsefu you can walk between the two for two or three days, camping on the way. This is simple camping but with that extra touch of comfort. There are stand up tents, mattresses on the ground, sheets and blankets, wash basin, shared 60L bucket shower, bush loo, full bar and food service, fully serviced camp (except laundry). The walking is in one of the most lagoon rich areas of the Luangwa and hence the game is superb.


Itinerary of Luangwa Bush Camping day by day

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Day 1: Nsefu Camp

You have an option as to how many nights you spend on this safari - a nights dip in the bush or extend onto 3 nights even. Ideally you would spend the night at a camp not too far off (Nsefu and Tena Tena work best) so that you can get up at sunrise and then take a morning walk as a morning activity to the first bush camp. Situated in a secluded area of the Nsefu sector the camp is simple and “bush”. Arriving in time for a leisurely lunch followed by a siesta and an afternoon walk will follow tea and then back to camp for sundowners and dinner around the camp fire.

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Day 2

If you are only spending a night on the experience, then this morning you will walk out of camp to your next camp - this ideally needs to be either Tena Tena or Nsefu. Or if you are extending your stay Bush Camping, then the day is spent walking in the game rich area of the Luangwa riverine habitat, with ebony groves, many lagoons and of course the Luangwa River itself. During your morning walk the camp will be moved to a second site and lunch will be waiting for you on arrival, alternatively you and your guide may decide to have a picnic lunch en route. This is a very flexible day and your guide will discuss options to suit you and any other guests.

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Day 3: Tena Tena Camp

Following a relaxed breakfast you will walk out of camp and head towards your next lodging, stopping for tea and cake along the way and arriving in time for lunch. This day will vary depending on where you are staying overnight today. If not a nearby property then you may well walk into one of our camps in the Nsefu Sector and then be driven to onward connection.

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Luangwa Bush Camping is not accessible during this time of year.

Luangwa Bush Camping is not accessible during this time of year.

Luangwa Bush Camping is not accessible during this time of year.

Luangwa Bush Camping is not accessible during this time of year.

Lower rates | Beautiful scenery | Good game viewing | Pleasant temperatures

  • Open from 22 May. Shoulder season: 570 USD pppn.
  • By now the stork colony is accessible by road and the trees rise from the ground like ghostly shadows. The chicks have hatched and are making life very tough
  • The rains have finished and the thunderclouds have gone away for the next few months. Revel in the limitless skies and clarity of this time of year.

Lower rates | Good game viewing | Pleasant temperatures

  • Shoulder season: 570 USD pppn.
  • The slightly eerie hyena calls fill the night sky as they wander across the plains looking to see what can be found.
  • The bush is drying up and the dust is starting to be kicked up behind the tyres of the game-viewer as we prepare ourselves for our cool and dry winter.

Great game viewing | Favourable weather

  • Peak season: 710 USD pppn.
  • Watch as the buffalo herds start to come into the area and increase in numbers. And as the lagoons dry out this is a chance to catch the occasional fishing party with large numbers of water birds enjoying a fishy feast.
  • Sudden flurries of wind kick up the dust and the clear cool mornings see the baboons hugging their feet and catching the sun rays to warm up.

Great game viewing | Favourable weather

  • Peak season: 710 USD pppn.
  • By now the wildlife has settled with the guests in camp so keep an eye open when walking to your room at night so as not to miss our resident hyenas or leopard.
  • Chilly nights spent around the camp fire with the magnificent starry skies above and the gentle grunts of the hippo as they get ready to come out and graze.

Phenomenal Game Viewing

  • Peak season: 710 USD pppn.
  • As the river dries out head to the river crossing south of camp to watch the large herds of bull elephants crossing the river and congregating in the shade of the trees.
  • Warm days but with the nights and mornings still cool, grab a cup of coffee and slice of toast from the camp fire in the morning and watch the day slowly come to life.

Phenomenal Game Viewing

  • Shoulder season: 570 USD pppn.
  • Great balls of quelea are now seen flying through the sky and coming down to dwindling water sources to drink.
  • Copy the wildlife by spending time relaxing in the shade enjoying the relief from the daytime heat of this time of the year.

Luangwa Bush Camping is not accessible during this time of year.

Luangwa Bush Camping is not accessible during this time of year.

We spent three magical nights bush camping and walking with Braston and his team in the Nsefu sector of South Luangwa national park. We were privileged to be the only guests! There is something special about walking out of one camp (Tena Tena) and walking into another (Nsefu) three days later. The pace was perfect, allowing us to observe wildlife going about their business. I would recommend this experience to anyone! The food was amazing, the tent very comfortable and the service excellent - so nice to be away from it all - no WiFi a big plus.
Jane P about Luangwa Bush Camping
We really enjoyed the RPS bushcamp. Braston who manages the camp was our guide a few days earlier at Nkwali. The camp set up was great and just for the four of us. As usual with these kinds of tented camps, hot water was delivered on request. Camp had a nice ambiance with lamps illuminating the area all night. Food was good and the drinks cold. The camp moves between various locations on the river between Tena Tena and Nkwali. We spent most of our time here walking—sometimes starting from camp and other times after being dropped off or picked up by a vehicle. Beds were on the ground in the tents but comfortable. Tents in excellent condition and very clean.
Aaron G about Luangwa Bush Camping

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