Lion Camp is a hidden gem – its remote location in the north of the South Luangwa Valley means there are fewer camps and therefore less vehicles to be met on game drives; it really does feel wild.
Lion Camp - The Details
Lion Camp has been closed for a refurbishment and is currently replacing its vibrant colourful interior for a more subtle bushy décor set to open in 2018. The 10 rooms (5 to either side of the main area) are being spread out to allow for a more private experience. The main area consists of a fully stocked bar and a delightful barman called Joseph who will be more than happy to accommodate any cocktail request.
Chilly early mornings are made easier with the huge boma, which acts as a fabulous centre piece for the breezy main area. The camp offers communal dining with other guests, but if you are after a more intimate experience they do allow separate dining on request. Listen for Bernard on the drums calling you for your morning breakfast, buffet brunch, or dinner before star gazing (and often game viewing) around the boma or in your chalet.
Although Lion Camp is around a two hour drive inside the park, the journey is an experience in itself and being detached from the bustle of the park outskirts allows for fantastic unspoilt game viewing. We can guarantee you will see hundreds of hippos wallowing in the Luangwa River on your way, and you can even spot the carmine bee-eaters flocking in their thousands if you’re passing through at the right time of year.