The Bushcamp Company: The Experience

Located in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

South Luangwa National Park is known as the home of the walking safari, and The Bushcamp Company has made exploring the wilderness on foot an important part your stay—and the cornerstone of the experience at its six Bushcamps. You can also get off your feet and set out on game drives by day and by night, and enjoy a lunch or dinner served in the bush. Whichever way you explore the park, the lodge’s guides are some of the best in the industry and quite a few have won awards. As The Bushcamp Company is deeply involved in the local community, guests have the opportunity to visit a nearby village and textile workshop.

Things to Do

The following experiences are included in the cost of your stay.

Guided Bush Walks

Join an expert guide and explore a multitude of landscapes on foot for a thrilling perspective on the complex ecosystems of South Luangwa. With all your senses at work, track footprints and signs of wildlife, encounter smaller creatures of the bush, learn about the diverse flora of South Luangwa, and observe giraffes and other large animals safely. At Mfuwe Lodge, walks can be arranged for a minimum of two people with 24 hours’ notice. At the Bushcamps, they happen every day. Please note: Children must be at least 12 years old to participate in walking safaris.

Game Drives

Head out in open safari vehicles in the early morning and late afternoon to observe wildlife when it is most active. Watch for mammals of all kinds, from bushbucks and zebras to wild dogs and elephants, and travel through a variety of habitats including floodplains, mopane forests, and lagoons. Stop for a cocktail to appreciate the legendary African sunset and listen as the sounds of the bush change with the fading light. After dark, observe nocturnal creatures with spotlights on a night drive, and with luck, come across a lioness or a leopard on the hunt.

Optional Activities and Experiences

The following experiences are offered at an additional cost.

Cultural Visits

Join one of the lodge guides on a visit to his village and get acquainted with everyday life in rural Zambia. Stop in at a textile workshop to learn about local arts and handicrafts, or visit one of the lodge’s project sites to learn about ongoing improvements to life in the park environs (Mfuwe Lodge only).

Food and Drink

At Mfuwe Lodge, the recently refurbished main lodge provides an inspiring setting for refreshments and excellent meals that incorporate fresh local ingredients. Each of the Bushcamps has its own dedicated chef who serves meals in the beautiful dining areas at each camp. Picnics in the wilderness can be arranged, and guests are sometimes surprised with dinner or drinks in an unusual setting—in the shallows of a river, for example, or surrounded by the bush.

Spa

One of the draws of Mfuwe Lodge is its award-winning BushSpa, where guests can choose from a variety of treatments, from a soak in an herb-infused hot tub—while watching hippos from the private deck—to a full menu of African, western, and Asian-style massages.   

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