We reckon the rebuilt Lion Camp will be well worth visiting! With the same wildlife-rich location within the stunning South Luangwa, it will appeal to new and seasoned safarists alike.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Located in the remote north region of the South Luangwa National Park.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The communal lodge will be elevated just as it was before, but the roof is being opened up to provide even better views over the park! The roof will be thatch, the walls will be canvas, and the deck will be made out of sustainable timber. Inside, there will be a comfortable lounge, dining area, and bar. The owners inform us that the previous acid-bright colours of the soft furnishings will be replaced by muted tones. The deck will be extended and the swimming pool will be very much improved! It will feel fantastic to enjoy a drink on the deck or a dip in the pool while gazing out over the plains and watching the local wildlife.
Guest accommodation at the updated Lion Camp will consist of standard rooms and private suites. As previously, all will be linked to the communal lodge along raised walkways, but there will be extra space between units. The artist’s impression of a standard room shows an elevated timber, thatch, and canvas structure, incorporating a deck. There’s a glimpse of a double bed, and the owners explain that an Evening Breeze cooling unit will be installed in each bedroom, using solar power. At the front of each room, there is netting – once this is tied back, guests will be able to access the deck directly from the bedroom. The bathroom of each standard tent is positioned to one side of the bedroom, for increased privacy. Both suites are similar in style to the standard rooms, but they are more spacious and more secluded, with a fabulous location at the end of the site. They also have an outdoor bathtub! One is designed to accommodate a family of two adults and two children, while the other will be ideal for honeymooners. As with the communal lodge décor, the former bright colours of all guest units will be replaced by a more neutral palette.
Lion Camp will continue to offer some superb safari activities – game drives, night drives, and walking safaris. The wafwa in front of camp attracts wildlife all year round, so you will not even have to leave camp to see loads of plains game and, of course, the lions, hunting at night! There are no rhino here, but all other members of the Big Five are present – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. There are giraffe too, in addition to zebra, baboon, monkey, hippopotamus, and an impressive assortment of antelopes including impala, bushbuck, waterbuck, and eland.
If you venture out on a night drive, you can look out for such species as honey badger, porcupine, and the charming pangolin! The bird count is very impressive too, numbering over 400 species. These include raptors, waterbirds, bee-eaters, owls, and parrots. Walking safaris are a great opportunity to get out your binoculars and scan the skies for birdlife, as well as to become acquainted with all the insect and plant life of the South Luangwa – fascinating!