Lion Camp is privately owned and operated, working in close partnership with conservation-minded company Mantis to focus on the South Luangwa’s ecological balance and socio-economic status. The camp reopened in May 2018 following complete refurbishment! The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of drinks and non-alcoholic drinks, and a laundry service. And children incur a reduced rate – please contact a member of the YZ team for further details.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via 3 hours’ road transfer from Mfuwe. It’s situated in the remote northern region of South Luangwa National Park, on the banks of an oxbow lagoon adjacent to sprawling plains.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Guest accommodation consists of eight luxury suites and two deluxe suites. All have classic canvas walls and a thatch roof, and they’re raised on decking to maximise lagoon views. The luxury suites can be configured as doubles or twins, and a third bed can be added to sleep a child. Other room features include bedside lighting, plenty of storage space, and a separate seating area. Once netting in front of the suite has been rolled up, this seating area functions as a private veranda! The en-suite facilities are positioned discreetly to one side of the bedroom. Every suite benefits from Evening Breeze cooling units, installed directly above the beds. The deluxe suites are more spacious and more secluded, and both benefit from an outdoor bathtub. If you’re looking for a honeymoon option, this might be one of the South Luangwa’s best!
Lion Camp’s communal lodge is a classic canvas-wall thatch-roof structure, positioned on a deck made out of sustainable timber. Inside, there’s a comfortable lounge, dining area, and bar, all neutrally furnished to enhance the natural surroundings. Service standards are set high here, and the food and drink is exceptionally good! Guests can also tuck in to delicious meals on the lodge’s deck, all the while gazing out over the plains and spotting some local wildlife. As the camp is unfenced, big cats and herbivores alike are able to wander through. Guests can also enjoy relaxing in the camp’s boma and swimming in the sparkling pool.
Lion Camp offers some superb safari activities – game drives, night drives, and walking safaris. The lagoon 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 big cats, often hunting at night! There are no rhino in the South Luangwa, 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. And all activities are enjoyed in the presence of experienced and knowledgeable guides.