Puku Ridge, previously owned and run by Sanctuary Retreats, has a new owner in Chichele Safaris, which has commissioned Chiawa Safaris to assist with the property’s management. The camp will be open from 1st April to 30th November (closed 1st December to 31st March).
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp will be accessed via approximately 1 hour 30 minutes’ road transfer from Mfuwe Airport. This journey will involve wildlife viewing in South Luangwa National Park and travelling through villages. The Puku Ridge site remains the same – at the foot of a rocky hillside overlooking the Kakumbi floodplain, which is popular with the puku antelope after which the property is named.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT PUKU RIDGE:
Guest accommodation will consist of just eight suites, all positioned to maximise vistas over the floodplains. Each suite will have a luxurious bedroom, featuring a super-king bed or large twin beds with mosquito netting. Additional in-room amenities will include air conditioning, an overhead fan inside the netting, a tea-and-coffee station, a mini-bar, international charging facilities, 24/7 220W power, and Wi-Fi. En-suite facilities will comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins, big bathtub, and indoor/outdoor showers, with views! The interiors as a whole will include local artwork, taking inspiration from the classic bushcamp while providing ample creature comforts. From the bedroom, doors will lead out onto a private viewing deck, complete with plunge pool! And guests will also have access to their own little tower, which supports a platform for a day bed or star bed.
Puku Ridge’s communal spaces will be equally well presented; occupying a building constructed from timber, stone, and thatch. Again, the interiors will epitomise classic–luxury safari, bushcamp elements mingling with sophisticated modern design. So far, no detailed CGI is available for the main structure, but we’re told that there will be indoor and outdoor lounge and dining areas, a campfire, and a viewing hide overlooking the nearby waterhole! Moreover, the camp will be carbon neutral, with a lighter footprint than it had before.
ACTIVITIES AT PUKU RIDGE:
The camp will offer classic safari activities, as follows:
Expertly guided game drives- These will be available during early morning and late afternoon. Puku Ridge has always enjoyed a remote location within the South Luangwa, making for exclusive experiences of the wildlife-rich region! The park’s plains, woodlands, wetlands, and rivers support an exciting variety of predators and herbivores alike. Among the species you can look out for are four of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo – in addition to cheetah, hyena, jackal, wild dog, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, antelopes, and hippo. Leopard concentrations are particularly impressive!
Night drives- This activity is also enjoyed in the presence of a knowledgeable and experienced guide, bearing a special flashlight with a red filter. The South Luangwa’s nocturnal animals include bush baby, genet, and porcupine.
Walking safarisThey’re fantastic for anyone interested in close observation of the park’s smaller lives, such as its plants, insects, and birdlife. Over four hundred species of feathery friends have been recorded in the South Luangwa, not least five described as notable – Verreaux’s eagle owl, great white pelican, African skimmer, southern carmine bee-eater, and the little bee-eater too!
Chiawa Safaris also promises stargazing from camp, picnics, and other surprises!
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.
Please get in touch with a member of our safari travel experts if you’re interested in being among the first safarists to stay here!