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South Luangwa National Park - Zambia

South Luangwa National Park - Zambia


Although sadly we did not see very much game on our trip - my understanding is that the animals are still extremely skittish but this is getting better. There are 60 different animal species but unfortunately the rhino is not one of them, having been poached to extinction.

Sitting area at Kalamu Camp, South Luangwa, overlooking the river. ? 2007 Gregg Hughes, Wilderness SafarisThe birding in South Luangwa National Park is, however, amazing (if you are interested in it!) and there are over 400 different species in the South Luangwa National Park. This is definitely an area worth visiting - if not for the game, then the sheer remoteness of it! There is nothing but miles of nothingness with the Luangwe River being centre piece.

This Park is also famous for its walking safaris and it?s definitely the right territory for it, being mainly flat and wooded. It must also be noted that this National Park can only be accessed between May and November as for the rest of the year, the rains come so heavily that it is impossible to get in there. While I was in South Luangwa, I stayed at the new camp: Kalamu.

Kalamu, South Luangwa National Park

Wilderness Safaris Kalamu is a recent addition to the Wilderness family and this is the first season that they are open. It is a Premier Camp, so is very luxurious by bush standards.

Kalamu is extremely remote and is fantastically placed just above a semi-dry river bed (apparently the river is full in May and June and then gets progressively drier as the season goes on). There are only four tents so the camp is very small and the main sitting and eating area is in a large open sided tent that overlooks the river and wooded area on the other side. The tents are well spread out which is a blessing if you are a honeymooner or a curse if you have a large elephant outside your room, as I was lucky enough to have! The ‘rooms’ are very large and beautifully decorated. There is also a small plunge pool set slightly away from camp.

If you’d like to discuss Kalamu Camp, or any of the other accommodation in South Luangwa National Park in more detail, why not contact us.


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