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Island Bush Camp South Luangwa

Set under the shade of ancient mahogany trees on the banks of the Luangwa River, our authentic Zambian bush camp is the gateway to one of the most remote and unspoilt areas of South Luangwa National Park. Island Bush Camp offers a pure wilderness experience with walking safaris at the core of its activities. 

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Authentic African safari


The drive to Island Bush Camp will take you through woodlands and riverine landcapes, while passing through a couple of authentic villages. At the camp, the views stretch from the Chindeni hills in the Eastern corners of the Luangwa Valley, to the Muchinga escarpment in the West, presenting the complete natural boundary of this remote and achingly beautiful wilderness. Every day offers new and unique experiences.

What to expect



Wake-up call


Early morning tea


Morning safari


Buffet brunch


Afternoon tea


Night safari


Three course dinner

camp cooking you will love

Island bush camp bush kitchen

This is where the magical art of camp cooking takes place – turning a variety of ingredients into delicious plates of food with wood burning stove and minimal equipment. One of our guests’ favourite moments at Island Bush Camp is when they are given a tour of this bush kitchen by our chef – we call it the “kitchen safari”.

Get a tailormade Zambian Safari

Feeling overwhelmed with the choices? Let our experienced team take the guesswork out of planning your ideal safari. Chat to us now and we will help answer all your questions and plan the prefect tailor made safari for you.

Walk with the wildlife

South luangwa Walking Safaris

The area around Island Bush Camp is perfect for the traditional bush walks, so famous to South Luangwa. 

Under the guidance of our expert guides and the park rangers, walking safaris offer an exhilarating experience, an opportunity to “feel” at one with the surrounding wilderness. 

Bush camp area

The shady lounge is the heart of the camp, with comfortable chairs and a welcoming bar looked after by our friendly staff. All you have to do is relax, binoculars at hand, and observe the many “passers-by” on the riverfront. Watch the fall and the rise of the sun from the fireplace, marvel at the galaxy of stars, listen to the sounds of the wild and let our guides entertain you with their witty bush tales.

bush camp chalets

Set high on wooden platforms, the five bush chalets are completely open to the front, offering views over the river and allowing for the sounds of the bush to drift through, undisturbed. Enjoy the tasteful and natural style of the decoration and observe the hippos in the river while taking a warm shower before a restful night under tented mozzie nets.

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