Rustic Safari lodge zambia

island bush camp

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. You will have the park to yourself!

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Chalet Facilities

5 twin chalets on stilts (10 beds)
Magnificent views of the river from each chalet
Open-air bathrooms with running water, bucket shower and flushing toilets
Walk-in mosquito nets
Solar lights

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BUSH CAMP FACILITIES

Candle-lit dinners under the stars
Excellent service and cuisine
Safe drinking water provided
Bar service
Complimentary laundry
The camp does not have power
Waterhole photographic hide

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SAFARIS & ACTIVITIES

Escorted bush walks
Game drives
Excellent birding
Wildlife photographic hide

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Authentic African safari

AN UNSPOILED WILDERNESS

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

A DAY AT THE LODGE

5:30

Wake-up call

5:45-6:15

Early morning tea

6:15-10:15

Morning safari

11:30

Buffet brunch

15:30

Afternoon tea

16:00-19:30

Night safari

20:00

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”.

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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