A rich and diverse spectrum of wildlife and habitats, plus three magnificent rivers, make relatively under-developed Zambia one of our favourite safari destinations – and these are some of its finest camps.

Annie White

Kutali, Lower Zambezi

This simple canvas bush camp is situated in the heart of an atmospheric winterthorn forest, on the banks of the Zambezi. Suites are open-fronted, with just a veil of mosquito netting separating you from the great outdoors, allowing for stunning river views directly from the comfort of your bed. A perfect location for prime wildlife viewing, as well as a variety of activities including canoeing, river cruises, fishing and walks with expert guides, Kutali provides a truly immersive Zambian experience where you become one with your surroundings. Looking for more? Combine a stay at this understated camp with a visit to its sister property Chula Island, and you will enjoy the best of the Lower Zambezi.

Sausage Tree, Lower Zambezi

Sausage Tree is a firm favourite for people seeking a little more luxury and privacy than is on offer at the more traditional bush camps and it delivers in spades. A luxury tented camp overlooking the banks of the mighty Zambezi, this property is all about barefoot luxury, comprising spacious canvas suites that each have their own private plunge pool and outdoor shower. The cherry on top? Each group is allocated a private vehicle, allowing for unforgettable and intimate wildlife moments.

Mwamba Bush Camp, South Luangwa

This traditional, seasonal bush camp has been built entirely with its surroundings in mind and makes beautiful use of both the natural landscape and local materials. Bed for the night will be in one of four thatched rondavels, carefully placed beneath the shade of the tree after which they are named. Each has two sections of the thatched roof removed, so you can lie in bed and watch the stars above, while the main area is entirely open air, with a bar built around the nooks and crannies of an age-old Ebony Tree. A hundred metres away is a hide overlooking a productive lagoon, which is pumped from a borehole in the hot, dry winter months to provide welcome relief for the wildlife living far from the river. Three further photographic hides are placed nearby, as well as a star bed, to provide yet another unique experience, and it’s only a leisurely 6kms walk to the permanent sister camp, Kaingo, which is situated on the banks of the Luangwa River.

From Annie White’s trips to Zambia

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