Zambia: Luxury Lodging
When you think Safari, you think wildlife, and Zambia provides just that. This landlocked country in Southern Africa is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, from vast flood plains (one third of the country is made up of national parks) to breathtaking waterways and waterfalls. These days theres no need to go trekking or backpacking to see such sites. In recent years, some of the most luxury resorts have popped up here, offering lavish hospitality, in addition to unforgettable experiences. Take a look at our top picks below.
Sausage Tree Camp
For: A riverside stay.
Sausage Tree Camp offers a bush-chic vibe, in one of the most stunning settings in Zambia. With close waters and huge open spaces you can expect to be intertwined with nature at every turn – from views of the elephants across the river, to monkeys playing outside your bedroom window. The exclusive camp only caters to a maximum of 18 guests at one time to unsure attention to detail is paid, and genuine relationships are made between the guests and staff.
The dedicated team at Sausage Tree Camp are on hand to cater to every need, specialising in game viewing and a long list of Safari activities. Previously voted number one on the BBC Holiday Programme’s ‘Ten Best Luxury Destinations’, the camp accommodation offers maximum comfort, in a range of luxurious suites rebuilt in 2018. The gauze windows allow an indoor outdoor experience through the night (and keeps any interested visitors out). The main dining area and bar overlooks an enormous teak deck overlooking the Zambezi River and and reeds often full of wildlife. Sit under the stars, or enjoy a swim in the 25m pool – either way you’ll be very much ’in the thick of it’.
For: Lion lovers.
Lion Camp is an intimately private lodge, offering 10 individual thatch and canvas suites with unobtrusive views of the African planes. Found in the northern area of the South Luangwa National Park, this exclusive Safari experience feels intimate and authentic and provides a sense of understated luxury, with simplistic wooden architecture and interiors. During May through to October (the dry season) the Lion Camp is best known for providing regular sighting of lions, leopards, giraffes and zebra, amongst many other species.
With guided walks and game drives you can expect to get up close and personal with the animals, lead by well trained guides. The group activities are always kept small (maximum of 4) in order to maintain a personal, exclusive experience for all guests. Without an external fence or border, the animals roam freely across the ’resort’, creating the most surreal of photo opportunities straight from the comfort of the lodges themselves. The honeymoon suite offers a rooftop deck for sleeping under the stars, while all standard lodges include wi-fi and cooling systems. The cuisine at Lion Camp is no less impressive, with buffet style breakfasts overlooking the flood plains, to alfresco dining (with African fusion dishes) in the evening. Sounds pretty perfect!
For: A personal experience.
Remote Shumba occupies its own island in the midst of the Busanga Plains, a stretch of savannah in the north of Zambia’s Kafue National Park, deemed one of the most ’untouched’ places in all Zambia. With the hotel itself named after the local lion pride, you can expect frequent sightings of all the big players from lions to hippo pods, down to the flocks of resident birds.
With just six individual lodges, you can again expect a bespoke, personal experiences, with the ability to build relationships and trust with the camps diligent staff. Enjoy sharing stories by the fire, or sunset drinks from the pool – the main hub provides a social space for guests to engage and enjoy each others company within this striking setting. With game rides both day and night you can expect to enjoy thrilling activities during your stay, paired perfectly with the relaxing setting of the calming, cozy lodges.