The Green Season in Zambia - Zambia

Between December and June, the Luangwa Valley empties of people.  Swollen thunder clouds gather and turn the bush into an unreal palette of greens and yellows.  The rising rivers burst their banks, and pools of water appear inland.

In most places in Africa, this would not be the time to go looking for a wildlife safari.  But here in the Luangwa, many of the mammals are either giving birth or trying to attract a mate.

This is also often one of the best times to see wild dog, usually a rare visitor.  But even without all this action, the skies, the trees and flowers, and the rivers are remarkable in themselves.

Instead of battling flooded roads, you take to the Luangwa River by boat, peacefully in search of game and birds.   The camps that remain open during this time are high above the water-line and when you’re not enjoying cruising around, you can relax and take in the majestic scene from camp.


Accommodation

Mchenja Bushcamp

The name translates as ‘ebony’, and this upscale camp lies on the banks of the Luangwa River. It comprises just five designer tents, all with plush private terraces and decorous Victorian-style baths. The expert guides offer a range of excellent...

Mfuwe Lodge

Mfuwe Lodge is situated beside an oxbow lagoon in the wildlife haven of South Luangwa National Park. There is an open plan central lodge and 18 chalets which make up the buildings. The central lodge has a reception as well...

Mwamba Bush Camp

Mwamba Camp is located in the northern sector of South Luangwa national park in Zambia. Set away from the river, this very simple three room camp acts as a satellite to the more permanent Kaingo Camp, with guests often walking...

Nkwali Camp

The stone, thatch and bamboo lodges that make up this deluxe camp all have great views of the Luangwa River. The camp can host up to 14 guests, and has a large swimming pool with a great deck. Activities include...

Nsolo Bush Camp

Nsolo is one of Norman Carr Safaris' remote seasonal bush camps in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. Nsolo consists of four very spacious thatched-roofed chalets set on raised wooden platforms overlooking a bend in the Luwi sand river. Each is...

Robin’s House

A sister property to Luangwa House, this is also a luxury private home, with four well-appointed bedrooms and also a dedicated house manager and private chef. This would be a great choice for families, and the guides are happy to...

Luangwa House

Up to eight guests can stay at this architecturally impressive private house, which has four large double bedrooms. A house manager and private chef tend to all your needs, and meals, tours and activities are designed around individual groups. The...

Kapani Lodge

Kapani is an exclusive camp situated on the banks of one of the Luangwa River's many ox-bow lagoons. It is located close to the main Mfuwe area of the South Luangwa, one of the finest National Parks in Zambia. Kapani...

Luwi Camp

Luwi is a place to lay your head where you can be surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush without fanfare and fuss. Norman Carr, father of walking safaris in Zambia, identified the site for Luwi...

Kakuli Bush Camp

Kakuli is a seasonal bush camp on the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa rivers. For many it marks the end of a walking safari from camp to camp following the course of the Luwi River. Whether Kakuli is used...

Kaingo Camp

Situated within the South Luangwa National Park, Kaingo Camp overlooks the Luangwa Deep River that offers exciting game viewing opportunities. Special features are its unique animal-watching hides, offering spectacular close-up photography opportunities and unobtrusive observation of animals in their natural...

Chinzombo Camp

Chinzombo sits on the banks of the Luangwa River, snug beneath a protective canopy of trees, on the site of an earlier, simple camp (of the same name) built by Norman Carr in the 1970s. Its successor is very different....

When to Visit
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