Norman Carr Kakuli copyright David RogersMchenga Norman Carr copyright David Rogers

Norman Carr was regarded as the father of South Luangwa National Park as he helped establish its proud tradition of walking safaris. These authentic bushcamps that he founded — Kakuli, Mchenja, Nsolo and Luwi — are wonderfully located in an area chosen by him for walking and wildlife. Here the Luwi River intersects the hippo choked Luangwa offering some of the best game viewing in the national park especially for lion, leopard and wild dog.

 These camps are remote and offer an extremely authentic experience. Bushcamps are solar powered and have no wifi. While many people opt to walk between the camps they are also ideal for game viewing from vehicles and offer excellent photographic opportunities.

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Norman Carr Bushcamps

Kakuli Camp is open from January to April (river trips at this time operate between its sister camp Chinzombo) and also from May to November. The camp has a traditional feeling with reed walls and open sided rooms. It has 4 tented suites and a family chalet.

Mchenja Camp is open from May to November. The camp has a wonderful location on the Luangwa River with great views. It also has a swimming pool which is a real bonus in summer. It has 4 tented rooms and a family chalet.

Luwi and Nsolo have 5 tented rooms and are near lagoon and in an area great for wild dogs and lions. These walking camps are extremely remote and rustic and are open from May to November. Guests staying at Nsolo have an option of sleeping out under the stars beneath a mosquito net.

When to go

The river trips are offered from January to April. This is a very green and lush time of year with wonderful cloud build ups. Birds are at their peak but game can be quite dispersed. The dry season from August to November offers excellent predators. It is also at this time that carmine bee-eaters can be photographed.

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