Shawa Luangwa Camp
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Why photographers love Shawa
Shawa Luangwa Camp in South Luangwa National Park is situated on the eastern bank of the Luangwa River on a site hand-picked by Jacob Shawa, the Head Professional Guide at camp. From this beautiful location, you can cross the river on a pontoon or boat and explore the prime game-viewing areas of the South Luangwa. Photographers love the excellent guiding, small camp and, of course, Luangwa’s legendary wildlife.
How we rate Shawa
Shawa at a glance
Shawa Luangwa has five couple tents on decks, with outside showers, sunken bathrooms and wonderful views directly onto the Luangwa River and the landscape beyond. The camp has a double decked dining and relaxation area and a pool. The staff are super friendly and so is the atmosphere.
South Luangwa National Park is known for its dramatic river scenery, lagoons and a spectacular concentration of leopards. It is also a great place to see lion, wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, puku, impala and kudu, and many other species are found in great concentrations.
The camp is open from 1 May to 30 November. In winter, from June to August, the days are crisp, the skies are clear and game viewing is excellent. The temperature heats up in September through to November; it becomes hot and dry and the river becomes shallow. It’s a great time for predator viewing. November is the start of the rains, and it’s still a great time for game viewing and also viewing young animals. The cloud build-ups are fantastic.
What Shawa Luangwa Camps costs
Contact Photos and Africa for best rates depending on the season. It offers excellent rates.
Photographers need to know
Jacob knows the park intimately and prides himself on giving people a very wild and un-commercial experience away from busy areas. His team is hand picked and if you are not guided by him expect the same standards of great guiding. The camp is close to the Luangwa Wafwa area and its possible to get into the area well before other camps. Day drives can take you to fantastic areas including Nsefu which is roughly 40 minutes drive away and a great day trip. The camp crosses into the park by a boat and it also makes a great vantage point to photograph carmine bee-eaters in the dry season.
The good news
Green Safaris has a proud reputation in Zambia and Malawi for its eco safaris and light footprint. The first in Zambia to use e-land cruisers which makes for a quiet and wonderful game drive experiences. You can really sneak up on animals. There are no vibrations and you can hear alarm calls while driving. Expect enviable stares from others in South Luangwa.