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Kalamu Lagoon Camp

Kalamu Lagoon Camp

Overlooking a permanent lagoon just off the Luangwa River in the southern section of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park is Kalamu Lagoon Camp. The camp is in the remote and undeveloped Luamfwa Concession that teems with wildlife.

Visitors will stay in one of eight safari-style reed and canvas tents, each of which offer en-suite bathrooms that include indoor/outdoor showers. The camp’s common dining and bar area rests beneath the shade of giant ebony trees. To one side are a pool and viewing deck offering spectacular views of the lagoon. The lodge is the perfect base from which to explore this remote region of river valley.

South Luangwa National Park is heralded as the birthplace of the African walking safari, and this activity remains the camp’s most popular. Wildlife encounters come fastest from the seat of a 4x4 jeep on daily and nightly game drives. Visitors can expect to encounter not just the herds of innumerable antelope (from impala to puku to eland), but also zebra and giraffe. Most coveted, however, are the big cat predators including lion and leopard. In the dry season the wildlife converges on the banks of the river as waterholes elsewhere dry up, and this is when the game viewing is at its peak.

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