Island Bush Camp: The Lowdown


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One shouldn’t have favourites, but the type of camp that we really love is this: deep in the bush, barely a whisper of wall between you and the wilderness. Days spent tracking through the dust, and nights gazing at the stars with a cold drink in your hand. Meet Island Bush Camp.

What’s Island Bush Camp really like?

Island Bush Camp’s the walking outpost of Kafunta River Lodge and every hour you drive deeper into the park you become immersed deeper in the bush. The five reed and thatch chalets have no power, bucket showers, open-air bathrooms and just a mozzie net between you and the hippos singing in the river. Meals are communal and fun, and if you want to be impressed, just ask to see the kitchen- remarkable!

What can I do at Island Bush Camp?

Let us stress now, this is absolutely not a place to come with a tick-list of the big five or expect to be roaring around on game drives. Instead slow and gentle walking safaris are the order of the day. Head out each morning and afternoon and absorb yourself in the bush- smell the dampness in the bush, trace pawprints in the warm dust and feel just how small you are when you spot an elephant from afar. As it’s rare to get up close to big game on a walking safari we would recommend that keen photographers combine this with a camp that offers game drives.
Giving back at Island Bush Camp: Like big sister Kafunta, Island Bush Camp works to preserve the Luangwa and its wildlife, both directly through its work with the South Luangwa Conservation Society, and by ensuring the local community benefits from tourism via Project Luangwa. If you want to get involved yourself, the best way is via Pack for a Purpose which helps you to bring contributions that’ll help people in the villages nearby to the park.

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