What should I pack for my safari?
Binoculars, high factor sunscreen & a hat are the most important things to bring. Insect repellent is also a good idea, though we spray the lodge and provide mosquito repellent spray in the rooms. For walking safaris bring khaki or neutral coloured clothing (avoid black and white) and comfortable closed toe shoes/ trainers. There is a daily laundry service in camp, so this should help to limit your packing.
What should I expect on a typical day on safari?
There is no 'typical day on safari' as every day is different, but we suggest a light continental breakfast followed by an early morning walk or drive, this (and late afternoon) is when the animals are most active. Then return to camp for breakfast and a quiet / rest period in order to catch up on your journal or take a swim in the pool. Then late lunch at 14.00. Afternoon tea will be available for those who would like it, then you will head out on an afternoon game viewing activity with a 'sundowner' stop in a picturesque spot to watch the setting sun. The game drive will continue into a night drive - game viewing by spotlight which focuses on nocturnal animals. You will return to the lodge around 19.30 for dinner.
What will I see that is unusual or special to South Luangwa?
Particularly of note are the endemic Cookson's wildebeest, Thornicroft's giraffe and Crawshay's zebra, however the Luangwa river has possibly the largest concentration of hippos & crocodiles in southern Africa and the valley is known for its excellent leopard viewing. For keen birders it is possible to see: Pels Fishing Owl, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Lilians Lovebirds and from mid August the Luangwa river banks house extensive Carmine Bee-eater colonies.
Will I see lions during my stay at Lion Camp?
We cannot guarantee that guests will see lions, but it is highly likely. Lion Camp was situated and named for the high density of lions in the immediate area.
Will I be fit enough to try a walking safari?
Yes, if you are of average fitness. Walks normally cover 4 – 6 km with plenty of informative stops along the way. However, each walk is tailored to the participants involved.
Is Lion Camp suitable for a first time safari goer?
Definitely Yes. Our experienced and expert guides will be on hand to help you discover the best of South Luangwa and tailor your safari to your interests. With 5 guides in camp we are flexible enough to ensure you are well-looked after, and should it be necessary to share a vehicle we do our utmost to ensure it is with people of similar interests.
I have a special interest in photography, what can you do to help me?
Lion Camp is experienced in looking after keen photographers, we can provide bean bags for supporting the camera lens, and our guides will adapt to your specific needs, we suggest you consider booking a private vehicle - please contact us for more information. In addition, top wildlife photographers Patrick Bentley and Ed Selfe run specialist photographic safari weeks at Lion Camp. Please contact us for more information.
I want to have my own vehicle and guide - is that possible?
Yes, it is possible for an additional fee, it must be booked ahead of time to avoid disappointment – please contact us to discuss your requirements.