Island Bush Camp

A Zambia Bush Camp Offering a Real Wilderness Safari

Island Bush Camp offers untouched wilderness and walking safaris in the heart of South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. This authentic Zambia bush camp is set under the cool shade of old mahogany trees on the banks of the Luangwa River.

An unspoiled wilderness

With views that stretch from the Chendeni hills in the Eastern corners of the Luangwa Valley to the Muchinga escarpment in the West, you are presented with the complete natural boundary of this remote and achingly beautiful wilderness. Every day is presented with new experiences and never the same.

Island Bush Camp is located around 3 hours South of Kafunta River Lodge. On the way to reach this safari bush camp you drive through the South Luangwa National Park, passing through woodland and open plains.

Far from the well beaten tracks, Island Bush Camp offers complete solitude.

View from a chalet at Island Bush camp, a Zambian bush camp

Bush Camp Chalets

Island Bush Camp has just 5 bush chalets tastefully decorated in a simple, chic bush style. They are open to the front with stunning views over the river and allow the sounds of the bush to drift through. Each chalet is built out of natural materials and sits on a wooden platform high off the ground. Cosy beds are turned down each night behind tented mozi nets.

Each chalet has an en suite bathroom on the same level as the rooms also facing the river. The bathroom is open to the sky, with a stylish and practical canvas bucket showers, that is filled with hot water once a day. There is cold running water and flush toilets.

Bar and dining area of Island Bush Camp, a Zambia bush camp

Bush Camp Area

The shady lounge area is the focal point of the camp, with comfortable chairs while attentive camp staff. This is just the perfect place to relax with binoculars to hand to take a closer look at any of the passers by on ‘bush TV’. The fireplace right at the river front is the ideal place to watch the sun rise and fall. Here you marvel at the galaxy of stars and spend the evening listing to the sounds of the wild or to the many bush tales the guides like to share with their guests.

The bush camp kitchen provides fantastic meals cooked on the wood burning stove and served in the dining area or under the Zambian night sky. Early morning tea is taken around the campfire during sunrise where the bread is freshly toasted over the fire. There is no better way to start the day in the bush!

Walking safari in the South Luangwa, Zambia

Walking Safaris

Walking safaris are our main activity in this heavenly place. This is your chance to explore the bush on a different level. You walk in small groups and will be escorted by an armed official wildlife scout and our experienced guides. This ensures your safety and gives you an exciting and educational view of the bush at ground level.

You will find that your senses are heightened to the sights and sounds of your surroundings. Encounters can vary from a chance meeting with elephants to sitting and watching a cloud of Carmine bee eaters coming and going from their seasonal colonies on the high sand banks of the Luangwa River.

Although the main activity at Island Bush Camp is walking safaris, we do also use a safari vehicle to get into a variety of walking areas or return from a walk after dark to discover some of the nocturnal wildlife in the area.

Island Bush Camp is seasonal and is open from 20 May to 1 November.

Bush Camp Facilities

  • Candle-lit dinners under the stars
  • Excellent service and cuisine
  • Safe drinking water provided
  • Bar service
  • Laundry facilities
  • The camp does not have power

Chalet Facilities

  • 5 Double chalets on stilts (10 beds)
  • Magnificent views of the river from each chalet
  • Open-air bathrooms with running water, bucket showers and flushing toilets
  • Walk-in mosquito nets
  • Paraffin lights

Photo Gallery

“Going to Zambia on safari was one thing. Staying at a bush camp takes it to a whole new level.”

A Day at Island Bush Camp

  • 5:15 Wake-up call
  • 5:30 to 6:00 Early morning tea and coffee, toast, cereals and fruits are served.
  • 6:00 to 10:00 Morning walk. Snacks and drinks are offered during the morning walks and drives.
  • 11:00 Buffet brunch is served.
  • 15:30 Afternoon tea and coffee, cake or biscuits are offered.
  • 16:00 to 18:00 Afternoon walk. Snacks and drinks are offered during the sundowner on the walk or back at camp.
  • 19:30 Dinner (3 course menu) is served under the stars.

The above details are based on the general times and duration of the activities they might change to meet clients needs and during the winter month.