Zambia is without doubt a safari destination where you can really experience the traditional bush values of yesteryear.
It is still a ‘purist’ safari destination, offering relatively little in the way of genuine ‘five star luxury’, and most visitors prioritise the overall safari experience ahead of luxury and sophistication. Accordingly, a wide range of accommodation options in Zambia are perfectly comfortable, without being overly ‘fussy’ or luxurious. However, in recent years a number of superb quality lodges have been developed so that Zambia can cater for the 5 star market if required. However, even the more sophisticated camps and lodges tend to retain a close link with the nature around them.
Tented camps exist throughout the country, but there are an equal number of more traditional ‘safari lodges’, which vary hugely in terms of style and comfort. There are also a number of private safari houses that are ideal for family groups. However, Zambia is particularly known for its seasonal bush camps which offer a genuine wilderness adventure.
Such camps are most common in the North and South Luangwa valleys. Historically these camps, whilst comfortable, were fairly basic and always associated solely with walking safaris. Nowadays however, whilst certain bush camps retain a very adventurous feel and concentrate solely on walking, many bush camps are actually quite sophisticated and are able to offer a combination of walking and driving.
In general, Zambia offers very exclusive safari accommodation and most camps and lodges are small and intimate. High quality personal hosting, sometimes by camp owners themselves, helps to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Near Livingstone and the Victoria Falls, boutique style river lodges compete with more mainstream hotel accommodation options.