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Reflections on 2013
The US$17,500 we raised for community and conservation projects through the Luangwa Community &...

It wasn't a UFO...
Last night we saw a strange light in the night skies just before 19:00 and while the game drives...

We need your vote for 'The Safari Awards'
Truly independent and honouring the most outstanding properties in the safari industry, The Safari...

Elephant Epic 2013
Tomorrow, Rob is supporting elephant conservation in Zambia by taking part in the 80km Elephant...

Rob sees a Honey Badger... At last!
Yes! The long wait is over and Rob has finally seen his first Honey Badger.

It was...

Intimate Bush Wedding
We were privileged to witness the wedding of Kate and Alistair yesterday. It was fabulous to see...

Pack for a Purpose @ Lion Camp
A huge thanks to Rebecca & Scott Rothney and their cousin’s son, Noah for the 107 kg of supplies...

Guide Training
The guides and trainees started earlier than usual this year. They have just completed 3 days of...

Operation Diesel
Our new diesel tank is on the premises at last. Rob and Hendrix collected the new 5000L diesel tank...

Elliot
It’s great being back up in camp, in the heart of the park again. We had a great sighting earlier...

Mfuwe Wedding!
Congratulations to Leticia & Collins (our Res & Marketing Manager) who got married on Saturday at...

Start of the rains
The rains have started in spectacular style. Last night we had over 100mm rain. The lagoon in front...

Newborn Elephant Calf
A newly born elephant calf lay completely still under its mother, we saw no movement for about 5...

Buffalo Herd
This morning we saw a huge herd of 1000+ buffalo coming down to drink at the river. It is rare to...

Cardamom Cake
This is Louise’s favourite afternoon tea – we always think of her when we tuck into a slice on...

Nsefu Wild Dogs
The first Luangwa river crossing of the year yielded a sighting of 8 Wild Dogs at the Nsefu salt...

Guinea Fowl hunter
Tonight’s drive was the second time this young female leopard was seen up in a tree hunting guinea...

Cubs in camp
Thanks to Alex for these first pictures of the Lion Pride cubs. Since these were taken we’ve seen 2...

Lions in camp
Lion Camp is so named for a reason. There is something about the location of the camp - the...

A Zambian Lady
The staff had decided that Louise (aka Chimbwi) is now a Zambian, so she must dress like a Zambian...

Butternut Squash & Tomato Gratin
This is a Wednesday lunch item – we regularly get requests for the recipe:

Ingredients...

Hello & Au revoir
It’s a mixture of happy news as we welcome Zoe to the team, and sad news because it’s time for...

Blue Moon
You know the saying “Once in a blue moon” to mean a rare event, well tonight it’s...

In house Honey Badger
Lion Camp is built on stilts to provide free passage throughout the camp to wild animals. It...

Newsflash : New Airport Tax w/e 01 Sept 2012
Zambia’s National Airports Corporation (NACL) has introduced an Aviation Infrastructure and...

People of Lion Camp : John Mbewe
Guests often comment on the amazing game viewing at Lion Camp, the excellent food or the relaxed...

Chikoko Walking Safari
Louise & some friends recently rediscovered the pleasures of walking safaris at Chikoko, one of...

Guest Photos : Annies Owl
Thanks to Annie Nash for her Pearl Spotted Owlet photo. Taken on a photographic safari last year...

Project Drum
The drum we use to summon guests for mealtimes had seen better days, the hide had big holes and to...

Leopard Camp
This year has been rich in leopard sightings at Lion Camp!

This morning, James spotted...

Double Trouble
During a game drive last night, Paul followed 2 beautiful porcupines who did not want to be admired...

Buffalos meet Elephants
It is always peaceful and relaxing when we watch animals drink from the river or a lagoon. But last...

Nkalango! Conservation Music Concert in Mfuwe
We are proud to be sponsoring Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre’s music concert being held next...

Caroline said Yes!
Congratulations to Darren Coomber & Caroline Thorpe who got engaged at Lion Camp last night...

Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli
The Lion Camp menu plan has been reworked for 2012. This is a a very popular starter, served on...

Indaba Marketing
I’ve just returned from the Tourism Indaba in Durban RSA. It’s the biggest tourism expo in Africa...

The last river crossing
Taken today, the picture shows the meeting at the Mwamba River crossing of the vehicle coming up...

A design intervention
A big thanks go to Polly for her work on our new business cards – she has just finished tweaking...

A chill in the air & preparations
The weather has changed – we seem to have had the last big storms at the end of last week and now...

Paraisos Magazine Features Lion Camp
We’re featured in the latest edition of the glossy travel magazine ‘Paraisos’, which fittingly...

Sam’s moving on...
After 9 years as Lion Camp GM, Sam has decided it’s time to hang up his walking boots.
He’s...

Welcoming our new Reservation Manager : Collins Lungu
Collins is joining Lion Camp as our new reservations manager. He will be at the end of the...

Verreaux's Eagle Owl
The largest owl in the region, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl are common and widespread in the Luangwa...

Chipolopolo Champions!
Zambia have won the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. In an exciting final last night, Zambia beat...

Bird Ringing
The annual Mfuwe bird ringing event took place this morning. Similar to last year plenty of...

Female Leopard
A break in the rains and blue skies tempted us out into the park this morning.

Not...

Zambia reach Africa Cup of Nations Final

After beating Ghana 1-0 in Wednesdays Semi-Final, Zambia are the first Southern African team...

Brown Snake Eagles
I watched this pair of Brown Snake Eagles yesterday morning – they were taking it in turns to feed...

Hippo River
The boat trips between Lion Camp and Mfuwe give plenty of opportunity to view & practise...

Zambia reach Semi-finals in Africa Cup of Nations
Zambia has just beaten Sudan 3-0 in the quarter finals of the Africa Cup of Nations taking them...

Our lagoon is full & flowing
Finally the Luangwa river is ‘up’ and the oxbow lagoon in front of Lion Camp is...

Rainy Season Staff
Hendrix is in camp managing the rainy season maintenance team and studying with Oscar for their...

Personal Touch Relaxing Therapies at Lion Camp
To complement your safari experience we are pleased to announce that massage and wellness...

New Proflight Baggage Allowance
Passengers travelling between Lusaka and Mfuwe are now only allowed one free checked bag up to a...

Leopard Camp ?
The leopard with her 2 cubs was seen by both of our morning game drives yesterday. Having not seen...

Animal Chess
‘Mike the Wood carver’ has just completed this specially commissioned chess set for our library...

Wild Dogs
This photo was taken by Sharon Daugherty on this morning’s game drive. After driving through the...

Martial Eagle
Thanks to Rob Dinkelaar for this photo he took on his transfer up to Lion Camp last week. He says...

Leopard Cubs
In was in July that our guides first noticed a female leopard in the area was lactating. Leopards...

2012 Photo Safari Dates
Patrick Bentley will be returning to Lion Camp in 2012 to run 2 specialist photographic safari...

Lions under the doorstep
There are currently 2 lions asleep under Sam’s house. About 07h30 this morning they walked up the...

150km Charity Challenge Walk
8 ladies have just reached Lion Camp having walked 150km from Mutinondo, down the escarpment and...

Au Revoir Louise
Today is a sad day – Louise is leaving us after 3 months of hosting at Lion Camp. The time has...

Lodge Photography
In order to get some new marketing images, we’ve had a photographer staying this last week. We’ve...

Lunchtime Showdown

Wilson was the first to notice the smallish herd of buffalos in front of the lodge whilst we...

Meet Charles the veggie man
Meet Charles Ngoma, the man behind Lupande Garden and the supplier of all our fresh greens...

Mating pair
This pair have been mating for a couple of days near the...

Open Lasagna of Butternut Squash, Mushrooms & Sage Butter
This Thursday night starter has become a firm favourite with both vegetarians and carnivores...

First Record of Böhm’s Bee-eater in SLNP
Sam noticed a different looking bee-eater on a branch near our swimming pool during tea this...

A rare sighting
Sam and his guests were following the lioness mother with her cubs stashed in the bush. She was...

Staff Photos : Louise's Ground Hornbill
Anyone who has stayed at Lion Camp since early July, will know Louise – our bubbly and energetic...

People of Lion Camp : Emma
For some of the guests visiting us at Lion Camp, the first point of contact in planning their...

Newsflash: Yellow Fever Deadline now 1st October.
Following some confusion throughout the tourism industry the South African Department of Health...

Shiwa Ng'andu
Just got back from a quick visit to Shiwa Ng’andu in Northern Zambia, I have to mention it because...

Lions in action
Lions are killing machines. We all know this, but it’s easy to forget. The game viewing on last...

Guest Photos : Leopard
Thanks again to Alex Appleby for this stunning leopard photo she took during a stay at Lion Camp...

Croc targets Buffalo at Waterbuck Lagoon
During a recent sundowner stop at Waterbuck Lagoon, a big herd of 300+ buffalo came down to drink...

Olympic Training ?
Over the last fortnight we have regularly seen a troop of baboons cross the lagoon in front of the...

Paraisos Magazine Feature
Lion Camp is one of only 2 lodges selected in South Luangwa to be included in the upcoming Paraisos...

Coucal vs Snake
This morning Freddie (head cook) noticed a White-browed Coucal acting strangely near the office, on...

Role reversal
Thanks to Alex Appleby for this amazing shot taken on an afternoon game drive earlier this week...

Boston Iced Tea
This new drink recipe is part of a completely new 7 day menu plan. The recipe was requested by a...

Something new on the menu?
A few nights ago Sam and Hendrix saw lions hunting zebra, but the pride missed their chance on that...

June 5 : World Environment Day
World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely...

Hands Up for Conservation!
Chipembele have organised a community event on Saturday 04 June in Mfuwe, which Lion Camp is...

Yellow Fever Vaccination required for travellers from Zambia to South Africa
Following the World Health Organisation (WHO) revision on Yellow Fever (YF) vaccination...

AGOA Forum 2011
Lion Camp is a proud sponsor of the upcoming AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) Forum being...

Congratulations Chipembele!

The Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre was co-founded by Anna & Steve Tolan and opened in...

A dry year ahead?
It is unusual for us to see such a large herd of buffalo in front of the lodge so early in the...

Discover Zambia, Experience Africa
After 3,981 emails from 2,017 different people, producing 4,445 slogans and 956 different images...

New Cubs in Camp
Yet again one of the Lion Camp pride (aka Hollywood pride) lionesses has chosen to give birth in...

AFRING visit Mfuwe
This African Pygmy Kingfisher was caught in the nets put up by Afring (African Bird Ringing Scheme)...

Competition : Re-brand Zambia as a tourist destination
Zambia as a tourist destination is looking for a new brand!

Enter this amazing...

Happy New Year...
...from the green and vibrant Luangwa Valley.

There is an abundance of food at this...

Chalet 9 please...
The Lion Camp (aka Hollywood) pride have been in the Lion Camp area recently. They actually spent a...

What happens at Lion Camp during the rains?
Many guests ask what happens when the lodge closes for the rainy season (Nov-May). The answer is...

Leopard Abundance
Nature is interesting and ever-changing, and it seems this week is leopard week in the lion camp...

SEKA Drama Group Perform Kusanga
SEKA (Sensitization and Education through Kunda Arts) drama group recently performed their latest...

Colour comes to Camp
A mini refurbishment has just been completed by Stephen Falcke Interior Designs. The brief was to...

Congratulations Hendrix
Hendrix Chipulu is the first of our 'home grown' guides to pass his Driving (Grade 2) Luangwa...

March Rains
Usually March is the beginning of the end of the rains. This year March has already seen more rain...

Win a 3 night stay for 2 at Lion Camp – Conservation Society Fundraising Dinner
The South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS) is having a fund-raising dinner dance in Lusaka, on...

People of Lion Camp : Sam's Bike Trip from Cairo
Many of our guests ask us what we do when Lion Camp is closed during the ‘off’ season (Nov-May)...

Reflections 2008
In 2008 we saw a seismic shift in the lion prides. The Mwamba pride expanded its range and...

** Entry Visas Reduced **
In a move to encourage tourism in Zambia, the recently elected President of Zambia, His Excellency...

Impala Young
Fresh green shoots appear days after the first rainfall in October, and it is this time of year...

End of Season - Camp Closing
Natures palette is changing with the onset of the rains. Pale khaki and beiges transform into...

Carmine Bee-eaters
Carmine bee-eaters have been congregating in the valley for the past few weeks - adding a brilliant...

People of Lion Camp : ZAWA Escort Scout - Criston Mpase
In Zambia walking safaris are conducted by a guide and wildlife scout. The scout bears the gun and...

Lions take to the trees
As temperatures rise lions can occasionally be seen climbing and sleeping in trees in the Luangwa...

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
We send these cookies on morning game drives & walks – the tins normally come back empty which is...

People of Lion Camp : Focus on Safari Guide training
In December 2007 we chose 3 candidates to be trained as Safari Guides. Hendrix, Oscar and Basiwell...

Giant Eagle Owl feeds her chick
Standing at 60cm tall, weighing in at 3.5kg and with a wing span of 1.5m, the Giant Eagle Owl...

First Aid Course at Lion Camp
This week Lion Camp management, guides and trainee guides successfully completed a three-day First...

Great Leopard Sightings
We are now one month into the 2008 safari season and sightings, particularly leopard sightings...

Return of the Hollywoods
The Hollywood pride has returned to Lion Camp. During the rainy season the lions usually move away...

Lion Camp is Eco-Aware
Being eco-friendly & environmentally aware is important to us at Lion Camp. We are privileged to be...

End of the Rains
The end of the rainy season is here at last; the land is drying out, the river is dropping and the...

The Emerald Season
This time of year is known in the valley as the Emerald Season. With the beginning of the rains...

Nat Geo release of Dr Brady Barr's hippo film
In August 2007, Dr Brady Barr and his National Geographic Television team stayed at Lion Camp for...

A Look Back at 2007
As we are looking forward to the 2008 safari season here is a quick look back at some of the guest...

Wildlife Take Back Lion Camp
It has been just over a month since the end of the safari season; the camp is quiet, the...

New Lion Pride Cubs found in camp
3 new lion cubs belonging to one of the Lion Camp pride females have been seen for the first time...

Recipe of the Moment - Bloody Mary Shots
Its starting to hot up now, so these well chilled shots go down brilliantly after a morning game...

Elephants in camp
Lion Camp’s most popular guests this year have been three teenage male elephants. Drawn by the...

Top Documentary TV channel, sends film crew to Lion Camp
Lion Camp recently became home to a film crew who were trying out a new way of getting up close &...

1 Man, 1 Bike, 3300km, 1 Month
In an inspired moment during the rainy season, when Lion Camp is closed due to inaccessibility; Sam...

Luangwa flooding gives way to dry season opening
The rains have ceased at last in a season that has seen the highest flood levels in Luangwa Valley...

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