Intial Planning Stage
1. When can I stay at Lion Camp ?
Lion Camp is open between 15th May and 31st October
which is Zambia’s dry season. (Access during
the rainy season is impossible by road due to Lion
camps remote location. This means the area reverts
to the wildlife).
2. When is the best time to visit ?
There is no one answer to this question, as each month
has its own merits. If you come between May &
Aug, expect exceptional game viewing, at a comfortable
temperature. From Sept to Oct, you can expect even
higher concentrations of game, with more action, however
it is extremely hot (up to 37 C) and dry.
3. What should I expect on a typical day
There is no ‘typical day on safari’ as
every day on safari is different, but we suggest an
early morning walk or drive, this (and late afternoon)
is when the animals are most active. Then return to
Lion Camp for breakfast and a quiet / rest period
in order to catch up on your journal or take a swim
in the infinity pool. After lunch and a siesta 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 20h00 followed by
4. Will I be fit enough to try a walking
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
5. How much will it cost to stay at Lion
Please contact us for up-to-date rate information.
We offer fully inclusive packages and are able to
organise your local flights to/from Mfuwe for a small
6. Is Lion Camp suitable for children?
In general we suggest Lion Camp is more suitable for
accompanied children aged 12+. However please contact
us to discuss your specific requirements
7. How long is the transfer to Lion Camp
from Mfuwe Airport?
As most of the transfer is inside the national park
it is more of game drive than a ‘transfer’.
Depending on what you encounter it takes between 3-4
8. I want to have my own vehicle & guide
– Is that possible?
Yes it is possible for an additional fee, it should
be booked ahead of time to avoid disappointment –
Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
9. Will I be able to charge my electrical
We have a 220V inverter system, meaning you can charge
equipment at your convenience in your room. We have
south african round pin sockets, but provide adaptors
for UK & US plugs.
10. What type of plane is used for the flights
between the capital Lusaka and Mfuwe?
A turbo prop Beechcraft, seating 18 is normally used.
The baggage allowance on these planes is 15kg and
a per kilogram USD charge (around US$1.00 / kg) is
applied to items carried in excess of this. However,
please be aware that the airlines exercise the right
to refuse excess baggage if there is not enough space
onboard the aircraft.
11. Are you able to cater for special dietary
Yes, but please inform us ahead of time of any specific
dietary needs. We offer a set menu as is usual in
most remote safari camps. For vegetarian/vegans, please
just mention this to your hosts on arrival.
12. I want to get married under the African
sky – Can you help me?
We’d love to help you plan your special day
– please contact us for more information.
13. What should I pack for my safari?
Binoculars (one pair per person is essential), high
factor sunscreen & a hat are the most important
things to bring. For walking safaris bring khaki or
neutral coloured clothing (white / light colours are
not suitable) and comfortable closed toe shoes/ trainers.
There is a daily laundry service in camp, so this
should help to limit your packing.
14. Do I need a visa to enter Zambia ?
Entry visas are needed are for most passports, however
tourists on a pre-booked safari may be exempt. We
are happy to assist and advise you on the latest requirements
- please enquire when booking.
15. Do I need to bring cash with me ?
If you want to bring spending money, then US Dollar
Cash (notes must have ‘large’ heads) is
widely accepted and will be needed for Airport Departure
Taxes. Please enquire when booking for up-to date
information on departure taxes.
16. What medical precautions should I take
Malaria is present in the Luangwa Valley so we recommend
you take malaria prophylactics – please consult
Please ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance
for your trip, including medical cover. Lion Camp
though taking every care to ensure your health &
safety will not be held responsible for any loss or
delays, injury, illness, death, cancellation of flights,
change of itinerary.
Zambia, South Luangwa & Lion Camp
18. Why Zambia ?
English speaking Zambia is a peaceful, friendly and
welcoming country. Independent since 1964 it is a
country of rich culture and vibrant contrasts, where
it is possible to experience both an exclusive safari,
and the thrill of Victoria Falls.
19. What will I see that is unusual / special
to South Luangwa ?
Particularly of note are the endemic Cooksons wildebeest
and Thornicrofts Giraffe, however the Luangwa river
has possibly the highest concentration of hippos &
crocodiles in southern Africa and the valley is known
for its excellent leopard viewing. For ‘twitchers’
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
20. Will I see Lions during my stay at Lion
We cannot guarantee it, but it is highly likely. Lion
Camp was situated and named for the high density of
lions in the immediate area.
21. How long has Lion Camp been in existence?
There has been a ‘Lion Camp’ on this site
on and off in various guises since the 1980’s.
The current Lion Camp was established in 2000, and
the existing owner has been involved since 2004.
22. How many people can you accommodate,
are there twin or double beds ?
We have 9 chalets meaning we can accommodate up to
18 guests. This enables us to offer all the luxuries
of a 5 star retreat, yet still retain a feeling of
5 rooms have king-size double-beds, and 4 are twin-bedded
rooms. All have luxuriously draped mosquito nets,
stand fans and comfortable day beds.
23. Is it safe to be on safari at Lion Camp
- Your safety is of paramount concern to all at
Lion Camp. At all times on game viewing activities
you will be accompanied by a qualified and experienced
- All vehicles are fitted with VHF radios and walking
guides carry handheld radios, both allowing communication
with the main lodge at all times.
- In camp it is safe to move around on the raised
walkways, however Lion Camp staff are happy to escort
you between your room and the main area should you
24. Where does the drinking water come from
All water comes from a borehole in camp. The drinking
water is treated and filtered but bottled mineral
water is available from the bar if you prefer.
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