The Place: As the only safari operator in the southern part of Luangwa National Park in Zambia, The Bushcamp Company has access to pristine backcountry seen by few people on the planet. Just inside the park entrance is Mfuwe Lodge, their luxury basecamp that acts as the entry and exit point for all travelers. Using their series of six intimate bushcamps (none sleep more than eight), they take guests on walking safari adventures that are built around what each individual group wants.
The Animals: The endless woodland savannahs of the region are home to an astounding array of wildlife. Large herds of Thornicroft’s giraffe co-mingle with elephants, cape buffaloes, and zebras amongst the trees lining the banks of the Luangwa River. At Chindeni Bushcamp guests eat dinner listening to the hippos splash about in the lagoon just below, before heading to bed in their plush tents. The resident naturalists at Kuyenda Bushcamp take safari-goers deep into the bush in search of lions, leopards, and buffalos. Most visitors opt to spend several weeks moving from one location to another to experience all that they have to offer. The best part is that Bushcamp Company has been giving back to the community for decades by building schoolhouses, freshwater wells, launching a school feeding program, and replanting trees to ensure the health of the region.
Insider Tip: When sitting around the campfire at night, the guides will burn dried elephant dung to keep the mosquitoes away; it’s not as bad as it sounds. [From $6,200; bushcampcompany.com]
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