These lodges (except for Nkonzi) are in Lupande Game Management Area on the east of the river. Those in Lupande overlook the river with the constant comings and goings of the wildlife.
These lodges are ones which do not state on their website to be ‘luxury’. Being mid-market the price range is quite large. Some are more luxurious than others. Some offer full board, some not.
Croc Valley. Croc Valley specialises in large groups – conferences, team building, etc
Flatdogs Camp. Not far from the main gate, Flatdogs, over the years, has built up a formidable reputation and has won The Safari Award in 2017 and 2018 for the Best Value Property. They also work with Luambe Camp in Luambe National Park to offer combined safaris.
Marula Lodge. A no-frills camp but with all the activities and service.
Mopani Lodge. Another no-frills camp but with all the activities and service.
Nkonzi Camp. If you want to be totally in the wilds of the park, Nkonzi offers that. Only open during the dry season from June-November, this is a family-run operation.
Thornicroft Lodge. Affordable accommodation for groups or families. They have a guide which specialises in birding.
Track & Trail. A stylish lodge. Offers photographic workshops.
Wildlife Camp. A popular destination for the adventurous.
Zikomo Safari Lodge. Away from the main centre, Zikomo offers a more remote stay
South Luangwa is accessed via Mfuwe Airport, 30 km from the park gates. Flights arrive from Lusaka or Lower Zambezi. Lusaka to Mfuwe is 1 hr 10 min.
It is 560 km from Lusaka to Chipata and then another 120 km to South Luangwa National Park. It is a long drive so it may be necessary to stop along the way.
It is not advisable to drive in the dark.
There are heaps of lodges in Lusaka. I am mentioning two of the most popular with a ‘holiday’ feel.
Eureka Camp on the Kafue Road south of Lusaka. 15° 30.22’S, 28° 15.80’E
Pioneer Camp on the Great East Road. 16 km along the Great East Road there is a Police checkpoint and, immediately after, there is a turning to the right. Take this dirt road for 3.4 km, finding the sign for Pioneer Camp: 15° 23.76’S, 28° 27.06’E
Along the route:
Bridge Camp is 230 km from Lusaka. Chalets and restaurant. Coming from Lusaka, just before the Luangwa Bridge, take a road south for 3 km. 15° 0.38’S, 30° 12.90’E
Katete: Community project Tiko Centre. They have rooms and restaurant. It is on the main road into town from Lusaka. 14° 3.89’S, 32° 1.37’E
Chipata: Mamarula Camp. Rooms and restaurant. Take the Lundazi road for 6 km, then follow the signs. 13° 34.97’S, 32° 36.61’E