Reopening set for 10 August, 2019, Puku Ridge camp is located deep inside Zambia’s incredible South Luangwa National Park.

The “new” Puku Ridge is a collaboration between its new owners, Chichele Safaris, who purchased Chichele Presidential Lodge (expect Chichele to reopen late 2020) and Puku Ridge from Sanctuary Retreats in 2018.

This well-known and much-loved camp’s facilities are being upgraded to the highest of standards and the service and guiding will be run to the same exacting criteria that Lower Zambezi safari camps have become renowned.

Its general managers, Jason & Michaela Johnstone (ex-managers of Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro for 5 years), are busy readying camp and the Puku Ridge team to welcome guests in a few months’ time.

Puku Ridge is well secluded, blending in beautifully with its natural surroundings, overlooking a wildlife-rich floodplain and waterhole where there’s seemingly always something to see, on one of the South Luangwa National Park’s prime sites.

Unique in design, the feature rich (think star-bed, private plunge pool – even custom built, near-silent air conditioning for respite from the hottest months) Puku Ridge is being completely rebuilt yet with a lighter footprint. More than 110, 22-ton truck loads of old cement slabs (yes, that’s right, 2,420 tons!) have already been removed from the Park and many of the old materials are being repurposed.

Puku Ridge will be carbon neutral and will contribute to the existing conservation, education and social charities already operating effectively in the area. And, just like at Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro, red filters on night safaris will be employed and guides will guide sympathetically and professionally.

Elements from the Luangwa bush camps of old have been combined with traditional village life; and authentic, local art works complement crucial creature comforts, making for one of the most appealing and welcome safari camp launches for many years.

The Luangwa Valley “of the Leopard” and its spectacular wildlife, including the endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe, of course need no introduction and we are simply delighted to be bringing our own blend of safari and hospitality to this amazing National Park.

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