Highlights of Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp
- Puku Ridge Camp offers an authentic safari ambience with a luxurious twist
- Scenic, game-rich area of the South Luangwa
- Puku Ridge is an intimate camp with only 7 tents
Puku Ridge Camp is located in the central southern section of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia and is one of our favourite camps in this area. Named after the elusive Puku antelope which never strays far from water, this beautiful camp is small and intimate. It lies on a low rocky ridge overlooking the open floodplains. For millennia, this vantage point amongst the trees has allowed the predators to quietly observe the prolific hunting grounds below. Indeed, at times the plains can be so filled with game that you may be almost reluctant to leave the lodge to head out on a game drive as we were! Puku Ridge Camp allows you to enjoy in this abundance of wildlife and offers a real wilderness experience under canvas.
The camp has been designed to blend into its environment and to leave the lowest possible carbon footprint. Yet it is not lacking in luxury or comfort. Puku Ridge Camp has seven uber-spacious canvas safari tents with ‘picture windows’ offering wraparound views of the plains below. Each tent has twin beds, mosquito nets, private veranda, hairdryer, tea/coffee facilities, ceiling fans and a rather lavish bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers. Well-lit paths connect the tents to the main bar/lounge areas with a glorious viewing deck overlooking the floodplains of South Luangwa.
Game Activities at Puku Ridge Camp
The diverse wildlife in the valley offers great photo opportunities with lion, leopard, elephant and zebra frequently seen, whether you choose to explore on foot with a keen-eyed guide, or range further afield in a 4×4 safari vehicle. Watch the sun rise from your bed, elephants bathing from the comfort of your bath and perhaps even wild dogs pursuing their prey across the plains from your deck. Game-viewing is by day and by night using spotlights to track nocturnal animals such as leopard and spotted hyena. In the evenings, you dine with the night sounds of the bush as a soundtrack.
Puku Ridge is one of the few camps in the South Luangwa National Park to stay open for most of the year (only closing from mid January to the end of March).
Luxury safari tentsSanctuary Puku Ridge Camp is small and intimate and has been constructed to blend into the local
surroundings. The camp offers seven luxury oversized tents with a wrap around view of the floodplains.
Each of the comfortably furnished tents boasts en-suite facilities which include a bathtub and indoor and outdoor showers for the option of taking a shower with the sun on your shoulders. All tents feature mosquito nets, private deck, ceiling fan and hairdryer. Electricity, 220 volts, is supplied. A silent packed generator is available as back-up.