Kalamu Lagoon Camp

Kalamu Lagoon Camp: Our full report

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Good (80%) From 1 review
July to November

Kalamu Lagoon Camp (previously known as Kwena Lagoon Camp) was built and run for a few years by Wilderness Safaris, who sited it on the location of an old, long-established lodge known as Luamfwa Lodge. It opened around 2008, and closed in 2012; an efforts to revive it for 2013 failed. We've no idea if or when it will re-open - watch this space ...

Before it closed, our brief comments on the camp were...

Kalamu Lagoon does have a lovely site, right beside the Luamfwa Lagoon, south of the Luangwa River – and it's one of the most remote camps in the Luangwa Valley, being a long way south-west of the main Mfuwe area.

This area is varied and typical of the south side of the park: with open grasslands, mopane woodlands and riverine forest where gigantic jackalberry and wild fig trees grow. Small shallow lagoons, open grasslands and wooded islands mean that this is an excellent area for walking.

This area has a very wide variety of game, from elephant and large herds of buffalo to prides of lion and leopard. However, visitors need to understand that the game here simply isn't as relaxed as you will find it further north in the South Luangwa National Park. Kalamu Lagoon Camp is very much a remote wilderness destination for experienced Africa travellers who will appreciate that it's a privilege to be in such an untouched area. It's probably not the obvious destination for first-time visitors to Africa who want to be sure of spotting large quantities of relaxed game for close-up photography.

We haven't visited the camp yet – however it has seven twin rooms and two larger units, each comprising of two en-suite rooms with a small adjoining lounge, perfect for families or small groups travelling together.

The vast majority of the images on our website are taken by the Expert Team, but where necessary we have asked the camps to supply some images. We thank Wilderness Safaris and Dana Allen for the images of Kalamu Lagoon Camp.


Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Ideal length of stay: 2–3 nights. Note that Kalamu Lagoon will often be preceded in a longer safari with stays at its sister-camps in Kafue National Park: Kapinga Camp or Shumba Camp. Sometimes Kwena might be followed by another camp or lodge in the Luangwa Valley – or possibly the Lower Zambezi.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Dining style: Group Meals

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining


Power supply: Generator

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Dangerous animals: High Risk