Reviews of Big Lagoon Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
88 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Big Lagoon Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Crocodile Bushcamp review"
The room was fabulous - again overlooking the river - wish we had spent more time there.
The same comments I made re Chikoko Tree Camp apply to this camp (which is now called "Big Lagoon") - basically a wonderful experience walking through the bush but you see fewer animals than on a game drive so perhaps not for those whose main interest is animal sightings." See all these reviews: 7n in Zambia
"Crocodile Bushcamp review"
It was excellent and the view across the waterhole was magnificent." See all these reviews: 10n in Zambia; 4n in Botswana; 1n in South Africa
"Python seen on foot"
Tafika used to have two bush camps - Crocodile and Chikoko but has now transferred the Crocodile Camp to the nearby Big Lagoon. As the name suggests, it has a great view of a waterhole which is frequented by birds and animals.
The highlight for us was discovering a Rock Python which had just eaten an Impala. Tree Squirrels raised the alarm and with a bit of detective work our guide Amon and scout Titus were able to discover the cause.
The camp is simple but very comfortable. The staff were delightfully friendly." See all these reviews: 21n in Zambia
"Big Lagoon a good site"
We really liked both! Great bungalows: lofty, very smart, convenient and not too luxurious - perfect!
And lions that close - mind-blowing!" See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia; 8n in Malawi
"Big Lagoon Camp review"
"Crocodile Bushcamp review"
We were sorry never to have visited Crocodile camp, the site of which we passed just as we approached its successor, Big Lagoon. But the new location is absolutely stunning, looking out as it does onto the lagoon with a wonderful sitenji bar area complete with magnificent deck, and we could definitely see how - certainly as the season progressed - one could almost make a day of sitting there watching the comings and goings.
Clever use is made of the existing infrastructure from the camp previously on this spot, and the floor of our chalet had recently been upgraded but there is nevertheless still an intimate bush camp vibe which we loved. And we very much enjoyed walking on from Chikoko with Stephen, the wonderful guide we had previously met at Mwaleshi in 2019." See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia
"Crocodile Bushcamp review"
We had arranged in advance to walk from Big Lagoon direct to Mwamba as mentioned in the information on the Expert Africa website. We are grateful to Nick at Tafika for managing the logistics of this. Our excellent guide, tracker and tea carrier were all enthusiastic about this; none had done this walk previously so this was an adventure for each of them too. It was about 12.5km. We were lucky to get an excellent sighting for several minutes of a honey badger on this walk." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
"Walking safari from Crocodile Camp"
The walks we conducted from the camp were both varied and very informative as well as being exciting. We were very impressed with our guide, who looked after our every need, together with our ranger who was extremely experienced, and also our assistant guide who followed along in the rear, and who was also very knowledgeable. We saw a wide range of animals but also learnt a lot about their habits, their environment, the trees, the insects, the birds etc" See all these reviews: 5n in Zambia
"Crocodile Walking Camp"
Chalet roof appeared waterproof." See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia
"Great walks at Crocodile Bushcamp"
Crocodile Bushcamp has its own little watering hole and we could watch plenty of impalas, pukus, warthogs and baboons while relaxing, even one elephant payed a visit. One evening we even saw a big pride of lionesses on the bank of the river. It was very impressive!" See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia; 6n in Malawi
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One of the best camps in Zambia, Tafika is naturally built, combining excellent service and food with top guiding skills for a superb wildlife experience.
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Small and owner-run, the riverside Kaingo occupies a a quiet but excellent game area, with a series of wildlife hides and a focus on photography.
One of the Luangwa's oldest camps, Nsefu is a great safari camp in a remote, beautiful and game-rich location with top-rate guiding.
Small, remote and owner-run, Mwamba offers first-class walking, 4WD safari drives and superb hides, with excellent guides and a real bush feel.
One of the Luangwa's best camps, in a beautiful, remote bush location, Tena Tena is very small, exceedingly well-run and has top-rate guiding.
Chikoko Tree Camp
Chikoko Tree Camp is an excellent small, rustic bushcamp that concentrates on walking safaris, and is run by a top-quality operation.
Kapani Lodge is now the main office base for Norman Carr Safaris, one of the Luangwa's oldest safari operations.
A relatively big safari camp, Flatdogs offers value for money with great guiding and good food in a comfortable, relaxed setting.
Luangwa River Camp
Luangwa River Lodge is a small and consciously stylish lodge in the Mfuwe area, overlooking the Luangwa River and the South Luangwa National Park beyond – an area renowned for great game.
Beside the Luangwa River, Kakuli is a comfortable tented bushcamp offering 4WD safaris and walking safaris – the best of which are camp-to-camp walks linking Kakuli with its nearby sister camps.
Set in a shady ebony grove on the banks of the Luangwa, Mchenja is a smart tented bushcamp. It combines well with Kakuli and Nsolo – its sister camps with a focus on walking safaris.
Nsolo is a small, comfortable bushcamp overlooking one or two pools in the usually dry Luwi riverbed. It concentrates on walking safaris in an interesting and diverse area, led by a knowledgeable guide.
Kafunta River Lodge
Kafunta is a laid-back, friendly and good-value lodge on the outskirts of South Luangwa National Park.
In a remote part of the South Luangwa National Park, Luwi is a rustic bushcamp whose emphasis is on walking safaris with great guiding and a chance of seeing some rarely seen and elusive antelope.
Robin Pope bush-camp
RPS bushcamping in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Lion Camp is an established and comfortable camp with a swimming pool, located near to the game-rich Lion Plain in the northern part of South Luangwa National Park.
Robin Pope mobile
RPS mobile safari camps are at the heart of their set-itinerary walking safaris in South Luangwa National Park, which start and finish at a permanent camp.
In the remote far south of South Luangwa National Park, Kapamba is a small and very comfortable bushcamp offering good walks and game drives.
Puku Ridge is a luxurious designer camp set in a stunning location, high on a hill overlooking a floodplain within South Luangwa. Explore from here on 4WD safaris and walks.
In a game-rich area close to the South Luangwa’s main Mfuwe Gate, Mfuwe Lodge is relatively large by park standards, but it’s stylish, modern and family friendly.
Kuyenda Bushcamp is a classic bushcamp with particularly delightful hosts and offers top-class walking safaris in South Luangwa National Park.
Luangwa Safari House
Luangwa Safari House is a vast and very smart four-bedroom house specifically designed for families and small groups, and offering an exclusive and flexible safari experience.
Opened in early June 2013, Chinzombo offers luxurious and stylish accommodation with very high levels of service and excellent guiding.
A smart bushcamp with four very spacious chalets, Bilimungwe offers interesting walking safaris in pretty riverine woodland, as well as day and night safari drives.
Chindeni Bushcamp is a very modern and minimalist camp, which is a far cry from your traditional bushcamp and unlike most of the other camps in South Luangwa.
Three Rivers Camp
In the remote far south of South Luangwa National Park, Three Rivers Lodge sits at the confluence of three of the valleys rivers.
Kawaza Village – beside the South Luangwa National Park, offers guests the rare opportunity to appreciate local village life. Visit for a few hours or stay overnight.
With your own expert guide, private vehicle, chef and valet, the two-bedroom Robin's House offers an exclusive, flexible safari experience – and is open year round.
Island Bush Camp
Island Bushcamp is a good-value, rustic, walking-only camp, in arguably one of the most remote parts of the South Luangwa, well away from all other camps.
The Mwamba-Camp Out allows you to have an incredibly adventurous night in the bush, sleeping under mosquito nets with activities led by some of the best guides in Zambia.
A comfortable little bushcamp, Chamilandu has a picturesque setting by the Luangwa River, in an area with a range of habitats to explore on foot and by 4WD.
Zungulila is a small, comfortable tented bushcamp with an emphasis on walking safaris, in the remote southern section of the South Luangwa.
Currently undergoing renovations, Chichele Presidential Lodge stands high within the park, with superb views, and is due to reopen in late 2022.
Luwi Riverbed Sleepout
For an adventurous night in South Luangwa National Park, come and sleep out in the bush, around a campfire, with an experienced guide and game scout.
Opened in June 2021, Shawa Luangwa Camp is a small, intimate and rustic camp, with a good location in a remote section of the South Luangwa National Park.
Mapazi Camp is a basic safari camp in the far north of the South Luangwa, with walking safaris led by renowned guide Deb Tittle.
Chikunto Safari Lodge is a more traditional property in the South Luangwa National Park, sitting on a peninsula of land created by the meandering Luangwa River.