Shawa Luangwa Camp

Shawa Luangwa Camp: Our full report

4 tents
Best for 16+
Jun to Nov

Set to open in June 2020, Shawa Luangwa Camp will be a small camp perched on the banks of Zambia’s Luangwa River near to the Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa National Park. In a spot handpicked by legendary guide, Jacob Shawa, the camp aims to have a strong focus on sustainability.

The owners behind Shawa Luangwa Camp have teamed up with Jacob Shawa, one of Zambia’s most renowned guides, to create a new camp in the northern section of the South Luangwa.

No one from the Expert Africa team has had the opportunity to visit the site yet, but we understand that the new Shawa Camp, currently under construction will comprise of five A-frame tents, two of which will be interconnected, and can be used either individually or for families. Uniquely designed and raised off the ground to minimise their physical footprint, all of the tents will overlook the meandering Luangwa River, and the team are planning for a swimming pool to be located near to the main area of the camp also.

The new camp will be located close to the Nsefu sector of the park, an area known for its remoteness and prolific wildlife, so we would expect decent opportunities for wildlife sightings here. Activities at Shawa Camp will include game drives and walking safaris. Along with its sister camps in the Kafue, the camp plans a strong commitment to reducing its footprint on the environment and focusing on sustainable initiatives. The plan is to have electric game drive vehicles at the camp, charged by solar power, to make for a quieter and more immersive safari experience.

We would anticipate that a stay at Shawa Camp will combine well with either another camp further south in the Mfuwe sector of the South Luangwa, or with one or both of its sister camps in the Kafue National Park, Ila Safari Lodge and Chisa Busanga Camp.

Our view

With the combination of the camp’s prime location and what we know of Shawa’s sister camps’ emphasis on sustainability and conservation, Shawa Luangwa Camp is an exciting new offering in this area of the park that we look forward to visiting when it opens.


Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Green Safaris

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included


Power supply: Solar Power

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Dangerous animals: High Risk


Disabled access: On Request

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