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Puku Ridge Camp in Zambia's South Luangwa

The reinvented, reimagined, refurbished and redesigned Puku Ridge safari lodge is ready for guests like you to taste its fruits, reap its rewards which are many – breath-taking accommodation and some of the best game viewing in the entire South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.

Find incredible style and luxury in a lodge created entirely from wood, stone, thatch and other natural materials, the expansive deck the central meeting area for guests who want to get away from it all in an elegant bush camp. Puku Ridge is refined on a private watering hole, where a secret photographic hide is beautifully positioned and made for first class immersion in wildlife and wilderness second to none.  

It’s time you discovered this revamped safari lodge in a place where the tiny puku do feed, tall giraffe too and plenty of elephants – it’s a combined effort between the owners of Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro and Chichele Safaris and it is now a premier game viewing destination in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park, one of Zambia’s finest conservation areas. Everything is upgraded to such a fine quality that guests find it hard to leave this haven of luxury in the bushveld and feeling part of an extended family too. 

Many people say that walking safaris first began in the diverse Luangwa Valley, the conservation region that comprises both North and South Luangwa National Parks – visit the lavish bush wise Puku Ridge and find out how exceptional their bush walks are, excellent game guides leading the way in Africa with their wealthy of biodiversity knowledge and true passion for the wilderness in Zambia.

The 8 opulent safari tents are made for complete relaxation in wild nature, set on a ride, looking down on the expansive plains and woodlands where diverse wildlife exists. Each tented chalet boasts indoor showers and bath tubs with a view and the soft double beds have extensive outlooks over the vistas while each private deck features dazzling plunge pools. Fans, mosquito nets and mini bars, tea and coffee, Wi-Fi, sufficient power for lights and batteries and African style décor with a modern twist. 

Guests gather at the main area to share stories, enjoy the full open air deck with its lavish lounge, soft couches, dining indoor and outdoor and all the while, watching wildlife come and go and experiencing some of the best service in Zambia on safari.

Puku Ridge is committed to conservation of all life in the valley, just like its sister camps, Chiawa and Old Mondoro in the Lower Zambezi National Park. In South Luangwa, the solitary leopard is found often by dedicated rangers and trackers who understand their movements. The large herds of elephants are mind blowing and packs of African wild dog hunt nearby too. Sustainable tourism incorporates the delicate balance between people and planet, wildlife and habitat, survival and greed. 

Puku Ridge agrees that tourism is also about community involvement and the preservation of all life and natural resources.



Puku Ridge is a luxury lodge in the midst of the splendid South Luangwa National Park that does its best to be part of the wilderness and to celebrate all wildlife and ecosystems that make up this amazing conservation area. The Puku antelope is a tiny creature that usually lives near water and this exquisite safari camp has been thoughtfully erected on a rise overlooking the abundant plains of the Kakumbi valley. 

Puku Ridge is designed for outdoor living but leaves none of the comforts out that privileged guests love – 8 deluxe tented chalets featuring elegant double beds, walk in showers, outdoor bathtubs, stunning private decks, mini bars, fans and tea and coffee facilities. Spend the day on your deck game viewing or join other guests on the main wrap around deck that extends out to the fire pit area, main bar and plush African-style lounge where drinks and top notch food is served.   

All the tented suites are connected with neat wooden boardwalks, well lit at night, and the main area is transformed into a glowing welcoming arena for homecoming guests off their exciting night drives. Gather in the boma and talk about what you have seen – leopards, lions, elephants, buffalo, plenty of antelope, hippo, zebra and giraffe! 

The owners of Puku Ridge have completely revamped the lodge into a five-star escape for guests who want to learn more about wildlife and wildlife conservation, but still appreciate luxury living. The Luangwa River flows through the South Luangwa National Park and feeds the habitats in the 9 050 square kilometre stretch of reserve. Make sure you get out on walking safaris eery day with trained guides who love what they do and share their passion and knowledge extensively.

Voyage2Africa designs holidays into Zambia that you can customise for your dream safari to Luangwe and Puku Ridge. Bring the entire family! We can also add on to your trip into Africa with a few nights in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, to see Chobe, Vic Falls, Mana Pools and even Madkiwe Game Reserve. 

Amazing Holiday Packages including Puku Ridge

From $1,116



  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Photographic hide
  • Birding 


  • Luxury accommodation
  • All meals
  • Drinks
  • Selected activities
  • Transfers

Aerial view of the accommodation at Puku Ridge
that include this property


  • 8 luxury rooms
  • Sunken baths, outside showers
  • Hairdryers
  • Ceiling fans
  • Laundry
  • Bar, lounge, dining room
  • Deck for game viewing
  • Fireside boma


  • Refurbished and transformed into one of Zambia’s best luxury safari lodges, this South Luangwa National Park destination showcases perfect views and wildlife sightings on bush walks every day
  • Elegant tented wooden and canvas suites are erected on stilts to make the most of the floodplain views, with private plunge pools and bath tubs, designer décor and more
  • Enjou daily game drives and return from the night drive to share stories around the traditional boma fire while dining on fresh venison and Zambian delicacies
  • Named after a tiny antelope that lives near water, the camp is a real retreat from a busy life and the staff are friendly and professional, new friends for life.

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