Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp, named after the Puku antelope that graze the floodplains in its vicinity, is perched high on an escarpment in a remote part of the South Luangwa. The camp has embraced a very natural African chic style in its decoration, blending in completely with its local environment. This is a classic, traditional tented bush camp, intimate and friendly with just seven tents, offering the authentic safari experience that many people long for.
The region is abundant with elephants, lions, wild dogs, buffalos, hippos, wildebeests and antelopes – many of which will be easily spotted as you lounge on your balcony or eat dinner. This stunning park can also be explored on foot with park rangers and tracking guides, offering a chance to see some of the more elusive animals, such as leopards, the genet cats, and honey badgers. Sunset is a perfect time to enjoy a cocktail in the bush, or on the banks of the Luangwa River watching a hippo swimming party.
Overlooking the beautiful floodplains below, the tents are spacious and comfortable, with private decked balconies and secluded outdoor showers stocked with luscious and environmentally friendly products.
24-hour Security, Bar, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant
Balcony / Deck, Bath, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower
Lions and leopards are often seen in the area around the camp, as are buffalo and elephant. For big game like this, guests really need a vehicle to get up close and here in the South Luangwa, travellers have the privilege of going on game drives at night. Guests are always amazed how much can be seen when they go down to the river for sundowner cocktails before leisurely driving back to camp. Bush babies in the trees stand out with their enormous eyes, puku and impala scarcely notice as vehicles pass by. Guests often see hyena and leopard in the early evenings and are able to get very close in Sanctuary Retreats' specially designed 4 x 4 vehicles. On the open plains below the camp there are always grazing herds of antelope and of course they attract the predators that every guest wants to see.
Walking is the best way to see the bush around Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp. The South Luangwa is home of the walking safari and it remains the best way to experience the sights and sounds of the bush. Sanctuary's experienced guides love showing guests the indicators of the wild, 'rewinding' the action of the last few hours from just a few small give away signs. See where an elephant stopped to browse, where a leopard scratched a tree or a pangolin rolled into a ball. Accompanied by an armed game scout and taking careful note of the wind to mask any scent. There's nothing like seeing lion tracks or the giant footprint of an elephant to make guests relish the comforts of camp. The area is home to 60 mammals and over 400 bird species, making it one of the top birding destinations in the world.