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Introducing the 'New' Puku Ridge

March 1, 2019

 The “new” Puku Ridge located well inside Zambia’s incredible South Luangwa National Park, is a collaboration between its new owners, Chichele Safaris, and the Cumings Family of Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro. 


A 5-star luxury tented safari camp, Puku Ridge is being completely rebuilt in a more eco-friendly manner and reopening August 2019. It will offer outstanding guiding and hospitality whilst meaningfully contributing to the long-term protection of the wildlife and habitat of South Luangwa, as well as improving the prospects of the surrounding communities.  


Consisting of 8 tents/16 beds, each tent overlooks the wildlife and expanse of the Puku Ridge lagoon, each with super-king or large twin bed configuration. All include air conditioning, overhead fans within the mosquito net, en-suite facilities, indoor and outdoor shower with views, “his & hers” washbasins, huge bathtub with view, multi-level large veranda and plunge pool, tower with daybed/star bed, as well as all the usual amenities. The main area offers an indoor and open-air lounge and various dining options, campfire, and viewing hide overlooking the waterhole. 


Puku Ridge’s location within the park is spectacular and secluded, overlooking a wildlife-rich floodplain and waterhole, where there’s seemingly always something to see, on one of South Luangwa National Park’s prime sites. 


This well-known and much-loved camp’s facilities, service and guiding are being upgraded to the high standards for which the Cumings Family’s own Lower Zambezi safari camps have become renowned. Unique in design and now with a lighter footprint, Puku Ridge blends in beautifully with its natural surroundings. 


Elements from the Luangwa bush camps of old have been combined with traditional village life and authentic, local art works complement crucial creature comforts making for one of the most appealing and welcoming safari camp launches for many years. Previous guests of the old Puku Ridge may feel that everything has changed, but many special touches from the past have been retained. 




General Managers: Jason & Michaele Johnstone - ex managers of both Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro. 

Access & Communications: Via Mfuwe Airport, about a 90-minute road transfer, ½ in the National Park and ½ in community lands with wildlife, villages and curio shops 


Season: open - April 1st - November 30th; closed December 1st - March 31st. 

Activities: Will be led by some of Zambia’s best guides, including day and night game drives in custom 4x4 safari vehicles and bush walks with an armed escort scout. Stargazing from camp, picnics and other surprises will be available to delight guests. 


It’s the sister camp of Chichele Presidential Lodge - currently under refurbishment and expected to reopen late 2020.


For more information on Chiawa, visit their page

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