We are delighted to introduce to you two wonderful new properties in Zambia’s South Luangwa – Sungani Lodge and Kulandila Camp. With preparations for the build of these two properties starting way back in 2019, the camps will finally be opening their doors to budding safari enthusiasts from this May. Sungani and Kulandila are family-owned properties and the pictures we have received of both has us incredibly excited! They both ooze simple luxury and even through the photos, we can see the passion that has gone into these two wonderful properties.
(the rooms at Sungani Lodge)
(ensuite spacious bathrooms at Sungani Lodge)
We will start with Sungani Lodge. The name of the lodge comes from the blended Chichewa language meaning custodian and/or keeper. Taking the wonderfully descriptive words from Sungani’s beautiful website, the lodge has been designed with privacy and relaxation in mind. Which backs up the true family ethos and the knowledge that the family who created Sungani also employed some wonderful locals to help bring to life Sungani Lodge. Another quote taken from their website describes the lodge perfectly ‘Skills taught and learnt, calamities overcome, culminating in some quirky details that add to the relaxed atmosphere and charm.’ We love how honest they are, even learning from their own calamities, we are all the same!
(the pool views at Sungani)
(Relaxing style of the main mess area at Sungani Lodge)
Sungani Lodge lies on the edge of a bountiful lagoon and shelters beneath a canopy of magnificent indigenous trees, showcasing the natural tones of the bush, blending into the surrounding landscape. The whole lodge is built on raised decking meaning guests can meander throughout the camp during the day in relative safety. Again, taking another line from the website describing the main mess area ‘… has a variety of living spaces where your time is uninterrupted, and the space is yours to do as you please.’
(Spacious decking and your own private plunge pool in all rooms at Sungani Lodge)
(Al-fresco dining under the shade of huge trees)
Sungani Lodge is one of the most southerly camps within the South Luangwa and the easiest way to acces the camp is flying into Mfuwe where someone from the Lodge will meet you and assist you onto their own private plane, which will fly you the short distance (20 minutes) to the Sungani airstrip. Alternatively, you can also drive from Mfuwe. Your safari guide will meet you and transfer you by road and then by a game drive through the South Luangwa reserve, this will take a little longer (approximately 3hrs) but it does mean it allows you to see the majority of the reserve at close proximity.
(comfy furniture so you can sit back and relax)
(How about a little whiskey on the rocks at the end of your safari?)
Kulandila camp – meaning to receive or welcome – the sister camp to Sungani and ever so slightly smaller, but a tiny bit more rustic. Kulandila Camp is situated on the banks of the Luangwa River with a vast lagoon lying on the other side of camp. The idea of Kulandila Camp is for pure leisure. Set beneath towering Lala palms and surrounded by lush vegetation, looking up and watching the leaves and branches of the surrounding trees gently swaying in the warm breeze will bring anyone that stays at Kulandila a pure sense of peace.
(aerial shot of Kulandila Camp bordering a lagoon and the Luangwa River)
(Room views at Kulandila Camp)
(main mess views at Kulandila Camp)
Four elevated tents are linked by pathways which allow you to wander with ease to the communal areas. The main mess area looks out onto a lagoon as well as facing the Luangwa River. Just off from the main area is a swimming pool which guests can use as well as adjoining viewing decks. At Kulandila Camp, dining style is very al-fresco and incorporates comfortable living spaces with a wonderful bar area. It has the feeling of a very modern yet authentic safari – quite a clever design!
(Outside bathrooms at Kulandila Camp)
(Pool views at Kulandila Camp)
Look out on our Instagram as well as our other social media platforms for when we visit, and we will give you up to date videos and images from these wonderful camps first hand.