Overview of Big Lagoon

Set along the banks of a mossy lagoon, amidst the thickets of lush ebony forests, Big Lagoon offers a private retreat into the heart of Zambian wilderness. As a quaint and intimate trail camp, it provides an exclusive gateway to the rich landscapes and diverse wildlife of South Luangwa National Park. Without the noise of vehicles and larger camps, you’ll be able to truly immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the bush.

The camp is renowned for hosting authentic African walking safari experiences. Each day is spent tracking wildlife along ancient footpaths with an expert guide at your side. A cozy camp environment invites you to enjoy minimalist lodgings, drawing all your attention to the splendour of your natural surroundings. After a long day’s adventure, you’ll settle into your chalet and drift off to the distant sounds of the rhythmic galloping of eland and the soft snorting of warthogs.

Big Lagoon is the ideal trail camp to include in any Zambian walking safari itinerary. Its location offers an abundance of wildlife sightings, from massive elephants and tall giraffes to famous kudu and rare wild dogs. As a walking safari destination, this camp is ideal for safari-goers looking to experience nature on foot.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Wildlife-rich South Luangwa National Park
  • A quiet escape with no roads or vehicles
  • Rustic lagoon-facing chalets
  • Morning & afternoon walking safaris
  • Sublime bush cuisine
  • Catering to special dietary requirements
  • Safari showers under the stars
Bird watching

Bird watching

Photographic safaris

Photographic safaris

Walking safaris

Walking safaris

Rooms at Big Lagoon

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Chalets

    Tucked away in a grove of ebony forest trees, the lodgings at Big Lagoon exude a minimalist safari charm. Each chalet reflects the natural splendour of the surroundings crafted from locally sourced woods and sporting comfortable cotton sheets with mosquito to ensure an easy night’s rest. The chalets are strategically positioned for uninterrupted views of the meandering lagoon inviting you to pull up a chair and marvel at the sight of elephants sipping water at your doorstep.

    Indulge in a hot open-air safari shower in your private en-suite bathroom. Cleanse off the day’s adventures under a blanket of stars with the buzzing sounds of cicadas and crickets. Although the camp has a limited electrical supply, each room is equipped with a solar-powered fan to cool you off on those hot days.

    General Facilities

    Early morning wake-up calls will see you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for a full day of authentic African walking safaris. Accompanied by an expert guide, an armed National Park scout, and a tea bearer, you’re welcomed to enjoy your walks with simply your binoculars, cameras and water bottles in hand.

    The camp has limited electrical supply, but there are communal solar charging stations for your phones and cameras. Although there are no Wi-Fi facilities, guests relish an opportunity to truly disconnect from the outside world. Chilling in a hammock is the perfect spot for an afternoon snooze before heading out for your last walk of the day. Cosy up in the communal lounge area, or out on the veranda in a deckchair, with a refreshingly cold drink in hand as you gaze over the landscape contemplating the day’s adventures.

    Battery-charging

    Battery-charging

    Deck area

    Deck area

    Lounge

    Lounge

    Restaurant

    Restaurant

    Dining

    Huddled around the firepit, indulge in a tasty early morning breakfast as you awaken to the sounds of nature with a freshly brewed coffee in hand. A delicious buffet lunch awaits you each afternoon, served with fresh greens locally sourced from the Tafika sister camps’ vegetable garden. The chefs at Big Lagoon skilfully prepare each meal, paired with fresh breads and a selection of drinks. Tasty cakes and snacks will keep you satisfied until dinner time, where you’ll delight in the ambiance of a rustic open-thatched dining area. Candlelit dinners offer a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy your three-course meal while overlooking the sunsetting over the lagoon.

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