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Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp: Chalets and campsite

South Luangwa, Kakumbi 10101 Zambia
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 04/02/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp is a tented lodge on the shore of a idyllic lagoon. Perfect for those who like glamping. We have six tented chalets, including four family tents, and a beautiful wooden dining deck under a big ebony tree. We also have a splash pool. Each chalet has an en suite bathroom, mosquito nets, and a spacious veranda. Our bushcamp is an ideal spot to while away an afternoon watching wildlife on the lagoon. You can opt for full board or you can self cater and use our well equipped kitchen. We also have a camp site equipped with braai, wash stand, and power points. The camp is located just 500 m from the main entrance to South Luangwa National Park, one of the premier wildlife viewing locations in Africa. We can arrange game viewing activities at competitive prices.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Kids stay free
Airport transportation
24-hour security
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Car hire
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Sun deck
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
Laundry service
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Room features
Dining area
Private balcony
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Walk-in shower
Hair dryer
Separate dining area
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and 1 more


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South Luangwa, Kakumbi 10101 Zambia
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Maya wrote a review Nov 2021
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My husband and I found this great, comfortable and reasonably priced bush camp for our safari in South Luangwa. It's conveniently located near the town, but tucked away next to a beautiful lagoon. Although there was not much water, due to it being dry season, there were plenty of wild animals grazing just in front of the camp. The staff was excellent and friendly, the tented chalets were cozy with excellent views of the lagoon area, and our safari guide was wonderful. If you want to have a great experience in South Luangwa for a great price, go to Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Ian wrote a review Nov 2021
1 contribution
If you are looking for a reasonably priced safari experience in Zambia, this your place. Francis the camp host took friendly/excellent care of us. The food was very tasty with vegetarian options. Our tent was very comfortable with bed, mosquito net, fan, lights, bathroom and a beautiful view of the lagoon. Rowan our safari guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. He was relentless in locating the elusive pack of 22 wild dogs and so many other fabulous animals. We saw elephants, antelope, buffalo, and beautiful birds in the lagoon as we enjoyed our meals. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Una B wrote a review Jul 2021
Lusaka, Zambia31 contributions5 helpful votes
I loved this place. They offered a great special rate and the tent was super comfortable with everything I needed such as charging facilities, water, free laundry service and just a wonderful doorstep view (amazing birdlife). The bed was big and really comfortable. The outdoor bathroom was lovely and spacious and had plenty of solar-heated hot water. The staff running the camp couldn’t have been more attentive and I very much enjoyed the local menu - there was lots of it too. Food was hot and nicely presented and there was a variety of drinks available at the bar. Francis was in charge and did an wonderful job as host. The game drives were excellent with a super guide, Rowin, who knows the park very well and really does know thoroughly his fauna and flora facts. Morning and night drives were available daily, if requested, although there was enough on the lagoon to spend a long afternoon bird, baboon, elephant, hippo, bushbuck, baboon and croc watching. I’ll definitely go back.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: I was in the end tent, to the far left facing the lagoon - very private.
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Caroline T wrote a review May 2021
Livingstone, Zambia20 contributions13 helpful votes
I cannot recommend Pelican Lagoon Bush Camp highly enough. I stayed for 3 days on the all inclusive international menu, and had 4 game drives. It is a small lodge, only 6 tents which ensures you get a very personal special time spent here. The camp is run by Francis, chef Issac, Rouwin, safari guide and Zac the spotter, and all around helper, these 4 guys made my stay something very very special. Their attention to detail in everything they do, their hospitality and warmth made me feel like I was at home, they looked after me from the moment I arrived to the moment I left. The location is not inside the park but this did not matter, the camp is set right on the lagoon, which is full of hippos, baboons are all around, I was lucky enough to see elephants just across the lagoon. The location is also perfect, as you can see sunrise and sunset from the deck. Francis runs the camp, and his attention to detail, kindness and helpfulness knows no bounds, nothing is too much trouble for him, his generosity knows no bounds. The accommodation is perfect, spotlessly clean, it’s a new lodge so the bedding and towels are great, soft and fresh, the bed is very comfortable and the tents are a good size with outside bathrooms. They will also do laundry for you. The food is exceptional, definitely a 5 star rating any top hotel would be proud to have Chef Issac, 3 meals a day plus snacks on the morning game drive, afternoon tea, and snacks again in the evening drive. 2 courses for lunch, 3 courses for dinner. Chef Issac makes all the bread, cakes, biscuits and scones himself, all of which just melt in your mouth. Rouwin and Zac are great at spotting animals, and their knowledge, not just about the animals but also about the park, the birds, flowers and fauna is truly amazing. Just tell Rouwin what you want to see and he will find it for you, he knows the park so well and is quite happy driving around and around. The team did a special treat for me which was a surprise and it literally brought me to tears I was so overwhelmed by their generosity, thoughtfulness and kindness  All the team, Francis, Rouwin, Chef Issac and Zac were amazing they certainly do this lodge proud, there is absolutely nothing I could complain about or make recommendations to improve. This place is one of the best I ever stayed in, and I have travelled extensively around the world Thank you so very much, Francis, Rouwin, Issac and Zac, my new family in South Luangwa I will never forget you and how you made me feel so very welcome with your kindness and warmth You are a truly amazing, awesome wonderful team, and I was truly blessed and honoured to spend time with you ❤️
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Warin Harrison, Owner at Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp: Chalets and campsite
Responded 12 May 2021
I am very glad you had such a wonderful time. Thank you very much for your review.
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TheZedTravelFoodie wrote a review Feb 2021
Lusaka Province, Zambia15 contributions1 helpful vote
I had heard abut Pelican Lagoon and always wanted to visit. When a last minute trip to the Eastern part of Zambia came up, I instantly booked Pelican Lagoon. Firstly, thank you to so much to the owner Rin who was so accommodating and let me book with ease on the day I checked in. Once I arrived, I was met by Francis who basically manages the whole place with a big smile and a cool towel which was lovely after hours on the road. It was just after sunset when we arrived and immediately we saw two hippos in the lagoon in front of the deck playing in the water. Wow already! My tented chalet was comfortable with an outside shower and toilet with hot water and was extremely clean. A huge thank you also to Isaac the chef who made my vegetarian meals to perfection! It was a lovely stay and I can't wait to visit again. Also, the game viewing in South Luangwa National Park which is a short 5mins drive away from Pelican Lagoon is excellent and can the bush camp does offer it as an activity.
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Date of stay: January 2021
joshuacarpanini wrote a review Feb 2021
Lusaka, Zambia2 contributions
Was a great stay with amazing staff and the best food I’ve had at any safari across Africa. The tents are very safe and comfortable and there is a good chance of viewing big game from your rooms all year round.
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Date of stay: January 2021
Mark M wrote a review Dec 2020
Berlin, Germany99 contributions22 helpful votes
We stayed at Pelican for a few days around Christmas and loved the place. The view is stunning, the rooms are perfect and cosy, the activities are great. What we liked most is the owners helpful attitude, which goes beyond just great service. We were short on cash once and they helped us out. Our arrival date changed to a day later and it was absolutely no problem. The food was amazing. And Rosy, the daughter, can do some magic with playing cards (small fun fact: She designed the logo but she did not carve it out). Thank you Team Pelican.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Ruthsalmon555 wrote a review Oct 2020
1 contribution
Pelican lagoon is a beautiful and peaceful place. We loved sitting on the deck watching the elephants and the birds in the evenings. The accommodation was very comfortable, plenty of space for a family of five, and the kids really enjoyed the splash pool. The staff were super friendly - always making sure we had plenty of iced water as it was so hot. Game drives were fantastic both day and night.
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Date of stay: October 2020
TikkyNelson wrote a review Aug 2020
1 contribution
The place really beautiful , peaceful and clean. Can see the Giraffes , Elephant and crocodile e.g. from our balcony. And just 3 mins from the Park, The staff really helpful and friendly. We will be back again.
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Date of stay: June 2020
Stephen J wrote a review Jul 2020
Lusaka, Zambia2 contributions
This ideally located tented camp offers affordable accommodation, excellent food and friendly service. You can just relax on your own private deck or on the communal deck and watch hippos, elephants and other wildlife that frequent the lagoon. If you want to be more active, the National Park is on the doorstep for game drives that are easily organised for you, as well as shopping trips to nearby Mfuwe and Tribal Textiles.
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Date of stay: June 2020
US$53 - US$53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ZambiaEastern ProvinceKakumbi
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp: Chalets and campsite
Which popular attractions are close to Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp: Chalets and campsite?
Nearby attractions include Mulberry Mongoose (5.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp: Chalets and campsite?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp: Chalets and campsite?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp: Chalets and campsite?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp: Chalets and campsite?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp: Chalets and campsite?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp: Chalets and campsite have airport transportation?
Yes, Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp: Chalets and campsite offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pelican Lagoon Bushcamp: Chalets and campsite?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai.