Surefoot Safaris - Mapazi Camp

South Luangwa

Surefoot Safaris is an owner operated company, operated exclusively from their tented bush camp, “Mapazi”. Nestled under mature trees on the banks of the Luangwa River, Mapazi provides an authentic Africa-Under-Canvas experience with a few essential comforts.

Walking with Deb you will explore Luangwa’s unspoilt wilderness; tracking big game, watching magical birdlife and uncovering some of natures’ best kept secrets.

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Surefoot Safaris - Mapazi Camp

Mapazi Camp is situated in the remote north eastern corner of South Luangwa National Park on the banks of the Luangwa River only 5km south of the Mupamadzi River confluence. This area is untouched wilderness; there is no network of game-viewing roads, only access to the camp.

The estimated travel time from Mfuwe airport to Mapazi Camp by vehicle is approximately 4 hours. We recommend that a stay at Mapazi Camp is combined with at least 2 other camps in South Luangwa – starting with a camp in the more central area and finishing off with another northern based camp.


3 Walk-in Meru style tents each with views of the river.

Room features Include:
Access to the tents is from both ends allowing a through breeze
The tents have large gauze panels for an all-round view and a shaded porch with seating area
A good night sleep is assured in their large beds with sprung mattresses and comfy pillows
Each tent has a private bathroom with flushing toilet, shower and basin (hot & cold running water) These are situated next to the tents and have their own river view.

Room Tent Bathroom Camp Bushbuck Camp Baboons

The centre piece of Mapazi is their canvas Chitenje; the open-sided tent has been carefully assembled around the huge boughs of a majestic Sausage Tree to create a cool bar and comfortable lounge area.

Morning coffee and light breakfast is enjoyed on the banks of the Luangwa River as the sun rises. Brunch or early lunch is served beneath the shade of a Sausage Tree. Everyone meets at the Chitenje for tea before departing on an afternoon walk. Guests dine in the Chitenje, by the camp fire or on moonlight banks of the Luangwa.

Chitenje Dining Open air Lounge Sunrise breakfast

Surefoot Safaris operates as an exclusive walking safari experience.

Walking through the Luangwa River Walking with Hyena Wildlife Watching Walking with Hippo Brown Hooded Kingfisher Buffalo Drinking at Mapazi Hyena Eland on the Plains

Children 12 years and older are welcome but there are no family tents

Open from 1st July until 18th October each year

In choosing to safari with Surefoot you support their efforts in another important way. Included in the cost of your safari is a contribution to the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust (CWET) and Conservation South Luangwa (CSL) At the close of each season the total amount is donated by the company on your behalf to these two long-standing and expertly run local organisations that help protect this wonderful place.

Chipembele Conservation Education South Luangwa Conservation Society South Luangwa Conservation Society

The camp is run on solar electricity

There is no WiFi or cellular reception

Optional laundry service 

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