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Sanctuary Puku Ridge


Adventure, enchantment and ‘Luxury, naturally’ - all delivered with a quiet, understated charm and understanding of place – is the guiding philosophy of Sanctuary Retreats and one of their tented safari camps, Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp. Perched on an escarpment overlooking a game-rich floodplain in the South Luangwa National Park, Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp offers stunning vistas with perfect game sighting opportunities. The camp is named after the Puku antelope that graze on the floodplain below the camp. The panoramic views are astounding from both the communal areas and guest tents are astounding and the area is known for its abundance of game.

Why Sanctuary Puku Ridge:

• Location, location, location! The camp is located on the edge of an escarpment overlooking a game-rich floodplain
• Incredible game viewing from the main areas and guest tents
• Oversized safari tents, all with indoor and outdoor showers
• Endemic species: Thornicroft’s Giraffe and Crawshay’s Zebra
• Night game drives
• South Luangwa is rated as one of Africa’s best places to see leopard
• Complimentary Wi-Fi in the main area

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Room Information

Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp has embraced a very natural African chic style in its decoration, blending in completely with its local environment. This is a classic, traditional tented bush camp, intimate and friendly with just seven tents, offering the authentic safari experience that many people long for. Overlooking the beautiful floodplains below, the tents are spacious and comfortable, with private decked balconies and secluded outdoor showers stocked with luscious and environmentally friendly products.

Each of the comfortably furnished tents boasts en suite facilities which include a bathtub and indoor and outdoor showers. All tents feature mosquito nets, private deck, in room safe, hairdryer and ceiling fan. The camp has been constructed to blend into the local surroundings and designed to leave the lowest possible carbon footprint. Complimentary wireless internet access is available in the main areas of the camp.
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Things To Do

The South Luangwa is home to 60 types of mammals - including elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and antelope and has a reputation of being one of the best places in Africa to spot leopard. The park is a haven for birders with just over 400 bird species; these include 39 birds of prey and 47 migrant species. There are also a variety of endemic species such as Thornicroft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra, and Cookson’s wildebeest. Key wildlife include: Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, wild dog, giraffe, impala, puku, kudu, zebra, hippo, hyena, and endemic species.

The following activities are included in your stay:

Walking Safaris
Walking is the best way to see the bush around Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp. The South Luangwa is home of the walking safari and it remains the best way to experience the sights and sounds of the bush. Sanctuary Retreats’ experienced guides love showing guests the indicators of the wild, ‘rewinding’ the action of the last few hours from just a few small give away signs. Guests are also accompanied by an armed game scout.

Game Drives
Lions and leopards are often seen in the area around the camp, as are buffalo and elephant. For big game like this, guests really need a vehicle to get up close and here in the South Luangwa, travelers have the privilege of going on game drives at night. Guests are always amazed how much can be seen when they go down to the river for sundowner cocktails before leisurely driving back to camp. Guests often see hyena and leopard in the early evenings and are able to get very close in Sanctuary Retreats’ specially designed 4 x 4 vehicles. On the open plains below the camp there are always grazing herds of antelope and of course they attract the predators that every guest loves to see.
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Price Guide

$ = Up to $100
$$ = $100 to $199
$$$ = $200 to $349
$$$$ = $350 to $599
$$$$$ = $600 +


Price per person, per night.