Star Of Africa - Zambia


Feb 10th, 2004, 05:28 AM
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Star Of Africa - Zambia

Well, ask and ye shall receive.

I requested special rates from Star Of Africa and I got very special pricing for both Puku Ridge in South Luangwa and Kulefu Tented Camp in the Lower Zambezi.

For once in my life I will have a little discretion (at least until after I book) but I will say that the prices are good enough that I will not hesitate to stay at Puku Ridge over Kaingo (and Kaingo offered me lodging at $120 pp per night + $20 game park fees per day).

This is interesting in that Kulefu Tented Camp is only available for two nights, so I will probably just swallow hard and ante up the money and splurge for two nights at Sausage Tree Camp...IF I do this itinerary. I could always fly from's really not that much difference than flying to Maun.

I figure that I could fly from JNB-Lusaka and then take this really cool road/river transfer that is two hours by road and then two hours by speedboat into Lower Zambezi National Park. That would get me rejuvenated after a flight in from Rome-London-Johannesburg-Lusaka. At least I will be in Premier Economy, whatever that means to Virgin Atlantic.

I will say that the cost of my Prague/Italy/Africa vacation just went down by $5,000 USD.

So, take a look at and let me know what you think of Puku Ridge and Kulefu Tented Camp. Puku Ridge looks slightly nicer than Djuma Vuyatela and only a little lesser than Singita. It is brand spanking new and I am more than tempted to give it a test drive and wave to all those Robin Pope people that paid a lot more for inferior accomodations. Guess I am the obnoxious poster this morning.

Puku Ridge:

Kulefu Tented Camp:

After a second look, Kulefu Tented Camp looks very, very comparable to Sausage Tree Camp, and their rates usually approach it, as well, until you get some stupid insomniac American that pesters the game lodge until they give in.

Time for work...this will be the day from hell but at least I made a lot of progress.
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Feb 10th, 2004, 05:56 AM
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Press Release From Puku Ridge:

Puku Ridge brings added value to a Zambian wildlife safari

The newest addition to the Star of Africa family of luxury safari venues in Zambia is Puku Ridge Tented Camp located in the 9500 square kilometer South Luangwa National Park, acknowledged as one of the top 10 Game Parks in Africa.

The camp was opened in July this year and is already proving popular with discerning international travellers who expect a combination of unrivalled luxury and a genuine African bush experience on their safari holidays. It has been sited on a rocky ridge overlooking a wide, water-rich valley in which wildlife is found in abundance.

The camp is named after the Puku antelope, a delightful and unusual animal that stays close to water features. The camp?s accommodation is made up of six very spacious safari tents, each created with luxury in mind, and all overlooking the Kakumbi dambo ? or fertile valley. Each tent has a large teak verandah for private game viewing, spacious bedroom area and lounge area, a huge sunken bath, indoor shower and outdoor shower. All of these allow you to indulge and unwind without deterring from the natural beauty of your surroundings.

One of the main features of the camp is its swimming pool stretching across the front of the main area of the camp with stunning views of the floodplains below. A raised drinks deck is to the right of the camp ? a perfect setting for early morning coffee and game viewing or evening night viewing of nocturnal animals in the area below. Wherever you are at Puku Ridge, game rich views of the floodplain stretch before you, ensuring never a dull moment.

Over 100 mammal specials and almost 400 birds of the 732 bird species found in Zambia are located in this park. Large herds of buffalo can often be found roaming the plains, along with other plains game such as impala, puku and zebra. The endemic Thorneycroft giraffe are found in abundance in this Park. There are often very good sightings of lion, with 2 resident prides living in the surrounding areas. There is always a good chance of seeing leopard, particularly on night drives, with the baboon alarm notifying you of their location. Other game to be found in the area includes elephant, hippo and wild dog.

Puku Ridge is reached by charter flights conducted by Livingstone-based Star of Africa Air Charters and the remoteness of the location ensures a connection with the wilderness and wildlife that many travellers expect from an African safari.

Harmony with nature is an underlying theme of the camp. Game viewing is undertaken in 4x4 vehicles or on guided walks, but wildlife often makes their own way into the camp: frequent visitors include leopard and lion. Because of this and for your protection, an armed scout escorts you to and from your room every evening.
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Feb 10th, 2004, 12:26 PM
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Hi Roccco:

I just wanted to say thank you for your post on Kaingo, I would have never considered Zambia otherwise. I have been checking pricing to Kenya, South Africa and Botswana for our annual girls trip. I have been reading posts here for a couple of months, trying to figure out where to go, having traveled mostly to Central and South America, and other than the Galapagos Islands, never used a travel agent, which I was beginning to think I would have to do. Although I did not get the same quoted price as you from Derek, I thought it very good none-the-less, and don't worry this stupid American won't pester the place to get the price I want.
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