Our History


South Luangwa National Park, 1970s

When Norman Carr established Chibembe in the mid-1970’s he selected the location carefully. The confluence of the Chibembe and Luangwa Rivers on the eastern boundary of the South Luangwa National Park is both spectacular and practical. Arguably the best walking safari area in the area, Chibembe has easy access to largely unused areas of the South Luangwa National Park. Whilst much has changed in Zambian tourism in the last 40 years, Chibembe’s location remains unrivalled.

The internationally acclaimed Norman Carr pioneered walking trails at Chibembe and in the South Luangwa National park and more recently, under the management of Wilderness Trails, Chibembe became the hub for the running a number of walking trail camps in the park opposite as well as Nsefu Camp and Big Lagoon. 

A number of world renowned Safari operators have spent time living and working at Chibembe including Phil Berry, Robin Pope, Vic Ghurs and John Coppinger. 

To date, it is commonly spoken of as being the best walking safari area in Zambia.

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