About camp sabali

about camp sabali

Nestled on a seasonal island near the confluence of the Luangwa and Lupande rivers, Camp Sabali is surrounded by pristine bush, and abundant bird and wildlife.
With just six luxury tents, the camp is a hidden haven, offering the highest standards of service and cuisine, with experienced field guides who accompany guests on both walking and driving safaris.


Situated just 45 minutes from Mfuwe Airport, a one-hour flight from Lusaka or Lilongwe (Malawi), Camp Sabali is just a stone’s throw from the front gate of South Luangwa National Park. Sabali is unfenced and animals are frequent visitors, strolling through the camp unhindered.

Camp Sabali was designed by Leon Plutsick, who has over 30 years’ experience in the tourism sector in southern Africa. Born in Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia), Leon has spent most of his career in South Africa but has now come back to run Camp Sabali. The camp staff are all drawn from local communities and have been part of the project since inception.

The raw and natural bush surrounding Camp Sabali is complemented by the luxury of the accommodation and the outstanding dining experience we offer.

From breakfast to high tea, closing the day with a sumptuous dinner, all our meals feature ingredients sourced locally, with the freshest fruit, vegetables and meat from local growers and farmers. Our highly trained chefs take immense pride in presenting beautiful dishes that reflect the rich abundance of Zambian produce.

our tents

Each of our six luxury tented chalets accommodates two people and has an ensuite bathroom with basin, indoor and outdoor shower and toilet. In addition, each tent has a small, private terrace overlooking the flood plains out to the Luangwa River.

Alive with the sights and sounds of nature, Camp Sabali is inspired by the local surroundings and the many magnificent bird species that call the camp home.

View the tents

The furnishings and textiles of each accommodation unit are unique in style. The décor reflects the different plumage of six of the most common birds found on the island, including our rescued barn owls who were raised and released here.