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Norman Carr Safaris

Norman Carr Safaris is one of several independent safari companies whose camps we, at Yellow Zebra, often like to include in clients' Itineraries. It owns and operates six camps in the South Luangwa in Zambia.

"Yellow Zebra are a breath of fresh air. They combine years of experience creating unique and unforgettable safaris with a passion for the highest standards of personal service. One of the many things we love about Yellow Zebra is that they know our camps so well – they also makes a point of getting to know their clients, something which the big ‘faceless’ companies simply don’t have time to do".

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Norman Carr Safaris is our favourite Luangwa safari company; it typifies Zambian safaris and gives a real sense of adventure. It is particularly well-known for its small intimate camps, walking camps and focus on guiding.

Background information

Norman Carr Safaris was established in Zambia more than 60 years ago and was one of the original safari companies in Africa. When most people went on safari to shoot animals, Norman Carr introduced the idea of taking people on safari to look at the wildlife and photograph it. He also saw the importance of involving the local community – when he established his first camp, he did so in partnership with the local chief Nsefu. He also introduced the first walking safari.

The company has continued to follow Norman Carr's ethos ever since, working closely with the local community and aiming at conservation through tourism.  It is one of the only big companies that is still owner-run.

Norman Carr camps:

Mchenja Bush Camp

Mchenja Bush Camp is located in the northern sectors of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. It is one of the most luxurious camps in the valley.

Kakuli Bush Camp

Kakuli is a classic no-frills bush camp. It is simple but incredibly charming. Its four tented chalets have an open-air bathroom and fabulous views of the river, where hippos can often be seen.

Nsolo Bush Camp

Nsolo Bush Camp is an adventurous walking camp that sits directly on the Luwi River in South Luangwa National Park.

Luwi Bush Camp

Luwi’s minimalistic yet high-quality design makes this Norman Carr’s most adventurous property. Its style goes hand in hand with the camp’s focus on authentic safari – it is a huge hit with safari enthusiasts and travellers looking for a ‘real’ experience.


Opened in January 2013, Chinzombo is now the forerunner of luxury camps in the Luangwa, with impressive feedback on comfort, design, food, service and guiding.

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