- Intimate, exclusive residence
- Extremely flexible itinerary
- Idyllic river location
- Dedicated team of staff
Robin’s House is an intimate, exclusive family home nestled amongst trees on the banks of the Luangwa River, overlooking South Luangwa National Park, eastern Zambia. Boasting private accommodation and facilities, this stylish, two bedroomed retreat offers a dedicated team of house staff, chef and safari guide, and is a perfect getaway for families or small groups seeking total privacy and flexibility on an ample budget.
The South Luangwa National Park is renowned for game viewing, with terrain varying from riverine woodland, to vast plains and lagoons brimming with wildlife. The park is home to over 450 species of birds along with large concentrations of lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, and buffalo.
Open year round, and a short 45-minute drive from Mfuwe airport, this single storey, thatched house boasts wonderful river views. Spacious and airy, the central living area features neutral décor and comprises a comfortable lounge, a dining area, and a small library. Outside is a decked terrace with seating and a refreshing swimming pool. Mobile phone and Wi-Fi reception are available, albeit sometimes intermittently, enhancing the sense of ‘getting away from it all’.
Activities are extremely flexible and include day and night game drives and guided walks within the national park, plus cultural visits to local villages and schools, and excursions to Mfuwe’s vibrant markets and shops. During the January to April ‘Emerald Season’, boating trips are a great opportunity for wildlife viewing along the river and lagoons. In drier periods, guests enjoy direct access into the national park either via a pontoon across the river, or by driving over the dry riverbed. Visitors during October and November should prepare for very high seasonal temperatures, at a period when wildlife density is at its peak.
Guest accommodation consists of two spacious, ensuite bedrooms. One room contains a double bed and the second three single beds, all draped with mosquito nets. Each bathroom comprises a washbasin, WC, shower, and separate bathtub.
Children are extremely welcome, and a special activity pack is provided for each young guest. Mealtimes and menus can be tailored to little ones’ needs. A variety of child-friendly activities includes animal tracking, game drives, nature walks, biscuit baking, and arts and crafts. Note that there is a minimum age of 12 years for walks within the national park. Staff can provide childcare, allowing parents to partake in game drives whilst little ones are entertained at the house, however staff do not necessarily hold childcare qualifications. As the pool is unfenced and the house is open to the river, parents are reminded that children should be supervised at all times.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019