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Luwi Bush Camp

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8/10

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Highlights

- Remote, eco-friendly bush camp
- Optional sleep-outs under the stars
- Exhilarating up-close walking safaris
- Norman Carr Safaris Portfolio

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Overview

Occupying a remote position on the banks of the seasonal Luwi riverbed in the heart of South Luangwa National Park, Luwi Bush Camp offers an extremely authentic and intimate safari experience. With no other camps for miles around, Luwi’s firm focus on walking safaris allows guests to become fully immersed in the wilderness, and reveals rare species and smaller details often missed during vehicle safaris in busier areas of the park. This eco-friendly camp is constructed anew each season out of local materials; though despite its rustic nature, it retains the exceptional standards of service, food, and comfort for which Norman Carr Safaris are known. Open from May to October, including a brief 'secret season', the camp is accessed via 3 hour road transfer from Mfuwe airport.

Nestled within a shady grove of mahogany trees near a hippo and croc-filled lagoon, the camp looks out across the floodplains to the riverbed. The main area is styled as a traditional 'chitenje'; open-sided, with a thatched roof and sand floor. This area contains a bar and small library, and there are various other communal seating areas dotted around the site amongst the trees. Comfortable chairs surround a campfire overlooking the floodplain, and dinner is usually enjoyed by candlelight under the stars; sometimes on the riverbed itself.

Four reed and thatch chalets are constructed each season to blend in completely with their surroundings. Although basic and with little ornamentation, the chalets remain comfortable, with double or twin beds draped in mosquito netting, and local, hand-made furniture. The spacious open-air ensuite bathrooms have running water and flush toilets, and the camp runs on solar power, with lamps in the rooms for getting about after dark. The honeymoon chalet is a little larger than the other three, with a front wall that opens out onto a private patio area where meals can be arranged upon request.

Activities centre on immersive walking safaris, during which the superb guiding typical of the Norman Carr portfolio really comes to light. Species rarely seen in other areas of the park, such as the elusive Roan antelope and eland, are observed up close, along with lions, leopards, and other wildlife attracted to the lagoons during the dry season. There’s a hide tucked away near camp, providing the exciting opportunity to observe animals unnoticed, and walking safaris often conclude here. A stay at Luwi’s sister camp, Nsolo, can also be arranged, with guests walking from one camp to the other. Walking safaris are complimented by some game drives; and being so remote, there is little chance of encountering other vehicles. In the summer, guests can enjoy a sleep-out in the riverbed at additional cost. Encircled by bonfires, this is a superb opportunity to star gaze under the brilliant night sky.

In accordance with National Park regulations, Luwi welcomes children of 12 years and over. With no pool or designated child activities, a stay would better suit more mature children with a keen interest in nature. For those travelling with younger children, Norman Carr sister camps Kapani Lodge, or the luxurious Chinzombo, offer children's programmes, pools, and family accommodation. Since the camp is unfenced, parents are reminded to keep children under supervision at all times.

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Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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