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Luangwa River Camp

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- Small, intimate riverside camp
- Superb hosting and guiding
- Abundant seasonal wildlife

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Luangwa River Camp is a small, stylish safari camp, on the banks of the Luangwa River, eastern Zambia. Featured on the BBC documentary ‘No Going Back’, this intimate camp boasts superior hosting and guiding, and just five select chalets at the higher end of the budget spectrum. One hour’s drive from Mfuwe airport, the camp enjoys direct seasonal road and river access into nearby South Luangwa National Park. The diverse surrounding terrain comprises expansive plains, woodland and lagoons, home to prolific birdlife, plus seasonally high numbers of elephant, leopard, lion, jackal, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, and the occasional wild dog. The camp operates from January to November, and visitors from October onwards should prepare for the extremely high temperatures which coincide with peak wildlife density.

The open-sided, thatched main area with its distinctive red columns surrounds a courtyard of banana trees. Guest spaces include a comfortable lounge, a communal dining area, and bar, all with lovely river views, plus a small library. Outside is a decked terrace with an attractive infinity pool and a lawn with ebony and sausage trees. Meals, often served alfresco on the terrace, comprise delicious buffet breakfasts and lunches and communal, three course dinners. Special diets can be accommodated with prior notice.

Activities include day and night game drives, and guided walks with extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides. Visitors should be aware that game drives in the park’s Mfuwe Bridge Gate area may be subject to vehicle congestion at peak times. Guests can also enjoy cultural visits to local villages and markets, and take a relaxing boat safari on the Luangwa River during the wetter January to April ‘Emerald’ season, when water levels are at their highest.

Accommodation comprises five spacious chalets, constructed from brick with thatched ceilings. Decorated with stylish, hand-carved furniture, they accommodate two guests in double or twin beds, draped with mosquito nets. Each chalet has a lounge area with a comfy daybed, perfect for reading, and an ensuite bathroom with twin basins, flush WC, shower, and a large sunken bathtub. French doors lead from the bedroom and bathroom onto a wooden veranda overlooking the river. The chalets have mains electricity and fans, but no air conditioning, and whilst the camp has internet access and reasonable mobile phone reception, guests are encouraged to refrain from using mobile phones in communal areas.

Children aged seven and over are most welcome. An extra bed can be added to accommodate one child per chalet, although this does somewhat compromise the available space. Note that there is a minimum age of 12 years for walking safaris, and as there is no child specific programme, the camp may be more suited to older children. The property is unfenced with animals free to roam through, and although it is unlikely that wildlife would approach chalets or people, parents are reminded that children should be supervised at all times.

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  • 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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