- Exclusive private house
- Beautiful lagoon setting
- Private guide and safari vehicle
- Flexible activities and mealtimes
Luangwa Safari House is a stylish, private retreat in a waterside location, with direct access into eastern Zambia’s game rich South Luangwa National Park. This upmarket, spacious property boasts highly personalised hosting and guiding at the higher end of the budget spectrum. Available exclusively to parties of eight guests, the house is a great option for friends and families seeking an intimate and flexible safari experience. In a tranquil setting framed by the distant Chindeni Hills, the property borders a lagoon popular with elephant, giraffe, impala, puku, and warthog, whilst the surrounding riverine woodlands and plains are home to buffalo, leopard, lion, hippo, and baboon, along with prolific birdlife.
A 40 minute drive from Mfuwe airport, and five minutes’ drive from its smaller sister property, Robin's House, Luangwa Safari House comes fully self-contained with a dedicated chef and house staff, plus a private safari vehicle and guide. The distinctive house was constructed using vast leadwood beams, stone and thatch, and features a double-height, open-fronted dining and lounge area, with wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. Outside is a decked veranda with a welcoming plunge pool, and a wooden walkway meanders through ebony trees towards the lagoon. The house runs on mains electricity, with mobile phone and Wi-Fi reception available, if occasionally intermittent.
With Luangwa House being an exclusive let, guests enjoy greater flexibility regarding activities. Day and night game drives and guided walks are offered, with knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides. There are cultural visits to nearby schools and villages, plus excursions to Mfuwe’s vibrant shops and markets. Boating trips are available during the January to April ‘Emerald’ season during which guests enjoy direct boat access into the national park. For river crossings during drier months, a pontoon is employed. Note that visitors in October and November should prepare for very high temperatures at a time when game viewing is at its most intense.
Accommodation comprises four individually designed rooms, all with fronts open to the elements. Each room sleeps two guests in a double or twin beds, with mosquito nets. All have ensuite bathrooms with twin basins, WC and shower, and one room also has a bathtub. All rooms have a private veranda with lovely views.
Children aged seven years and over are extremely welcome. Each young guest receives an activity pack, and the designated children's itinerary includes game drives, nature walks and animal tracking, plus star gazing, baking, and arts and crafts. Special menus and earlier meals can be provided, and babysitting is available, although staff do not hold professional childcare qualifications. Note that there is a minimum age restriction of 12 years for walking in the national park. As the house is unfenced and open to the lagoon, and wild animals do wander by, parents are reminded that children must 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