LUANGWA RIVER CAMP - SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Luangwa River Camp sits nestled under an ancient ebony grove on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the game rich area known as the Luangwa Wafwa. The camp is small, comfortable and intimate with just 5 luxurious thatched bush suites and a fabulous setting and location.
The rooms are comfortably furnished with proper beds with mosquito netting pulled down at night and ensuite facilities which include a sunken or clawfooted bath. The lodge features extensive wooden decking with a double plungepool and lots of lounge areas and an outdoor dining area. In and around the lodge are grassy areas which lead down to the river.
Luangwa River Camp is ideally situated opposite one of the most productive game areas of this part of the National Park with a unique access directly across the river either by boat or by car depending on the time of year.
Luangwa River Lodge is located in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Access is by flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe where you are met and the transfer to the lodge takes around an hour.
The subtly decorated bush suites with brick walls and thatch roof each have ensuite bathrooms with bathtubs - some sunken and others are clawfooted - looking out onto your own private corner of Africa. Both the bedroom and bathroom have large sliding doors leading onto a decked area allowing a lovely breeze into the room and great views onto the river.
The main area stretches over various elevated decked levels and there is a double plunge pool with a waterfall linking the two. Seating areas around the pool or in the shade of the open plan bar on the highest level all offer uninterrupted views across the river and into the National Park.
Luangwa River Camp offers all the creature comforts of a lodge yet retains the intimacy and privacy of a bush camp. Please note that the lodge does not offer WIFI but there is mobile reception.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
The unspoiled South Luangwa National Park is one of the best places in Africa to view leopard and home to one of the most varied collections of wildlife on the planet.
The South Luangwa Park is 9050 square km with the river, its tributaries and the riverine strips being the focus of the wildlife viewing. There are diverse habitats from huge ox bow lagoons of varying stages of maturity, woodlands, ebony groves, grassland and thickets, that host a great variety of wildlife.
The Luangwa River’s natural ebb and flow of flooding makes much of the park inaccessible by road and keeps it a sanctuary for the large concentration of wildlife that live there. The park is a paradise for birders with over 450 species to be found in the park and the wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, leopards and lions. Wild Dog populations have vastly increased in the last ten years and packs are often seen hunting or relaxing on pans.
Game drives - an option of day or night drives in open top Landcruiser vehicles affording 360 degree vision.
Walking Safaris - the walks are led by a knowledgeable guide and escorted by an armed National Park scout. The guiding team is very passionate and will certainly impart some amazing bush insights at a level that will surprise you.
Seasonal Boating - a special treat indeed for guests in the Emerald Season from the end of December/January to around April every year. Explore the lagoons for enhanced game viewing and birding.
Village Tours - a visit to Kawaza Village and the schools is often remembered years later by guests as the most rewarding part of their visit to Africa. This gives a more holistic experience of the Luangwa Valley. Alternatively take a stroll within the community around the Mfuwe area which is bustling with small dukas or shops, the market, bars, and small businesses.
Wildlife Education Centre - a charitable trust for school children of the Luangwa Valley to teach them about wildlife and conservation and is a great activity for the adults and children.
Tribal Textiles - for unique locally produced hand-painted textiles which draw inspiration from the stunning Zambian wildlife and surroundings.
LUANGWA HOUSE IS CLOSED FROM 1ST DECEMBER THROUGH TO 21ST JANUARY EVERY YEAR
THE LODGE WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OF 7 YEARS AND OLDER. DO NOTE THAT ONLY CHILDREN AGED 12 YEARS AND OLDER CAN PARTICIPATE IN WALKING SAFARIS