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Zambia Safari

Luangwa River Camp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Bush Dinner at Luangwa River Camp
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Nestled under an ancient ebony grove on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the Wafwa Oxbow Lagoon, Luangwa River Camp offers open plan lounges, with dining under the endless canopy of African stars.

The camp’s gentle but exquisite décor fuses vibrant earth tones and raw materials such as palm stalks, indigenous timber, thatch and red earthen plaster, create a strikingly elegant yet warm and tactile atmosphere that rejects the rigidity of modern life making way for the natural flow of Africa's endless wide open spaces.

Luangwa River Camp has all the creature comforts of a 5 star camp, yet with all the intimacy, tailored activities and flexible mealtimes you come to expect from a bush camp as they only cater for up to 10 guests at any one time.

The camp is open all year except from 01-December to 31-March.

Accommodation            For images of Luangwa River Camp, click Luangwa River Camp Images
The lodge is unique and the décor (all locally crafted and hand made, with great attention to detail) has made Luangwa River Camp quite like nothing else currently in South Luangwa or Zambia.

The camp itself is elevated between 1-3 meters on wooden decks, affording great views to the park and river. The Swimming pool is sunken into the deck on two levels, with a waterfall adjoining the two pools (one for swimming and the other for seating).

The seating areas are all elevated and open plan with a bar area as well as a dining and reading area.

Accommodation consists of five brick and thatch suites, accommodating double or twin guests. Amenities include hot and cold running water, twin sinks, a shower and sunken baths (large enough for two people).  There are overhead fans in both the bedroom and bathroom. The bedrooms include walk-in mosquito nets as well as a sealed mosquito proof room (as long as the doors are kept shut!)  There are large standing fans inside the mosquito nets.

The guest suites have 240v plug sockets and the rooms include a hairdryer (they also have 110v converters).  Furnishings include a wardrobe and vanity table with torches, candles and matches provided. All suites have private decks with bomas, affording great views over the river and park.  Both the bedroom and bathroom have large folding doors leading onto the outside deck.

Services available include email and internet surfing, telephones both land and satellite. There are VHF radios in all vehicles as well as in the camp's office.   Water is provided by borehole and quite safe to drink (bottled mineral water is also available).  Electricity in camp is 220v mains as well as a generator large enough to power the whole camp in outages.

Normally children are not accepted, but due to the small number of beds at Luangwa River it is sometimes possible if the party books 8 beds or more; some exceptions are made subject to availability.

The food at Luangwa River Camp is a fusion of Modern European and African, but most dishes can be catered for on request.

Activities & Wildlife
The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It covers an area of over 9000 sq. km. through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game - including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo - and over 400 species of birds.

Activities on offer at Luangwa River Camp include game drives, walks (with armed escort scout and guide), bush breakfasts, picnics, river safaris and boat trips (January to April, subject to water levels), and viewing from the elephant crossing hide (wonderful for photos).  Also on offer are day trips to the Nsefu sector to see the salt pans and stork colony (approximately 1 hour from camp), cultural trips to villages and craft workshops.

Zambia has three distinct seasons:

December to April (Warm and wet; min 18°C max 35°C)
The most underrated and beautiful time of the year being the 'emerald season' with the Luangwa in full flow and a fantastic time for photography, birding as well as great game viewing and River safaris.

May to August (Cool and dry; min 6°C max 25°C)
Crystal clear skies coupled with cool evenings make this an astronomers dream as the stars are at there most magnificent and game is plentiful as ever.

September to November (Hot and dry with creeping humidity; min 20°C max 38°C)
The warmest time of the year where most animals are drawn to the Luangwa as other water sources have been exhausted.
Wonderful sunsets due to the atmospheric dust build up as the dry season wears on.
Also the calving time for impala, bush buck and Puku in readiness for the imminent arrival of the rains and fresh vegetation it will bring with it.

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