Luangwa River Camp
LUANGWA RIVER CAMP RATES: Luangwa River Camp
CAMP - SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA
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.
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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).
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
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.
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:
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
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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