Lufupa Bushcamp

Reviews of Lufupa Bushcamp

Good(85%) From 11 travellers
Excellent
6
Good
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Average
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Poor
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Below are independent comments from 11 of our travellers who have visited Lufupa Bushcamp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs D - Leicester
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Lufupa Bushcamp review

Great position overlooking the rapids on the Lufupa river.

Tsetse flies were a considerable nuisance and we had to wear bug jackets for some of the time. Camp and food were fine.

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Mrs & Mr F - British Columbia
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Good
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Lufupa Bushcamp review

Our first bush camp and we really enjoyed our stay. It was my birthday the first night and we had roast chicken and a chocilate birhtday cake. The staff sang a Zambian birthday song. Our cabin was comfortable and the food was excellent. The camp seemed very well run.

We had some very good game drives and monkeys, hornbills, bushbuck, and hippo were around the camp. Brent Harris, our guide in Kafue, was excellent. We had a lovely river boat trip one afternoon.

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Mr W & Mrs Z from the Netherlands
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
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Lufupa Bushcamp review

this was the second stay on our way back, just to spend the night.
Overall we were very satisfied with our guide Brent Harris, who gave us a lot of background information and showed real passion.
Some advice to Wilderness: please make sure that the vehicles are allright, Brent's had three bad tyres and no wheelspanner. Guides should not be put in awkward positions unnecessarily.

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Mr W & Mrs Z from the Netherlands
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Lufupa Bushcamp review

nice staff, boat-trip from Hippo pools was very nice, no need to be flown in directly

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Mr & Mrs H from Lancs
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Lufupa Bushcamp review

Loved our stay here.

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Mr & Mrs H from Lancs
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Lufupa Bushcamp review

A great place to stay

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Mr & Mrs V - Surrey
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Lufupa Bush Camp review

Fantastic location overlooking the river. Disturbed by hippo feeding outside the tent at night and warthog and young during the siesta, but that isn't a complaint!

Great guide, Solomon, who found 3 cheetahs and a lion in the first hour with us - he couldn't keep that strike rate up, but it was really good to have the same guide over the next week.

Impossible to fault Lufupe. Lovely big spacious tent with fabulous showers and deck to relax on. Great staff and manager.

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Mr & Mrs C from Brentwood, Essex
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
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Food:
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Good
Activities:
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Facilities:
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Poor

Disappointment at Lufupa Bush Camp

This was not the camp that we had expected to stay from the accommodation voucher and the detailed description sent to us. Although the site was attractive by the side of the rapids the accommodation was poor in Rondavels with no ventilation except windows which had no mosquito mesh and the game was very sparse and hardly any birdlife due to the amount of bush that had been fired unlike the area around Lufupa Tented Camp.

The bush Camp had only been opened for 2 months and no explanation, other than the tented camp would have too many vehicles on game drive, was given as to why we were at the bush camp and not the tented camp. There were only two reference books, Noltings and the Bradt Zambia guide. In fact an area explained as a library had no books! They were unaware as to whether Wilderness had advised tour operators of the change.

The boat trip was a pleasant interlude without much being seen. Because there are only two loop roads inevitably you go over the same ground all the time. As there was lack of game the night drives were a bit wasted. Lighting in camp was poor and halogen lamps as we had at Musanza would have made a big difference.

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Expert Africa comments

These travellers booked their trip in April ‘08, and travelled in Sept/October. Their first three camps in Northern Kafue were part of a ‘set-departure’ trip, driven and guided by one guide. We were advised in July that the first camp (for 3 nights) would be changing from ‘Lufupa Tented Camp’ to ‘Lufupa Bush Camp’.

We would normally have advised these travellers, and checked that they were happy with the change. Because of an oversight, we didn’t do this. So it’s Expert Africa’s fault that their first camp in Kafue was not the one they’d expected, and we’ve apologised for this.

We put their other comments to Wilderness Safaris, who own these camps, and their Zambian Manager, Charles. He apologised that the rondavels where not up to these traveller’s standards, and was looking into purchasing more lamps for next year – although he wished that these travellers had requested additional lamps from the camp manager, as they could have been supplied.

We realise that burnt bush would not make this area look good – although neither Expert Africa nor the camps have any influence over this. The burning is never very predictable. It’s mostly done by ZAWA (Zambian Wildlife Authority), as part of their maintenance of the park, but there are also natural fires at this time of the year.

Wilderness is working so that all concerned can get a better understanding of the long-term effects of burning, but this kind of study and education is long-term by its very nature.

As for the lack of library books, Charles apologized; he was then going to try to establish where various other books had gone since the camp opened.

As for the game here, we know it well from past years. The game densities in this Kafwala area are generally lower than those around Lufupa and on the Busanga Plains. However, that is usually compensated for by great sightings of some relatively rare species, like Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and the beautiful sable antelope.

There are plans to extend the road network in the Kafwala area in 2009; we hope that this will improve the game-viewing further.

Mr & Mrs E from Glasgow
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
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Activities:
Average
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Average
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Lufupa Bush Camp review

Beautiful location by the Kafwala Rapids. Rondavels fairly basic but with new furniture so perfectly comfortable.

Park roads in this location in poor condition meaning one loop was impassable and the other pretty bumpy so game drives a bit limited. Boat and walking activities good alternatives though.

Laundry service managed to burn a big hole in my trousers which was unfortunate. Great views of both types of bush baby on night drives were an unusual highlight.

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Mr & Mrs M from Nottingham
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
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Facilities:
Average
Average

Lufupa Bush Camp at Kafwala Rapids

Pleasant staff and good food

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