Lufupa River Camp has seven tented rooms…
Lufupa River Camp: Our full report
Lufupa River Camp is only available for large group trips and not available for individual travellers.Originally the camp at this position was known as Lufupa Lodge, and it was run by Busanga Trails. We first visited it in 1995, and it soon became a firm favourite of ours. The camp changed ownership in 2007, and effectively split into two.
One half is Lufupa River Camp, and it is run by Wilderness Safaris. This camp is a little unusual in that its accommodation is offered only on a 'bed and breakfast' basis; this excludes park fees, most meals, drinks and activities. This is because it has been designed for local travellers, who live in Zambia and drive themselves to the Kafue National Park.
Lufupa River Camp has 7 Meru-style tents. Two of these tents are suitable for families with two adjoining rooms and a shared bathroom. Each of the tents has been built along the banks of the Kafue and Lufupa Rivers, overlooking the confluence of the two.
The canvas walls in each room are strengthened by a wooden pole frame; high ceilings help keep the tents cool. Mosquito gauze windows give a 180 degree view of the wide river, and allow a cooling breeze to blow through. Each tent has twin beds and an en-suite bathroom with a flush toilet and hot shower. There is also a partially-shaded wooden deck for those who like to sit back and enjoy a little bird spotting.
One part of Lufupa River Camp is a camping site for travellers who prefer the more adventurous style of safari or who are on a guided group tour. At the centre of the camp is the 'River Café' which offers meals for visitors staying in the tented rooms, or campers who want a break from cooking their own food. During the heat of the day, you can enjoy a cooling dip in the camp's pool before drying off on one of the sun loungers.
A menu of activities is on offer at an extra cost. 4WD safaris travel through a variety of landscapes - including broad-leaf woodland, riverine forest and dambos (wide grassy clearings) – and usually manage to spot an interesting cross-section of wildlife.
We especially recommend the spot-lit night drives here. A very dense population of leopard in this part of Kafue means that these usually elusive cats are regularly seen here. Also on offer are boat trips along the Kafue and Lufupa Rivers for some exceptional bird-watching. It is also possible to try your hand at a spot of fishing.
Lufupa Tented Camp's sister camp, Lufupa Tented Camp, is situated slightly downstream, just along the Kafue River. Accommodation here is in en-suite Meru tents, similar to those at Lufupa River Camp, but a stay here is inclusive of all meals, drinks, activities and park fees.
Whilst Lufupa River Camp's headline price is obviously cheaper than its neighbour, Lufupa Tented Camp, if you were to include meals and activities and park fees ... then the River Camp actually works out more costly.
Ideal length of stay: We recommend a 3-night stay at Lufupa River Camp.
Directions: Although you can reach here by a 90-minute flight from Lusaka to Moshi Airstrip, followed by an hours' game drive to camp, most visitors will drive here in their own cars.
Owner: Safari Adventure Company
Staff: Managers: Natalie & Bas
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Generally recommended for children: Not recommended for children under the age of 8 as the camp is unfenced and in a wildlife reserve.
Notes: Children under the age of 12, sharing a room with an adult will receive discounted rates.
Power supply: Generator
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: All the guides are trained in first aid. Air transfer to Lusaka for more serious injuries.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Fire safety: Each room has a regularly-serviced fire extinguisher. The River Camp has a fire station with fire beaters, sandbags and extinguishers. Fire drill instructions are posted in each room.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: 0
Accepted payment on location: Camp extras, including meals and activities can be piad for in cash - American Dollars or Zambian Kwatcha; or by Visa or Mastercard. Park fees usually need to be paid for in USD cash.