Reviews of Lufupa River Camp
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Lufupa River Camp review
It was very cold at the camp due to the tents not having windproof sides. We told the management about this and suggested solutions.We hope they act on these.
The game viewing was good but not as plentiful as the last time we visited,but we had three good night drives and saw two leopards and a pride of about twelve lions on these drives.
We were pleased to see Barry the boatman was still at Lufupa and had two pleasant river trips with him, plus a fishing trip where the catch was stolen by a fish eagle.
We were informed that it is their intention to expand the public camp site and allow fishermen to use the river with power boats. The thought of noisy boats operating from the camp site does not bode well for the future.
Expert Africa comments
We asked Wilderness Safaris for their thoughts on this feedback, and they have commented:
We thank these clients for their suggestion to add wind flaps to the tents. We rely on feedback from our guests to continually improve our product.
The issue was communicated to operations on the 13th of June and appropriate storm blinds were immediately ordered from Johannesburg. These blinds have been manufactured and will arrive in Zambia on 27th of June. It will take approximately one week to get the blinds installed to all the Lufupa Tents.
Regarding the boating and Camp site at Lufupa - Zambian Wildlife regulations do not provide for any exclusive concessions in any of the National Parks. In the case of Lufupa, the area has always had a facility for campers and boats, however due to the extreme remoteness of the area, boating on the Kafue is not a common occurrence.
Wilderness Safaris has improved the quality of the campsite and put in a proper structure and rules to ensure that everyone can access and enjoy this spectacular area of the Kafue. We do not anticipate any negative impact from excessive boating on the Kafue River. In fact we believe that a permanent presence and increased visitors to the Kafue is vital to the long term sustainability of the Park. The additional visitors contribute to Park variable fees and in the case of Northern Kafue – an area of 10 000 Sq. Kilometres and only 200 beds (including the camp site) – it is still considered to be one of the lowest National Park Tourist densities in the world.
The Kafue River is one of Africa’s largest rivers and meanders through approximately 225 kilometres of the Kafue National Park. The use of boats is clearly enshrined in the Park Management Plan and Wilderness Safaris is merely implementing a structure that will ensure that the best interests of all parties are taken into consideration.
Lufupa River Camp review
The time we were here the mornings and evenings were very, very, very cold. 5C was recorded one morning. This would normally not have been a problem if the "rooms" had solid walls, or if we were there later in the season, when no doubt we would have been thankful for every breeze, but here where the "rooms" have mesh sides, at the time we were there, it meant that going to bed, sleeping and getting up were extemelely uncomfortable times. Hot water bottles were provided, for which we were very thankful.
JD and Laura are aware of this as they were also sleeping in guest accommodation. We discussed drop down flaps with them for these colder months.
Access to the bathroom/dressing area was by way of two doorless gaps either side of the beds. The toilet was located opposite one of these gaps and with the curtains blowing, it could be seen from outside.
We had to put on most of our clothing to eat although the fire(s) helped.
However, we enjoyed the excellent food and wine and company.
Due to the Lufupa airstrip not being open we flew in to Hippo and went to Lufupa River Camp by banana boat. Brilliant!!
Our drives with Solomon were excellent. He is very good company and is very knowledgable and even found us a Pel's Fishing Owl with a chick. He looked after us very well, here, and also at Musanza and Lunga River Lodge. It was great to have such continuity. He took great pains to ensure that we saw everything we wanted.
All the staff were very friendly and we were impressed with the initial greeting and subsequent greetings as we returned from each drive.
Re Facilities comment: I am taking this to mean the sitting/dining area, books available, pool area. We didn't really get any time to spend lazing.
Expert Africa comments
We're very pleased that these travellers enjoyed their time at Lufupa River Camp, in particular the boat trip on the banana boat! We're also pleased that the guiding was good.
We discussed this traveller's comments with Wilderness Safaris, who commented:
We have had some amazing cold snaps in Kafue from June up to July, and as a result we have implemented drop-down flaps on the tents in order to make them warmer.
In addition, we have opened a new camp - Lufupa Bush Camp - which is now being used for these Rivers and Plains (Puku itinerary) trips - it's a beautiful spot, right next to a stretch of flowing rapids, with good game sightings, and makes for a more personal experience for travellers.