Reviews of Luangwa River Camp
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Fantastic experiences at Luangwa River Camp
We had the most fantastic trip to the Luangwa River Camp this summer from the moment we were picked up by our guide Freddie, to when we moved on to our next camp. The position of the camp is amazing and our room could not have been more comfortable. I do not think I have ever seen such a spectacular bathroom. Sebastian and his team really went out of their way to ensure we had a good time and saw a wide variety of animals and birds.
Whilst at the camp we went on a tour of a local village and school which was very moving and educational, particularly for our fourteen year old who is now trying to arrange for some books to be sent to them. We felt very humbled by this experience and the hospitality shown by Constantine and his family was enjoyed and appreciated.
The safari vehicles were very comfortable and our most memorable viewing was being underneath a leopard eating an impala up a tree, being circled by two hyenas and two younger leopards all hoping for some leftovers.
The only useful tip I wish I had known was to have my hat and suncream available on arrival at the airport for the drive to the camp.
Luangwa River Camp review
What a spot. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay. Amazing views with great quality food.
The staffs can't do enough. Our guide even helped us to arrange Emma's Birthday party in the next lodge on the 10th of April.
No complains what so ever.
Luangwa River Camp review
Lovely location on the Luangwa River, with easy access across river to a productive part of the park. Sebastian and his team were great hosts - very welcoming and accommodating. They looked after us as if we were the only guests - we were! Freddie found us a leopard being intimidated by a puku on the way in - thank you Freddie for a great start to our trip!
We had some good sightings here including a couple of baby elephants playing mock charges in the early eving sun, and a week old hippo.
The main area has a lovely large bar and seating area with a small plunge pool out front - ideal for relaxing after a hard day's game viewing. The rooms are a good size, with a large bathroom area, and well spaced out.
We understand the rooms are currently being refurbished as Robin Pope has only recently taken over the lease on this camp. We're sure this is going to become a firm favourite.
Luangwa River Camp
Comfortable room, and nice communal areas. Efficient management by Irene.
We don't like long drives in the dark and Irene made alternative arrangements for us so that we returned quickly after sundowners.
Slightly disappointed at Luangwa River Lodge
The accommodation was fine and as luxurious as we expected based on what we read before the trip. We really liked the sunken baths (though we didn't have a lot of time to try them). The food was fabulous and the staff was generally very friendly.
We were somewhat disappointed by the way game drives where conducted. It seemed there was a bit of a shortage of guides and/or vehicles. This meant that sometimes there were seven people in the vehicle which felt a little cramped. Also the vehicles seemed to lack some maintenance. The brakes tended to make a terrible screeching noise scaring any wildlife within sight.
On morning game drives we left the lodge a bit later than we would have wanted (perhaps this was a request of other guests?). Because we had to cross the river the game drive would start at around 7 in the morning.
We did have a great time here and saw a lot of great stuff.
Luangwa River Lodge review
Everything about the lodge and the activities were excellent. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. The hosts were accommodating.
My only comment was the state of the safari vehicles - not really up to it thinking about the price of the holiday. They were fine for the safari drives but not for airport transfers. For example the back door was secured with a bit of string and on returning to the airport came loose and my husbands rucksack ended up bouncing down the road the with a very expensive camera inside! Fortunately no damage was done but could have been different.
Expert Africa comments
We are pleased that these travellers enjoyed there stay at Luangwa River Lodge. We sent their comments to the owner of the lodge who apologised for the state of the vehicle and he was happy that no damage was done to the luggage.
They are looking to purchase another couple of vehicles early next year one which will be used solely for airport transfers so it won’t be subject to the rigours of safari drives. Hopefully this will also make the transfer more comfortable.
An independent lodge just the other side of the river from the park. Great to drive through the river and reach the park in less than 5mins. Very nice set up with beautiful chalets looking onto the river. Again 2 nights here seemed about right.
James, the guide, was very good and knowledgeable and made it a very enjoyable experience. The lodge is very smart and we were well looked after although it lacked a little of the atmosphere of the other places we stayed.
Luangwa River Lodge review
We were so impressed with the whole place and we were delighted everything that we were shown on the game drives and the accommodation was perfect.
We were warmly welcomed by Brian and Tracey and quite understand why you decided that this was a suitable lodge to send us to stay.
The surprise Bush Dinner was fantastic and the trouble that all the staff took to look after us was exceptional. In fact I wouldn't hesitate to go back there for another visit.
James was our guide and was very knowledgeable and not only that was excellent company and a perfect host for our game drives.
The only comment that I would make was that there was a problem in reaching the camp and as the water in the river was low we had to be punted across the rived and then walk over the sand bank for about 500 yards to reach the lodge. This could be a problem for some guests, but did not cause us any problems.
It is a general complaint of our trip that we were unable to find any post cards to send home. I understand that most lodges do not stock post cards and I feel that this is a shame and most guests do like to send cards home, whilst on holiday.
In summary this was a perfect location in every way.
Excellent safari at Luangwa River Lodge
In summary, the service, guiding, room and food at Luangwa River Lodge were all excellent.
Although outside the park, the lodge is just across the river (you drive or boat across) and we were usually one of the first in that area of the park. Guiding was excellent and meals were flexible enough that we could stay out if we had found something of interest.
Efficient meet and greet at Mfuwe airport.
Sean explained how everything operated at the lodge as well as explaining everything in our room
The rooms are beautiful, well appointed and comfortable.
Toiletries, insect repellent, insect killer, hairdryer are provided
Good supply of hot water
The toilet feels a little 'public' as it was quite close to the bed in our room
Although there are lot of vehicles in this part of the park, our guide was excellent and we spent most of the time away from other cars
Well organised sundowners with substantial snacks
Excellent guiding – one guide for the whole of our stay who got to know us and our interests
Suggest that the lodge explains rules of game viewing to new safari goers (ie no mobile phones to be used during game drives!)
Bushwalks available although we didn't participate as our stay was too short
Security was very good, watchmen were always available to take us to and from our room when elephants were in camp. We did not have to wait.
Food and service was excellent and the lodge catered well for a vegetarian.
Efficient and flexible transfer to the next lodge.