Luangwa Safari House

Luangwa Safari House: Our full report

4 bedrooms - all en-suite
Traveller's rating
Excellent (100%) From 7 reviews
All year

In the Nkwali area, the spectacular Luangwa Safari House is a luxurious four-bedroomed house has been designed with originality and luxury in mind - complete with its own pool and deck in a great bush location overlooking a waterhole and the backdrop of the Chindeni Hills.

Like Robin's House, it is fully self-contained and staffed, including a private guide and game-viewing vehicle. Here you have a choice of short walking safaris, 4WD game safaris and night drives. With your own expert safari guide and 4WD, you can set your own schedule: get up when you like, eat when suits you – and enjoy the safari activities for as long, or as short, as you like.

This flexibility if particularly well-suited to family safaris with children, but is also great for grups of friends who are traveling together. All walking safaris are accompanied by an armed game ranger, as well as a fully-qualified RPS guide.

If you're planning a family safari, the you might also consider including a trip to Zambia's other 'houses' which have been designed with families in mind. Close to the Luangwa Safari House, Robin Pope Safaris also run the Robin's House. A short 90-minute flight south-west of South Luangwa National Park, in the Lower Zambezi, they also have the Chongwe River House, which works for families or small groups on exactly the same basis.

As a separate entity, on the banks of the Zambezi near Livingstone – Tangala House is a real (and very lovely) family home for most of the year – but can also be hired out for exclusive use – complete with books, toys, kitchen equipment and absolutely all the things that you'd normally find in a family home. It is connected to the excellent nearby Tongabezi Lodge.

For something completely different, families can have the old stately home at Shiwa Ng'andu largely to themselves – and a whole range of activities from game drives and horse-riding to archeology projects are possible there!

Luangwa Safari House combines very well with its more normal sister safari camps in South Luangwa, Nsefu (which is also in the Nsefu Sector of South Luangwa National Park) and Tena Tena - and for a really authentic cultural experience, a natural choice would be a trip to Kawaza Village.


Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Ideal length of stay: Luangwa Safari House opens all year, and often groups and families will stay here for a week or two at a time. Note that it is often booked up far in advance, especially during school holiday periods – so book as far in advance as you can. To check the availability of the house on the dates that you want, use the 'availability' link on the right-side of this page; you may need to scroll down.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Privately owned by Robin Pope Safaris

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Dining style: Group Meals

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Drinks included: Yes - soft drinks, house wine and local spirits are included in the rates. Note that fine wines, champagne and imported spirits and liqueurs, are charged as extras.

Special interests

Family holidays: The luxurious Luangwa Safari House sleeps up to eight travellers, including children aged 7+. It has been purpose-built for Zambia family safari holidays, featuring a vast central lounge / dining area, four large en-suite bedrooms, a kitchen, a plunge pool and a game-viewing platform.

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Birdwatching: The house stands in a lovely location with tall old trees around, and great views across a lagoon to the hills beyond. With safari guides who are keen birdwatchers, Luangwa Safari House makes a good stop on a Zambia birding break.

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Wildlife safaris: Luangwa Safari House comes with a private 4WD safari vehicle and an expert guide, fully-qualified to lead walking safaris as well as 4WD safaris – and the park rules allow night drives and some off-read driving. Hence the Luangwa Safari House offers a really superb wildlife safari experience in one of the best areas of the South Luangwa.

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Private villas & houses: The Luangwa Safari House is a very luxurious and stylish private house in Zambia’s South Luangwa that was designed to accommodate families and groups of up to eight people. With its own pool and staff, it is a great base for an exclusive safari holiday.

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Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: In emergency, Luangwa Safari House has access to very good communications facilities.

TV & radio: Luangwa Safari House has no TVs or radios – this is the bush!

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Dangerous animals: High Risk


Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: A full laundry service is included.