Reviews of Lufupa Tented Camp
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Lufupa Tented Camp review
The guides were excellent, special mentions to Brian and John D. The assistant manageresses, Jacqui and Musaki, were also excellent, extremely welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Accomodation was comfortable and food good to very good on the whole. Very relaxing camp, lovely being right next to the river.
Unfortunately, as reported to Claire Scott, we had an issue over being asked to pay for drinks and park fees which we understood were included. Jacqui finally managed to sort things out to our satisfaction.
Also tsetse flies!! Several swarms on game drives which made photography all but impossible, and left some very nasty bites. All precautions were taken but to no avail.
It would have been useful to know in advance Wilderness' 3 tier rating of camps, which caused part of our problems, there is no mention in your brochure of these differences or indeed of which camps belong to Wilderness.
Great first experience of a Safari and Africa
Our first experience of a Safari camp didn't disappoint! Kawanga our host and Brian the guide couldn't do enough for us.
We saw excellent game, and a particular highlight was our first morning drive, literally just leaving camp when we stumbled on a whole pride of lions walking along the track right next to the jeep!
We would certainly return to such a great location.
Very enjoyable even with no leopards!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lufupa even though there was a distinct shortage of animals especially lions and leopards. Even our guide said the animals "were on strike". However we had some wonderful river trips seeing elephant close up as well as a Pels fishing owl chick We also saw a serval and a blue duiker on our night drives. Tsetse flies were a problem but did not ruin our drives.
Unfortunately Wilderness Safaris' communications let them down again and the poor manager (JD) had no idea at all of my wife's dietary requirements. Once this had been sorted out with yet another face-to-face meeting, the food was not an issue. To try to prevent any more problems JD sent his catering manager (Kenny) along with us on the rest of our safari.
Expert Africa comments
Wilderness Safaris apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience caused to these travellers due to their dietary requirements not being sent to the camps by the reservations office. They have assured us that systems have been put in place so that a similar instance does not occur again. We were pleased to hear that the camp tried to their best to rectify the situation as soon as it became apparent by sending the catering manager along on this safari.
The shortage of animals during this visit is unfortunate and something that could not have been forecast. Wildlife sighting figures throughout the year show that this was and unusual ‘slump’ and not a common occurrence. We were pleased to hear that the excellent wildlife sightings at Musanza Camp made up for this.
Excellent staff, in particular guide Robert.
We experienced major problems with tetse flies with both ladies being bitten very badly every day.The tents were not sufficiently secure against insects because of poorly fitted mesh,nor were there mosquito nets.This resulted in an insect getting into my left ear on our final night. After a very uncomfortable night with the fly buzzing in the ear for over 6 hours, my friend who has medical experience succeeded in drowning it with cooking oil. At the camp during our visit the management team of Wilderness Safaries were in residence and Keith Vincent commented on the lack of nets. He had left however by the time the fly incident took place.
Inspite of this problem,and some shortages of supply, perhaps related to the fact we were the last guests of the season, we did enjoy Lufupa especially the river. Incidetally I had the fly removed at the Throat Nose and Ear Hospital on my return to London,
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Very enjoyable. Staff very helpful.
Very enjoyable. The staff adopt a friendly positive helpful attitude. Robert the guide very goodRead more about the whole safari
Everything about Lufupa was amazing. the relief managers, Robert and Ingrid were so professional and the perfect hosts. The guides were so expert in their knowledge and so enthusiastic every day. The food was incredible, I can't believe how they could produce such a variety of menus - fantastic! We were lucky to see lots of animals including leopard, and had an amazing walking safari. I am recommending Wilderness to all my friends!
Only downside was the tetse flies which bit us with a vengeance!
There was a lot of discussion about the period between brunch and the evening drive which could be about 3/4 hours. It was too hot to go out on either a drive or on the river, but some guests were concerned about this time. I am not sure what could be done - perhaps some of the guides could give a talk on a variety of subjects if anyone wanted to attend? It didn't particularly bother us, I had taken some books, but perhaps the library could be extended.
elephant in camp-cool piccies!
Friendly, welcoming hosts. Great location with varied game related activities. Highest concentration of tsetse flies I encountered! Guiding good and informative. I would go back.Read more about the whole safari
Buzz and Natalie were by far the best managers of any Wilderness camp.
Robert was an amazing and knowledgeable guide. Wilderness is making great strides with this camp; it'll be better when all the supplies arrive -- and it's up to Natalie's standards!