Reviews of Luangwa River Camp
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Lovely last camp
We stayed at Luangwa river camp for the last two nights of our trip and it made a good ending to a great holiday. The resident elephant family seemed happy to share the site with us.
Having come from more remote camps we wondered if we might find the park too busy. There were more vehicles and roads but it was not a problem. We had excellent leopard, lion and wild dog sightings. The river was still quite high so entrance to the park was by boat which made a great start to the game drives.
Polly and team are wonderful hosts and lead lively conversations in the bar and over dinner. The food is excellent and very varied, we were not expecting this standard. The extra little touches mean a lot...the bag of muffins in case we were hungry at the airport were very much appreciated, especially since it was hard to leave.
Luangwa River Camp review
Polly the hostess made us very welcome here. It is a small camp and we were only there for one night. The camp is fronted by the river - it is a beautiful setting and we reached it by boat, which added another dimension to our trip. It was good to be actually on the river, if only for a short while. The chalets are of high quality, and it is very peaceful.
There were only 4 other guests whilst we were there and everyone eats together at a set time. If we had been staying longer I think we would have preferred a more 'staggered' time for eating, as we are not so keen on a set time, but everyone was very friendly and sociable.
We particularly enjoyed the 'stir-fry' b-b-q whilst we were there for the evening, out under the glorious night sky.
We arrived in pouring rain and were not impressed at having to negotiate muddy and slippery river banks and a boat trip in the dark to reach the camp when still in our travelling clothes. We were very concerned that our luggage would get soaked through; perhaps a waterproof covering could be provided in the car/boat? However the warm welcome from Polly and Sebastian and a welcome drink soon restored our equanimity. Polly was an excellent hostess and Sebastian appeared to have an almost magnetic attraction for leopards!
Our room was very comfortable though some aspects were looking a little tired. The sunken bath is an impressive feature but unfortunately the water system is not up to filling it! We understand that the rooms are to undergo a full redesign and refurbishment and if Polly's description is anything to go by will be lovely when this is complete.
Food was excellent (particularly some fantastic beef fillet) and service impeccable.
Luangwa River Camp Review
After a long journey from Hong Kong, I was warmly welcomed by Polly and her team at LRC. I was the only guest during my stay and I was treated like a rock star.
My intrepid guide Sebastian bent over backwards to accommodate my questions and preferences. My room was spacious luxurious and cosy. The food was excellent and carefully prepared -- the morning porridge was a great touch. All in all, a phenomenal way to start my Luangwa adventure.
Luanga River Camp review
The most luxurious of the lodges I went to. Beautiful lodge house with infinity pool! And lovely water features. The rooms are beautiful - mine had possibly the largest private bathroom I've ever seen. Hostess Polly a delight.
The crossing of the river into the park made for a spectacular start to a drive. The Park here is a little busier than at some other places. On one occasion we had the experience of being one vehicle among half a dozen surrounding a pride of lions - I guess this is what it's like in some of the more commercially exploited safari parks elsewhere. Having said that, the rest of the time we managed to avoid other people and the walking in the morning was great.
Luxurious Camp in the Central Area
Luangwa River Camp is perfectly located on the Bank of Luangwa river outside of the National Park!
The chalets are spacious and luxurious and you have a fantastic view from the camp at and over the river. All people at the camp are friendly and helpful and the food was not only very good but also imaginative!
Although the camp is located outside the park it's easy and quick to get into the park - just by crossing the river with the vehicle passing many crocodiles and some irritated hippos.
Inside the park the game drives take place in the central (Mfuwe) area of the South Luangwa National Park where you can see much game and it seems to be the best place to see leopards in Zambia!
But there are not only many animals in this area but unfortunately also many other vehicles especially at the night drives. One morning we saw a beautiful male leopard and when we returned to this area again in the afternoon there were 13 vehicles standig at or around this poor animal!
Nevertheless it is a great area to observe wildlife and the Lunagwa River Camp a perfect place to stay
Such comfort at Luangwa river camp
A big surprise to find ourselves arriving by driving across the river with the crocs and hippos in evidence as the water lapped the top of the wheels!
Polly is the hostess with the mostess and she and all the staff went out of their way to make everything perfect for us and the camp is so comfortable. Both my grandchildren had birthdays while we were there and she produced wonderful boxed "bush" birthday presents in the shape of a sausage from the tree for the 12 year old and a box of dried elephant dung for the 15 year old!! - they were highly amused. Also they each received a delicious iced cake complete with candles - such a treat.
Sebastian was ever patient and an easy, humourous guide, ever answering questions which must be tiring! We also had a good day visit to the Kawaza school and lunch at the village, and appreciated our dinner even more than usual!
Luangwa River Camp review
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Paradise at Luangwa River Camp
The most luxurious of the camps we visited with respect to the space and decor of the of the individual dwellings (certainly not huts!). Generously spaced, there was complete privacy that was only disturbed by passing elephants, water buck and baboons!
Our stay here was brief but Polly, our host, was so wonderful with such an engaging personality, backed up with considerable experience of working and travelling in Zambia, we felt we had been there for days rather than one night. Yona, our guide was also a big personality and ensured our last night in South Luangwa was truly memorable. Having enjoyed almost total solitude on our previous drives and walks, the constant presence of other vehicles, especially noticeable as night, slightly impaired the Safari experience; there are many more lodges in the viciniity of Luangwa River Camp, so company is inevitable. However, being relatively close to the airport made this an ideal final destination and ensured we had time to visit the hugely impressive Tribal Textiles establishment.
Polly and the camp staff were so helpful and ensured that belongings that we had left behind caught up with us in Lusaka for which we are indebted to them.
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.