Luangwa River Camp

Reviews of Luangwa River Camp

Excellent(95%) From 56 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 56 of our travellers who have visited Luangwa River Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Globetrotters from Belgium
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Time to relax a bit

On the drive to River Camp we encountered a snared lion. Luckily it had been reported and the help was on the way. We learned later that it had been darted and the snare removed and on its way to recovery. River Camp is very relaxed and a dip in the pool was welcome. Again, here the food and service in unreproachable. The setting is very nice and you have ellies regularly in the camp or near to it. The wildlife in the area is abundant, although you are nearer to the main gate section where there are more cars. The guide was Jona and Daudi, who is also the manager of the camp. Especially Jona is a very good guide. We saw the usual animals and many birds. Each guide tries his best to show you a maximum of animals and they always position the jeeps so that you can get good photos. Very professional people.

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Mrs J from UK
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Luangwa River Camp review

We had an excellent time at Luangwa River Camp.

The camp had a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, which was down to the excellent work of Joe, the Host. The rooms were fine, but could probably do with being updated, as they were beginning to look a bit tired. The position of the camp was excellent, with easy access into the park.

Our guide Jonah was superb! We are keen bird watchers and his excellent knowledge, enabled us to see many different species. It was lovely to have the vehicle to ourselves and we felt that Jonah understood the kind of safari experience we wanted.

We had excellent sightings of leopard, lion, hippo, plus numerous species of antelope.

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Mrs M from Worcestershire
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Luangwa River Camp review

Collected smoothly from the airport. This is a lovely camp. The river access into the park is a real plus.

The staff were really friendly and Jonah our guide was excellent. He really gave us a good start for our bird list. As we were travelling as a foursome it was great to have a vehicle to ourselves. Sightings of animals was also excellent, including our first leopard.

The food was top notch. The room was comfortable, with a lovely double bed, though the rooms could do with a little bit of upgrading.

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Globetrotters from Belgium
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Overnight stop

We were picked up at the airport and brought to River Camp for the night. We had a nice dinner and breakfast and left then for Tena Tena. We came back to River Camp after our stay at Nsefu. The camp is very nice. The food very good and the staff helpful and polite.

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Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Luangwa River Camp review

Pleasantly surprised to find that access to the NP was as easy as if the camp were inside the park.

Knowing this might have altered the number of nights we chose here. Camp was very comfortable and the staff pleasant and helpful. Well sighted with excellent accommodation.

Relief to find that excellent mosquito nets were everywhere in our Zambia trip.

nteresting for us to see new sub-species of Zebra and Giraffe.

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Mr S from Maidstone
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Luangwa River camp 21-24 July

This is the second time I've been to this camp - the fact I returned must tell you something! The rooms and the setting are great - this time the game viewing was not quite as good as the first time, but that's the 'hit and miss' of safari - but we did see some great things including a leopard hunting at night and using our vehicle as a shield to hide it from an unsuspecting puku. Crossing the river by boat to get to and from the park definitely adds to the fun - getting close to the hippos and trying to avoid a grumpy elephant on the bank.

Rooms always kept immaculate - very comfortable. The food was very good, and fortunately an almost endless supply of Mosi beers which were very welcome. Joe was our host - the males in our party 'poo poo'd' him as 'eye candy' for the girlsd (who loved him at first sight!!) but at the end of our stay had to admit he was a great host - on our last night they set up a private table for us on the river bank to have our final evening meal and provided a free bottle of champage - we were all glad to invite Joe to join us.

All in all a wonderful river side setting to enjoy the wildlife in the park from superb comfort.

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Mr A from Marford
Arrived on: 14-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Luangwa River Camp review

We could not have been treated better.
The guides were very knowledgable

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Mr & Mrs S from Oxon
Arrived on: 16-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Well managed camp set in woodland

This was our second visit to the camp and we enjoyed our stay here.

We were delighted to find that Daudi was managing the camp and we were given a warm welcome by him and the other staff. The communal areas (bar, sitting and dining areas) are on a raised shaded platform by an open grassed area. The accommodation chalets are set in the trees with distant views of the river. The food was delicious (as expected from Robin Pope Safaris).

Shadrak was our guide and he was excellent. Emanuel was our spotter and he did a great job too.

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F from Derbyshire
Arrived on: 16-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Luangwa River Camp review

Luangwa River Camp was glorious. It was wonderful being greeted at Mfuwe Airport and having a game drive on the way to the River Camp; it provided a splendid introduction to the whole Robin Pope Safari experience. We received a fabulous welcome from Daudi, the camp manager. His was doubling up as host, very ably, as the host was away whilst we were staying there. He explained the daily routine and gave us a full introduction to the accommodation.

I consider we were extremely fortunate to be assigned Shadrak as our guide, with Emmanuel, acting as the spotter at night. Shadrak was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the bush life. He was able to provide the Latin names of plants, give detailed explanations of the physiology of animals, explain the interrelationship between all the animals, plants and the eco-system and much, much more. If, on the very rare occasion, he was not able to answer a question he would, without fail, come back with an answer having looked it up. He was delightful companion with a good sense of humour and excellent interpersonal skills.

I went on one walk, with Sebastian as the lead, whilst at the River Camp. It was a fantastic experience and gave me another very special perspective of life in the bush. As with all the guides, Sebastian was extremely knowledgeable and was able to point out minute fascinating details. I thought that all aspects of health and safety were addressed comprehensively and the briefing we were given, before we set off, was very thorough.

The bar and eating areas at the River Camp were exceptionally nice and there was a well stocked reference library which I appreciated. The food was splendid. The staff serving the food were charming and very attentive. All the staff were delightful, including the nightwatchman who guided us to and from our rooms.

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Miss P from NL
Arrived on: 24-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Luangwa River Camp

Lovely camp with a great view of the river. I prefer the more open rooms at Nkwali, although I could see the benefit of the Luangwa River Camp rooms if it was a time of year with high insect activity.

RPS were very sensitive to guests' needs and even when there were only 3 guests in camp, they sent out two vehicles as they realised we had slightly different priorities. This was much appreciated. My guide Yona was great and quickly picked up what I was interested in.

I was keen to look for wild dogs and we had great success. On three of the four full days I had here we were able to find the dogs in the morning and go back in the afternoon to watch them wake up and go hunting. The cat sightings at this time of year were definitely tricky compared to dry season. We had a great sighting of Ginger and Garlic's pride who had just killed a baby buffalo and the herd were trying to keep the lions away from the kill.

Walking options were very limited due to the boggy conditions underfoot. I was pleased I had the 3 days at Nsefu to walk, as there were not many suitable areas around Luangwa River Camp.

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