Reviews of Luangwa Safari House
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Fabulous house amid teeming wildlife
Wonderfully warm and friendly welcome, not just at the outset but at the return from every trip. Service was a brilliant mix of attentive and understated - akin to eating in a top class restaurant where the sommelier and waiters pitch in at exactly the right moment, without any unnecessary hovering or intrusiveness. The meeting of our every need - down to insect repellent, torches and cups of tea - a testament to the experience of the House owners and the skills of the daily team. I suspect our group was particularly demanding at breakfast as we were not perhaps as punctual as might have been, yet we were all fed and watered and magically ushered onto the safari vehicles with our water bottles almost to schedule. No mean feat.
As to the wildlife - who could have asked for more? To get so close, and to feel so much a part of goings on, was sometimes to the point of surreal, and incredibly special. This includes the location of Luangwa Safari House itself. How fabulous to have a watering hole within yards of the seating area and viewing platform/lunch area, and a hide from which to watch the elephants/warthogs/stork about their business. And, on early arising, to be able to ask the team 'what is that noise?' and get the answer (ground hornbills). The 'knock knock' was delightfully subtle, and the breakfast perfectly handled for those like me who are not morning people. Top porridge. I thought Claire did a super job shepherding us all. She was consistently thoughtful and attentive and it was lovely to have some open conversations with a young person just starting out to hear what she had learned and to share experiences.
A great pleasure also in the contrasting styles of our guides, Jacob and Obi, each of whose knowledge have a particular depth, but from a different vantage. Being somewhat English and reticent myself, Obi gave me the confidence to ask quiet questions whilst Jacob's energy, enthusiasm and intimate understanding of the Luangwa ecosystem enabled sights that we never would otherwise have seen, with a particular sensitivity to capturing the best vantage for the photographers among us. Completely fabulous - I do hope he imparts at least some of his knowledge to the next generation.
I should add that the option of a walking safari was very welcome over the four days. It could have been quite frustrating being confined to the house area and vehicles over a number of days, watching the wildlife roam free in a way that we, for obvious reasons, could not. The flexibility over driving/walking and regarding night safaris was most welcome.
Delighted that both Jacob and Obi were able to join us for the special, slightly breezy, bush curry to talk a little further. Although the birthday guest was indisposed we all greatly appreciated the event and the trouble that had been taken. And what amazing food! Hats off, of course, to chef Simon who really really knows what to do with beef and who presented some of the best food I have tasted in a long time (the lunchtime salads, and bush curries, were spectacular)
Room for improvement? Like heck! But if the lily needed gilding, it would be nice to have a one-pager (apologies if I missed it) about the main house and how it was built as this was a great conversation piece among our party. We were particularly fascinated by the front door and how on earth it was made to fit. The over all design of the house is of itself a talking-point, with every possible comfort and the most enormous beds I have ever seen.
From sublime to ridiculous, the clothes laundry service was excellent but, allowing for local considerations regarding ladies' underwear, it was a bit tricky to find somewhere to hang my smalls to dry after handwashing - my travel clothes line wasn't quite long enough to tether between the available points, so in the end I just got creative …
The only other observation comes from a subsequent visit where the night safari used yellow filters for the spotlights. This was (apparently) to protect the vision of the big cats and avoid disturbing the prey mammals. I have no idea whether there is any science behind this, and none of the other night drivers we saw in Luangwa Park seemed to use them, so it may or may not be something to consider for the future.
A fabulous stay at a cleverly thought-out, brilliantly located and immensely comfortable and welcoming venue. A truly magical and memorable holiday. My thanks and appreciation to all.
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The House and its facilities were superb and the staff outstanding - professional, welcoming & relaxed. There would be very little to highlight for improvement opportunities to be honest and this would definitely be a place we would recommend to all our friends.
The game drives were outstanding with so much wildlife to see and our guide was extremely knowledgeable but with such a great character it made each drive a real pleasure.
The walking safari should be a must for all visitors - especially being able to hear the sounds without the vehicle and spotting a Leopard in a tree!!
Exceptional Luangwa Safari House
Luangwa Safari House is luxurious, spacious four bedroom house with excellent game and bird viewing and great meals.
From our bedrooms we were treated to visiting elephants, buffalo, impala, puku, hippopotamus, giraffe, mongoose, warthogs, baboons and monkeys. On our drives and walks with our excellent guide Jacob, we came across all of these plus multiple leopards, a lion pride and many other animals. And we lost count of the birds.
And as Jacob kept telling us, the landscapes were highights in themselves.
We also spent half a day visiting a village supported by the local tourist industry - an eye opener to the life of the locals.
Luangwa Safari House--Fantastic
This was our second stay at Luangwa Safari House and it lived up to our high expectations.
Jacob, the guide and manager really knows his job. He made us welcome and planned our stay well. We had a great visit to the local village and school which really made an impression on us all. The animals were great and they staff went out of their way to make our Easter special -- they even staged an egg hunt for the kids.
Great family safari
Being a regular safari fan it was decided to take my family to Luangwa Safari House for their first taste of Africa. The family included my 7 year old grandson and 11 year old grand-daughter who had her birthday during our stay.To say the trip was a success would be an understatement with my grandchildren being entertained and spoilt by all the staff even to the extent of doing some cooking in the kitchen. They even saw Wild Dogs on two occasions!!
Not only must praise be given to Jacob and Tina for their kindness and attention to us all but also to all the backroom staff whose efforts to make our stay so enjoyable were second to none. Many thanks goes to all at the House.
On a general note the meet and greet service arranged by Robin Pope Safaris at Lusaka Airport was very welcome and efficient.
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A fantastic experience with brilliant staff and a great locationRead more about the whole safari
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Robin Pope kindly up-graded us to this spectacular house for two nights and it really does have the 'wow' factor.
The décor, bedrooms, service, food, location - everything is amazing. Tina, our hostess, ensured everything ran absolutely smoothly without a hint of rush. Simon cooked us some wonderful meals, and Kanga the guide was so knowledgeable and managed to track a mother leopard with a cub for us to see and enjoy on one of the evening safaris. He really was in tune with the sights and sounds of the safari park. Peter and Emanuel were also so friendly and efficient.
We went to visit Peter's village which is part of the South Luangwa Community Project and it was a pleasure to meet all the local people and visit the school. Robin & Joe Pope have put so much back into the local community with the aid of the other lodges in the area.
A long deck runs out past the small swimming pool to a swamp area where for several hours one afternoon we watched 20+ elephants mud bathing - great viewing. Giraffe also come close by and there is a great telescope set up for private viewing.
What more could you ask. We would love to return one day for a longer visit. It was far too short a stay/.
Fantastic Safari at Luangwa Safari House
What a fabulous place!!! The house is beautiful, the staff friendly, efficient and great with children. The location was amazing. I cannot say enough good things about Luangwa Safari House and Jacob, our guide.
Jacob loves his job, and knows the park extremely well. He is uncannily good at tracking animals: we were able to find 4 leopards and a pack of painted dogs while in the park. He really listened to us and worked to help us achieve the experience we wanted. He is great with young children and seems to really enjoy them.
The chef was very good as well and catered to my daughter's allergies (wheat, corn, soy) quite creatively and ably. My daughter never felt left out at meals and that can be a challenge. The food was fresh, tasty and well presented.
Luangwa Safari Lodge - AMAZING!
Shortly before we left the UK we were offered a complimentary "up-grade" from Nkwali to the Lodge, which we were delighted to accept!! What an amazing experience! Words failed us as we arrived at the Lodge - it is stunning from an architectural point of view, and the way it is laid out overlooking the water hole makes it hard for you to tear yourself away for a walk/game drive! The elephant were there to greet us on arrival and they seemed to appear whenever we did!
Once again, the people who looked after us were wonderful and could not have been more helpful nor more charming company. A huge amount of thought and effort went into making my birthday incredibly special (surprise picnic brunch at the end of the morning walk - everything transported to a lovely spot by a water hole), birthday tea (with iced cake) and special performance by a local theatre group at Nkwali, drive with champagne sundowners, then a delicious dinner!
There seemed to be someone present to anticipate anything we might want at any time - a really amazing place to stay - nothing seemed to be too much trouble!
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By contrast [Ed: to the mobile safari that started this trip] LSH represented absolute luxury!
Lucinda and the house staff really made us feel that this was our home for the duration of our stay. They left nothing wanting. The facility itself was delightful - the views of game from the deck were excellent and the dipping pool was enjoyed by all.
Jacob, our guide, was gracious, knowledgable, great company and an incredible asset for RPS. After 10 days of safari we found his tour of a local village most valuable. Being enveloped in luxury it was a healthy reminder that 90% of the Population lives on less than $2 per day.
We have no recommendations on how this experience could be improved.