Reviews of Luwi Bushcamp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Luwi is a lovely camp and we really enjoyed being in the bush listening to the sounds of the animals at night. The camp was much more luxurious than we had imagined it would be and the delicious food also exceeded our expectations.
We went on our first walking safari from Luwi and enjoyed it very much. The focus of the walk was about the environment in which the animals lived and we learnt a huge amount about their surroundings and daily life. The walks were also a good opportunity for birdwatching, and we did get quite close to larger animals on occasion, a real treat!
The highlights of our stay at Luwi would have to be the herd of seventeen elephants walking past us as we sat relaxing in camp one afternoon and the large number of crocodiles eating a dead hippo at the lagoon.
Great Hippo Hide at Luwi Bushcamp
Brunch in the bush was a lovely surprise. Hippo hide viewing was a great experience. Had excellent service from camp staff.
Walking and vehicle drives were not as interesting as expected.
We found the accommodation and main area building were too close together and we were disturbed by general noise from the bar area and conversations from the room next door.
People needed to walk past our chalet to access theirs and could easily see into our chalet.
Luwi bush camp, first camp on our trip
This was our first of four bush camps, a long journey from airport but worth it, we had a very warm welcome from all and a very welcoming drink after which we were shown our room which was very comfortable . Well what can we say about the food , it was wonderful how can they present hot and very appetising food in the bush. All drinks, even imported were complementary The game drives and walks were very good the guides very informative and the guides, guards and tea boys all had such good sense of humour . my last point, what ever you wanted it was there, every thing was wonderful would we go back ,oh yes pleaseRead more about the whole safari
The extra day at Luwi was perfect for additional walking and exploring.
If anything our room was even nicer than last year, everything else was just as good
Luwi Bushcamp review
Brian(senior guide) and Tara(hostess)provided the best of a real bush camp experience. Enjoyable walks/game drives, super location, friendly staff and excellent food.
The hide overlooking the lagoon created during the dry season is a great little extra.
Thank you to everyone at Luwi, indeed a special place.
Luwi Bushcamp review
Had some great walks and our guide was fantastic.Read more about the whole safari
Luwi Bushcamp review
Good location, good host and guide (Brian). Limited activities as only walking safaris here, we did 3.5 hrs in the morning and only 2 hours in the evening. 9.00 pm seemed a late night for the staff.
Chipped toilet seat in chalet detracted from the luxury concept.
The realisation that walking safaris are NOT for getting up close to the animals was a major shock and disappointment. We have been on numerous safaris before in vehicles and were not aware all the animals fled when confronted by humans on foot. The Norman Carr literature did not mention this and the photographs in their literature are a total misrepresentation of reality.
Expert Africa comments
The safari camp has noted the chipped toilet seat will be checked and swiftly fixed.
Close encounters with wildlife whilst on foot can occur, and so whilst these camps use only their most tantalising images in their marketing literature, the portrayal is not entirely incorrect. The managing director of Norman Carr Safaris noted that the company takes their guest’s safety very seriously as is evident by their excellent record over the past 60 years. He comments that it is something that neither he nor his guiding team will compromise on. The areas in which they offer walking safaris are completely wild and unfenced and so, whilst it is possible to walk in these areas, one must never forget that the animals here are wild and can be unpredictable. This priority over safety is also Expert Africa’s experience of walking safaris offered in our portfolio, including those done with Norman Carr Safaris. Having said that, this doesn’t mean that you don’t sometimes get close to wildlife. Whilst on a walking safari, you may find yourselves upwind of animals when generally they will smell you and run away; sometimes you’ll be downwind of an animal which won’t have seen you or smelt you and if the guide deems it safe you can creep closer; and sometimes you’ll come across an animal unexpectedly and if they haven’t seen or smelt you, your guide will often ask you to duck down and sit still so that you can safely watch – this can be from quite close by!
Into the wild
A wonderful greeting and welcome, arrived just in time for lunch. We loved the rustic room and the marvelous view across the small grassy plain towards the dry Luwi river bed.
The location is remote and unrivalled, the walking excellent. Brian our guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour.
Memorable sightings of animals but so much more eg learned about the habitat. We were sorry to leave but had a very good walk to Nsolo
Luwi Bushcamp review
Camp was just fine. Just that Nkosi and Botswana trip were very "hard act to follow"
[Ed: This comment refers to the fat that these travellers started their trip with us with a 12-day Botswana safari organised through our Wild about Africa programme. They rated this as "excellent", and their Botswana guide, called Nkosi, as "**AWESOME**" ]
Remote and wonderful
Luwi has probably the most fascinating setting of all the camps, at least in my personal opinion: the landscape you have in front of your chalet and in front of the morning fire, where we had breakfast at the sunrise, is breathtaking.
We started immediately, after our first brunch in Luwi, with a short drive in the plain just in front of the camp to follow a dominant male lion who was chasing away the young male lion: a scene very emotional, also considering the behaviour of the lioness who was the mother of the young one.
We had very interesting walks with our guide Levy, and at the camp Mouse was very friendly. The first afternoon walk in Luwi ended in the hide overlooking the hippo lagoon where we had sundowner: wonderful setting!