Reviews of Luwi Bushcamp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
38 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Luwi Bushcamp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Luwi Bushcamp review"
"First bush camp - Luwi"
The second nights escapades are a great example of the amazing sitings we had, following sun downers and hitting the showers we suddenly got a call of the wild from the local Lion pride. Not everyone can say there first lion siting was with shampoo in their hair.
Fantastic food and service, Rosie one of our hosts only helped to make our stay more comfortable. Thankyou to all at Luwi." See all these reviews: 10n in Zambia
"Great - superb for walk and drive safaris"
Everyone so thoughtful and helpful.
Food/rooms all great." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia
"Luwi Bushcamp review"
Sam was the best guide in that he had an interactive style which encouraged active engagement of us.
The second evening ws enlivened by the arrival of a Channel 5 "Rough Guide" film crew. Norman Carr representatives (Christina and Dave) were most solictitous about the Intrusion of the film crew but we enjoyed it as an addition dimension to our stay." See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia
"Middle of nowhere - great!"
Sam the guide was excellent (recurring theme) and we had some wonderful sitings including leopard, huge crocadile and large bull Elephant. And not forgetting the ancient Baobab tree.
The walks were very informative and thoroughly enjoyable. Staff also arranged candle lit dinner for us - thank you." See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia
"Four Outstanding Wildlife Sightings at Luwi"
• observing on our morning walks the profusion of hippos and crocodiles in the nearby lagoon with the wide variety of water birds;
• seeing a pair of lionesses who climbed into a tree to feast on an impala which had been caught earlier by a leopard (we felt very sorry for the leopard whose hard-earned dinner had been stolen);
• finding a pennant winged nightjar, sitting on the sand at the roadside which was then ably spotlighted by our scout as it flew up displaying the spectacular streamers attached to its wings;
• observing a pack of twelve wild dogs eating a young bushbuck that they had just killed – they were spotted as we were eating breakfast so everybody jumped into two vehicles to drive off, so that we could see these rare mammals at very close quarters.
On our final morning at Luwi we set out early to walk to Nsolo. The great virtue about walking in the bush is that it gives a new perspective on the wildlife, particularly the small details that cannot be seen so readily from a vehicle – particularly tracks and droppings and the trees with their flowers and fruits." See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia
"First time on safari"
We particularly enjoyed the extended walks between the camps in this case Lewi to Nsolo. The safari walks are different and the between camp walks are an opportunity to exercise a little.
Walking safaris are not for keen walkers who want to clock up the miles. They are a way of really seeing the bush at first hand.
It was nice just to be able to sit outside our hut in the afternoons and see animals and birds in their natural state." See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia
"Review of Luwi Bushcamp"
"It was a splendid tour you had arranged for us in South Luangwa.
In all five lodges Kapani, Kakuli, Nsolo, Mchenja and Luwi. Anne Marie, Lora, Natasha, Warren, the guides Abraham, Lawrence, Shaddy, Sam, Jimmy and John plus the rest of the teams gave us a wonderful time. They were all incredibly hospitable and immediately made us feel wellcome.
The game experiences were unforgettable.The guides who were all excellent did their best to show the nature and the game in varied actions. Especially John, who was called out to take us from Nsolo to Mcenja, half way walk, two days at Mchenja and the walk from Nsolo to Luwi. He was a brilliant guide, who seemed to be fond of walking like we are, while some of the guides had a preference for driving."
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