Situated on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River, overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, Luangwa River Camp has just been taken over and refurbished by Robin Pope Safaris, who run Nkwali, Nsefu and Tena Tena camps in South Luangwa. Luangwa River Camp has a wonderful main area with beautiful vaulted ceilings and water features leading down to the wide lawned area in front of the camp, which is dotted with sausage and ebony trees and enjoys lovely views over the river to the National Park beyond.
It is a superb little camp with just five very spacious bush suites on wooden decks, set back into the trees and with lovely views over the river. Each of the suites has a large and luxurious bathroom, complete with a sunken bath with a view! The guiding and hospitality here is superb - delicious meals are served outside under the stars, and the camp also offers all-day drives into the park with a picnic lunch.
From Luangwa River Camp there is the option to either walk or drive into the South Luangwa National Park. Situated right across the river, your activities will generally start with a drive or a boat trip across the river, depending on water levels. The game is spectacular, and the direct access into the park allows game drives to explore further and deeper into the park.
Luangwe River Camp can sleep up to 10 people in five bush suites. The suites are individually decorated giving them a unique feel and they each have their own luxurious bathroom with indulgent sunken stone baths and a shower. The private decks offer fabulous views of the river and surrounding area.
The camp has two superb infinity pool for you to cool down and relax in between safaris. If you feel like indulging in a bit of pampering, spa facilities are also available for you to treat yourself.
There is a good mix of vehicle and walking safari year round and the lodges is advantaged by having direct boat access across the river into the park. Bivouac camping is also offered.
When to travel
Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.
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Location and directions
Luangwa Valley, Zambia
The Camp is situated just 10km north of Mfuwe on the river which borders the South Luangwa National Park. Elevated between 1-3 metres on wooden decks affording great views to the park and river.
How to get there
10-hour international flight to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka. After a 70-minute flight from Lusaka, you arrive at Mfuwe Airport where you are met for a game drive transfer to camp, through South Luangwa National Park which takes approximately 1-hour.