Marking the end of the Great Rift Valley on the edge of the Luangwa basin, Luangwa River Camp – part of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia – enjoys pride of place in this pristine part of Zambia. Desert Moroccan architecture welcomes you to the lodge and yet the incongruity does not feel misplaced; this is Africa after all, a continent of extremes – north to south, east to west. Luangwa River Lodge has voluptuous views – from every angle. Adhering to the lodge’s ethos of privacy and exclusivity, a maximum of ten guests can be accommodated here at a time.
No stone was left unturned to provide the ultimate comfort, and guests can even revel in a two-level swimming pool, interlinked by a waterfall and raised seating leading into an open-plan bar, dining and reading area. Five safari suites each boast a lounge area with vast en-suite facilities – including sunken baths and twin basins.
Overhead fans and mosquito nets keep creepy crawlies at bay and all suites are equipped with 240V plug sockets, hairdryers, rechargeable lanterns and candles. Folding glass doors lead onto a private, covered outside deck, designed in the traditional African boma-style, and offering sweeping views over the river and plains beyond.
What’s more, lavish bush breakfasts can be followed, or preceded, by walks through the veld; with experienced guides showing the way towards a greater understanding of the wilderness that lives under the canopy of ancient ebony trees.
Here, teeming herds of elephant and buffalo live symbiotically with dominant antelope like impala, puku (endemic to the region), kudu and reedbuck, among others. Added to this, Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest occur nowhere else on earth and predators like lion, leopard, spotted hyena and wild dogs are always on the prowl here.
During the dry season, the river swarms with the inherent diversity of the bush, and birders will delight in the offering here. At the same time, it once again highlights Luangwa River Lodge’s status as one of the world’s last unspoilt domains from which to watch the Africa reveal herself.
- Bird Watching
- Game Drives
- Game Walks