Luangwa River Lodge

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stamp3Why photographers love Luangwa River Lodge

Luangwa River Lodge is set directly on the Luangwa River with private access to the South Luangwa National Park by boat (or directly by vehicle if the river is low enough). The area is fantastic for game viewing–the lodge overlooks the famed Luangwa Wafwa. It’s a small camp with a maximum of ten guests to ensure a private experience. A variety of activities including day and night drives, walks boat trips are possible.

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Luangwa River Lodge at a glance

  • 5 bush suites (one double, four twin) with private decks
  • En-suite bathrooms with double basins and sunken bathtub
  • Main lodge area with double plunge pool linked by waterfall, bar, sitting area, dining area
  • 220v chargin is rooms

The concession

South Luangwa National Park is known for its dramatic river scenery, lagoons and a spectacular concentration of leopards. It is also a great place to see lion, wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, puku, impala and kudu, and many other species are found in great concentrations. Luangwa River Lodge is nestled on the southern side of the Luangwa River under an ancient ebony grove. It overlooks the Luangwa Wafwa, an area famed for rich game.

The seasons

In winter, from June to August, the days are crisp, the skies are clear and game viewing is excellent. The temperature heats up in September through to November; it becomes hot and dry and the river becomes shallow. It’s a great time for predator viewing. November is the start of the rains. The camp closes from December to mid-January. In February and March, it’s a joy to explore the river by boat. Migrant birds are plentiful at this time. Game drives are possible on all-weather roads and sightings of leopards and other predators are surprisingly good. The cloud build-ups are fantastic.

What Luangwa River Lodge costs

Rates are available from Photos and Africa. Luangwa River Lodge is a one hour road transfer from the airstrip at Mfuwe.

Photographers need to know

Central Luangwa is great for game viewing, but has become busier of late. Robin Pope Safaris guides, are some of the best, and pride themselves on giving people a very wild and un-commercial experience away from busy areas. A visit to this central section of the park combines well with other camps in the more remote Nsefu Sector and in the northern part of the park.

The good news

Robin Pope Safaris has a proud reputation in Zambia and Malawi. They have great and faithful staff and offer a really classic wildlife experience.