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“Luambe NP” 5 of 5 stars
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Luambe National Park | PO Box 111, North Luangwa National Park, Zambia   |  
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“Luambe NP”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

The Park is situated north of the famous South Luangwa N.P.
Even though Luambe Park was officially declared the status of a National Park in 1938 it remained underdeveloped and was best known to poachers!
In the 90ies, the number of animals and species was highly decimated. But since the Luangwa Wilderness Lodge was established on the river banks of the Luangwa, a remarkable rise of species took place. Birds are abundant.
The owners of the lodge are involved in serious conservation programs. Objectives are eliminating poaching within the borders of the park and a better park management. Increase of the income of the local people and their direct involvement in the project which includes educating the local people by improving their understanding and knowledge of sustainable use of the National Park.
There are only five safari-style tents right on the Luangwa riverbank which makes the stay a very exclusiv one. Right on the Luangwa riverbank also means: LOTS of hippos (we counted 130!) just outside your tent.
Meals in the open dining room which thatched roof were excellent.
Overall a very interesting and pleasant stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

Only stayed 1 night in this very remote area, so was not able to explore all it had to offer. Tents basic clean with everything you needed . If you want to see Hippos and be sent to sleep with their noctural groaning then this is the place. We awaoke with 1 outside our tent.Staff very pleasant and friendly. Food was great- how do they cook all that on a fire !

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

I never understood wildlife conservation, appreciated bird watching and enjoyed hippo-orchestra.

That changed at Luangwa Wilderness Lodge, driven and led by Chris and Tony.

I came to South Africa dreaming of leopard skin, now I sink in guilt touching leather.

I enjoyed the great outdoors observing nature, taking things slow and easy, no electricity, no phone, no internet, no tv, no radio, no newspapers. It was weird on the first day, but enjoyed the absence of these daily distractions.

Close to glam-camping in the elevated tents, comfortable beds, canvas zipped down (with the net still on), sit-down toilets, HOT SHOWER!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Luangwa Wilderness Lodge

Address: Luambe National Park | PO Box 111, North Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Northern Province > North Luangwa National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Specialty Lodging in North Luangwa National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luangwa Wilderness Lodge is a mid-range lodge operating in the remote but beautiful Luambe National Park, Zambia. It is situated on the Luangwa River, offering great views over a game rich area. The lodge is the only accommodation within the park, meaning our guests are guaranteed to be the only vehicle in the park! We offer a vast array of activities or just a great place to relax! ... more   less 

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