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#11 of 45 Specialty lodging in South Luangwa National Park
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At Wildlife Camp we offer a much-needed niche for the traveler, providing affordable rustic en-suite chalets, a secluded en-suite tented camp, a bushcamp (Jun-Oct) for overnight walking safaris and a beautiful campsite, all situated on the banks of the stunning Luangwa River.
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Mfuwe, South Luangwa National Park Zambia
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Ron S wrote a review Oct 2020
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We enjoyed the weekend in this location, staying in the safari Tent 4 with en-suite facilities and directly overlooking the Luangwa River. We had booked the all-inclusive package, which did not disappoint! Great meals, tea- and coffee-times, also on the game drives that were included, all offered with really excellent and friendly service. Salim was one of the most knowledgeable guides that we've had.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: Tent 6 is the furthest and the most private, but also furthest from the pool.
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mfuwe wrote a review Jan 2020
Isle of Man, United Kingdom45,131 contributions502 helpful votes
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I was first recommended to stay here in the last Century but it did not happen so I made a decision to correct that this visit. I know the valley well but had not been for 10 years. Booking via eMail was straightforward and easy and payments made by Transfer. We were met at Mfuwe airport by Ivan who was doubling his job as Chef with transfer drives. The drive from the airport to camp was like a trip down memory lane after my absence and our eagerness increased as we drove the last 6km on the track towards the camp where we would spend the next 8 nights over the Christmas holidays. The welcome was very warm and friendly. It was like I had been before. the briefing was straightforward and we were shown t our chalets. These were set away from the main area in a quiet section of the grounds and linked by a footpath which must NOT be used after dark when a car will be sent. We had been allocated two cottages for our party, one a standard double and the other having two bedrooms which was ideal for the two single males. Our cottage was the usual layout with a small porch with chairs and table outside leading to the main room with double bed and storage racks and writing desk. the rear was a nice clean Bathroom with shower, vanitory unit and wash basin and flush WC. The hot water was the best of the three week tour. Valuables can be stored in an electronic Safe The view outside was over the floodplain of the Laungwa river where many animals could be seen. Do NOT feed the wildlife and don't keep fresh fruit in your chalet or tent. Back at the main building was the restaurant and bar area for socialising and food. Meals were excellent. Elsewhere were a WiFi hotspot for those that need such things. David Livingstone managed without so why not us? At the adjacent camping ground was swimming pool. The daily routine was to rise at 05.00 and take a car to the restaurant where light breakfast of cereals and toast was served, prior to the start of the game drive into the National Park with the Gate some 10 km away. Return to camp was around 10.30 when a hot single course brunch, often pasta based, was served before siesta time or other small tasks. At around 15.30 tea and biscuits/cake were served prior to embarking again for the Park where a sundowner was served as authorised cars can remain until 20.00 and total dark so that we can observe nocturnal wildlife seldom seen as well as leopards for which South Luangwa is justly famous. We also saw 4 species of Owl. Then back to camp for a wash before being seated for an excellent 3 course dinner, if you could make room for them all. If there was a down side to the National Park it was the bad and rude behaviour of some driver/guides at wildlife sightings and this was particularly bad at night with leopards. On one occasion a leopard narrowly escaped being run over by an aggressive driver, from an upmarket lodge, whom should have known better. This saddened us and we soon left such sightings to seek our own in peace and quiet. We found it much more enjoyable to have a cat or dog to ourselves for a time than engage in a circus. We did not suffer and our count of leopard sightings for the 7 nights was well into double figures with four excellent encounters on Christmas Day alone. The pack of Wild dogs were frequently encountered in daylight hours which was a good plus. Lots of Elephant too as the herd sizes have recovered from the poaching of the earlier years. A good tip is to bring a Trail Camera for use in camp so you can continue seeking wildlife while while sleeping in bed. In this way I got film of a mother Porcupine and tiny 'cub' or is it piglet? All to soon our time was up and we had to leave but we will be back. Too invidious to name all the friendly staff so thank you Herman and all the team for a memorable visit.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: If seeking quiet take a chalet away from the campground and main building.
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ingeborgh876 wrote a review Dec 2019
Maastricht, The Netherlands11 contributions3 helpful votes
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We stayed for the second time 11 day's at Wildlife Camp and again it was fantastic. The first night we stayed at the ensuite tents because our chalets were occupied. The tents are a good basic sleeping spot with a fantastic view over the river and we woke up with eating elephants around our tents. The chalets are a bit more luxurious and closer to the bar and restaurant area. John and River are very friendly and knowlegeable guides and the plan is to return next year. It was my 20th trip to Africa and in no other Park I have seen such spectacular sightings as in South Luangwa. Leopard that just killed an impala, wild dogs, mating lions, lots of elephants and beautiful birds; to name just a few The only( big) downsite during my stay is that one can only buy small bottles of water and that we were not able to refill our bottles. We brought our own bottles so that we use less plastic and are willing to pay for the refill. You can't buy liter bottles either. When one person uses 5 small bottles of water per day; the amount of plastic must be enormous. One may expect from Wildlife Camp that they are concerned about the environment as it is their source of income.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from Wildlifecamp, Manager at Wildlife Camp
Responded Dec 6, 2019
Hi ingeborgh876, Thank you for taking time to review us on Tripadvisor and all the kind words. However I would like to correct you on the water issue. Our water is small bottles(500 & 750 ml) yes and this is what works best for us, 1 liter bottles is to big and the water gets warm inside. What happens then guests only drink half of it and the rest is wasted. We have 2 boreholes of which the water is drinkable and some of the best water I have ever tasted! You stayed with us as full-board guest's so the jugs of water on the table with all your meals was water straight from the borehole! We take pride in having such delicious water and the bottles are only kept for people that does not feel safe to drink the water. I do not know where the confusion came in but hopefully on your next stay you will remember to fill up your water bottles straight from the tap or from the cold water jugs we keep in the restaurant for refill. We also have steel jugs in the chalets to refill. All the best and hope to see you soon:) The Wildlife Camp team
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crsbrz wrote a review Nov 2019
Florianopolis, SC140 contributions131 helpful votes
What a great experience Not sure how safe is that but having all animals surrounding the tend was fantastic. The view from the bar and swimming pool is absolutely incredible. One of the best campings I've been in my life.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Wildlifecamp, Manager at Wildlife Camp
Responded Nov 5, 2019
Hi crsbrz, Thank you for your review. You have experienced what everyone coming here want to experience, the wildlife. If you respect the wildlife and keep your distance you will always be safe. We also have watchmen on duty to assist with these animals and help keep you safe. Hope to see you again one day! All the best The Wildlife team
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stewart wrote a review Oct 2019
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Great camp with a nice view on the riverbed, facilities are not incredible (internet only runs poorly for an hour). White personel was incredibly standoff-ish and rude at times. Also some of the personel on the safari seemed disinterested in making sure we had an enjoyable experience.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Wildlifecamp, Manager at Wildlife Camp
Responded Nov 5, 2019
Hi beanstewie, Thank you for taking time to review us. Internet is not the best but that is what we have to work with here in the bush. Sad to hear that our staff were rude and disinterested, we always try our best to make things as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for our guests. We will work on improving our skills. Hope we will see you again one day. All the best The Wildlife team
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wildlife Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Wildlife Camp?
Nearby attractions include Mulberry Mongoose (1.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Wildlife Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Wildlife Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Wildlife Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Wildlife Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Wildlife Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Wildlife Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Wildlife Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.