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#27 of 43 Specialty lodging in South Luangwa National Park
Beneath a grove of ancient mahogany trees deep in the national park sits Time + Tide Luwi. Immerse into the rhythms of the bush, rising as the first rays of golden light warm the land and sleeping with the stars as hyenas whoop their night-time revelries. Set at the confluence of the dry Luwi River and a grassy flood plain, tranquillity envelops the camp, with only the bellows of grumpy hippos in the nearby lagoon breaking the reverent silence. Relax on your feather-top bed or on your private outdoor lounge and listen to the calls of songbirds overhead while a bushbuck tiptoes past. Gather around the campfire with your fellow travellers, reconnecting with the simple joys in life in this wild haven. From the Luwi hide, watch as crocodiles lounge and birds hunt in the shallows or explore the woods and network of dry riverbeds on foot. Alongside the area’s resident elephants, lions and wild dogs, there are good chances to see more elusive species that relish the secluded surroundings.
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Luwi River, South Luangwa National Park Zambia
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Kalabo Airport25 mi
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One of the best bush camps we experienced in Zambia. It is very remote (we were the only guests) and at the end of the road but this small lodging with its thatched dwellings shares its surroundings with the many wildlife wandering around. Do not be surprised if an elephant or hippo wanders in the camp. It also provides a great walking safari experience as out guide tracked a pride of lions we eventually found. If you like remoteness, few people but first class service and a lot of animals and adventure Luwi is your place!
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The camp is very well set out & accommodation very good for the bush. It wasnt until after visiting the other 2 camps we became aware of where improvements could be made. Becky was there to greet us, but throughout I found her a little distant. There was no 'special' drink offered on arrival, some useful information was lacking on the introduction, especially about the wraps that were provided for our comfort. We only found out about them at the next camp. There was no animal checklist in the room & no feedback form to complete. Although Becky said she would get the checklist I had to ask a guide for one the next day. Becky failed to turn up for a meal & offered no apologies or explanation until asked about it the following day. There were no clear glasses as an option for the night drives & I missed a lot having to wear sunglasses in the dark due to the dust. Following camps both offered the glasses. On the plus side we had the most amazing, knowledgable guide in Prince. He made the stay, walks & drives extremely enjoyable with his great sense of humour. Joseph, the ranger kept us safe with our close encounters & I would highly recommend them both. The food was some of the best I have eaten on safari & so much was on offer I was never hungry. Overall this is a great place to stay with wonderful game viewing opportunities.
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We did a 4 camp, 8 day safari through Luwi, N’solo, Kakuli and Mchenja camps and it was wonderful. These are largely WALKING safaris; you should walk if you can. You see the same critters (and you see everything), at their level, in the silence of the bush ( no engine). You learn about the small stuff that is context for the big stuff. There is a bit of tricky footing, but it is basically flat. The guides are wonderful and capable. You are safe and you should do this. It surprised us how many fellow tourists didn’t take advantage of this unique option. There are more luxe safaris (and more $$$) but we felt absolutely pampered. From a quiet voice outside the cabin saying “good morning, did you sleep well?” While putting hot water and milk into the 2-side “milk box”, to friendly competent staff, lovely meals, amazing walks, “sundowners” served in style mid-bush, night drives, gorgeous open fronted elephant grass cabins with open air showers and visiting “Ellie’s” hippos and monkeys, it was a dream. Up early, breakfast, 3-4 hour walk, cleanup, lunch, siesta, 1 hour walk, “sundowner” cocktail and snack, night drive, dinner, fire and chat, sleep, repeat. We did the sleepout; it seemed a bit expensive but it was great and when you realize it included 2 all-night guards, a cook, great food and all the setup, not to mention a comfie bedroll, stars, bush sounds (and circling hyenas). This was a bucket list trip and exceeded expectations.
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Lawrence and his staff are excellent, so helpful and knowledgeable. Walking safari with Lawrence is the best, he is great at passing his knowledge on of the animals and countryside. It makes the Safari so much more interesting. Food was great and accommodation is very natural. I loved it.
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Luwi camp is the farthest away (in a nice, isolated way) from the other Norman Carr camps in South Luangwa. I think we only ran into a car from the other Norman Carr camp (Nsolo) once. Don't mistake any of this for being "primitive". This camp has absolutely everything you need. I particularly liked how the whole front of the villa was opened in the afternoon so you could sit out and enjoy the view. The dry river bed of the Luwi river is right in front. The villa is a touch on the small side as compared to the other Norman Carr camps we stayed, but only made it a bit harder to unpack. Everything else about it was great. We did a morning bush walk and walked the entire way from Luwi to Nsolo camp - both we really enjoyed. After 2 - 4 hour game drives a day it's so nice to see the bush from a different perspective and stretch your legs. The hippo hide they have at this camp is amazing - go in the afternoon when the light is absolutely perfect for viewing the hippos!
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Luwi Bush Camp - Norman Carr Safaris
ZambiaSouth Luangwa National Park
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