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“If you must stay over night at the Luangwa Bridge, then OK”
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Bridge Camp
Barcelona, Spain
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“If you must stay over night at the Luangwa Bridge, then OK”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

We stayed one night in transit from Lusaka to the South Luangwa N.P., since our plane arrived late and we had no time to make the whole way in the remaining day time. Bridge Camp offers both, a very rustic camp site and stone chalets. We took one of these. Very rustic too, cold at night, too many open windows, walls made of pure rough stone, almost no furniture, poor bed clothing. Hot water generated by burning wood at nearby stove, worked well. The whole site was empty (in spite of being ultra-high season!), we were the only guests. All in all, an uncomfortable place where to stay (we froze while in bed!), but very conveniently located on a hill with excellent views over the Luangwa river into Mozambique. We had a short walk on the river side the next morning and a nice breakfast with all the terrace, small swimming-pool and nice views for ourselves.

Overpriced for the comfort that they offer, they are still the best option in the little Luangwa town and make a good stopover at a picturesque location, if you need to stop in the area in order to cut the long trip from Lusaka to South Luangwa or Lilongwe.

They also offer some hiking activities in a nearby gorge. The landscape is picturesque African bush with baobabs here and there. The owners, cool and distant, seem to be not very happy there.

Room Tip: At the time we were there, they were constructing some new A-type chalets. Looked more cozy, less op...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

There are few options for overnight accommodation on the Great East Road. This campsite has a fantastic view, of a bend in the Luangwa river. The chalets are chic and comfortable and the food surprisingly good. But it is pricey!! Perhaps because there is no competition. Worse though was overhearing the owners berate their staff very aggressively: very unpleasant to be around.

  • Stayed August 2013
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We were travelling from Livingston to Lake Malawi and stopped here for the night. The rooms are basic, but has everything you need and they are clean. Nice team, the owners are hands on and the husband is pleasant. The pork chops were out of this world and we had a great stay on the way up so we stayed here again on the way down.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

We arrived to a very bitter owner who voiced she for the most part did not like Americans, did not like her staff, and did not like much in general. Her staff seemed miserable, though the way they are treated I can't blame them. Their uniforms looks like they had been worn for weeks, the owner should have taken care o this. This is a very poor country and giving them some self respect improves their performance. Food was okay. Over priced.....What a shame as th location is lovely.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

The bridge camp is in a lovely setting overlooking the Luangwa river. It was the only nice place we stayed on a 5 day cycle between Chipata and Lusaka. The communal seating area is really nicely done, with a good view over the river. The owners weren't around but the staff were nice and helpful.

However, the swimming pool was filthy, and at expensive 10 dollars per person for camping there wasn't even clean drinking water available (in the end we had to use the staff water filters). Food and drink were outrageously priced, $3 for a coke - 3 times the price of anywhere else, buy any drinks in the town 3km up the road. They may have to drive all their produce in, but no further than anyone else in the town, it's only just off the main road!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Accra, Ghana
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

we stayed at bridge camp for one night while driving north to Chipata. My car broke down 30 kms south and Will came straight away to pick us up.. Will and lindsay who own and run the camp are a wonderful couple who makes ones stay a great one.Food was delouse and the rooms nice and spacious. Beautiful views of the Luangwa river. Definitely will be back for a couple of nights in the near future

Room Tip: 106 as it has two levels
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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joancollins69
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

the rooms were beyond shabby chic, but clean and seemed to be decorated with what ever was on sale and the charity stores! but clean and functional with the bed being rather firm and enabled a good nights stay. the bathroom large and generous with great hot water. my room was located not far from the pool (not used). the bar was fine and reasonably priced with a nice bar man. no wifi or net.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Bridge Camp
Address: Luangwa River, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Location: Zambia > South Luangwa National Park
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Ranked #42 of 43 Specialty Lodging in South Luangwa National Park
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Bridge Camp Zambia/South Luangwa National Park

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