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Luangwa Wilderness Lodge
Reviewed April 27, 2014

We had a great stay at the Luangwa Wilderness Lodge. We had lots of activities planned on a busy schedule, and the staff at the lodge always made sure that our food was prepared promptly. The tent we stayed in was very comfortable with views of hippos, crocodiles, and birds from the door of our tent. The menu and the food was good. The lodge is located just outside the park overlooking the riverbank. We were very happy here and think this is a great place to stay while visiting the Luangwa National Park.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bryan W
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Yes indeed Luangwa Wilderness Lodge is in a beautiful setting. Prior to departing we were in email contact with Tony Moore. In fact we had fully paid up full board and lodging into his bank account, inclusive of camp fees, for 5 people.
After 8 hours travelling we were welcomed by the camp manager Mathews Phiri, who called us aside and told us of his predicament. He had not been informed we were arriving, had no rations or supplies, no vehicle and was very apologetic about the situation. However, hats off to Mathews Phiri and his staff they made a plan. I have no doubt in my mind if travellers pitched at this beautiful setting Mathews Phiri and his staff will cope with campers and self catering visitors.
However I would like to caution any visitors to this camp from paying up front. Although I have sent communication to Tony Moore for an explanation, I have not had any reply and I do feel we, and his staff, were badly let down.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
2  Thank molly959
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We planned to stay here for 2 nights in August 2012 during our self-drive tour of Zambia. After some trouble getting through by email or phone, we eventually had an email from Tony to say it was OK for us to camp there. What he didn't say was that the Lodge was closed. It appears deserted, as though everyone left in a hurry. We were told that they were not able to renew their licence with the Zambian authorities, and the Lodge will not be open for some time (if at all).
In the end we only stayed there one night but enjoyed the company of hippo and watching the fishermen in their mahouts laying out their nets. It's a beautiful spot on the banks of the Luangwa and feels quite remote. You have to cross several river valleys to get there so not a place to aim for during the wet season. However, we were disappointed by the lack of tracks in the park. Several circular routes were shown on our map but only one has been maintained- and that was a dead-end. Wildlife seemed skittish, especially the elephants - whether due to lack of contact with people or due to contact with the wrong type of people is unclear.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
1  Thank oldforge
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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
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Thank stwproject
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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
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Thank jacqui m
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Reviewed October 28, 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!

Room Tip: EVERY room is a good room!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank EccentricDrill
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Reviewed March 26, 2013
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank kap5
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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: $360 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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