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Luangwa Safari House, Zambia


The South Luangwa National Park marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas and is one of the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa.

It is through this that the great meandering Luangwa river runs, with its ox bow lagoons, riverine supported woodlands and large plains, all of which play host to huge concentrations of game including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo and over 450 species of birds.

Luangwa Safari House in Zambia, has been designed to assault your senses from the minute you arrive, a strong castle like structure looms up in front of you, then and as you enter through the enormous pivoting door, light and grace as the entire front of the house is open to wilderness. The four double rooms each subtly but differently decorated to mimic the elements – water, earth, wind and fire encompass the feeling of bringing nature into the house.

This magnificent private house is the ultimate in luxury and the perfect getaway for you and your family (children over seven) or groups of friends seeking an indulgent and private break.

Where is Luangwa House located?

From Mfuwe Airport it is a 40 minute road transfer to the house through colourful village life and some game viewing area as well.

Throughout the year they have direct access from Nkwali camp (5 minute drive from Luangwa Safari House) to the park by boat or vehicle. During the dry months they operate a pontoon into the more southern part of the park. When the river is at its lowest you can drive directly across the river from Nkwali.

Designed by Neil Rocher this impressive private house sits gracefully on the edge of a lagoon system frequented by large herds of elephants, impalas, giraffes and countless other species which use the lagoon as a source of water and food throughout the year. All of which is magnificently set off by the back drop of the Chindeni Hills. During the dry season you can enjoy lunch on the raised deck surrounded by up to 80 elephants splashing around and enjoying the cool water.

A stay at Luangwa House is ideal for those looking for a personalised and private safari experience.

When is the best time to visit Luangwa Safari House?

Open mid-March to mid-January.

Depending on which time of year you visit, you may need waterproofs, a warm jacket or sunscreen. The dry months are from April till October and the wet months November till March. Temperatures range throughout the year from between 11-40 C.

Does Luangwa House cater for families with young children?

At Luangwa Safari House they welcome children above seven years old and will adapt the safari to each family depending on the needs and interests of everyone in the group. The Luangwa Safari House guide has a fantastic way with children and will calmly and clearly explain the safari to them as well as show a particular sensitivity towards the children on certain sightings. Depending on the children’s ages there are a whole range of activities available to them including game drives, nature walks where they can learn about animal spoor and droppings, star gazing and even a children’s pack with crosswords and dot to dots to make learning about the bush fun.

Early mornings aren’t suited to all children and if they wish to stay behind and have a lie in whilst mum and dad enjoy a quiet game drive, catering for these requirements is no problem at all. Your private host (ess) will be at hand to ensure that your children are well looked after during the course of the morning and depending on the children’s age and interests they can have fun in the plunge pool, bake cookies with the chefs for your afternoon tea, make lions or elephants heads from papier mache, play games or simply have a slow morning with a cooked breakfast and a gentle start. Not forgetting about Kawaza village and the fun that can be had there - meeting Zambian children and seeing how they live, playing football and dancing with the families to the beat of the local drums.

The team will also speak to you about meals and meal times to ensure that the kitchen prepares the types of food that the children enjoy and will even provide a packed dinner for them to have at sundowners in the park if they need to eat earlier.

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