Luangwa Safari House - 11 Days

Luangwa Safari House is a stunning private house is situated on Robin Pope’s Nkwali land, approximately 1 km from camp. The super structure of the house is twenty five ancient and weathered leadwood trees – powerful and natural. The entrance side of the house is grand, castlesque and is exquisitely faced with stones from the hills. The massive door opens into the huge main room and instantly you see incredible views through the front of the house – which is completely open.

Each of the four bedrooms has a style of its own. Extra large beds, both king size or twin fit into each room under one mosquito net. There is a wooden ceiling fan inside each net. The beds have all been designed differently, from two poster beds to beds suspended by chains from the roof. The materials used in the bedrooms are hand painted and specifically designed, made locally at Tribal Textiles. Each bathroom has a different theme for the fittings, reflecting the colours of the rooms. From copper for the “Coral room” (including a hand made copper bath) to recycled sandblasted aluminum in the “Blue Agate” bedroom. These fittings have been matched with unusual pieces of Zambian marble hand picked by Jo and Robin.

The upstairs rooms have a suspended wooden balcony, where you can sit out at night with a moonlit view over the bush to the distant hills. The downstairs bedrooms each have a private tiled verandah with large morris chairs for quiet moments.

The open front of the room leads out onto a quartz tiled terrace with large plunge pool to one side.

From this terrace a magnificent risen walkway leads to a wooden deck surrounding a small group of huge ebony trees in the middle of the lagoon. There is a large leather sofa, and a hanging chair plus dining table and chairs for al fresco meals. From here the waterhole is nearby, and sitting quietly you will be close to families of elephant that come to bathe.

Originality and luxury come to mind when describing the grand Luangwa Safari House. With the Chindeni Hills as a backdrop, this four-bedroomed house sits within a game management area on the edge of a lagoon, overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. It is only booked by one group at a time, making it an exclusive safari retreat for a small group of friends, or a large or extended family with older children.

Owned and run by Robin Pope Safaris, Luangwa House is barely five minutes’ drive from its sister camps, Nkwali and Robin’s House. Luangwa Safari House was designed by Neil Rocher, who also designed the flowing curves of Chongwe River House, and clearly part of the brief was to make a house where, during the day, you didn’t feel enclosed. Thus lots of the walls open up completely – to leave bedrooms and a main area which are almost entirely open on one side.

Built with stone walls and a thatched roof, Luangwa Safari House is entered through an enormous, sturdy door at the back. This opens into the atrium-style dining and lounge areas. Large sofas scattered with colourful cushions look very inviting, but when we last visited in June 2017, it was the expansive view that drew us through the lounge to the open deck in front, where we just had to stop and admire the elephants, puku and warthogs scattered around the almost-dry lagoon. There is a small pool, and a shaded wooden walkway leads to a small deck that extends further out to the lagoon. A hide, cleverly created from a shipping container and sunk into the ground, allows you incredible views of the elephants visiting the water.

Day 1
Activities at Luangwa Safari House:

– Swimming pool and platform

– All activities are exclusive to the house guests

– Private vehicles, guides and armed scout for walking safari. Canoes and boat at Chongwe.

– Activities and meals will be designed to suite the individual group requirements

Day 2
Facilities at Luangwa Safari House:

– Uniquely designed private houses for up to eight guests

– Four large en-suite bedrooms, massive dinning/sitting area

– The private chef and house manger will discuss menu planning for the stay

Family Safaris at Luangwa Safari House

– Equally suitable for families and groups (min age 7)

– Wide range of hosted activities for children, independent of parents, (with child minder available)

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

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Luangwa Safari House