Norman Carr Safaris, South Luangwa Valley, Zambia

Chinzombo Camp  Kakuli Bush Camp  Kapani Lodge  Luwi Bush Camp  Mchenja Bush Camp  Nsolo Bush Camp

LUWI RIVER TRAIL – 8 Nights Safari, start &  end Lusaka airport

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The Luwi River meanders through some of the most remote areas of the South Luangwa National Park. This seasonal sand river carves its way across the Northern sector of the park through dramatically varying habitats to the confluence with the Luangwa River at Kakuli Camp.
Norman Carr Safaris have three camps along the course of this beautiful and dynamic river. The eponymous Luwi Camp which has been described as “the best little bush camp in Africa” is the starting point for the adventure, exploring the wild areas up towards the source of the Luwi where no other people ever go. Then a few days are spent at Nsolo, downstream of Luwi and at Kakuli with its wide views high on the banks of the Luangwa. Guests can also opt for a night or two out under the stars with just a mossie net, a guide and a scout for company and camp fires to ward off nocturnal visitors, miles from “civilization” – this Return to the Wild sleep out is only for the most adventurous of spirit!

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Luwi River Trail

A Privately guided safari adventure.

The Luwi River meanders through some of the most remote areas of the South Luangwa National Park. This seasonal sand river carves its way across the Northern sector of the park through dramatically varying habitats to the confluence with the Luangwa River at Kakuli Camp.

Norman Carr Safaris have three camps along the course of this beautiful and dynamic river. The eponymous Luwi Camp which has been described as “the best little bush camp in Africa” is the starting point for the adventure, exploring the wild areas up towards the source of the Luwi where no other people ever go. Then a few days are spent at Nsolo, downstream of Luwi and at Kakuli with its wide views high on the banks of the Luangwa. Guests can also opt for a night or two out under the stars with just a mossie net, a guide and a scout for company and camp fires to ward off nocturnal visitors, miles from “civilization” – this Return to the Wild sleep out is only for the most adventurous of spirit!

The safari is led by one of our excellent veteran guides, such as Shaddy Nkhoma or Innocent Tembo with one of our most experienced armed scouts, this eight night privately guided safari is perfect for adventurers and those looking for a really involving wildlife and wilderness experience.

The bush camps are tiny – only four rooms each and each one is designed to blend with its surroundings. Using natural materials in their construction and powered with solar energy these camps are about as “green” and wild as you can get without compromising in any way on comfort and quality of food and service. Whilst there will probably be other guests in camp with whom to share safari experiences over dinner (unless you prefer to dine privately) you are able to set your own pace and create your own adventure with your guide and scout. Here is a brief suggested outline;

This adventure can be booked for a minimum of one and maximum of eight guests.

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DAY 1
Arrive at Lusaka and fly to Mfuwe where you will be met and driven to Luwi Bush Camp.

Settle in to camp and depending on your time of arrival set out on foot to explore the local area, spend time at the nearby croc and hippo filled lagoon and get your bearings.

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DAY 2 & 3
Leave camp before the sun rises, taking a picnic breakfast and lunch with you and head up stream deep into really wild country towards the foothills of the Muchinga Escarpment into the miombo woodland. You can then start to walk downstream of the Luwi and just see how far you get! Have brunch in the shade of a tree overlooking one of the many waterholes in the “back country” then head back towards Luwi in time for a sundowner at the lagoon and dinner in camp.

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DAY 4 & 5
Leave camp early on foot and start downstream towards Nsolo Camp, the river widens in this section and the Luwi’s white sands carve a dynamic route through open grazing lawns, palm and trichelia groves, thicket and game rich “dambos” for which the Luangwa Valley is so well known. You’ll arrive at Nsolo in time for brunch to find your luggage waiting for you in your room. Have a rest and soak up the magical atmosphere of this, one of the oldest bush camps in the Luangwa Valley.

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DAY 6
For the most adventurous of spirit – leave Nsolo and head downstream towards Kakuli. Find a spot to set up your bedroll and mossie net, build the camp fire and make preparations for your “Return to the Wild” sleep out night.

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DAY 7 & 8
Meander along with the Luwi and arrive with the river at the confluence of the Luangwa and Kakuli Camp. Named after Norman Carr who was affectionately named Kakuli – an old buffalo bull, this camp has sweeping and majestic views over the Luangwa. Spend your final days on an all day drive way upstream, exploring on foot or just relaxing in camp and making the most of the spectacular views over the hippo filled Luangwa River

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DAY 9
After a final breakfast, experience your final game drive through the Park on the way back to Mfuwe Airport and onward to your international departure.

The itinerary can be adapted to suit individual requirements. Guests can add a night or two at Kapani Lodge to be closer to the villages and experience some of our community projects, or perhaps add a night or two at Mchenja for a bit of luxury at the end of the trip.

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