The Luangwa Safari House resides in one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas in Africa, the South Luangwa. The family-style house sits gracefully on the edge of a lagoon where large herds of elephants often stop by for daily visits. It’s a magical area with plenty of arm-chair game viewing opportunities for guests to enjoy. It was just missing one thing; a hide for guests to observe the animals without being observed..until now that is.
Luckily, as the safari house celebrates 10 years of existence, they’ve also decided to add a traditional “hide” to their collection of safari activity offerings.
Emily from Robin Pope Safaris tells us all about the new hide:
“Luangwa House is the star of this week as it has received an “extension” in the form of half a shipping container, which we have modified and made into a hide. We have placed it in a very large hole in the ground using the crane on the Samil 50 truck whilst giraffes and elephants looked on.
I stood right back slightly terrified of all that could go wrong but in it popped without a care in the world. We have placed the hide just in front of the deck next to the lagoon so that our guests will be able to walk down from the deck into the hide and be at ground level and will hopefully be taking some amazing photos of the elephants as they come to the lagoon to drink.
I myself cannot wait to find an empty day at Luangwa House to go and sit in the hide and give it a go for myself – don’t worry I will let you all know when I do and shall send photos to accompany it. For now though the only photos are of the process, which in its self was quite a spectators sport!”
It’s gumboot weather and the Zambian wilderness is revelling in it. During the rainy season, Zambia’s untamed garden is the South Luangwa. It glows green and breathes with life. As the Luangwa River rises, the only access guests have to Robin Pope Safaris’ Nsefu camp is by boat. Adventure is in overabundance as the Luangwa becomes a safari-water wonderland of note. This time of year is known as the Emerald Season and it’s still one of the best kept secrets of the safari world.
A former guest described their visit during the Emerald Season on Trip Advisor :
“Remote and Peaceful”
During the wet season we reached Nsefu camp by boat. The camp is lovely. The rooms are small and round, but with great bathrooms. The front porch and bar are both great places to sit, relax, and watch hippo, elephant and impala. From Nsefu we did walking safaris – I was extraordinarily impressed with the professionalism of Jackson the armed guard who accompanied us on all walks. Go here to relax and enjoy Africa.
The ultimate way to experience South Luangwa’s green glory is on a River Journeys Safari.
The River Journeys safari explores one of Zambia’s finest parks – South Luangwa. The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas and the most magnificent wildlife sanctuary in Africa, in our opinion.
Ton from Robin Pope Safaris says, “The Luangwa Valley is at its most dramatic in the Emerald Season, with the Luangwa River now flowing over into the brimming lagoons. Boating into these lagoons, flooded ebony groves and flowing channels gives you a view of the Valley which is normally inaccessible during this season“.
Imagine being in this pristine wilderness exploring the park both on land and water, staying at the first camp ever built in Zambia (Nsefu) with the river at its most impressive. It is an experience fit for even the wildest of bucket lists.
Guests are able to explore a variety of areas of the Luangwa from three locations; Luangwa River Camp, Nsefu and Nkwali Camps. This enhances the type of game and overall safari experience.
Find out all the details about a River Journey Safari here: https://www.tribes.co.uk/Zambia/robin-pope-safaris-river-journeys
River Journeys Safaris Available dates: 22 January – 31 March only
Sometimes words just aren’t enough. And that’s a big statement coming from a travel writer who is as besotted with descriptions and story-sharing through words as myself.
Sometimes, a destination, or in this case a specific camp in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia deserves a little more than only words to describe it. It deserves pictures. Here’s a little about the camp, helped by some incredible photos showing off exactly what it’s like there in all seasons.
Nsefu Camp is set in one of South Luangwa’s most untouched wilderness areas placed next to the river. It was the first Safari Camp in South Luangwa, opening back in 1951 and it still maintains its original charisma and unpretentious charm.
It’s one of a few camps in South Luangwa which is open during the underrated “Emerald Season” when the summer rains fall. The river floods and Nsefu Camp is completely cut off from all the worries of the outside world. It’s the perfect place to escape to.
Nsefu Camp – river overflowing
River safaris are a favourite activity during this wet, green season with guests being treated to game viewing from the unique vantage point of the water.
hippos at Nsefu Camp
The annual nesting site of the Yellow Billed Stalks can be viewed on a river cruise. Which is a very unique experience as well as a birders fantasy..
Nsefu Camp Yellow Billed Stork
As winter approaches each year, the river’s waters begin to subside and the dry season allows for incredible wildlife viewing right from the comfort of your favourite chair at camp. Lions and elephants are regular visitors to the riverside which remind guests just how “one with nature” they are at Nsefu.
Elephants splashing in the river at Nsefu camp
Game drives through the Luangwa Valley are a safari trip highlight at Nsefu with the landscapes teeming with wildlife to be found.
Elephant at Nsefu
The guided nature walks are also unmissable and place visitors as close to nature as they’ll ever be, where they can appreciate the small and big wonders of their wild surroundings.
Giraffe’s at Nsefu
The camp and its surroundings have been named “mesmerizing” in the rain or shine and I don’t think anyone can argue with that. The pictures speak for themselves.