Described on the Time and Tides website as ‘simple yet extremely comfortable’, Luwi rather undersells itself! It is certainly extremely comfortable and although ‘simple’ that’s the last thing that crosses your mind on entering camp, it is a simply stunning bush camp! The rooms, especially numbers 1 and 4 are superb, the guiding is some of the best around and its character and charm are undeniable. This is a camp that offers a product every true safari enthusiast would relish. We love it and regard it as one of the best bush camps in South Luangwa.
Luwi Bush Camp - The Details
Luwi is a beautiful and wonderfully remote camp set back from the dry Luwi River, it's a game drive from the park entrance gate. This is a camp that epitomizes the legacy of Norman Carr; a truly rustic South Luangwa bushcamp set miles from any other camp that is focussed solely on walking safaris. Saying that there are some loop roads open now to explore the wider area by game viewer.
With views of the riverbed in the distance, Luwi Bush Camp lies beneath a shady canopy of mahogany trees looking over a grass plain that is regularly used as a crossing path by game moving toward the lagoon just off to the camps side. For photographers and avid safari-goers there is a 'hippo hide' overlooking this lagoon nearby, it manages to keep some water throughout the dry season drawing in huge numbers of hippos, crocs amongst all the rest.
Open air dining and an open sided bar give guests a real ‘bush’ experience with breakfasts served around a campfire and dinners served under the stars. Each of the four rooms are made from reed and thatch and can only be described as simply beautiful rooms. All the rooms can either be made comfortable doubles or twins. The rooms are spacious, have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold showers and flush toilets – two of which are set out in the open air. Mosquito nets attractively drape each bed and trees run straight through some of the rooms - the camp being built around nature with no intention of changing the habitat it is built around.
For a really unique wilderness experience you could walk out of Luwi and set up your mosquito net in the dry river bed for a 'Return to the Wild Sleepout'. Watch the sunset with beer in hand, while the team cook up a braai for you, then retire to your bed roll to sleep under the stars - it's for the more adventurous, but something you'll never forget.
AT A GLANCE
Guide price: $950 per person