Regarded as one of the best bush camps in Zambia, Luwi is extremely remote, authentic and magical; complemented by prolific wildlife in the surrounding area and an excellent guiding team to create memories of tracking big game on foot to last a lifetime. Nestled in a shady grove of huge mahogany trees, and close to a permanent hippo and crocodile filled lagoon, Time + Tide Luwi is situated deep in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park, overlooking the seasonal Luwi River after which it is named. It is reached by a two and a half hour game drive transfer through some of the park’s remotest areas.
Typically a day at Luwi starts early, with guests gathering around the camp fire, discussing the animals heard during the night and planning the day ahead. The morning walking safari usually takes three to four hours returning to camp in time for a hearty brunch. Guests have time to relax in the afternoon, viewing the wildlife attracted by the lagoon, before a further walking safari later in the day. While the camp has a vehicle for spot-lit night drives, there are few roads in the area so it lends itself perfectly to walking and exploration. Walking with a guide and an armed scout, guests explore a variety of habitats that include open floodplains, dry riverbeds, mopane woodland and two lagoons. The area around Luwi is ideal to search for the elusive roan antelope, eland and hartebeest which are almost never seen in other parts of the South Luangwa. The Luwi area is famous for its lions and the thrill of tracking them on foot is an experience not to be missed. It is also home to a family of wild dogs which make excellent game viewing. For photographers and avid safari-goers there is a ‘hippo hide’ to watch the animals unnoticed high above the lagoon. This permanent water source attracts wildlife from far and wide making the camp area constantly busy with animals. This is a perfect spot for keen photographers to get some superb shots, not only of the hippos and crocodiles, but of the prolific birdlife around the lagoon. Often families of elephant will come down to drink and bathe in the water. For a really unique wilderness experience guests can sleep out in the dry Luwi riverbed during the later months of the year and enjoy a night under the stars.
Time + Tide Luwi is an intimate bushcamp with just four safari tents nestled under the shade of towering mahogany, sausage and wild oleander trees, forming an oasis in the middle of the Luwi plains. There’s no electricity at Luwi, but solar lanterns provide light in the bedroom and bathroom. Luwi has a main safari tent which houses the dining area, lounge, bar and a small reference library. A seating area surrounds the campfire and overlooks the floodplain.