Luangwa House, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
This stunning private house is built approximately 1 km from Nkwali Camp, on Robin's own land. Built on the edge of a lagoon and with a backdrop of the Chindeni Hills you feel instantly part of the surrounding landscape. Local stone, grass and wood have been used to construct the house, which outwardly has a traditional feel. However, venture inside and you find that each room has a totally individual style. The effect is almost castle-like with a wonderful feeling of space and size.
In front of the house is a beautiful tiled terrace with your own private sizeable plunge pool — the perfect place to cool off on hot afternoons! Extending from the terrace and built over the lagoon is a magnificent raised wooden walkway leading to a viewing deck surrounding two huge ebony trees complete with leather couches, dining table and chairs and bar. Returning from a drive to a candlelit dinner on the deck will be a memorable experience.
Inside the house you will find a spacious living room complete with large comfy sofas and a huge marble dining table. This impressive room stretches up two storeys to the thatched roof and is flanked by dramatic suspended leadwood stairways ascending to two upstairs bedrooms. There are also two bedrooms downstairs so you can take your pick! Each luxurious bedroom is uniquely designed using materials ranging from marble, glass and chrome to local woods and materials to reflect the names: the Sand Room, the Coral Room, the Blue Room and the Sea Room. The simple designs on the fabrics, made locally, all match the room colour scheme. Their spacious and airy confines have large wall to floor windows that open onto a large patio or balcony. Each room is en suite with large shower areas.
During your stay all your game viewing activities are exclusively your own with your private safari guide and scout and it is therefore ideal for a small group or a family. You will be able to enjoy wonderful game drives in the South Luangwa park and walking safaris in the dry season. Your delicious meals will be cooked by the house chef and the menu planned according to your wishes.
If you are interested in responsible tourism, it is possible to arrange a visit to one of the projects that Project Luangwa, which the Robin Pope Safari camps work closely with, as part of your safari. These include schools which have been built, tree planting, and a new library. This needs to be pre-arranged and requires a donation toward the project, and is a wonderfully enriching experience.
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