The Luwombwa Lodge is located approximately 33kms from the main park entrance gate. It is situated on the banks of the Luwombwa River in the West of the park.
The accomodation consists of 3 A-framed chalets with en-suite bathroom facilities. Two chalets can sleep up to 5 guests and the third can sleep 3. The chalets overlook the river and each has a small private verandah.
The lodge caters primarily for self-catering guests and is popular with bird watching enthusiasts. Motor boat rides and canoeing along the river are offered, where birders may find Pel's Fishing Owl, Bohm's Bee-Eater, African Finfoot, Narina Trogon and Half-Collared Kingfisher amongst others to add to their list of checked birds.
When water levels are good, fishing is allowed. Guests need to bring their own fishing tackle, and to purchase a fishing license from Wasa Lodge. The excitement and lure of catching a Tiger Fish, large Bream or Yellowfish is something all anglers aspire to.
Guided walks with an armed escort and / or guide can be arranged. Elephant and Sitatunga are often seen from camp in the grassy plains along the river edges.
Luwombwa Lodge is situated in a National Park. Please note that guests are not allowed to walk around out of the lodge areas, or leave their vehicles without an armed escort. Additional to the rates are park fees, payable to the Zambian Wildlife Authority at the entrance to the park.
Park fees are $7 for residents and SADC members, and $10 for internationals per person per day. The vehicle fee is ZMK15 for a Zambian registered vehilce, and $15 for an international vehicle.
Luwombwa Lodge is managed by the Kasanka Trust which is a non profit organisation. All income from tourism is used to mange two national parks and also to carry out community outreach progams for people living close to the parks.
Photos courtesy of Chris Meyer