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Track And Trail River Camp

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Track & Trail River Camp is a privately owned lodge located on a stunning spot on the banks of the Luangwa, just at the doorsteps of the South Luangwa National Park. We offer a small owner run safari lodge, specialized in photographic safaris and offer our guests all the comforts, while being located in wilderness. South Luangwa is known for exceptional up-close game viewing. Our Safari Camp is small and quaint with 9 Chalets in total; 6 cater for families as well as singles and couples and 7 rooms offer scenic river front with a direct view of the National Park. Benefit from our expertise and professionalism; our innovation and creativity; unparalleled location and setting (next to the main gate of the South Luangwa National Park); great service to guests. Track and Trail River Camp can be considered as the premier photographic lodge in The Luangwa Valley. Why?... because we have the knowledge and we can help our guests to improve their photography skills while on their safaris.
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Free internet
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Free airport transportation
Spa
BBQ facilities
Mosquito net
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Pool with view
Outdoor pool
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Special diet menus
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Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Kakumbi Zambia
Track And Trail River Camp
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Mfuwe Airport
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clawrence53 wrote a review Dec 2023
Fareham, United Kingdom1 contribution
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Whilst living in Zambia for a few months, I treated myself to a solo trip for 5 days at track and trail camp - and in summary it was nothing short of magical. The whole place is that of complete peace and serenity. I stayed in one of the beautiful river view chalets (they are all on the river if I remember correctly), where all you can hear when you wake up and fall asleep is birds and grunting hippos. I was even treated to a bush bug on my doorstep one morning and a whole group of monkeys another morning! The food is excellent and there’s a great drink selection. The restaurant has a beautiful position on the river where you have full view of Frank the hippo if he is around. This is actually the reason I booked track and trail over other similarly priced lodges and it was so worth it. I have to make a special mention to the staff that really make track and trail what it is. In particular, Albert who works in the restaurant was absolutely fantastic (and would keep me company in our daily catch ups when I’d come to breakfast or dinner alone after the game drives). Also a special mention to the game driver Vic and his fabulous spotter - truly they are one of a kind and SO knowledgable about the animals. You can see that they truly care about giving you an amazing experience and will go out of their way to do so. I actually joined another camp for their game drives due to the lodge being empty (that is something to consider if you are travelling solo during quiet season - there is a minimum of two people for the game drives to go ahead). In the end I actually paid for two people despite it being just me so that I could go out again with Vic - and it was SO worth it. We saw a leopard, lions, wild dogs, a whole herd of elephants (including babies) and had sundowners surrounded by giraffes. The game driver really does make or break a safari experience and he is a great asset to T&T. The owners (Peter and his lovely wife Chi Chi) also made an effort to say hello and I felt immediately so welcome and at home. Peter also went out of his way to organise a taxi for me from where I was staying when I decided to come a day early - despite it being very last minute which was so so appreciated. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a more affordable safari experience (although I would have expected to spend much more to have the same level of quality)! A lengthy review but I felt that T&T needed to be given the credit it deserves. If you’re not sure - just book it - you won’t regret it!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 18 Dec 2023
Hi Charlotte, Great to see you amazing review. So glad you liked it. We see you again in the near future.
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Traveler49130319154 wrote a review Dec 2023
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An excellent spot to escape from the busy life. The facility is excellent! Very friendly staff that make you feel at home from the get go! The chalets were beautifully done and very inviting with a touch of the unique culture. The safari was calming and educational! Amazing experience all round.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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caitlinhughes88 wrote a review Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
We had a magical stay at Track and Trail River Camp. Everything was perfect from start to finish. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and friendly, the facilities were excellent (loved the pool and outdoor gym!), and every single meal we had was superb. Our safari guide was brilliant too. We were lucky enough to see a pride of 15 lions on our first game drive!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 25 Oct 2023
Hi Caitlin, Thanks so much for your wonderful review. I hope that you and your mom will come and see us again in the near future. Chichi says Hi...
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A S wrote a review Oct 2023
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We stayed here for a week in a beautiful room, overlooking the Luangwa river. With the sound of the hippos in the background it was wonderful to sleep. The meals were also beautiful every time, not only to look at but also the taste was delicious. We went out for 7 days with Peter twice a day, early in the morning and in the afternoon. He gave us the opportunity to learn to use our camera and spot beautiful animals with the right Light. So we were able to take some nice picture. Our thanks go to, Chi Chi and Peter and of course all the staff for a great stay
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 25 Oct 2023
Dear Rene & Anke, Hartelijk dank voor jullie feedback betreft de lodge en safaris. Ik ben blij dat jullie genoten hebben. Hopelijk tot een volgende keer. Gr P
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Friedrich v wrote a review Oct 2023
Hoedspruit, South Africa37 contributions5 helpful votes
First visit to Luangwa, and ideal camp right on the banks of the river, with hippos, ellies and many other animals frequenting the camp every day and night. The food was excellent for vegetarians. Highlight was the lovely game drives with Vic. Morning drives from 6-10, and evening drives from 3:30 to 7:30 including light snacks at sunset on the river. Wildlife sightings were spectacular, especially leopards.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 19 Oct 2023
Thanks a lot for all the compliments. really appreciate your review. Thanks for visiting
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Joep v wrote a review Oct 2023
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The lodge is situated on the banks of the river, 10 minutes drive from the entrance of the national park. We stayed two nights at the self catering hippo hide which was absolutely magical. You don’t even neer tomleave the porch to see all kinds of wildlife. Hippo Frank, elephants, giraffe, impala, monkeys, we have seen it all at the hippo hide. We also stayed two nights at the campsite which was very nice as well. The owners and staff are very nice and helpfull. We had Vic as a guide at game drives and he was very knowedgable. The swimmingpool is very clean and although the restaurant is not cheap, the food is really really good. The pricepoint of track and trail is right between the cheapest campsites and very expensive lodges.which makes it perfect ideal id you like a bit of luxury without breaking the bank. Best value for money in the Mfuwe area
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 08 Oct 2023
Dear Joep, Thanks for honest review, we are happy that you enjoyed T&T. We hope to see you again another day in South Luangwa.
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Bianca C wrote a review Sept 2023
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We had a fantastic holiday, my husband and I. So much we did see in 2 weeks. Many leopards, a lion kill two times and wild dogs kill. Peter Gerardts is an fantastic Gide, he knows a lot of the fauna but also about the flora. We learned a lot. The accommodation is very clean en cosy. The meals are delicious. The location of the lodge is super directly near the park, so you’ll be at the first light on location. Excellent for photography! Peter is also a very good photographer, he helps you with your skills so you will come home with outstanding pictures! And when your not on gamedrive you can enjoy yourself at the lodge in the swimming-pool, gym or photograph the local animals. When you will the perfect Safari experience you must go to Track and Trail!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 29 Sept 2023
Hi Bianca & Peter. Thanks for your enthusiasm during the safaris. It was a pleasure to have you guys.
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SolihullRichard wrote a review Sept 2023
Dorridge, United Kingdom916 contributions279 helpful votes
The younger family members camped in an area restricted by electric fencing to keep put any predators, and the almost resident hippos and elephants, whereas I stayed in a very comfortable chalet with a considerable amount of living space. Full mosquito netting in place, and guides to walk you around the site in the dark to avoid any unwanted encounters. Good choice for breakfast and other meals, and game viewing options into South Luangwa the nearby national park. River frontage - and Frank the hippo ambles across the site back to his pool each morning. Raised pool to restrict usage to humans and a small gym. Take cash as power outages can impact on card acceptance
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Date of stay: September 2023
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leenaert B wrote a review Sept 2023
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It was the first time in Africa for us and we are really happy that we chose to stay here. We saw everyday beautiful things with good explanation from our guides The food was really good and everything was perfect .Highly recommended The staff was excellent Thank everybody for the trip of our life Tova and Leenaert
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Petra wrote a review Aug 2023
Almere, The Netherlands22 contributions2 helpful votes
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What a great experience and excellent lodge! The furnishing in 'my' cottage was so cosy, I immediately felt at home. Also a great thanks to all the people working at the lodge: all friendly and happy. The food is delicious; a nice swimming pool with a super view. I did a photography safari with a group and this was really awesome. We saw a lot of animals, even close, and made a lot of nice pictures. Leopards (yes more then one), lions, hyena, elephants, baboons, zebra's, hippos, wild dogs (we even went hunting with them), giraf, a lot of beautiful birds...too much to mention. Great drivers/spotters (wow, how could they spot this) and also the photography tips of Peter are really helpful. A place I will definitely visit again and would recommend to everybody!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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ZambiaEastern ProvinceKakumbi
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What are some of the property amenities at Track And Trail River Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Track And Trail River Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Track And Trail River Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Track And Trail River Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Track And Trail River Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Track And Trail River Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Track And Trail River Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Track And Trail River Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Dutch.
Does Track And Trail River Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.