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Vienna, Austria

Wonderful wildlife safari

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 Aug 2022
We started planning our safari almost four years ago, and with Peters help, originally settled on a three location break, with Track & Trail dealing with the additional lodge bookings and the internal flights for us, making the whole planning very easy. Unfortunately COVID intervened and after cancelling the international flights twice, and simplifying the schedule we finally arrived in Mfwue in August 2022. This was our first safari, and in fact our first trip to Africa. We were not disappointed!!
Track & Trail are ideally located, just a few minutes from the entrance to the national park, and on most occasions, we were the first vehicle in, avoiding the dust and able to get an early view of the animals. I have no previous experience of such safaris, or different national parks in Africa, but I can say that South Luangwa has set the bar extremely high! Animal sightings were plentiful and with the benefit of Peter or his team of guides & ‘spotters’, we were treated to a range of animal & bird sightings, informative explanations of animal behavior or photographic techniques culminating in a wonderful and memorable experience! While the big cats and elephants are impressive, we were also shown some of the smaller African wildlife and an abundance of stunning birdlife. This is a company which cares about the whole of African wildlife and not just the big game.
As for the camp itself, it is ideally located and very comfortable. Peter’s wife Chichi, and all the staff made us feel very welcome and relaxed. We were gratefully upgraded to the “honey moon” chalet, which was very spacious and comfortable. The food was delightful and the staff constantly helpful and welcoming.
Whether you are an avid photographer or simply wish to see the wildlife through your own eyes, I have no hesitation in recommending Track & Trail and Peter Geraerdts and his team.
Many thanks Peter for a truly memorable experience.
Date of stay: August 2022
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Thanks a lot Kevin for this great review. Hopefully we meet again one day in the bush
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Reviewed 21 August 2022

We were fortunate to (finally, after 2 years of Covid delays) stay at this amazing camp very close to the Mfuwe entrance to South Luangwa National Park. We stayed in one of the river chalets which had an extremely comfortable large bed, two seating areas, a large shower, tub and view of the river from two large windows. The room had all the comforts of a luxury lodge and the food was of equally high quality with dishes which varied each day. Exceptionally high quality and levels of service. Chichi and the camp team were so attentive, welcoming and friendly - nothing was too much trouble and we really felt part of a family during our time there.

In terms of game drives, we had booked sole use of a vehicle with Peter as guide for a specialist photographic safari. Peter’s exceptional guiding and knowledge of the bush is enhanced by his photographic skills ensuring we were always in the best place for photographs as well as anticipating animal behaviour. We were able to stay with interesting sightings longer as well as learning some specific photographic techniques. Highlights of our time with Peter included multiple leopard sightings, wild dogs, elephants, over 130 different birds (casual viewing as opposed to concentrating on finding them), amazing scenes with amazing light at dusk and dawn… and many, many owls - we have our best ever spot-light photos due to Peter and Andrew’s (our tracker) skills to find the birds and Peter’s photographic tuition.

We thoroughly recommend Track and Trail River Camp as a place to stay for the Mfuwe sector, with brilliant accommodation, a wonderful swimming pool, gym and bar / restaurant and food at great prices. South Luangwa is magical and we will always opt for Track and Trail River Camp when we return to this area, it would be like returning home.

Room tip: All of the river view chalets are exceptional
Date of stay: July 2022
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Peter Geraerdts, Owner at Track And Trail River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2023

Hi Kevin and Nicky, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an excellent rating. We really appreciated your stay with us. Please let us know what we can do for you in the near future.

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Reviewed 10 August 2022

Track and trail is a family owned and run lodge with lot of warmth and soul to offer to their guests. The place is absolutely magical and reminds one of their own roots. Being in the wild and nature at the same time enjoying the comforts of a lodge. From the start of the booking phase Kirsten was extremely helpful and very professional. All my bookings were handled with ease and all my queries were answered patiently. We were welcomed very warmly by the gorgeous Chichi who is the heart and soul of the lodge. She greeted us with so much warmth and immediately showed us to our chalet. The chalet was absolutely neat and clean and perfect for our stay. Beds were cosy and very comfortable. The chalet overlooks the beautiful luangwa river which is brimming with life. We got to see many birds and hippo families with their new born calf. After our check in from long travels our host Chichi immediately welcomed us to the dining area for a sumptuous meal. With our bellies full of delicious food and the care given to us, we knew we are home for the next few days. Chichi ensured all our food choices were met. She starts work at the crack of dawn ensuring all her guests are well looked after and fed properly. She goes out of her way to know each of her guests and ensures we all are happy. She regularly checks on everyone to ask how our day was, how our drive was, how did we rest. Chi chi only rests once we all retire to our rooms. She is a wonderful warm host and it was an absolute pleasure getting to know her. She is always smiling even though she is juggling many things in a day. She actually reminded me of the super hero Wonder Woman. Big shout out to Team track and trail, Chi Chi, Albert and our wonderful ranger Effi. He took lot of efforts to show us all the animals we possibly could and accommodating all our requests so we could go home with exquisite pictures.We left the lodge with a heavy heart as we knew we are going to miss everything once we return to our busy city life. We will surely visit soon in the near future to enjoy the Zambian warmth and love shown to us. Thankyou for a wonderful trip.

Date of stay: July 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Peter Geraerdts, Owner at Track And Trail River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an excellent review. We really appreciate your business. Chichi says hi!

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Reviewed 5 July 2022

Just arrived back from a game viewing trip in the Luangwa valley in Zambia at the Track and Trail River Camp. It was a fantastic experience with all the animals available to view including Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Hyena and Painted Wild Dog Pack. The staff, accommodation and food were all five star, couldn’t recommend it more highly and hopefully I will be able to return.

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Date of stay: June 2022
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Peter Geraerdts, Owner at Track And Trail River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2023

“Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We will share this with the T&T team to let them know to keep up the amazing work.”

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Reviewed 28 June 2022

We had absolutely incredible animal sightings and then were oh so glad to come home to Track and Trail where the staff were so ready to wine, dine and tuck us in! The site is a mini park, really a pleasure! Wouldn't have changed a thing and planning to return.

Date of stay: June 2022
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Peter Geraerdts, Owner at Track And Trail River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2023

We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us a 5-Star review.

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Reviewed 16 June 2022

Their rustic, thatched cottages set along the Luangwa River are beautifully apportioned and incredibly tidy. The South Luangwa gates are only a quick drive away making this lodge a great jumping off point to the Mfuwe Sector. Every day after our daily game drive in the park, we looked forward to the delicious meals that the talented kitchen staff had prepared for us. You will enjoy a real taste of Africa here.

Date of stay: May 2022
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Peter Geraerdts, Owner at Track And Trail River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star rating - it's much appreciated!"

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