238km from Lusaka and just before the Luangwa Bridge is a thriving road-side market settlement. Basketry of all shapes and sizes are sold, in addition to containers of fuel and spare tyres. One of those typical informal, African wayside settlements. It is definitely a favoured truck-stop, giving it character, although I would be sensible about stopping here.
As one leaves the market there is a dirt road to the right which quickly leaves the settlement behind and continues alongside the river down to the town of Luangwa at the confluence of the Luangwa and Zambezi Rivers.
Located 5km from the tar, along this dirt road, is Bridge Camp, a lovely, budget stopover point with rustic chalets perched on the edge of the steep hill overlooking the Luangwa and a camping site. It is a very peaceful place and ideal for hiking and canoeing.
The town of Luangwa is the access point for various lodges in the Lower Zambezi National Park and has an interesting history in itself, dating back to the Portuguese explorers and slave trading days.
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