Reviews of Shumba Camp
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Shumba Camp review
Had the most amazing welcome at Shumba from the hosts Daniel and Laura, there is a really special atmosphere here and in a stunning location.
The food was of a very high standard and the rooms were lovely and spacious. the game can be sparse and this makes this camp a good one to do at the start of your trip. the inclusive hot air balloon trip was incredible and we felt safe in the hands of the company running the trip.
We really enjoyed our time at Shumba. The tents are beautifully appointed with indoor and outdoor showers and indoor and outdoor couches to sit on. There is also a decanter filled with port in the room and biscuits in case you feel peckish. The service is outstanding – the staff are all brilliant and also very friendly. Special mention must also go to the food. It was by far and away the best we had on our trip, which, when you consider the logistics involved is nothing short of miraculous. It wouldn’t be out of place in an expensive London restaurant.
We had some brilliant wildlife sightings while we were at Shumba. In our three days we had really good sightings of a pack of wild dogs, a group of 3 cheetahs (at night), 2 leopard cubs, several groups of lions, about 5 different servals (at night), elephants , hippos, water monitor and roan antelope. The only thing we wanted to see that we didn’t manage was the sable antelope.
However, the game in this area can be sparse and it is also quite possible to drive around for an hour and see absolutely nothing. However, when you do spot something the quality of the sighting is often very good.
I would also have liked a bit more focus on birds, antelope and smaller animals on the game drives. Our guide (who was generally very good) had a bit if a tendency to search for big cats and ignore everything else. However, we found this to be a common issue throughout Zambia.
Shumba Camp review
Shumba Camp is a beautiful camp. The tents are very nice and have a very homey feel. The staff was really great and welcoming. I really enjoyed my stay.
The game viewing was a little more sparse than other camps I've visited, but we still managed some good sightings: fighting hippos, swimming lions, and a rather large group of roan antelopes.
I really enjoyed the hot air balloon ride as well, definitely an activity worth doing; it was one of my best sunrise views I've ever had.
Shumba Camp Review
Excellent accommodations with exceptional staff and guides.
Well planned activities during the day.
Wonderful sun rises from the main deck early morning
Shumba - Out of this world!
Arriving by helicopter to such a fantastic setting was mindblowing. We were then met by hosts Rob and Ingrid and from the minute we arrived to the minute we left we were made to feel special throughout the whole trip. A truly wonderful three days.
We were also fortunate to have our guide Sam to ourselves for all our drives who was extremely informative and entertaining and kept the trainee guide on his toes. We loved the all day trip and having the head chef along to cook us lunch was pretty special....even if we didn't get to see that elusive Leopard!!
We are already saving to come back!
Luxury in the Wilds at Shumba Camp
A beautiful camp in a stunning position. Very special to arrive by helicopter, flying low over the hippos and antilope. We found it amazing to enjoy such luxury so far from anywhere. The staff were very anxious to make our stay a good one, and our guide - Lex - tried very hard to find us some big cats to see. Despite not doing so, we loved the variety of game and birds to be seen here, and the boat trip on the water hole to see hippos and crocs close-up was memorable.
But we were even more glad we took Expert Africa's advice about warm clothing here: the nightime temperatures must have been close to freezing-point.
Andrew, Shannon and Mwami were excellent hosts.
I do not think 'the luxury camp' idea is the best for a safari. We had a bgoood time but Lufupa was better.Read more about the whole safari
Shumba Camp review
Well run with excellent management and very high level of service in all areas.
Our Guide/Ranger was keen to find out our particular preferences and worked hard to meet these objectives.
Out on the plains there were no problems with the tsetse flies but there were occasions where it was necessary to venture into tsetse territory to get the sightings we required.
A high class operation with a personalised service(as the previous camp). Again very welcoming and friendly and I had a very enjoyable time. Shumba will always be that bit special because of the wid dogs. Again, no hesitation in returning.Read more about the whole safari
Facilities way over the top, Activities?
We depated the rating, ave to poor. The facility and food were what is expected for the price.
Nobody really thought out our activities for the time we were there. On day two, we were the only people in camp and got the morning and evening drive and were offered and all day drive for the last day. Next day, with two couples just off the plane from the USA, we drove 20k beyond Treetops [Ed: south!] and then returned and had a three hour night drive before hitting camp. Game was not up to expectations on the entire stay.
On the next day we retraced the trip as we went to Lufupa. Discussed this with camp management. Tsetse fly problem is BIG in Kafue. It seems it is legenday as per every subsequent guide we met. WARN pepple about this. Wilderness seems to have some inexperienced camp managers who seem to be selected for people skills.
Idos is a very good guide but needs to be more in tune with how his clients are reacting. (We drove much too far and he wouldn't give up and took us on a goose chase on the night drive when we were all exhausted.)