Reviews of Mchenja Bushcamp
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Mchenja Bushcamp review
Mchenja was possibly our favourite of the 3 places we stayed with NCS. It combined considerable comfort with a brilliant combination of walking and driving safaris which we did with Julius and Batwell the scout.
Ian hosted us on our first night here - and he was superb at filling us in with everything and sorting out any queries we had. Nikita was with us for the second 2 nights and she was also a delight, great company and very efficient with it. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed the big bath in the room each night - a real treat in the bush. We also liked the fact that we didn't have to have mosquito nets here which makes it much easier if you have to get up in the night!
We especially enjoyed the location with the hippos chorusing all night and the lions roaring across the river. We had a few extra visitors in the room - a wallspider (harmless), huge caterpillar, geckos and lizards which were all ok as they were no threat! The food here was again fantastic and no effort spared to sort me out as usual.
One of the highlights for us was on our last morning when we came upon the Mwamba lion pride - 17 adults and three cubs- fantastic, Julius and Batwell always knew where to find great things! 3 nights here was ideal.
Mchenja Bushcamp review
There is no doubt that the presence of water enhances any camp, and this was the case at Mchenja. The sight of the river as we approached lifted the spirits just that extra bit and added another dimension to our experience and enjoyment.
It was in this camp that we first found animals so close that they came through the camp in their daily feeding routine. I was able to just touch an elephant as it glided past our tent in the middle of the night, so the staff mean it when they say you must not walk about at night by yourself !.
Again, wonderful close-quarter meetings with many species.
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Mchenja Bushcamp - a great stay
Had a great walk from Kakuli to Mchenja with Julius (yet more lions).
Mchenja is a lovely camp. Niketa runs a great team and made everyone feel comfortable. Situated on the river (not quite as dramatic a view as Kakuli but room lovely). Great having antelope around room eating flowers from sausage trees. Great watching animals coming down to drink at river - highlight was a leopard walking along the bank while we ate lunch - never be without your binoculars. We had Room 5 which is the most secluded and set back quite a bit from the river so not such a good view from the deck and not very shady until later in the day.
Simon was our guide - while more distant than Innocent or Aubry - he was once again very good. Following a herd of elephant on foot from grazing to the river was such fun. Again here we saw so much including a close up leopard sighting and topped off by two two month old lion cubs.
Excellent time at Mchenja
Nikita is an excellent hostess, very thoughtful and aware of everyone's needs.
Bwalya is a first class guide - we know that he was in a bit of trouble because we arrived at camp about one hour late for lunch - but we had seen so much game, it would have been criminal to have driven past it and, indeed, he might have been lynched had he tried!!
All the staff were very friendly and efficient and, as expected, full of real smiles.
All in all, super return visit.
Once more, another wonderful camp with great walking.
However, if Norman Carr advertise a plunge pool, it must be kept clean and be filtered regularly - it didn't look attractive covered in leaves and dead insects.
Mchenja Bushcamp review
Spacious and comfortable tents, friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming staff, good food (how do they provide fresh produce and cook it so well in such a remote place?) good guides and abundant wildlife.
Unbelievable game sightings - on the first night a pride of 12 lions killed a bull buffalo within 200 metres of the camp and 2 Pels fishing owls live in the trees by the camp, Hippos honk their songs and lions call all night long.
Walking from Kakuli to Mchenja accompanied by John and Davis, we saw a group of young male lions on the other side of the dry river bed - we were looking at them and them at us. It was amazing to be on foot and be able to view the lions in this way thanks to the expert knowledge of our guide and scout. A bit further on we found ourselves in need of this expertise again when the wind changed as we walked past some young male elephants. Having been ushered swiftly to a safe spot, with Davis ready with his rifle, we were able to watch one of the elephants as he put on a macho show of trumpeting and throwing his head back, tusks displayed. Fortunately he decided against charging us but our hearts were thumping!
We arrived at Mchenja to be greeted by our lovely host Amber, who was very good company. By now we had grown used to the routine of delicious lunch followed by tasty cakes at afternoon tea and excellent dinner under the stars interspersed with informative walks and drives watching amazing wildlife. We were reunited with Lawrence as our guide for our two night stay, much to our delight as keen birdwatchers, as he took us to where hundreds of carmine bee-eaters were building nestholes - a marvellous sight. In addition to all the other animals we saw, he also came up trumps on our last night drive by finding a honey badger (up a tree), which we had been particularly keen to see.
Mchenja bush camp our forth and last
We walked to Mchenja from Kakuli which took around three hours, the walks are very relaxing and you see and track all sorts of animals Once again the guide is very knowledgeable and have very good sense of humour, Our guide said I had to be positive when identifying tracts which I did with enthusiasm and we had hoots of laughter when I got it wrong which I usually did. . We had two nights at all of the bush camps and felt sad that our first experience of this kind was coming to an end . We feel that we chose right in choosing Norman Carr Safaris and would go again with pleasureRead more about the whole safari
Best Accommodation & location at Mchenja Camp
This bushcamp had the best location and accommodation of the four camps. Service was again excellent.
At last saw a good quantity and variety game.
We were delighted by the surprise champagne sundowner and camp fire held by the river where we watched a beautiful sunset.