Reviews of Mwamba Bushcamp
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Mwamba Bushcamp Review
For a small Bushcamp, Mwamba proved to be an excellent accommodation and experience.
It was a pleasure to meet Brent Harris, the manager for Shenton Safaris
Fantastic game viewing
We spent four nights at Mwamba, following on from three at Kaingo.The two camps are very different from one another as Mwamba, with only three rooms, sits in the middle of the bush for the ultimate feeling of remoteness. It's marketed as a bushcamp but the level of accommodation and facilities make it more than that. Considering that this camp has to be rebuilt from scratch each year is testament to the commitment of Derek Shenton and his team.
The rooms have skylights which make it feel like you are sleeping under the stars and large outside bathrooms with bucket showers. The hot water supply has to be carried to the room on request but the process works well, you just need to plan ahead. The food was good, a bit more basic than at Kaingo but again this is a bushcamp, albeit a lot more luxurious than we had anticipated.
Our guide for the four days we stayed was Kennedy, who proved to be a fund of knowledge. The highlight of the stay had to be a group of some dozen hyenas fighting over the body of a young male lion which they had apparently killed during the night. What made this encounter the more amazing was the fact that the the dead lion's brothers and sisters were still in the vicinty and made repeated attempts to chase away the hyenas. To everyone's surprise, especially Kennedy's, one of the male lions even took to eating the remains of his brother, something that Kennedy had never witnessed before, nor had Derek Shenton when the story was relayed to him. Nature at its most cruel yet fascinating.
Overall a fantastic time spend at the Shenton's two camps, each camp complimenting the other perfectly for a true African bush experience.
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Mwamba Bushcamp Review
Mwamba is a small and fairly rustic camp with the main dining/living area set outside in the bush.
The staff were very attentive and friendly, and looked after us well. The game and bird viewing were good and Patrick is a superior guide with excellent knowledge and skills, and a very pleasant companion. Two of the party who stayed in the camp while the rest of us went to the Camp Out were well looked after by Myam.
Unique and brilliant
I spent three nights at Mwamba, following on from three at Kaingo. It was the perfect combination for a week's holiday, as the camps are very different from one another: Mwamba, with just three rooms, sits away from the wide Luangwa river, nestling, literally, in the middle of the bush for the ultimate feeling of remoteness.
The rooms, which are rebuilt each year under the trees, have wonderful skylights which make it feel like you are sleeping under the stars (but still safely indoors when elephants wander by!) and large outside bathrooms with bucket showers (which are not as rustic as they sound). An outside seating area is the the perfect spot for lunch watching any animals wandering by the river bed. The general areas are equally open, attractive and comfortable. Food was generally very good, simpler than that at Kaingo but still extraordinary given the camp's location. As at Kaingo, the service was superb, with a special mention for John, who made me smile every time we spoke.
For drives, Brent and Kennedy were my wonderful guides, while Gideon was an excellent scout. Brent's almost-philosophical approach was thought-provoking as well as hugely informative - I learnt a huge amount from him - while Kennedy conjured up one of the highlights of my trip, a leopard stretched out on a fallen tree that we observed, by ourselves, for over half an hour. As I mentioned in my review of Kaingo, the game viewing is superb: lions were basking in the shade metres from the camp and it was here that I saw large herds of buffalo, eland and Cookson wildebeest, as well as some wonderfully curious young hyenas. Do bring a good pair of binoculars: it will vastly enhance your experience. As with Kaingo, the camp's location far away from the main park gates, means you're unlikely to pass more than one or two other cars on any drive.
So, all in all, a superb experience that I cannot wait to repeat. South Luangwa is the ultimate safari experience, and I can't imagine anyone bettering what I had with Shenton Safaris.
Leopards galore at Mwambe
Although only a short distance from Kaingo a completley different expereince. A bush camp in every sence of the word, we felt completly relaxed and part of the enviroment we found ourselves in, animals galore from Elephants stripping leaves from trees outside our tent to Lions lying in the riverbrd less than 50 yards away entertaining us through the night with there constant roauring.
From struggling to see sightings of Leopard in recent years we were almost tripping over them, the standard of guiding and positioning of the vehecle for our benefit was truly outstanding. The staff we found very hard working, obliging and extremeley friendly. Food was first class and most enjoyable.
Amazing wildlife around Mwamba Camp
This was the first camp of 3 on our trip and on reflection this was the simplest yet in many ways our favorite.
The guiding by Meyam was excellent and in his quiet way he demonstrated his extensive knowledge of wildlife and their habitats.
We were amazed at how close we got to the animals and they in turn seemed relaxed at having people nearby.
We were lucky enough to see the Mwamba pride of lions (20 in all) take down a large buffalo - a sight never to be forgotten !
The chalets were very comfortable and their design works well in the hot weather.
Service was very attentive and we were pleasantly surprised at how such good food can be created from a simple kitchen.
We will look back with fond memories of this beautiful location !
Out in the wilds at Mwambo Bushcamp
A splendid morning walk between the camps, learning bushcraft, encountering hyena, hippo and elephant on the way. At Mwambo, wildlife rules the roost. With only 3 huts, this is a really intimate wildlife experience, especially when the elephants trap you in your hut whilst browsing on the tree outside, and hopefully not on your hut roof.
Our guide was an excellent tracker, and was sensitive to our wishes and preferences, especially as a photographer himself. He gave us lots of time for observing animal behaviour. The night drives were an important feature of the experience, with sightings of civet, genet, porcupine and ghostly hippo. We watched a leopard on his kill, completely unmoved by our presence.
The hides add an extra dimension to the safari, and we were glad we chose Shenton for this. Amazingly, our camp would be completely dimantled the following week for the rainy season, and one realises the sheer logistical difficulties of creating such a camp.
A real bush experience
Walked here from Kaingo for a 3 night stay, very small camp with excellent food and fun outdoor bathroom, small seating area in front of the chalet overlooking dry river bed. Excellent hide to observe animals/birds visiting for much needed water just a few steps away from camp.
Perfect for those looking for a relaxed bush experience, fantastic game viewing - best saved to the last evening when had a superb leopard sighting followed by lion and two small cubs, so good we missed sundowners that night.
Debbie perfect hostess, staff behind the scenes did an excellent job in soaring temperatures and the legend that is Meyham was not only incredibly knowledgeable but had the best sense of humour ever!
We celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary in Mwamba and they gave us a private dinner outside our chalet which was lovely and much appreciated.
Mwamba is a true bushcamp, where we felt that much closer to the wildlife than anywhere else we stayed. We were totally immersed in the sounds and sights of the bush from dawn to dusk and beyond. Being escorted to our chalet after dark proved essential on two evenings when we were visited by hyena and elephant.
We were so lucky to have Meyam as our guide for the duration of our stay at Mwamba - his expert knowledge on everything from the smallest insect to the biggest animals made a great experience even deeper. Every drive and walk brought new sightings and variety. On our first evening here we followed a hunting leopard for over an hour. Unfortunately for the leopard its hunt was interrupted by the appearance of a group of lions.
We ended up sitting in the midst of that lion hunt in the dark, with impala rushing past the vehicle hotly pursued by the lions! On our last morning we were on our own with Meyam who responded to our request with a specific 'birding' drive when we saw many brds not previously encountered.
Debbie runs the camp in a friendly and efficient manner; all the staff took delight in their roles and looked after us extremely well. We really didn't want to leave!