Mwamba Bushcamp

Reviews of Mwamba Bushcamp

Excellent(98%) From 74 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 74 of our travellers who have visited Mwamba Bushcamp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms C from Italy
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mwamba Bush Camp review

Lovely bush camp, with a lot of game around and through it, great!

Excellent walks and game drives.

Thanks to everybody for the unforgettable stay.

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Dr and Mrs B - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwamba Bush Camp

A superbly located small bush camp located on the banks of the (in October) dry Mwamba river. Josh and his team did a fantastic job of delivering absolutely first rate service in challenging circumstances - elephant came through camp two out of the three nights we were there, the first night demolishing part of the kitchen, and the third night trashing our shower, and for good measure, the kitchen again. How he kept his humour, we'll never know!

Patrick was an absolutely superlative guide - extremely knowlegeable, always friendly and good humoured, and with an ability to spot anything. That leopard sighting in the tree still makes our hearts race. Gideon was a great spotter. The in-house hide is fabulous - located overlooking a small pumped water pool, and attracting a lot of wildlife; a very tranquil location to catch up after breakfast on the photo downloads and back-ups while waiting for activity.

We were particularly lucky to be sharing the camp with just one other delightful couple for the first two nights, although we could guess the intimacy could be a little more challenging with less enchanting guests. One small note - our chalet was located under the branches of a fig tree. The baboons took great delight in pelting us with figs while showering, and it was probably the abundance of figs that encouraged the elephants to visit around 1am in the morning. The other two chalets did not appear to be affected.

Patrick - if you read this - thank you for sharing in your "little piece of paradise". And Jsoh - for a first time Africa hand, you did a fabulous job. Again, if the scale went above "Excellent" Mwamba would receive even higher marks.

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Mr & Mrs H - Hampshire
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Heaven with flies

Mwamba means heaven and this place was certainly that, Josh the Manager had moved from Kaingo the day before we did and did a splendid job during our stay at the camp, the setting is so peaceful with lots of sightings in and around the camp.

Maen was our guide for the majority of the trips out from the camp and did a fantastic job, one morning drive started with elephants and zebras, moved onto eight lions hunting two buffalo which they failed to bring down (buffalos can really run when they need to) then morning tea at the elephant crossing, all seen in perfect light which gave opportunity of fantastic photos.

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Mr & Mrs L from Bath
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Mwamba Bush Camp review

Excellent guiding and very welcoming staff. Camp is informal and relaxing and one feels at home immediately.

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Mr & Mrs S from Lymington
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwamba Bush Camp review

Exactly the same comments as per Kaingo. [Ed: this traveller commented: 'All aspects of the camp were first rate. Lovely relaxed atmosphere, very professionally run.']

If anything I preferred Mwamba as it was more intimate.

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Mr & Mrs S from Glasgow
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mwamba Bush Camp review

Our favourite camp of the trip. Loved the accommodation and the ingenuity of the little huts.

Patrick was a truly BRILLIANT guide, and the food and service were astounding given the remoteness of this camp.

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Mr & Mrs M from Surrey
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mwamba Bush Camp review

Good walk to Mwamba with Patrick - Very knowledgeable with a real african perspective. Food was of a very high standard (one of the best!) Young camp catering manager (Josh) was particularly enthusiastic and welcoming. His team worked hard to give us a memorable stay.

Tracking lions on foot with Meyam (super guide) & Gideon was a highlight of the entire trip. Night drives covered some of the same territory as Kaingo, but some good sightings at dusk.

Several animals in the camp (Elephant, hyena and leopard) but safety was an absolute priority

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Dr M from Oakham
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Mwamba bushcamp

This was our third visit and we found Mwamba almost as we left it two years ago - a very comfortable, friendly, and excitingly wild bush camp. There were a few changes however - a redesigned lookout/sunset viewing spot, a different manager and a new guide. Meyam has a number of years guiding in South Luangwa and we found him very personable and were very happy to benefit from his extemsive knowledge both on drives and when walking.

Gideon was again our scout and a highlight was him spotting a pack of 16 wild dogs while we were walking. The new camp manager, Josh, who had been in post for only 6 weeks did a great job and was very helpful, pleasant and welcoming, but we did miss the wealth of knowledge and experience of the camp's previous manager and guide.

We enjoyed another lovely picnic on the banks of the Luangwa on our last day. The need to be accompanied to the nearby hide at the edge of the camp, where previously one could go alone (apparently there was an incident) was a bit inhibiting, but presumably necessary on safety grounds. The provision of bucket showers was a bit hit and miss and some of the breakfast biscuits were hard enough to break teeth!

But these are very minor gripes and overall we loved it and would certainly return if possible. It remains one of our favourite bush camps.

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Prof. & Mrs S from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Close to nature

Josh, all on his own and in his first season, was doing an excellent job. Meyam and Gideon are knowledgeable and informative, and took 3 of the guests on a walk with excellent, close, views of lions.

The camp really gives a feeling of living in the bush. We nearly shared our bathroom with an elephant; the ladies in the next chalet experienced the demolition of their bathroom one night - so they extended their stay.

We had excellent sun-downer locations.



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Mrs & Mrs G - West Midlands - and friends
Arrived on: 30-May-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwamba Magic!

Chris & Lisa's comments -

We walked from Kaingo to Mwamba (about 3 hours easy stroll). This was a lovely way to arrive in camp for the first time. It is hard to imagine that this bush camp is built from scratch each season, so much work! You get a real feeling of being in the wilderness at Mwamba.

The rooms have open panels (with mosquito nets) in the ceiling so you can lie in bed & see the stars. The bathrooms have no roof & we loved being able to shower under the stars listening to the chorus of bats, frogs & crickets. Josh the camp manager was great fun & very helpful, we are sure he will have a great season at Mwamba.

The food was to the same standard & just as plentiful as a Kaingo, there was no issue with two of the four of our group being vegetarian. Battery charging for our cameras etc was no problem here as at Kaingo. As with Kaingo there are magic laundry baskets here - dirty clothes go in & later that day they arrive clean & ironed on your bed. I want one at home!

John & Uschi's comments -
Again, Chris and Lisa said it all. We totally agree. Mwamba was magic. You feel so close to the wilderness.

We loved the walking safari, sundowners up on the termite mound, and early morning coffees by the river. From Mwamba, we also had that great experience on a night drive when we found the male lions. All that roaring and mating around us gave us quite some chills! Fantastic!

Again, we would love to come back!

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