Mwamba Bushcamp

Reviews of Mwamba Bushcamp

Excellent(98%) From 79 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 79 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.
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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Ms G - Lincolnshire
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Mwamba Bush Camp review

Mwamba was all that a bush camp should be and it exceeded my already high expectations at all levels except for one slight reservation.

The camp is well laid out and the rooms were of a high standard. The camp had a well situated photographic hide which provided a good lunchtime activity while again food seemed to come from all directions all the time although they did tailor this once I had made it clear that I did not want extra biscuits and cakes between meals.

The manager was extremely good and did everything to make it as great a stay as possible.

My only slight negative comment would be that the guide was only average. Due to personal bereavements the normal guides were not available so they brought in another guide for my stay. He was okay but clearly not of the same standard as other guides on the trip.

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Mr & Mrs A - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwamba Bush Camp review

A beautiful small and secluded bush camp in a wonderful game viewing area, but not for the first time traveller or the faint- hearted. You really are in the middle of nature with many animals walking through camp at all times but especially during the night. the reed and thatch chalets were wonderful and with there only being three, it is a really special experience.

One unit in particular (sausage) which is on the edge of the camp is regularly visited during the night by elephants standing on their back legs and shaking the tree above you to get to the fruit and flowers. We must make mention of our guide Patrick who was both charming and very knowledgeable. A person we shall not forget.

This is not forgetting Zimba who served the wonderful food, played the drums and who permanently had a smile on his face. If you are reasonably fit we would strongly recommend that you walk to and from this camp from Kaingo.

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Ms F from Maine, USA
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwamba Bush Camp review

Of the two camps this was my favorite; small intimate and personal. Annabelle and Patrick had the rare combination of personal interaction and attention to detail that made for a perfect first time safari experience for a solo travelor. Patricks knowledge of the wildlife, environment and willingness to teach is extraordinary. Zimba played great tunes on the drums, what memories!!

It was also great to have Derek as a driving guide our first night and then as a walking guide to Mwamba.
I had some worries about running out of film; Gail and Annabelle went the second mile in arragning with camp staff who were traveling to Lusaka to get extra film for me. Thankyou so very much to all those who assisted with this!

I could not have asked or dreamed of a better experience.

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Mr and Mrs B - Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Back to nature at Mwamba

A really "back to the bush" experience - the rooms were comfortable and the quality of the service was first rate.

I would particularly rate the "bush lunch" we enjoyed - with a whole herd of elephants. The guide and scout were top class and we felt completely safe with them - even when walking up to lions.

The camp hostess could not have done more to make us all feel at home - our stay was too short we could have done with a week!

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Mr.C. from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great time at Mwamba Bushcamp our 2nd visit

This was our second visit and it has not changed thank goodness. It is a simple camp and makes you feel close to the bush.

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