Puku Ridge

Reviews of Puku Ridge

Excellent(95%) From 4 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 4 of our travellers who have visited Puku Ridge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Miss P from Stoke Newington
Arrived on: 1-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great game viewing from the camp

There were a lot of things to like about Puku Ridge. The location is great and the animal viewing from the camp is the best I've ever seen, we even had 2 honey badgers go past one evening. The rooms were lovely with indoor and outdoor showers and a nice day bed on the veranda for siesta time animal viewing. The food is excellent, and some people will like having a choice of meals (although I'm personally not bothered).

My guide Lameck was very enthusiastic and even took us out straight after lunch one day to follow up a tip off about wild dogs which I was keen to see. No luck, but it was much appreciated that he put in the effort. The managers were also very friendly and professional, especially Claire, and they quite sensitively allocated a very hardcore birding couple their own vehicle.

The main thing I didn't warm to was the lack of communal dining which, as a solo traveller, I really missed. I was sat with another solo lady but it would have been nice to have managers or guides join us for at least some meals. I realise not everyone likes communal dining, but other camps seemed able to accommodate those who requested separate seating.

I also prefer vehicles with no canopies, as at the RPS camps and Tafika, but again that is a personal preference.

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Mr and Miss S from Wimbledon, London
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Puku Ridge safari

Puku Ridge camp was very comfortable, the most spacious and luxurious safari accommodation we have experienced. The staff were extremely welcoming. We were the only guests so we had their very personal and undivided attention, but missed the contact with other guests that is part of the experience. Our guide on the game drives was excellent and very informative on details.

Overall the game did not live up to what we had experienced on previous days staying in the northern part of the South Luangwa Park, which had been exceptional. We saw two pairs of lions (one pair male, the other female), a leopard in a tree towards dusk and on another occasion on the ground at night, and 2 male giraffes fighting, as well as many hippos.

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Mrs G - Christchurch
Arrived on: 9-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great lodge

Cannot fault them. A bit strange the absence of women on the staff (at least they were not visible) but this was not a problem.

Loved the lunch in the bush.

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Dr G - Christchurch, NZ
Arrived on: 9-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Puku Ridge review

We enjoyed the fact that this was the only Lodge run entirely by Zambian nationals, and that they were making an excellent job of doing so.

Our Guide was not as personable or as knowledgeable as the others we dealt with, but the room and meal quality andservice was impeccable.

The setting of the Lodge was wonderful, but the overall number and variety of the animals and birds seen was perhaps a little less than our experience of Flatdogs and Lion

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