Reviews of Kuthengo Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
3 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Kuthengo Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Wonderful location at Kuthengo Camp"
The tents were very well equipped, with an outdoor shower, with game sitting just outside.
The management were away during half of our visit, but the staff were excellent in running the camp on their own. We were the only guests for 2 of our 3 nights stay, giving us a wonderful experience. A lovely pool for cooling off.
The food was very good and as usual in Africa, too much was available.
Some good game viewing with an excellent guide, although the black rhino remained elusive. Wonderful boat rides along the Shire River, with great viewing of elephant and colourful birds. No walking was offered.
Requested Sightings: See below There are currently no Giraffe in the Park
Other Sightings: Spotted Eagle Owl, Bushbuck, Genet, Buffalo, Waterbuck, White tailed mongoose, Kudu, Liechtenstein Hartebeest, Reedbuck, Zebra, many interesting birds." See all these reviews: 16n in Malawi
"Great staff but needs organising"
The manger and his partner were rarely seen and were conspicuous by there absence most of the time. They did not even turn out at the end of drives or to say goodbye. The rest of the staff did. Such a contrast to the previous lodge
The family tent is not well designed with only one toilet in the main tent but none in the children's. They had to get out of bed unzip the door and then walk across a raised but open walk way and then unzip our tent and go to our toilet. Teenage girls need bathroom and toilet facilities on hand. The one time we spoke to the lodge manager and asked for a move produced prompt response and the girls were moved to a tent of their own.
The weather was poor and the loges and dining areas had to have there walls secured hence there was often no view.
Overall fantastic staff and guides but a rather soulless place made worse by inattentive managers." See all these reviews: 12n in Malawi; 3n in Mozambique
"New bush camp by the Shire River"
We enjoyed dining under the stars with the other guests and the camp managers Jason and Steegan, followed by sessions around the camp fire. The food was ok, although breakfast was very limited. Lunch and dinner were ok, but (especially at dinner) portions were on the small side.
Whilst we were there for 4 nights, the camp had only 1 safari vehicle and 1 guide, for potentially up to 10 guests. Fortunately, there were never more than 2 other guests during our stay, so this did not become a problem for us. The boat for river safaris was also out of action. However, Jason arranged for a boat from another Lodge to enable us to have a morning river safari. The birdlife along the river was spectacular.
The mopane woodland of the Liwonde National Park has more open areas than the Majete NP, so that it was better for wildlife photography than Majete. However, animal density was often rather low, but we had some marvellous sightings of large herds of both sable and roan antelopes, and a 50-strong herd of elephants. It is unrealistic to expect to see big cats or rhinos in Liwonde.
The travel time between Kuthengo and Blantyre airport is 4 hours, even with a very fast driver." See all these reviews: 9n in Malawi
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