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Matamanene Camp
Matamanene Camp
Matamanene Camp
Matamanene Camp
Matamanene Camp
Matamanene Camp

Reviews of Matamanene Camp

Wildlife sightings and reviews

6 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Matamanene Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa

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Mr & Mrs M
NL

"walking among thousands of wilde beast"

5 nights Arrived 23 Nov 2016
"Nice cabins, pleasant lounge and wonderful walks with Robin Pope and Friday." See all these reviews: 16n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Good
Mr H
Isle of Man

"Liuwa exceeds all expectations"

5 nights Arrived 8 Jun 2014
"Whilst the actual camp is pretty basic, the staff more than make up for it with their excellent service, wonderful food and exceptional attention to detail. Everyone went out of their way to make it a very special stay - including birthday cake and champagne sun-downers for my birthday! And a hyena came too!

Robin and Jason are brilliant guides and made the whole experience magical. No creature, large or small, was outside their knowledge and we learned huge amounts about life on Liuwa Plains.

We really hope that it will be possible to re-visit as it's such a beautiful and very special place. Words can never do it justice." See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Mr & Mrs W-J
UK

"Matamanene Camp review"

5 nights Arrived 3 Jun 2013
"Wow! Just 6 guests in the whole of Liuwa; if we saw another vehicle we knew it was either the other one from camp or the carnivore researchers. Camera or video just cannot capture the vastness of the plain – we were blown away by it.

The camp is simple but perfectly in keeping with the surroundings – high end ‘safari luxury’ wouldn’t seem right at all here. Beds were comfortable, water hot (though a little smelly!) and the food Alfred and his team conjured from their limited facilities amazing. Wendy was a delightful hostess, even having brought special cake decorations from her native Belgium. We didn’t get to see Lady Liuwa the famous lonely lioness though hearing her and her companions calling from the parking area whilst ‘enthroned’ in the middle of the night was little un-nerving.

Jason was a superb companion and guide whose company we enjoyed enormously. Thanks for sharing your office with us, Jason. We now know to salute lone wildebeest after noon and talk to hyenas! Robin managed to pop up for a few days and was, as always, charming enthusiastic and informative. Game was not plentiful but the scenery was fantastic and the amazing birding more than made up for the shortage of four-pawed creatures. The exceptions were the hyenas who were numerous and in wonderful condition as they have little competition for food.

It was Jane’s 50th birthday while we were there; the best ever with bush breakfast with bubbles and Pimms (and lions in the ‘bathroom’), chocolate cake and singing staff at tea and more champagne at bedtime.

We also enjoyed the bush dinner; how all the vehicles managed to co-ordinate their arrival at the dinner spot with no radios or even, in Jason’s case, a watch, remains a mystery.

We understand Matamanene is reverting to a pure research camp and therefore RPS may not be running these trips in future – if you can get on one of the last few in May/June do it!" See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Ms L
Boston

"Matamanene Camp review"

4 nights Arrived 29 May 2012
"This was my second visit to Liuwa Plain.

It is a spectacular park, a very unique experience to be in a place so remote and untouched. Jason is a terrific guide. The camp is very comfortable and the baked goods were especially good.

I had a wonderful time, really enjoyed the camaraderie with the staff and other guests." See all these reviews: 6n in Zambia; 6n in Malawi
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr B
Bath

"Wonderfully remote camp in Liuwa Plains"

5 nights Arrived 10 May 2012
"The simple style of Matamanene is in keeping with the atmosphere and charm of the location - without ostentatious frills, but peaceful and with a great sense of remote wilderness.

Robin Pope's team were never less than exceptional - from top-notch guiding and hosting to wonderful cooking, friendly and helpful service and a sense of being looked after but not over-fussed." See all these reviews: 6n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Ms L
Boston

"Matamanene Camp review"

4 nights Arrived 27 May 2009
"This camp is very remote, and the plains are very vast. I enjoyed being isolated and feeling insignificant on the face of the earth.

The experience of the park is more subtle than other parks with more large game. Lots of birds, lots of flowers, and a really gratifying sense of freedom. The camp facilities are relatively basic, but the food and service were very good.

The flight to Kalabo had great views, and it was really interesting to drive through Kalabo." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
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