Reviews of Amanzi
Wildlife sightings and reviews
10 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Amanzi and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
Their policy aim is to give each party their own vehicle and it felt that the whole stay was being made into a personalised safari experience.
This even extended to the catering where you could choose beforehand your meal and even select ingredients for the cooking of your dish. Food quality was excellent - some of the best we have experienced in recent years.
Service and attention to your needs was high class.
If there is a slight downside it is in the fact that they are at one end of the traversing area so that the viewing activities mostly need to travel in one direction or have to go further to change the environment." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia; 1n in South Africa
"Small peaceful camp with lovely riverside sit"
Atttentive manager and staff with delicious food and choice.
Guiding of a very high standard by Mweela who was very well informed." See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia
Excellent guide (Mwila) and great night time drives." See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia
Meals, including breakfast, were served at individual tables - so no campfire porridge before early morning activities, which again was less traditional than we are used to. There was always a menu card offered during the day from which to choose (out of 2 or 3) content of the evening meal. Coffee was even made using a Nespresso machine from a choice of capsules - lovely, but again felt more 'hotel' than bush camp. Overall the quality and quantity of the food was very good.
The central seating area was pleasant and comfy but it only had 4 reference books covering reptiles, fish, birds and snakes - but none on mammals, which seemed strange for a safari camp!
Evening game drives did not include provision of a spotter, which we feel is a significant ommission - although to be fair our excellent guide Lawrence, who was with us over all 4 days there, still managed to both drive and spot good wildlife. We did frequently come across other vehicles from Anabezi on our game drives, which when a leopard was found sometimes meant 4+ vehicles surrounding it.
We did 2 morning walks and the guiding was excellent, however, we're told on one day that we couldn't walk as a scout could not be provided as there was a shortage within the national park. There was no such problem reported at Old Mondoro where a scout lived onsite and was always available. Our feeling is that the larger sister camp Anabezi nearby may have been given priority in access to a scout!
The manager Solomon was excellent and very attentive. Other staff also very pleasant and friendly, speaking good English.
Being able to do a canoe trip and also 2 fishing trips was good and added variety during our stay.
The above comments indicate that we found Amanzi was not quite in the same style as the traditional Robin Pope and Norman Carr camps in the Luangwa that we have stayed at before but we still very much enjoyed our stay and saw a good range of game.
Some people eg first timers might actually prefer this style of camp, which was still very intimate with only 4 units, and with its very high level of equipment, style of rooms and so we certainly do not offer the comments above as any criticism, howevrr, it would be worth Expert Africa bearing them in mind when suggesting camps to clients." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
Very good meals and actually a choice of 2 dishes for starter/main/dessert which had to be selected over afternoon tea, very nice.
A very good stay." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia
"Three nights at Amanzi in June"
On game drives (eight guests per vehicle) we saw many kudu and water bucks, and a sleeping male lion. Two afternoon/evening game "drives" were by boat. We saw goliath herons and the beautiful, diminutive, hard-to-photograph malachite kingfisher. Game sightings were not as frequent as at the other camps we visited.
Food was excellent." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia; 6n in Botswana
"Restful stay at Amanzi"
We didn't see as many animals as other camps but Robert did his best.
The water cruise was very nice." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia; 6n in Botswana
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