Reviews of Island Bush Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
9 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Island Bush Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Island Bush Camp review"
The next morning we had a very interesting walk, and we felt that walking at Island was better than driving because the dense woodlands limited views. That afternoon we wanted to walk but were unable to because no scout was available. The camp is extremely simple in comparison to the other camps we visited, but we enjoyed it nonetheless.
We did see impala, baboons, waterbuck, bushbuck, puku, warthogs, and many different types of birds." See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Tranquil Island Bush Camp"
The food was again delicious and even more impressive after you have taken the "kitchen safari". The chef does some amazing things with very limited means! All the drinks were always chilled as well, which is no easy feat without electricity.
The walking safaris were very informative and it was nice to move about a bit after having been driven around for a week.
The staff was also amazing! You could tell that there is a nice camaradry between all the members of staff and everyone is happy to be there and to host you. We felt so welcome and were incredibly well taken care of!
If I could say anything that is maybe of the slightest criticism it would be that they didn't offer us the option of participating in the afternoon activity on our arrival day at bushcamp. In their experience people are too tired from the 3 hour rough drive in the heat of the day to still want to go out and walk. However, we would have loved too nonetheless. Having the private sundowners with our hosts was however no hardship either ;-)
Absolutely loved this place and highly recommend anyone to include it in their safari for a couple of nights!" See all these reviews: 5n in Zambia
"Walking safari at Island Bush Camp"
The team led by Klaus were incredibly welcoming and looked after us so well. The walking safaris brought another dimension to the trip beyond the game drives. Lots of wildlife expertly spotted and identified by the guides.
It's a bumpy 2 and a half hours drive to the camp from Kafunta, but well worth every minute.
Amazing sundowners just like Kafunta too!" See all these reviews: 5n in Zambia
"Great stay at Island Bush Camp"
The Bush Camp has no to limited electricity but that had no effect on our stay. The bush camp is a little more rugged that the River Lodge but was more that adequate, the lodges are very comfortable with a great view overlooking the Luangwa river. Klaus and the staff took care of everything and were a great source of entertainment.
The day begins at dawn with breakfast around an open campfire before heading out for the morning safari. The walking safaris were not difficult, I am 67, and lasted about 3 hours with a tea break in the middle. Martin is a wealth of knowledge and kept us entertained and well informed as we walked, pointing our various plants and how it is used to cure various ailments. We saw many types of wild life on the walking safari and you can not appreciate how big an elephant is or how tall a giraffe is until you are standing on the ground and looking up.
After our morning safari it was back to the bush camp for lunch and a siesta before heading out for the evening safari.
The evening safari ends around dusk either by ending up back at the camp or someone brings a vehicle and we ride back to camp and wash up before dinner. The food was excellent and there is plenty to eat so you will not go hungry. Sitting around at dinner with Klaus and Martin telling stories about the bush and hearing the hippos in the distance, while enjoying some of the best food that you could ask for, it does not get any better than this.
At the end of our stay we took a safari of the kitchen, which consisted of a wood stove, which made the quality of the food that much more amazing. How the staff could prepare such wonderful meals using only a wood stove is beyond me.
All in all we could not have asked to more and if you are looking for something a little more out of the way, we did not see a single person or vehicle during our stay, than the bush camp would be an excellent choice. We spent 3 nights and that was just about the right amount of time as you will not see the amount of wildlife on a waking safari as you will from a vehicle." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia
"Island Bush Camp review"
The manager and host klaus was wonderful and added to the experience and congratulations really do need to go to Godfrey the cook." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia
"A fantastic experience"
The staff, small, is absolutely lovely and so enthusiastic. The chef even managed to bake me a birthday cake in a wood burning stove, which was brought to me by a singing and dancing staff. Very moving." See all these reviews: 7n in Zambia; 7n in Malawi
"Monsoon at Island Bush Camp!!!"
There was an unexpected storm on the second evening of our stay and the torrential rain lasted well into the night. The staff managed to cook and serve our dinner despite having no roof on kitchen and everyone getting extremely wet. What could have been an horrendous experience ended up being quite good fun.
The walks and drives were excellent.
Our only complaint about the camp is that we were not informed in advance that we would be transferred in an open top vehicle and so we were not dressed appropriately to cope with the heat/sun and the tsetse flies!" See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
"A remote and peaceful haven in the bush."
The remoteness of the location was great for us - but might not suit everyone e.g. those who feel the need for greater security from the surrounding animals and woodland terrain; and bucket showers, although hot and perfectly adequate, may not suit some people." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia; 4n in Zimbabwe
"Fantastic experience at Island Bush Camp"
The staff here are amazing; the food was better than at the River Lodge, and the kitchen safari at the end of our stay increased our admiration for Kenneth and what he had produced from the limited facilities he had. We ate together with our guide and the camp manager each evening, though the latter was not as outgoing as the managers at either Kafunta or Waterberry.
We were led out on walks by the wonderful Josephat, who coped well with the mixed experience of the group; 2 seasoned self drive safari experts and ourselves - one first timer and one nervous second timer. He proved to be as experienced an observer of human behaviour and interaction as of animals, and despite the abundance of safari adventure stories which were being thrown about, the nervous were reassured and not pushed too far outside their comfort zone." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia
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