Reviews of Island Bush Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
A fantastic experience
Island Bush Camp is quite isolated, so you are unlikely to meet other vehicles or other people, the only complaint I had about Kafunta.
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.
Monsoon at Island Bush Camp!!!
We loved the bush camp experience! Again the staff were fantastic.
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!
A remote and peaceful haven in the bush.
We loved our 2 night stay at the Camp and the opportunities for safari-walking in the bush. Klaus, the current manager, is both friendly and efficient as well as a source of interesting information about Africa. The small staff group offers warm and caring hospitality and we enjoyed delicious food prepared in the simple kitchen or at the open fire.
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.
Fantastic experience at Island Bush Camp
The bush camp is set in a beautiful location beside the river, and after our initial shock at how close we were to nature we settled down to a fantastic experience. Experienced safari goers might know the difference between a lodge and a bush camp, but we hadn't quite grasped it before we got there! Chalets are on stilts facing the river and it was amazing to sleep with just a mosquito net between us and the hippos in the river.
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.