Reviews of Mchenja Bushcamp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Gully of Death!
On our way to Mchenja Julius took us to see the dead hippo which had been a source of interest for all of us over the previous few days. It had taken a while for the hyenas and vultures to get wind of the feast that awaited them and it was fascinating to observe the process. Brian, our guide at Mchenja, drove us to the Lion Plain and also to another place he called the "G O D", or "Gully of Death", where a particular leopard liked to hide, waiting for some tasty morsel to be grazing on the land beside it. John wanted to see a kill, but I wasn't so sure. There had been a warthog caught by lions which we nearly saw and heard about later, but I'm not sure I'd've been happy to have witnessed a warthog squealing for 20 minutes. I grew particularly fond of warthogs, with their business-like ways... At Mchenja we first met Enock, who was very welcoming, and later Vanessa took over the 'host' role, explaining that she moved about between camps as a temporary host to give the others a break. I loved the bath tub with a view, in our chalet.Read more about the whole safari
Delightful stay at Mchenja Bushcamp
Gorgeous setting in an ebony forest overlooking the river. The rooms are particularly well designed & food is excellent.
The hostess Tasha was charming and guide "Uncle John" was especially entertaining.
The sightings were truly spectacular: 2 leopards came down from a tree and "posed" for us right beside the vehicle, we saw a big male lion with his baby hippo kill, elephants crossing the river right in front of the tent, excellent bird life etc etc... The morning I left, lions were sleeping IN the camp! I could have stayed longer!
Best animal viewing of our trip!
We chose to do all drives at Mchenja & had an amazing animal viewing experience! In one day, we saw 9 leopards & 11 lions - we even tracked a pride of about 5 lions on foot at one point. Once, when we set out on our afternoon drive, there was a leopard literally right outside the camp!
Mchenja overlooks a watering hole, so there were always animals around - lots of loud hippos, elephants, baboons, crocs & even a leopard. There always seemed to be elephants around camp, including one who popped by our room on several occasions & was lurking around at dinner!
Manager Amy is a sweetheart & John was the perfect guide - I seriously don't know how he could spot animals like he did & he has an awesome personality as well. Mchenja surprised us with a private champagne dinner set up outside our room. They got all the small details & touches just right.
A superb end to my trip
We walked in to Mchenja from Kakuli with lots of very close lion tracks - quite exciting...... Another excellent game drive in the evening - TWO leopards.
The next day we were lucky enough to meet a pride just setting out on the hunt - 4 lionesses and 9 cubs (!) and followed them to witness the kill from 20 metres or so in front of us. Loud snarls and crunches of bones as they all dived in. What an experience ! Food excellent again. A superb end to my trip.
A beautiful location overlooking the river
Probably my favourite camp for location - right by the river with wildlife all around.Read more about the whole safari
Mchenja Bushcamp review
Mchenja was possibly our favourite of the 3 places we stayed with NCS. It combined considerable comfort with a brilliant combination of walking and driving safaris which we did with Julius and Batwell the scout.
Ian hosted us on our first night here - and he was superb at filling us in with everything and sorting out any queries we had. Nikita was with us for the second 2 nights and she was also a delight, great company and very efficient with it. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed the big bath in the room each night - a real treat in the bush. We also liked the fact that we didn't have to have mosquito nets here which makes it much easier if you have to get up in the night!
We especially enjoyed the location with the hippos chorusing all night and the lions roaring across the river. We had a few extra visitors in the room - a wallspider (harmless), huge caterpillar, geckos and lizards which were all ok as they were no threat! The food here was again fantastic and no effort spared to sort me out as usual.
One of the highlights for us was on our last morning when we came upon the Mwamba lion pride - 17 adults and three cubs- fantastic, Julius and Batwell always knew where to find great things! 3 nights here was ideal.
Mchenja Bushcamp review
There is no doubt that the presence of water enhances any camp, and this was the case at Mchenja. The sight of the river as we approached lifted the spirits just that extra bit and added another dimension to our experience and enjoyment.
It was in this camp that we first found animals so close that they came through the camp in their daily feeding routine. I was able to just touch an elephant as it glided past our tent in the middle of the night, so the staff mean it when they say you must not walk about at night by yourself !.
Again, wonderful close-quarter meetings with many species.
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Mchenja Bushcamp - a great stay
Had a great walk from Kakuli to Mchenja with Julius (yet more lions).
Mchenja is a lovely camp. Niketa runs a great team and made everyone feel comfortable. Situated on the river (not quite as dramatic a view as Kakuli but room lovely). Great having antelope around room eating flowers from sausage trees. Great watching animals coming down to drink at river - highlight was a leopard walking along the bank while we ate lunch - never be without your binoculars. We had Room 5 which is the most secluded and set back quite a bit from the river so not such a good view from the deck and not very shady until later in the day.
Simon was our guide - while more distant than Innocent or Aubry - he was once again very good. Following a herd of elephant on foot from grazing to the river was such fun. Again here we saw so much including a close up leopard sighting and topped off by two two month old lion cubs.
Excellent time at Mchenja
Nikita is an excellent hostess, very thoughtful and aware of everyone's needs.
Bwalya is a first class guide - we know that he was in a bit of trouble because we arrived at camp about one hour late for lunch - but we had seen so much game, it would have been criminal to have driven past it and, indeed, he might have been lynched had he tried!!
All the staff were very friendly and efficient and, as expected, full of real smiles.
All in all, super return visit.