Mchenja Bushcamp

Reviews of Mchenja Bushcamp

Excellent(98%) From 50 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 50 of our travellers who have visited Mchenja Bushcamp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs B from Somerset
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mchenja Bushcamp

Walking from Kakuli to Mchenja accompanied by John and Davis, we saw a group of young male lions on the other side of the dry river bed - we were looking at them and them at us. It was amazing to be on foot and be able to view the lions in this way thanks to the expert knowledge of our guide and scout. A bit further on we found ourselves in need of this expertise again when the wind changed as we walked past some young male elephants. Having been ushered swiftly to a safe spot, with Davis ready with his rifle, we were able to watch one of the elephants as he put on a macho show of trumpeting and throwing his head back, tusks displayed. Fortunately he decided against charging us but our hearts were thumping!

We arrived at Mchenja to be greeted by our lovely host Amber, who was very good company. By now we had grown used to the routine of delicious lunch followed by tasty cakes at afternoon tea and excellent dinner under the stars interspersed with informative walks and drives watching amazing wildlife. We were reunited with Lawrence as our guide for our two night stay, much to our delight as keen birdwatchers, as he took us to where hundreds of carmine bee-eaters were building nestholes - a marvellous sight. In addition to all the other animals we saw, he also came up trumps on our last night drive by finding a honey badger (up a tree), which we had been particularly keen to see.

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Mr & Mrs L from Aldershot
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mchenja bush camp our forth and last

We walked to Mchenja from Kakuli which took around three hours, the walks are very relaxing and you see and track all sorts of animals Once again the guide is very knowledgeable and have very good sense of humour, Our guide said I had to be positive when identifying tracts which I did with enthusiasm and we had hoots of laughter when I got it wrong which I usually did. . We had two nights at all of the bush camps and felt sad that our first experience of this kind was coming to an end . We feel that we chose right in choosing Norman Carr Safaris and would go again with pleasure

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Mr & Mrs C - Surrey
Arrived on: 29-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Best Accommodation & location at Mchenja Camp

This bushcamp had the best location and accommodation of the four camps. Service was again excellent.

At last saw a good quantity and variety game.

We were delighted by the surprise champagne sundowner and camp fire held by the river where we watched a beautiful sunset.

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Mr B - Bristol
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mchenja Bushcamp review

Simon(senior guide), Katie(hostess) combined with the very comfortable chalet meant a very enjoyable stay at Mchenja. The game is prolific here, varied landscape (hot springs area being a bonus visitation), great food and very good company.

Descent sunrise at camp, varied locations taken for excellent sun set.

Enjoyable elephant, lion, buffalo experiences here. Lots to see on spotlight safari.

Thankyou to everyone at Mchenja.

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Ms D & Mr B - Berks
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mchenja Bushcamp review

I liked the situation of this camp but our guide, Simon, was very poor. He just chatted to the scout and ignored his passengers when in the vehicle and was abrupt to the point of rudeness when out. He didn't bother to try and develop a relationship with us or the Jacksons, didn't ask what our interests were, was about to drive past a herd of elephants about to cross the road in front of us and I had to ask him to stop and let us see them. He didn't know that the Jackson's had never seen elephants up close.

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Mrs. L from Surrey
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mchenja Bushcamp review

Good host and an interesting group staying at the camp. Guide (Julius) was not so good . Seemed to spend too much time chatting to the gun man during drives. The walking safari at Mchenja was along the same lines as the previous ones focusing mainly on poo.

The game drives were at a much better pace and because of the area the viewings were better.

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Mr & Mrs G from Surrey
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Luxury in the bushcamp

Mchenja offered a more luxurious stay on safari. Our very comfortable room provided wonderful views of the river together with the resident hippos and their dawn chorus!

All our guided walks and drives were brilliant and the knowledge of the guides was amazing! More jeeps in the vicinity did not always offer that more personal viewing of the animals; however our guides made every effort to avoid being part of any large groups of people that would spoil our experience.

Overall, Mchenja was an excellent experience which we could highly recommend!

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Mr & Mrs J from Dyfed
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A fitting climax to the holiday

After a relaxing walk from Nsolo a sensational arrival. Aubrey came tearing over and dragged us off in a vehicle for a unique viewing of a huge pride of lions killing a buffalo. This apparently is a very rare occurrence because the lionesses were teaching a young male( about to leave the pride) how to bring down a buffalo and finish a kill - not for the squeamish.

We met Andrew our guide at Mchenja and again some wonderful walks and night drives, Andrew had an amazing knack for finding anything we wished to see from leopard to chameleon, three very special days at the end of our holiday.

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Mrs & Mr H - San Francisco
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mchenja Bushcamp review

This camp was very well run. The rooms were lovely.

Finally saw our first giraffe.

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Mr M and friend from Italy
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Away from the crowd

During the firts night drive, John, our guide, received via radio the information that my luggage was in my tent: even if that day was already fantastic, this news gave me an extra happiness!

In Mchenja, Charlotte and our guide John did a great job and we enjoyed very much this camp, where we met also other very nice guests, as also was the case in all the other camps.

John tried very hard to find a leopard, that we saw also during the transfer to Luwi. Night drives were really very interesting, with the opportunity to see the bush in complete different perspective: notturnal animals like civets, genets, porcupines, owls, but also the different behaviour of animals like impala, puku, etc.

Nice to hear, during the night, hippos "walking" around your tent, and other animals using the camp as their own territory: I think this is another feeling that can be met only in such places. Frogs in the camp liked to stay in the night in our bathroom and in our tent: but do not tell this to Lawrence.........

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