Mwamba Bushcamp

Reviews of Mwamba Bushcamp

Excellent(98%) From 83 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 83 of our travellers who have visited Mwamba Bushcamp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs G from Basingstoke
Arrived on: 2-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful bush camp

We loved Mwamba. It was the most rustic of the camps we stayed at on this trip but that did not mean basic. The bucket shower was the only element that you could really call basic and that only meant waiting 5 minutes for a huge bucket of piping hot water to be rigged up!

Mwamba is tiny and very remote and is an authentic bush camp. Simple, not flashy, fitting perfectly with the surroundings - just lovely.

The camp is rebuilt every season and so looked really fresh. Our room was clean and welcoming. The bed was so comfortable and lying in bed looking at the stars was very relaxing.

Matt and Charlie were great hosts - warm, attentive and they clearly take a lot of pride in the camp. We really enjoyed our time with them as they both make excellent company. All staff were helpful and friendly and could not have looked after us better.

Our guide was Sly (Sylvester) and we had a great few days with him. He was knowledgeable and easy company. We did both drives and walking and enjoyed both. The game viewing was really good - lot of leopard sightings, lion, hyena, elephant and the endemic sub-species of giraffe, zebra and wildebeest which we had never seen before. Birdlife was plentiful and interesting.

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The R Family from Surrey
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwamba Bushcamp review

Matt and Charlie are fantastic hosts and the camp has a lovely relaxing atmosphere.

The food was superb, and they coped exceptionally well with my special dietary requirements.

We were disappointed with our guide, but having said that the guide that we had when we went last year was very good.

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Mr J. from Udon Thani
Arrived on: 14-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellence in the Bush

I visited Mwamba after a 4-night visit to its more luxurious sister camp, Kaingo. The two of them make an excellent combination, and I HIGHLY recommend walking between the two as I did.

The term "bushcamp" is a bit misleading here, as Mwamba has all of the amenities most people need (including lights in the cottages). The huts are sturdy, well-constructed, and spacious. Hot water is provided in the evenings, but the lack of running hot water is not an issue at all, as a request to any staff member will result in a bucket or two of hot water within a few minutes' time, any time of day.

The camp is well-run and, due to its very small size, has a very intimate feel to it. Staff are lovely and extremely personable. The guide staff is shared between Kaingo and Mwamba, so it is of top-notch calibre.

Mwamba is probably not for everybody. Comfort Queens and those looking for a spa experience will be disappointed. However, for those looking to get as close to the bush as possible, with plenty of luxuries and excellent guiding, it is a fantastic place to go!

Catering features the same menu as at Kaingo, and is of a very high calibre.

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Mr R - York
Arrived on: 3-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwamba a great bushcamp

Good wildlife viewing including 6 wild dog and the Holywood pride killing 2 Impala. Fantastic guiding.

The new idea of having brunch didn't work well as there was a strange combination of food.

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Mr and Mrs S - Aberdeen
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Mwamba Bushcamp review

This bush camp is a really great to stay - surrounded by wildlife with a fantastic hide overlooking a permanent waterhole crowded with birds and animals.

Great guiding, very good food (possibly better than Kaingo).

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Mr C & Mr K from Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwamba Bushcamp review

Alec took our criticisms on board about Kaingo and certainly our experience at Mwamba (particularly the food) was much better. (First day food was like Kaingo and then it became much improved after our criticism).

As we were alone for 2 of the 3 nights, they arrange for us to have a traditional dinner one night which was great. The rooms were very comfortable. We prefer the bush camp feel to the more barracks-like buildings at Kaingo and the shower was the best we used anywhere (including the Radisson in Lusaka).

Excellent game viewing.

I am torn between giving an overall rating of excellent or good but in the end decided to be generous. It was not as wonderful as Tafika and it's bush camps but I think it still deserves to be categorised as excellent - though there is still room for improvement!

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Mr & Mrs S - East Sussex
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Mwamba Bushcamp review

We enjoyed our stay a Mwamba, I think it was our favourite place to stay at for the trip. As at Kiango the guiding was excellent, as was the 'Last Waterhole' hide next to the camp, perhaps the best hide of the trip.

I'm afraid the food let the place down, I guess it was impacted from the problems at Kiango.

Would I come back ? a big YES

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M & L from Vancouver, BC
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent bushcamp

A small intimate bushcamp, with just 4 chalets. Each is well equipped with a large comfortable bed and large outdoor bathroom. The chalet has a screened opening in the roof so you are sleeping in comfort but with a great view of the stars.

The camp staff are very helpful and friendly. The food is delicious and plentiful - amazing when you see the kitchen and their limited facilities.

The game drives are just as good as Kaingo in an overlapping area. The local Mwamba lion pride provides plenty of viewing opportunities. One night some of them wandered past our chalet and made themselves at home in our outdoor breakfast area. Needless to say, we had breakfast elsewhere but with good views of the lions. We wished we had booked more time here.

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Mr H & Mrs P - Canada
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good Bush Camp

This camp definitely has the feel of a bush camp.

Being so close to the watering hole means the animals are always close by. Like the time we had to leave the fire pit during first breakfast to allow the lion pride to pass.

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The R Family from Surrey
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Outstanding stay at Mwamba

We had a fantastic time at Mwamba. All the staff were welcoming and friendly, the food was superb and the guiding was exceptional. The rooms were very comfortable and we were impressed with the bucket showers!

One of the highlights was a visit from an elephant who appeared outside our bedroom one lunchtime. The camp have great attention to detail - they went to a lot of trouble to make our stay extra special (we enjoyed the hot water bottles on the vehicle in the morning and their cakes were some of the best we've ever had).

Our guide, Sly, was brilliant - for some of the party it was our first trip and in 3 days he managed to show us all of the more common animals and birds and many unusual ones. We saw several great lion sightings including a kill as well as serval cat, wild dogs and leopard so some new sightings even for the person who has been on 15 previous trips! The camp is in an idyllic spot - we hope to go back again soon!

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