Reviews of Mwamba Bushcamp
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Mwamba Bushcamp review
This was our intro to African safaris and Matt and Charlie made us feel at home immediately. Matt was a very knowledgeable guide and great fun to spend time with.
Game in the area was simply astounding - lions galore, leopards day and night, along with all the other mammals. The hides were a spectacular addition, enabling intimate photography with animals and birds. The food was excellent and we especially enjoyed our romantic dinner on top of the anthill.
Mwamba provided the perfect blend of bush camp life with a high level of comfort. We couldn't have had a better introduction.
Finally really the bush
Mwamba is a lovely bush camp with all the comforts of a fully fledged normal camp. The food is outstanding and the staff is terribly nice.
What we liked the most was that we were always alone with our guide in the vehicle and we kept the same guide for the whole period (including the time spent in the sister camp Kaingo).
I love bush camps, and Mwamba is one of my favourites, for its relaxed feel and sense of remoteness.
One of the highlights was the hide: as it is very dry this year in the Luangwa valley, a huge range of animals, including herds of elephants, wildebeest and impala, as well as flocks of lovebirds, went to the watering hole to drink every day; one could spend hours there! The drives were superb, including a speculative one out to Kapanda lagoon where we found two lionesses and four cubs.
We kept Sylvester as our guide throughout our stay at Kaingo and Mwamba, and the continuity worked really well for me.
Food was similar to that at Kaingo, and equally good. Absolutely loved my stay there.
Beware the drums
We very much enjoyed our four-night stay at Mwamba. The two-hour drive from Mfuwe through the park was a good start to our trip, but arriving in the dark and then being woken at 5.15 next day by a particularly enthusiastic drummer was a bit disorienting!
This year, the camp was being run by Matt and Charlotte (Charlie), a very likeable couple. The camp is a genuine bush camp but facilities were good with hot water for bucket showers provided on demand.
Game drives or walks started early, followed by a substantial brunch at around 11.00 - all the food was very good. Matt acted as our guide for the whole time and did a great job - we saw lots and continued to cover new ground. The permanent waterhole is a definite bonus - there were always animals and birds coming to drink – and the hides at Kaingo can also be used. Note that battery charging is a bit rudimentary, I think using vehicle batteries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!