Reviews of Mwamba Bushcamp
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Mwamba is a fantastic camp, small and homely, where almost everything is outdoor: the bathroom, the bar, the dining room... It really blends in with the bush, without depriving guests of their comfort - we found the chalets rather spacious and well designed, the service was very attentive and the food was amazing for the location (fantastic eggs benedict one morning, how does the chef manage this, I wonder!)
Our stay was made even better by our hospitable and caring host Brent, who is also an excellent and very intuitive guide. Together with our armed scout Gideon, they managed to spot teeny-weeny creatures such as chameleons and lizards in the black of night..! We had some great sightings and were lucky to spot a leopard every night of our stay.
Having previously stayed at Kaingo, Mwamba's sister camp, we walked the short distance between the two camps rather than transfer by jeep. Highly recommended. We were rewarded with the sighting, amongst others, of a honey badger (rarely seen during daytime) who was so intent on digging the ground that we were able to come extremely close and take some great shots.
Intimate, immersive experience at Mwamba
We arrived on foot after a leisurely and picturesque walk from Kaingo Camp. Our bags went separately by jeep. This was a lovely way to arrive with warm welcome from John and Henry. Izzy from Kaingo was there to introduce us to Brent our amazing guide and camp manager.
The camp really is tiny – 3 rondavels, rebuilt each year from reed and thatch. Each one is a reasonable distance from the other. The communal areas are all in the open air at the “front” of the camp. Lunch is taken on your terrace which in our case overlooked a dry river bed where there was plenty to see and watch.
Quite how the staff manage to produce such good food from the kitchen is a feat in itself. We found the food to be slightly better than that at Kaingo – difficult to say why. Laundry washed and returned each day. We felt very well looked after at Mwamba
The rondavels had solar lights, no sockets. This means no generator noise which helped the feeling of being immersed in nature. Brent took care of charging our camera batteries.
We had such great sightings and amazing experiences on these 4 days with Brent/Patrick at the wheel and Gideon in the jump seat. We had good company and good conversation around the dinner table and a surprise opportunity to catch up with Noelle from Kaingo one night. We also had some exciting times in the camp itself as an elephant invited himself to join us at dinner one night.
The “last waterhole” hide was productive most days but it was hot and so we were grateful for the coolbox of drinks down there. Given it’s such a small camp and that the hide is just “next door”, we appreciated the flexibility of being able to go straight after breakfast so we could come back before it got too hot. As well as getting the animals coming down to drink, there were some resident baboons and a myriad of birds who also came to drink. The smaller animals also attracted lions...
At Mwamba we found ourselves being very conscious of all aspects of the natural world and our place in it – it’s hard to describe but there is something very special about Mwamba and it makes a great combo with Kaingo.
Mwamba Bushcamp review
Mwamba was everything we had hoped for.Infact,it supplied all the ingedients that had been promised on the tin!
This unique experience started with a walk from the sister camp.We experienced elephant,buffalo,zebra and wilderbeest all at close quarters.The highlight being great photo opportunities of an eagle owl.
The camp was in a superb setting and you felt totally immersed in the bush.Elephant walk through here and often spend the night munching around the hut.One even invited himself to dinner,but was calmly and expertly dealt with by Patrick.We never had a dull moment during our stay.We walked each morning,encountering leopard and all the antics that go on when hyena steal its kill.A special sighting was watching a porcupine in broad daylight.
Every afternoon,we sat in the waterhole hide which was perfect for really trying to understand the behaviour of a variety of animals that regularly arrived .The morning we left ,a lion pride was just settling itself in a thicket near the water,s edge.
The nignt before we had listened to one of the males roaring for an hour;it certainly caused the heart to miss a beat.The excitement continued as an elephant decided to feed on the tree above our hut.
The highlight of our stay here had to be the camp out,sleeping under the stars with just a mosquito net betweenus and the bush.Surrounded by camp fires and a scout and Patrick close by we felt perfectly safe as lion settled down by the shore of the lagoon and hyenas scoured in clse proximity.We will definitely do this again when we return to Mwamba.We just hope that Zimba will be there to serve another superb breakfast after a long hike through the Baobab forest.
This camp was everthing we had come for.
Mwamba Bushcamp review
Guide and guard excellent
The water hole has excellent viewing
Even the elephant bumping my room in the middle of night didn't dampen my enthusiasm!!!!
Mwamba Bushcamp review
Mwamba camp was our favorite camp in Zambia!
Our guide Patrick was top notch and we were blessed to see a pride of lions attack and kill a buffalo from start to finish. Although it was hard to watch nature in action, the experience was amazing. We loved the remote location of the camp!
Mwamba Bushcamp Review
For a small Bushcamp, Mwamba proved to be an excellent accommodation and experience.
It was a pleasure to meet Brent Harris, the manager for Shenton Safaris
Fantastic game viewing
We spent four nights at Mwamba, following on from three at Kaingo.The two camps are very different from one another as Mwamba, with only three rooms, sits in the middle of the bush for the ultimate feeling of remoteness. It's marketed as a bushcamp but the level of accommodation and facilities make it more than that. Considering that this camp has to be rebuilt from scratch each year is testament to the commitment of Derek Shenton and his team.
The rooms have skylights which make it feel like you are sleeping under the stars and large outside bathrooms with bucket showers. The hot water supply has to be carried to the room on request but the process works well, you just need to plan ahead. The food was good, a bit more basic than at Kaingo but again this is a bushcamp, albeit a lot more luxurious than we had anticipated.
Our guide for the four days we stayed was Kennedy, who proved to be a fund of knowledge. The highlight of the stay had to be a group of some dozen hyenas fighting over the body of a young male lion which they had apparently killed during the night. What made this encounter the more amazing was the fact that the the dead lion's brothers and sisters were still in the vicinty and made repeated attempts to chase away the hyenas. To everyone's surprise, especially Kennedy's, one of the male lions even took to eating the remains of his brother, something that Kennedy had never witnessed before, nor had Derek Shenton when the story was relayed to him. Nature at its most cruel yet fascinating.
Overall a fantastic time spend at the Shenton's two camps, each camp complimenting the other perfectly for a true African bush experience.
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Mwamba Bushcamp Review
Mwamba is a small and fairly rustic camp with the main dining/living area set outside in the bush.
The staff were very attentive and friendly, and looked after us well. The game and bird viewing were good and Patrick is a superior guide with excellent knowledge and skills, and a very pleasant companion. Two of the party who stayed in the camp while the rest of us went to the Camp Out were well looked after by Myam.
Unique and brilliant
I spent three nights at Mwamba, following on from three at Kaingo. It was the perfect combination for a week's holiday, as the camps are very different from one another: Mwamba, with just three rooms, sits away from the wide Luangwa river, nestling, literally, in the middle of the bush for the ultimate feeling of remoteness.
The rooms, which are rebuilt each year under the trees, have wonderful skylights which make it feel like you are sleeping under the stars (but still safely indoors when elephants wander by!) and large outside bathrooms with bucket showers (which are not as rustic as they sound). An outside seating area is the the perfect spot for lunch watching any animals wandering by the river bed. The general areas are equally open, attractive and comfortable. Food was generally very good, simpler than that at Kaingo but still extraordinary given the camp's location. As at Kaingo, the service was superb, with a special mention for John, who made me smile every time we spoke.
For drives, Brent and Kennedy were my wonderful guides, while Gideon was an excellent scout. Brent's almost-philosophical approach was thought-provoking as well as hugely informative - I learnt a huge amount from him - while Kennedy conjured up one of the highlights of my trip, a leopard stretched out on a fallen tree that we observed, by ourselves, for over half an hour. As I mentioned in my review of Kaingo, the game viewing is superb: lions were basking in the shade metres from the camp and it was here that I saw large herds of buffalo, eland and Cookson wildebeest, as well as some wonderfully curious young hyenas. Do bring a good pair of binoculars: it will vastly enhance your experience. As with Kaingo, the camp's location far away from the main park gates, means you're unlikely to pass more than one or two other cars on any drive.
So, all in all, a superb experience that I cannot wait to repeat. South Luangwa is the ultimate safari experience, and I can't imagine anyone bettering what I had with Shenton Safaris.