Three Rivers Camp

Reviews of Three Rivers Camp

Excellent(94%) From 10 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 10 of our travellers who have visited Three Rivers Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Globetrotters from Belgium
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beautiful setting and very remote

The camp is beautiful and very remote. The only thing that slightly spoiled our stay were the bothersome tse tse flies. They are very painful and abundant in this area. And there is not way to keep them from biting. Otherwise the camp is very pretty and the elephants come daily to drink at the camp waterhole. The hippos are close and at night wander through camp. The star beds are a real experience. The quality of the food and service is a notch lower than Robin Pope. Some of the drinks that were standard at Robin Pope were on the supplement list with Kafunta. The food was good, but not at all as good as Robin Pope.
The guides and staff are probably also pretty new at their jobs and are doing their best and learning. I think if they can handle the fly problem this camp will become much better in the future.

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Mrs J from UK
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Three Rivers Camp review

This was the camp that I enjoyed the best. The camp is very open and so wildlife, especially elephants wander through all the time. We were in the tent the furthest from the main buildings and often had to be picked up and dropped off by vehicle because of the elephants.

However the best part was the star beds, this was just magical and so well thought out and designed. Jabes our guide was outstanding, with an excellent knowledge of birds and animals. It was great that he took us back to Kafunta lodge and then remained as our guide there. It would have been good if TJ had asked about the interests of different groups, so that birding people were not put with those that had no interest in them.

The matter was resolved by a quiet word with him, but one guest was rude to us at dinner, which could have been avoided

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Mrs M from Worcestershire
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Three Rivers Camp review

This was probably our favourite camp. The star beds were magical, a truly unforgettable experience.

The camp truly in the wild and was full of elephants and hippos, there were lions very close by and a leopard was under our friend's tent one morning. We often had to be transported to and from the tent and bar area Our guide Jabes was excellent.

The comments about Kafunta and sharing vehicles applies to this camp too ie it would have been a good idea to ask about interests and put guests with similar interests together. This did happen but after we told the staff that there were differences about whether some guests were happy sharing with bird watchers.

The only real downside was the number of tsetse flies in the area. We were all badly bitten despite using copious amounts of insect repellant. Nothing seemed to work though the burning of elephant dung at the back of the vehicle did seem to help a bit.

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Mr & Mrs L from Cape Town
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Three Rivers amongst the Elephants

Three Rivers was absolutely wonderful. The fact that it only accommodates 10 people and that the 9 of us filled the camp was very special.

The close proximity to the Elephant coming to the watering hole was an incredible experience.

The food was SUPERB.

The rooms were beautiful and the highlight was sleeping on the sky bed, under the stars. It was wonderful hearing the sounds of animals grazing on the other side of the canvas tent.

TJ was a wonderful and enthusiastic host, who took the safety of his guests very seriously, much appreciated.

The staff were all extremely friendly.

The walking safari was also a wonderful experience.


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Mr & Mrs H from Putney
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Three Rivers Camp review

It was fun having elephants roaming the camp.

Seeing African Skimmers in front of the camp was a special sighting.

Arrangements, meals and accommodation of a high standard.

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Mr & Mrs B from Maryland
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Three Rivers Camp review

The walk from Island Bush Camp to Three Rivers Camp was outstanding. We were very fortunate to see a leopard and 2 hyenas on the walk, as well as elephants and other game. We attempted to track a lion but never found it. Our guide Andrew, who we had at Island Bush Camp, Three Rivers Camp, and on our return to Kafunta, was excellent, informative, and good company.

Three Rivers Camp was our favorite of the camps at South Luangwa and we loved the star bed. There were lots of elephants in the camp and hippos grazing at night. The area immediately around the camp is very open, making for good driving safari, but further away it is all dense woodland. However, one night we had good sightings of 2 different leopards by spotlight.

The manager TJ was very welcoming, attentive to all details including giving rides from bungalows to the dining area when elephants were in the camp, and a great host. On our last morning we wanted to walk but Andrew told us no scout was available. TJ asked what we had planned and when we reported that no scout was available he found one for us so we had a good walk before driving back to Kafunta.

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Mr & Mrs P from Wiltshire
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Three Rivers Camp review

Rooms, camp and camp staff (particularly TJ) were excellent but game viewing in the area was disappointing because of the dense Mopane woodland. We did not do any walking and this camp tends to specialise in this.

We had the same guide as at Kafunta who tended to drive off without checking that the passengers had finished viewing the game.

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Miss P from NL
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Lovely camp

Three Rivers was a much more positive experience than Kafunta in terms of the camp and atmosphere. The manager TJ was engaging, enthusiastic and a great host, and the communal meals were much more enjoyable for a solo traveller.

The rooms at Three Rivers are lovely and the game/bird viewing from the camp was excellent.

I was aware in advance that game viewing in this area would be a bit challenging, as the bush is thick and the game skittish. So I had planned to mainly walk, but I did have to be quite insistent about this as my guide seemed reluctant to do afternoon walks. Despite me having made it very clear that I wanted to walk on every activity, nonetheless on the second afternoon it was announced we were driving, at the last minute. The newly arrived guests (who I had already met at Kafunta) said during the drive (which was uneventful and conducted in near silence by the guide) that they had been expecting to walk, so on our return I queried why we had gone on a drive and the guide tried to say it was because of the other guests, but in fact he hadn't even asked them what they wanted to do. They were just as disappointed as me to drive as they were only staying one night at Three Rivers. I insisted on walks for the remainder of my stay. On one morning we also had to drive over to join walkers from Island Bush Camp due to lack of available game scouts - but at least I got to walk, at one stage I thought I might not be able to (thanks to TJ for "making a plan").

On the walks, I very much enjoyed the birding, but game sightings were few.

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Mimi from Miami
Arrived on: 3-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Great Safari at Three Rivers Camp

See prior comments on Kafunta review.

[Ed: These comments were: "Our favorite was Three Rivers and the sleeping platform under the stars. T.J. (?) the manager there was a great host and all the staff were friendly and helpful. Our guide for most of the time was David and he was SUPERB!!"]

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B & D from Zurich
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful place to stay

We enjoyed our stay at the Three Rivers Camp a lot. It's a lovely and remote place on earth.

The managers Anna and Sverre and the other staff were very friendly, welcoming and really dedicated. Once they even surprised us with a nice sundowner where they brought chairs for everyone to sit. The food was excellent, also for vegetarians. From our room we saw elephants, buffalos, pukus, impalas, warthogs, etc. And we also liked the possibility to sleep outside and see the stars through the mosquito net. It's a really nicely built camp.

The guiding was very good and we've learned a lot on the walking safari. On the night drives we saw bushbabies and genets. The animals were still very skittish what we really liked since you could see how they would behave normally. We didn't see any cats but a lot of different species at the same time.

There seemed to be more game around the camp itself than in the National Park on the other side of the river. The combination with the Kafunta River lodge is a good choice, since there seemed to be less game at the Three Rivers Camp.

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