Reviews of Zungulila
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Great 3 nights at Zungulila
We started our 9 night safari with The Bushcamp Company at Zungulila after a 3.5 hour transfer/game drive from Mfuwe Lodge. What a wonderful location and a very warm welcome from Julius and the staff.
We were shown to our accommodation, which was excellent, including a plunge pool for each 'chalet'. Although Julius made it very clear that this would be filled on request, I feel it would go down much better with guests if it was already filled. Other than that, you couldn't ask for much better accommodation.
We were woken at 5.45am every morning for a walk. Kelvin was our guide, Mike was our ranger and Moffat brought up the rear with water, tea, coffee and snacks. The walks were fabulous - it is just wonderful being part of the bush and taking in everything around you. Kelvin was very knowledgeable and pointed out all sorts of interesting things.
Back to camp at about 10.30am for brunch at 11.00am, then siesta until tea at 4.00pm followed by a game drive, sundowners and a night drive before returning to camp for dinner at 8.00pm.
Game viewing was amazing - we saw everything we expected to and then some besides.
About the only downside was the tsetse flies which are very active in this area and they welcomed us with bites galore!
The highlight (?) of our stay was when returning to the Land Rover after a walk one day there was a large bull elephant grazing next to the vehicle who saw us and started making his way inquisitively towards us. We tried hiding behind a bush, hoping he would move away, but that didn't work! Then we all got into a gully and 'hid' but that didn't work either! He wasn't being aggressive, just curious, but he was getting too close for comfort. In the end, ranger Mike became Rambo and fired a warning shot in the air, which stopped the elephant. Mike then followed up by leaping out of the gully and shouting and clapping at the elephant, who beat a swift retreat enabling us to get in the Land Rover in safety. Wow!
On our last full day, instead of driving after tea, we were to take a short walk directly from the camp, then return to camp for sundowners before going on a night drive. When we were getting near the camp at the end of our walk, however, we found that Julius and the staff had set up tables and chairs actually in the Kapamba river for us to enjoy our sundowners. A lovely touch which just served to reinforce our delight at a fabulous stay at Zungulila.
A beatuiful spot to relax
This was the first season for this camp so the animals were very shy. However our expectations on this was well managed by the company who explained that this was likely to be the situation.
We had sone good walks and sitting in the river for sundowners was a particular highlight. Ziillah and Fannuel looked after us very well and the food was very good