Reviews of Musango Safari Camp
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9 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Musango Safari Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Musango Safari Camp review"
Fishing ande" See all these reviews: 10n in Zimbabwe; 1n in South Africa
"Musango Safari Camp Review"
Musango is a beautiful little lodge, astride a low-lying central ridge along an island just outside Matusadona National Park. Decoration throughout the camp is modest and tasteful. The common areas are attractive and inviting. The private chalets, which extend away in a string from the common areas, are cozy and exceptionally comfortable and provided breathtaking views of Moon-rise and Sun-rise over beautiful Lake Kariba. The food was excellent (though breakfast was a bit meagre). The service was always engaged and friendly. There's even a tame family of bush bucks to shoo away.
While the activities (birding, fishing, stargazing, simply drifting among the by-ways) may not appeal to those seeking a more typical, game-oriented experience, we found them a welcome diversion after previous stops (Gonarezhou and Mana Pools) dominated by vehicle-based safari. If nothing else, they allowed us to bask in the warmth and generosity of Steve, a guide almost impossibly well-versed in the history of Southern Rhodesia, Zimbabwe, Lake Kariba, and Matusadona (where he was warden), and, as befits such experience, a true raconteur. For us, a truly unique and rewarding experience.
For those so inclined, we highly recommend a visit to BaTonga fishing village nearby. The guidebooks are quite correct in describing it a 'non-tourist' experience. Eye-opening and illuminating, with a chance to spread some happiness (and cavities) by giving out suckers to the throngs of children." See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania; 12n in Zimbabwe
"A real home from home experience."
Spending time at Lake Kariba, between 2 more conventional safari camps, gave us a very different perspective of the country. We very much enjoyed the variation of time pottering up the lake inlets trying to avoid the hippos and crocodiles; speedboating across the lake to watch large concentrations of game on the far foreshore; tracking lions with Steve (4+ hours); a visit to the camp's local fishing village.
We feel that we arrived as guests but left as friends." See all these reviews: 12n in Zimbabwe
"Fantastic time at Musango Safari Camp"
Downsides: the camp owners were away for entirely understandable reasons (Steve was having surgery), and Conrad and the other staff made excellent hosts, but a gap year student was staying at the same time, and as we were the only guests, he came along on every trip until we specifically said we'd rather he didn't; this was quite awkward and may well not have happened if Steve and Wendy had been around; we took your advice and spoke very directly to Conrad about it and he sorted it out, but we think it's important that the owners are made aware that if they're not there, a very chatty, over-confident gap year student tagging along with you the entire time is pretty painful.
Also, as Conrad was the only guide there it quickly became apparent that trips by pontoon were the only option; we were assertive enough to ask for him to arrange a walk in the nearby national park with the excellent Foster and we enjoyed that very much, but as the lake was too shallow for canoe trips and the rhino sanctuary no longer existed, hardly any of the advertised activities were available. As we were novice safari guests we weren't too bothered (it would've been an amazing experience for us no matter what we did), and Conrad was so good and we had such great trips with him and Foster this didn't matter too much but safari veterans or those with higher expectations might feel disappointed or even misled by the camp's website and the flyer in the Expert Africa info packs." See all these reviews: 9n in Zimbabwe
"Musango Safari Camp review"
I would have liked perhaps one game drive, but these were not available.
Please note also that according to Steve, the rhino breeding programme in Matusadona Park no longer exists.
I would recommend this camp to anyone!" See all these reviews: 9n in Zimbabwe
However, we were surprised when we arrived to find there is an electric fence around the camp. This was not mentioned on the Musango website, and in Expert Africa's information only under 'Children' which we would have no reason to read (since amended). We were at Musango at high water and so saw no animals on the island, or from the island. Though we understand that the fence is there for safety reasons, we prefer a more wilderness experience, rather than being shut away from the animals. Hence the low rating for location.
Breakfast and afternoon tea were laid out on the upper deck for guests to help themselves. There were no guides or staff apart from in passing. In other camps we have been used to these being gathering times with the guides where we chat about the next activity. This creates a sense of anticipation and excitement which we missed here.
We did feel at times that Wendy and Steve's focus was distracted by other things, such as camp matters and local visitors with whom they had friends in common." See all these reviews: 11n in Zimbabwe
"Excellent time at Musango"
Steve, Wendy, Graham and Robyn together with their team ( Conrad, Forest, Stacey, and their excellent fisherman) went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our stay. we went on a boat visit to the local village, game safaris by boat, as well as fishing and lots of bird watching.
All meals were good and eaten in the good company of fellow guests. An after dinner treat included looking for Saturn through Steve's telescope" See all these reviews: 5n in Zimbabwe
"Together with a legend"
I enjoyed every minute of my stay at his camp: the rooms, the main area, the garden, the view over the lake, the pontoon boat cruises and game drive with exceptional sightings. Sunsets on Lake Kariba, you will never forget them..
Steve had so many stories to tell, funny and earnest, and for me, it was especially interesting to hear his opinion on Zimbabwe`s political future. Food was the best on my whole trip. Believe it or not, we even had Filet Wellington for dinner one night and the bream fresh from the lake was a real delight." See all these reviews: 10n in Zimbabwe
"Musango Safari Camp review"
Lovely game viewing by boat and land rover.
Nice to be by the water after dusty Hwange!" See all these reviews: 12n in Zimbabwe
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