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Musekese is a small and intimate bush camp situated on the banks of the Kafue River, deep inside the Kafue National Park. Four well appointed en-suite safari tents look out over the Musekese dambo and its herds of grazing wildlife. Activities on offer include game drives, boat cruises, fishing, walking safaris and photographic hides. Dining under the stars accompanied by the leopard's rasping cough lets us know we are in the 'real' Africa.
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NorthStar45343588161 wrote a review Nov 2020
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My friends and I met in Lusaka from Europe and the US. Three of us had never been on an African safari before. I can tell you that we have our work cut out for us in the future. To replicate such an amazing experience is going to be a challenge. Musekese Camp is fantastic. The camp is very comfortable and well done. The game viewing was exceptional. We viewed over a dozen leopards, witnessed a large herd of elephants cross the river, wild dogs lounging and countless other moments. Phillip and Tyrone are top class and they care a great deal about your experience. They are very knowledgeable, professional and they are just good people. I loved how passionate they are about conservation and continuing to improve upon the park. I can't recommend the experience enough. There is still some very wild parts of Africa. Phillip and Tyrone at Musekese can show you the way. John from USA
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Michael-IBK wrote a review Oct 2020
Fulpmes, Austria39 contributions13 helpful votes
We were a party of four and spent four nights here from Oct 12th - 15th 2020. Our last visit was in 2017. Already fell in love with the place back then but it´s even better now. Kafue is one of the last great wild parks, and Musekese feels especially pristine. There are no other camps here. The tents have been refurbished, are now very open during the day so one has a wonderful view over the Eden-like dambo with plenty of animals always around - sometimes very close. At night the sides are zipped down so one does not feel too exposed while sleeping. Animals seem to have become much more comfortable with cars since our last visit. Even though some unseasonal early rains resulted in game scattering a bit we had very cool sightings of the Musekese pride and Leopards. Also enjoyed very good birding, especially in camp. We also loved the boat drives on the Kafue river, a very relaxing activity which can often deliver great sightings of Eles, Hippos, Big Catrs and birds (like Skimmers). The most appealing fact about Musekese is the enthusiasm and love of the two owners for "their" park. Both have worked very hard to make Musekese a haven for wildlife. It´s encouraging to see how quickly a place can be changed to the better when someone is really putting their heart to it, and these two guys certainly did. I have seen a lot of camps during approx. 15 safaris to many countries in Africa. If I had to choose one favourite (which is tricky of course) - Musekese would be it. COVID-19: As in the other camps we stayed at during this trip we felt very safe. All staff wore masks and were cleaning a lot. Since one is never in closed quarters in and around Musekese infection risk is very low. Zambia generally seems to have escaped the worst of the virus, it was a very welcome holiday to the depressing, ever-worsening situation in Europe. Zambia is welcoming international tourists, I´d encourage everybody with the option to do so to go. It´s a unique opportunity to enjoy Zambia almost without other tourists. Hopefully 2021 will be very different and all camps will be buzzing with activity again!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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atravelynn wrote a review Jan 2020
USA893 contributions29 helpful votes
Such a special place. Even among many magical safari destinations, Jeffery & McKeith's Musekese stands out. Why? The location in the middle of a paradise oasis. The friendliness and attention to detail by owners and hosts Phil Jeffery and Tyrone McKeith. The high guiding standards. The low volume philosophy (4 tents) that allows for for guests to pursue their different interests (drives, boating, walks, drive/walk combos). The abundance of wildlife* safely viewed from right at camp--case in point, 20% of all my keeper photos from a 6-night stay at Musekese were IN CAMP. In contrast to the abundance of wildlife there is NOT an abundance of other people/vehicles. We encountered the other Musekese vehicle maybe twice while out and about, which was like running into a neighbor. Saw no other vehicle during 6 nights/7days. Very comfortable tents and superb food. *Between my first visit in Oct 2017 and second visit in Oct 2019 there was a noticeable increase in the numbers of animals seen and their comfort with being seen. One example of the quality and variety of sought-after species was a leopard sighting in a tree where about 5 lions, about 10 elephants, and many hooved species were also visible in one panoramic scene.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: With 4 tents all overlooking the danbo (wetland), no bad spot.
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Milonga wrote a review Nov 2019
London468 contributions332 helpful votes
We spent three nights here. Everything is made to feel guests feel welcome and comfortable. The tents are comfortable. The food is excellent. The camp is in a beautiful, peaceful setting. We thoroughly enjoyed our game viewing with Tyrone. We particularly appreciated his knowledge about wildlife and his professionalism and concern for our safety. Tyrone enjoys photography and as well as achieving good sightings, his tips about lighting and angles were greatly appreciated and a definite enhancement to our experience. To us, the best safari experiences are in a small, owner run camp, such as Musekese. This enables a closer relationship with nature with a warm, homely welcome. It is also nice to have communal dining to enhance this experience. This is somewhat unique these days. We also admired Tyrone, Phil’s and their team’s energy, motivation and efforts for conservation in Kafue.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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NLA wrote a review Nov 2019
Utrecht, The Netherlands439 contributions179 helpful votes
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What a wonderful camp to spend our time in Kafue NP! We stayed in a comfortable tent with a kingsize bed, a bucket shower filled with cold, warm, hot water as often as we liked and a terrace with a view. The food was amazing and we were surprised about all the deliciousness that came out of the kitchen every day. We had a good time with all of the other guests during the meals. (Hopefully we didn’t scare to many animals away, laughing) Frederike and Phil are very welcoming hosts who know all their guests by name. Gareth is one of the best guides with whom we have been on game drives. Not just because of his knowledge and sharp eye, but also because of his sense of adventure and his will to track the animals. We loved every game drive with him and saw amazing things; lions and vultures on a hippo carcass, leopards stealing each others kill, elephants in the river (we had to jump from our car into a boat to get a better look), many special birds and so on. From the deck in the main area, you have a great view over the ‘dambo’ with all its birds, pukus, an occasional waterbuck, monkeys, baboons, elephants etc. We would really love to go back here someday!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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