I visited Kazuni camp together with four friends and after reading some reviews we expected the worst, but decided to go anyway, since the reserve itself sounded wonderful. But we have been surprised in a very positive way. We took only two chalets, since the beds were big enough that two of us were able to share one. There are only four chalets (all looking directly at the lake), meaning that there are never too many people around (which is in my oppinion welcome, when one wants to observe wildilife). Beds were clean and comfortable and all had mosquito nets (even though there were basically no mosquitoes at that time). It's true, they have some issues with water, but this is not very uncommon in Malawi in general - we had shortage of water for shower even when we stayed in a very popular hostel right next to the lake, after we left Vwaza! However, when there was no running water, we were always provided with buckets of clean water.
There is a nice dining place where one can eat his lunch and in the meantime spot a herd of elephants coming close to the lake, as we did. We brought our own food but were immediatelly asked by two men working at the camp if we want them to prepare it for us. So each day we just agreed when we want to eat, and they cooked delicious meals for us. They also always made us tea or coffee, whenever we wished for it. They asked no payment for it in the end! But we gave them some tip anyway, since we were really happy with their service.
We had no "trouble" with the locals, nobody asking for money or following us... in fact, there were no local people in the camp, except those who work there.
We decided to go for a walking safari the first afternoon, just after we arrived. Our guide was a very nice man (with uniform and rifle...) who took us on a 2 hour walk. Even though we weren't lucky to see any bigger animals (but we saw plenty later, just while staying at the camp), the walk was very interesting, since our guide gave us plenty of inofrmation on all possible small creatures, traces of animals in the sandy road, trees and other vegetation, and people's beliefs in connection to all of those. We liked it so much, we decided to go for another walk next morning, in to the other direction. This time our guide was another men, a bit less talkative one, but he nonetheless answered all our questions and told us plenty interesting things... we saw herds of impalas and kudus and monkeys and on the way we removed many animal traps which were apparently set by local people. All in all we found both walks very interesting.
When we were not walking around we were just relaxing around the camp, observing hippos, elephants, various types of antilopes, monkeys, birds, warthogs, etc. On the day before leaving man from the entrance gate came to the camp as we agreed on arrival to agree about transport back to Rumphi. Next morning there was a matola waiting for us in the camp and we were driven to Rumphi at a very fair price.
So, in short, the place is really just magical. Camp really isn't the top end type of accomodation, but I really can't complain about it and people working there at all, in fact they were so kind and did such a good service, that it was easy to forget the fact that there was no running water a couple of hours per day - which was just the only disadvantage of the camp. There was nothing to complain about. Except the fact that we wished we could stay longer...
Hopefully some not so good reviews about this camp won't scare too much visitors away... In my opinion place really is worth visiting. In the end more guests also means more money for improvements.
- Also Known As:
- Kazuni Safari Camp Malawi/Chilumba