We went to Mozambique and Zambia on our honeymoon as one of our dreams was to see the terrain and wildlife of Africa. We had stopped off in Mozambique for some lakeside beach action, and headed to Mwamba Bushcamp for our first safari experience, and what an experience it was. On the drive in from the airport we saw just about everything we had dreamed of seeing. Vic drove us in and was very patient as we got over-excited about every impala and warthog we saw, not to mention the giraffes, lions, zebra, hippos, crocodiles, elephants and varied birdlife that we saw, all before even reaching the camp.
The camp is small, with only three cabins if I remember correctly, and is right in the middle of the bush. The rooms were very nicely turned out and exceptionally clean, and the outdoor bathroom was excellent, we were even given hot water for the bucket shower, not that I needed it as the temperature hovered around 40 degrees celsius during our stay.
The staff were excellent, with a much appreciated laundry service, and the meals we had were uniformly delicious. As it was our honeymoon were were surprised with a private dinner in the lookout, which was not only romantic, but also gave us our first sighting of a porcupine.
We spent a lot of time with Patrick, the guide, and Peter, the spotter. Patrick's knowledge and obvious passion, mixed with his spotting skills and sense of humour, really made our drives and walks something special. On day one we saw lion cubs playing, lions hunting at the waterhole, a leopard, lions demolishing a puku, a monitor lizard squeezing in to a hole high up a tree, and so much more besides. The night drives were pretty spectacular, and kudos to Peter for spotting impossible things under the cover of darkness.
We also spent a lot of time in the hide at the waterhole, which is where we watched the lions attempt to get themselves some impala for dinner several times (they were foiled each time by the baboons keeping watch). We also saw elephants, hippos, lots of antelope and many birds, including the beautiful lovebirds, all converge around the waterhole in the space of a couple of hours.
The other hide, the hippo hide, was a wonderful spot to watch dozens of hippos do their thing, which amounted to a lot of wallowing.
Lunch was brought to our cabin each afternoon, and the breakfasts and dinners were all communal. Laundry was returned, all immaculate, within a day. The staff were all really friendly and accommodating. The location was exactly what you could hope for if you want to feel a little remote, and like being woken by the roars of lions. All in all, a wonderful place staffed by great people which made for an unforgettable maiden safari experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In addition to Kaingo Camp, Shenton Safaris operate Mwamba Bush Camp, providing an opportunity to explore the park's heartland. Wonderfully remote and peaceful, the site is a relaxed 3-hour bushwalk or 20 minute drive from Kaingo. Both walking safaris, and game drives (day and night) are offered from Mwamba. Set on the banks of the Mwamba River, a tributary of the Luangwa, the camp, sited under huge evergreen ebony trees, enjoys shady views of perennial water-holes, both of which have hides perched over them for fantastic photographic opportunities or simply quiet times viewing the animals. Mwamba takes only 8 guests in 4 reed and thatch chalets, uniquely designed with two soaring skylights (protected by mosquito gauze) set into the roof allowing you to experience sleeping under the stars. These four bungalows have huge outdoors ensuite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot bucket showers. Our lighting is all solar powered and the complete absence of generator noise means nothing interferes with the morning chorus or the midnight howls of the hyena. The accommodation reflects a thoughtful balance between back-to-nature simplicity and essential comforts. Meals are of the same high standard as Kaingo, and the bush-style dining and bar area or "chitenge" is set under the deep shade of huge ebony trees entwined with python vines. A spectacular sundowner spot on top of a large termite mound and a glowing campfire under the night sky completes the camp's friendly and personal atmosphere. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shenton Safaris Mwamba Bush Camp Zambia/South Luangwa National Park