- Pretty riverside location
- Small, friendly camp
- Game drives, walks and boat excursions
Mayukuyuku Bush Camp is a small, traditional safari camp in a picturesque waterside setting within northern Zambia’s remote and unspoilt Kafue National Park. Shaded by trees on the banks of the Kafue River, Mayukuyuku’s name means ‘water hitting rocks’, and this charming camp is characterised by simple, comfortable accommodation and warm, friendly hosting. Offering just four spacious ensuite tents plus an adjacent campsite, this tranquil and unpretentious resting place will appeal to adventurous travellers seeking an authentic safari experience off the beaten track.
Kafue is Zambia’s largest national park, and still relatively untouched by tourism. The diverse terrain of rivers, forest, and open plains is home to prolific bird and wildlife including cheetah, leopard, lion, wildebeest, buffalo, hippo, and wild dog. A four hour drive from Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, Mayukuyuku is open all year round.
The camp’s thatched and open-sided main building comprises a communal dining area, a lounge with wicker furniture, and a small bar, all with views of the river and the surrounding wildlife. Meals are communal and frequently served alfresco, featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Special diets can be accommodated.
Activities include morning and evening game drives and guided walks with experienced guides, as well as boat excursions and fishing on the Kafue River. Guests have the additional option of self-driving on game drives, using their own vehicle while being accompanied by a knowledgeable guide.
Accommodation comprises four spacious canvas tents constructed beneath thatched canopies and spaced out along the riverbank. Each tent is simply and comfortably furnished with a double or twin beds and clothes storage. To the rear of each unit is an ensuite, open air bathroom with hot shower, hand basin and flush WC. Outside is a private verandah with a table and chairs, and an inviting hammock, perfect for relaxing in the sunshine. There is also an additional camping area available onsite for travellers bringing their own tent.
Children are welcome and discounts are offered for guests under 12 years of age. The camp is unfenced and in close proximity to the river, and wild animals, including elephants, do roam through. Although it is unlikely that wildlife would approach tents or people, parents are reminded that children should be supervised at all times.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019