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Mayukuyuku Bush Camp

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8/10

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Highlights

- Pretty riverside location
- Small, friendly camp
- Game drives, walks and boat excursions

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Overview

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.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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