- Stunning waterfront location
- Comfortable lodge and facilities
- Variety of accommodation
- Game drives and river excursions
Mukambi Safari Lodge is a substantial, family-owned riverside property in Kafue National Park, northern Zambia. The lodge offers spacious, well-appointed accommodation, a large swimming pool, and a good choice of land and water-based activities. A straightforward 3 ½ hour drive from Lusaka airport, Mukambi is open year-round, and is a great option for travellers keen to explore Zambia’s genuine unspoilt wilderness. More adventurous guests might choose to combine a stay at the lodge with a visit to its smaller and more remote sister property, Mukambi Plains Tented Camp. Kafue is Zambia’s largest national park by far, yet to date it remains relatively undiscovered by tourism. The park promises prolific bird and wildlife viewing including lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, and hippo, plus good sightings of the elusive wild dog.
The lodge’s airy stone-and-thatch main area comprises a comfortable lounge with open fire, a bar area, souvenir shop, and a large restaurant where guests enjoy hearty buffets and three course evening meals. Outside is an extensive terrace with seating and tranquil views of the Kafue River, plus a good sized swimming pool. Wi-Fi and mobile phone reception are available throughout.
Activities include twice-daily day and evening game drives, with direct boat access across the river into a wildlife-rich area of the national park. Seasonal guided walks are available during the May to November dry season. Fishing excursions are available, along with day and evening boat excursions, perfect for relaxing amidst the wildlife and surroundings. Cultural visits to the local school are encouraged, and guests are welcome to donate English language books and stationery for the children should they so wish.
A choice of accommodation includes tents, chalets, and a family unit. Eight spacious, thatched chalets sleep two guests in either a double or two single beds, draped with mosquito nets. The ensuite bathrooms have shower, WC, and washbasin. Outside is a private veranda with seating and lovely views of the river. Also available are four well-appointed, roomy safari tents with double beds and mosquito nets, handmade wooden furniture, and an indulgent outdoor bathroom with freestanding bath, shower, WC, and washbasin. Sliding glass doors lead onto a private veranda with seating and wonderful waterside views.
Families are extremely welcome. Children under four stay free of charge, with discounts available for guests under 12 years. A family villa sleeps up to four guests, with one double and one twin bedroom, plus a comfortable lounge area. Two ensuite bathrooms comprise shower, washbasin with vanity unit, and WC. Outside is an extensive private veranda with seating, again directly overlooking the river. Note that there is a minimum age of six years for participation in game drives, although prior arrangement can sometimes be made for younger children. As the camp is unfenced and set right beside the water, families 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