- Intimate, secluded camp
- Four luxurious guest suites
- Great variety of activities
Amanzi Camp is an intimate, owner-operated safari camp offering exceptional hosting and high quality guiding in a remote eastern corner of the stunning Lower Zambezi National Park, southern Zambia. Private and secluded, the camp sits beside a peaceful channel of the Zambezi River, with a family of elephant bulls for neighbours. Amanzi offers a select safari experience, with just four luxurious, tented guest suites, combined with superb waterside views, high-end cuisine, and a host of land and water based activities.
Opened in 2015 as a sister camp to the larger Anabezi, and accessed by light aircraft into local Jeki airstrip, Amanzi operates on a seasonal basis from April to November, capturing the wildlife viewing at its best. Visitors do need to come prepared for the extremely high temperatures characteristic of this region from late September onwards, however the very warm weather coincides with the area’s peak game viewing period, when high numbers of lion, leopard, elephant, hippo, buffalo, and impala can be spotted, along with spectacular birdlife.
The camp’s guest spaces comprise an open lounge and dining area with comfortable seating and superb river views. Outside is a decked terrace with a refreshing swimming pool and a lovely camp fire area. Dining is flexible and high quality, mingling European and African influences, with buffet style meals during the day, and three course evening meals. Private and communal dining are offered, often in an atmospheric bush location or around the campfire.
A great choice of activities includes twice daily game drives, night drives, bush walking safaris, and bird watching. Canoe safaris and boat cruises allow guests a thrilling close-up view of the Zambezi’s hippo and crocodile population, and fishing excursions are also available.
Guest accommodation comprises just four extremely spacious and private tented guest suites, each sleeping two. Connected to the main area via a raised wooden walkway, each tent comprises one king size or two double four poster beds with mosquito net, a spacious lounge area, and an ensuite bathroom. Outside is a private, raised teak veranda with hammocks to enjoy the breath-taking views. The tents are generously spaced apart both to maximise privacy, and to enable wildlife to wander around the camp.
Families with children 12 years and over are very welcome, with a minimum age of eight years when the camp is exclusively booked by a private group. Two of the tents are positioned back to back, creating a family unit with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Note that there is a minimum age restriction of 12 years for canoe and walking activities. Although there is no child specific programme, the amazing wildlife and welcome swimming pool are always a hit with younger guests. Note that as the camp is unfenced, and wild animals do roam through, parental supervision is essential 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