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Kuyenda Bushcamp

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8/10

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Highlights

- Authentic, traditional camp
- Exceptional guiding and tracking
- Diverse terrain and abundant wildlife
- High volume of return guests

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Overview

Kuyenda Bushcamp is a simple, classic safari camp situated on the banks of the arid Manzi riverbed in the secluded southern area of South Luangwa National Park, eastern Zambia. Renowned for its top-class hosting, expert guiding, and superb walking safaris, Kuyenda offers a select and highly personalised service to just eight guests. With accommodation consisting of four charming, rustic chalets, the camp will appeal to travellers seeking a tranquil and authentic ‘back to nature’ bush camp experience. Open during the game-intensive June to November dry season, visitors to Kuyenda should come prepared for extremely high temperatures from October onwards, at a time when wildlife density is at its peak. Lion, elephant, leopard, zebra, impala, buffalo, and giraffe are regular sightings, with occasional glimpses of wild dog.

Shaded beneath a mahogany grove, the camp’s open-sided, thatched main area is elegant and comfortable, comprising lounge and dining areas, a small but fully stocked bar, and a selection of reading material. Outside, a pleasant campfire overlooks a grassy plain. Mealtimes are relaxed, communal affairs featuring buffet style breakfasts and lunches, with a delicious three course evening meal usually served beneath the stars.

Activities include day and night game drives, not to mention the magnificent guided walks for which the South Luangwa National Park is known. The area’s varied terrain and abundant wildlife, combined with the impressive tracking skills of the camp’s guides, make for extremely informative and popular walking safaris. At Kuyenda’s helm is renowned guide and wildlife expert, Phil Berry, who has lived in South Luangwa for over 30 years. His warmth and expertise generate a high volume of return guests, and visitors wishing to meet Phil are advised to check at the time of booking whether he will be in camp.

The accommodation consists of just four traditional thatch and grass chalets or ‘rondavels’. Each is simply furnished and sleeps two guests in one king size or two twin beds with mosquito nets. An ensuite open-air bathroom has twin hand basins, WC, and shower, with hot water available on request. Outside is a seating area with superb views of the wildlife. The camp runs on solar power and limited battery charging is available. The lack of mobile phone reception and Wi-Fi only adds to the charm of this remote and delightful retreat.

Children aged 12 years and older are welcome in camp. Younger guests may be accommodated when the camp is booked for exclusive group use, subject to hiring a private vehicle and guide for your stay. There is a minimum age of 12 years for participation in walking safaris. The camp does not have a designated family unit or child activity programme, and may be more suited to older children or to adventurous families seeking an ‘up close’ wilderness experience. The camp is unfenced and wild animals, including elephant and buffalo, regularly roam through. Although it is unlikely that wildlife would approach people or chalets, parents are reminded to supervise children at all times.

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(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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