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Mwamba Bush camp, SLNP, Zambia

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Please note there is an earlier review of Mwamba Bush camp by Optig which can be found here


1) Name of property and country: (Please also include name of property and country as topic title and include as tags as well)


Mwamba Bush camp, SLNP, Zambia


2) Website address if known:




3) Date of stay, including whether Green Season, Shoulder season or High season pricing (if known).


September 2016, High Season


4) Length of stay:


5 Nights


5) Why did you choose this camp or lodge to stay in? Based upon what?


A previous stay at this camp in 2008


6) How did you book the property, direct or agent? Were your enquiries dealt with quickly and efficiently?


Via a friend who is a travel agent


7) How many times have you been on Safari?


15 Times


8) To which countries?


Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe


9) Which properties have you been to previously that you are comparing this one to?




10) Was the camp/lodge fenced?




11) How many rooms/tents does it have?


4 thatched grass Chalets


12) What tent or room did you stay in? Did it have a good view? Was it overlooked or private?


I think chalet #1 closest to the communal dining area and bar though still private. The view from this tent looks across the small ephemeral Mwamba river.


13) How comfortably furnished was the room/tent?


Very comfortable bed and adequately furnished. 


14) Did you like the food? If yes, please state why. If no, please state why.


Yes, excellent food.


15) Was there a varied menu offering multiple choice? If vegetarian was a suitable alternative offered? (Did you have to request this in advance?)


Varied menu for brunch and dinner.


16) What is the default dining arrangement? Single tables or communal dining? Do the guides/managers host at mealtimes?


Communal brunch and dinner, pre morning game drive coffee & muffin around the campfire.


17) How good were the packed breakfasts/lunches if staying out on game drives?


Adequate drinks & snacks for both morning tea and sundowners


18) What are the game drive vehicles? Please include photo if possible.


modified Land Cruisers


19) How many guests per row?


2 guests per row


20) How long were the game drives and were they varied in the routes taken?


Varied game routes taken. Most drives were longer than 4 hours.


21) What are the standard game drive times? Are game drive times flexible: i.e., if agreed in advance, can you go out earlier than suggested and stay out later, i.e., not returning for lunch but taking supplies with you?


Morning drives 6:00 - 11:00, Afternoon drives 16:00 - 20:00 but times are flexible. If something is happening you stay out longer.


22) Is this a private conservancy/concession, and what is the vehicle/lodge density like?


No. The camp is inside the National Park. At least two vehicles, though I remember 3 in use on a few days to cater for smaller groups. 


23) If in a National Park, what is the vehicle density in the immediate vicinity?


Vehicle density can be high at times due to the sister camp Kaingo and Lion camp in the vicinity but usually this is well managed and you can find an isolated area to yourself. 


24) Are you able to off-road?


Yes, though the extensive road network is excellent and well graded / maintained and this allows for very smooth driving.


25) Are there rotation policies for sightings i.e., You face the risk of queuing or being bumped from a sighting.


This might be an issue but was not a problem whilst I was in camp.


26) What wildlife is this property known for? Did you get good sightings?


Excellent leopard sightings and big lion prides. Elephant often in camp along with a few antelope species that frequent the waterhole behind camp. 


27) How was the standard of guiding?


Exceptionally high standard.


28) If you had a bad experience with a guide, why? Did you report the issue to management, and if so, how did they deal with the issue?




29) If you had a very good experience with your guide, please give reasons why:


Excellent rapport, knowledge and enthusiasm made for stellar company and great sightings.


30) Were staff attentive to your requests/needs?


Very attentive, especially the waiters.


31) Does the property support a local community conservation initiative. If so, please provide brief details and website address if known.


Yes, A few community and conservation based programs.


32) Safaritalk trip report link:




33) Any other pertinent details you wish to add:


The authentic Zambian bush camp, rough and ready though with a level of comfort. Situated in a superb game viewing area known for its predator concentrations.

Enjoyable hot showers in open air bathrooms after a long dusty day. The camp waterhole allows for exceptional game viewing between game drives and access to Kaingo camps Hippo and Carmine bee-eater hides can be organised. A top notch safari experience.

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