I have now stayed at Mukambi Lodge and their Plains Camp twice. Mukambi makes a good place to kick off after flying into Lusaka (if you take overnight BA flight you will be there for lunch). Linda and her team provide great service and everyone is very friendly. The park is accessed by crossing the river by boat. The immediate vicinity seems rather barren but more remote areas are easily accessed by a graded wide road. In one evening drive we saw 3 male bushbuck (much less common then females), then as the sun sank we spotted some vulture activity which led us to 4 cheetah! another 2 Km and 2 lionesses which soon turned into a pride of 10! Brief glimpse of a leopard, several waterbuck and under the lamp a porcupine which ran alongside before heading off. Akim anticipated its route and we captured some great shots when it emerged. Not bad for one evening! Next morning we took a river cruise with Frazer who was an excellent guide spotting many birds and many hippos were seen.
The food is fine and filter coffee is available and service attentive and cheerful. The rondavels are well appointed and have showers and river views. The lodge also has a nice swimming pool.The campsite is well separated.
Mukambi is to be applauded for establishing a separate village for its workers and their families who also benefit from a school established by the lodge's owners.
Mukambi also have the PLAINS CAMP on the Busanga plains, a 5 hour safari drive north of the lodge. On this journey you will get many game sightings. The tstetse gauntlet this year was lessened by the jeep having a pot of burning elephant dung which proved very effective! The camp situated on an island is reached by a plank causeway (definitely no wheelchair access!). This is a more rustic camp with bucket showers but flushing loos and the tents are comfortable but not masses of storage space (leave bulk of your luggage at Mukambi). Improvements since our last visit included a new deck complete with spotting lamp as lion kills are common close by. The head guide Ferrison is probably the finest I have met, be amazed! Tyrone McKeith who runs the camp also has tremendous knowledge and proved an excellent host. I can wholeheartedly support a stay at Mukambi and Plains, I know I shall return again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mukambi Safari Lodge is your gateway to Kafue National Park, one of the biggest and last remaining true wilderness areas of Africa. We are located on the Kafue River and organize game drives, boat cruises and walking safaris at your request. We are open all year and are know for our beautiful location, good food, friendly staff and good atmosphere. We are open all year and are child friendly. Try us, you won't regret. ... more less