We went to McBrides' Camp with high expectations, and they have been easily surpassed by the real experience. This is not just a normal safari lodge, but a very unique place where Chris and Charlotte will make you feel like part of their family.
The camp is the ultimate 'eco lodge' with solar panels for electricity and a (very good) water filter for drinking water. There is no electricity in the rooms, and you will not need it once you adapt to the bush life. The food is outstanding, cooked under the supervision of Charlotte (that didn't have any problems accommodating the vegetarian diet of one of us, even after being notified at the last minute just before dinner). Charlotte's bread is irresistible, and during the day there is plenty of tea or coffee available at any time, with biscuits and the occasional cake. This is very genuine, tasty, no-nonsense local food, served in the morning as a quick breakfast before a walk with Chris, later on for brunch, and in the evening for a dinner by the fire. Food and everything else at McBrides' Camp runs on 'bush time', so expect a gap in your day when the sun is high and everybody takes a nap and relaxes.
The activities include the morning walk with Chris, which is not to be missed, independently of the animals that you may see (or not see). Chris spent his life in the bush and can turn any walk, even the dullest one, into a formidable learning experience. It is true, as many previous comments say, that animals in Kafue are not as dense and visible as in other parts of Africa. Lions in particular are spread over a big area and come to the camp on regular rounds, apparently every ten days or so. It is quite possible to be at the camp while the lions are too far away, as it happened to us, but Chris will always find something else to show and teach. We would recommend to spend at least three nights here, possibly five or more for a better chance to see lions.
The cruise on the river, normally late in the afternoon, is a relaxing experience and a good chance to have a look at hippos and crocodiles. Night drives are organised regularly, and there again your mileage may vary, depending on your luck: animals have been severely poached in Zambia, so do not expect to meet a lot of them.
Reaching the lodge by car takes time, but it is not impossible. The gravel road from Mumbwa is dotted with deep potholes that will slow you down, but in the dry season it should not pose any problems even to the most inexperienced drivers.
If you are planning to camp, we would recommend to change your plans and invest in a chalet instead. The rates are very reasonable, far more acceptable than those of other 'trendy' African lodges, and include all the activities and food. You will also spend a lot more time with Chris and Charlotte, while you may feel a bit excluded if you stay at the campsite, away from the main area of the camp.
We would suggest to always email Chris before planning your trip, and discuss timing and travel options with him. Beware of the unique British/African sense of humour of this very special, very lovely man: there may be plenty of reasons why most visitors at McBrides' become regular guests returning many times, but we suspect that the conversations with Chris, sitting around the fire in the evening, play the most significant part.
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