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Shiwa Ng'andu, North Luangwa National Park Zambia
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DISCOVER THE AUTHENTIC SAFARI EXPERIENCE AND COME TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Located in the heart of North Luangwa on the banks of the Mwaleshi river lies Buffalo Camp. Pioneers of walking safaris in North Luangwa, the Harvey family has kept a proud tradition for over 50 years in providing the ultimate experience in walking safaris. We pride ourselves with combining traditional stylish bush comfort with some of the finest game viewing Zambia has to offer. Buffalo Camp is one of the few seasonal bush camps still operating from its traditional roots in the true colonial style. Consisting of six en-suite chalets, a bar, dining room and self-catering facilities; all constructed of local, natural materials, the camp retains a friendly and informal atmosphere giving you total intimacy with your surroundings.
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zola025 wrote a review Feb 2020
Exeter, New Hampshire265 contributions46 helpful votes
We came here from Kapishya Hot Springs on our way through North Luangwa, heading for the comparative zoo that is South Luangwa. Mark Harvey said stay more than one night, I wish we had listened to him. Instead we rolled in early late morning and left the next day, only 24 hours after arriving. We were there in July and we were the only guests. Being a party of 9, we spread out across 3 chalets. It was a big trip for us, so we were self catering and generally sleeping in our Hilux roof tents. At Buffalo, we took the chalets and self-catered. First up, the camp is a miracle. It is in a very remote - but easy to get to - spot right next to the river. Being next to the river, Mark Harvey and his crew have to rebuild the place every year. Despite that it has a feel of tradition about it - it's comfortable and established. After our lunch we sank a few Mosis and we sat in the river, in chairs that the staff had set up. The camp is in a stunning setting, on a bend in the Luangwa River. The water was low, pretty much ankle deep. In the wet, the whole surrounding area would be submerged. The camp was 7 chalets, each with water tank and bathroom, looking over the Luangwa river and the sweeping beach. The water was about 50 yards wide and 12 feet below the ground level. So low and so shallow. The chalets are simple, wild and comfortable - with hot showers - and a priceless view of the river. A few notes, many are already covered by the other reviews for the camp. - the walking safaris are stunning. We did 2, an evening one with a sundown and a night drive back to camp. Then a morning one that was a drive to a drop off and a wade through the (low) river, a walk along the bank and a wade back across the river to the camp. - it is an absolute wonder to take these walks. Sure there is a tiny edge to them (you are humans walking through a wild park with a guide, a spotter and a scout with a rifle), but that is part of the wonder and privilege. Honestly, it doesn't compare to driving. There are no sounds, except from nature. You are up close and personal with everything. There are unpredictable moments and moments of pure majesty. Each walk is different, unique. For our walk we had Kofi (a guide), a spotter and a scout (armed park employee). The scout was camouflaged, no one else was! - the guides, talk to them! Ok, so they will tell you this and that and give you the normal spiel. But if you point to anything you spot - a piece of poo, a fragment of bone, a hole, some fur, a footprint, a seed, a leaf - anything, the stories will flow. Such knowledge, and humour. I won't list what we saw, it's irrelevant. It is about the deep immersion that the walking safari experience provides. - the camp managers. We got to know Mark while staying at Kapishya Hot Springs and it was a shame he couldn't be in two places at the same time. If he had been at Buffalo I would have hacked Tripadvisor and found a way to give this 6 stars. Our camp managers were definitely a bit of a let down - polite, helpful but awkward, not really as hospitable as they may have been. - catering... as i mentioned, we self catered to make our budget work for our trip. This was fine, but it felt wrong. There was a whole crew of staff who were there to help, cater, etc and there we were chopping up onions, opening cans and boiling rice. The kitchen was great, with a giant poured concrete fire stove. The camp crew who were casually chatting stepped in and helped as needed. The crew was super nice about everything, the kitchen facilities were perfect for our needs, but somehow it felt wrong. I'd strongly recommend to have the full board and fully support the project and let the team do their thing.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Greg Warman wrote a review Oct 2019
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A memorable stay many years previously prompted our return to Buffalo Camp and again we weren't disappointed. Fascinating walks with knowledgeable guides, friendly staff, good food and great company all in an informal atmosphere.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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T. Sterling wrote a review Oct 2019
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I have traveled all over Southern and Eastern Africa and this is truly a unique experience at Buffalo Camp. You get to experience the true wild Africa falling asleep to the sounds emanating from the bush. The guides are excellent and the wildlife sightings are numerous and you never know what is going to be around the next corner. Mark adds a great flavor to the experience. If you want Ritz, go elsewhere. If you want to experience something very unique, this is your place.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Mark H, Owner at Buffalo Camp
Responded Oct 23, 2019
Thank you very much for your review and hope to see you back at Buffalo soon. Thanks Mark
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Richard197311 wrote a review Sep 2019
The Netherlands69 contributions7 helpful votes
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nice and solitary place in the middle of North Luangwa. On arrival we were welcomed hospitably. We were the only guests. First a drink on the river. Then quiet stuff brought to our room / chalet / tent. You can use the kitchen of the Camp and cook on high heat. Cold and hot water is always available. We did an evening drive and saw a large group of at least 12 lions on the banks of the river. This was incidentally near the camp. The rest of the night we also heard them roar around us. In the morning we got up early to take a walk of about four hours. Exciting, beautiful and educational. Nice people who guided us. From ranger to guide to professional. Is certainly not a cheap location, but so unique!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Tor wrote a review Jul 2019
Solwezi, Zambia8 contributions2 helpful votes
Buffalo camp is hidden deep in the heart of the North Luangwa rhino reserve at the foot of the Muchinga escarpment. The camp is built new each year after the rains on the banks of the Mwaleshi river. Watch lions feasting on buffalo overlooked by the hungry hyenas. Take a Safari to the hippos and crocs on the Luangwa River. Enjoy the sundowners under an acacia tree after a Safari walk across the river and then lie back around the camp fire after a deliciously hearty dinner. The guides and armed scouts are knowledgeable and very experienced trackers. The chef was a lovely chap who let our kids have a go cooking up French toast on the traditional changu changu moto! If you want the Hilton with bottled scented shampoos- go somewhere else, if you want to experience real African excitement and adventure- this is your place. You will love it as we did!
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Mark H, Owner at Buffalo Camp
Responded Oct 23, 2019
Than you very much for your review. I am glad the kids enjoyed it as well. Would love to see you all back at Buffalo soon Thank you Mark
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ZambiaNorthern ProvinceNorth Luangwa National Park
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Frequently Asked Questions about Buffalo Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Buffalo Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Buffalo Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Buffalo Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Buffalo Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Buffalo Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Buffalo Camp located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of North Luangwa National Park.
Is Buffalo Camp accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.