We spent 3 nights at Mukambi Lodge in August this year and thought all the time of extending our stay, cutting the rest of our trip. We had no reservation, simply showed up and got -at a reasonable price- one of the new permanent tents upriver: huge, very cozy and nicely decorated, fantastic huge bed, magnificent private wood-deck with view over the shore of the river. We felt very comfortable here. Hot water from wood-stove nearby, working very well.
The food was very good, varied and very tasty. The service, in the restaurant and in general, simply overwhelming.
Animals cross the lodge at night, from the bed you hear hyena and lion… We were self driving, but did also some game drivings with their fleet, across the river by boat (thus they save a long and boring drive over the bridge, 10 km away). Quality game-drivings in open vehicles and with professional driver and guide, max. 6 persons per vehicle, so that everyone has a good sight. The afternoon drivings ending up at 7,30 pm, thus becoming night-drivings too, with spotlight on the vehicles, where we saw the local leopards every night. All in all there are not many ways for game drivings in the area, they are very repetitive and the bush is burnt in many places around (like everywhere in Zambia by the way). Animals are not abundant and trend to be elusive in this area, but still, we saw lion and leopard daily. This central part of Kafue can be used as entrance to the N.P., on the way either North to Busanga Plains or to the South of the park. I would recommend a stay of a few days at Mukambi in any way.
- 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, fishing safaris and walking safaris at your request. We are open all year and are known 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 it. ... more less
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