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Mchenja Bush Camp - Norman Carr Safaris
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Reviewed November 5, 2016

A marvellous camp , we stay 3 nights after 2 nights at Kakuli . It is in a beautiful location in a wooded grove over looking a river. The Game drives were great & we had to only share the Land Rover with 2 other people which was great . The guide John was great & we got to see lots of wildlife . Henrietta the camp manager did a great job loo king after us including a dinner in front of our tent for the two of us ( plus the scout a discreet distance away with a gun just incase!!!) My wife,s dietary request were look after well. There was a pool at the camp which was a wonderful during the long hot afternoons .We had it to ourselves the three days we were there & it was brilliant cooling off watching Elephants doing the same in the river below.We again saw lots of wildlife ,lots leopards & lions not forgetting the frogs in the bathroom.The tent was lovely nice & large overlooking the river with a bath as well as an outdoor shower. It was nice doing both camps as you saw different areas of the park & both lived up to the Norman Carr image.

Room Tip: last tent from camp for peace & quiet
  • Stayed: September 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

Best time of my life, the staff were amazing from the host Henrietta, to other staff, Kennedy, Precious, Lamek, and the guide John and Brian wow they are the most friends bunch of people ever met and the others I honestly forgot the name.
This is what they say is GODS back yard. Am definitely coming back next year.
They way they surprised me on my birthday with dinner under the stars and watching the sunset and rise was just breath taking definitely Top ten best places to visit on earth.
Saw lions and elephants can't wait to come back next year. Thank you Norman Carr safaris.

Stayed: October 2016, traveled with family
Thank Mwaba143
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NormanCarr, Owner at Mchenja Bush Camp - Norman Carr Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2016

Thanks Mwaba for your fantastic review. What a pleasure to hear how much you enjoyed your time at Mchenja and we'll be sure to pass this onto Henrietta, John, Brian and the team.

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Reviewed October 14, 2016

We spent the last two nights of our week in the South Luangwa at Mchenja. This is another lovely Norman Carr Camp, and definitely the one camp of our three, that had the most amenities. It had a pool, and a lovely bathtub!!! The room was spacious and had screens to keep out the insects. It also had the most water in front of the camp as we were now on the Luangwa river. The view from the room was wonderful and there was definitely the most wildlife right in camp of the three we stayed at. No sooner had we gotten to our room when there were a whole herd of elephants passing through not far from us. We were always seeing bushbuck, baboons, and vervet monkeys!! I love when you feel like you are living right amidst the animals. But it was never safe to go anywhere without your camera, if you didn't want to miss some incredibly cute shot. This was one of the best parts of this camp. Henrietta is the camp manager/host and she along with the other staff did a great job taking care of us. The food here was similar to the other Norman Carr camps, although maybe not quite as good. The pool although we had hoped to swim, was not as inviting as you would want. Henrietta said the elephants had been in and I think they may have caused some scum to be on the water so we didn't go in. The biggest disappointment however was both the vehicle situation and our guide. After having spent the first part of the week with fantastic guides and only 3 of us in a vehicle, it was really hard to get used to having 8 people squashed into one vehicle here for game drives and then to have a guide who seemed to be just going through the motions and not have a lot of enthusiasm for his job. He also didn't listen to our requests, but would move on from sitings before we were ready. I could go on, but just suffice it to say that I think he is an exception, not the rule, as all the other Norman Carr guides we encountered during the week were fantastic. I don't know why the camp couldn't have had a second vehicle for the number of guests. That also seemed not the standard way the Norman Carr camps operated. And finally, the area of the park you are in at Mchenja is lovely, a bit different scenery with mahogany forests, giraffes, more leopards, etc. But it's also busier and after the solitude of Luwi and Nsolo, it felt crowed to us. On night drives there were so many spots out that if felt a bit like we were in the big city, rather than the bush. On our last day, when we were leaving to go back to the airport we had a wonderful guide though. His name was Charles and he had lovely stories and we had the best game drive of the two days going out of the park. Thank you to all the staff and to our final day guide Charles!!! Overall, Norman Carr Camps are authentic and great for wildlife viewing and guiding. I very much recommend them.

  • Stayed: September 2016, traveled with friends
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NormanCarr, Owner at Mchenja Bush Camp - Norman Carr Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2016

Dear Sharon, thanks for your detailed review and I'm really pleased to hear you had a great time with us at all our camps and fabulous wildlife sightings and on the whole great guides.
I was very concerned to read your comments about your guide and vehicle at Mchenja. It is a firm policy of the company to have no more than 6 guests on a vehicle (unless it's a family and the WANT to all be on the same car) and more often than not, there is no more than 4 or 5. I followed this up with your guide, who is also the Manager of Mchenja and firstly he was incredibly upset that you were disappointed with his guiding. He remembered you all fondly and said he enjoyed speaking with you about your photography and interacting about different cameras etc, so he sends huge apologies if you felt he lacked enthusiasm.
On the issue of the vehicle, I think you might be remembering incorrectly as there were only 7 guests in camp your first night and 2 had private guide so were on another car. It might have just felt like more as you had paid for private guide and vehicle at Luwi and Nsolo.
Thanks again for your comments and we'll certainly pass this onto camp - constructive and positive feedback is hugely important to the team on the ground.

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Reviewed September 17, 2016

Perfect safari experience at an amazing facility. I can never forget taking a shower in the uncovered bath facility under a full moon, looking out over the river, listening to the sounds of the hippos. The staff couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating; Henrietta our hostess, who went out of her way to make our stay wonderful as well as helping with our subsequent stay in Lusaka, Jon our guide who was highly knowledgeable, friendly, and professional, and the chef/staff who were equally great. The walking safari was unique and educational. I cannot think of anything to improve upon, don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Worth every penny! BTW, they also consider safety a top priority.

Room Tip: We were in chalet 1, the most private
  • Stayed: September 2016, traveled as a couple
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NormanCarr, Owner at Mchenja Bush Camp - Norman Carr Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2016

Dear Charlielucky, Thanks for your feedback and for taking the time to review Mchenja. We do pride ourselves on having a great team, many who've grown up with the company, so it's warming to to hear how much you enjoyed your time with us. Hopefully see you back in Zambia in the future!

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Reviewed September 16, 2016

Mchenja Bushcamp, South Luangwa National Park 17th-19th August 2016.
The last of the Norman Carr bushcamps we were to visit and what an amazing place. Our room was best described as a bush mansion rather than a bushcamp as it was so large and spacious. The extravagance of a roll-top bath quite took our breath away. Again as in the other camps, everything was tidy, in place and spotless, meals were beautifully introduced by the chef and delivered. The staff could not do enough to make our holiday extra special. We felt that everyone took great pride in their work. The logistics of getting everything and everyone in place in such a remote location is awe-inspiring. Thank you to everybody including all those behind the scenes.
Jon and scout Kelvin took us on drives and walks over the two days we were at Mchenja and what an experience it proved to be. Jon particularly showed us how to ‘read’ the tracks in the sand for example how the quills of a porcupine had made thin lines in the sand. We loved watching a pride of lions enjoying a siesta except for one cub who wanted to play. In spite of being rebuffed by all including a large male, he persisted and even attacked a sibling’s tail trying to run off with it. Watching these everyday animal events unfold in front of us made the safari experience for us. We appreciated the patience of all our guides in giving us enough time to watch. We also learnt a lot from Kelvin who told us about his other work as a park ranger combating poaching. Our experience in the three Norman Carr camps means we’ve vowed that we would love to return and next time walk between all the camps. It has been the best holiday we have ever had.

Stayed: August 2016, traveled as a couple
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NormanCarr, Owner at Mchenja Bush Camp - Norman Carr Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2016

Dear Skew789, LOVE your description of Mchenja as a Bushmansion and to say this was the best holiday you've ever had is amazing - so thank you. We would love to see you back in the NCS 'family' to walk between some of the camps - as Norman said, it's the only way to really get to know a country.

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