Kuyenda Bushcamp

A charming and rustic camp that offers a true taste of the African bush.

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There's something undeniably special about Kuyenda. Set beneath shady trees by the Manzi River, it may be the simplest of our camps but Kuyenda embodies the authentic charm of old Africa with its cluster of traditional thatched grass huts and back-to-nature feel. As for the wildlife, you hardly need look for it as it will come to you. Settle down in the lounge and look out over the rippling grasses of the neighbouring plain where the drama of the African wilderness is played out each day. Kuyenda's intimate atmosphere is only enhanced by the extraordinary couple who regularly run the camp - the ever-hospitable Babette Alfieri and Phil Berry, one of Zambia's most experienced naturalists. No one knows Kuyenda like they do, and no-one will make you feel more welcome.

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Rooms

Forget infinity pools and wi-fi - Kuyenda is the quintessential classic African bushcamp, lovingly rebuilt each season. Your room is a simple but cosy grass rondavel (circular hut) complete with paraffin lanterns, swathes of mosquito netting and an open-air ensuite bathroom with a large 'safari' drum shower. From the panoramic windows you can look out onto the surrounding plains and the incredible game that frequently saunters through camp, day and night. With three twin-bedded rondavels (queen-size beds) and one double (king-sized bed) Kuyenda ideally takes six guests, however groups of eight are accepted. Kuyenda is open from June to November.

Activities

Top of the list is a walking safari at Kuyenda Bushcamp. Whether you are looking at a leopard or a termite, with some of the South Luangwa's most diverse and breathtaking landscape situated around Kuyenda, you can guarantee that no two outings will ever be the same. To get even further afield, night game drives are also on offer.

"We were full of pep and enthusiasm as Kuyenda was our first real adventure..Phil and Babette opened our eyes and our senses..the huts were fun...the food colorful and delicious...we felt 'at home' and yet we were far from our daily routines...we awoke with great expectancy!"
- Barnwell/Thomas Family, USA

Summary

Location:
On the Manzi River, South Luangwa, Zambia (1 hour south of Mfuwe Lodge)
Season:
Open from June to November
Activities:
Guided walking safaris; game drives (day and night); birdwatching
Children:
Children over 12 are welcome (under 12s welcome if a private camp is booked)
Electricity:
Solar power for lighting and battery charging facilities
Accommodation:
4 thatched rondavels :
- 1 double (king-sized)
- 3 twins (2 queen-sized)
- ideal for groups of 6 or less
Co-ordinates:
S 13°11.417' - E031°40.569'

Guest Comments

"The most beautiful place in the world. The staff lead by Phil and Babette are incredible, the wildlife amazing, the food incredible, and the peace & quiet just lovely. I am doing everything I can to get back to Kuyenda as soon as possible."

- David Bacon, Sydney Australia

Been back nearly 2 weeks and only just found time to tell you about our amazing trip.
OVERALL... a great, most enjoyable & successful trip. Arrangements all immaculate with excellent rooms/ guides allocated. Thank you! HIGHLIGHTS... 29 leopards in about 22 sightings including family with kill, 2 very close encounters which had adrenalin going and 1 who ran hard at us and we thought he may jump in! Some excellent photos and some of the most memorable encounters with leopards, lions and elephants we have experienced in 20 years+ of safaris. MFUWE LODGE... transfer point as you know but deserves big mention for fabulous & smooth hosting and transfers! They gave us an impromptu bush breakfast before we transferred to Kuyenda and we saw an amazing and very grizzly leopard V many baboons right nearby. KUYENDA... Excellent! Best camp, best guide/ armed ranger ( Kelvin & Isaiah), best food and outstanding hosting from Babette & Phil. Attention to detail and simple bush style memorable.

- Geoff and Teresa S

I just want to appreciate your Kindness and nice Hospitality when we visited Mfuwe and Kapamba bush camp. I and My family hard a wonderful time and we can't wait to visit you again in the near future. Express my profound Appreciation to Andy as well. All Your staff was very amazing. Thank you very much and may God Bless you all and hope to see you again.

- Alinafe

"This is a very special place with very, very special people and we loved every minute of our 3 day stay....why did we not find this bit of paradise earlier?!"

- Graham & Catherine Chandler, UK

My first view from my bed was three lionesses some 50 metres away with a bright red scene behind, a memory for life.

- Stuart Connor, Scotland