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

A quite perfect and amazing introduction to Africa. Can it get any better?

- Marianne Barratt, UK

Phil and Babette, so little time spent there but so much to thank you for! First, thank you for the years you both worked in this pristine and beautiful valley, and thank you for opening your home to us and making us feel so welcome. Finally thank you for helping to create memories that will be part of us forever. Hope to see you soon!

“Kuyenda Bushcamp “GPS” coordinates new and improved. Go past the legwood tree down the hippo highway to the lagoon, turn left after the elephant skull, have a seat on the “couch” by the tamarind tree… we are joyfully here! Many thanks for all our fabulous new experiences! Love, Tish and Jim

- Jim and Tish

It was great to meet you and to be able to share part of our stay at Bili with you. We are still going through our photos and will send you some of the best and/or quirky ones once we have looked at them all.
Please say ‘hi’ to everyone for us. Thanks for looking after us so well. We are missing you all and we will be back!

- Keith & Sue B

"There are few places in the world that can be revisited and live up to your memories. Phil and Babette make Kuyenda one of those places."

- Phil & Katherine Collins, UK

The combination of classic and classy is a wonderful complement.