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Holiday review by Hazel Jacklin

Name: Hazel Jacklin
Date of trip: 14/06/2010
Number of people: 2
Country: Zambia

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Excellent"
 
Tribes Service: "Excellent"
 
Guides: "Excellent"
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Average"

Accommodation

 
Mfuwe Lodge
We stayed in Mfuwe Lodge for the first two nights of our safari and this was a great decision. The experience is maybe not as intimate and individual as the bush camps, but the quality of guiding is just as good and the higher numbers of game in the central area meant that we saw so much and got our need to take photos out of the way before moving on to the bush camps where the emphasis is more on the quality rather than the quantity of animal encounters. Though the busiest area of the park, we still saw very little of others during the morning drives. At night, the number of other cars around was more obvious due to the spotter lights – but it still did not feel too busy. It might feel more intrusive in the peak season.
 
Kuyenda Camp
Kuyenda was the perfect camp to end our safari. As first-time safari-ists, we may have felt a bit exposed in the isolated grass huts if we had gone here first. By the end of the trip we had enough experience of animal behaviour, so, when a herd of elephants started feeding just a few metres away in the very early hours of our last morning, we were excited rather than scared that there was very little of substance between them and us! However, it was far from basic as each hut had a flushing toilet (open to the sky) and hot water for your shower could be pre-booked whenever you wanted it. Babette and Phil were very gracious and attentive hosts. Both had lots of entertaining stories and were skilled in checking that each guest was comfortable and happy. The food here was very good, with plenty of variety and options at each meal. The area around Kuyenda was the most attractive of all the places we stayed. The guiding was excellent. Phil took us out for the first evening and Gilbert looked after us during the rest of our stay – our last morning with Gilbert was our favourite of all the bush walks of the holiday.
 
Chindeni Bushcamp
I loved Chindeni and didnt want to ever leave! The setting was fabulous, the general deck was a wonderful, relaxing communal area, and the our tent was enormous, with distinct sleeping, sitting and bathroom areas, wooden floors, hot and cold running water, a veranda and a wonderfully comfortable bed. But what we really remember about out time at Chindeni was the friendliness, humour and dedication of the camp staff. Mike, who was acting as the reserve manager/host (I believe he is normally at Bilimungwe Camp), was astonishing. He went out of his way to make each day special. He has a very endearing management style and was clearly very supportive and encouraging to all the camp staff. Mike and Peter (our guide) were excellent company at meal times with some very interesting and funny anecdotes. The food was also outstanding.

customer rating

5/5 from 45 reviews

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time: Flights from Europe to Lusaka take about 10 hours. Lusaka International Airport is about 25km from the city centre (about 30 minutes transfer).

Language: Zambia's official language is English, but outside of the cities few people speak it.

Visas: Visas are required for most nationalities, although a waiver can normally be organized in advance for British citizens.

Health: This is a malarial country.

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