Holiday review by Mrs. Ruth Samways
Name: Mrs. Ruth Samways
Date of trip: 25/05/2017
Number of people: 2
Enjoyed the companionship of my fellow "van" travellers - first german, then swiss & lastly Australian - plus camp-fire drinks other colourful characters. Looked forward to breakfasts round a revived camp-fire with a kettle steaming on its embers & a cauldron of porridge keeping warm. At Mukambi Lodge waking up to a full silver moon beaming in, shimmering across the Kafue River. At Old Mondoro, showering outside beneath a still star studded sky in the moon light before leaving for home. Two beautiful sunrises & many sunsets. One evening,whilst on the Kafue River, I was particularly awe struck at being able to see the sun set & the moon rise, one to my right the other to my left, both at the same time. Leopard youngish brothers trying to rest after enjoying their impala meal. Just after sunrise, in the morning mist, I saw 3 young lion cubs spring out of the dew soaked grass onto a track followed by their mother. Guide Tyrone thought they were no more than 10-12 weeks old, and that we were the first humans they had seen. A thrilling, never to be forgotten sight.
A magical trip.
Expected to enjoy it & to have some wonderful experiences & I was not disappointed.
I had booked with Tribes twice before so knew I that the service I would receive would be of a high order ... & it was.
I only met one guide who was not quite up to the all the others but I did not let it affect the pleasure of the 2 drives I had with him. I was impressed with the high standard of guiding & those at Musekese Camp were exceptional.
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
I was impressed with how many of the guides had slowly worked their way up from working in the background, to becoming full guides.
As the camps or lodges had only been open a few weeks, the guides were very sensitive to the wildlife & their insecurities about seeing our vehicles for the first time in months. I particularly enjoyed this aspect of my drives.
The places you stayed
South Luangwa National Park
An impressive approach to the Camp which led one to the main bar overlooking the Luanga River. I also enjoyed looking across the River from the comfort of my bed!
The design of the individual buildings/tents was really unusual with tree trunks sawn & upholstered to individual shapes. I enjoyed washing & showering as I could look out over the drying river bed towards the river itself.
This Lodge was the largest I visited & certainly had great views of the Kafue River. My opinion of this Lodge was influenced by its size, (the largest I visited with a group of noisy visitors on one night & NO other visitors on another); a guide who took more notice of the other couple in my van plus evening meals were well presented but just not tasty!
Enjoyed the bath on the balcony.
Kafue National Park
A little corner of heaven! I loved every moment here.
Was impressed with the guiding; relished the meals; enjoyed the simplicity of my tent & appreciated the views.
Have great admiration for the aspirations of Jeffrey & Tyrone for their area of Kafue. With their enthusiasm they should do well.
Want to go back!
Lower Zambezi National Park
Another perfect place but not quite so compact as Musekese.
Because of the staffing, it appeared easier to choose whether to do a boat trip or to go on a drive.
Could easily return.