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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

3/4 Bathing in the open air...why not indeed.
© Kuyenda Bushcamp Bathing in the open air...why not indeed.
4/4 Kerosene lanterns don't interfere with the night sky
© Kuyenda Bushcamp Kerosene lanterns don't interfere with the night sky

Walking safaris with some game drives

Kuyenda has the advantage of long history; it's been here since the mid-1990s and was started by Phil Berry, one of the most senior Luangwa veterans.  Kuyenda is still very much Phil and Babette's home and they manage to make every guest feel as though they are already part of the family.

The focus here is very much on the holistic bush experience and while there is a lot of game around (lion, hyena, elephant and leopard are regular visitors to the camp), you will also see the small surprising details while out on walks.  Phil and his guides are regular encyclopaedias of information.

Walking is the main activity here, although it is possible to drive and short night drives are encouraged since there are many critters which you will only see after sunset. Kuyenda is quite close to Chichele which occupies a rather prime site on a hill close by, so you do sometimes catch a glimpse of the lodge or see the lights at night whilst on a walk or game drive.

The camp is informal both in appearance and in function.  Four reed and thatch huts are scattered among the trees, with sandy floored bathrooms open to the stars.  There is running water but it comes from two large raised drums which are filled by hand and so hot water is arranged on request...there is plenty of it though.  To add to the charm, the camp is lit by paraffin lanterns.  However, your comforts are well catered for and the rondavels are comfortable and stylish, the meals delicious and the company good!  Banter around the dinner table can last for hours and as you can imagine, both Babette and Phil are full of tall-tales to keep you entertained.

Kuyenda is ideal for lovers of the bush looking for an authentic experience in the company of knowledgable folk.  While the camp is comfortable, it is not luxurious so if you worry about encountering a gecko in the basin or insects around the lamps, this may not be for you.  The camp works well with Chindeni, Bilimungwe and Kapamba which are all good choices for a walking safari.

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4 reed and thatch rondavels with open bathrooms


Walking safaris with some game drives

Inclusions / Exclusions:

Includes full board accommodation, scheduled activities, soft drinks, beer, house wines and local spirits, park fees where applicable.  Does not include special activities, premium wines, champagne and spirits, gratuities, items of a personal nature.

Age Restrictions:
12 years and over
solar and generator powered
ensuite with flushing loos and hot showers.
Nov -June

About South Luangwa National Park and Zambia

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3/5 Watching elephant drinking undisturbed from the vantage point of the riverbank
Watching elephant drinking undisturbed from the vantage point of the riverbank
5/5 Carmine bee-eaters. November sees the maximum number of bird species present in Zambia, many starting to nest and some on passage
Carmine bee-eaters. November sees the maximum number of bird species present in Zambia, many starting to nest and some on passage

South Luangwa National Park

The Luangwa Valley is probably Zambia's best known wildlife area. As well as having very good all-round game, Luangwa is somewhere that has gained a well deserved reputation for walking safaris, though there is a great deal more to do above and beyond. The park consists of large amounts of woodland; miombo interspersed with grass lands in the north of the park and large stands of mature ebony forming deep shade along the banks of the river. Read more?

5/5 Big game of a different sort - the vicious Tigerfish puts up quite a fight
Big game of a different sort - the vicious Tigerfish puts up quite a fight


Zambia has made a name for itself in the last ten years, as a high quality wildlife destination and one that is particularly good for walking safaris.  Intimate (and often rustic) bushcamps, excellent local guides, beautiful riverine scenery and varied game and birdlife are the trademarks of a safari in Zambia. Recommended experiences in Zambia White water rafting the Zambezi Visit Victoria Falls on your safari to Zambia, Zimbabwe or Botswana to experience some of the best white water rafting and loads of other activities. See more and book Zambezi River island escapes These unusual lodges are all on islands in the mighty Zambezi River and are perfect for the start or end of a safari or while visiting the Victoria Falls. Find out more Bushcamping in Luangwa Valley Spoil yourself with a tailored walking safari in Zambia, walking from one small camp to the next through the game-rich Luangwa Valley. Find out more Family safari in Luangwa Valley A wildlife safari tailored to the needs of reasonably adventurous families in the South Luangwa, Zambia. Find out more Big game safari, lower Zambezi A safari to the Lower Zambezi that offers exceptional big game on drives, by boat or on foot. Camps and lodges range from luxury to simple bushcamps. Find out more Read more?

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Rod Tether

Born in Uganda and guiding since the age of 17, Rod is recognised as one of Africa’s leading safari guides. His spiritual home remains Zambia's North Luangwa where he and his wife Guz created and ran the fabulous Kutandala Camp. Since then he’s been...

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