The Norman Carr Chinzombo camp were absolutely fantastic, the guiding especially. The boat trips across the river to get to the game vehicles is also a plus. The rooms are massive with absolutely stunning views over the river.
We loved this camp. Best guide and scout of the trip. They were top professionals and both had an unbelievable depth of knowledge. Walking safaris were great.The managers and all the staff did not miss a thing. Food was excellent. I would be happy to return to this camp again. As a matter of fact, I would love to try a full NC safari in Zambia.
Zambia -- exceeded all expectations. I'm told that Norman Carr is known for its guides and I would concur. All of our guides were terrific - We had Friday at Luwi and Nsolo, Brian at Mchenja and Shaddy at Chinzombo. Brian and Shaddy are old hands and are as good as any guides we have had on our trips. Friday is the newest guide but he was also great and a truly nice young man.
We liked all the camps and it is hard to pick a favorite. The 4 of us would probably each select differently. Luwi and Nsolo are small and secluded and really designed for walking. Time to look for the little things and my wife enjoys that. We did not see many cats are these 2 camps but we did see one magnificent lion who was with one female and cub on a kudu kill. Of course, the female made the kill which was evident from the blood on her face. It was a large kill so the male even tolerated some play from the cub. We did walk some at Luwi and we did the camp out at Nsolo and the guys made the trek to the camp site in the dry river bed. They were able to accommodate our late request for the camp out which was greatly appreciated. We all enjoyed it and celebrated Ann Newton's birthday under the stars.
Mchenja was my favorite because the wildlife was great. We saw both lion prides (13 and 9 respectively) and witnessed a successful night time hunt by the Hollywood pride. That was really something. They took down 2 puku and we watched 7 of the lions devour one -- it was not a pretty sight as the puku survived for a quite a while. We also saw 2-3 leopard here, giraffes and lots of elephants. We also saw a Pels fishing owl at night and I'm told that is quite a sighting.
Chinzombo was a great place to end our stay in the bush. Even more luxury than Chitabi and Savuti and with internet to boot. Shaddy is an amazing guide and likes to avoid the crowds. We saw 5-6 leopard with him, a genet on a kill (mongoose?) and another genet hunting.