Many clients travel to Kuyenda simply due to sharing their experience in the Luangwa with Phil Berry, one of the Luangwa's best and most legendary guides. He certainly is a massive reason to choose this camp over others. Leaving his excellent guiding and hospitality aside, Kuyenda is a great little camp and a favourite in the office.
Kuyenda - The Details
Kuyenda is built on the banks of the Manzi river, in a remote part of the South Luangwa National Park. There are four very simple reed rondavals (circular chalets), with neat thatch roofs, net-covered panoramic windows, and open-air ensuite bathrooms with bucket showers. Babette Alfieri and Phil Berry, one of the Valley’s original and most experienced couples in the business, are regular hosts here and their outstanding hospitality and knowledge of Zambia make a stay a real treat.
The camp sits just over an hour's drive from the National Park's entrance gate, making it very possible for those who are looking to escape to the bush immediately off their flight. Open from 01 June to 31st October, it is very much an authentic dry season walking camp.
Combined with the modern luxuries you’d expect at home and the isolated bush, Kuyenda is perfect for the enthusiastic safari traveller who is looking for an experience as close to the original bushcamps. The camp favours sleeping a maximum of six guests, but there are four en-suite grass and thatch chalets on offer accommodating a maximum total of 8 guests at a time and offer a more personalised and tranquil stay for a small group or family.
Phil Berry is usually at the camp and is an experienced and specialist guide. He is a noted authority on giraffe and leopard and is likeable and passionate about his work. The camp offers dawn walking safaris and both afternoon and night drives on open vehicles. There is an abundance of lagoons in the area providing watering holes and dramatic scenery in which to enjoy game viewing.