Mchenja was equally impressive. Lovely facilities, great guides, excellent food, (even brand new Land Rovers. Very posh.)
Zambia -- exceeded all expectations. I'm told that Norman Carr is known for its guides and I would concur. Our guide was terrific - We had Brian at Mchenja. Brian is an old hand and is as good as any guides we have had on our trips.
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.
Pleasant “classic” small bush camp (5 tents) … exactly what we like.Tents are comfortable with good beds, good mossie nets, outside shower, solar hot water. No wifi at all and mobile connection is a bit hit and miss while driving in the park – which is fine. Food was good and plentiful. Wine & beer good and plentiful. All meals are “communal” with an option to dine separately if required. Standard of guiding (we had Friday) was good, though not exceptional. Activities are games drives and walking. Given the temperature, we took a couple of shortish walks then were met by a vehicle for a further couple of hours game drive. There is water in the river but insufficient for boating activities. Vehicles were comfortable with 3 rows of seats and roofs to protect from the sun (these are apparently removable for keen birders who want to see the sky). Typically we were 2 or 4 to a vehicle (other guests preferred not to travel with “birders”). Typically evening game drives were followed (after sundowners) by a night drive with spotlight.