Kuyenda Bush Camp
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
At a Glance
Mesmerising guiding by Phil Berry, one of Africa's top guides
The camp is within reach of nearly every ecosystem found in the Luangwa
Walking safaris are a highlight; breathtaking and fascinating
Delicious meals await after a day's game-viewing
The Manzi dry riverbed by the camp is used by lions for hunting
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Kuyenda is open from June to the end of October.
Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the drier months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.
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Kuyenda Bush Camp is a beautiful, rustic little bush-camp in the southern part of South Luangwa National Park, run by excellent guides and within easy reach of a huge variety of habitats within the park - truly exceptional game-viewing in a pristine area!
Kuyenda Bush Camp is remote and intimate; offering a unique perspective on the wilderness, it is situated on the southern side of the South Luangwa National Park, in an area known for its large predator population. The camp itself is delightfully simple, in a wonderful position next to the Manzi dry river bed with just four little reed-and-thatch chalets. Each chalet has wide open windows at the front and a thatched roof. At the back is an open-to-the-skies bathroom. The plain in front of the camp often plays host to large numbers of giraffe or buffalo - on our last visit, as we walked back into camp after a fascinating walk, we were followed by a young and very curious giraffe!
The most popular activities from the camp include exciting and varied walks in the secluded ebony and mahogany groves, or visit the lunar landscape of the mudflats and hot perennial springs. Walks will take you through shady stands of riverine forest interspersed with wide open dambos where breeding groups of elephant can often be found.
Alternatively, you can head out in the Bushcamp Company's vehicles - supremely comfortable and quiet open land-rovers - and explore further afield. Expect a fascinating and rewarding visit, delicious meals and wonderful stories told around the camp fire as the Manzi lions communication roars echo down the riverbed.
Kuyenda works perfectly in combination with one or more of its sister-camps - Mfuwe Lodge, Chamilandu, Bilimungwe, Chindeni, Kapamba and Zungulila. Ask us how to put together the perfect trip to explore this wild and remote area of the South Luangwa.
Accommodation at Kyenda Bush Camp is in wonderfully simple rounded huts complete with paraffin lanterns, swathes of mosquito netting and an open air en-suite bathroom with a large safari drum shower. From the panoramic windows you can soak in the beautiful plains and catch glimpses of the incredible game that frequently wander through the camp. There are four huts in total. Three huts have twin queen sized beds and one hut has a double king size bed.
Children over the age of 12 years are welcome to come and stay at the camp. Children under 12 years are only permitted if a private camp is booked. There are no specific child friendly facilities available at Kuyenda Bush Camp but children are bound to have a fun and educational time during their stay.
During your stay at Kuyenda Bush Camp, you can partake in walking safaris which allow you to gauge a better understanding of the signs of the bush. The game drives are a great way to see the local animals, a night one will allow you to see the nocturnal animals. Each trip you take will be very different! Bird watching is also a popular activity with such a variety of birds flocking to the area.
Anna Devereux Baker (Staff)
I have been coming to stay at Kuyenda now for nearly twenty years and in all that time it has remained one of my very favourite camps in South Luangwa. It's remote, simple, the game is incredible, and the hospitality of Phil Berry and Babette Alfieri is second to none.
I have had some of the best walks ever from Kuyenda - from creeping through the sunlit dappled mahogany groves (some of them forming a "cathedral" structure) to walking across the plains to find herds of buffalo and stands of giraffe. Phil is a world authority on the endemic Thornicroft giraffe, and knows each individual animal by sight - his stories are fascinating and his knowledge encyclopaedic.
One phenomenon I have seen only from Kuyenda is the headbanging elephants. The area is dotted with hyphaene palms, with their long plumes of shiny brown palm nuts. These are a delicacy for elephants. Often, while walking in the groves, you will hear a repeated crashing sound, followed by the tok-tok-tok sound of all the nuts cascading down onto the elephant's head! Follow the shaking palm tree and you will definitely find elephant, sometimes ten or twenty strong!
It's a superb little camp and one I always leave with incredible memories - from the elephant bull who squeezed behind my chalet to drink the water from my shower, to the lions roaring in the Manzi dry riverbed next to camp, their calls echoing along the valleys, to the excitement of finding lion on a walk with Phil.
Game Drives in the South Luangwa
Game drives are the most common way of exploring the African bush. A vehicle allows you to cover distance quickly and comfortably and offers visitors the best opportunity of getting very close to wildlife in a safe and controlled way.
Green Season Game Drives
The Green Season, Rainy Season, Emerald Season, Secret Season - what ever you decide to call it, this is a beautiful time of year to be on safari. Activities are rarely disrupted by weather and the bush is full of life.
If you get the opportunity to head out after sunset you should take it. The bush transforms under the cover of darkness as the nocturnal wildlife gets going. Using a spotlight your guide will scan the bush for eye-shine picking out some great action.
Location & directions
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Located in the remote, southern part of the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Kuyenda Bush Camp is situated on the banks of the (dry) Manzi River.