A rustic and authentic camp set on a normally dry riverbed, perfect for walking. Kuyenda Bush Camp is simple yet charming with a true back to nature feel. There are views stretching over the riverbed and nearby plain. Where there is plenty of wildlife to spot around camp making it an intimate safari experience.
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If you have ever dreamed of a private island with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, Mumbo will perfectly fulfil this dream. The views, simply put, are stunning. The chalets are perched atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the blue lake and you can see the small colourful cichlid fish from your room! Whilst the rooms are rustic with a focus on eco-friendly construction, you have your own Robinson Crusoe style chalet with a comfy bed, en-suite bathroom with bucket shower and long drop loos. All in all, the perfect island escape!
Forget gold taps and WiFi get back to the classic African bush camp at Kuyenda. Built new each season, the four rooms are simple yet comfortable thatch rondavels with large beds, mosquito nets and a few simple furnishings. There is also an open en-suite bathroom with large safari shower and flushing toilets. With panoramic views of the surrounding bush you can watch as the game ambles by camp.
Staying at Kuyenda is much more like visiting family than staying in a lodge. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere is mirrored in the kitchen with great home cooked food. From hearty porridge in the morning before you head off to huge buffets of salads, pies, quiches, pastas and fresh fruit. In the evening, you have a 3 course meal which is both filling and tasty.
LOW Season: 1 Nov – 15 Nov
MID Season: 1 – 30 Jun & 1 – 31 Oct
HIGH Season: 1 Jul – 30 Sep
CLOSED: 16 Nov – 31 May
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation.
I visited 3 of the bushcamps during this trip and this was easily my favourite . More rustic and intimate than the others. Impeccable guiding and hosting from Susio, Jacob, Boniface, Aaron and the rest of the boys. Lovely wee chalets in a pretty setting . Excellent food. Excellent wildlife and activities . I was woken in the middle of the night by Ginger the lion roaring loudly outside the chalet #safariproblems. My husband got his torch out and we could see Ginger from our bed!
Kuyenda is a traditional bush camp but with all the comforts you could need and want in the bush. The huts are well appointed, big and airy, with large comfy beds and outdoor bathroom (connected to the room and safely closed up). When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you see are the amazing colors of dawn. Jacob is a great host, catering to all your needs and Susio is an enthusiastic and very competent guide. It was a pleasure to be with both.
We stayed at Kuyenda after 3 nights at one of the other Bush camps. It is very different from Kapamba but hardly ‘basic’. The only element that could be construed as basic is the lack of hot running water but given 20 minutes notice they will prepare hot water for showers. The camp itself is beautifully set up and the dining/relaxing area is really lovely and very romantic. The food is delicious and the staff generally really make sure they listen to your requests and will fulfil them.
We stayed at Kuyenda Bushcamp in June for a couple of nights. It was magic, the service provided by the staff was first rate and the setting was spectacular. Early morning and late afternoon game drives which included sundowners as the sun set in the African plain, make your own pizzas in a wood fired oven, and dinner under the stars were experiences that we will never forget.