Kuyenda Bushcamp

A charming and rustic camp that offers a true taste of the African bush.

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There's something undeniably special about Kuyenda. Set beneath shady trees by the Manzi River, it may be the simplest of our camps but Kuyenda embodies the authentic charm of old Africa with its cluster of traditional thatched grass huts and back-to-nature feel. As for the wildlife, you hardly need look for it as it will come to you. Settle down in the lounge and look out over the rippling grasses of the neighbouring plain where the drama of the African wilderness is played out each day. Kuyenda's intimate atmosphere is only enhanced by the extraordinary couple who regularly run the camp - the ever-hospitable Babette Alfieri and Phil Berry, one of Zambia's most experienced naturalists. No one knows Kuyenda like they do, and no-one will make you feel more welcome.

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One of Babettes beautiful table decorations
Phil and Babette - your hosts at Kuyenda
A walk with Phil
The dining room at Kuyenda
One of Babettes delicious buffets
The dining room at Kuyenda
Kuyenda room on a full moon
Kuyenda room
Kuyenda room with one of the regulars


Forget infinity pools and wi-fi - Kuyenda is the quintessential classic African bushcamp, lovingly rebuilt each season. Your room is a simple but cosy grass rondavel (circular hut) complete with paraffin lanterns, swathes of mosquito netting and an open-air ensuite bathroom with a large 'safari' drum shower. From the panoramic windows you can look out onto the surrounding plains and the incredible game that frequently saunters through camp, day and night. With three twin-bedded rondavels (queen-size beds) and one double (king-sized bed) Kuyenda ideally takes six guests, however groups of eight are accepted. Kuyenda is open from June to November.

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Top of the list is a walking safari at Kuyenda Bushcamp. Whether you are looking at a leopard or a termite, with some of the South Luangwa's most diverse and breathtaking landscape situated around Kuyenda, you can guarantee that no two outings will ever be the same. To get even further afield, night game drives are also on offer.

The combination of classic and classy is a wonderful complement.


On the Manzi River, South Luangwa, Zambia (1 hour south of Mfuwe Lodge)
Open from June to November
Guided walking safaris; game drives (day and night); birdwatching
Children over 12 are welcome (under 12s welcome if a private camp is booked)
Solar power for lighting and battery charging facilities
4 thatched rondavels :
- 1 double (king-sized)
- 3 twins (2 queen-sized)
- ideal for groups of 6 or less
S 13°11.417' - E031°40.569'

Guest Comments

A lovely serene spot, like old Africa. You really feel you are here.

"Neither my daughter nor I will ever forget this trip and the variety and beauty of the bush - its smells, the light, the abundance of wildlife - and those stars at night! It really is a place that once you visit calls out to you."

- Daryl Grabarek & Ariana Revilla, USA

"The situation of the camp, its simplicity and the presence of elephant and buffalo within feet of our window at night was unforgettable. ....The surrounding bush was the most beautiful we had seen and the game amazing - a true Garden of Eden....To finish our safari here was perfect

Phil & Babette were charming hosts and their staff great. We were lucky enough to have Phil guide ... and it was the highlight of our trip."

- Mike & Sue Clark, UK

"We were full of pep and enthusiasm as Kuyenda was our first real adventure..Phil and Babette opened our eyes and our senses..the huts were fun...the food colorful and delicious...we felt 'at home' and yet we were far from our daily routines...we awoke with great expectancy!"

- Barnwell/Thomas Family, USA

"This is a very special place with very, very special people and we loved every minute of our 3 day stay....why did we not find this bit of paradise earlier?!"

- Graham & Catherine Chandler, UK