In the shade of a grove of trees near the Manzi River lies Kuyenda, a classic African bushcamp.
As a quintessential bush camp, the accommodations are rebuilt each season. Four chalets are constructed as a cozy, circular grass rondavel, a circular hut, with panoramic windows looking out onto the plains and game that wander through camp. Three of the chalets have two queen beds and one has a king-sized bed. Paraffin lamps and mosquito netting add to the authentic feel of the rooms. An open-air bathroom features twin vanities, a flush toilet, and a large safari drum shower.
As one of the many tributaries of the mightier Luangwa River, the Manzi waters the surrounding plains and attracts a diversity of wildlife. The camp is ideally located in South Luangwa National Park, a world-famous wildlife haven centers around the Luangwa River. The Muchinga Escarpment forms the park’s western and northwestern boundaries, sloping steeply down to the river from the west side. The river valley, continued to the west by the Lunsemfwa River valley, forms a natural barrier, and to this day there are no man-made roads spanning the valley. The Park enjoys a dense animal population including Impalas, pukus, waterbucks, giraffes, and buffaloes grazing on the plains. A high number of leopards stalk the dense woodlands, while herds of elephant wade through the marshes and hippos play in the Luangwa River. There are about 400 bird species recorded in the Park.