Our Camp
Our Camp
Arriving at the camp, one is immediately struck by the profound peace of the wilderness. The main lodge, a charming fusion of rustic simplicity and organic opulence, invites with the warmth of a much-loved home. A whispering breeze, rich with the perfume of wild orchids and freshly baked bread from the lodge's hearth, entwines itself through the open dining area, adding an extra note of hospitality to this wild retreat. As dusk descends, the landscape transforms into a dreamy spectacle. The sky, a canvas dipped in resplendent shades of orange and purple, is mirrored in the shimmering surface of the Kafue River. Time holds its breath as one by one, stars prick the velvety night, transforming it into a glittering tapestry that stretches endlessly above.
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Our Activities
Our Activities
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Bird Watching
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Game Drive
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Days at McBrides are filled with the harmonious chorus of wildlife. A cacophony of birdsong punctuates the morning air, from the plaintive coos of emerald-spotted doves to the raucous calls of fish eagles, their piercing notes reaching crescendo just as the sun pierces the horizon. These melodies serve as the soundtrack to your dawn game drives. A herd of elephants, their skin the colour of the soil, their presence an embodiment of stately grace, amble across the papyrus-lined river banks. And not too far, a pride of lions lounge languidly, their golden eyes reflecting the fiery African sun. Afternoons are spent lazing in the shaded veranda, gazing at the Kafue River. Nile crocodiles bask in the sun, their ancient eyes keeping a vigil on the ebbing water, and every so often, the reeds rustle with the arrival of a curious hippo. Come evening, the campfire roars to life. The dancing flames cast long shadows as they flicker on the faces of fellow adventurers, creating a profound sense of camaraderie. Stories and laughter intermingle with the sizzle of locally sourced ingredients being transformed into sumptuous dishes – tender steaks, fresh bream fish, and seasonal vegetables grilled to perfection. Night in the camp brings a different kind of music – the hum of the cicadas, the whoop of the hyena, the growl of the resident leopard, all overlaid by the rhythmic lullaby of the Kafue River. The thatched lapa’s , cosy and comfortable, serve as the perfect haven to let these sounds of the wild lull you to sleep. Embodying Patrick Leigh-Fermor's advice, "Make sure you wake up every morning with a smile
Wonderful, authentic, comfortable camp in a stunning & remote location on the Kafue River. We spent 6 nights at McBride’s Camp in August 2023 and thoroughly enjoyed our time there and could easily have stayed longer. The staff were wonderful – a very friendly service and the food was outstanding. The guides were great too, professional and obviously very experienced. The chalets in the main camp are simple, but clean, nicely furnished and comfortable, and the location next to the Kafue River is just superb for wildlife and birdwatching. We had lions, leopard, elephant, hippos around camp most nights and saw a good variety of birds and mammals on the game drives. The birding around camp is excellent. We are experienced nature travellers and have stayed in many places around the world in national parks & on private reserves and this has to be one of our favourite spots for feeling like you are in the ‘wild’ – the combination of being somewhere quite remote and away from the crowds, with plenty of wildlife, comfortable rooms, genuine and friendly staff is quite special.
Marc Anderson
Marc Anderson Wild Ambience - Sydney, Australia