McBride's Camp, Kafue National Park, Zambia

I spent almost a week at McBride's Camp, in 2019, in the marvellous company of Chris and Charlotte. As a quiet, rustic wilderness retreat with plenty to see and do, I loved every minute of my stay.

Situated on the bank of the Kafue River, in the heart of the vast Kafue National Park, you really do feel like you are truly in the wilderness, but the food is great and the beer is always cold. The hosts are gracious and accommodating, yet the place has that simple family-run atmosphere that can be quite charming. Our little bungalows were nicely furnished and the bathrooms functional.

I'm a bit of a sucker for riverside locations and just love to get out on a boat and drift on the river. It is a great way to look for birds and see crocodiles and hippos from a low-level vantage point while still being able to relax with a drink if you prefer.

Back on land, despite the rains when we were there, we managed to see elephants, impala, puku, zebra, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, bush pig, bushbuck, genet, civet, mongoose and, best of all, a young leopard. The sunsets were magnificent and the thunderstorms equally large-scale. You can hear lions calling in the night and may be lucky enough to see them at any time.

I can't give it 10/10, because the road into the camp is long and a bit bumpy, but it really is a 9.5!

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