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Chimbwa 32101 Zambia
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Non-smoking hotel
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Chimbwa 32101 Zambia
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Frank W wrote a review Aug 2019
Middelaar3 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed 4 nights at Malama Umoyo and we liked this place a lot. The location of this camp is very nice on a bend of the river with a “house pod” of hippos always at hand. Animals are easily seen drinking at the river’s edge from the relaxing viewpoint between the 2 cottages. The cottages are well laid out with everything you may need: hot shower, lights, mosquito screens, terrace with tables, chairs and couch. We used the kitchen which was very convenient and had everything we needed to prepare our meals. Staff was attentive, friendly and insisted on doing our dishes. Our camper had starter motor problems and the owner Menno was extremely helpful in communicating with the rental company and getting our vehicle out of the bush. He could not have been more accommodating. Unfortunately we were only able to do 1 gamedrive in the area because of our vehicle breakdown, but it was apparent to us that this area sees VERY few tourists and does have a high density of wildlife. If you would like to experience a true wildlife safari away from the crowds, this is the place for you! Definitely would recommend Malama Umoyo for visits to South Luangwa NP.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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girlfromDC wrote a review Sep 2018
Washington DC39 contributions6 helpful votes
My story involves Evidence and Menno. These are people. And a hyena. But I’m getting ahead of myself. So let me start by talking about Malama Umoyo itself and our experience there: Our group of 6 consisted of 4 adults and 2 kids (8 and 12). We booked both cottages and traveled with a seasoned guide who drove us and with a chef. We opted to be driven because we all are used to driving on the right side of the streets in the US and in Zambia they drive on the left. Menno, the owner, accommodated the chef in the staff quarters and our brave guide set up a tent and cot nearby. The cottages were lovely, airy, clean, comfortable, and have the perfect decor for an escape in Africa. There were mosquito nets for each (the cottages each have 2 bedrooms) and the showers were super hot and just right. At night we heard the hippos in the river about 50 yards away, and other animals joined the chorus - lions, hyenas, birds... I was truly immersed in nature yet I felt safe. Menno’s hospitality was unparalleled - he answered all of our questions and was helpful, yet he gave us space and our privacy so we could enjoy our serene surroundings. We dined on the veranda of our cottage and we had drinks in the summer hut (and my sister hogged the hammock), watched the sunset over the river to the symphony of hippos. So the place is gorgeous and affordable and fantastic - go already! Got it? Now back to the other story. It’s a long one that I’ve failed to summarize: So Evidence (a person, keep up) drove us to Malama Umoyo. Well, almost. He used a route that ended us up in a dry river bed. At night. In South Luangwa Game Park. The most inhabited National Park in the country. So the 4x4, for some reason like it was too steep, I don’t know, couldn’t make it out of the river bed. Gears were changed, pedals were pushed, fingers were crossed. Nada. Evidence couldn’t get us out of this one. Meanwhile, some people, who shall remain nameless, were either being backseat drivers or coming up with pessimistic scenarios. The rest played Beyoncé. Nothing like hearing about Becky with the good hair while stuck in a river bed. Anyway, Evidence volunteered to walk out to get help and of course we didn’t let him. We know this movie, and it’s always the black guy who gets killed first. So we got out “the adults,” to push. As Evidence looked around and told us river beds are elephant territory. We pushed, and pushed, and pushed, and the car sunk deeper into river sand. FYI, that’s some slippery stuff. I tried not to think about sinking sand and rationalized that sinking sand couldn’t be in a dry river bed. So Menno. Yeah that person, ‘member him? Well he’s Dutch. This feels like it should segue into a joke about the Dutch guy and the guy named Evidence and the Americans in the river bed... will ponder on that later. So back to the scene, at night, river bed, National Park. Guess what, we had cell phone service! In the riverbed! In the National Park! So we call Menno and ask “where you at my n...” ok not that exactly that, but we told him where we are and he said he’d come get us. No one asked him when exactly, because, TIA (this is Africa). At this point we play Toto’s “Africa” because that’s what you do. At night, in a river bed, in a National Park, where elephants walk. My sister is livid at this point, mainly at Evidence because he took the wrong turn (Menno told us that) and at us playing “annoying” music. Lol. We played it still. I love my niece, she gets me. And then... Menno arrives! I swear I will never crack jokes about Dutch people again (I said this to Menno as I greeted him with a sweaty hug). So Menno assessed the situ and like a hero in those jungle movies the White Man saved us! He towed us out of that river bed, never mind the detail about the bumper being ripped (Mitsubishi 4x4s are basically plastic), and out of the river bed we went. My sister promptly dumped us all and rode with Menno because we play Beyoncé and Toto and take wrong turns. So in a convoy we went, in the right direction this time. Then bubble bubble pop and car stops. At night. In the National Park. Plastic car overheated. Aaargh! Playlist moved to Crystal Waters and some Madonna and Rihanna (of course). So all we can do is wait for the plastic to cool off. Again, we are warned when some of us went out to pee pure Jameson that elephants are in the area. As I casually walk back to the car Evidence produces evidence of actual elephants. Wait what? I saw at least 3 elephants right behind the plastic car where I’d just released Jameson and creatinine. Whaaaaat?! Stuff just got real. Back in the car I switched back to Formation and actually drank straight from the Jameson bottle. An hour later, after giving Menno a beer as he, my hubby, and Evidence convened around the open hood, the car started and off we went. As we drive, we are told that not only were there elephants behind the plastic car when we stopped, but a hyena as well. I can’t make this stuff up. I’m done. Story to be continued about our safari in reviews for other places and the car stopping in an area known for “unfriendly” lions. But that has nothing to do with Malama Umoyo. So here’s a pic of an animal I’d never seen in the wild until this trip (and I’ve been on at least 10 safaris). Lions are nice to see, but leopards are a big deal because they’re elusive. Say it with me: TIA.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled
dcpbowden wrote a review Jul 2018
Lusaka, Zambia1 contribution
Malama Umoyo is a little gem of a place for those looking for a self catering option out of the South Luangwa main tourist hub, Mfuwe. The two self contained family cottages have all you need for a family and are clean and extremely comfortable. The staff are friendly and help when help is needed, but know when to leave you alone as well. The cottages are just north of the Luamfwa sector of the park which has hardly any tourists, but a good road network for self drives. All in all, we loved it and highly recommend it to others who want a better 'bush' experience than Mfuwe.
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Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled
Sina B wrote a review Dec 2017
Schweinfurt, Germany87 contributions61 helpful votes
We spent an amazing time at malama umoyo. Menno and bis wife created a really amazing spot close to the South Luangwa Nationalpark (1h drive). The are really will experienced. In former times they run a lodge close to the South Luangwa Gate. So they know the whole area really well. Malama Umoyo is located in a very lovely, lonesome but awesome place/area. We travelled throught a lot of african countries. This place is one of the most beautiful places we've ever see. They've got two self-catering cottages. The cottages are big, well furnished, very clean and comfortable. You can can use a fully equipped kitchen-house. If you pay a 15$ fee you can use a fridge. We would advise to buy your food (especially meat and staff like that) in lusaka. We self-drived the whole way from Lusaka via Petauke to Chimbwa. We stopped at Chimwemwe Lodge (camping in our roof-top-tent at our car). From Petauke it took us 7 hours (slowly drive) to Malama Umoyo. The roads are not as rough. In Petauke you can get petrol and some goods like vegetables and soda. Malama Umoyo is situated directly at the Luangwa river. You can do a lot of self-game-drives close to the river in a magical scenery. Menno advised us lots of self-driving opportunities. Summarising Menno and his wife are great and helpful hosts. We spent a really create and magical time (three nights) in Malama Umoyo and we would really like to advise you to rest at this peaceful, natureful, best-viewing-river-place.
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Travelled
Angora119 wrote a review Dec 2017
Greyton, South Africa28 contributions4 helpful votes
We loved our stay with Menno and his team. The 2 hour drive from Mfuwe was amazing and we saw lots of game en route, huge Mopane cathedral forests, lakes and best of all .... absolutely no other traffic. Malama is set on the river jut a hop from the southern entrance to the park. This end of the park is where you really get to be in the bush with no other tourist cars anywhere nearby. A visit to Chief Malama's village nearby is a must and also stop off at the undeveloped hot springs in the area. The cottages are downplayed luxury - nothing over the top but Lux nevertheless. The food prepared the local way by the staff over a fire was excellent as was the total peace of the area. The route to Petauke from here is a 4x4 that we hear would be very exciting so next time maybe. We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: July 2017
Trip type: Travelled
ZambiaEastern ProvinceChimbwa
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What are some of the property amenities at Malama Umoyo Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Malama Umoyo Cottages?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Malama Umoyo Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Malama Umoyo Cottages have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Malama Umoyo Cottages offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Malama Umoyo Cottages have airport transportation?
Yes, Malama Umoyo Cottages offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Malama Umoyo Cottages located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Chimbwa.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Malama Umoyo Cottages?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, and Indonesian.