Malama Umoyo Cottages

Malama Umoyo Cottages

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Malama Umoyo offers a truly unique experience - unrivalled peace and tranquility yet only 40km from the small town of Mfuwe and its airport. We are just 8km from the Lusangazi gate giving you access to the South Luangwa National Park - home to a huge variety of game and world famous for the quality of its ‘walking safaris’. Choose from a fully-catered or self-catering holiday in this secluded bush camp and relax on your own spacious veranda or enjoy a sundowner on our spectacular wooden viewing deck as the sun sets over the river. Malama Umoyo is perfect for families, couples and independent travellers.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Fishing
Walking tours
Babysitting
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Concierge
Paid wifi
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Sun terrace
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Bottled water
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Great View
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English, French, Dutch, German and 2 more

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Chimbwa 32101 Zambia
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Mfuwe Airport
36.2 km
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Jon W wrote a review Sept 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely secluded and wild spot on a bend in the Luangwa river. Very comfortable cottages, well maintained. We went self catering and the chef we hired cooked some very nice meals. Excellent hosts who could not do enough for you, thank you Kevin and Ruth! Did a walking safari from the camp and night drive. Only consideration I would say is there needs to be better refrigeration / freezer facilities as the gas freezer we had to use did struggle to keep food items and drinks cold. But other than that, it is a beautiful place and we’ll worth a visit! Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Geedsen wrote a review Oct 2017
Diepenheim, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We wanted to have something different than the usual luxury lodges. We wanted more freedom, taking care of ourselves for a moment. And this turned out to be just the place. The cottages are really nice and comfortable and well decorated. It is very quiet , you hear only the sound of the bush and the river (hippos) that flows just in front of the cottages. There is staff to help you out with cleaning (room and dishes). Do make sure you have all the food and drinks for your whole stay, as going shopping is a drive of several hours. We stayed three nights. If we had not booked our next stop we certainly would have stayed a bit longer.
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Date of stay: September 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Joyannekim wrote a review Sept 2017
Hoedspruit, South Africa
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My parents and I stayed at Malama Umoyo for three nights in September 2017. Before our arrival the owners had sent us numerous messages with information about the area, activities we could partake in, what we could expect and what we needed to bring. All our questions were answered and they helped us with everything we needed/requested. On arrival the set up was better than we could have imagined! Quiet, private, relaxed, clean, stunning views, surrounded by wildlife, friendly staff and free to do and to go where we wanted, when we wanted. Very nice cottages with a true African design, a lovely kitchen, braai area, and a wonderful lounge area with an amazing view on the river. We were seeking a place away from the busy tourism area, where we would not come across any other vehicles and where we could plan our days without any obligations. We found exactly that and more at Malama Umoyo. I would recommend this to all who are keen for a true African self-catering bush experience. Our private guide Nicholas, whom we had booked for a full day safari in the national park, showed the unspoiled wilderness of South Luangwa where we came across lion, elephant, giraffe and plenty of other game. We did not come across any other vehicles on our 10 hour trip, fantastic!!
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ilsevw wrote a review Sept 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a very enjoyable three night stay at Malama in one of the cottages (Eve). The cottages are well-equipped and comfortable, and is set in the bush - you feel as if you are on your own and not sharing a spot with anyone else. The cottage has amazing views across the river .., especially at sunset! The cottages share a "kitchen" unit (Apple)and a braai spot and a chill spot called Eden. Two very helpful attendants make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Game drives are done in a less developed section of South Luangwa park and sightings were very good. The owner and staff offered good advice of where to go and help when we needed it. Would recommend a stay here!
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Date of stay: August 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Both cottages are great but would recommend Eve
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Marc S wrote a review Jul 2017
Mill Valley, California
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed for 2 short days & nights with my 3 teenage sons and really enjoyed everything about it. It is a very small camp in the very southern part of Luangwa - AWAY from the crowds around Mfuwe!!!
The cottages are very comfortable and very well appointed with thoughtful features like charging, solar lighting and Uber cozy beds. That's really all you need.
The camp is located right on the scenic luangwa river and Wildlife is plentiful and comes through at all hours. A huge hippo pod right in front keeps one entertained all day.
The staff, mainly Chris will do anything to keep guests happy, including bringing them to his house for a real Zambian meal and a village tour.
The camp is self catering so bring adequate food and beverages. The kitchen has every possible food prep item you could possibly need.
I would highly recommend driving in from the south, via Petauke to see the beauty of rural African life. The road-track is rough and you'll need a good 4 wheel drive but it is very much worth it and something the typical Africa tourist doesn't experience.
The camp lacks a fire pit for some reason but the staff will make you a nice fire. Also bring good flashlights for walking between the chalets and kitchen area as nasty acacia bushes are all around.
A wonderful stay!!
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Esther B wrote a review Jul 2017
Leiden, The Netherlands
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If you love tranquility, peace ánd adventure, well, than this is the place to be!
Situated on a river bank with a magnificent view over the river filled with big fat hippos we spend wonderful days here in a cottage. Good beds!
Friendly staff who will help you anyway they can. We were amazed by all the wildlife we saw just on our doorstep and when traveling/driving around. All the bush noises in the evening and night ( hippos are só funny) all the encounters with wildlife and the most beautiful sunsets made our stay very special!
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Date of stay: June 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kate H wrote a review Aug 2022
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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What an amazing place this is. It's quite a drive from the nearest town/airport, Mfuwe, and once you arrive you really feel like you are in a different world. The peace, the sights, the sounds of Zambia embrace you and you can leave everything else behind. Kevin, Ruth and their team are fantastic hosts. Nothing was too much trouble and the food and extra services they provide are first class. Considering we were in the middle of the bush with no mains electricity the home-made cakes and three-course meals were superb. The cottages are really comfortable with very good shower rooms and private verandahs. Nothing can compare with being lulled to sleep by the hippos 'chuckling' to one another and the baboons wandering around foraging. We top and tailed our visit with stays at Njobvu Safaris in Mfuwe and Kevin and Ruth arranged for their guides to take us on the many safaris we enjoyed both there and at Malama Umoyo. We were complete novices and they advised us and looked after us so well. We had so many memorable experiences but, for us, the highlight was probably the early morning walking safari with our guide Byron explaining the many fascinating things that you can miss from the back of a jeep. From breakfasts at dawn to sundowners at the end of the day, sitting around the fire pit and the dinners by candlelight this was an unforgettable holiday - if there was a 'more than 5-stars' option that would be our verdict. Definitely hoping to go back one day!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: The guest cottages are all similar in size and comfort with incredible views. Whichever one you...
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Frank W wrote a review Aug 2019
Middelaar
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Sept 2018
Washington DC
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 with family
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dcpbowden wrote a review Jul 2018
Lusaka, Zambia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kate H wrote a tip Aug 2022
Liverpool, United Kingdom15 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The guest cottages are all similar in size and comfort with incredible views. Whichever one you stay in it won't be a disappointment."
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Ilsevw wrote a tip Sept 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa12 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Both cottages are great but would recommend Eve"
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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.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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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.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, and Indonesian.