Posted by: wildsidezambia | February 4, 2011

Mama Out of Africa

She started her adventurous life as an overland safari bus from Germany to Kenya, built by Peter himself,  and did Gorilla Tours to Uganda in the early 80’s.  She then served as a dressing caravan for Meryl Streep and Robert Redford during the filming of the world famous movie Out Of Africa. She was converted to the ‘Okavango Mama’, running trips from Victoria Falls to Windhoek via the Okavango. And now she has found a permanent resting spot as  part of the exquisite thatched ‘Mama Out of Africa’ accommodation on the banks of the Zambezi on Kayube Estates.

Mama’s beautiful thatched roof (photo Karien Kermer)

The ‘Mama’ sleeps two or four and has a cool covered deck upstairs overlooking the Zambezi. There is a large outside bathroom and a cosy seating area. It is perfect for a romantic getaway-from-it-all.

'The Mama' seen from the Zambezi

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  1. Unbelievably beautiful and romantic…!! We are looking at grey skies in Europe and it is windy and cold outside… What a lovely idea to actually make that trip to Zambia and spend the most exquisite Valentine’s weekend ever in this ‘Out of This World’ – “Mama”…. The Out of Africa overland safari bus nearby … I would really feel like Meryl Streep and my husband can be Robert Redford for a while….

  2. If you like some romance, it does not have to be the 14th of Feb, does it?

    Extremely unromantic but on Valentines day the ‘Out of this world’ Mama will be occupied by three Dutch ladies.

    They all might be looking for Robert Redford, allthough he must be getting on a bit himself

  3. Mama Out of Africa and Adventures in Zambia are a great combination. I recently spent a few wonderful days with my daughter in the Mama and we shared some fantastic experiences, exploring the sights and sounds of Livingstone & area.

    It was our first time in Zambia and it surpassed all our expectations in terms of the sheer beauty of the country and the friendliness of the people. There is so much to see & do – highlights were the trip to Livingstone Island and peeping over the top of Victoria Falls, rafting on the Zambezi, a sunset river cruise and a game drive in the small but beautiful National Park. The gin & tonics weren’t bad either!!

    • Thanks Peter! You were one of the first people to stay there and it’s great to hear that you and your daughter enjoyed it so much.

  4. what an unforgetable week we had at the Mama and in Zambia. This is a once in a lifetime experience. Karien, Peter and Monene, thank you for this special week in a special house.
    Berdien and Alice

  5. It sounds like a beautiful place to stay, this Mama… Isn’t it time we started to make some plans for the near future to experience this for ourselves…?! I do think so..

  6. I can recommend this accomodation to everyone. It is inspiring to stay there – it doesn’t get any better.

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