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Mwaleshi Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Secluded wilderness location
- Intimate, authentic camp
- Excellent walking terrain

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Overview

Mwaleshi Camp is an intimate, secluded bush camp on a scenic bend of the Mwaleshi River in north eastern Zambia’s remote North Luangwa National Park. This rustic camp offers an authentic wilderness retreat with excellent guiding to just eight guests in four chalets with open air bathrooms and superb waterside views. With few roads and limited accommodation, North Luangwa National Park remains relatively unexplored by tourism, yet the area is home to abundant numbers of lion, buffalo, elephant, baboon and Cookson’s wildebeest. A 15 minute drive from Mwaleshi airstrip, the camp operates during the peak June to October dry season. Visitors during October should come prepared for extremely high temperatures, at a time when wildlife is at its most prolific.

The camp’s main area or ‘chitenge’ is a thatched, open-sided structure. Guest spaces comprise a comfy lounge and bar, a small library and a communal dining area, all with wonderful river views. Outside is a lovely campfire area with seating, plus a number of loungers by the water’s edge, perfect for relaxation.

Activities focus on guided walks along existing animal trails, led twice daily with very experienced guides and a National Park guard. The terrain is reasonably gentle and groups progress at a relaxed pace, often with a scenic picnic stop en route. The camp uses a drop-off vehicle to access walks in areas further afield, including Mwaleshi Falls.

The accommodation comprises four reed and thatch ensuite chalets, which are completely rebuilt using local materials at the start of each season. These airy chalets are open to the front with great river views, and feature simple, comfortable furnishings including double or twin beds draped with mosquito nets. Each unit has solar lighting and a traditional open-air bathroom with flush WC, basin, and shower. Battery charging is available in the main area, but due to its remote location the camp does not provide mobile phone reception.

Children over 12 years of age are most welcome. As there is no designated children’s programme, the camp may be best suited to adventurous families with a keen interest in wildlife and the outdoors. The camp is open to the bush and the river, and wildlife does wander through. Although it is unlikely that animals would approach chalets or people, parents are reminded that children should be supervised at all times.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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