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Mwamba Bush Camp

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8/10

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Highlights

- Secluded, intimate camp
- Exceptional guiding
- Fly-camping and ‘sleepouts’
- Wildlife in camp

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Overview

Mwamba Bushcamp is a small, exclusive camp situated in the remote bushland of South Luangwa National Park, eastern Zambia. The camp accommodates just eight guests in four rustic thatch and reed chalets, with unique skylights open to the stars. Guests can enjoy overnight fly-camping in a secluded bush location, or partake in ‘sleepouts’ on an elevated outdoor platform. Mwamba boasts great wildlife viewing in camp, with its own on-site hide overlooking a bustling waterhole. This is the area’s main water source, and accordingly attracts a constant and diverse clientele including elephant, leopard, buffalo, zebra, impala, puku, and the rare Cookson’s’ wildebeest, along with the local lion pride. Mwamba offers superb guiding and friendly hosting at the higher end of the price bracket, and will suit adventurous travellers seeking an authentic wilderness experience.

The camp’s main guest area is an open air ‘chitenge’ shaded by towering ebony trees, with sandy floors, comfy sofas, and a large communal dining table and bar. Outside is a lovely campfire area and lounge with views of the bush, perfect for sundowners. Nearby is the camp’s ‘last outpost’ hide, with splendid waterhole views. Mealtimes at Mwamba are communal, and preceded by atmospheric African drumming. Buffet breakfasts and lunches are the norm, with a three course evening meal served in the chitenge. The camp operates during the June to October dry season, and visitors in October should prepare for very high temperatures, at a time when wildlife density reaches its peak.

Three different activities are offered each day, including walking safaris and day and night game drives with highly experienced guides, plus time spent at one of the camp’s hides. Subject to prior arrangement, adventurous guests can experience overnight fly-camping in the National Park, or a ‘sleepout’ on a raised camping platform overlooking a savannah plain. Mwamba’s larger, riverside sister camp Kaingo is a three hour bushwalk or 20 minute drive away, and visitors regularly opt for a stay at both camps.

Accommodation comprises four generous thatched chalets with solar lighting and simple but stylish interiors, featuring king or twin beds fitted with mosquito nets, and rustic wooden furniture. Each chalet has a spacious ensuite bathroom with washbasin, flush WC, and traditional hot water bucket showers. The ceilings are fitted with a gauze skylight to give the effect of sleeping in the open. Outside is a private veranda with seating and views of the bush.

Children over 12 years of age are welcome in camp, with younger guests accommodated when the whole camp is booked for exclusive group use. Note there is a minimum age restriction of 12 years for walking safaris. Mwamba does not offer a child specific programme or family unit, and may be more suited to families with older children. Note that the camp is unfenced and wild animals do regularly wander through; parents are therefore reminded that children should be supervised at all times.

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Average Rating

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(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • 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

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