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Mwamba Bush Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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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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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