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Mchenja Bush Camp

Luangwa Valley

Rating: Deluxe    

Mchenja Bush Camp overview

Mchenja Bush Camp is a seasonal camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. It is named after the ebony ('mchenja' in the local dialect) trees that surrounf it. Five stylishly-designed walk in safari tents overlook the river and nestle under a grove of ancient ebony trees - Mchenja means ebony tree. Each tent has an en-suite shower and inside bath. 

There is a main area is under thatch and houses the bar and lounge, although most meals are enjoyed under the canopy of the magnificent trees outside. The camp has a plunge pool, alongside the bar and lounge areas, where guests can relax.

Game drives and walking safaris are offered. The latter are not strenuous, generally lasting between 3 and 5 hours and are led by a fully qualified guide.


Open:  Mchenja Bush Camp is open from mid-May till early November each year. It is owned and run by Norman Carr Safaris (NCS).

Location: The camp is in South Luangwa National Park, situated on the banks of the Luangwa River, about a 2 hour game-viewing drive from Mfuwe airport.  

Rooms: There are 5 tents, octagonal in shape, all with en-suite bathrooms with shower, hand basin and flush toilet all open to the air and including a full size bathtub overlooking the river.

Activities: There is a choice of game drives, including night drives, and walking safaris at Mchenja. This is a good area for bird watching, too, with species including the colourful carmine bee eaters. A stay at Mchenja combines well with other NCS properties.  

Facilities:  There’s a chitenje (communal area) has been constructed around old ebony trees, with plenty of sofas and chairs, a library of reference books, dining area and a bar. Outside there’s a deck and a plunge pool.  

Dining:  Meals are eaten communally, with breakfast by the river, brunch usually eaten in the chitemje and dinner out in the open within sight of the river. Private meals can be arranged on request.

Children: Children aged 12 years and over are welcome, though there are no special activities for children. The camp is unfenced so children need to be kept under supervision at all times.

Health:  This is a malarial area.

Communication:  There is no Wi-Fi internet access or mobile coverage. Mchenja Bush Camp is in radio contact with the other NCS camps and the main lodge, Kapani.   

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Marion Watson

"A wonderful location and accommodation. Guiding and management here were first-class."

Tracy Edwards, Tribes
"This is the more luxury of the Norman Carr bushcamps with a small plunge pool to cool off in the summer months. The camp is located right on the banks of the Luangwa River and hippo pods can be heard throughout the day and night. With only 4 rooms, the experience here is friendly and intimate with a very personal service. Wonderful food too!

Julie Croucher, Tribes
"Of all the Norman Carr bush camps this was my favourite - the huge luxury tents are superb.  It's also in a great location on the river.  I walked from here to Kaingo, so you could combine these camps or if you are combining Mchenga with another NCS camp, then one of the more rustic inland camps such as Luwi or Nsolo would probably be good as Kakuli is not a million miles away in terms of location and siting to Mchenja."



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