Mwaleshi Camp is one of the most remote and secluded camps in Zambia. It is one of only a handful of camps in the little-known North Luangwa National Park, one of the most untouched wildlife sanctuaries in Africa.
This comfortable bush camp consists of four double grass and pole chalets with en suite facilities. The chalets are set well apart and each has a scenic view of the Mwaleshi River, a clear stream feeding the Luangwa River. There is no electricity in camp and lighting is provided by solar storm lanterns. The bar and dining area overlooks the river. The camp is located at the heart of an area legendary for its abundant wildlife and in particular large populations of lion and vast herds of buffalo.
The remoteness is enhanced by the lack of roads and game viewing is conducted on foot, accompanied by a highly skilled and experienced guide and an armed escort scout. Guests should not expect to see as much game as they would at camps offering game drives, but the game encounters here are more intimate, and the sense of wilderness unrivalled. Walking safaris generally last 3-4 hours, including a stop for refreshments, and sleep outs can be arranged for those staying 4 nights or more. All in all, this is a perfect location for those seeking a true wilderness experience.
Open: 15 June to 31 October each year.
Location: Deep in the heart of the North Luangwa Park, 10km from the Mwaleshi and Luangwa River confluence. The airstrip is a 10 minute drive from the camp, and the flight from Tafika takes about 30 muinutes and from Mfuwe takes around 40 minutes.
Rooms: 4 en-suite chalets, 2 twins and 2 doubles, made from local materials (reed, wood and thatch). Staff provide hot water for the shower, and there are portable fans to keep the rooms cool. These chalets are re-built every year. The camp can accommodate a maximum of 6 guests.
Activities: Guided walking safaris with a guide and an armed national park scout are the main activity supplemented by birdwatching and visits to Mwaleshi Falls.
Facilities: A cosy lounge and bar area makes up the central part of the camp, and there is a seating area by the river. There are battery charging facilities. The camp provides a daily laundry service. Camp outs by the Mwaleshi River are available for people booking 4 nights or more, and include dinner and breakfast, and sleeping on bedding set beneath a large mosquito net. This can be booked in advance of travel or arranged locally, subject to availability.
Dining: Meals are served in the thatched dining area or under the stars and are usually eaten together as a group.
Children: The camp accepts children 12 years of age and over. As the camp is unfenced, children need to be supervised at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is very limited mobile reception, no direct phone or fax and no internet.
This camp actively supports the anti-poaching work of the North Luangwa Conservation Project. This includes funding radios at Chibindi Scout Camp and providing a boat to help the anti-poaching patrols. The owner has flown hundreds of hours in a microlight on anti-poaching surveillance.
"We were looked after very well. This camp is situated in North Luangwa where the emphasis is on walking. Alex was our guide and host combined and was top class in both respects. His knowledge of the bush and its wildlife,whether large or very small, was outstanding and as a former teacher he was able to explain the interaction in understandable language."