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Mwamba Bush Camp

Luangwa Valley

Rating: Deluxe    

Mwamba Bush Camp overview

Owner managed and run by Shenton Safaris, Mwamba Bush Camp is set on the banks of the Mwamba River, a tributary of the Luangwa and enjoys views of perennial waterholes. The 3 reed and thatch en-suite chalets are uniquely designed with two large skylights (protected by mosquito gauze) allowing you to experience sleeping under the stars. They also have solar lighting, flush toilets and bucket showers. Mwamba provides back-to-nature simplicity with essential comforts.

Meals are served in the bush-style dining/bar area or chitenje, set under the deep shade of huge ebony trees. A spectacular sunset viewing-point on top of a large termite mound (the anthill lookout) and a glowing campfire under the stars complete the camp's friendly and personal atmosphere.

Shenton Safaris are long established in the Luangwa valley. Derek Shenton and his team of guides are able to combine their skills and intimate knowledge of the area to provide exciting safari walks and game drives, while his wife Jules and her team of attentive staff take care of all your comforts in camp. 

Fly camping can be enjoyed while at Mwamba Camp. This involves a game drive and walking safari to a remote location, where dinner is prepared before a night spent beneath the stars - a true bush experience. This needs to be booked in advance.


Open: Mwamba Bush Camp is open 20th May to 31st October each year.

Location: Mwamba Bush Camp is in a remote location the banks of the Mwamba River in South Luangwa National Park. It is often teamed with its sister camp, Kaingo, which is a 3-hour bushwalk or a 20-minute drive away.

Rooms: There are 3 chalets built of reed and thatch with 2 skylights set high into the roof. They have large outdoor bathrooms with hot bucket showers and flush toilets. The bathrooms are enclosed by tall reed walls. There is storage space and a lockable box for valuables.

Activities: The camp offers 3 game viewing activities per day, in the early morning, at midday and in the late afternoon. Activities include game drives, night drives, walking safaris and watching wildlife from hides.

Facilities: The main lounge and dining area, or chitenge, is spacious, set beneath tall ebony trees. There are chairs and a sofa and lots of books and some board games. The chitenge includes a small bar area. Meals are served in the chitenge or under a thatched gazebo by the river. The camp offers a laundry service.

Dining: Meals are taken communally.

Children: Children over the age of 8 are welcome. It should be noted that Mwamba is not fenced and children must be kept under supervision at all times.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is no internet access.

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client reviews

Mr Brian Gallop


Doctor Caroline Russell
"Wonderful food magical lying in bed looking up at the stars"
Jeff Webster
"Brent our host was a mine of information of life in the bush and clearly it was a great passion of his to live life away from the bustle of civilisation. Three wonderful days in his company."
Jenny Cox
"As above comments for Kaingo Camp. We consider ourselves very very lucky to have stayed at these two camps. Special thanks to Debs, Meyam and Gideon at Mwamba and to Izzy, Ian, Patrick, Kennedy and Charles at Kaingo. Thank you all so very much for making our stay with you so special."
Jenny Cox
"Patrick and Brent at Mwamba were fabulous. Patrick seems to be able to magic leopards from everywhere and after eight years of looking I finally saw honey badgers - and not just one, we saw six of them over three days! Leopards, elephants, lions - you name it we saw it. Wonderful place, wonderful people. The night of sharing dinner with Jerry the elephant will live with me forever - and Brent was fantastic at handling the situation .. at no time did we ever feel in danger (indeed, we all continued to sit at the dinner table!!)"

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