Mchenja, South Luangwa: The Lowdown

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Tucked between towering ebony trees and the Luangwa River, lovely Mchenja strikes the perfect balance between the rustic bush camps that are typical of the South Luangwa, and something a little more luxurious. The thing we adore about Mchenja is the totally end of the world feel- there’s no wifi or phone reception, just you, a handful of other guests, and the elephants wandering through camp.

What’s Mchenja really like?

Mchenja has just four tented chalets, and one chalet for family safaris, with two interconnecting rooms. Windows in all of the camps are large to take in as much of the view (and the passing wildlife) as possible, and there’s a gorgeous traditional tub to wallow in at the end of a dusty day on safari. There’s also a small pool, which provides a refreshing break from the heat during the summer months, and the main part of the lodge, where you’ll share fresh and delicious communal meals each day.

What can I do at Mchenja?

Activities from Mchenja focus on game drives and walking safaris. Night drives in the South Luangwa have long been an excellent opportunity to try to spot leopard, and many of the great walking safari pioneers have guided in the South Luangwa. While we’d never pretend that a walking safari is the best way to see big game up close, it is a fantastic way to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness that you’d easily miss from a vehicle. For an extra fee, we’d also heartily recommend the sleepout here- this is not an activity for the faint hearted- you sleep out under a mosquito net only. However, for stars that you will never forget this is a difficult experience to beat.

Giving back at Mchenja: 

The owners of Mchenja support a wide range of education programmes, believing fervently that uplifting the local community and protecting the wildlife come hand in hand. They support outreach educational and medical programmes for children with special needs, improving academic performance for girls to enter secondary school, sponsoring children in secondary school, and supporting anti-poaching and wildlife education around the park.

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