Mwamba: The Lowdown

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In a park that’s noted for its exceptional bush camps, Mwamba is a star. This ultra-wild, ultra-rustic camp is ideal for those who want the quintessential South Luangwa safari.

What’s Mwamba like?

Our guests who travel out to Mwamba are seeking an authentic bush camp, and in this it delivers in spades. There are just four reed and thatch chalets so your stay here is a truly personal one, and as close to the wild as possible. Don’t be surprised if you hear the whoop of hyena in the night or see leopard prints when you wake up in the early mornings. Mwamba is re-built each year anew, so chalets are made of reed walls, with mud floors and thatched roofs that include skylights so you can look out at the stars. Lit by solar lanterns, the rooms have open air bathrooms with flushing loos and bucket showers hanging from the trees. If you have never experienced the magic of showering in the open air, this is a huge treat. The main part of the camp is equally wild and equally splendid- largely open to the skies save the shade provided by the huge ebony tree it’s built around. Here you’ll eat your meals- fresh and delicious food- and discuss your adventures around the campfire in the evening.

What can I do at Mwamba?

Mwamba’s around three hour’s drive from Mfuwe Airport, so chances are, you’ll have seen a good amount of game before you even arrive here. However, once you arrive, game drives from camp are often excellent- the area around Mwamba is especially good lion country. We should mention that Mwamba is a particularly good camp for photographers and as well as bean bags and dust covers in the game drive vehicles, there are several excellent hides here. No safari to the South Luangwa would be complete without a walking safari, and if Mwamba isn’t wild enough for you  the camp can also arrange fly- camping or a night in the Nyumbu Star bed- utter magic.

Giving back at Mwamba: As such a wild and simple bush camp, powered largely by the sun, Mwamba’s footprint on the South Luangwa is minimal, but the camp does much to make sure the local community sees the benefits of tourism. They’re founding members of Project Luangwa which helps to fund educational and community projects in the villages which surround the South Luangwa. There are far too many to list here, but projects have included building classrooms and libraries, funding teachers, building desks, funding wheelchairs- the list goes on!

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