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Mwaleshi Camp

Seclusion in the wilds of North Luangwa

Mwaleshi Camp

In the heart of the North Luangwa National Park, 10km from the Mwaleshi and Luangwa river confluence, Mwaleshi Camp offers the isolation and superb game viewing opportunities of a true bush camp. Enjoy the freedom of Africa’s vastness on foot in an area where huge herds of buffalo, endemic Cooksoon’s wildebeest and majestic prides of lion abound. And do it all in the company of guides who know every hidden corner and understand the land like no-one else. At Mwaleshi, it’s you and the wildlife, just as it should be.

At the lodge

The hotel

Simple and unpretentious yet extremely comfortable, the buildings at Mwaleshi are constructed afresh every year, keeping them fresh and light. The main chitenge, overlooking the dry riverbed, is exactly that and a delightful place to relax. There’s a polished bar in one corner as well armchairs covered in funky local fabrics and a good library of nature books to consult after a day’s adventure. Meals are served at a lovely old wooden dining table under the thatch.

The rooms

With only 4 chalets, the camp’s exclusivity remains at the centre of its attention. The reed huts are built around the twisted branches of mopane trees and although simple, cover all essentials with even a self-charging torch included. The en-suite bathrooms are all open-air with soft, sandy floors and are the ultimate in barefoot simplicity. Hot water for the sink is provided through a hatch in the morning and for the shower, on request at any time.

On safari

Experiences

Game viewing – and bird watching – is exceptional at Mwaleshi. Walking safaris are the main activity and there is a high chance of bumping into the area’s big game on foot whilst also making time for the smaller creatures and all the different habitats. A vehicle is based at camps for longer explorations if required, but game drives are certainly not what this camp is all about.

When to go

North Luangwa by month

January

Season: Wet
  • This region is inaccessible during this month.

February

Season: Wet
  • This region is inaccessible during this month.

March

Season: Wet
  • This region is inaccessible during this month.

April

Season: Wet
  • This region is inaccessible during this month.

May

Season: Dry
  • This region is inaccessible during this month.

June

Season: Dry
  • Day temperatures begin to cool with the onset of the dry season, rain is unlikely.
  • Game viewing can be difficult with grasses still long and wildlife still spread out over a large area.
  • Walking season is kicking off with ideal walking weather.
  • No matter what the season the intimacy of this park just cant be beat.

July

Season: Dry
  • Day temperatures are hot but comfortable with little to no chance of rain.
  • As the grasses shorten with the onset of the dry season, game viewing begins to improve with wildlife congregating around the permanent water sources.
  • A wonderful time of year for safari with ideal conditions under foot, providing a comfortable walking experience.
  • A uniquely intimate wildlife experience with little to no chance of seeing other guests during your safari explorations.

August

Season: Dry
  • Day temperatures are hot but comfortable with little to no chance of rain.
  • Conditions are steadily approaching their game viewing peak, with wildlife congregating along the Mwaleshi and Luangwa Rivers.
  • Conditions are prime for a walking safari with ideal weather and the grasses short.
  • Even during its peak season, this national park remains intimate providing an undisturbed encounter with its resident wildlife.

September

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high with relative humidity, there is little chance of rain.
  • Game viewing is at its best with vegetation thin and wildlife seen in dense numbers along the Luangwa and Mwaleshi River banks.
  • A month of exceptional walking awaits in this month, with conditions ideal for on foot encounters.
  • Enjoy peace and quiet on safari, even during the hight of the the game viewing season.

October

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are at their hottest, with humidity reaching an all year high before the fall of the first rains, usually towards the end of the month.
  • Enjoy exceptional game viewing with wildlife numbers high along the water's edge, leading to increased predator prey interactions.
  • Expect sensational on foot encounter in the early morning and late afternoon.
  • Soak up the isolation without disturbance in the exclusive North Luangwa National Park.

November

Season: Wet
  • This region is inaccessible during this month.

December

Season: Wet
  • This region is inaccessible during this month.

Wildlife


The remote North Luangwa National Park hosts a variety of habitats, including riverine forest, mopane woodland, acacia thicket and open grassland, creating the ideal environment for wildlife to thrive. Encounter vast herds of buffalo, large prides of lion, clans of hyena, zebra, warthog, baboon and more, with 487 bird species, providing hours of wilderness viewing pleasure.

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