Seclusion in the wilds of North Luangwa
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
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.
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.
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.