Mwamba Bush Camp
An intimate bush camp in a truly remote and peaceful setting.
Mwamba Bush Camp
Established in 1995 as an anti-poaching base for the northern regions of the park, teeny-tiny Mwamba is the definition of a bush camp. With only four rooms, it’s intimate and cosy and you’ll instantly feel like an old friend, and its location, in the grasslands on the edge of the Mwamba River, is spectacular. Wildlife is the name of the game and everything is focused on getting you up close and personal with the inhabitants of the South Luangwa, from the game drives to the design of the camp to the guides. A truly fabulous wilderness experience if ever we saw one.
At the lodge
Mwamba is not about opulence but about the connection with the bush and the camp is fuss- and frill-free – and absolutely beautiful. Set underneath a large ebony tree, entwined with tangled vines, the main area is rustic and relaxed with sandy floors and reed walls, and has excellent views over the nearby river. Guests dine together, toes in the sand, at the large dining table and there’s also a small bar built around an enormous tree trunk with fully-stocked fridges and ice cold beers.
With only four, reed-walled chalets, Mwamba can only accommodate eight guests so it really is wonderfully intimate. Just like the main area, the rooms are rustic yet perfectly comfortable and each has a high, thatch roof, floaty mosquito net and gauze-covered windows to frame the view outside. Ensuite bathrooms also have outdoor (piping hot!) showers and at the front, there’s a shaded veranda and chairs, ideally positioned to keep an eye on the river….
Game drives and walking safaris will reveal elephants, large herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, impala and eland, as well as the resident Mwamba lion pride. The thick, riverine bush is also perfect for leopard sightings, particularly in the evenings. Guests may also choose to sleep out at the Numbu platform or spend a night fly camping, and during the day, there are several fantastic photographic hides, ready for you to while away the hours.