OVERVIEW ON MWAMBA BUSH CAMP IN SOUTH LUANGWA – NORTHERN
Mwamba Bush Camp provides an excellent opportunity to explore the South Luangwa heartland. Wonderfully remote and peaceful, the Mwamba Bush Camp site is a relaxed 3-hour bushwalk or 20 minute drive from Kaingo. Both walking safaris, and game drives are offered from Mwamba. Set on the banks of the Mwamba River, a tributary of the Luangwa, the camp, sited under huge evergreen ebony trees, enjoys shady views of perennial water-holes, both of which have hides perched over them for fantastic photographic opportunities or simply quiet times viewing the animals. The nights at Mwamba Bush Camp are filled with wildlife action. Bats and owls (Pearl spotted and Scops in particular) set up the backround sounds together with whirring cicadas. Puku and Impala alarm calls are often followed by the grunt of a leopard or whoop of a hyena as they pass through camp. Elephants are never far away and are especially fond of the tamarind and ebony fruit within the camp. There are two resident hippo in the waterholes that graze on the river bank at night, completing the picture.
The game around Mwamba Bush Camp is excellent: large herds of buffalo, zebra, eland and in particular Cookson’s wildebeeste (one of the last herds in the South Luangwa National Park are found on the plains and in the Mopane/Crocodile bark woodlands close to camp). They are followed by the “Mwamba pride”, which consists of six beautiful lionesses and two classically dark manned males. Fantastic leopard sightings are also common due to the thick riverine bush along the Mwamba Bush Camp attracted by the large numbers of impala and puku in the open glades around camp. Elephants use the Mwamba Bush Camp waterholes regularly and there is a family of elephants who visit the waterhole next to the honeymoon chalet to drink and mud themselves in the afternoons. There are also two young orphan bulls who visit camp. Another appeal of Mwamba is its excellent walking area. The land varies tremendously from wide open plains such as Lion Plain and Eland Plain, interspersed by shady Mopane/crocodile bark woodland with short grass (interspersed with waterholes and lagoons), and bordered by Combretum thickets along the Mwamba river. This is a classic area for walking safaris and the limited number of loops and game-viewing tracks makes it a pleasure for Mwamba Bush Camp guides to help you explore this vast, untouched part of the park.
Accommodation, Facilities & Amenities At Mwamba Bush Camp
- Mwamba Bush Camp takes only 6 guests in 2 twin chalets and 1 honeymoon chalet. The reed and thatch chalets are uniquely designed with two soaring skylights (protected by mosquito gauze) set into the roof allowing you to experience sleeping under the stars.
- The three Mwamba Bush Camp bungalows have huge ensuite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers.
- Mwamba Bush Camp lighting is all solar powered and the complete absence of generator noise means nothing interferes with the morning chorus or the midnight howls of the hyena. The accommodation reflects a thoughtful balance between back-to-nature simplicity and essential comforts.
Dining At Mwamba Bush Camp
- Meals are of high standard and the bush-style dining and bar area or “chitenge” is set under the deep shade of huge ebony trees entwined with python vines. A spectacular sundowner spot on top of a large termite mound and a glowing campfire under the night sky completes the camp’s friendly and personal atmosphere.
Activities At Mwamba Bush Camp
- Morning, afternoon and night wildlife viewing and game drives.
- Sunset and Sundowners.
- Experience Zambia’s renowned Africa walking safaris in South Luangwa National Park.
- Ornithological experience.
- Community and village visits.