This is one of my favourite camps in Luangwa. Partly location, partly facilities, and always because of the great team.

Thomas P 34 yrs, Bangkok, Thailand, Read 4 reviews »

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Mchenja Bush Camp

  • A luxurious, elegant & stylish tented camp overlooking the Luangwa
  • The game viewing is superb and night drives extremely worthwhile
  • The perfect destination to complete a walking safari

Facilities include

Plunge pool Beautiful central lounge Open-air bathrooms

Activities include

  • Day Game Drives
  • Birding Safaris
  • Walking Safaris
  • Night Game Drives
  • Photographic Safaris
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Seasons in Zambia

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Peak Mid Low
About

About Mchenja Bush Camp

Set in a grove of magnificent ebony trees Mchenja Bush Camp is a luxurious, elegant and stylish tented camp overlooking a huge sweeping bend in the Luangwa. Each of the five specially designed octagonal tents has their own private en-suite open-air bathroom plus Victorian style baths with a river view. The beautiful central chitenje (lounge) is built around one of the old fallen Mchenja (ebony) trees and guests can cool off there in the campus plunge pool. Brunch is taken in the shady lounge but dinner is more often served on the river bank under the stars.

The rooms are generally spacious, each containing two three-quarter or one king-sized bed. There is wardrobe and shelving storage in the rooms, and an indoor and/or outdoor comfortable seating area and table. After dark, a member of staff will accompany you to and from your room, lighting the way and watching out for local wildlife.

The beautiful central chitenje (lounge) is built around one of the old fallen Mchenja (ebony) trees and guests can cool off there in the campus plunge pool.

In addition to the ebony grove at camp there are two other stunning groves close by making the game viewing in this area superb and night drives usually very worthwhile.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

The National Park is 9,050 km² (3,500 square miles), unfenced but bordered to the West by a steep escarpment and to the East by the Luangwa River. Once known as ‘The Valley of the Elephants', back in the early 1970's it was home to the world's largest population of elephant. Although ivory poachers reduced the population dramatically, the National Park authorities and their fellow conservation outfits such as SLCS are taking control once more and the population is regenerating strongly. There are plenty of young to be seen and numbers are visibly on the increase once more.

Zambia is regarded by many as one of the last true wildernesses and Africa's greatest secret. From the mighty Victoria Falls to the world renowned National Parks of the Luangwa and Zambezi Valleys there are incredible opportunities to explore a vast range of habitats, species, terrain and natural wonders.

The South Luangwa National Park is Zambia's premier National Park and is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of game along the Luangwa River and its associated ox-bow lagoons is amongst the most intense anywhere in Africa. It is truly an unspoilt wilderness.

The meandering Luangwa River teems with hippos and crocodiles and provides a lifeline for a great diversity of habitat and wildlife. With over 60 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds, the South Luangwa National Park has earned its excellent reputation. It is home to two endemic species, the Thornicroft Giraffe and Cookson's Wildebeest and is one of the best parks in Africa to view leopards in their natural environment.

How to get there

We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR:
The closest airport, Mfuwe Airport, is 45-50 minutes from Kapani Lodge.

FROM LUSAKA TO MFUWE:
1 hour 10 minutes
£182 per person each way
3 return flights a day

FROM MALAWI - LILONGWE TO MFUWE:
1 hour
£195 per person (excluding departure taxes)
1 flight a day

AIRLINES:
British Airways
Emirates
SAA
Other international flights

NB. All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

Peak season: 1 July - 31 October
Shoulder season: 15 May - 30 June and 1-7 November

Mchenja is closed from 8 November - 15 May

Important Information

It is essential that guests take out their own personal travel insurance.

There is no internet at this camp.

Children

Travelling with children

Children over the age of 8 are welcome
Children aged 12 and over are able to participate in the walking safaris
Child age restrictions do not apply with exclusive camp use

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