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This tiny seasonal camp stands on a picturesque stretch of the Mwaleshi River, deep in the bush of North Luangwa National Park, close to the area for walking safaris.

Although simple and extremely unpretentious, Mwaleshi Camp is still very comfortable. The grass-and-pole chalets are rebuilt each year, with an en suite bathroom with flushing toilet and bucket shower. Lighting is solar-powered.

Activities focus on walking safaris (there are no drives), so you should pack suitable footwear. Walks last around three to four hours at a relaxed pace with a refreshment break.

This is a real wilderness retreat, and the abundant wildlife includes lion, elephant buffalo, and herds of endemic Cookson’s wildebeest. In the dry season, it is possible to bathe safely in the shallow water of the river.

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Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Sacred Combe Safari

This small group trip visits Zambia’s sensational South Luangwa and North Luangwa National Parks to enjoy walking safaris, and is jointly led by author Simon Barnes and Wildlife Worldwide founder Chris Breen. Their shared passion for the area and its abundant wildlife guarantee an illuminating and fun experience!

  • When to go: Sep-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,595 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Leopards of Luangwa

This is our single most popular safari – we’ve been selling it for years and it’s just as popular now as when we first introduced it. South Luangwa has the world’s highest naturally occurring population of leopard – spot them on early morning, afternoon and night drives, as well as glorious walking safaris.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Luangwa Valley & Lower Zambezi

Combine the beauty of the Luangwa Valley with the delights of the Lower Zambezi. In South Luangwa, you will find the world’s highest naturally occurring population of leopard, and boat trips on the Lower Zambezi add another dimension to watching wildlife, with elephant and huge herds of buffalo.

  • When to go: Jun-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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North Luangwa National Park

North Luangwa National Park is a tranquil and unexplored wilderness with a substantial wildlife population. Bordered by the Luangwa and Mwaleshi rivers and the Muchinga Escarpment, Its habitats are diverse, with areas of pure mopane woodlands and lush riverine forests of red mahogany and sausage trees.

  • Where: Northern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: African elephant, leopard, lion, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, Cookson’s wildebeest
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris